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Mature-ish non-smoking couple with house-sitting experience looking for new adventures!!

Ireland

Testimonials

They have 6 testimonials (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Guinea pig(s), Farm animal(s) – dogs, cats, rabbits, tropical fish, guinea pigs, etc....

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 1 March 2024
Until: 29 April 2025
(see their busy times below)

Occupation

Self-Employed & Semi-retired

References

They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

Irish couple, mature-ish and non-smokers that have reared 4 daughters, 4 dogs, 2 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs & 1 cat (not altogether, mind you) looking to travel and seek out new adventures before the grandchildren start coming (lol). Sam is a self-employed Family Support Worker and Joe retired early from Industrial management.

We both love all kinds of animals and enjoy D.I.Y, travelling, camping, our garden, being outdoors and living by the sea.

Why they want to house sit

Interested in visiting people’s homes and exploring different places, meeting new people and enjoying their homes and animals and treating their homes and animals like as if they are our own.

Their experience

We are experienced house & pet owners and have minded animals/caretaken homes for our own family & friends. We had our first official housesitting assignment back in April/May 2017 Ireland Co. Kildare and have done the following since then
- Sept /Oct 2018 5 weeks in Ireland Co. Clare
-March/April 2019 3 weeks in Portugal,
-April 2022 Alicante Spain 1 week
- October 2023 Ireland Co. Wexford 1 week & another stay of a a long weekend
-February 2023 Ireland Rosslare Co. Wexford (back again for 5 weeks)
(please see testimonials below).
We also got the opportunity to do 2 house & pet-sits recently in sunny Perth Western Australia Jan 2023 (through friends).
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting each of these house-sits and look forward to many more to come.

What can they bring to the assignment

Maturity, reliability, trustworthiness, some DIY, cleaning and gardening skills, cuddles (for the pets, lol) and a sense of adventure.

We are happy to consider anywhere for any amount of time preferably in the Autumn/Winter/Spring months (as we usually busy in summer months here in Ireland with family commitments ) We also would have a preference for longer-sits if we need to pay for flights.
We also very happy to help out with holiday let’s/rentals/camping/glamping etc ...
we look forward to hearing from you … :)

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, North East Asia, Norway, Panama, 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, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 1 March 2024
Until: 29 April 2025

They have indicated that they are busy at the following times:
1 May 2024 to 2 September 2024

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2017

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 4

Testimonials

In praise of Sam & Joe Colman

Sam & Joe minded our home and three pets for 9 days. We arrived home to a very happy and relaxed big dog, rabbit and pony. Our home was just as we had left it. Sam & Joe were fantastic and we would love them to house sit for us again. Highly recommend

Aisling , Ireland, 29 April, 2023

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

Simply the best

Sam & Joe really are the best. They not only looked after our home and pets as if they were their own, but they also dealt with a particularly challenging unforeseen situation in a very professional and capable manner. We couldn't have asked for better: they were friendly, maintained excellent communications, and were very clean and tidy. Our pets were very happy and obviously well cared for. We thoroughly recommend them, but we have also asked them to sit for us again. Exemplary! Thanks Sam and Joe.

John & Jane, Ireland, 06 October, 2022

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

Short and sweet

Sam and Joe what a lovely couple Sam and Joe stayed at our villa in Spain recently while we had a short break. They looked after our 2 dogs 1 cat and the local stray cat. Our pets where very happy and content on our return and the house was spotless. They even left us a little gift which is now sitting proudly in our conservatory. For any one that wants to travel without any niggling doubts i would highly recommend Sam and Joe. Hopefully they will be coming back to us one day

peter, Spain, 22 April, 2022

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

The best house sitters we have ever had!

What can I say other than - we didn't really want them to leave! Sam and Joe looked after our house, dog and ducks for almost a month while we were away for work and holiday. The house was clean and spotless on our return, they even put flowers everywhere. The garden was tidy and organised (which it certainly wasn't before we left) and most importantly our dog Zavi was totally content. We could tell he had a great time with Sam and Joe and I think he was a little sad to see them go. Sam and Joe also bought some baby chicks into the world for us! Friendly, positive, clean, reliable and happy house sitters that we would ask back in a flash! We cannot thank you enough! Love Candy, Ben and Zavi x

Candice, Portugal, 04 April, 2019

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

Trustworthy and reliable, strongly recommended.

Sam and Joe looked after our house for five weeks while we were in France. We met them for lunch before the house sit and we had no reservations about entrusting our house (and Snowy the cat!) to them. The looked after the house and cat and even kept the grass cut.. and we have a lot of grass! They kept in touch by email. The house was immaculate on our return and everything fine. We would have no hesitation about using them again if the opportunity arises or recommending them to anyone else.

Tony, Ireland, 29 October, 2018

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

Thank you for looking after our house and animals!

We had the pleasure of welcoming Sam and Joe into our home while we went on vacation for 2 weeks. We felt the house was very well looked after and the dogs, cats and chickens all seemed very comfortable after our return. Joe even managed to fix a broken door lock for us! All communication was very prompt with regular updates from the home front during our time away. I have no reservation at all recommending Joe and Samantha for your housesitting needs.

Erick, Ireland, 18 November, 2017

  • 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: 24 January 2024