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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
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From: 8 February 2020
Until: 30 April 2021
Self employed builder
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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 Canada,, Melbourne, Victoria & Perth in Australia From March 2019 - 2020..
We have two sons aged 29& 27 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.
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 Umbrian home in Narni, helping with preparation of meals, light gardening and caring for dogs with new puppies. In August 2018 We were in Lazio looking after a large property with pool and fishpond. In 2019 we returned to Sicily from March through to the end of November on a longer term house sit. We looked after the large villa with two apartments, large garden grounds with outdoor areas and a pool. Two outdoor cats and five goats. We learned some new skills here dealing with the estate agent as the property was on the market. We also had to ensure the place was kept in tip top condition outside and inside for prospective visiting clients. We were given to sole responsibility of showing clients around when the agent was on holiday. Because we stayed here longer than any other house sit we were very familiar with the local area and became very comfortable in our sunny surroundings. We enjoyed meeting guests and making them welcome.
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.
Australia, Canada, France, Italy, United Kingdom
From: 8 February 2020
Until: 30 April 2021
They sometimes charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2013
Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple
Total completed house sits: 5
Alan and Lorraine returned to Sicily in March 2019 to be caretakers at our Villa. This was a longer assignment as we were travelling until late November 2019. We had got to know them the previous year and were delighted they were able to return and take on the role of looking after our guests at the Villa and apartments. We were able to leave knowing our property was in good hands and our house, grounds, pool, pets and our paying guests would be well looked after. We did of course have the odd hiccup as things happen but they were always resolved quickly and efficiently which meant we could relax on our travels through Europe. They handled our bookings and change overs in an orderly fashion and kept our garden and grounds in great condition not only for our guests but it was lovely to return home to our Villa and not have extra garden work to undertake. During our trip our house was for sale and they worked with our agent to ensure our property was shown at its best to potential buyers. They also dealt with buyers while our agent was on holiday and we were very happy with the professional way they presented the villa and grounds. Our animals were well cared for and looked well on our return. We would highly recommend this trustworthy couple to any house owners who need someone they can rely on. Communication was swift and we also kept in touch with little updates and photos from both parties. All in all we were delighted with this arrangement.
alan and lorraine have been coming to our house for 3 years , they can come for the nexr 25 years if they want . It was a blessing to have them keep the house for us , efficient in every task needed to be done , and I like to think we have become a bit friends , hope to have you back soon. paul and martine
Alan and Lorraine were sitters in my house in Puglia a couple of years ago. They are keen gardeners and the arrangement worked well for us all. We subsequently met up with them back in Scotland and remain friends,
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!
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........
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.
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
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