— For just $55 a
year, membership of SeniorSitters and our associate HouseCarers opens up
a world of
accommodation — nationwide or worldwide —
it's up to you.
How does it
work and what's the catch?
How it Works
Housesitting couldn't be simpler: A
housesitter cares for the owner's house and pets, if any, while the owner is
absent for whatever reason. This means the owner enjoys the peace of mind of
knowing that the house is being lived in (itself the most effective form of
security) and any pets cared for.
In return for accepting these responsibilities, the
sitter enjoys free accommodation for the duration of the owner's absence, or
whatever other period is agreed to. This may be as brief as a few days, or
several months. Even housesits in excess of a year are not unknown.
What's the Catch?
There's none really. From
the Owner's viewpoint, it’s easy to gain the peace of mind available
from having your home looked after by a mature Housesitter member of
SeniorSitters. Furthermore, it’s free!
From the housesitter's viewpoint it's a wonderful opportunity to see new
places and make new friends, and it's all free!
All the sitter need pay for is
food, local transport and getting to and from the housesit.
(Occasionally the owner will require payment for local utilities, phone,
etc, although, in our experience this is exceptional in the case of more
mature sitters, such as SeniorSitters members.
SeniorSitters opens up
an exciting world of opportunities provided by housesitting, showing how
you can broaden your horizons — and save money too!
How do we find these free holidays?
Listings are on our associated website, HouseCarers.com,
where you can browse opportunities available in your own city, state,
country - or worldwide. However, while you can see what's available, you
are only able to contact homeowners when you have paid the HouseCarers
low annual membership fee of just $55 - which provides WORLDWIDE access!
And, as a SeniorSitters member you get a 10% discount of this
already low fee.
To get started, just click on the link
Did you know?...
In the past year, opportunities have
been available in no fewer than 65 countries. (See their flags below)
The most recent
to offer housesitting opportunities is Barbados,
while our latest Featured Opportunities are for a family and a couple in
a French Chateau
on the flag below to go to the French Tourism website
Gardeners and handy couple welcomed
with their family in Poitou
House Sitter Needed for VienneChateau
- Location: Chatellerault, Thuré, Vienne, Poitou
- Availability: May 1,2015 For 3 months and more |
Two Opportunities — Please read carefully before applying
No 1 Family with children
Wanted ! 3 months Start Date: May the 1st, 2015 (or before)
Accommodation comprises: 2/3 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom farmhouse
with private garden FAMILY PLEASE FOR THE FARMHOUSE !
No 2 Couple with no
children wanted for the gate Cottage ! 3 months Start Date :
May the 1st, 2015 (or before) Accommodation comprises : 1
Bedroom, 1 Bathroom gate cottage with small private garden
COUPLE PLEASE FOR THE GATE COTTAGE !
We live in a beautiful post Renaissance style Castle in a
remarkably good condition, situated between Tours and
Poitiers, a region famed for its history and beauty. The
Chateau operates as a family home. The grounds consist of a
small woodland area, with paths for nature walks and
abundant wildlife, a swimming pool (not heated,) barns
welcoming weddings and receptions, a greenhouse, ample lawn
areas, a two-bedroom farmhouse with its own garden available
for an English speaking family of house-sitters and the
single bedroom gate cottage also available for a couple of
English speaking house-sitters.
THE 2/3 BEDROOM FARMHOUSE IS SET ON THE EDGE OF THE
WOODLAND AREA AND VERY PRIVATE. It is very well equipped and
obviously more Human Sized to live in ! We must point out
that the two first floor bedrooms are adjoining. The
separate lounge on the ground floor has a sofa bed, this
easily converts to a third bedroom if required.
WE ARE ALSO OFFERING THE ONE BEDROOM GATE COTTAGE WITH
ITS SMALL PRIVATE GARDEN TO A COUPLE WITH NO CHILDREN.
The property is located in an idyllic location in France,
and is only 700 meters away from the nearest village with
bakery, bar, post-office, library and an itinerant service
of butcher, fish merchant, pizza maker and grocery, (each of
them twice weekly.) The village also has a Catholic Church
with services every Sunday.
The nearest large town is less than 5km away and features
a mainline high-speed train connection (TGV.) We are only 1
hour and 15 minutes from Paris by train. We are also close
to all the castles of the Loire Valley as well as many local
attractions. Futuroscope Park, Golf, Trekking, Horse Riding,
Bicycle Tracks, Hot air Balloon, Lake Sailing and many more.
Our ideal couples : · are physically very fit and active
· Have a relaxed ‘Can-Do’ attitude and plenty of initiative
· Sense of Humour · Enjoy the challenges of gardening and
being part of a team . Can use tractors or chainsaws · Have
a keen interest in France · Love the outdoors . Love dogs ·
Get along with each other and enjoy working together · Each
should have clean driving licences, and no criminal history
(may be checked) · Also, moderate drinking habits only
Ideally the family have children matching in age with
If arriving without a car, a small (manual) insured car
can be provided for those with clean driving records. All
efforts are made to ensure that our housecarers are
comfortable, happy and are enjoying the delights of France.
If one has any particular skills or talents, either artistic
or practical, we definitely encourage any creativity.
Utilities are provided by us (including wifi).
We are looking for couples who like to be active in the
garden and can be part of our current projects : trimming,
pruning, mowing, painting, etc... feeding the dog and
closing the gate at night.
We have two kids (12 and 9) who love speaking English and
always want to improve their skills. They'd love to spend a
moment every day speaking English to keep on practising
We also have a lovely outdoor dog (almost 3 yo) called
Havane who will need love while we are away (not very often
though). She is a Beauce'Shepperd or "Bas-rouge".
contact for more info
here for details from our associate site,
Click on the flag to go to
French Tourism website
You need a holiday — but are worried about home security,
garden, pets, and so on...
You're over 50 and want to have Great Holidays — and save
... either way, you're in the right place!
provides links to enable Homeowners to offer
housesitting opportunities specifically to active, mature
Housesitters aged 50 and over.
housesitting site of
affiliate, HouseCarers.Com, is the Best on the Web, and
SeniorSitters members receive a full 10% discount off
the already low HouseCarers access fee, exclusive to
membership is Free!
In the past year, through SeniorSitters and our
associate, HouseCarers, housesitting opportunities have
been offered in no fewer than
represented below by their flags...
How many do you recognise?
on any flag to go that country's official tourism