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Retired Australian couple living in France who'd like to see the world through house sitting/house swapping

France

Testimonials

They have 3 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Goat(s) – We had chooks and ducks on our farm. Also had cats and dogs when younger. Have recently done a house sit in Spain with 2 dogs and 3 cats. Walked them twice a day and feeding occurred twice a day.

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 28 October 2019
Until: 31 December 2021

Occupation

Web content editor

References

They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

Retired Australian couple, Bill 61, Information Technology Manager and Wendy 56, Online Communications. Married 36 years. We love to travel, especially to/in France, Europe and beyond. We owned a Lemon and Lime farm in South Australia and had ducks and chickens. We have travelled extensively throughout Australia and have lived in Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Perth, Kalgoorlie, Darwin and Melbourne. We are keen to take on house sitting opportunities. We are non smokers and are extremely clean, tidy and considerate. I love gardening, quilting, reading books, writing, skiing, hiking, meeting new people, travelling, cooking, drinking wine, skyping with my elderly parents and family back in Australia and numerous other interests. Whilst Bill is a versatile handyman - loves his man-cave that he has set up in the barn.
We have current visas for another 12 months with plans to stay so we can apply for permanent residency.
We have some french language and have enrolled in classes in La Creuse. As well as volunteering at the local parish (we are not religious), we have integrated into our local commune.
We own a house in La Creuse which we have renovated and are now keen to see as much of France and Europe and everwhere else as we can.
House sitting provides us with a way in which we can experience living like a local whilst making new friends and helps those that are in need of a much deserved break.
I grew up with dogs and Bill with cats. Even though we don't have any pets we know what's involved with caring for animals.
We have successfully completed a number of house sits with owners leaving lovely recommendations.
We would welcome the opportunity to house sit for you if dates and places correspond.
We are kind, considerate, caring, tidy and easy going non smokers and would take great care with your property and pets.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like further info or maybe want to skype.

Regards
Wendy and Bill

Why they want to house sit

To experience living like locals, sharing our travel knowledge, getting to actually live in all different areas, meeting new people, broadening our horizons. Great way to stay in one place for a period of time. Looking after pets.

Their experience

We have owned numerous properties in Australia and one in France so we are aware of what it takes to care and maintain a property. We have now completed a number of house sits and hope to undertake many more in the time we are residing in France.
Our last house sitting involved giving two of the cats a puffer and injections daily.

What can they bring to the assignment

Our knowledge of maintaining and caring for a property and everything this entails. Our enthusiasm to experience different cultures and our ability to fit in. We are honest, caring and friendly Australians who just want to travel and explore that big wide world out there. Make new friends along the way and look after your precious pets.

Available to house sit

Austria, Belgium, Caribbean, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Pacific, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 28 October 2019
Until: 31 December 2021

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2015

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 3

Testimonials

Amazing House and Pet Sitters -High recommend and very capable couple

We can not recommend Wendy and Bill highly enough. They did over and above what is normally required when looking after our pets and for that we are eternally grateful. They contacted us through Skype and email in the weeks before they traveled down from France. They are a great couple and really loved our 3 cats, 2 kittens and 3 dogs. We knew after they asked all the necessary questions that the pets would be in very safe and reliable hands especially as two of our cats were sick. During our absence Bill and Wendy showed how highly capable they both were in handling the problems that came up. They had to administer saline solution with a needle into the oldest cat twice daily in addition to liquid food in a pipette as his health deteriorated. The other cat needed to have a steroid spray using an air chamber. All of which can be very difficult and stressful both for the cats and the carer. They were wonderful with them and took greatest care of my oldest cat being in contact with us on how he was doing while we were away. They made such efforts that I was still able to be with him on my return. In addition the dogs loved the long walks and their company. Bill even took them out in the old Saab for walks on wet days. The house was spotless when we arrived back more so than when we left and the pets were spoiled from the moment they arrived. They were also good company with us and Wendy had prepared a delicious meal for us with the usual wine on our return. They are a wonderful couple and we would love to have them back at any time and if you are successful enough to have them look after your house and pets you will be very lucky indeed. We wish them all the best for the future. Liz & Colin Portugal

liz, Portugal, 12 February, 2019

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

Bill and Wendy

Bill and Wendy are a great couple they are reliable, trustworty and good fun. They looked after our house and animals with genuine enthusiasm. They are great company having spent a couple of evenings with them before we left and Wendy cooked us a great meal for the evening of our return which was much appreciated. The house was very clean and tidy on our return and the kittens clearly enjoyed their company as well. We have no hesitation in recommending them as house sitters and would welcome them back any time.

Stephen, France, 12 October, 2017

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

Catalan Masia

It was refreshing to have such a responsible and friendly couple looking after the animals and the house. Good communicators and eager to enjoy their stay, I could enjoy my trip in turn. I'd be delighted if they'd be willing to repeat the experience as would the animals and neighbours too

Jayne, Spain, 07 November, 2016

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

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Last updated: 28 October 2019