Welcome to our HOUSESITTING page – a positively comprehensive resource of information for anyone interested in combining exploring the world with looking after two, four or even six-plus legged friends. And why wouldn’t you?!
We like to combine the relaxed comforts of house sitting with adventurous bursts of backpacking. But that’s just us. If you haven’t tried house sitting before you might just find that it’s the lifestyle you had no idea existed. And, indeed a lifestyle that’s easier to have than you might think.
HOUSESITTING FOR BEGINNERS – 1. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
HOUSESITTING FOR BEGINNERS – 2. HOW TO GET YOUR FIRST ASSIGNMENT
HOUSESITTING FOR BEGINNERS – 3. HOW TO BE THE PERFECT SITTER
29 Aug – 6 Oct 2016
6 – 17 Oct 2016
18 – 26 Oct 2016
Plum, Nudger, Lucky (dogs), Boo (cat)
29 Oct – 1 Dec 2016
ST AUBIN DES CHATEAUX
5 Jan – 4 Apr 2017
Genghis, Lou (dogs), Billy (parrot), 2 Chinese geese, 2 chickens
22 – 30 Dec 2016
3 Chinese geese, 1 cat
8 – 20 Apr 2017
TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
3 May – 13 Sep 2017
Princess, Lucy, Oscar, Rupert (cats)
11 – 14 Oct 2017
DUNHAM ON THE HILL
1 – 10 Oct 2017
Pippa, Bella (dogs)
28 Dec 2016 – 2 Jan 2017
23 – 28 October 2017
Jake, Monty (dogs); 3 guinea pigs
We’ve travelled extensively over the past three years, which has included numerous housesitting assignments in the UK, France and The British Virgin Islands. Although we’re flexible about where and what type of housesitting assignments we’d like to do in the future, we’d prefer to be around animals, particularly as our lifestyle no longer allows us to have pets of our own.
Housesitting provides us with the opportunity to continue exploring the world without the need to rush around from one place to the next. And it gives us the opportunity to once again share our lives with animals – albeit temporarily. And, of course, it allows us to indulge in some of our other interests such as food (cooking and eating), walking and photography.
Our experience comes from 30 years as proud homeowners in a semi-rural part of the UK, with a lifetime of living with and loving our pets.
Having being homeowners for so long we understand what your home means to you. So you can be confident that we’ll treat yours as if it was our own. And you can rest assured that your pets will be left in loving hands, too.
Our house was immaculately clean and tidy when we returned and Cookie had a happy, smug expression which assured us that we had made the right decision in choosing Ian and Nicky for this assignment! If that wasn’t enough, we arrived home to a lovely curry they’d prepared – one of their speciality dishes picked up after many months of travelling the world.
The Mackenzies are a lovely, warm couple with plenty of interesting tales to tell from their travels. We trust them implicitly and wouldn’t hesitate to have them back again or recommend them to anyone looking for house/pet sitters. Ian & Caroline, Lymm, England
With over 20,000 registered homeowners and an annual fee of just $20 for sitters, Mind My House represents great value. Which is one reason why we chose it first to try out housesitting for
Trusted Housesitters is THE BIG ONE when it comes to housesitting sites. It has the most homeowners registered, but also the most housesitters. So, obtaining a house sit can be VERY competitive, although the choice is incredible. It costs $119 per year to be a member but you can get a special 20% discount to join by clicking here.
Established back in 2000, House Carers is one of the earliest house sitting sites and competes with Trusted Housesitters as the biggest around. But at $50 per year, it’s more affordable than the latter.
Probably the fastest-growing of all the house sitting sites, Nomador has nearly 60,000 members and costs £89 per year. It’s particularly good for European and especially French sits, but it has a growing selection of assignments all around the world, too. One advantage is that you can apply for your first three assignments free of charge before you commit to the paid membership.