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Silver (12mths)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 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), Farm Animals, Horse(s)
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in the United Kingdom

The Atherton Family- House and Pet Sitting Service

43, Mother, Circuit Coach in fitness club

39, Graphic Design Freelance Artist

***The Atherton Family are definitely Trusted House Sitters!
A responsible, trustworthy, Happy animal and fun loving family of four. Adoring and embracing all creatures with a love of travelling and a sense of adventure. Professional and responsible, really caring about making the right environment for both you and your pets to feel stress free about your time apart. Let our family provide your pet/s with a loving environment, plenty of attention and time to commit. Allowing you to take the break that you need without having to worry about what you are leaving behind. ***

Having travelled the UK on a pet sitting tour from May 2016 - October 2017, then spending winter on our own break in Krabi, Thailand we returned to the UK February 2018. We continued house sitting until the end of June 2018 and took roots in Northern Ireland where we had been taken by it's beauty during a long house sit in Belfast, 2016.
As much as we have loved our time in Northern Ireland we realise that we are nomads at heart and yearn to return to our life of travel, meet new people and their beautiful pets.

We seek longer term sits from three weeks up to a year and beyond, however we are willing to discuss any possible sits that would suit both our available dates and geographics.

We have a Facebook page called "The Atherton Family - House and Pet Sitting Service" with plenty of photos of our times pet sitting.

Touring from Devon to Aberdeen and plenty of places in between life has been fun, filled with joy and adventure. Certainly a life less ordinary!
Since beginning our travels, we have completed sits from as little a five days to as long as three months, handling a variety of species; cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets donkeys, chickens, fish and reptiles. We have also dealt with medicating pets, veterinary emergencies, and household issues in a responsible manner. Having owned free range poultry, dogs, cats and reptiles we are confident handling all.

We are a close family with two children, son Robin who's seven and daughter Bonnie who is Four.
Phil's a talented freelance artist, mainly graphic design work and can work independently from his laptop with internet access. While living in Northern Ireland Claire works as a circuit coach in a fitness club.
We started house sitting in 2016. Back then we lived in Newquay on the Cornish coast and decided to make a big leap into a new way of life so secured several bookings, sold our belongings and took to the open road with the children.... We've had so many adventures and really enjoyed discovering so many beautiful towns and cities around the UK.
Our children are worldly and have such great confidence with animals. They are gentle and respectful, having learned a great deal about animal husbandry as we go. We are all eco aware, live a healthy life with plenty of outdoor time and enjoy a balanced omnivorous diet.
We are careful and respectful of your home and property and a clean living family.

Happy to take on the responsibility necessary to ensure that both homeowners and pets have the best experience and smoothest transition from owners to us and handing back over.
The people who we have completed sits for are now valued friends. We have had repeat bookings from previous clients and would be happy to negotiate doing so for you.

The only requirements we have are that your home accommodates our family and that you're 100% certain that your pets are comfortable with respectful and kind children, this is vital for both parties to ensure that your pets aren't distressed in any way and that our offspring are not at risk.

We intend to be doing this for a long time so if you're looking for a family who are committed to caring for your home and pets then you can certainly rely upon us.
We are also members of other platforms and should you require we can provide you with another 11 fabulous reviews from the clients who used us.
Always happy to "meet you" via Skype, emails or phone calls and we are always keen to keep communication open, prior to, during and perhaps even after the sit if required.
Once we've agreed your sit, we never change plans.
Thanks for your consideration.

Why we want to house sit....
Firstly we love animals.... And travelling!!!
Our aim is to travel whilst home-educating our children, so we seek opportunities to stay in as many different counties/countries as possible so the children experience life in different cultures and surroundings.
We also intend to blog about our travels and experiences (client discretion guaranteed!).

Our Experience....
We have years of experience caring for a range of animals including dogs, cats, reptiles, ferrets fish and birds and poultry.
There are no animals that we aren't comfortable with. We have completed twenty house sits in total since beginning so are familiar with the process of handovers etc.

Reviews (5)
No rating Phil and Claire atherton and their two children came to house sit and pet sit for us for a 3 month period and they are two really special people. They are a kind, caring and thoughtful couple with well behaved and funny kids that one can't help but fall in love with on meeting. My home was so well looked after and my two cats and little dog were spoiled. Claire kept in touch regularly to keep us informed on how the pets and house sit was going. There were excellent and made friends in the local ... MORE
MAGGIE (32 Galwally ave Northern Ireland, Oct 2016 - 3 months 1 week)
No rating Claire, Philip, Robin and Bonnie did a perfect job of looking after our home and dogs. Communication was excellent, both before hand and whilst we were away. They arrived on time and made us feel at ease as we had never used house sitters before. Our home was left spotlessly clean and with a few extra touches which made coming home from the sunshine far more bareable than we expected! We wouldn't hesitate to ask the Atherton's to house sit for us again or to recommend them to friends. We ... MORE
JO (Stoke On Trent , Sep 2016)
No rating As soon as Phillip and Claire arrived I knew our home and Roy would be in good hands. They took great care of everything and really went out if their way for us, I would recommend them as sitters to anyone
CAROLINE (Brixham England, Aug 2016 - 3 weeks)
No rating Philip, Claire, Robin and Bonnie took great care of our house and cats. The house was spotless on our return and they kept in contact throughout the sitting period. Our cats were clearly well looked after and were probably a bit sad to see their new friends go. Would fully recommend this family and would be very happy to have them stay again!
MIKE AND KATY (Papworth Everard England, Jul 2016 - 4 weeks)
No rating Apologies how long it has taken me to write this. Lovely family, felt very comfortable leaving my cat and dogs with them. Arrived on time and left the place clean and tidy. They did well to walk and entertain my two bouncy hounds especially with two kids in tow.
ELLIE (whitstable England, Jun 2016 - 5 days)
 
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