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Practical couple seeking assignments in France or Spain

United Kingdom

Testimonials

They have 1 testimonial (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s)

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 1 September 2020
Until: 31 January 2021

Occupation

Retired

References

They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

We are a fit and young at heart couple in our 60s. I am a retired project manager, having run my own successful consultancy business. I was a volunteer for ChildLine for 2 years and served for 5 years on Nottinghamshire Police Authority. My husband is a software developer who works part time from home - wherever that is, but we would need good internet (broadband) access. Good mobile phone reception would be a bonus. We are both non smokers and have clean driving licences. Dates are flexible.

Why they want to house sit

I am retired and my husband works part time from home so we are now no longer tied to a particular location. Some years ago we stayed at a friend's house near Angouleme in France in return for feeding the cat and mowing the lawn. This was an informal house / cat sit and it sparked our interest in doing it on a more regular basis. We enjoy experiencing different areas while living as locals and enjoying the company of family pets.

Their experience

We have used house/pet sitters ourselves in the past and so understand what owners are looking for. We take our house sitting responsibilities very seriously, caring for the home and pets as if they were our own. We both have many years experience of looking after dogs, cats (we had 5 of our own at one time!) and small pets.
We completed a 4 week house-sit in the Correze region of France (February 2018), looking after 7 chickens, 2 dogs and 3 cats. Feedback from our hosts: 'Gill and Andy were excellent House Sitters and looked after all our animals with care and thoughtfulness. The house was respected and cared for and an excellent meal awaited us on our return - Thank you. We recommend Gill and Andy's services, without reservation and hopefully they will have better weather at their next location!'
Our next house sit was in September 2018 in Surrey looking after two adorable cats (our 5 star review on Trusted House-sitters reads: 'Huge thanks to Gill and Andy who recently looked after our two cats Elsa and Alfie. You said you were cat lovers before you arrived and you definitely are because when we got back Elsa and Alfie couldn't have been calmer. It was as if we'd not been away. Gill and Andy communicated brilliantly before the sit and also kept us updated during. They left our house spotless and knowing we were arriving home early had very kindly bought us some lovely croissants for breakfast which was very thoughtful. We and the kitties would be very happy to see you again one day. Thank you'.
We spent Christmas and New Year 2018/19 looking after a house in Mallorca together with two lovely pets - a dog and a cat. Once again - a 5 star review! 'Gill and Andy were fantastic - Bob and Ash were pleased to see us home but, without doubt, they loved Gill and Andy and had been well looked after and loved. Gill and Andy stayed at our house over Christmas and New Year and I was actually just as concerned that they had a good time! We arrived home, the animals were content, our guests were happy and there was a chicken casserole waiting. Lovely people - win win all round!'
Recently we were asked back to Surrey at Easter 2019 for a repeat house / cat sit - reflecting the owners satisfaction with our efforts. Another 5 stars!
In June 2019, we spent almost 4 weeks looking after a house and 3 cats (plus various visiting waifs and strays!) in Valencia, Spain. Tasks also included garden and swimming pool maintenance. Another 5 stars!
Our most recent sit was for 10 days in February 2020 in Menton on the Cote D'Azur, looking after a lovely cat. Once again we were awarded 5 stars.
We want owners to know that their home and pets are in very good hands.

What can they bring to the assignment

I am a keen gardener - from lawns to herbacious borders, herbs and fruit & veg. I enjoy keeping a house looking clean, neat and tidy. My husband is very good at general DIY and is an I.T professional. He grew up in South Africa so is good at maintaining swimming pools! We have a great deal of experience in looking after cats and dogs (sorry, we don't do horses). We both drive, have our own car, and are non smokers. We are both educated to degree level and between us we speak some French and Spanish and a little German. We are happy to talk to potential hosts by phone or via WhatsApp.

Available to house sit

France, Spain

Availability dates

From: 1 September 2020
Until: 31 January 2021

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2017

Personal details

Age: 66-75 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 1

Testimonials

Pleased to have a reliable couple who exceeded our House sitter expectations.

Gill and Andy were excellent House Sitters and looked after all our animals with care and thoughtfulness. The house was respected and cared for and an excellent meal awaited us on our return - Thank you. We recommend Gill and Andy's services, without reservation and hopefully they will have better weather at their next location!

Kris, France, 11 March, 2018

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

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Last updated: 4 March 2020