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Trustworthy English couple available for house and pet sitting

United Kingdom


They have 1 testimonial (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Other animal(s) – we had a cat for 18 years (see above)

Police check

They have a police check


From: 5 September 2023
Until: 18 June 2024


Freelance television director


They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Steve was a freelance director who made television documentaries. Gill a teacher and more recently a marketing executive. We have a desire to discover what life is really like in the places we visit. We hope to meet interesting people, work at our languages, where appropriate, (Gill has pretty good French and Italian, Steve is working on his French! We do not view housesitting as a `free holiday`. We intend to work as and when required and hopefully meet new friends in the process. Over the years we have travelled extensively in France, Spain and Italy. The photograph above was taken at Beziers in southern France.

Why they want to house sit

Our son and daughter have both left home and have their own careers, although they do come back to be fed now and again!
We believe taking house sitting assignments might be an interesting way to discover something new. Nothing ventured?

Their experience

Steve is a keen gardener and loves cooking. He has a passion for food (preferably organic) and loves the simple pleasure of wandering around markets smelling all those wonderful vegetables. Sunshine on a plate. He loves music of all kinds, and is a self taught pianist. He`s fairly useful on the DIY front (though not an expert!!) and willing to carry out simple house maintenance tasks and take care of pools if required. Gill is an avid reader. She`s always got her head in a book. Her other interests include, opera, theatre, art history, painting and spotting bargains at antique fairs. Our home is full of `stuff`. You can imagine!
We both have clean driving licenses, and have our own car so we could drive to some assignments. A few years ago, we lost our lovely cat Pogger, he was eighteen and a real character!
Around the same time we carried out our first housesitting assignment (for six weeks) in the Tarn area of South West France. The property was near Cordes sur Ciel and we had to take care of three cats, eight chickens, seven runner ducks and a goose. Quite a family! We like to think the owners were happy with our efforts on their return from travels in Italy and Greece. For another housesit, we travelled to the Gers in South West France and spent six weeks looking after Pepper the Labrador and two cats. A beautiful region with so much history, and for Gill, many Brocantes! In June 2023 we housesat two cats for three weeks in the hills of Umbria, a beautiful region with with the renaissance on almost every street corner.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are honest, reliable, and will guarantee to look after your house and animals as you would yourselves. We can forward mail, provide
e-mail, phone or WhatsApp/Facetime updates. We have been homeowners ourselves for many years, and know how important it is that you feel your house is respected and in safe hands. We have never smoked, eat mostly vegetarian and fish, are enthusiastic, adaptable and willing to take on new challenges.

Available to house sit

Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain

Availability dates

From: 5 September 2023
Until: 18 June 2024

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services


MindMyHouse member since 2013

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 0


Reliable, responsible and attentive house-sitters

Steve and Gill house- and cat-sat for us for 3 weeks while we were on holiday. They gave our two cats plenty of love and attention and Steve worked willingly looking after the garden and pool. They kept us regularly informed, sending photos of the cats and we were completely relaxed about leaving the property in their hands. We enjoyed their company for the few days before and after we went away and would be very happy to have them back on a future occasion.

Jane, Italy, 27 June, 2023

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden


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Last updated: 5 September 2023