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English-German Couple

Germany

Testimonials

They have 9 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Other animal(s) – We have also looked after a couple of donkeys.

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 1 April 2022
Until: 1 July 2024

Occupation

Hypnotherapist Lifecoach / Spiritual Councellour

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

I, Beate, work as a life-coach and counsellour based on skype and the internet. I am very greatful to be able to do my work even while I am travelling or house-sitting.
I, Stephen, retired at 55. I still feel young and adventurous and we find house-sitting a perfect way to get to know other cultures and new places, whilst providing a valuable service to other people.

Why they want to house sit

We enjoy traveling and because house-sitting usually enables you to stay for a longer time at one place, you get to know the culture, the region and local people in more depth. This we find to be a very enjoyable and affordable way to broaden our horizons and even make new friends. We love animals and caring for them can provide a beautiful bond with them which also can enhance the experience.

Their experience

We have have done several housesits since 2010, single or as a couple. Besides our references on this website, we can provide additional references. Each of our assignments included being responsible for the owners pets (dogs, cats, chicken, donkeys), sometimes gardening and swimming-pool maintenance have been part of our tasks too.

What can they bring to the assignment

Reliability, honesty, respect and care for the property we are stewards of. We love to help owners to feel at ease about their property, while they are away, caring for it, as if it would be our own. As already mentioned, we love animals and have experience looking after dogs, cats, chicken and even donkeys. However, we are flexible and would consider taking care of other animals too. In addition to this, we have gardening and swimming-pool maintenance skills.
Languages: We speak English, German, Spanish and some French.

Available to house sit

Austria, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Panama, Spain, Switzerland

Availability dates

From: 1 April 2022
Until: 1 July 2024

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2013

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 8

Testimonials

Wonderful House sitters

Beate and Stephen met so many extraordinary challenges during their house sit for me in Panama. Even after Covid 19 closed the doors for their return to Germany, they continued to devote themselves to the love and care of my dogs and keeping me informed about my house and the ongoing conditions in Panama. They were there for the passing of my beloved elderly dog and I know she felt safe and loved when she died. I am happy that they were able to eventually return to Germany after staying much longer than they planned. I hope the world will return to a time when travel once more is safe and that Beate and Stephen can again provide their kindness and expertise for others who want to travel.

Evelyn, Panama, 29 June, 2020

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

Cat care in Crete

Beate & Stephen looked after our cats and our house very well. 8 cats with varying characters and needs are quite a handful, they did a wonderful job. Should we need house sitters again in the future we would love them to come back.They kept in touch with us while we were away. We wish all the best to them and would recommend them to anyone.

Susan, Greece, 10 October, 2019

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

Great house and cat-sitters!

Stephen and Beate are very friendly and reliable people. They also adapted very quickly to our home and surroundings, we appreciated their flexibility. We enjoyed spending a couple of days together before our departure. They treated our house in the best way (clean and tidy) and took good care of our Misu. He is a bit of a shy cat so they respected his needs and managed to wait until he was feeling ok around them. Stephen and Beate provided us with daily updates about the situation at home and we felt reassured that everything was going well. In the end we feel that we not only have found great sitters but also two new friends. We are very grateful. Highly recommended!

Sara, Malta, 06 January, 2019

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

Highly recommend

Beate and Stephen have been taking care of our three big dogs and our house on El Hierro over the two weeks around christmas. Following our wish they arrived three days before we left, in order to learn all about our instructions and routines concerning our furry ones. From the first moment they were very respectful and we noticed they also were very responsible people. They put great emphasis on learning how we would like everything to be done regarding walking and feeding the dogs, watering the plants and trees, feeding the group of visiting cats and all functions and requirements of the house. During the time we spent with them, we can say that we found new friends. They are interesting and loving people with great human qualities. When we returned from our trip we found the house even cleaner then we left it and in addition to that they served us a welcoming meal. The day before we returned they also offered to get anything we needed from the shops so we would not need to bother. We found our three dogs in perfect condition, not having lost weight and in perfect health. They even took such care of the dogs on newyears eve taking them into the house, putting on classical music so that the dogs would not hear the noices of the fireworks which usually frightens them. They also kept us informed about the wellbeing of our furry children by sending fotos or videos to us regularly. We can recommend without hasitation Beate and Stephen. It was as if family members would have taken care after your house.

Vanesa, Spain, 13 January, 2018

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

Excellent cat/house sitter!

Stephen house sat and looked after our 5 year cat whilst we were in Spain in late October to early November of this year. He was so kind, friendly and flexible. He kept our cat very happy and also kept the apartment clean and tidy. He was an absolute gem as we were currently in the midst of moving overseas and the apartment had very little in it, but he didn't mind at all and was very adaptable with the situation. I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone looking for a house/pet sitter in the future.

Erin, Singapore, 07 November, 2017

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

Helped Us Out of a Tough Spot

Stephen took care of our Cairo apartment and our dog, Marley, for two months. He agreed to house sit on short notice, arrived on time and took charge of the house with minimal instruction. During the two months, Stephen endured some unexpected difficulties, including a major leak in our kitchen. It took several days for the repair to be made, and Stephen adapted without an hesitation. Despite the difficulties, Stephen took excellent care of Marley, who was healthy and happy when we returned. We recommend Stephen highly for sitting with your pet!

Carie, United States, 04 September, 2017

  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

Two week sit in May 2017

Stephen was a very good sitter for our remote house in SW France. The two cats were happy and healthy - and not overfed, as has happened before with other sitters. He had the use of our car while he was here and filled it for us before he left. We found him good company on the overlap days and we would certainly ask him again.

Susan, France, 08 June, 2017

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Friendly

Gentleman

Stephen looked after our house, 1 dog and 3 cats, plants and fish very well. Communication between us was fast and easy and he wasn't afraid to ask questions as they arose while we were away. We were quite happy to let him use our car as he no transport of his own. He left the house clean and tidy. Would recommend him as a reliable and conscientious sitter.

Amanda, France, 08 March, 2017

  • Tidy
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

Good experience with Stephen house-sitting

Stephen house sat for me for just over a week. He was pleasant and looked after my house and cats well.

Melody, Greece, 23 October, 2016

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

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Last updated: 6 April 2022