We have experience of moving stock, feeding out, drystock including sheep, beef and equine studs .
Previous sits include sheep stations and mixed drystock farms along with equine studs. We also do pest control work in a number of private blocks and farms.
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FULL TIME international House/Pet/Farm Sitters
55, Retired Teacher, gardener & all round handy man
55, Retired Pool/Gym Manager/Owner
We are the perfect Kiwi/English combo. We have been having a ball pet/house/farm sitting fulltime since early 2015, completing more than 90 sits so far. We delight in adapting to anything and everything our wonderful lifestyle has to offer !
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As many of our sits have been completed globally through Trusted Housesitters, most of our reviews are posted to that site. We can supply our full Resume and References to those interested.
Lucky to retire young, we are both fit, healthy and adventurous. We will spend plenty of time at home with your precious pets giving them as much ( if not more!) exercise, play and cuddles as they are used to. Walking dogs is never viewed as a chore but more an opportunity to discover all the local environment has to offer. As passionate travellers we love the fact that house and pet sitting provides a local base with friendly neighbours and a chance to experience the community as a local rather than a tourist.
We bring many skills and knowledge to sitting opportunities having lived in different countries and experienced much . As keen gardeners we are happy to keep the outdoors under control in your absence, and with James' handyman skills, we bring peace of mind to fixing practical problems that may arise in your home. Having owned our own and managed others' businesses, we are highly organised and thorough in our communication both before and during our sits including sending you pics of your happy and relaxed pets. We have looked after farms and small holdings with cattle, horses, donkeys, pigs, sheep, chickens and goats and are experienced at feeding out and paddock rotation. We are experienced in living off-grid and are both fit, healthy, clean living, non smokers intent on leaving the smallest possible footprint wherever we go .
We both have clean car and motorbike licenses and during our housesitting adventures we have had occasion to drive a wide variety of vehicles including cars, 4X4, tractors, boats, quad bikes and motorbikes .
Having owned homes in both NZ and the UK, we are fully aware of the responsibilities home ownership entails and we are quick to identify and sort out any issues that arise whilst sitting. We have never had to interrupt our homeowners' holidays as we are mindful it is your break.
We can send you links to or copies of our current IDs should you require.
James and claire have just looked after our house cat and dog for a month. We are so grateful for the immaculate way our property has been left. Lawns and garden perfect house cleaner and tidier than we left it!! AND fresh baked bread and Afghans made. The pets were sad when they left I am sure. Thanks so much. Highly recommend.
SANDRA (Otaki North Island, Dec 2019 - 1 month)
We were stuck in Australia due to covid lockdowns and Clare and James came to our rescue with very short notice, to care for our house and dogs. Very thankful!!
LORNA (Whakatane North Island, Jun 2021 - one week)
Clare and James are a reliable, enthusiastic couple who are prepared to handle whatever comes their way. When asked is they would be able to arrive earlier than planned they replied with a yes without hesitation. When Clare counted the sheep one day and found one was missing she searched until she found it. Her communication with us whilst we were away was excellent. Also, she wrote a daily diary with reference to the animals. I couldn't ask for more.
When we arrived home the house ... MOREClare and James are a reliable, enthusiastic couple who are prepared to handle whatever comes their way. When asked is they would be able to arrive earlier than planned they replied with a yes without hesitation. When Clare counted the sheep one day and found one was missing she searched until she found it. Her communication with us whilst we were away was excellent. Also, she wrote a daily diary with reference to the animals. I couldn't ask for more.
When we arrived home the house was clean and tidy.
Thank you Clare and James
SHARYN AND NEVILLE (Kaituna Blenheim South Island, Feb 2021 - 9 days)
Fantastic!. Clare and James are truthworthy, reliable and caring house sitters. They arrived a day early to get the low down on the property, took everything in their stride and did all we asked of them.
They cared for our animals, dog, parrot, pony, sheep and chooks like their own. Relaxed and enjoyed our home.
We came home to a lovely home cooked meal and tidy house and property. We would have them back in a heartbeat. Safe travels.
WENDY (Kerikeri , Feb 2021 - 3 months)
Clare and James were a perfect choice for my first house sitters. They have a broad experience of previous sits so were familiar with all the aspects involved with looking after ducks, chooks and dogs, as well as being comfortable with my other livestock (sheep, cattle and horse). After a 2 day transition period I left knowing that Clare had paid close attention to all the little details that were important to me, and that my loved animals were in good hands. In fact Clare was so caring and ... MOREClare and James were a perfect choice for my first house sitters. They have a broad experience of previous sits so were familiar with all the aspects involved with looking after ducks, chooks and dogs, as well as being comfortable with my other livestock (sheep, cattle and horse). After a 2 day transition period I left knowing that Clare had paid close attention to all the little details that were important to me, and that my loved animals were in good hands. In fact Clare was so caring and loving to them all that she spent hours just hanging out with them because she is a true animal lover and that was her happy place. When I returned home the house was lovely and clean. Thanks guys!
CHRISTINE (Makarora South Island, Jan 2021 - 2 weeks 2 days)
James and Claire were fabulous! Highly recommend!
Our animals and home were cared for perfectly . Thankyou both so much .
Happy travels .
JULIE (Hanmer Springs South Island, Jan 2021 - 3 days)
Claire and James were a great pleasure to have as sitters. They looked after our house, cat and small garden with outstanding care and attention. The house was spotlessly clean on our return, the cat was relaxed and happy, and the garden was thriving. Communications with them were prompt and easy throughout the whole process. We were absolutely thrilled with them, and our only regret is that they won't be around to come and stay at our house again! Many thanks!
SUSAN (Enner Glynn South Island, Dec 2020 - 9 days)
James and Clare did a fantastic job looking after our house and cats. They were very easy to get along with and we felt that our place and pets were in safe hands. It was lovely to find a apple crumble baked for us on our return. Highly recommend them.
LINDA (Nuhaka North Island, Oct 2020 - 2 weeks and 3 days)
James and Clare were great house-sitters. The pets were very well looked after, and the house was clean and tidy when we came home. We highly recommend them.
CAROLYN (Tauranga North Island, Sep 2020 - 5 days)
Recently we had James & Clare housesit our home and cat for 10 days. They have huge experience in housesitting here and overseas which shows in the way they do the job. Being keen fishers the cat was all smiles when we got home. The house was spotless so we were all smiles as well. They are lovely down to earth people and we give them a ten out of ten
JIM (Whangamata North Island, Sep 2020 - 10 days)
Excellent house sitters. We posted an add just a few days before the sit and it was easy and efficient to organise this house sit. Thanks a lot for taking good care of Chula.
SHARN (Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa North Island, Mar 2020 - 3days)
James and Clare are so kind to our Pets and Farm stock .They Fed out to the Horses and Cattle ,also mended water pipe. Would not hesitate to recommending them to house and farm sit
Thank you so much for house setting.
Till next time
SANDY (Raglan , Mar 2020)
Thanks for sitting for us. All the cats and dogs were happy to have all the attention. Communicated with our farm staff really well. Always good to have someone keeping the house look lived in while we are away.
Thanks, Andrew & Chris
ANDREW & CHRIS (Te Puke North Island, Feb 2020)
James and Clare were excellent house sitters. They looked after our two dogs like they were their own and left the house spick and span. Would absolutely have them back in a heartbeat. I think May and Bee miss them already!
ANGELA (Reikorangi North Island, Jan 2020 - 9 days)
We are very happy with Clare and James as house sitters. We posted our request very late and for a short period but Clare and James responded directly. The house, garden and animals have been well looked after and the house was immaculate when we returned. Would recommend James and Clare for future house sits
ESTHER (Carterton North Island, Jan 2020 - 4 days)
Really great, very friendly, caring and clean. I can highly recommend James and Clare.
DAVID (Mt Eden North Island, Nov 2019 - 4 days)
James and Clare came to house and farm sit for us in April for two and half weeks while we finally had a holiday.
Jobs were to take care of the farm dogs and run daily, cat and chickens and check water and troughs daily along with the sheep and cattle. Take messages mail,etc. Watering the gardens, and keep everything running smoothly which was done perfectly. All stock and animals happy. They even mowed the lawns for us. Very happy and hope they can come back again at some stage.
SHERYL (Porangahau North Island, Mar 2018 - 2 weeks 4 days)
What a wonderful easy going couple!!
We had never used house sitters before, so this was all new to us.
But James & Clare were totally at ease with the whole process.
NOTHING was a bother.
We left them to care for our 2yr old black lab who thoroughly enjoyed her daily swimming in the nearby river. And a collection of vegetable & native seedlings in the garden to tend to. All of the above were in great condition. Our home felt like we had never left. Everything just how we would ... MOREWhat a wonderful easy going couple!!
We had never used house sitters before, so this was all new to us.
But James & Clare were totally at ease with the whole process.
NOTHING was a bother.
We left them to care for our 2yr old black lab who thoroughly enjoyed her daily swimming in the nearby river. And a collection of vegetable & native seedlings in the garden to tend to. All of the above were in great condition. Our home felt like we had never left. Everything just how we would have had it. They sent us pictures of Pepa (our dog) enjoying herself and several texts during our time away. All of which put us at ease to be able to enjoy our holiday.
But the real icing on the cake, (so to speak) was Clare's AWESOME assistance making us all (7 of us) lunch on the day we were busy packing!
AND then when we returned home at the end of the holiday after a long travelling day, to find they had left us a pre cooked meal in the fridge AND homemade biscuits!!! What an utter GEM.
Thank you so much James & Clare!
AL & TANYA (Ngatimoti / Motueka South Island, Jan 2016 - 2 weeks 5 days)
James and Clare housesat for us over Christmas 2015. From the moment we met this charming couple we knew our home and most importantly our animals would receive very good care. James and Clare epitomise the true meaning of professional housesitters. I had read in a reference that James has been likened to to a dog whisperer and could sense that ability from the moment we introduced our 2 Labradors Boom and Bolt, along with Sambo the cat who actually is the boss (and as Clare noted has many ... MOREJames and Clare housesat for us over Christmas 2015. From the moment we met this charming couple we knew our home and most importantly our animals would receive very good care. James and Clare epitomise the true meaning of professional housesitters. I had read in a reference that James has been likened to to a dog whisperer and could sense that ability from the moment we introduced our 2 Labradors Boom and Bolt, along with Sambo the cat who actually is the boss (and as Clare noted has many dog like behaviours!)
We returned briefly midway through the sit and could see how happy the animals were - so much so - they basically ignored us! Upon our arrival home, our home was beautifully clean and tidy, our gardens and lawns well looked after. James and Clare had undertaken extra gardening to a very high standard, and James improved our vegetable plots, with supports for our bird netting. If only the animals could talk they would tell you first hand the wonderful time they had with James and Clare! The photos and video on their blog at our property give you a glimpse of the care they will give to your animals and home. We only wish they lived closer so we could have them more regularly, but we're hoping our paths will indeed cross again, and would gladly welcome them
back to our home.
LIZ (Winton, South Island, Jan 2016 - 1 week approx)
Clare and James were great farm sitters. They filled us with confidence from the first moment we talked to them. They showed initiative and did more than we expected with the animals. They coped with cats, a dog, sheep and alpacas and even the birth of a cria (a baby alpaca)! The house was well looked after and it was lovely to come home to fresh-baked scones. We would have them back in a flash.
SUE (Waimate, South Island, Dec 2015 - 2 weeks 1 day)
James and Clare minded our house and dog over the Easter break and they were the best house sitters we've had so far (out of 3 experiences).
Spikey our dog couldn't care less when we left and obviously got al the love and walks needed while we were away.
The house was left in a very clean state with fresh sheets and wine awaiting our return.
If you have the chance of having them available to mind your place, grab it.
ISABELLE BOULLIAT (Westmere, Auckland, Apr 2015)
James and Clare housesat for us while we were away overseas for 4 weeks. We were thrilled to find the animals and the house in excellent condition upon our return. We would not hesitate to have them housesit for us again and would certainly recommend them to others
LYNLEY (Arkles Bay, Sep 2014)
James was an awesome house sitter. House left clean and tidy and he took really great care of our dog. Happy to use him again and to recommend him to others. Lovely bloke.
SARAH (Manly, North Island, Apr 2014 - 1 week)
Fab! We left our precious cats and house in the exceptionally capable hands of James. It was a 6 week period whilst we were in Europe..We were nervous as first time using sitters we hadn't met. But was wonderful! Our rather standoffish cat ended up on his lap - we were very jealous! House immaculate and tidier than when we left it. Wanted to use again but booked up.
PENNY (Mairangi Bay, North Island, Jun 2013)
With a house sitter looking after your pets, house and garden - you can really relax. Happy days.