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Landscape Gardener and wife looking for house sitting in Europe and the UK

United Kingdom

Testimonials

They have 9 testimonials (view below)

Pet experience

Cat(s), Chicken(s), Fish

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 13 May 2024
Until: 22 December 2025
(see their busy times below)

Occupation

Landscape Gardener

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

We are a husband and wife team who are very keen to see more of the UK and 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 and the UK.

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). House sitting offers 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, Malta 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 40 years and can offer my experience in garden maintenance along with lime mortar pointing on stonework. We have been house sitting for over ten years now and over that time we have carried out assignments in durations 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. We are prepared to do some garden maintenance 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.

Last updated: 13 May 2024

Available to house sit

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

Availability dates

From: 13 May 2024
Until: 22 December 2025

They have indicated that they are busy at the following times:
8 July 2024 to 9 August 2024, 15 September 2023 to 26 September 2023

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2013

Personal details


Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 8

Testimonials

Perfect housesitters

Richard and Steph were absolutely brilliant house and cat sitters. This was our first experience of using a house sitting service and we couldn't have been luckier having Richard and Steph. The garden and house were immaculate when we returned home with the added benefit of a meal and the fire lit. Nero the cat was very happy with the cuddles and standard of care! We couldn't recommend Richard and Steph enough, they were also sweet, caring, kind and generous, they will be a hard act to follow if they aren't available next time we want to use them.

Clare, Italy, 21 November, 2023

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

Peace of mind

Steph and Richard are experienced and sought-after housesitters and i was very lucky to have them spend a month at my house this summer. I enjoyed getting to know them during the day we spent together before my departure; they were relaxed but also made sure to ask the necessary questions. I returned to a spic and span house, a garden in better shape than I had left it and a cat in fine form. I can't recommend them highly enough!

Martine, France, 15 August, 2023

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

Fantastic, flexible and very pleasant

Richard and Steph were very accommodating, especially when we were considering changing our plans by a few days. They are clearly very experienced house-sitters. They communicated well, before, during and after the sit. We had no concerns at all about leaving them in charge of our home and cats. We came home to find everything as it should be. Trouble cat clearly liked them as she brought them a couple of live mice as presents and they handled it without any fuss. We hope that they might like to return.

Heather, United Kingdom, 08 August, 2022

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

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.

Val, 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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About this house sitter

MindMyHouse member since June 2024