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Self contained/self sufficient sitters for Europe..ANIMAL LOVING, MATURE & RESPONSIBLE, MAYBE AVAILABLE SHORT NOTICE Will sit from motorhome@your property

United Kingdom

Testimonials

They have 11 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Goat(s), Reptile(s), Farm animal(s), Other animal(s) – we have also looked after rare breed sheep that are not reared for slaughter

Police check

They don't have a police check

Availability

From: 20 July 2019
Until: 1 October 2023

Occupation

Housewife/home educators/lecturer

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

We are currently in Valencian region of Spain (2019) We can possibly housesit separately if needed, if you are not too far from where we are. We will housesit in France, Belgium, Germany, Gibralta, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal,UK and Spain. We will take care of dogs, cats, rodents, ducks, chickens etc...just ask. One of us is extremely allergic to horses, but not donkeys.....the site lists (horses/donkeys) which we cannot change. One of us is allergic to cats, but that leaves the other two to love and care for them. We take care of dogs, cats, donkeys, guinea pigs, rats, gerbils, rabbits, rare breed sheep, chickens....just ask ;)

We are European volunteers travelling Europe in our motorhome/campervan, helping people where we can along our way. We are a respectful, trustworthy and honest couple. We are capable and flexible and can often do last minute as we allow plenty of time to get to our next destination, so feel free to contact us if you think we may pass by you, if we are near and you have been seriously let down, we are okay to come to you the same day if necessary and possible.

We sit your family home and pets whilst you are on holiday/vacation and also provide security for empty properties (out of season holiday lets or properties waiting to be sold).

If we do not reply to your email within 5 days, please text as we may not always have internet wifi. Cell phone (UK) = +44 752 395 3744 alternatively (Spanish) = +34 602 64 73 71 the Spanish number only works when we are in Spain, but the UK number is always connected.

Experienced and reliable, long or short term sitters. We are a family of husband,
wife and one child aged 14 (going on 16) free range & 'home' educated. We will travel to any place we can get to in our Motorhome/
camper van, but please note we move like snails so unless we are near to you, we would need to know in advance of your requirements.

Whether you have a rustic abode or a mansion, it matters not to us, we have our own 'palace'. As long as we can access your property with our motorhome/campervan we can come (we can give dimensions upon request)
We are familiar with off grid properties.

We do not judge people, therefore we do not mind if you are aristocratic, friends of royalty or pot smoking hippies. We would however, ask that we do not care for animals being reared for slaughter. If that is what you do, we do not judge you but we do not want to help you to achieve this.

We may be prepared to stay with the hosts for a weekend so that they can meet/get to know us, subject to distance, and are available at short notice subject to getting there, without rushing.....too much :/

Why they want to house sit

We like to house sit mainly because we love caring for pets, we are particularly dog lovers.

We also do voluntary work for 'Workaway' and 'helpx' to satisfy our desire for variety and travel and we also find that we meet interesting people. We have also done voluntary work 'Wwoofing'

We are not looking for temporary accommodation, we are not looking for a holiday home and we are not doing this as means of employment. We are just here to help.

We do not need to go sight seeing, therefore, we are there solely to help you and keep to your normal routine.

We do not pay utility bills or rent as we work on a fair exchange basis, we help you and you help us. You get free animal care, home security and peace of mind, we get a free safe place to park, and free hook up (unless off grid, which we are familiar with) and water and possibly internet connection.

A motorhome will never use anywhere as much electricity or water as a house and all our lighting is led energy saver, our cooking is gas. We have our own shower, washing machine, tumble dryer, cooker,oven and fridge/freezer.

We are very relaxed about our life so we don't rely on house/pet sits, we simply love animals, particularly dogs and like to help people along our way.

We are touring Europe indefinitely, Freedom!!!! wherever the open road takes us or wherever help beckons :D

Their experience

We are experienced as we have been housesitting for many years, but each time we update our location on our page, the site now requires that we put in our start date from the next day's date.

We have done house sittings from 'show homes' to 'rustic abodes', building plots to out of season property lets.

We are usually happy to keep the grass cut and do some weeding and watering as necessary. We habla poco Espanol, but are learning more everyday.

What can they bring to the assignment

Our references/ testimonials can be given by direct contact with previous clients via email, this way you can ask whatever you want to know and ask for a telephone conversation if you prefer. We feel that this provides a more genuine reference than writen testimonials, however, if you are satisfied with on-site testimonials, we have some banked up now since it's recent introduction to the site.

We may be prepared to housesit separately if necessary as long as we are not too long and too far apart. We bring security and peace of mind along with genuine love for your animals and a sense of responsibility for your property.

We allow flexibility for return dates as we always leave a margin for error for unforeseen circumstances.

We can do basic maintenance/gardening if required.

We will leave your property as we find it and have our own place to cook, sleep etc. so no need to invade your space other than to keep your pets company and check everything is in order.

If for some reason you needed to return early from your time away, this would not be a problem for us as we do not need to have flights,train,ferries or the like booked to tie in with housesits.

We are vegetarian/vegan/gluten free for those who object to meat eaters or have food allergies/intolerances. We also avoid chemicals, perfumes and un-natural products in our own environment, through choice rather than allergy. We are okay for everyone else to do what they choose in their own environments though, so we are not preachers of our personal practices ;)

Available to house sit

Belgium, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

Availability dates

From: 20 July 2019
Until: 1 October 2023

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2011

Personal details

Age: 46-55 years old
Family status: Family with children

Testimonials

Survival in the cold

Maria and her daughter Bruni fulfilled this assignment over the Xmas and New Year period despite the fact that their Campervan was still out of action and they had to leave her husband in Oliva.To say the least there was a minimum of handover time which left them unable to be given all the information on how to run our house and garden.That being said the weather here was the coldest we have seen for several years and made their sit harder than it would normally have been.We are very grateful to them for doing this sit and they looked after our dog and parrot very well moving him into the greenhouse to avoid the extreme cold. Maria cooked us a lovely vegetarian lasagne on our return which was much appreciated after a long drive.The house was also left clean and tidy.Overall we would highly recommend them as sitters

ray, Spain, 19 January, 2019

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

Exceptional house sitters!

Chis, Maria and Brunel housesat for us for over 2 weeks over the summer. They are a truly remarkable family! They are so warm and kind, true animal lovers and so caring! They pampered our three dogs and took amazing care of the house, garden and our other pets (gerbils and gold fish). Everything was spotless when we came back and the dogs looked like they had been on holiday themselves. We left them some cash for small incidental expenses but they did not even touch it and wanted absolutely nothing for their expenses or stay. As we got back late at night, they even bought some groceries for us and accepted no money for that either. The fact that Chris, Maria and Brunel have their own motor home makes them independent and discreet. They parked on our drive and were keen not intrude while we still in the house, but I wish we had spent more time with them: they are not a family you meet every day! They have so many fascinating experiences to tell and we could have carried on chatting for hours. Maria kept us informed about the house and dogs while we were away and our neighbours commented what a nice family they were. I do not think that we could have found better people to look after pets for us! We hope that they will be wiling to housesit for us again in the future.

Tony and Kaye, United Kingdom, 13 August, 2017

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

Brilliant

Maria, Chris and Bruni looked after our house , garden and dog (the most important item !) absolutely brilliantly for a couple of months. I have read the other testimonials and I can only wholly endorse them fully. Thoroughly reliable. So pleased we found them.

Ron, United Kingdom, 30 January, 2017

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

Testamonial

This family of house sitters were near-perfect for us. They were virtually self sufficient in their motorhome in our large garden, took good care of our elderly cat and were good company. Cannot recommend them strongly enough. The only drawback is availability, they are only in England in the Summer.

Donal, United Kingdom, 09 September, 2016

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

Great House sitters

Maria and family made us feel comfortable for the moment of contact. They came to our home and stayed in their motorhome while popping into the house and caring for our two dogs Jess and Sid. We would recommend this family highly to house and pet sit. Very relaxed, trustworthy and fun. A real pleasure to meet.

Lauren, United Kingdom, 09 September, 2016

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

Highly recommended house sitters

I can't recommend Maria and Chris highly enough. They went way beyond what was expected to take care of the house and garden and more importantly, they genuinely seemed to enjoy the pets. Communication was excellent. We had unexpected bad news and they were compassionate and flexible throughout. Delightful people.

Kathryn, United Kingdom, 09 September, 2016

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

Caring animal lovers

We were so lucky to have Chris, Maria and Brunel at our house for the Xmas break. The dogs were so cared for that they kept going and sitting on where their motorhome had been parked while they were in here for some days after they had left. They helped us so much with the children while we were still at home and in the garden while we were away. We spend very interesting days together and shared a few meal from which we learnt many things about raising children, home schooling, living on a motorhome and healthy food. We hope to see them again sometime in the future. Thanks for everything!

Nuria, Spain, 09 September, 2016

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

Testimonial

Maria, Chris and Brunel are lovely people and l have no hesitation in recommending them to house sit for anyone. They are trustworthy, honest and reliable. Also friendly, sociable and very experienced at house sitting.

Shirley, United Kingdom, 09 September, 2016

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

Great Experience

This was our first experience of a house sit and we would certainly invite Maria and Chris back to sit again. They sat for 10 days, returning a week late for a further 8 days sitting. Our reason for choosing a house sit was an aged cat who now needs medication twice a day. Maria and Chris took great care of our place and our pets (cat,guinea pigs and fish) introduced themselves to the neighbours and left the place very clean and tidy. Friendly, considerate, helpful and good communication before they arrived. Would definitely recommend!

Joanne, United Kingdom, 09 September, 2016

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

Highly recomended trustworthy and reliable couple

Maria and Chris have been housesitting for us regularly over the last couple of years. They are a gentle and easy going couple, their daughter is well adjusted and polite. You can relax on your holiday knowing that they are able to deal with any eventuality. They have much experience and common sense, and whilst we ourselves do not have pets we know they are true animal lovers. On one occasion they took the pressure off us by arranging replacement sitters, because we extended our time away and Maria and Chris had promised another sit. You will not regret having this couple to sit for you.

Maria y Kristoff, Spain, 09 September, 2016

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

France

Maria and Chris have house sat for us several times. They are so useful. They loved our dog an Irish Wolf hound, and cared for her welfare extremely well. Now that she has gone ,we only have chickens but they would still care for them responsibly.We have also found them useful as Workawayers. Please be assured that as a family we found that they are completely trustworthy and they are always welcome to return here on there travels to warmer destinations.

Heather, France, 09 September, 2016

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

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Last updated: 12 June 2019