We are a friendly, self-funded, trustworthy, well-groomed and house-trained couple with house sitting experience, who are looking to provide you with the confidence that your furry family members are in safe, loving hands while you're away from home.
I am an ex-company director, taking some time out between projects and my partner is a relationship coach and mentor who runs her business online.
We both love all animals, and as I have a particular affinity for cats and Claire has a particular affinity for dogs we bring a deep love of both and any other animals to our house sitting jobs.
We are both responsible, clean (in fact one of our previous house sitting jobs actually commented that we left the house cleaner than when we found it!), professional, non-smokers, respectful and would always look after someone else's house and pets in the way we would want someone to look after our own if the situation were reversed.
As Claire runs her business from 'home', she spends a lot of time in the house, providing great company for the animals of the house, and great company for her while she's working, in fact you can see in one of the pictures on our profile that it's not unusual for her to have a furry friend cuddled up with her while she's working on her laptop!
As we both love animals and exploring new places around the world, this is a perfect way for us to do both! I speak basic Italian and French, and Claire's French is basic to intermediate (while a little out of practice, and she'd love the opportunity to put it into practice again!) and she's learning Spanish.
We have a CRB police check and can provide you with this on request. There will be a video to come soon on our profile, so we look forward to introducing ourselves in person very soon!
We have decided that we want to do more house sitting as my decision to take a bit of time out from projects and Claire's ability to work from anywhere with an internet connection and a power outlet has meant that we're now free to indulge our desire to experience different cultures and places around the world, and as we both love animals, but want to be able to experience more of the world, we get to enjoy the benefits of travel, and spending time with pets too.
We have really enjoyed the house sitting assignments that we've done to date, making friends with pets in different countries (and the neighbours too!) and we're very honoured every time someone chooses to entrust us with their home and furry family members.
We have taken on a number of house sitting assignments across the globe including the UK, France and Costa Rica, caring for dogs, cats ducks and chickens, and homes ranging from small London flats to storey luxury towers in France and properties with guest accommodation in Costa Rica.
Claire loves going for walks and loves having a dog (or dogs!) to accompany on her time outside. We're adaptable, flexible, and happy to look after and maintain the properties we're entrusted with to the level at which the owner requests. We've never had any complaints and have been told that we often leave properties cleaner than when we arrived.
As a relationship coach, Claire's speciality is understanding what's most important to other people and ensuring that their needs are met as a priority and we both bring that approach to our housesitting assignments.
I'm very handy with my hands as far as jobs around the property are concerned (though no expert) and although Claire hasn't had the best of luck with keeping her house plants alive, luckily I've inherited my father's green fingers and can normally bring anything back to life! Both of our parents grow fruit and vegetables in their gardens so we know the importance of looking after the plants, and we're happy to pick and freeze produce for you if it's in season while we're there. We're also both experts in I.T. so if there's anything technical around the house that needs looking at we're happy to have a look for you.
Happy to do basic gardening and work around the property to keep everything beautiful for you and make sure you have a welcome return to your home, feeling like you've never been away.
We love to connect with house owners who are considering us for assignments via in order that they can ask us anything that they want to know, convey to us what's most important to them in house sitters and feel confident that if they choose us that they can have complete peace of mind while they're away from home.
Just some of the experience we have from our housesitting assignments includes:
• General house and garden maintenance • Tending to fruit and vegetable patches • Animal medication and special diets • Vet visits • Swimming pool and hot tub maintenance • Experience with dogs, cats, and poultry - ducks and chickens • Looking after guests / guest accommodation • Managing spa area and treatments for guests • Managing onsite activities for guests, e.g. liaising with yoga instructor for regular classes and therapists for treatments • Managing staff - housekeeper and groundskeeper • Managing car repairs being completed • Technology troubleshooting, management and maintenance
For mid to long term house sits we also like to put together a 'house sitting manual' for the homeowners, to make it as easy as possible for them with future house sitters. We leave both a printed manual (if there is a printer available!) and a digital version with the home owners so that they can edit and update it as they wish for future house sitting assignments.