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Platinum (36mths+)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Reptile(s), None
  • Yes
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in New Zealand
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2022: 15Jul-27Jul

A Flexible Retired Professional Couple

66, Retired Chemistry Teacher

64, Retired Legal Executive

Hi, Kia Ora, Kia Orana, (Updated for 2021)
Retired professionals from Blenheim, well-travelled, interested in seeing and experiencing new places around NZ and internationally.
Over the last 8 years, since retirement from 38 years teaching Chemistry and coaching Volleyball at Marlborough Girls' College, we have rented out our house IN BLENHEIM to RSE Vanuatu vineyard workers WINTER pruning from May to Mid September. (Sadly that has changed in the Covid era), but we have still completed a few "sits" in 2020/21 in the South Island and hope to do more.
Details and experience.
We've spent that time Circumnavigating Aussie 2013, (35,000 km!!) South America 2014, Southeast Asia 2015.
Then, in 2016, we discovered this house-sitting thing with 2 months in Northland then 2 more in the Cook Islands.
We have an outstanding profile on Bookabach and AirBnB, raised two stunning and successful daughters, had numerous dogs and cats while the girls grew up (but none now); enjoy gardening, long walks, and quiet nights in. We will take excellent care of your property and pets just as we do our own home.
Our House Sitting profile now covers 6 years.
2017: 2 Blenheim dogs:- Gracie and Sam and their beautiful home survived the Kaikoura earthquake.
Oscar the world's most laid-back cat in Te Puna, Tauranga.
10 weeks in Coromandel with Tess and Basil ( terriers ) including dealing with an AC ligament rupture for poor old Tess.)
Finally visiting VANUATU and Mt Yasur. (Volcano on Tanna)
2018: our first winter in 5 years in the "top of the south" region, 4 sits; Dovedale, Kenepuru Sound, Richmond and Appleby: A mixture of lifestyle blocks, organic farming, gardening, chickens, sheep, 2 spoodles, cats, and lovely houses.
Then 3 weeks in Fiji and our 40th wedding anniversary..
Finished off 2018 with a short TRUSTEDHOUSESITTERS stint in a Yoga Retreat on the Motueka river and looked after the house and cat of a former MGC colleague over Christmas.
2019 Sunny Taradale with Isabella the miniature Schnauzer. and Smudge a 19 year old cat in Papamoa.
COVID19 made very little difference to us except that owners wanted shorter stays and consequently we stayed closer to home.
Made a new friend in Boston; the coolest Staffy in Ruby Bay!!! Nelson.

We're open to any other adventures for 2021 and beyond..
Currently in Blenheim. with 2 Huntaways, Tess and Layla, 3 cats Jefferson, Gary and Tilley, 2 birds Lovey and Tiger.

Reviews (10)
No rating Roy and Jan cared for our home and cats while we were away on holiday, July/Aug 2018.... I have no hesitation in recommending them to any person wishing to have a house-sitter. They left the house absolutely spotless on our return and treated our home as if it was their own. They kept in touch with us while we were away to re-assure us all was well. We couldn't have asked for anyone better, thank you Roy and Jan
ANN & BRYAN (Richmond South Island, Jul 2018 - 1 month 2 weeks)
Roy and Jan were outstanding house sitters. They took great care of our staffy Boston and left our house in immaculate condition. We would highly recommend Roy and Jan.
MICHELLE (Ruby Bay South Island, Jan 2021 - 6 days)
Thank you to you both for going above and beyond our expectations. We appreciated how well you looked after our house and animals.
BRIDGET (Redwood Valley South Island, Aug 2020 - 6 days)
No rating We would like to thank Roy and Jan for looking after our two dogs and home at short notice. We arrived home to two happy dogs, a lovely clean and tidy house and some lovely spicy pumpkin soup and Turkish bread. They kept in touch with photos and messages while we were away which was great. We would recommend them to anyone who requires a house sitter.
ROBYN (Upper Moutere South Island, Jul 2020 - 10days)
Roy and Jan house/pet sat for us recently. We cannot thank them enough for the excellent job they did of looking after our home and our pets. We returned home to happy animals, a SPOTLESS house and a flourishing garden....despite 30 degree plus heat and dreadful winds. We will most definitely ask Roy and Jan to sit for us again!!
MICHELE (Witherlea, BLENHEIM South Island, Feb 2020 - 1 week 1 day)
No rating Jan and Roy were superb dog/house sitters. We have engaged quite a number of sitters in the past and these two were among the best. They cared for our home for over 5 weeks in June and July 2018 whilst we were overeseas. Firstly, they took excellent care of our two spoodles in every possible way, including walking them twice daily. Apart from that, the lawns were mowed and a number of other outdoor jobs were efficiently attended to. We have a half acre semi-rural property and everything ... MORE
SUE AND MIKE (Richmond South Island, May 2018 - 1 month 1 week)
No rating Roy and Jan were fantastic! Very organised and thorough in their approach to the house sit. We had absolutely no worries and when we got home all our animals were settled and well cared for. Great couple can't recommend highly enough!
SHANNON (Dovedale South Island, Jan 2018 - 5 days)
No rating Roy and Jan house/pet sat for us for seven weeks. We couldn't of asked for a better couple. Our house was kept clean and tidy with water blasting, tree pruning and house matainance carried out as well. One of our little dogs had to have an unexpected operation. Roy and Jan arranged everything and looked after her with great care. We were updated on a regular basis about this, the pets and the house in general. We would thoroughly recommend them as professional and caring sitters.
VAUGHAN AND JUNE (Coromandel North Island, Jun 2017 - 1 month 3 weeks)
No rating We heading away on our months holiday certain that our home and Oscar were in good hands. Roy and Jan did not disappoint, they kept in regular contact with us while we were away, which was appreciated, especially since our cat is getting on a bit and is very attached to me. When we got home the house was immaculate and Oscar was happy. Jan had made some lunch for us and provided milk, bread and fruit to save us having to head out, after 24hours of travel. We will have them back into our ... MORE
VICKY (Tauranga North Island, Apr 2017 - 4 weeks)
No rating Roy and Jan took care of our home and garden for eight weeks and have really impressed us with their energy,creativity and attention to detail. They made quite an improvement to our garden despite poor weather conditions. They kept us informed regulary while we were overseas and they left our home absolutely spotless.They are amazing and totally trustworthy.We can recomend them to anyone.
BIRGITTA AND IAN (Totara North North Island, May 2016 - 2 months)
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