They have 5 testimonial s (view below)
Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Reptile(s) – We are fit and can handle also strong dogs.
They have a police check
From: 6 August 2023
Until: 31 December 2031
(see their busy times below)
House and pet sitters, VA (virtual assistant) and remote supervisor
They have referees/references (view below)
We (Kirsten, 46 and Iwan, 50) are a reliable, experienced, tidy, non smoking and easy going couple.
We lived for 17,5 years on the tropical island Curacao (Dutch Caribbean). We were home owners for more then 10 years and we had 3 adopted dogs and a land turtle.
House and pet sitting is a way of living for us, so we will do our utmost to receive good recommendations from you.
We look after your property and all kind of pets (cats, dogs, horses, chickens, birds, fish) and we also manage your B&B during the holiday season.
In January 2018 we sold everything (house, cars, furniture) and we started traveling. We love the freedom and the chance to explore different cultures, meet new people and animals and learn new languages. We can do so, because we are independent, remote workers. We don't have our own place anymore, so we are complete flexible. In Europe we travel with our own car.
We successfully completed 21 house and pet sits as of June 2018. We had many different house sits where the home owners were more than satisfied. We looked after horses, dogs, cats (including medications), chickens, doves, ducks, fish and also houses only. From top of the class luxury properties to very basic, rural places. We also managed a holiday property with 4 apartments and we are used to live off grid.
Kirsten (45) was an interior designer and a property manager for 3 years for different home owners, who rented their house/apartments to tourists. She did the check in/out of the guests and she was responsible for the maintenance. Recommendation letters can be send to interested home owners. Currently she's part time virtual assistant for a Dutch company.
Iwan (48) studied for bailiff, but developed himself as insurance advisor and sales manager in the insurance industry. Currently he's part time remote supervisor for the Dutch organization which coordinates the Covid testing and vaccination.
A lot of experience! We are available for short term, mid-term and long term periods for house and pet sitting. We also run B&B’s. We see this as “a way of life” and not as a holiday, so we’ll be putting a lot of efforts in a good relationship with the home owners and guests.
We don't have children and that's also why we love animals around us. Dogs, cats and chickens were the most common pets we had to take care of. All with their own stories (chasing a boar, climbing in a tree and not getting out, medications, sleeping on the bed, dog biting one of the owners the night before they left).
During house sits we can give as many updates as you want, by phone, email, WhatsApp or Skype.
We speak fluently Dutch, good English, German, Papiamentu (creole Caribbean language), intermediate Spanish and a little French. In Europe we have our own car so we are very flexible with start and end dates. We have excellent experiences with home owners. We are non-smokers, Iwan is very sportive (hiking, biking and running) so he can take even the most energetic dog with him for a run.
We don’t need much, only good WiFi and a mobile signal for our business. We look after your property and pets as if they are our own and we are very tidy. All places are left spotless clean.
We are also very aware and low consumers of energy (like limited electricity from solar panels). We have our liability insurance in case something goes wrong (we never had to use it).
We are both fit and never had to cancel a sit before or during a house sit, because of an illness. In case of any health issues we have our Dutch medical insurance with worldwide coverage. And we have a private liability insurance with worldwide coverage.
Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Caribbean, Central South America, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South East Asia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam
From: 6 August 2023
Until: 31 December 2031
They have indicated that they are busy at the following times:
15 October 2023 to 20 November 2023
They don't charge for house sitting services
MindMyHouse member since 2018
Age: 46-55 years old
Family status: Couple
Total completed house sits: 7
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Best pet and house sitter ever
Kirsten and Iwan took care of our 5 dogs, 1 cat, garden and house for 3 months.The biggest dog is 63 kg the smallest 3kg. Kirsten and Iwan are fantastic sitters They took our dogs for a walk which is not easy! They met our friends with other dogs, who really liked them. They cuddelt our cat ! We had constant information about the animals. Our house and garden were so clean when we came back! If they apply to you I can only say - TAKE THEM !! Very nice couple.I hope they will come back to us !
Tatjana, Portugal, 19 March, 2023
Kirsten and Iwan, fantastic, reliable house sitters and very good with dogs. Leave your home in good hands without any worries, that's where they stand for!
Kristen and Iwan have taken care of our house, two dogs and the garden for a longer period. As they say themselves, we do not see it as a vacation, but as work. They do this with great enthusiasm and always a smile on their face. They are very serious and responsible. They are also solution-oriented and take initiative, are caring and thoughtful. They keep you well informed and have good communication skills. We have a large, old house that needs some attention; they have done this with care without many words and questions. They understood exactly what we wanted and there was an excellent click between us. The dogs had a fantastic time, ran a lot, well cared for and they were consistent. The dogs are in top condition now. The garden and all plants are wonderfully cared for, which can be quite difficult in a hot summer. They occasionally sent pictures of the dogs as well as the house and garden. This is a very nice initiative and it gave us an idea of how well everything was going. During and on departure they were very neat and clean on our house and our belongings. They speak both Spanish, which is very nice and handy in Spain. We are very enthusiastic about Kirsten and Iwan we hope that they will look after our house again in the future, but we really allow everyone these fantastic house sitters. Leave your home and pets in safe hands without worry. How relaxing, reassuring and pleasant is that! Thank you again Kirsten and Iwan. A review is important, but sometimes it cannot be expressed in words. (It was more than excellent.)
Leonie, Spain, 08 November, 2020
Its always russian roulette, you never know what kind of sitters you are going to get! Are they pet minded, clean, trustworthy...you just don’t know until they arrive. But from the first moment that Kirsten & Iwan arrived I knew we would be fine! Out going, enthusiastic & easy to talk to. It just clicked. We went away on our holiday with no worries! Our pets were taken good care of, with daily walks & they got lots of love and attention. We came home to a lovely meal & the house was clean & tidy the way we left it. Should I ever need a house sitter again Kirsten & Iwan will be on top of my list.
Roxanne, Spain, 16 December, 2018
Smart, caring friendly couple
Iwan and Kirsten are the best thing that happened to us during a terrible year. My mother broke her hip and is now in a wheelchair, my mother-in-law died and one of our cats died as well. But they were there for us. They came to our house so that I could visit my 89-year-old mother in the US. And now they’re coming back so that we can go to Holland and clear out my mother-in-law‘s apartment for sale. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them. They are extremely reliable, communicative, kind and just all-around good people. They left the house so clean it was like a professional did it! And the most important thing was that they were so good with our cats. We have older cats with medical needs and they made sure that they ate and got their medication and kept an eye on them on a regular basis. It really meant the world to us and we never had to worry while we were far away in the United States. They are the perfect housesitters really, and I have nothing but good to say about them. If you need someone to take care of your house and/or your animals, you can’t go wrong with this lovely couple.
Barbi, France, 29 October, 2018
Excellent friendly housesitters
Kirsten and Iwan were great housesitters, they kept the place nice and clean and were able to deal with any issues that arose. Communication with them was good and they are really laid back and easy to get along with. Unfortunately I wasnt able to meet with them in person, but I would be happy to host them in my home again.
Benjamin, Spain, 05 October, 2018