We recently had phillyqualified sit for us for two weeks, looking after our rural home, 1 cat and 12 chooks. He kept in touch before we actually met (some 6 months approx with phone calls) and then came and visited us twice before coming to do the "sit". We were impressed with his friendliness and honesty and our home was very well looked after, our animals well cared for and he even weeded our vegetable patch! He kept in text contact whilst we were away which was reassuring.
We can definitely recommend him to others and hope he will be able to come and sit for us next time we go away.
Our experience is almost identical to the experience that muscrat had - see Housesitting Blog for Recent Updates > Archives>April 2007.
House sit details:
New Zealand Waikato rural area
Comfortable home in rural area on a main road (Hauraki Plains - Waikato area) but no farming work required.
We have two cats and a dozen free range chooks who need looking after so sitters must be animal lovers.
10 minutes drive from Paeroa (antique shops galore)and Ngatea (water gardens and a gem factory open to public) and Turua (tiny town but an interesting ostrich farm and a fabulous restaurant) - 20 minutes from Thames (historic gold town) and Waihi (open cast gold mine and historic town)- 45 minutes to Katikati (the mural town and a public bird zoo) and just over an hour to Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton Cities. Under two hour drive to thermal Rotorua.
Close to the beautiful Karangahake Gorge (great bush walks). About an hour from Coromandel Township on the Peninsula (Hot Water Beach - yes! hot water bubbles from the sand - Waiau Water Gardens with activities from ages 2 - 102). References required and also a bond payable. Non-smokers please. Retirees preferred