About Carmel & Bill
We are an Australian couple who have lived and worked in Europe for the last 16 years. We are now semi-retired and enjoying an active lifestyle of discovery, travel and living in different parts of Europe & Australia. We enjoy being with and caring for pets, for us it is a pleasure not a chore, keeping homes clean and secure, gardening and ...
We are an Australian couple who have lived and worked in Europe for the last 16 years. We are now semi-retired and enjoying an active lifestyle of discovery, travel and living in different parts of Europe & Australia. We enjoy being with and caring for pets, for us it is a pleasure not a chore, keeping homes clean and secure, gardening and property care. As we rent our home in Australia we appreciate the importance of finding trustworthy people to respect and care for your home.
Why we want to house sit
House sitting offers us an authentic ‘local’ travel experience through meeting people and having the time to enjoy the unique features/surprises of each locality. We value being able to live in a relaxing and personal place as if it was our own home, enjoying and contributing to what your pets, home, garden and property have to offer. Engaging with locals, their customs and traditions and most of all hiking or cycling to really enjoy what nature has to share with us.
Over the last 8 years we have lived our passion of being property managers/guardians/caring for pets on properties in France, Italy, Germany, Australia, The Netherlands and Spain providing the following services:
- caring for and enjoying the companionship of pets especially cats & dogs, however have experience with chickens, ducks, sheep, donkeys and fish
- property security/care/maintenance
- liasing/following up with local contractors & suppliers
- caring for homes & gardens while they are on the market, ensuring they are presentable for viewings by potential clients
For the last 4 years we have been the caretakers for a family/holiday property in a rural setting on Menorca, Spain. We have cared for the property and pets (4 rescue cats) as if they were our own, looked after the 10 acres of gardens and lawns and hosted both the owners and clients during their summer vacation.
Prior to Spain we were fulltime caretakers for a Russian family for their holiday home on Lake Como Italy, meeting their high standards of house keeping, service, garden, security and property care.
We enjoy learning languages and speak conversational Italian and Spanish and Bill has some very basic school french enabling us to deepen relationships with local people and deal with contractors and suppliers.
As homeowners we have over 30 years of experience in caring for our own properties and dealing with issues as they arise. We have the ability to troubleshoot in emergencies.
We are comfortable with a range of household pets and enjoy the friendship they offer. On Menorca we cared for 4 cats which became part of our family, an outdoor pond of goldfish and also our neighbours cats and chickens during their holidays.
In July 2014 we completed a 12 week housesit for a large property in Formello, North of Rome and also had responsibility for 2 cats and for picking the bountiful fruit (figs, apples, olives, persimmons) and walnut nuts from the orchard.
We then spent October 2014 - end February 2015 looking after a property, a 2 year old rescue dog Tosca (Spinosa - Italian hunting dog) & a Persian cat in Nova Ponente, Bolzano, Sudtirol.
Our next move was to the South of France to housesit for the month of March 2015 an 18th Century village house, walled garden & an Abysinian cat Geronimo & her playmate Daisy.
We continued in France with our next 3 week housesit in Uzes, Provence looking after a renovated mill house, gardens and Margaux a 2 year old hunting labrador.
From Uzes we moved to Cuers to care for 2 dogs, a cat, 5 chickens and a horse.
Then we completed a 5 month work assignment in St Paul de Vence, France which included looking after the owners and their guests, the gardens, providing security and dealing with contractors.
Next stop was in the Eastern Pyrennes, Querigut for 5 weeks where we enjoyed long rambling daily hikes with Ollie an 8 year old Springer Spaniel.
We then travelled to Australia to spend time with both our families and during this 4 month period completed 4 housesits.
The next 4 months we housesat in the Netherlands where the property has been on the market & our role was to look after the garden, prepare the property for viewings and provide security. The house is now sold.
Next stop was Galicia enjoying a rural property with dogs, chickens, ducks, rabbit, donkey and sheep as well as a vegetable garden and citrus trees.
Then on to Andalusia for an off grid experience in Lecrin valley with
4 cats, 3 dogs, chickens and the beauty of the mountains and valleys south of Granada.
Currently we are 3 months into a 5 month sit with a beautiful Blue Russian cat, MISSY at Coolum beach, Sunshine Coast Qld, immersed in a rainforest, birds, native wildlife, mountains and the coastal vegetation and beach within walking distance.
We look forward to our next PET assignment in either Australia or Europe. Please contact us as we would love to give you peace of mind that your pets, home and property are in safe, experienced hands while you are away.