House Sitting – References

We have gained a lot of experience in house and pet sitting since we started in 2012. If you’re considering us, some of ‘our’ owners are happy to contacted directly (please ask us to put you in touch). Check out our profile on Click more to read some of our reviews, from owners all over the world:

Whitney & Paul, Happy House Sitters

Simone and Barry were great. They cared for our very excitable Staffy and unit for 3 weeks. The dog was happy and healthy, and the house was super clean when we got back. They even had to take the dog to the vet to get stitches out while we were away. They communicated clearly and regularly. We feel that they are a great option for looking after your house and pets anywhere in the world.

Susan D, Happy House Sitters

Simone & Barry looked after our house and pets for 2 weeks (2 dogs, cat and fish) during the xmas-nye period in Dec ’16/Jan ’17. They did a fantastic job – we have a x-large breed and medium sized dog – what may be slightly challenging for some people Simone and Barry did a great job looking after them and even reported back to us that they were very well behaved – a testament to their excellent pet handling skills!. They are very resourceful if things don’t go quite to plan – one of our dogs managed to escape through a wire fence and they quickly patched it up with some wood they found in the shed. We were able to enjoy our holiday knowing our house and pets were in very good hands. Simone is very organised and made sure arrival/departure times & pet routines were communicated to them well before they arrived – this helped greatly because over that period I didn’t have a lot of time to get organised myself!. I would highly recommend Simone and Barry!.

David & Elizabeth, Happy House Sitters

It is an act of trust to have a total stranger come into ones home to not only care for beloved pets but also treat your home respectfully. Our “gut feeling ” in regards to Simone Gribble, certainly paid off. Simone along with her partner Barry O’Kane house sat for us throughout August 2015. Our two Scottish Terriers were obviously well cared for and treated in the manner to which they are accustomed. We have no hesitation in recommending both Simone and Barry as trustworthy and dependable house sitters.

Steph & Jonathan, Edinburgh

We had two cats (three now!) and a two bedroom flat in Edinburgh. We went on a five-week holiday to New Zealand and Australia. Our two cats and guinea pigs are very special to us so we were determined that nothing but the best care would do for them.

She is very reliable and kept our house in great condition and also kept our cats happy. She kept us updated via Facebook on how things were going and we always felt assured that our house and pets were in good hands. It was also a particular bad winter that year and it was reassuring to know that Simone was there to ensure that everything kept ticking over in the flat

We would highly recommend Simone for any house sitting opportunities and we would be happy to have a chat with anyone if they have any further queries.

Zeno K, Edinburgh

I’ve known Barry for many years and Simone for a couple of years.

I can honestly say they are a fantastic couple whom anyone would be lucky to call their friends. They’re very sociable, is a great conversationalists and have very adventurous lifestyles. We have them over for dinner regularly.

They are very conscientious house guests and have looked after our place when we’ve been on holiday, taking great care of our plants and pets. They even left it in a better state for our return than we did for their arrival.

I am very lucky to have Barry and Simone as friends and if anyone is thinking of have them look after their home, they should not hesitate for a second!

5 star score on all counts.

Malcolm L, Edinburgh

I travelled away in the South Pacific for 6 months during 2011, and in that time, Simone lived in and looked after my flat.

There were a few issues to take care of due to the concern of neighbours sharing my building. As it turned out there were no problems with my flat, but Simone helped facilitate resolving those minor problems, liaising with tradesmen and keeping me updated by email. Upon my return the flat was empty and ready for me as agreed.

I’d recommend Simone to anyone as someone who is decent and trustworthy. She did an excellent job in looking after my flat, and I’d be delighted to enlist her help again if I had a similar time period away.

Joanna B, Trusted House Sitters

I have no hesitation in recommending Simone and Barry as House Sitters.

They arrived cheerful ,organised and optimistic and were the same on my return. The house was immaculate and the dogs hardly acknowledged my presence…they had had such a good time without me!

Natacha H, Trusted House Sitters

Simone and Barry stayed in our house for one week.
We were really worried as it was our first time leaving our house and pets in someone else’s care but when we met Simone and Barry, they really put us at ease.
We highly recommend them as house and Pet sitter (dogs, cats , pet rats, ferrets).
One of our dogs is really scared of strangers and can look scary to people but Simone and Barry handled him really well.
The house was left exactly as we left it.
We couldn’t be happier with them.

Alynn C, Trusted House Sitters

Simone and Barry took care of my Persian cat Lucky for 10 days and they were absolutely wonderful. Lucky was very happy and very loved during those days. They brushed him and cleaned his eyes every day just as I do. They kept in touch all the time, they send me pictures, emails and texts telling me about him.
When I came back my house was super clean, they even changed one of my plants to a bigger pot. They left me a chocolate and everything was shining. I will definitely recommend them to take care of your home. They are trustworthy, honest and kind people! Thank you very much for taking care of my adorable Lucky.

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