Aussie House Sitters

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House Sitting Preferences
  • 0 - 1 week, 1 - 2 weeks
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Reptile(s), Farm Animals, Horse(s)
Preferred Locations
  • TAS: ALL  
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2024: 28Mar-2Apr 2024: 3Apr-31Dec2025

Experienced sitters, love animals, love exploring

58, Nurse/Trainer

58, IT Project Manager

We have been married more than 30 years and have owned and maintained our own home during that time. We originally met in Scouts as teenagers and went on to become Scout and Venture leaders. After leaving school Derek worked for one of the main Banks in Ireland and for the last 11 years has been a self-employed IT Project Manager. Jane is a qualified Registered General Nurse and for the last 12 years has run her own company providing health care training and consultancy. We are non smokers and fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Now that our children are grown we have decided to take a "Silver Gap Year" in which we plan to spend time traveling and discovering about lifestyles in other places.

We love animals and can care for most, growing up we had dogs, cats, fish, a tortoise and even bred budgies. Together we have reared three wonderful daughters, two happy cats, rabbits, hamsters and a lot of fish.

We have loved our house sitting experiences in Europe and New Zealand, receiving 5 star reviews from the home owners minding cats, dogs and even Alpacas. We love playing and cuddling with pets but we prefer not to have them sleep in the bedroom with us. We both enjoy spending time learning about and exploring new places and meeting new friends. We believe that adventure in our lives expands our horizons. We enjoy walking, cultural activities, the outdoors and photography.

We are excited to experience house sitting in Australia as we believe it will play an important role in our travels this year. We hope to spend a few months exploring Australia and see housesitting as an opportunity to immerse ourselves in local communities and have some downtime from travelling.

We can provide lots of information to homeowners and are happy to speak with them on a video call until they can get to know us a bit better and feel comfortable with us. We are very responsible and well organized, good at communication and leave very little to chance.

We will be sure that we know everything that you expect when we housesit for you and make sure that we carry out all your instructions to the letter to ensure your home, furry, feathered or scaly friends are well cared for.

Reviews (10)
We were very lucky to have Jane and Derek stay and look after our home and our cat. The communication was excellent from the start, including an initial video call and later a drop-in to familiarise with the house, and then updates throughout the time we were away. The house was immaculate when we returned, and the cat was as happy and settled as ever. We definitely appreciated having Jane and Derek as our housesitters - thank you both!
JACQUELINE (Rokeby TAS, Mar 2024 - 5 nights)
Lovely couple, kept us well informed about our pet and we came home to a house and garden that was well looked after. Highly recommend.
SHERALYN (Washington Valley South Island, Mar 2024 - 1 week 1 night) From Kiwi House Sitters
Jane and Derek were absolutely lovely and we couldnt have asked for better housesitters. They were great at keeping in touch while we were away with regular photos of our pets. They were good communicators prior to our trip also. The house was left in immaculate condition and our animals adored them. We really appreciated all the little things they did during the housesit to make our lives easier and keep our house running smoothly. Would highly recommend them to anyone and we wouldn't hesitate ... MORE
CHRISTINA (Russley South Island, Feb 2024 - 2 weeks) From Kiwi House Sitters
Jane and Derek were amazing and we would highly recommend them for future pet and house sitting. We got regular updates and photos about Emmitt (our dog) and the other animals. We returned to a tidy and clean house with dinner prepared, such a lovely couple!! Thank you Jane and Derek!
AMY (Chain Hills South Island, Jan 2024 - 3 nights) From Kiwi House Sitters
Jane and Derek were fabulous house sitters. Friendly and very happy from the onset, we felt very confident leaving our house and 2 cats on their care. Regular communication reassured us that the house was more than taken care of and the cats quickly settled with their new companions! We returned home to happy moggies and spotless house. Would recommend Jane and Derek to anyone and would welcome them back anytime!
MIRIAM (St Heliers North Island, Dec 2023 - 2 weeks 6 nights) From Kiwi House Sitters
Nice meeting Jane and Gary, our pets were content and relaxed on the return from our trip. Would def have them back for house sitting again.
SAM (Ohope beach North Island, Dec 2023 - 1 week 1 night) From Kiwi House Sitters
Lovely couple, they took such good care of our dog and house. Very caring, would love to have them sit again.
GLENIS (Wairakei North Island, Dec 2023 - 3 nights) From Kiwi House Sitters
It was lovely to meet Jane and Derek before we left, so we could show them around and get to know Pip our 6 year old Jack Russell. They kept in contact while we were away and regularly sent photos of Pip and the outings they had each day. We knew we had left Pip in capable and reliable hands and she was spoilt rotten, getting plenty of attention. The house was immaculate on our return and Jane had left a prepared meal for us as we arrived home in the evening, this was very much appreciated. ... MORE
MARGARET (Wanganui Springvale North Island, Nov 2023 - 1 week 4 nights) From Kiwi House Sitters
Jane and Derek are a lovely couple who took good care of our dog and home. They were easy to communicate with and sent us a daily update on how Duke was doing. They kept the house clean and tidy and we would be happy to recommend them.
DANIELLE (Belmont North Island, Nov 2023 - 4 nights) From Kiwi House Sitters
Jane and Derek were the House Sitters of my dreams. Kind and very caring of my dog, recovering from surgery and left my home immaculate. They regularly updated me on my dogs behaviour, recovery and attached photos of where they took her for walks and "sniffs". In fact my dog was very ambivalent when I returned. I think she may have preferred Jane & Derek in place of me!! Thank you J&D.
DEBRA (Kauri North Island, Oct 2023 - 1 week) From Kiwi House Sitters
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