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Experienced (over 15 years) house and pet sitters with consistently 5* references



They have 1 testimonial (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Pig(s), Goat(s), Reptile(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – Before becoming a teacher, John worked as a warden in the Longleat Safari Park, Dudley Zoo and Birmingham Zoo (headkeeper). He has degrees in anthropology and has also been a police officer in Birmingham. Jane has worked for many years as a carer and coun

Police check

They have a police check


From: 1 June 2024
Until: 2 June 2025




They don't have referees/references

About this sitter

John & Jane are both retired-ish (John is a p/t psychotherapist and retired teacher; Jane is a retired counsellor). We live in SE Ireland in coastal Wexford. We love where we live but we also like to travel and see new places, and over the past ten years we have had many house/pet-sitting assignments in UK, Spain, Ireland, Bulgaria, and Australia. John has dual UK and Canadian citizenship.

Why they want to house sit

UK, Ireland, Europe, Canada, Australia (but other locations would always be considered).

Their experience

We have been house sitting for over 15 years and have only ever had 5* references (although most were on Trusted House Sitters and we let our subscription lapse when they put up their prices. We'll try and get them copied over from another site).

We have had assignments in the UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia, and many of these were repeat clients.

What can they bring to the assignment

Trustworthy and professional, with proven integrity, resourcefulness, reliability and experience -- all of which would provide you with peace of mind; we ourselves are pet-owning house owners who also have people sitting for us from time to time, so we understand the need to only consider house sitters in whom you have total trust, who will give your pets and your home dedicated care. Both of us have proven expertise in the care of a wide range of animals, as the section below demonstrates. John used to be the headkeeper of Birmingham Zoo and worked for the Lions of Longleat and Dudley Zoo, Jane has a degree in animal management.

We have lived in UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and Bulgaria so we have a wide range of life-experience in many different countries.

Last updated: 1 June 2024

Available to house sit

Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, South East Asia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Availability dates

From: 1 June 2024
Until: 2 June 2025

Do they charge?

They sometimes charge for house sitting services


MindMyHouse member since 2019

Personal details

Age: 66-75 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 1


Jane and John Castleford

It is the first time we have used Jane and John to house/pet sit for us, but hopefully it will not be the last ! After returning from nearly three weeks away, we were very happy with what we found. The pool was sparklingly clean, looking as if it had been attended to by a pro, the plants well watered and cared for (to the extent that some of them looked better than they had ever looked under our watch!), and the two cats happy and contented (and one of the them can be shy and not too easy!). We were 100% happy with everything. Jane and John were also friendly and professional with their attention to detail, and we would give them a score of 12 plus out of 10, and also welcome them back to our house at anytime. Betsy and David

David, Spain, 15 October, 2019

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


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MindMyHouse member since August 2019