Our names are Sean and Katharine. We’re a digital nomad couple who’ve been slow traveling since May 2012 and housesitting full-time since May 2013. Until July 2018 we traveled by car in our 1998 Fiat Punto, topped with a roof box, which carried us throughout Europe, as far south as Athens and as far east as the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. We then replaced our ’98 Fiat Punto with a 2003 model, now topped with the same roof box that we began our travels with. Sean’s a Massachusetts native with dual US-UK citizenship, while Katharine’s half-Scottish and half-Greek.
Our slow travels have taken us to and through 20+ European countries, and we’ve lived for extended periods of time in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Greece and Austria, as well as many different parts of Britain.
We’re a conscientious, creative and hardworking couple who will love your animals and take excellent care of your home. If you have dogs, we will ensure they get lots of walks and exercise, including, and depending on the dog, chasing sticks and balls, catching frisbees, and swimming if there’s a nearby river or sea. If you have cats, we’ll take our cue from them, snuggling them on our laps or giving them the space they need. If you have chickens, we’ll happily collect their eggs every day and clean out the hen house regularly.
As well as caring for your animals, we can drive your car if you’d like it to be driven and look after your swimming pool if you have one.
We’re always careful and considerate of the homes we look after, aware that we’re living in another person’s space, and will ensure it’s clean and tidy for your return. Prior to our current nomadic life, we lived in a beautifully restored 17th-century maisonette in Lewes, England which we kept immaculate — and we bring that same level of care to each and every house we look after.
As we work online, we naturally spend a lot of time at home, which is ideal for your animals, as well as being a security presence for your house. When we need some downtime from working on our business, we enjoy exploring our surroundings and getting to know the area as well as possible. We treasure the experience of living like locals and having the opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies of wherever we happen to be.
Our fees are calculated on a housesit-by-housesit basis and are dependent on a variety of factors. Once you’ve sent us some basic details, we’ll arrange to have a video call with you so we can begin to get to know one another, clarify the particulars, and ask relevant questions of one another. We don’t discuss fees during the initial call but will confirm them, via email, after we’ve talked.
We’ve cared for 100+ animals — dogs, cats, chickens, guinea pigs and fish.
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Goldie the Labradoodle & Jack the Ginger Cat
Sean and Katharine were the perfect sitters. We always gauge things on how happy and content the animals are when we arrive home — they were happy to see us and yet as contented as if we had not been gone for three weeks! Communication while we were away was fantastic and the house was in perfect order upon our return. I can only hope they are available for our next excursion.
Max & Flynn, the Flat Coat Retrievers
Sean and Katharine were simply amazing. They obviously love all animals and immediately our two retrievers bonded with them. Lovely, interesting couple and we were put at ease straight away, as we sensed their experience, common sense, maturity and trustworthiness as housesitters. They stayed for two weeks and we felt completely relaxed whilst we were away, knowing the house and our dogs were being very well looked after. Our home was genuinely immaculate when we arrived home — as others have said, cleaner than when we left! We think they were simply the best.
Pablo & Japser, the Whippets
Sean and Katharine were perfect house sitters. This being our first experience, I have to admit we were a little apprehensive at the thought of strangers staying in our house and looking after our two dogs. However, as soon as we met Sean and Katharine, we felt totally at ease and knew we had made the right choice. They are a warm and friendly couple who immediately fussed over the dogs. They were with us for 24 hours before we left for our holiday getting to know the dogs and the house and in that time we could see that both would be incredibly well looked after. We also have a small self-catering holiday cottage attached to our house — they looked after this for us too — all guests commented on the great hosts and how well the cottage had been presented on arrival. They provided a point of contact and dealt with any problems that arose — this was a fantastic help and it was great to keep everything ticking over in our absence. They emailed us with updates throughout our holiday so we knew all was well at home. On our return, the house was immaculate and the dogs were totally in love! We had a very long journey home and were all extremely tired — Sean and Katharine very kindly took care of the dogs on the day of our return — giving them two walks so there was one less thing for us to worry about as we got settled back in. We were all very sad to see them leave (the dogs especially!) and very much hope we can get calendars to work again in the future and that Sean and Katharine would consider coming back to us.
Parsley the Yorkie/Jack Russell Cross, Dennis the Bengal Cat, plus Flossie & Heidi the Chickens
Sean and Katharine were dream housesitters. The pets fell in love with them immediately and were bereft when they left. The house was immaculate when we returned and even the garden had been cared for. They are the most delightful people you will ever meet and are committed to providing first-class care. We will definitely make great efforts to have them back here.
Woody the Golden Retriever & Twiggy the Goldendoodle
Sean and Katharine looked after our two dogs for three weeks as we couldn't be happier with the experience. They were great at communicating before the visit, setting up a Skype call to answer all of our questions and concerns, arrived exactly when they said and kept us updated throughout the three weeks. We came back to a beautifully clean home and very happy and content dogs. We couldn't have been more delighted with the excellent care they took of our dogs as they made sure that they were not only cared for (following the feeding and exercise instructions we left) but were also loved. It's been a week since Sean and Katharine left and the dogs are still moping around missing them! We couldn't recommend Sean and Katharine any more highly.
Tillie the Scottish Terrier & Indie the Cocker Spaniel
Sean and Katharine spent five months looking after our large property and two dogs in the South West of France. They had sole charge as we were living in New York. Our dogs were extremely well cared for and particular care was needed for the Scottish Terrier who has numerous allergies which they handled brilliantly. They are totally trustworthy, self-sufficient, honest and a delightful couple and we have no hesitation in recommending them highly to prospective clients.
Toby, Tillie & Pedro the Parsons Jack Russell Family
I was incredibly impressed with this couple when they came to house sit for me recently. Their connection with my three dogs and their attention to detail with their daily routine was exceptional. I felt immediately confident I could leave them both with my house, the issues associated with running it, and with the safety and care of the animals. I am grateful for both their kindness and for keeping me informed of how things were going at home during my time away. When I returned everything was ship-shape, clean and ready for me. Thank you to Sean and Katharine for a spotless house and happy animals!
Toby the Red Labrador & Cola the Black Cat
Sean and Katharine are just the most perfect house sitters and this being our first time we were nervous but they put us totally at ease with their caring and confident approach and attention to detail with our treasured dog, cat and home. We much appreciated the regular update emails and the way they handled any hiccups that happened along the way. We returned to a lovely clean home and two very happy furry friends. Our neighbours have enthused on how much time they took with walking and playing with both pets. Top marks and heartfelt thanks go to this lovely couple who I have no hesitation in recommending and would certainly love to welcome back into our home.
Charlie the Chocolate Labrador
Sean and Katharine are a reliable, lovely, caring and well-organized couple. They looked after my chocolate Labrador Charlie and everything was super perfect. Charlie simply adored Sean. They took care of my house and garden and even made friends with my neighbours. I highly recommend them and hope they will have time to house and pet sit for me next year.
Murphy the Black Labrador
We were very lucky to find Sean and Katharine who clearly love what they are doing. They were excellent with our black Labrador Murphy, who was very sad to see them go. We came back to a spotless house and a very happy dog. We have no hesitation in recommending them to future seekers of pet/ house sitters; they were capable, friendly, kind, reliable and above all clearly have a great affinity with animals. Murphy is already missing them.
Mackenzie & Lily the Border Terriers, Snowy the White Cat & Fudge the Ginger Cat
Sean and Katharine arrived with us the night before we left for our holiday. They are LOVELY people — very genuine, easy to be with, sensitive, interesting, intelligent and relaxed. We enjoyed their company and having dinner together very much. They asked all the right questions about the house and the animals so by the time we left the next day, we felt completely sure that we had done the right thing. They sent a reassuring message while we were away to say that all was well and we returned to a spotless house with happy pets and watered plants! The whole process was really easy — we could not recommend them highly enough.
Scamper & Dennis the Jack Russell Terriers
We have never left our home before to complete strangers so this was a real first for us. Sean and Katharine arrived a few days before we departed and instantly we felt confident and happy we had chosen the right people to look after our home and animals. Lovely genuine, soulful people, great communicators and interesting to be around. They seem to have a real knack and ability with animals and obviously love them — our dogs certainly bonded with them and were so content on our return. So different to when we have previously had to use a kennel and had a upset pet with a terrible cough! I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to others and would love to see them both again.
Maya the Yellow Labrador
Sean and Katharine looked after our French farmhouse, gîtes complex and dog for two months. They were easy to contact, communicated with us readily and were particularly kind to our elderly Labrador, Maya. They clearly love animals and enjoy their company; they kept our extensive property safe and well-maintained. Together, they make an excellent housesitting team. Additionally, when they arrived they managed to assimilate lots of information in a short space of time and they were also able to work on their own initiative. We would certainly welcome them back. Highly recommended.
Georgie the Tabby Cat
Sean and Katharine are great house and cat sitters. They were excellent in all communications, the house was immaculate on our return, and most importantly our rather feisty rescue cat was happy and well-fed. I would thoroughly recommend Sean and Katharine if you want peace of mind while on holiday, they will do a great job and I hope they will come back some time, I know pusscat would be pleased to see them.
Monty the Pocket Beagle & Neko the Bengal Cat
Sean and Katharine are great house sitters. They tick all the boxes to the highest level, putting your mind at rest when away from your home and pets. Their care and concern for everything, coupled with excellent communication, meant we had a very relaxing holiday. They were extremely flexible when there was a sudden change in plans, we even shared our house with them for a few days — none of this seemed to phase them. We came home to a beautifully maintained home and garden as well as very happy and healthy pets. We could not ask for better.
Ellie & Eve the Tabby Cat Sisters
Sean and Katharine stayed at our place in Berlin with our two cats for three months this summer and it was definitely a positive experience. They took great care of our cats (even providing us with updates and pictures!), the apartment was well looked after and everything was orderly and very well cleaned when we arrived home.
Merlin the Black Cat
Sean and Katharine looked after our house and cat beautifully. We returned after two weeks to find a spotless house and a very happy cat. Excellent communicators, they kept us well-informed about things like arrival time, and they provided us with entertaining email updates about how they and Merlin were getting on while we were away. More generally, they are wise and interesting people, whose company my family and I very much enjoyed when we had the opportunity to have a couple of meals together. I hope our paths cross again, and I recommend them most warmly to anyone considering them as potential house/pet-sitters.