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Hands-on reliable couple with IT, home care, DIY and garden skills

France

Testimonials

They have 4 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish – Dealt with emergency medical issues for one of the pets and attacks between dogs.

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 31 December 2022
Until: 31 December 2025
(see their busy times below)

Occupation

Lifestyle consultant and virtual administrator

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Keith and Marijke are a couple around 60 originally from the UK and The Netherlands. After living 5 years in the UK and 25 years in Australia we have moved to France and bought a house in Limoux. We like to create a lifestyle where we combine working online with living in Limoux and housesitting in a variety of countries.

Why they want to house sit

We are house owners ourselves and we care about properties and their gardens. We understand that it can be hard to leave a house unattended for a period of time when home owners like to travel themselves. House sitting to us is a perfect win win situation where a home owner has peace of mind when leaving the property and the house sitter gets the opportunity to experience a variety of houses and can explore new locations. Also due to our preferred lifestyle we do not have pets ourselves, but we do love them. Housesitting is the perfect to get to care for other people's pets.

Their experience

We have looked after houses and gardens with dogs, cats and chickens in Australia (2), The Netherlands (1), Spain (2) and France (6). Marijke has maintained a large garden in Brisbane while the Australian owners were on a sabbatical in France for 6 months. We have experience with homes with more than one dog - in fact two of our housesits had four dogs.
We have external references available if requested. Not all our housesits have been organised via Mind My House. Most of the housesits we have done were either via word of mouth or we were directly approached through this site. We have done a couple of repeat house sits.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are a hands-on couple with extensive garden (vegetable garden in training) and computer skills and we have looked after homes with up to 4 dogs, two cats and chickens. Some of the dogs were very strong and large. Also we have experience in receiving paying guests and making them feel comfortable. Marijke has advanced hospitality skills and client contact in various countries including France, UK, Switzerland, Australia and The Netherlands.
We have done house sits where we had to deal with severe storms, flooding in the house, mould and rot in vegetable gardens due to excessive rains and a pet that needed urgent medical attention. We have always made sure we did what was needed and mediated with the owners in the best possible way.
In sum, if you have specific requests for your house sit, have a chat to us. We might well have the experience!

Available to house sit

France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland

Availability dates

From: 31 December 2022
Until: 31 December 2025

They have indicated that they are busy at the following times:
1 December 2022 to 31 December 2022

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: 2

Testimonials

A challenging time in France

It proved a challenging time for Marijke and Kieth whilst minding our house. Our veg garden is the most important aspect of the sit which this year was drowned by rain and afflicted by the subsequent mould. They contacted our friends in the village and obtained advice from them plus they kept in touch with us for advice etc. After the sit the weather improved as did the garden. Upon our return it was apparent that they weren’t used to cultivating a vegetable plot but in fact they did a good job and learned a few things for future house sits.The house was immaculate and Marijke left us some chutneys which she had made using the veg from the garden. So thanks for looking after things.

Patricia, France, 28 September, 2021

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly

Great Housesitters

Marijke and Keith looked after La Bourdette really well for us over the two weeks and were very professional in their dealings with regard to visitors to the property. They were always available quickly if needed for communication and were totally reliable. They are a lovely, cheerful and hard-working couple who left the house in immaculate order. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them as house-sitters!

David, France, 26 July, 2021

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden

Great Sitters for our 2 dogs and 2 cats

Marijke and Keith were great sitters for my two dogs (one large & one high energy medium sized) and two cats - they followed our guide and if they weren't sure of something they asked first - a really good quality. Their sit from Nov 2020 was during the various lockdowns in the UK and Spain and they were very flexible and accommodating with our dates changes when flights got cancelled and rescheduled. In the end they kindly extended their stay until February and even arranged for handover to new sitters as we were still stuck in the UK. They were sensible, caring and great up front communicators in addition to taking good care of our brood of animals. They'd be welcome back any time.

GInnie, Spain, 04 March, 2021

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

Excellent, reliable, house and animal sitters

Marijka and Keith are excellent house sitters. They have done two sessions for us, 2 weeks and 5 weeks, and we have booked them again for 6 weeks next Spring. They are a reliable, well organised, clean and tidy couple. Our dogs and cats are well cared for and look healthy on our return. All our plants were thriving too. They adapted very well to off-grid living and coped well with difficult circumstances like the floods we had on both their October visits.

Simon, Spain, 02 December, 2019

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

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Last updated: 11 June 2022