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House Sitting Preferences
  • 0 - 1 week, 1 - 2 weeks, 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), Horse(s)
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  • Anywhere in the United Kingdom
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  • 2024: 30Mar-6Apr | 3Aug-25Aug

John and Sandra

52, Video Production Company Manager

61, Semi retired social worker and occasional actor

We are both intrepid travellers and lovers of animals! We have years of experience of allowing people to share and stay in our own homes as we are "Airbnb Superhosts" ( that means we are hosts who have proved consistently reliable over a long period) so we know that the most important thing is being able to trust people, and knowing a little about them before you commit to anything is helpful. We're very pleased to have earned several reviews on House SittersUK now but, if you would like access to our Airbnb reviews as well, do get in touch and we can send links.
Also we both have recent DBS (criminal record checks) to show...and more importantly they are clear! It is appreciated that it sometimes feels a little awkward asking prospective house sitters for confirmation of personal ID but please rest assured we would not be offended if you wish to see such documentation. It seems only fair if we are to be trusted with your home!
We love to travel, both abroad and around the UK, seeing and exploring new places. We are thankful that we have little in the way of commitments and house sitting seems a perfect way to do this.. We love caring for animals but do not own any ourselves precisely because of our love for them. With our lifestyle we couldn't give them the long term commitment they deserve....but we're happy to borrow yours and have fun!
John had a long career as a social worker working with children, but has a bit of a sideline in the acting business too. No plans to return to social work at present. Instead we both currently enjoy doing occasional background/ extra work in TV and film together.
Sandra has her own video production company and also helps in the organisation of a local food charity. She is able to do much of her work online so no huge need to be in one place. She's a Kiwi from the other side of the world but has been settled in John's home city of Manchester for decades now.
We are both fit and active and would enjoy exercising your dogs etc. Equally happy just to house sit and would treat your house in the way we would expect others to treat ours ie with respect and care. We are pretty good at following instructions ( well Sandra is!) Also not prone to panic and can deal with unforeseen difficulties with initiative.
Both non smokers and whenever it is practical we would be happy to meet up ahead of any commitment to house sit or to Skype/Facetime/Zoom if not practical.
Please do get in touch to discuss any aspect of house sitting or if you just want to know more about us. Thank you!

John & Sandra

Reviews (13)
It was a first for us to leave the house and 2 cats in the hands of people we didn’t know so we were a bit nervous about it. John and Sandra made that experience a great one though and we are extremely thankful to them for having looked after the house and pets the way they did. They sent us updates and photos very regularly, which was a great way to reassure us. John’s sense of humour was also the cherry on top of the cake, making the whole thing a stress-free experience. The house was super ... MORE
WILLIAM (Manchester England, Mar 2024 - 1 week)
John and Sandra were wonderful sitters. They were very kind and affectionate with Daisy and kept us regularly updated. From the photos it was clear Daisy had a great time! They also left the house beautifully tidy. All worked so well we've already arranged another date for them to come again. No hesitation in recommending them at all.
EMILY (London England, Oct 2021 - 5 days)
This was my first time trying house sitters -& I definitely "struck gold"! John & Sandra were fantastic throughout the entire process -offering me great reassurance as a novice & I honestly had no worries whilst I was away. They are clearly very experienced, very easy to work with, & attentive to the task at hand - my two goldies! John & Sandra took great care of my home -even spotting a sink leak. I returned to an immaculate place & two very happy dogs. I do believe they'd preferred John & ... MORE
WENDY (Edinburgh Scotland, Sep 2021 - 1 week 5 days)
Than you, Sandra and John for looking after our home so well in addition to the far greater burden of attending to the many whims of our one year old cocker spaniel, Horace. We couldn't have left the two in better hands, No fuss just very comforting to have them in our home. I do hope they will come and stay again after a suitable period of recuperation.
ANDREW (Wirral England, Sep 2021 - 2 weeks)
We would highly recommend Sandra and John to house sit and look after your pets, and would welcome them back next time we are away if they want to! We have 2 whippets, one is a little bit crazy and the other one very hard to keep well as she goes very poorly if she eats any human food. They did a great job at making sure they followed all my rules! :) Whilst we were away I had sold one of our sofas on Ebay and Sandra and John were so helpful with the collection which was really appreciated as ... MORE
EMMA (Stockport England, Aug 2021 - 2 weeks 1 day)
Sandra and John were great housesitters for us, and it was so good to know the house and garden were safe and cared for while we were away. They are friendly and very easy to get along with, communicated well and we were delighted to have found them.
VICTORIA (London England, Jul 2021 - 2 weeks 1 day)
Sandra and John were excellent housesitters. Great communication before and during their stay. They took care of everything beautifully, including 5 ducks, a cat and slightly highly strung dog, would highly recommend.
NINA (Wedmore England, May 2021 - 1 week)
We thoroughly recommend Sandra and John and house sitters. They came to see the house and animals before their stay so we could chat through everything, and communication throughout their stay was great. We came home to a lovely house and very happy cats and chickens!! Such lovely, cheerful people as well, the whole experience was a real pleasure. Sandra and John are welcome back any time!
SARAH (Bath England, Apr 2021 - 4 days)
John and Sandra were great. We came back to a very tidy clean house and happy relaxed dogs. They dealt with the idiosyncrasies of our house brilliantly and managed to have a nice time even though the weather were horrible. Thank you if we go away again we would certainly give you a call.
JOANNA (Salisbury England, Oct 2020 - 6 days)
Sandra and John came to look after our house and cat for a week. They were lovely people who looked after both beautifully. They offered to come and meet us beforehand which was very much appreciated and left the house in beautiful condition. Jerry, our cat, was also very happy.
CATHERINE (Manchester England, Oct 2020 - 1 week)
We cannot recommend John and Sandra more highly. Our pets were clearly beautifully looked after and the house was immaculately clean and tidy when we returned. They were great about keeping in touch whilst we were away and a pleasure to get to know before we left. The homemade crumble on our return was very gratefully received. We really hope they'll consider returning one day. Many thanks both.
BELLA (Marlborough England, Aug 2020 - 5 days)
John and Sandra are a fantastic couple. We came back to an immaculate house and three well looked after pets. Buddy was clearly missing them. Great communicators. We look forward to having them stay again this summer and seeing them socially as they are local. Highly recommended.
CLAIRE (Didsbury England, Mar 2020 - 3 weeks 2 day)
I was a little nervous at first as this was John & Sandra's first sit. However, I had no need to be concerned. John & Sandra were just excellent - they looked after my house and pets wonderfully and everything was in perfect order when I returned. Communication was great and I enjoyed receiving daily updates with a humorous caption. I had builders in the garden unexpectedly and John & Sandra took this in their stride supplying tea on demand! Not only am I able to give a great review, but, the ... MORE
MARY (Oswestry Wales, Jan 2020 - 3 days)
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