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Scottish couple seek Italian Travels. Long haul to Melbourne, Victoria, New York, & Boston anytime

United Kingdom

Testimonials

They have 4 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Goat(s) – We have had cats and dogs in the past and have enjoyed looking after pets on all of our house sit assignments

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 18 April 2019
Until: 30 April 2021

Occupation

Self employed builder

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

We are Alan and Lorraine married for 31 years and at present living in a small village near St Andrews Scotland. Both fit and healthy and enjoy the outdoor life. We would like to experience real life in European countries particularly Italy, where we have visited for the past 26 years and look after and care for someone’s property the way we would our own. Property in any location would suit. We are now also looking for house sits in New York, the Boston area, Melbourne and Victoria in Australia From March 2019 -March 2020..

Why they want to house sit

We have two sons aged 28 & 25 who are now pursuing their own careers, leaving us free to follow our dreams and spend time in different countries hopefully learning more about the culture and language. Also would like to meet potential clients and share knowledge and experience of life. We have meet an amazing group of clients on our travels and now consider them our friends. It is a wonderful way to experience living in another country and it enables you to really experience normal everyday living in complete different circumstances to holidays. You very quickly learn lots about the area where you are staying and soon feel like a local.

Their experience

We have looked after three different types of properties in Tuscany during 2013. We carried out airport transfers for the owners at all the properties. Looked after guests and pets, we returned to one of the properties for a second house sit in the Autumn and spent Christmas in Bagni Di Lucca caring for bengi and walking with him in the hills around the area daily, while the owners travelled to Australia for a month. We were recommended by our one of the house owners to other clients and extended our trip to allow them to return to the UK at short notice . We also worked in Puglia for a period in April/May 2013 and we have a good knowledge of Italian life. We can forward a detailed profiles of all the properties we have looked after along with owner contact detail who are happy to supply references.. We were in Italy from April 2014 until September looking after three properties two in the Lucca area and one near Umbertide the clients at these three properties all owned cats. From April 2015 we were in Italy house/pet sitting in Lazio in Itri, Ponticelli near Rome and Tuscany near Lucca until September. We have become a very experienced couple looking after a range of large properties in Italy and have been asked back to do return sits by all of our clients. We have spent the past six months in Europe since June 2016 looking after properties and pets in Puglia, Lazio, Tuscany and France, Alan was in Tuscany in May 2017 helping one of our previous house owners get there property ready for summer guests, opening the pool, gardening, some stone work repairs. In April & May 2018 we were in Sicily house sitting, looking after a large property with two apartments. The owners had goats, cats and a dog. We kept the pool and outdoor spaces in order so when they returned they were ready to let the apartments to guests. In June & July 2018 helping the owner in her Umbria home in Narni, helping with preparation of meals, light gardening and caring for dogs with new puppies. In Augus 2018 We were in Lazio looking after a large property with pool and fishpond.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are home owners who have run a small building company for 30 years, we feel we can bring vast experience, problem solving, computer skills and customer service. We are home makers, creative, child and animal friendly. Our hobbies include gardening, golf, cooking, hill walking and we embrace the outdoor life.
We are hard working, honest,reliable and would not let anyone down and would treat any property as our own. We are airBandB hosts and have enjoyed welcoming visitors to our home and meeting many interesting people.

Available to house sit

Australia, France, Italy, United Kingdom, United States

Availability dates

From: 18 April 2019
Until: 30 April 2021

Do they charge?

They sometimes charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2013

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Testimonials

Ruth Stone - I have a house in Puglia set in the beautiful countryside near Ceglie Messapica. I found Alan and Lorra Be through Mind my House and made two new friends.p

Alan and Lorraine are experienced house sitters who spent some time in our home in Italy. They looked after the house as if it was their own and made some spectacular improvements to the garden. It was a coincidence that they knew the area around Martina Franca having alreday spent some time there so when I contacted them they were please to accept. We also live near each other in Scotland and have been able to meet up but even without that opportunity it was easy to keep in touch with them and they kept me up to date with information about the house and pool, They are both very practical and adaptable and I highly recommend them, I had no pets at the house but am sure they would make excellent pet sitters too!

Ruth, United Kingdom, 24 February, 2019

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

You would be lucky.......

Alan and Lorraine have looked after our indoor cats and property multiple times. They are the perfect combination of dependable, energetic and very kind to the animals. They have always kept us informed how our trio of moggies were faring (including photos to reassure us further), maintained the houses (farmhouse and barn in Tuscany) in spotless condition, looked after our garden and unruly terraces and done a lot of extra jobs around the place which we did not expect them to undertake. They have also house and pet sat for friends of ours in the area and, I am absolutely certain, their references would glow in a similar fashion. We are planning a trip shortly and, sadly, have discovered that Alan and Lorraine are already booked for this period. As I said, you would be lucky........

Justine, Italy, 24 February, 2019

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

Alan and Lorraine came to look after our property and pets in Sicily in April this year. From the moment we meet we felt very positive and extremely happy with our choice of house sitters. Our animals were very relaxed with the change over and on our return we could see they had been well looked after. Our property was lovingly cared for and our garden and pool area was kept in order, which was very convenient as we were expecting guests on our return from holiday. All in all we had a very good feeling while we were away, we were updated when needed to be and the odd what’s app photo to see how the animals were, giving us a good balance of communication. We were fortunate to have a few days together during this arrangement and have got to know each other and become good friends. With this new relationship we are happy to say they will be returning to look after our Villa and the animals next year when we are travelling in Europe.

Bettina, Italy, 24 September, 2018

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

The perfect housesitters

My mom adored Alan and Lorraine, a very nice, positive, helpful couple. They were handful around, gentle with my mom, they took wonderfully care of the garden and the pets. My mom had a lot of fun with them! Thank you Alan and Lorraine so much for coming! We wish you all the best! :) Manu and Maura

Manuela, Italy, 11 September, 2018

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

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Last updated: 18 April 2019