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Mature, location-independent couple looking for house-sitting opportunities

United Kingdom

Testimonials

They have 6 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Other animal(s)

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 15 May 2020
Until: 31 December 2020

Occupation

Not stated

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Hi – we’re Ian and Nicky and we’re a non-smoking 40 and 50-something English couple who’ve swapped a corporate life for one of exploring the world.

We’ve travelled extensively over the past four years, which has included numerous housesitting assignments in Europe and North/Central/South America. Although we’re flexible about where and what type of housesitting assignments we’d like to do in the future, we’d prefer to be around animals, particularly as our lifestyle no longer allows us to have pets of our own.

Previously Ian worked as an Internal Communications professional, most recently for over four years at the UK's largest veterinary charity, PDSA, which is at the forefront of animal welfare promotion in the UK.

In addition to travelling, our many interests include food (cooking and eating), walking and photography, so access to great food markets and open spaces would be perfect!

Why they want to house sit

Housesitting provides us with the opportunity to continue exploring the world without the need to rush around from one place to the next. And it gives us the opportunity to once again share our lives with animals – albeit temporarily.

And, of course, it allows us to indulge in some of our other interests such as food (cooking and eating), walking and photography.

Their experience

In addition to our 20+ house sitting assignments to date, our experience comes from 30 years as proud homeowners in a semi-rural part of the UK, with a lifetime of living with and loving our pets.

What can they bring to the assignment

Having being homeowners for so long we understand what your home means to you. So you can be confident that we’ll treat yours as if it was our own. And you can rest assured that your pets will be left in loving hands, too.

Oh, and if you'd like to read a little bit more about us just visit our blog at www.aboveusonlyskies.com/house-sitting/.

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 15 May 2020
Until: 31 December 2020

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2016

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 6

Testimonials

Our Housesitters from Heaven

Ian and Nikki were fantastic. Coping with various challenges during their stay,with us 7000 miles away. And they are coming back for more next month! Thank you for being a quadruple set of safe hands.

Kerstin, United Kingdom, 22 December, 2019

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

Animal lovers

A very nice couple who clearly loved animals We were very happy to have them stay in our house for 3 months and care for our dogs,parrot geese and chicken Thank Ian and Nicky

corinne, France, 23 May, 2017

  • Tidy
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Friendly

Ian & Nicky looked after our three Chinese geese,cat & house over the Christmas week Dec2016. They were a friendly couple who carried out all tasks asked of them. They were competent & experienced. We would gladly have them back to housesit for us should they ever return to the UK

Mairead, United Kingdom, 22 January, 2017

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

House sit in the Tarn, France

Ian and Nicki Mackenzie house sat for us for the month of November 2016. Our prime requirement was that they look after our dog Bertie. Bertie was abandoned and rescued by us when he was about one year old. Because of his early year he suffers from separation anxiety. Ian and Nicki looked after him extremely well. They were mindful of his problem and took him everywhere with them. They gave him lots of walks and affection and we returned to find a very happy and well looked after dog. We could not have asked for more and would thoroughly recommend them to look after animals.

Hilary, France, 14 December, 2016

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

Reference for Ian and Nicky Mackenzie for Dordogne housesit Sept. 2016

Ian and Nicky housesat for me in Dordogne for about 5 weeks encompassing all of Sept. 2016. They left the house clean and neat, and the yard in good shape. My cat was well taken care of. I would recommend them for other housesitting jobs. Greg Pollak

Gregory, France, 04 December, 2016

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

Brilliant!

What a lucky day for us when Ian and Nicky responded to our Mind My House advert! Such a responsible, warm and caring couple who looked after our pets with obvious affection and conscientiousness. It was obvious that animal routines had been followed carefully but it was also plain that all of them had been given much additional love and time. On our return, we found the house immaculate and a delicious meal prepared which we all enjoyed together. We were delighted when they stayed a few extra days with us. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

margaret, France, 22 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: 30 November 2019