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Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Fish, Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – Dogs, cats, Horses, Donkeys, Sheep, Chickens.
They have a police check
From: 16 December 2019
Until: 2 September 2021
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Gary and Maria Elena are a couple in their 50s to 60s with lots of experience taking care of homes, animals and ranches. We are looking for a house sit that will allow us to experience the local lifestyle and culture in a non-city environment. We would want to walk to the village and interact with the people.
We want to house sit because we have no personal belongings! Three years ago we decided that we wanted to experience new cultures and not be bound to material goods, so we freed ourselves of all our material goods and moved away to experience new ways of life. This has given us the freedom to move around and experience new cultures and places. We love to walk and discover.
We have experience owning homes for over 30 years. The homes that we owned had dogs, horses, donkeys, chickens, barn cats, and other ranch animals. We can take care of them all. We have also lived in a home that had fruit and nut trees.
As experienced home owners, you won't need to worry about anything! We will be aware of the needs of the property and take responsibility for any eventuality. We are pro-active and vigilant caretakers and we will make sure that your property is well taken care of.
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland
From: 16 December 2019
Until: 2 September 2021
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2016
Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple
Maria Elena and Gary looked after our house in southern Spain for two months during the summer of 2019. Once we had made arrangements for the house-sit, they stressed their absolute commitment to our agreement and they were as good as their word. They kept us informed about their arrival and made contact with us when necessary during the house-sit. Looking after the garden here is a challenge in the summer heat but Maria Elena worked hard to do so. The house was left in a clean and tidy condition. As house-sitters, they were friendly and pleasant and fitted in well with our friends and neighbours. We are very pleased that they enjoyed being here. If they are available in the future, we would not hesitate to ask them to house-sit for us again.
Maria and Gary completed a 12 months dog sit for us and they genuinely couldn't have been better. From the initial Skype conversation to the end we had great communication and they take great responsibility for their caretaker role. The house and garden were in great condition when we returned and the dog was well cared for and happy. Maria and Gary are experienced home and animal owners and very resourceful which meant we could travel without any worries.
Maria and Gary are 6 months in to a 12 month house and pet sit caring for my dog in England. I cannot recommend them highly enough. From the initial contact to the current time, they have been friendly and professional and I have had no worries about either the house or the dog in the time that we have been away. There have been some issues with maintenance of the house during this time and Maria has been very good at letting us know the problem, finding people and suppliers to sort things out and even doing some of the work herself. Both my children and the neighbours report that all is well and that the house is tidier than when we are there. They have joined in with community activities and people will miss them when they go.
Maria Elena and Gary were the perfect housesitters. They took great care of the property and left it in a better state than when they arrived. They were able to complete DIY tasks and even recommended projects to complete whilst I was away. They even managed to organise delivery and installation of my hot tub. Communication with them was excellent, and they were always on hand if I had any issues. I can definitely recommend them for any future housesits and would be happy to have them in my home again! I wish them the best for the future!
Maria Elena and Gary have been housesitting my property In Cadiar, Spain for 3 weeks at the time of writing. They plan to stay until around April time. I have had the pleasure of meeting them recently to discuss matters relating to the property. They are a very diligent, mature and active couple with a keen sense of adventure too. They are excellent with communication, especially with regards to maintenance of the property and problem solving. Maria Elena is fluent in Spanish, and they seem to have settled into the town nicely, in a relatively short period of time. I have no concerns at all leaving my home in their capable hands, and in-fact I am more comfortable knowing they are there whilst I'm away.
Maria Elena and Gary came from Spain and looked after my house and (variety of) pets for around three weeks this Christmas (2016). I could not have asked for more. They are experienced, full of initiative, kind, caring and thoughtful. From our first email & Skype chat, to our meeting (we overlapped for two days), to their first fun, reassuring text once they had been left in charge, I relaxed knowing that both animals & house were in caring, trustworthy, capable hands. I cannot recommend them highly enough. The house was immaculate & the animals all in great shape on my return. Thank you!
Maria Elena and Gary came from Spain and looked after my house and (variety of) pets for around three weeks this Christmas (2016). I could not have asked for more. They are experienced, full of initiative, kind, caring and thoughtful. From our first email and Skype chat, to our meeting (we overlapped for two days), to their first fun, reassuring text once they had been left in charge, I relaxed knowing that both animals and house were in caring, trustworthy and capable hands. I cannot recommend them highly enough. The house was immaculate & the animals all in great shape on my return. thank
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