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Active retired couple love cats, dogs and chicken and a little gardening

Netherlands

Testimonials

They have 3 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Goat(s) – dogs cats chicken fish

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 19 October 2022
Until: 31 August 2024

Occupation

Retired, we owned a nursery of rare perennials, previous I was a nurse

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

We are a very active retired couple in our seventies
Some years ago we sold our beautiful nursery of mainly rare perennials and roses.
At that time we had 2 cats, but when they got old and died we decided not to take cats again because we could not give them enough attention as we had our nursery and not enough time for them.after our retirement we wanted to travel, so no cats. However, since some time there is a cat in the neighbourhood, who has chosen our house and the house of our neighbours as hers.
So when we are not at home she has another home. That is a nice solution for us.
We also like dogs, and look after them with great pleasure. Nis had several dogs in the past.
So cats and dogs are more than welcome to look after, but not exclusively. In general we like small animals. A flock of sheep however, is a bit too much for us.
As gardeners it is no problem to keep your garden in order. Mareike still works in gardens as a volunteer and designs gardens and borders .
We like gardening, walks in the countryside, culture and cooking.

Why they want to house sit

It is nice to be in different surroundings.. Besides, it is an economical way to see something of the world.

Their experience

We have done several housesitting arrangements in Holland and other countries. We already looked after dogs, cats and chicken in Irland,(there we looked after 13 cats( witch was a big experience),Great Brittain, Spain, Switserland, France.
We also do house-exchange, and sometimes there is also a cat and chicken to watch.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are experienced caretakers. We will take care of your properties and livestock a if it are our own. We are non-smokers. We speak French, German and English and have our own transport.

Available to house sit

Africa, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Availability dates

From: 19 October 2022
Until: 31 August 2024

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2011

Personal details

Age: 66-75 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 9

Testimonials

Mareike and Nis Biermans

Nis and Mareike arrived as arranged - after a bit of difficulty with the plane.. They had, obviously, acquainted themselves with the Welcome Pack I had provided and quickly and efficiently managed the routine of organising the 'inside' and 'outside' cats who soon became familiar with them. I have kittens and they enjoyed playing with them as did the kittens! All the cats seemed to be happy and relaxed in their care and they themselves seemed to enjoy being with the cats. i had left a load of logs for my wood burner but, unfortunately, many of them proved to be far too big to fit in the fire. I tried various contacts to come and chop them smaller but no one was available. Nis resolved the problem by searching the shops for a 'super' axe with which he was able to chop the logs. smaller. I was very grateful to him for showing his initiative as it was very cold. Mareike and Nis were very competent and reliable and took care of all the cats very well. I was happy to leave them in their care and would be happy to have them again.

Christine, Spain, 21 January, 2023

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

Great Couple

It was a pleasure to have Mareike and Nis house sit for us and look after our animals. They were friendly, very reliable and kept in contact and we would thoroughly recommend them. They are welcome to house sit for us again anytime. Thank you both.

Debbie, Spain, 09 February, 2022

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

Marieke & Nis house sat for me over Christmas/ new year 2016/17. They looked after my house and cats very well, and left the house clean. They are reliable house-sitters and I have asked them to come back and look after things for me next year .I would happily recommend them. David Hamp

David, Spain, 02 February, 2017

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

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Last updated: 19 October 2022