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Landscape Gardener and wife looking for house sitting in Europe

United Kingdom

Testimonials

They have 6 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Fish, Rabbit(s)

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 19 October 2019
Until: 31 August 2021

Occupation

Landscape Gardener

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Richard and Steph both in our early sixties. We are a husband and wife team who are very keen to see more of Europe. Email us and if all goes well we will be on our way to your place to look after your property as if it were our own. We both love travelling and would like to spend more time throughout Europe.

Why they want to house sit

We have been working hard all our lives (it seems!) Richard Landscaping and Steph working for a charity (CRB checked). Our daughters have both now flown the nest. House sitting assignments offer us all the comforts of home but with a whole different view out of the window!

Their experience

As we are both semi retired, we are keen to expand our portfolio of house sitting. We have carried out numerous house sits in France, Spain and the UK. We are homeowners ourselves so we feel that we understand what your concerns as home owners are likely to be. We can provide phone or email references upon request.

What can they bring to the assignment

I am a Landscape Gardener, I have had my own Landscape Gardening business for over 35 years and can offer my experience in garden maintenance along with lime mortar pointing on stonework. We have been house sitting for over five years now and over that time we have carried out assignments in duration from one week to eight weeks looking after pets, carrying out general garden maintenance and re-pointing work on a stone property and also guardians for a ski chalet/farmhouse which involved carrying out the turn-around of guests and ensuring that they had a comfortable and enjoyable stay. My wife is a keen homemaker and cook. We are prepared to do some garden maintenance or pointing up if required. Looking after your pets, garden and home will be our top priority while we are house sitting for you. We are clean, tidy and non-smokers. We live in a small rural village in Leicestershire, We are used to using wood/log burning stoves and open fires. Our village has very few amenities and we are comfortable not having everything on our doorstep. We like to live the quiet life. We can bring the wisdom of age and experience to your house sitting requirements. We are both good communicators.

Available to house sit

Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Availability dates

From: 19 October 2019
Until: 31 August 2021

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

Testimonials

Our New Good Friends

Richard and Steph looked after our large home in Malta while we trotted off on holidays for a fortnight. They were the perfect house-sitters. They stayed in contact, handled everything just as we would have done ourselves, and we returned home to a warm welcome and a clean home. They are lovely people and we recommend them highly to anyone needing someone they can really trust.

Phil & Chris, Malta, 17 May, 2019

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

John Maplesden

Steph and Richard did a superb job of looking after our house in southern Spain in August and September of 2018. We have over 100 plants on our roof garden and they all made it through the summer in good order - all kept well trimmed and weeded. And the house was left very clean, just as we left it. We would be most pleased to have them house sit for us again if they are available.

John, Spain, 06 October, 2018

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

Friendly and reliable

We found Stephanie and Richard a very friendly and easy going couple and completely reliable and trustworthy. They came at short notice and we only had a few hours to show them everything before we left them to it all but they looked after our cat, three chickens and fish perfectly, even looking after my friends cat too, and taking our friends to the bus station as there was a rail strike in France at the time so they really put themselves out for us which we appreciated. They sent us regular updates on everything which was very reassuring. The house was left in a lovely clean condition when they left so we would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them and would love them to come back here in the future when we need them.

shealagh, France, 02 October, 2017

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

Bry and Val Lynas

Richard and Stephanie were excellent house sitters and we would not hesitate to ask them again. They were totally reliable and conscientious in caring for our small farm and 3 ducks.They kept us up to date with events and coped competently with problems in our holiday cottage. They left our grounds well maintained and the house clean, and we can thoroughly recommend them.

Bry, United Kingdom, 18 September, 2016

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

Highly recommended

Richard and Stephanie have minded our house, cats and chickens in France twice now. They are a friendly, reliable and unflappable couple and we don't hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for sitters.

Sue, France, 10 September, 2016

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

Just brilliant!

Steph and Richard came to our house-sit at very short notice, and quickly understood all that was asked of them. They did even more! Their combined cleaning standards, Steph's baking and Richard's DiY all came in extremely useful during their 7-week stay and we would be delighted to work with them again should the need arise. Whilst it was winter in the Alps, and hence no gardening, they cleared the snow and kept the log supply coming. We would definitely recommend them if you need a practical, entirely trustworthy and very likable couple to mind your house - you won't be disappointed!

suzanne, France, 10 September, 2016

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

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Last updated: 10 July 2019