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Loving care for your pets & home, provided by caring, professional sitters.

  • Bhagavati (52) and Nirmayi (53)
  • | Meditation teacher, author, poet and publisher. and personal trainer & trainee yoga teacher.
  • | Couple
  • | Portugal
Reference Score
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (38)
Charges for House & Pet Sitting
No
Previous house sitting experience?
Yes
Animal care experience?
Dog(s), Cat(s), Reptile(s), Fish, Poultry, Farm animal(s), Over the past 6 years, we've cared for over 50 cats, 38 dogs, 60 chickens, 30 geese, 25 ducks, 12 quail, 28 sheep, 5 goats, 3 pigs, a tortoise, 5 parrots, 2 budgies, 4 hamsters, 6 guinea pigs, a rabbit, and too many indoor and outdoor fish to count, including the fish at a Buddhist Temple, and a Buddha Pond at an ashram. We love all animals, people too!
Police check?
Yes
Available to housesit when?
Available anytime
Available to housesit where?
France, Greece, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Andorra, Cyprus, India, Indonesia, Monaco, Morocco, Portugal, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, Show more France, Greece, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Andorra, Cyprus, India, Indonesia, Monaco, Morocco, Portugal, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey Show less
Travelling with children?
No

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Introduction

Highly experienced and professional full time house sitters, we have been house, pet and business sitting internationally for over five years.

We love our house sitting lifestyle, the highlights being all the lovely people we get to meet, many of whom become friends. It's our way of life, and we take it seriously. We don't treat a house sit as a holiday, but as a an exchange of trust and care.

We're very grateful to all our wonderful clients for the opportunities they have granted us through inviting us into their homes and lives. We receive trust, and in exchange, we provide loving care. The last five years have been the most amazing years of our lives, providing us with the most incredible opportunities. Each sit comes with it's own delights, and it is usually the unexpected ones that are the highlight of each experience.

Over the past 6 years, we've cared for more than 50 cats, 38 dogs, 60 chickens, 30 geese, 25 ducks, 12 quail, 28 sheep, 5 goats, 3 pigs, a tortoise, 5 parrots, 2 budgies, 4 hamsters, 6 guinea pigs, a rabbit, and too many indoor and outdoor fish to count, including the fish at a Buddhist Temple, and a Buddha Pond at an ashram. We've gardened the Buddha Pond at an Advaita Vedanta Ashram, been caretakers of a Buddhist Temple, a prize winning Buddhist World Peace Garden, and helped manage a Buddhist World Peace Cafe.

House sitting provides us with a unique way to travel and live.

You can read more about us at our website. Just Google 'Blue and Willow' (we used to housesit under these names). Check out Bhagavati's writings and teachings at her site, just Google 'Bhagavati Ando'. (Willow and Ando are our old names, now Nirmayi and Bhagavati)

Why I want to housesit

We started out as house sitters after we lost our own pets, to fill the void they left in our lives.

It rapidly grew to become much more than that. It became a way of life for us. A way of life we have found so fulfilling, that it brings joy to our hearts every day. We feel so very lucky to have discovered this path in our lives, and love the adventures and people it has brought into our lives.

We're now experienced travellers, as well as experienced house and pet sitters. The experiences and adventures we've had as house and pet sitters are unmatched. It brings a smile to our faces just thinking about it.

What I bring to the assignment / relevant experience

Professionals, we are a female couple, partners for almost 28 years. Bhagavati, a former university lecturer and photographer, is now a lay Zen teacher, writer, and book designer / publisher. Nirmayi, a former police administrator and customer relations officer, is now a personal trainer and trainee yoga teacher. We earn our living through our work in meditation, mindfulness, yoga, fitness and wellness.

Spiritual people and yogis, we bring a quiet sense of simplicity to our lifestyle, and a sense of peace and calm to your pets' environment in your absence. If you were to peep through the window of your home whilst you were away, maybe you would us reading, writing, meditating, practicing yoga, cooking up a storm of local produce, and of course, feeding, grooming, entertaining and cuddling your pets. The TV wouldn't be on (we very don't watch it), there wouldn't be ashtrays (we don't smoke), there wouldn't be empty bottles strewn around, as we don't drink.

As lay ordained Rinzai Zen Buddhists, we took the Buddhist Precepts, and maintain these as our code of ethics. They include aspects such as to not kill, not steal, to be kind and caring to others, and bring a deeper level of care to our work as house and pet sitters.

We are highly experienced, and have house and pet sit clients in the England, Wales, France, Spain, the Balearics, Portugal, Italy, Greece. We have cared for a wide range of properties from new builds to medieval manor houses and gites complexes. We have experience of pool care, car care, gardening etc. We can (and do) handle all the practical stuff too, as Bhagavati is a former course leader in Design Technology and Industrial Design, so brings many hands on practical skills to our work, as well as people and pet skills. We're also happy to manage your mail and phone calls etc in your absence. We have references from many happy clients.

We caretake properties, offer pool care, basic garden maintenance, and can oversee properties that are on the market for sale.

We adore the company of, and are experienced in the care of cats, dogs and other pets, along with all domestic animals, and will give your pets all the company and love that you would expect them to receive in your absence. We are fit and active, so looking after your home and garden is not a problem, as we run, hike or swim daily, as well as our yoga practice. We are experienced with the care of elderly and sick pets, and are able to manage any pre-scheduled and emergency veterinary appointments and daily medication in your absence too.

We also get great pleasure from a job well done, and pay attention to detail.

In addition, we have experience of business sitting, for which we charge, but are available and experienced in managing B&Bs, gites, and other types of holiday accommodation and business in your absence.

Besides house, pet and business sitting, we have acted as property guardians (a French term) and caretakers of larger properties, and have much experience in property management as well as care.

Clients we have helped, include an Advaita Vedanta Master, an Anglican Vicar, a Buddhist Centre, various yoga teachers, alternative therapists, police officers, a vet, doctors, lawyers, an actor / comedian, writers, authors, journalists, and many other professionals.

We have many happy clients, many of whom have become friends over the years, but we positively embrace travel and the greatest joy for us is meeting people. We look forward to meeting you soon!

You can read more about us at our website, just Google 'Blue and Willow'.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love
Bhagavati & Nirmayi
(formerly Ando & Willow)
x

References

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Jo Friday

Friends and have previously sat for us on more than one occasion. I know them to be caring and compassionate people and have no problem leaving my animals with them.

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Debbie Grieve

Blue and Willow have been house and dog sitting for us for almost 5 years. They first sat for us when we lived in Devon and now here in France. They are wonderful people and I know my dogs will get lots of love and affection and that the house, pool and garden are cared for. I highly recommend them.

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Sheila Teasdale

Blue and Willow are great house/pet/garden sitters; they are currently sitting for me for the third time (and it will be a fourth time in September). They are delightful people, and my cat loves them. They have taken great care of my house and garden too, dealing with emergencies with great competence. They even pick me up from the airport at 4:30 in the morning. Can't recommend them highly enough!

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Marz Jenkin

Blue and Willow are both professional and bright - in all senses of the word ! Their ability to adapt and manage is simply inspiring. Having looked after our house and a very precious dog recently we were delighted. We would love to have them back in the future.

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Rosie Medlicott

We've known Blue and Willow for some time as house sitters, and they are now the dearest of friends. They are turly reliable, honest, and able to cope with whatever situation comes there way, and will look after your pets and home as if it were there own.

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Julia Wingfield

I had never used a housesitter until recently, so when I contacted Blue and Willow I was naturally cautious and anxious. However their understanding and professionalism soon put my fears to rest. They were very well-organised and well-prepared. They communicated with me regularly both before and during the time I was away. Their approach was caring and considerate and my house was well-cared for and tidy. My pets hardly noticed I was away! I would certainly use them again and have no hesitation in recommending them.

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Mike & Melanie Cullin

Charlie , a Yorkshire Terrier, enjoys himself hugely when Blue & Willow sit the house. They are both kind and professional. I would not hesitate to ask them to sit the house and dog again. I recommend the two of them to anyone who requires house and pet sitting.

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John & Gloria Wood

Blue & Willow are two of the loveliest people we know. They are honest, reliable, adaptable but most importantly they are professional.

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Laura Mayall

Super couple. I have no hesitation in recommending them for house sits large or small.
I have been employing sitters for over 10 years and have a huge property. They are definitely up to the task.

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Jackie Kilby

Blue and Willow are trustworthy, reliable and professional and I've been very happy to become friends with them too. I'd feel completely comfortable to leave my beloved Alf (cat) with them again and that is the best recommnendation I can give!

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Margaret Talbot

Blue and Willow looked after our dogs and our parrot for just over a month whilst we went to Australia. The dogs were happy and lost weight, which was very good.

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Maria Baker

I have known Blue and Willow over 20 years they are the most honest reliable people I have known in my life! I have often run bars and clubs and on visits they have insisted that i rest they have had sole occupency of one of my bars accommodation worked for me behind the bar done banking for me operated the alarm system and held the keys for me. t
They are just 100 per cent trustworthy people as a landlady this sadly is a rare comodity to find in people i have found over the years.I have absolutely no worries or problems completely endorsing them!

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Deborah Jarlett

I was very impressed by how professional and well organized the team was. An emergency which involved one of my cats was dealt with with great efficiency.They are truly dedicated to performing the best job possible.

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Leonie Jansen-Schiroli

Blue and Willow looked after property in Italy and our 2 dogs and 2 cats beautifully. They were reliable, effecient and trustworthy. We came back to find our house in perfect order and our pets very much loved and cared for. We would not hesitate to recommend Blue & Willow to look after your property and pets

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TrustedHousesitters.com Homeowner Reference

emanuela trebbi

Blue and Willow have stayed in my Roman flat for two weeks in November. They had earlier managed to visit me - out of kindness - when I was grieving for the death of one of my beloved cats. I highly recommend Blue and Willow if you are looking for someone reliable and with a soft heart towards animals. Your house and your pets will be properly looked after. My cats - I am sure ! - enjoyed the peacefulness and quietness in the house created by the pair. Willow brilliantly devised a "trick" in order to administrate successfully a medicine (tablet) to a cat of mine, which is particularly shy.... it was really a difficult task...well done! it is worth mentioning that they will look after your house as though it were theirs.

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Karen Roberts

Considerate, happy couple who looked after my dog and home with love.xxx

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Deborah Thomsett

My first experience of housesitters has been a great sucess thanks to Blue and Willow. I felt really confident about leaving my home and my cats in their care. They coped admirably when the roof was damaged by a storm ensuring that repairs were carried out promptly. My two cats became great friends with them, snuggling on the sofa on the long winter evenings. They took the time to email me regularly which was so re assuring. I would have no hesitation in recommending Blue and Willow and hope they are available to housesit for me in the future.

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Landlord sitting Reference

Emma Seers

Blue and Willow stayed at my Bed and Breakfast for one week and were delightful, clean and tidy, considerate, friendly and generally all round great guests. I would have no hesitation in having them to stay again and recommend them wholeheartedly.

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TrustedHousesitters.com Homeowner Reference

Helen Tait Wright

Blue and Willow are open, friendly and calm people who I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending to anyone looking for house sitters. While they could not do the sit I contacted them about, for us, they have take superb care of our good friend's home and two cats while she has been away, and it has been a real pleasure to get to know them. They are concientious, caring and reliable and able to strike up an instant rapport with the animals. If you book them you will not be disappointed!

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Janet Nix

How lucky I am to be able to invite Blue and Willow to house (and parrot) sit for me. I have known them for three years and they have stayed here twice. They are really responsible and dedicated - one can leave home with no worries or concerns for house or pets.

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Pippa Poulton

We've known Blue & Willow for over 14 years. They have looked after our home, pets, domestic animals and bed & breakfast on numerous occasions, and have also been our tenants.

They have run our bed and breakfast business numerous times over the years. They are not just effecient, reliable and friendly but also truly lovely people who you feel naturally able to trust with your precious things and beings in life.I trust their ability in any situation and wholeheartedly would recommend them to anyone and everyone.
You will be lucky to have them sit for you and will want them back again, or even not leave at all.

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House / Pet sitting Reference

Jane Oberheim

I came across Blue and Willow on the site, I liked the way their website was written and set out. I contacted them on the off chance that they may be available for my upcoming trip and luckily for me they were. We communicated via e-mail and made the necessary arrangements. When I met Blue & Willow I felt completely about leaving them in my home and with Harvey, my cat. Harvey took to them too, so much so he didn't really want to speak to me when I got home! My house was clean and tidy and Blue & Willow made me a lovely lunch which was a nice touch on my return. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone looking for trustworthy, honest and kind people to look after their cherished pets and homes. Thank you ladies. Jane x

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TrustedHousesitters.com Homeowner Reference

tom mccutcheon

Blue and Willow managed a month long housesit for us that was quite demanding with lots of animals, garden irrigation and swimming pool maintenance. They managed perfectly. They also kept us up to date with pics of the animals while we were away. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone looking for responsible and kind carers for your home and animals. Thank you girls!.
Tom & Terry.

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Character Reference

Sa Roca

They are the most charming couple I have ever met. They are kind, hard workers and whatever they make they do it with love and full attention.
To have been living with them in the Buddisht Center Menorca (Spain) it was a wonderfull gift because they are very respectfull and considerate with the enviroment, people, animals..
They enjoy with very healthy habits, they are quiet and happy persons.
Blue and Willow carry the armony in their baggage, always leaving nice atmosphere and experiences behind them.
We are looking forward to have them around, ASAP.

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Mark Cooper

We were very pleased with Blue and Willow's care of our home and our beloved dogs. I can recommend their services to anyone who is considering a house sitter.

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Maggie Rossi

Blue and Willow watched out dog, Wilbur for two weeks and we were very pleased. Wilbur was taken on daily runs and walks and enjoyed having them around on the house. I would recommend them highly.

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Stuart Connor

Blue & Willow looked after our house and cats for a few weeks in September 2012. They were really professional and conscientious with regards to the house sit - they thought of everything and were well prepared for all eventualities. We spent a lovely evening with them the day before we left and enjoyed their wonderful cooking on the day we came back. The house was spotless and the cats are already pining for absent friends! A lovely and inspirational couple - very highly recommended - we will use them again if we get the chance!

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Anna Moulsdale

Having Blue and Willow as house sitters for two weeks was a wonderful experience! From the moment we had contact with them we knew we were in good hands. They are both lovely people who have an efficient but relaxed approach and are caring and completely trustworthy. Blue and Willow made sure they knew exactly what our dog was used to, so I was able to relax in the knowledge that they would take care of her in the same way as we do. We came home to a house that looked very tidy and to a dog who seemed loved and happy! They are also very easy to be around if you arrive home tired, as we did, after a very late flight. I would love to have them again if they would be available.

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Julia Parkinson

Blue and Willow were absolutely brilliant, we couldn't recommend them more highly. They are incredibly professional, across all areas, from liaison and communication, to care of home and 'children'. The house was immaculate on return and the cats were probably disappointed we'd come home!
Should anyone want to get in touch directly, please don't hesitate, we would be more than happy to give verbal references should you require them. We recommend them unreservedly.

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Employment Reference

Mary D

Blue and Willow are amazing in many ways. When you meet them you immediately know they are very capable and trustworthy and respect your requests of them. I know them both in a volunteer capacity and would always have them back. Willow has been volunteering assisting and overseeing a 4 week meditation retreat for us. She is completely dependable and eager to do it correctly. The attendees love her and she has helped create a peaceful atmosphere. Blue has been patiently helping us with administrative solutions and has helped us immensely.

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Paul Boseley

I have known Blue and Willow for a number of years.

Willow as as a member of staff in our World Peace Cafe and Blue as a guest and volunteer.

They are both completely trustworthy, reliable, professional, and a joy to be in their company.

I wouldnt hesitate to employ them both in many capacities.

Paul Bosely : Administrative Director, Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre

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Heather Atchison

Wow. What a safe (and nice) pair of hands. If you're looking for reliable house and pet sitters who know how to take care of animals and their owners, Blue and Willow are the ones. Highly, highly recommended.

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Heather Brown

An impressive, conscientious and thoughtful service provided. I would be very happy to recommend this house sitter to anyone I knew.

Totally satisfied.

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Pilar Ashe

Blue and Willow are wonderful, very peaceful and very easy to have around, independent, organised and always happy to help. Love animals and nature. Our dogs and cat love them and so the rest of our family. Will miss them when they go!

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Character Reference

Alison Boseley

It was my absolute pleasure to have Willow as a very kind, trustworthy, reliable, conscientious, happy, calm, friendly....(I could go on) volunteer with us at the World Peace Cafe, Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre in Brighton. She was initially with us for a 2 week period and ended up being my "right hand man" for about 6 months. I cannot recommend both Willow and Blue highly enough.

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Self-sufficient
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Tidy
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TrustedHousesitters.com Homeowner Reference

Emma Lilley

Ando and Willow were an answer to a very last-minute call for help. They arrived exactly when we needed them and managed our cat and house beautifully for the two weeks we were away. Nothing is beyond them; nothing fazes them. Our cat's fleas were despatched, our house cleaned from top to bottom ready for our return (not to mention a delicious supper ready and waiting). They gave our cat all the love and care she needed and looked after our house and plants far better than we do! They are thoroughly trustworthy, honourable and lovely people to have around your home - I simply cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Pet care
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Character Reference

Kelsang Chodor

We felt very fortunate to have Ando and Willow at our Buddhist Centre for a over a month. Super reliable, trust worthy and conscientious. Willow did a marvelous job helping to coordinate a month of meditation retreat. I hope they will stay again in the future and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to others.

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Pet care
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House / Pet sitting Reference

Claudia Wood

We were fortunate enough to find Ando and Nirmayi’s profile on the site and continued to feel fortunate from the moment they arrived. They thoughtfully allowed enough time before our departure to get to know our house and land, and more importantly, our newly-rescued dog, Pastel. Ando and Nirmayi handled her beautifully from the start, and we left in good heart, knowing that she was in safe and gentle hands. The good feeling continued during our four weeks away, with regular email updates and happy photographs which meant that we could relax and enjoy our time. And on our return we found not just a lovely clean home but a happy, relaxed, joyous and healthy dog.
We couldn’t have wished for a better arrangement and would have no hesitation in recommending Ando and Nirmayi’s services.

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Tidy
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Pet care
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