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Responsible, honest, clean, mature and fit chap available to house-sit.....now with my long-time partner Valerie. She recently retired so can now house-sit with me

United Kingdom

Testimonials

They have 13 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Pig(s), Goat(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – Yes. Spent my childhood on a farm. I'm good with most animals. HOWEVER, please inform us about problematic animals BEFORE we agree for me/us to look after them....that means mental as well as physical and medical.

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 26 February 2022
Until: 2 February 2024

Occupation

Retired

References

They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

We are fastidiously clean and respectful of other peoples' belongings. We take care of other folks' property as if they were ours.
We are both from, and live, in the North of England. My partner Valerie lives in Newcastle and I am from and spend some of my time in Nidderdale in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, and the rest in Newcastle.
We like to spend time south of here where the weather will be more agreeable.
I like to hike and bike. I am very fit. I try cycle 1000 miles per month! It's no fun riding a pushbike in the cold, wet & wind. Val also likes taking walks so we get out quite a bit.

I do quite a bit of buying and selling on line so an internet connection is a MUST!

I am an early riser and usually early to bed. I don't smoke. I am NOT a party animal! Same can be said for Val, though not such an early riser....

Why they want to house sit

Why do you want to house sit? It's an opportunity to live and experience life in another place.....and hopefully get weather decent enough for me to get out on my bike most days exploring the local area. For Val, she likes to keep the animals company!

Their experience

I grew up in the Yorkshire Dales on my family's small-holding (when I wasn't away at school).
I went to Giggleswick School - an historic traditional English boarding school. Following that I did Business Studies at Harrogate College....so I've had a good education.

On our small farm we had cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks.....numerous cats, and always a couple of dogs. We never had horses but I am good with most animals and never have a problem making a connection with them. I 'feel' for an animal as if they were a fellow human, so I take care of them accordingly. I cannot bear to see cruelty or neglect.

I have house-sat several times in the past before this Winter, including looking after 2 horses, dog, 2 cats & 2 gerbils in Denmark, looking after a 49ft ketch in Mexico, a wheat farm in Western Australia and several properties in the USA inc. Oregon, Pennsylvannia. Numerous properties in Europe.

Am I experienced? Yes. Very experienced in LIFE. I'm well educated. I have done many different jobs, including:
-managing a wheat farm in Western Australia
-driving around the world in a Land Rover (95-2001)
-sailing across the Atlantic in a small (8m) sailboat....and sailing the Tasman, Caribbean, Pacific, Sea of Cortez and the Med. Crewing and delivering many boats.
-I am an experienced driver and have licences for trucks, buses and motorbikes along with my regular car licence.
-I have travelled extensively to well over 100 countries and experienced much, including many earthquakes, civil war, and the Tsunami (Sri Lanka).
-I look after myself very well and am quite a good cook. I am also handy at most things. I have renovated 2 houses and maintain my own vehicles.

I can get by in French and Spanish. I have basic German, (VERY basic) Chinese and Russian.

Val has recently retired from a regional management position at Marie Curie cancer charity. She has spent her whole career in Human Resources (what we used to call 'Personnel').

What can they bring to the assignment

I can bring a dependable, honest, clean Yorkshireman to look after your property and pets. I have few ties at home and lots of time for myself so being anywhere is not a problem for me. I am self-contained!
I can also bring my long term partner, Val, with me. She loves animals too and is happy to keep them company at home whilst I am out for a bike ride. She has visited the Congo to see the Mountain Gorillas as well as Kenya to see the rhinos. She also supports her local animal rescue as a volunteer.

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, 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, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Moldova, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, 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, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 26 February 2022
Until: 2 February 2024

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: 13

Testimonials

Excellent sitters

We were exceptionally happy with James and Val as our house sitters, they kept us informed via email all through out our holiday, we came home to a very clean and tidy house, and all of our animals very chilled and happy. We would not hesitate to recommend them as house sitters and would be delighted if they could sit for us again in future.

Janette, United Kingdom, 12 November, 2022

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

Difficulties successfully overcome!

James and Val took great care of our house pets and farm animals for a week over Christmas. We came back to relaxed cats and everything organised. They had some unexpected difficulties - Val was ill, bad weather all week and too many sheep caught in brambles - but they coped with it all, keeping in touch and looking after everything just as I'd hoped and leaving me a well-stocked wood-pile despite the wet. They are competent, trustworthy and experienced house-sitters and I'd happily invite them again.

Teona, United Kingdom, 01 January, 2022

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

Very nice interesting couple

James and Val looked after our dog, cat ducks and chickens. They kept us updated while we were away and coped with everything very well. Very easy to get on with I would definitely recommend them for any house sitting situation.

Kate, France, 08 November, 2021

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

Fantastic

I cannot recommend James & Val more. They were absolutely fantastic and looked after our home and our boys to a five star standard. They went above and beyond and we cannot thank them enough for making us feel at ease while we were away. We would have them back in a flash :)

Millie, United Kingdom, 06 October, 2021

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

Great housesitters

James and Val were great house sitters who looked after our house and animals really well. They have huge experience house sitting and it showed as they handled every situation with ease and commmunicated regularly leaving us feeling totally relaxed while we were away.

Alistair , France, 22 July, 2021

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

Great confidence in our house sitter

James looked after our cat and our rural property for two winter months, and we felt entirely confident in going away for that length of time: our first holiday away from the property and business for a few years! James was great at communication, and very considerate about all that needed looking after. We highly recommend James, what he says he will do he delivers...Thank you very much for all your help! Lisanne and Den

Lisanne, France, 20 February, 2019

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

Great House Sitter!

James has house sit for us on two occasions. Once at our home in Denmark and just recently at our house in Spain. Both times he has been very responsible and conscientious, taking very good care of our property/animals and keeping a good line of communication open with us. Not only that, he very kindly thinks about the cost of utilities and helped us keep those minimal. Highly recommended!

Maggie, Denmark, 25 February, 2018

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

Very Pleased

James looked after our house and animals very well, in Normandy and kept us informed by email of everything going on. House was lovely clean and tidy on our return and we would recommend him to anyone. Thank you James

Margaret, France, 28 October, 2017

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

Very Pleased

James looked after the animals very well. On arrival home the house was spotless and clean and would recommend to anyone.

Margaret, France, 27 October, 2017

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

Couldn't have asked for more!

This was our first time using a house sitter and we couldn't have asked for more. James was professional, friendly, and extremely reliable. He went above and beyond by repairing a broken fence, and erecting a new one on our terrace. Not to mention dealing with a mouse problem we had (sorry to leave you with that James!) James also kept in frequent contact, sending photos of the work he had done. If you want a highly reliable, professional sitter with a lot of experience, then I would highly recommend James

Gary, France, 03 January, 2017

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

Highly recommended.

James was our first house sitter, and as such we were very nervous about what to expect. We absolutely needn't have worried! He kept us updated, did all that was required in terms of the animals, was clean and tidy, and we have kept in touch since. We would certainly use him again, and we highly recommend him.

Mark, France, 02 December, 2016

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

Excellent house sitter!

James looked after our cats and house beautifully. It was kept clean and tidy. The cats loved him and were very relaxed upon our return. He was very reliable, friendly and kept in contact at all times. We could not recommend him highly enough!

David, France, 02 December, 2016

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

Excellent

James was an excellent house-sitter for us for 6 weeks in November 2015. We left him in charge of a dozen sheep as well as 3 cats in our quite remote farmhouse in SW France. He sorted fences when there was a problem and kept us updated on any issues. James left the place clean and tidy and even collected the leaves from the drive and built a compost heap! Would highly recommend him.

Wendy, France, 28 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: 26 June 2022