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Married couple wanting to see new places

United Kingdom

Testimonials

They have 5 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Rodent(s), Pig(s)

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 1 September 2019
Until: 31 October 2019

Occupation

Not stated

References

They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

We are a professional couple who got married in May 2018. I (Carolus) am originally from the Netherlands, my wife Jane is originally from Liverpool (UK) where we met back in 2006. In 2010 we moved to Devon (UK) where we've got to know many great friends.
What we're looking for in a house sit is the excitement of trying something new, seeing a new part of the world, meeting interesting people and, if possible, having the fulfilment of looking after animals.

Why they want to house sit

We're looking for a change, a new direction in life, and want to explore different possibilities and opportunities to make that change. We're currently on a trip around Europe using Mind My House assignments as a foundation (four already done in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Spain, and doing a last one in the UK at the moment).
Traveling is a great passion of ours; house sitting gives us a chance to see parts of the world we haven't seen before.
We love animals but due to work commitments we haven't been able to have them ourselves yet: if there's the option to look after them for someone else it would give us lots of joy and fulfilment.

Their experience

For Mind My House we've done a couple of sits in the UK in December 2018, looking after cats and dogs on both occasions. In March-April 2019 we've done a house sit in the Netherlands (3 cats and 1 dog), in April-May 2019 one in Germany (4 cats and 4 dogs), in May-June 2019 one in France (2 cats and 1 dog), and in June-August 2019 one in Spain (1 cat and 5 dogs).
A few years back we did a 1-week house sit in Berkshire (UK), looking after a dog and a cat. And we've done a 5-week house sit in the Caribbean, which included looking after a rabbit and birds (and free roaming iguanas!).
In Jane's family there have been lots of dogs over the years, and her sister still has 4 now. In Carolus' family there have been cats, dogs, rats and geese.
In addition, we've had pigs ourselves, have friends with cats/dogs, and we've looked after dogs, horses, chickens and ducks for friends/family when they've been away.

What can they bring to the assignment

We're trustworthy, don't mind getting our hands dirty, we're active and like the outdoors, and we're very enthusiastic about the opportunities that house sitting can bring us.

Available to house sit

Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom

Availability dates

From: 1 September 2019
Until: 31 October 2019

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2018

Personal details

Age: 36-45 years old
Family status: Couple

Testimonials

Wonderful Couple!

This was our first request for house sitters on this site. So understandably we were a bit anxious. Jane and Carolus put us at ease from the very first contact via telephone. With each communication, they thought about asking the right questions, they thought about some initial planning elements of the house sit which we did not think about. That's when we saw how experienced they were with house sitting. Jane and Carolus are a truly wonderful couple. Easy going, life loving, with sense of humour and a high sense of responsibility. They looked after our female labrador and the two cats. They did a wonderful job. They kept the house clean. The animals were very well looked after. The communication was also very good and they kept us up to date with everything. On top of this, they had to cope with a sudden invasion of fleas. They did this with home remedies and kept on top of the problem, which required a lot of discipline and determination. A night before our return, they decided to use a local bed & breakfast, to vacate the house, as we were returning with my elderly mother. This was an unexpected gesture which showed their compassion and flexibility. Of course, if we knew they had planned it, we would have insisted they stayed, as the house is big enough. But we were surprised and very grateful at the same time. To sum up. A very, very responsible, flexible and compassionate couple. Thanks to them it was a good first house sitting experience for us. I can highly recommend Jane and Carolus to others. In fact, we miss them and we do hope that our paths will cross again. Thank you Jane and thank you Carolus for your help and for being you! Catherine, Barbara, Bronka, Agata and EmTi xxx

Catherine, France, 08 July, 2019

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

A lovely, reliable couple - perfect housesitters

Carolus and Jane came to sit our farmhouse and pack of animals ( 4 dogs and 4 cats) for two weeks in May. Contact before the actual housesitting assignment was easy and felt comfortable and we were looking forward to meeting this multinational couple. Upon the first moment when they got to our farm a day in advance so we could go over all the details we felt at ease with them. Overall it felt more like friends coming to stay at your place than two strangers whom we had never met before. We left for our vacation with the feeling of leaving both the animals and the house in capable, reliable hands - which is priceless, especially when you know you will be 8.000 km away and not able to just come back if any problems should arise. Carolus and Jane sent us regular updates, pictures and didn‘t hesitate to contact us with any questions. They handled everything, even unforeseen complications, very professionally. Unfortunately due to schedules and agendas we didn‘t get to see them again upon our return since they had to leave early in the morning on that day; however, we couldn‘t have found the house in better condition! Everything was clean and taken care of and the animals were happy and relaxed. We absolutely recommend Carolus & Jane as housesitters and happily welcome them back if agendas allow!

Deb, Germany, 24 May, 2019

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

Couldn't have asked for more!

Carolus and Jane have just spent 10 days looking after my home and pets and they were amazing! The are such a lovely couple, the house was left spotless and the animals all loved them. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them as house sitters and would have them back anytime.

Andrea, Netherlands, 10 April, 2019

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

Just wow!

A very heart felt and humble nod of gratitude to Carolus and Jane for watching Buzz, Pea and Beatle whilst I was at the homeless shelter over Christmas volunteering. The animals were all so loved and the house was left in beautiful order. A bunch of roses, a cup ready for tea and some treats for Buzz were the most thoughtful and kind touch for me to come home to. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you

elli, United Kingdom, 02 January, 2019

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

Amazing sitters & such lovely people!

Carolus & Jane were the perfect sitters. They looked after our pets so well (perhaps too well as I'm sure the dogs were disappointed when we got home!). Communication was spot on, the house was left spotless & we have already booked them to return. We can't recommend them enough. It's so important to have peace of mind when you are leaving your pets & home with someone and we had no worries at all. Thank you guys!!

Rebecca, United Kingdom, 24 December, 2018

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

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Last updated: 16 August 2019