About Jane & Richard
We're a retired English couple (non-smokers) who love France, Italy and Spain with growing experience of house/pet-sitting. I used to be a Building Society branch manager and my husband was a BT manager so we have held positions of trust and responsibility in the past. We can provide UK, French, Italian and Spanish references. We are friendly, s...
We're a retired English couple (non-smokers) who love France, Italy and Spain with growing experience of house/pet-sitting. I used to be a Building Society branch manager and my husband was a BT manager so we have held positions of trust and responsibility in the past. We can provide UK, French, Italian and Spanish references. We are friendly, sociable and, most importantly, very considerate and reliable.
We are homeowners ourselves, so we would treat your home with great care, as we do our own. You could also rest assured that your pet(s) would be treated very kindly indeed and be in the safest of hands.
We have travelled to France every year since 1990. Since our first house-sit in 2008, we have carried out more than twenty (includes repeat sits) further house-sitting assignments.
Dog breeds cared for: Airedale Terrier, Beagle, Belgian Shepherd, Border Collie (2), Cockerpoo, French Bulldog, Jack Russell Terrier (3), Labrador(4), Mongrel(4), Hungarian Vizla(2), West Highland Terrier. Cats: We’ve looked after 14 cats.
The first assignment was for four months looking after four wonderful dogs and a large house, garden with pool. The second shorter assignment was similar but with no animals.
In January 2011, we completed a six week dog-sitting assignment, caring for a lively and adorable young French Bulldog. A couple of weeks after our return, we were tempted by a short assignment in Charente-Maritime, looking after a gorgeous one-year old Belgian Shepherd and a beautiful historic manoir. Since then, we have returned five times to look after the dog and manoir. On two occasions, we dealt with a house viewing as the manoir was on the market for sale and has since been sold.
In June 2011, we looked after a modern house and large garden in Vernet-les-Bains in the Pyrenees-Orientales. In 2018, we returned to Vernet-les-Bains to care for a different house that is on the market for sale - we prepared the house for three viewings, during one of which we showed the prospective purchasers round the property.
Over the Christmas/New Year period 2011, once again in France, we looked after our first cat - gentle, quiet and no trouble at all. This assignment also had a security nature to it which was no problem for us as we are well-used to burglar alarms and security systems. After that we undertook a short pet-sit in Burgundy where we cared for two friendly dogs, characterful cats... and our first chickens! We have also looked after a wonderful Beagle in Sitges in Spain. We had great fun walking her along the gorgeous promenade every day...
In November 2014, we returned from a three-week house-sit in Provence. We were supposed to be looking after a dog but even though he wasn't there, the owner very kindly allowed us to stay in the house as we had booked our flights to Nice. He even lent us a car!
We completed our first Italian assignment in January 2015 - Sicilian to be precise - where we cared for a sweet little dog and contemporary house in the countryside near Noto.
It was back to France for our Spring 2015 house-sit, this time in the Dordogne looking after a lovely Perigordian-style house and two friendly and energetic three-year-old Chocolate Labradors along with a fourteen-year-old Westie who thought he was still a puppy! We had great fun walking them along the quiet lanes and letting them off their leads in the nearby woods. In September 2015, we very much enjoyed our first house-sit in mainland Italy, Tuscany, to be precise, where we looked after a sweet, energetic and friendly Cockerpoo in a tiny village south of Siena. This time, our walks took place in olive groves or when visiting the lovely towns and villages of southern Tuscany.
We returned from our second house-sit in Spain in February 2016, this time in Andalusia, where we cared for three, sweet little dogs and a house in the hills about twenty minutes drive from the coast where we often walked the dogs. It was lovely to have sunshine in January! Easter 2016 found us in Rome, Italy looking after a very sweet 20 year old cat and her nervous companion. Whenever we were at home, the older cat liked to cuddle up on our laps while Libby eventually allowed us to sit near her and stroke her. We were glad that she no longer hid under the bed!
Immediately after our trip to Rome, we headed to Provence to look after an extremely well-behaved and kind Border Collie. He loved to curl up on 'his' sofa with one of the two very different cats. Maggie, definitely a 'house' cat and Trouble, aka Roger the Lodger, liked to come and go. We also looked after pond fish for the first time!
In September 2016, we looked after two very well behaved Hungarian Vizlas for friends who live in the Wiltshire countryside.
At the end of 2016, we looked after four sweet cats for several weeks in a small hamlet of luxury holiday homes in the Vaucluse, Provence–Alpes–Côte d'Azur, then it was back to the Charente-Maritime in April, followed by a short trip to Brittany in September to look after an Airedale Terrier youngster who was full of beans even after, on one of the days, two walks and a run! Christmas 2017 found us back in Sicily and it was back to the Vaucluse for us in January into February 2018 before a shortish house-sit in Paris looking after three friendly cats in a town house. We looked after some friends' house in south-west France in June and July and then returned to Sicily for Christmas 2018 and part of January.
We have friends who live in the Pyrenees and Richard has helped them with home improvements as he is VERY practical. He also carries out all our home improvements at our house in the UK. He is a great person to have around as he can turn his hand to most things and always seems to know what to do!
We have also spent numerous holidays in Italy and Spain and although we don’t speak Italian and Spanish as well as we do French, we have always managed perfectly well with the help of a phrase book and dictionary.
Our primary responsibility would be the meticulous care and safety of your home and pets together with mail collection, general upkeep of your property, gardens, and pool. We would provide loving care to your pets in their home environment so you can relax on your trip. We are quiet, respectful people who would hopefully allow you to feel peace of mind while you are away