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Retired fit and adaptable couple,

United Kingdom

Testimonials

They have 10 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Pig(s), Goat(s) – Willing to look after any animal, reptile or insect as long as specific instructions are provided and emergency procedures are indicated.

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 5 June 2021
Until: 31 December 2027

Occupation

Retired Paramedic

References

They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

I am a 71 yo) retired Paramedic. Since retiring in 2014 I have mostly been travelling globally visiting friends and relatives that are scattered across the globe as well as visiting previously unseen locations. In the last 2 years I have only spent approximately 4 months in the UK. Our most current assignment Rotorua, New Zealand ended in early March and wenhave been touring the two Islands since then in a camper van. The Covid crisis evolved whilst we were still travelling and we eventually got locked down in Picton before we could get back to the North Island. However, we have been and are still accommodated In a sleep out at my Niece’s in Cambridge, NZ. North Island, and will remain so until restrictions to international travel are lifted. I enjoy these tasks and I love animals, so it sort of makes sense to me to advertise my services to anyone that would like to have a person such as I to take care of their property and or pets.
I do not have any permanent dwelling of my own in the UK as I decided that to be as stress free as possible I would be better off both psychologically and financially if I rid myself of all possessions and chattels whilst I travel the globe. I have family members in the South of England that are happy to accommodate me for whenever I am in England. Having so far travelled to all continents and extensively in the Indo China countries and in 2017/18 Central and South America, I am happy to go wherever my services are required. I am not rich by any stretch of the imagination but with careful budgeting I am managing to stay within my monthly pension income. Obviously, flight fares are a major expense but as long as accommodation is free I find I can manage adequately. I am happy to do any normal household chores that are required and a limited amount of gardening or maintenance as long as I get specific instructions and or a crib sheet with detailed guidance. I now have a partner/ travel companion/ soul mate, Lisette, who is of Mauritian birth, but has lived and worked in England since 1970. Lisette like myself worked for the NHS for the majority of our working lives. Now both retired and able to be flexible with our time and activities. Lisette has accompanied me on my last eight assignments in Panama, Cotswolds England, Leatherhead, England, Denia, Costa Brava, Spain, Aegina Island, Greece and Newbury, England, Umbria Italy, Montego Bay, Jamaica and Tortola, BVI and currently NZ. Like me she loves animals and is also fastidious about cleaning house and tidying/ maintaining gardens and grounds.(see testimonials).
Because she has property to care for and maintain, she sometimes will take time out or will join me later on in the assignment, but mostly is with me throughout.To update this, I am now back in UK and we are more or less resigned to the fact that we are unlikely to travel abroad for the rest of 2021. So we will probably tour the British Isles and be happy to travel wherever.

Why they want to house sit

In conjunction with my above account, I am at a place in my life where I have travelled and seen a large part of this World and whilst I still want to continue to explore unchartered avenues I am also happy to spend periods of more stable living that give me the chance to slow down and maybe document some of my travel and occupational experiences. I believe house sitting gives me just such an opportunity whilst still giving me the opportunity to travel.

Their experience

As mentioned in my description, I have looked after house and pets in Cambridge, New Zealand for four weeks in December 2014. Also looked after a house and pets in Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa. Also asignments in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Puerto Armuelles, Panama. Umbria Italy, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Rotorua and Auckland, NZ. I have Travelled extensively throughout Central and South America. Available for medium(1 months) to long term sits . Any questions welcomed and can supply character references as required. I don't have a current police check as I have been travelling for the last six years, but my career as a paramedic required permanant and frequent checks, so I would be covered up to retirement in June 2014.

What can they bring to the assignment

Honesty, reliability, credibility, capability and a passion to fulfill the needs and requirements of the house owners allowing them to be relaxed and stress free in the knowledge that their home and possessions are being cared for and protected.
I have had a long and dedicated career as a Paramedic and throughout I have, of necessity, been used to organisation and preparation to deal with any eventuality that might occur. So I think I can add that I have a stable disposition that is experienced in coping in a crises.

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North East Asia, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 5 June 2021
Until: 31 December 2027

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2016

Personal details

Age: 66-75 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 11

Testimonials

Kapiti Coast home and cat sitter

Brian was fantastic. He responded to a last minute Ad and was here the next day with time to get to know us. He fixed and cleaned our microwave, mowed lawns, tidied the garden and house and looked after our elderly cat.We only asked him to look after the cat. The rest was an unexpected and welcome bonus. Brian has a lot of cool stories to tell and is friendly and forthcoming with enthusiasm. We recommend Brian highly as a sitter.

Andy, New Zealand, 23 March, 2021

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

What a wonderful house sitter

Brian and Lisette looked after our house and dogs while we enjoyed our holiday overseas. We couldn't have been happier. Our house was incredibly tidy and organized, our garden looked beautiful and our dogs were really well looked after. Our communication from day 1 was great. We can only highly recommend Brian and Lisette and hope they can come back some day.

Sabine, New Zealand, 13 January, 2020

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

Trustful and nice house keeper

Brian stayed on our place for 1 week to take care of our dogs (13 and 15 years old) and was amazing. The dogs were very well treated, the house is sparkling clean and he and Lisette (her partner) have also done our laundry (thank you). One of the dogs was ill and had to take medicine during the whole time and Brian could handle this with lot of care. The dogs need special attention on feeding, since they eat only natural home made meals, and he was very patient with them since sometimes the oldest one takes 20 minutes to eat and he said that the dogs were fine. Brian kept in touch the whole time and was really easy going and flexible. I would definitely ask them again if I need and I would recommend them to anyone that needs a short or long term house keeping.

Leonardo, United Kingdom, 02 October, 2019

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

Very nice and helpful couple

Perfect house sitters very nice and helpful. They took wanderfully care of my Mom, the pets and garden. They built a nice shef for wood in the garden and did several little works in the house. Thank yoi again!! ??

Manuela, Italy, 11 November, 2018

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

In addition to my previous testimonial, I'd like to mention that Brian house sat with Lisette (not currently listed with website). Lisette's cleaning and organisation skills are unrivalled. On our return, our home had been thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom, clothes washed and ironed, bed lined changed, children's bedrooms tidied etc,etc. I too like the house to be clean and tidy but Lisette easily trumped me. Thank you so much. It made returning back from holiday so much easier.

Clare, United Kingdom, 06 September, 2018

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

First class house sitter

Using a house sitter was a first for us; the experience surpassed all our expectations . Our home and pets were tenderly and lovingly taken care of; our home was immaculately clean (bed linen fresh, windows cleaned, clothing washed, ironed and aired, and much more) and the garden and outside had been titivated too. Before departing for our holiday, Brian requested a list of jobs that he could undertake which he duly did with great attention to detail. Brian and Lisette are both practical and have buckets of common sense and we would not hesitate to recommend them.

Clare, United Kingdom, 31 August, 2018

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

Messagros Aegina

Brian and Lisette were the perfect sitters, but more than that , they became really good friends. It was a pleasure to have them . They were both creative , willing , helpful and reliable in everything they did. All three of us will miss them and they know they are welcome back at anytime. More than highly recommended. Patricia, Lida and Scoobie xxxx

Patricia, Greece, 20 May, 2018

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

Superb Sitters

Brian & Lisette were fabulous sitters for our gang - there was obvious mutual admiration between all of them. They dealt with a couple of emergencies with common sense and a practical approach. They kept us informed at all times by text, e-mail and phone of the animals' well-being. Our home was tidy, organised and spotless when we returned and the garden had a lovely make over thanks to Lisette. They arrived a day early as requested to familiarise themselves with our routine and for us all to get to know each other. They are a charming couple and we only hope that they come back to stay as friends in the not too distant future. FAB-U-LOUS!

GInnie, Spain, 30 September, 2017

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

Perfect House Sitter

Our dogs seem a little subdued since Brian left today, I think they bonded well. He joined us a couple of days before we left to settle into the daily routine with dogs, cat and chickens. He is a lovely guy with great tales of his travels and former career. We returned to a clean tidy house and happy pets, what more could you wish for, we'll be bagging Brian to return to us again for future house sits, perhaps I shouldn't be leaving a rave review and keep him a well kept secret for ourselves! He'll be warmly welcomed here even if he's just passing through. Sam x

Sam, United Kingdom, 02 August, 2017

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

Reliable and dog friendly house-sitter

Brian and his partner Lisette were wonderful house-sitters. Brian was very natural and caring with my little dog Poppy. The apartment was left clean and tidy and they even left some lovely flowers in my planter outside. I would not hesitate to invite them back. Many thanks ! Judy

Judy, United Kingdom, 15 July, 2017

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

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Last updated: 5 June 2021