Steve and Clare, 53 & 55, non smokers and from the UK. Steve is a retired Police Officer with 30 years experience and Clare is an ex Nurse and retired Educational IT Consultant.
Having given focus to our careers when we were younger, neither of us had gap years or travelled extensively early on in our adult lives. We want to make up for lost time and make the most of opportunities to live in and experience different countries, cultures & cuisines. House sitting and retirement is allowing us the freedom to explore and enjoy new and different experiences, but without the two week holiday time frame that previously restricted these opportunities.
We have successfully undertaken 18 house sits since 2009. Of these, 12 were in Southern France, 3 in Spain, 1 in Portugal and 2 the UK.
French house sit 1: We have house sat here 7 times over the last 5 years. This house sit involved looking after the owners Labrador dog whom we adore, the house, swimming pool and holiday let rental business.
French house sit 2: We looked after this house for 1 year which involved looking after a large remote property set in 25 acres of wooded hillside near Grasse; it was on the market for sale. We maintained the house, grounds and swimming pool to a high standard. We also looked after the owner’s rabbit, 4 chickens and 2 vehicles and occasionally, their friends two dogs, as well as preparing and showing the property at its best to potential purchasers.
French house sit 3: This house sit involved looking after the owners cottage and two very sweet cats, who kept us entertained and were nicknamed Ninja 1 & 2 due to their acrobatic and climbing abilities!
French house sit 4: This house sit was just about looking after the owners house for 6 weeks, living in it, keeping it warm and clean and tidy.
French house sit 5: At this house sit we looked after 2 house cats and 3 chickens (who tried hard to come into the house as well!) as our main priority.
French house sit 6: This house sit was about looking after the owners house for 6 weeks while they were on holiday, living in it, keeping it warm, clean, tidy and secure. It was a different house sit to number 4.
Spain: In Spain we have had 3 repeat bookings, we looked after 3 beautiful and friendly cats as well as looking after the owners villa and maintaining their swimming pool, most recently while they were away on a 8 week holiday.
Portugal: In Portugal we looked after 2 very friendly and sweet dogs and 5 beautiful cats. this was our main responsibility, as well as keeping the house maintained and responding to any issues that arose.
UK House sit: We have house sat here on 2 occasions, most recently in July 2014. We gained experience looking after two horses and two 'highly strung' terrier dogs. We didn’t ride the horses, but kept an eye on them, checking them twice a day, mucking out, feeding, etc.
We are honest, caring, practical and sensible people. We also both have a strong sense of responsibility and security, therefore you can leave your home in the knowledge that we will look after it as we would our own home. Clare also has the ‘clean gene’, so definitely very clean as well!
We are both fit and well travelled, and with our respective backgrounds more than capable of dealing with most eventualities.
We both have full clean UK driving licences.
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Caribbean, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North East Asia, Panama, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, South East Asia, South Pacific, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States