​​We are Ian and Brigitte

British and French

House and cat sitters extraordinaire!

Our house-sits in the U.S.A.

Indialantic, Florida

Four weeks in 2013
Four weeks in 2014


Indialantic, Florida

Four weeks in 2013
Four weeks in 2014


A great pool.

You never know what you’ll see in the trees!

We don’t do crowded beaches.

Melbourne Beach, Florida, U.S.A.

A lovely community on the Atlantic side of Florida. Quite unspoiled.

We were lucky enough to be asked back.

Booked through...

Word of mouth

Our first ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Susan, said...

"All the laundry was done, and the house was spotless!"


Brookfield, Vermont

Five weeks in 2016
Two weeks in 2017
Three weeks in 2018

Brookfield, Vermont

Five weeks in 2016
Two weeks in 2017
Three weeks in 2018

Isis, a delightful American Shorthair.

With acres of lawn, the riding mower was very welcome - and a lot of fun!

Somewhere to rest after the gardening.

Brookfield, Vermont U.S.A.

A truly luxurious log-cabin on a wooded hillside.

Occasional visits by moose and bears… really!

We are lucky enough to have been invited back again several times.

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Linda, said...

"They were just wonderful!"

See the original review here

Indian Wells, California

Four weeks in 2017
Four weeks in 2018
Planning 2019

Indian Wells, California

Four weeks in 2017
Four weeks in 2018
Planning 2019

Endless grapefruit, lucky I’m not on statins!  

The back garden and pool. 

What do you do when it’s 107ºF?
Knit a wooly jumper, of course!

Indian Wells is handy for the Joshua Tree National Park… which U2 can visit, if you’ll excuse the pun.

Indian Wells, California

A fabulous ranch-style house with a pool, lemon and lime trees, and an inexhaustible supply of fresh grapefruit.

And sunshine. Lots of sunshine. Over 100ºF is common! 

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owners, Rick and Satomi, said...

"Can't say enough how wonderful Ian and Brigitte were and the care they showed for both our home and our cats."

See the original review here

Our house-sits in France

Aix-en-Provence

Four weeks in 2016
Invited back 2017


Aix-en-Provence

Four weeks in 2016
Invited back 2017


Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence.

Chloe on her perch in the window. 

Chloe says ‘Hi’! 

Aix-en-Provence, France

A beautiful, high-ceilinged apartment in an 18th century building, right in the heart of Aix.

Oh, and one delighfully crazy cat called Chloe...

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The apartment owner, Bill, said...

"I will invite them to sit again with pleasure."

See the original review here

St Nom le Breteche, Paris

Four weeks in 2016
Invited back - any time!


St Nom le Breteche, Paris

Four weeks in 2016
Invited back - any time!


Hermes insisted on a formal portrait. 

A rare object - a garden in Paris! 

We bought the broom for sweeping,
but Hermes decided it was for him.

St Nom le Breteche, Paris, France

An upscale home in the rural Paris commuter belt, it was very handy for both Paris itself and the Palace of Versailles.

We cared for the cat Hermes, and trimmed about a mile of laurel hedges by hand!

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Sherry, said...

"We were very, very lucky to have Ian and Brigitte housesit for us this summer."

See the original review here

Issy les Moulineaux, Paris

One week in 2017



Issy les Moulineaux, Paris

One week in 2017



A spacious and modern house. 

Two easy-to-care-for cats... 

…and as a bonus, the Relais de Venise is easily walkable. They only have one dish on the menu. Steak.

Issy les Moulineaux, Paris, France

Issy is a lovely suburb of Paris, an easy and pleasant walk to the centre of Paris.

It was a real pleasure to care for two lovely cats.

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Tracy, said...

"Very trustworthy and recommend him without hesitation." 

See the original review here

Our house-sits in Wales

Llangollen

Ten days in 2017
Five days in 2017
Three days in 2017

Llangollen

Ten days in 2017
Five days in 2017
Three days in 2017

The beautiful cottage.

The cats clearly decided the Aga was the warmest place to snooze...

A lovely view from the rear garden!

Llangollen, Wales

A beautiful cottage in the Welsh hills, with two cats and an Aga to care for.

Remote. And quiet. Apart from the sheep.

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The homeowner, Karen, said...

"All three times he has taken great care of my home and I've returned to calm and relaxed felines."

See the original review here

Our house-sits in England

Newcastle upon Tyne

One week in 2017



Newcastle upon Tyne

One week in 2017



A roomy and characterful house.

Otto - now you see him...

…and now you don’t.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

A lovely terraced house in a city that rocks.

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Jo, said...  

"He was laid back about everything and seemed to just get on with it!"

See the original review here

Diss, Norfolk

Ten days in 2017



Diss, Norfolk

Ten days in 2017



A gorgeous Olde English country garden.

The most chilled cat ever,
appropriately named “Easy”. 

Relaxed country living at its finest. 

Diss, Norfolk, England

At the same time as the barn was being built, Cortés’s Spanish army was defeating the Aztecs in Mexico... and Catherine of Aragon gave birth to her first child..!

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Susie, said..

"It was lovely to arrive home and everything being neat and tidy."

See the original review here

Our house-sits in Scotland

Inverurie

One week in 2019



Inverurie

One week in 2019



One of several nearby Neolithic stone circles, around 5,000 years old.  Really fascinating and atmospheric places.

Bobby, a commendably clean cat.

Gight Castle, from where the ‘notorious Gordons of Gight’ launched raids on other castles, and even towns.  Including my ancestors’ castle, Balquholly (now Hatton Castle).

Inverurie, Scotland

A delightful home up a forestry track, with long-distance views across Aberdeenshire.  Neatly situated between the Cairngorms National Park and the City of Aberdeen.

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Louise, said...

“Ian’s house / pet sit did not go according to plan."

See the original review here

Aberdeen

One week in 2018



Aberdeen

One week in 2018



Playful Maisie, between meals...

My 7th great grandfather…
William Chalmers, twice Provost of Aberdeen

Relaxing Maisie, dreaming of her next meal... 

Aberdeen, Scotland

The “Beast from the East” snowstorm didn’t stop me driving 370 miles to a fabulous granite house in a city where I have many ancestral links...

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Elizabeth, said...

"Ian was the most wonderful sitter."

See the original review here

And finally...

Home Sweet Home



It’s great being away...

and it’s great to come home!

Home Sweet Home


It’s great being away...

and it’s great to come home!


Home Sweet Home

We don’t need to house-sit as we have a home of our own.

We choose to house-sit as we enjoy visiting new places and actually living there for a while - it’s so different from simply staying in an hotel or motel.

And, we’ve made some great new friends!

How we started sitting...

It all started when friends told us how they managed to spend each winter in Australia...

It was simple. They looked after luxury houses for people who needed to be away.

It had never occurred to us as something we could do.

But we gave it a try... and haven’t looked back!

For your security...

We have had a Criminal Records Bureau* check via Trusted House Sitters website, and now have their highest Verification Level...

You can link to it here.

* The Criminal Record Check involves liaising with National Police Computers to verify and disclose all unspent convictions for the last five years.

Websites we use...

We are registered with three websites for our house-sitting… click on them to see our profiles.

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