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Extraordinariy Caregivers

United States

Testimonials

They have 2 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Guinea pig(s), Goat(s), Reptile(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s)

Police check

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Availability

From: 28 May 2019
Until: 28 August 2021

Occupation

Designers & Builder

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

John and I are very conscientious, responsible, reliable and very clean with attention to detail so you can enjoy your travels without any worries, of course you will always return home to happy pets and a spotless home with all linens washed and Beds made, we also like to keep in contact with the Homeowners by email and texts with photos and updates to ensure the Homeowner that all is well whilst you are away.

John and I fully understand how important it is to find someone wonderful to care for your Home as well your dear pets as we hired someone whom we believed we knew and trusted to care for our Dobie and our beautiful home for four months in order to be able to travel to India for Johns Hip Surgery! Unfortunately, our beloved Titus was never the same again...as well as the shock of finding many damages to our Beautiful Home that John had just finished remodelling after two years of renovating every detail! John is an amazing Builder from Richmond, Surrey in the UK and I am from Greece, we are both Designers who greatly appreciate a well Designed and well Built Home with both Interiors as well as Outdoor areas. Also as an amazing builder John would be happy to take care of any small projects for you while you are away and you can return to a clean home with your all your projects taken care of.

John and I have been House Sitting in London, Greece, NY, Napa, Sonoma. Mendocino, Mill Valley and LA California with many repeat visits to several homes when scheduling allows! Since we lost our beloved Dobie, Housesitting and Petsitting gives us an opportunity to travel and enjoy being with pets as we both adore having animals around us to care for and enjoy, John is amazing with all animals, I think that he is a bit of a animal whisperer....as all animals just gravitate to him and we will always care for your lovely Home and Pets as if our own!

Why they want to house sit

John and I are passionate about traveling and Housesitting and Petsitting allows us the ability to explore new areas of the world to enjoy plus the opportunity to have a Pet Fix since we have lost our dearly loved Doberman Titus.

Their experience

Of course we have a few stellar references that we have included:


January 25,

Pauline Zamboni
The Inn at Victorian Gardens
Manchester, CA


To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing this letter on behalf of John and Maria Wainwright and in support of their current business efforts. Over the past twenty plus years, I have had the pleasure of working with them in a number of capacities; but more importantly of becoming their friends and family. A bit of background, my late husband and I had the luck to meet John when we were in the process of a major restoration project here on the northern California coast in Mendocino County. We had purchased a 1904 Victorian Ranch House situated on 100 acres of coastal meadows and redwoods. John not only was a major part of our original team by working his magic in carpentry, painting and wallpapering both in the expansion and restoration of this structure; but once the project was completed, I have employed him over the years to return in order to again apply his skills in the continued upkeep of this structure, which has now been an Inn and dining room known as Victorian Gardens for the past seventeen years. In addition to having a close working relationship with John I have also engaged he and Maria to “house sit” when I have had to be away from the property for extended periods of time. I should clarify the term “house sit” as in my case the responsibilities go substantially beyond what is commonly thought of as those of a typical “house sitter”. In the situation on my property, they were not only the caretakers of the house, but of a one acre formal vegetable and flower cutting garden; and of my numerous animals which include: donkeys, sheep, chickens, ducks, and seven outdoor cats - all needing attention and to be feed daily. At my recommendation, I have also secured for them a house sitting position with a close friend of mine, Kathryn Biglow, who also owns a ranch and large property near mine. The two of them remained on her property taking care of it for over three months while John was working with me in undertaking further upgrades to structures here on my property. I understand the reluctance one must have and the care one must take in allowing strangers into their home for any reason, but especially to come in to live as house sitters and possibly caretakers if there are beloved pets also requiring care and attention. However, I can from experience categorically state without hesitation that John and Maria are a trustworthy and wonderful couple, and as such make a formable team when committing to the responsibilities as the situation requires. Should you have questions or just wish to discuss my recommendation further, please do not hesitate to call me at any time:


Sincerely,

Pauline Zamboni,
Owner
The Inn at Victorian Gardens
(707) 882-2718



Julii Oh and Jack
NY, NY

John and Maria petsat/housesat for me for 3.5 weeks. They are kind-hearted, considerate, respectful, sweet and just trustworthy people. Just salt of the earth kind of folks. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them or ask them to return to NYC to stay at my place and housesit or petsit again. So it is my absolutely pleasure to write in support of recommending them.
My priority was that they cared for my beloved Jack Russell with very high anxiety and secondarily that they just take general good care of the place. For half the time, they were at the place by themselves b/c my significant other and I were both out of town and the other half the time they stayed at our duplex upstairs while I stayed downstairs so that they could care for Jack while I was at work b/c my significant other was still out of town. So I can actually provide some insight from a unique stand point of my experience with them as I was out of town as well as having lived with them. If you give some set of directions, no matter how quirky or inconvenient it may be, John and Maria are the kind of people who will respect it and follow it as they take whatever responsibility they signed up for very seriously. They check in with you to be reassuring that all is well. They communicate well and address any questions you may have while you're away, and they set your mind at ease. I can also tell you that since I stayed in the same apt with them, I had to pleasure of getting to know them a bit more. AND as "roomies", they were simply very easy to share the space with. They are clean, considerate, quiet, but if you want to have a conversation, they are just really interesting to have a conversations with.

Thank You,
Julii Oh
Tel:917-593-1347


Pam and Bob
Healdsburg, CA

Hi, John and Maria,

We're still a little jet lagged and fall asleep at weird times, but gradually life returns to normal. We've been munching on the tomatoes you so kindly grew in our planter box and some you graciously left behind in the kitchen. I toasted the bread you left us and took that and some fresh tomato salad to the Tuesday night free concert in the plaza last night.
Big hit! Little touches like that are special to us! Thanks again for the quality house sitting you did for us for 50 days! At first the idea of picking someone we didn't previously know to stay at our house was a little scary. 50 days is a long time to leave one's house in the hands of strangers. However, after we met you a couple of times, it was clear that you were going to be goodhearted, responsible people who would take good care of our house and little Bailey the Beagle and you didn't feel like strangers at all!
I know Bailey misses you because he has been roaming about the house as if to say, "Where are the other people?" He obviously grew very attached to the two of you! I would have left with worries had it not been you two at the helm taking care of him, especially in view of health issues he had just before we left. He seems happy as a clam (can dogs be happy as clams??). It was good to have people in our house who obviously love animals and go the extra mile. It was wonderful to come home to a meticulously kept house with not a spot of dirt anywhere, beds all made with clean sheets, bath towels laundered and put away. It's so much easier on us than having to come home and immediately clean everything. In addition, I was not expecting you to steam clean our oven! It is shinier and cleaner than it's been in a very long time and ready for all the cooking we like to do. Thanks so much for the extra work! If I were looking for a house detailer, I'd be calling you two and you'd be worth every dollar spent. By the way, you did an excellent job of refinishing our little bamboo coffee table... the results far exceeded my expectations as it was so dinged up and stained, but John is obviously a pro at this sort of work. The table looks brand new! Bob is very happy with it, and he is extremely fussy about things like that. It is a testament to your attention to details in all things! Fixing our slightly damaged fence from the surprise fallen tree was above and beyond the call of duty, and you saved us time and money by taking it on yourselves to deal with it before we arrived home. What a treat! There are so many other things you took care of for us while we were gone and it is all genuinely appreciated. The fresh bouquet of hydrangeas from our yard was a nice effect on our living room table when we walked in the house. You are both very thoughtful and helpful people and it was so kind of you to think of preparing us a nice meal for our arrival home after a twelve hour flight. It didn't work out because of other things that came up for us, but what a sweet and generous thought! All our best to you and our good wishes for continued housesitting positions! You deserve them! Let me know if I can help you find some other households in need of sitters. I'd be happy to bend their ears with marvelous reports of your good quality care! Perhaps you could even do house detailing and polishing up and staging for people trying to sell their houses. You'd be great at that!

THANKS SO VERY MUCH!!!!

Pam and Bob and Bailey the Beagle
Healdsburg, California



Carol Hanan
Napa, CA USA

From Carole Hanan whose Lovely Home in Napa that we cared for and will be returning to on the 23rd of April along with her Adorable Yorkie Mollie!

"Hello to you both, I would be more than happy to give you an excellent reccomendation, so please feel able to have your client call me...I know I always feel best about speaking to someone directly

My home phone is 707-251-9090

Best to you, Carole "


February 25,

Ruthanne & Richard
Calistoga, California

To whom it may concern:

John and Maria Wainwright stayed in our home from the end of Dec. 2014 through Jan. 2015, and we are delighted to say they are careful, responsible, and delightful individuals. Even though we left notes of instruction, they were not needed, as John and Maria are intuitive, and watchful and knew just how to care for and respond to the needs of our animals and our property. I would not hesitate to call on them again. They are extremely generous and gifted with their time and energy.
For further inquiry call:

Richard and Ruthanne Svendsen
707-942-6282


Dec 18,
Jacqueline
Mill Valley, CA, United States

John and Maria stayed with my two aging standard poodles on two different occasions. The dogs require a variety of medications and need to be treated in special ways; for example, one of the dogs is almost completely blind and deaf. John and Maria were exemplary in many ways: they contacted me via phone and text if any questions came up, took photos of the dogs and texted them to me, alerted me to problems and how they were solving those problems, they left the house in perfect order and the house was beautifully cleaned upon my return. One specific compliment goes out to them because they were required to take one of my dogs to the emergency veterinarian. Maria stayed at the emergency room during the entire event and even brought me into the conversation with the vet via phone during the exam. It was a traumatic event and it was handled beautifully and gracefully with no complaints from them whatsoever.

I highly recommend John and Maria as Trusted Housesitters!

Jacqueline

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Feb 2,
Irene and Patrick
Sonoma, CA USA

John and Maria have been our home sitters and pet sitters twice during the last two months for a total of 4 weeks. We found them to be trustworthy and they are very friendly. They did take very good care of the house. The dogs befriended them right away. It was our first experience with TrustedHousesitters, and we were a little weary at first to leave the house and the dogs to complete strangers. But John and Maria had wonderful references, and it gave us the confidence to request their service. We can confirm that all their great reviews are well deserved.

They are now friends of the family, pups included.

Irene and Patrick

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Judy & Larry
Napa, CA

We have had John and his wife Maria house sit for us on several occasions and I have already recommended them without hesitation to friends who travel. They are a charming couple who clearly have a way with animals. We had them over after our return and I could tell by the way that my pets greeted them that they had all gotten attached to each other while we were traveling.

It was heartwarming.
Judy & Larry

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09 November
Francesca and Arky
Mendocino, CA

John and Maria Wainwright are a great team of artist restorers and pet , livestock sitters. They stayed at our place for a little more than two weeks taking care of our dog, two cats, chickens, and cows. Before we left they helped us to pick out appropriate colors for our historical victorian farm house and we are absolutely delighted by the results of both quality work and choice of colors! Lastly they did a superior job in cleaning up and really making our place shine before our return.

Thanks John and Maria

Francesca and Arky

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Jessica -
Mountain View, California, United States

John and Maria sat our house and cats for five days. I had to post last-minute and was afraid that I wouldn't find someone. They answered quickly though and I was so glad to find good sitters. They were prompt and friendly. They seemed fine with my high-maintenance cat's antics and delivered my scaredy-cat's food upstairs to the bedroom where she was hiding. I felt like they cared about my pets and wanted them to be happy. I was also pleased with the house when I returned, because it looked like I had never left! They kept it clean and vacuumed, washed the sheets and remade the bed. There was no work to do on my return, which is an awesome feeling after being away. I recommend Maria and John as sitters and hope to have them back to care for my own pets soon.

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Jim -
Novato, California, United States

Maria and John were great. They treated our home like their own. Very clean, carpet vacuumed and fresh sheets on the bed. They even cleaned my BBQ. Cosmos our dog is in agreement. We certainly will call on them for any future trips. Highly recommended.

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Nancy -
Fairfax, California, United States

John and Maria cared for my 17 year old cat Marco while my dogs and I were on a Christmas road trip. They were very attentive to details prior to my departure and asked all the right questions. And while I was gone they responded to any inquiry I had while at the same time they were extremely self sufficient. Additionally, John is a builder and carpenter so while I was away he did a little project for me. AND, most importantly, Marco had been so well attended to while I was gone that upon my return I did not get the two hour lecture that can be delivered if he has been lonely. John had even gone to get new cat food for him and brought it back AFTER my return home because he had noticed that Marco was suddenly repulsed by the only flavor of cat food that was left. Of course, that variety had been his favorite just three weeks prior, but that's the way Marco is rolling lately! Anyway, that's what you want, someone to notice those lovely little behavior ticks and respond to them as you would. I recommend Maria and John most highly.
Your animals will be loved and cared for and your house will be as well.


Heather
Mill Valley

John and his wife Maria were pleasant, responsible caretakers of our home and its furry inhabitants (a cat, and a guinea pig!). They were prompt, communicated clearly, and the house was spotless and all animals happy and well cared for when we returned.

Thank you!

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Nicola -
San Jose, California, United States

John and Maria came to look after our dog for a week in April 2017, they took the time to come to meet myself and Maisie before we went away so we all felt comfortable. They are both extremely friendly and comfortable to be around, nothing was too much trouble. They immediately fell in love with Maisie and it seems Maisie felt the same too!! John also did some work in the house for us, I can highly recommend his workmanship and the house was cleaned up of all the dust and mess when we returned.
I shouldn't say too many good things about John and Maria however as they will become so popular they wont have time to come back to sit for Maisie when we go away, they are definitely top of my list for a dog/house sitter in the future.

Fantastic!

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Edith -
Berkeley, California, United States

Maria and John were fabulous. I was taken ill in another city and could not come home at the expected time. They stayed and took care of my cat Amber and my house and garden. They did a fantastic job. I highly recommend this couple. They are caring and very competent in handling all situations.


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Elizabeth -
San Rafael, California, United States

Amazing! We feel so lucky to have found these two special people! Our cat can't stop meowing about them. They were clean, considerate, and caring.

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Veronica -
Sonoma, California, United States

Maria and John have taken care of my home and my beloved pets Little Ricky and Ruby. They are conscientious, trustworthy and always a pleasure to have around.

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Allison - San Francisco, California, United States ?
?Maria & John watched my cat Evie while I was gone for a wedding. I came home to a very clean house and happy kitty!

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Steven - Gualala, California, United States
06 October - 08 October 2017

Maria and John have house/pet sat for us a number of times and are wonderful to work with. Our dog Simon, who can be somewhat skittish with people, really likes them and warms to them right away. While we are away we receive texts and pictures of Simon looking quite at ease. When we arrive home we find everything in immaculate conditions which is very welcoming after a long trip.
We highly recommend Maria and John.

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For any additional Information please do feel free to contact us!

Both John and I are very much looking forward to hearing from you!


Regards,
John and Maria Wainwright
707.513.3
uktitus@gmail.com506

What can they bring to the assignment

John and I take each and every assignment very seriously as we take responsibility and Ownership of each Home and Pet and care for as if our own.

Available to house sit

Greece, United Kingdom, United States

Availability dates

From: 28 May 2019
Until: 28 August 2021

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2018

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 2

Testimonials

The best ever!

If you think you’ve had great house sitters, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve had Maria and John. So delightful! They were fabulous with our dog who needs daily exercise plus our 20 year old cat. Maria sent pictures of them regularly (which I requested) with communiques keeping us informed of how happy the pets were and all their activities. They left the house immaculate with every item in place because they take pictures of everything when they arrive, making sure you return home to a place EXACTLY as you left it. They are pros and I couldn’t have been happier. Great communication, completely reliable and trustworthy, clean and tidy, friendly, fun and warm, utterly non-demanding and helpful. John even fixed a leak we had in an essential outdoor hose. I would not hesitate to have them again. Indeed, I would be disappointed if they were not available. I recommend them highly. You will not be sorry!

Daryl, United States, 11 June, 2019

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  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
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  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

House Sitting Pros

Maria and John came to stay at our large vineyard property for a few weeks in Sept/Oct to look after our aging dog, 2 cats, 2 horses, chickens and gardens. Upon receiving my first message from Maria, I had no doubt that this was the couple we were looking for. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with them a few months prior to our vacation when they were on their way through our area. After spending an hour or so getting know one another and showing them the ropes, my husband and I felt very comfortable with John and Maria and we asked them for a commitment that day. Over the next few months, we kept in touch and I got a sense of how serious and conscientious this couple is about their house sitting assignments. While away, we received plenty of email reports complete with pictures, and never had worries or concerns. Upon our late evening return, Maria and John had a lovely home-cooked meal waiting for us. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was arriving home to a bright, warm, fragrant house where we found everything (and everyone) just as we left them - tidy, happy, and not having missed us all that much! Thanks again you two for the welcome home bouquets, fresh herbs, food in the fridge and contented animals!

Matt and Jody, United States, 17 October, 2018

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Last updated: 10 June 2019