Christmas House Sitting – how to find one and our house sitter stories

Cat and Dog with Santas Claus hats

Welcome to our Christmas house sitting series. We’ve now made it even easier to find house sitting opportunities over the Christmas holidays – read how you can find a house sit and enjoy some Christmas house sitter stories from our members.

At a time of year when hotel costs are over inflated and the idea of a Christmas get-away is a luxury many cannot afford, house sitting offers a viable and exciting way to enjoy the festivities. Many people have discovered this is a great way to either enjoy a get-away either in their own country or abroad with NO accommodation costs.

House sitting at Christmas

House sitting at Christmas

Families, couples and those preferring their own company have all benefited from house sitting over Christmas.  You could be enjoying a renovated farm house in France, a trendy apartment in Sydney or London or even a winter wonderland in Switzerland or Canada – the house sitting opportunities are coming in thick and fast in the run up to Christmas.

We’ve put all our current Christmas house sitting opportunities in one link so you can easily find out what’s available – with more new house sits being added daily, be sure to check it out!

View our Christmas house sitting pages to view the latest assignments

 

Our members wanted to share some of their Christmas house sitting stories and what they have planned for this year’s holidays via Trustedhousesitters.com…..

Trusted house sitter members Julie & Leon-Gerard have found a house sit in Sydney, Australia

Trusted house sitter members Julie & Leon-Gerard have found a house sit in Sydney, Australia

This Christmas we have arranged to house sit in Sydney, Australia.  We are looking forward to exploring Sydney and we will even get to view the New Year’s fireworks display on the harbour from the house we are caring for!“ Julie & Leon-Gerard, Trusted House Sitter members

Sydney harbour on New Year's Eve

Sydney harbour on New Year’s Eve

Here is a double Trusted House Sitter story! This Christmas will be the first I’ve been separated from my daughter Laura, aged 22. Amazingly we will both be house sitting, but on opposite sides of the world. Whilst John and I will be warming ourselves by a log fire in a Wiltshire farmhouse (UK), Laura and her boyfriend will be in their own pool or at the beach on Australia’s Gold Coast. We’ll be opening presents together via Skype and comparing adventures, animal stories and no doubt envying each other’s weather!” Cate & John, Trusted House Sitter members

Laura & Tanbay are house sitting on the Gold Coast, Australia while her mum house sits in Wiltshire, UK this Christmas

Laura & Tanbay are house sitting on the Gold Coast, Australia while her mum house sits in Wiltshire, UK this Christmas

“We have undertaken two Christmas sittings so far.  Prior to this, we’d never spent it away from home so it was a new adventure. When we started looking we wanted to stay in the UK so were waiting for a house sit to appear on Trustedhousesitters.com that stood out. It didn’t take long and by October we’d arranged a sit in a 5 bedroom house in Berkshire with two delightful cockatoos.  Co-incidently the house was not far from friends who invited us for lunch on Boxing Day,” say Phil & Rita, Trusted House Sitter members.

Rita & Phil enjoy a sing-along during the festive season while house sitting

Rita & Phil enjoy a sing-along during the festive season while house sitting

 

Leo & Tucker in Santa Fe, New Mexico found their Christmas pet sitters with Trustedhousesitters.com

Leo & Tucker in Santa Fe, New Mexico found their Christmas pet sitters with Trustedhousesitters.com

Our first experience of Trustedhousesitters.com was finding a pet sitter for the month of December last year. Going to Hawaii seemed like a great idea, except for leaving the 2 dogs and a cat in the hands of dubiously responsible, pricey sitters. So we were really happy to find Keith & Laurie who were the perfect fit – VERY attentive – they even sent us an e-card of our pack dressed up for Christmas – the gesture was hilarious and the effort to do this somehow let us relax and enjoy our time more. We KNEW the pets were in good hands. Knowing what they did right led us to realise that this sort of care – and freedom – can go both ways – we are now Trusted House Sitters ourselves!”  Lucy & Alexander, Trusted House Sitter member

Juliette & Owen are house sitting this Christmas in London

Juliette & Owen are house sitting this Christmas in London

This Christmas we are planning on doing a house sit for a couple in North West London. We have already done an assignment for them in July – they’re such an interesting couple and we really got along with them. We’re really looking forward to staying in London over the festive season so that we can enjoy the buzz of the city. Being so close to the centre we will be able to pop in to Central London on the bus and enjoy the cultural events that are going on.Juliette & Owen – Trusted House Sitter members

The villa in Malta for Jenny & Dave's Christmas house sit

The villa in Malta for Jenny & Dave’s Christmas house sit

“We had a wonderful two and half weeks house sitting in a beautiful villa with pool in Malta last Christmas. The pets we looked after were two lovely, but naughty in a nice way dogs, and a cat who actually kept the dogs in check, which was comical. We were also given their four wheel drive to explore the Island in. We met them the night before and they made us feel very welcome – even gave us presents to open on Christmas day while they were gone.  This was our first overseas house sit and visiting Malta – we loved every second and are off to house sit in Florida next.” Jenny & Dave, Trustedhousesitters.

Liz enjoys house sitting n NZ with her family!

Liz enjoys house sitting n NZ with her family!

Last year I house sat a New Zealand High Country Homestead, up near a beautiful lake and mountains. I asked if I could have family and friends stay and the homeowners said yes – it was a wonderful big six bedroom homestead – such a great spot to enjoy Christmas.  This year I will be house siting in the stunning spot of Diamond Harbour, overlooking the water near Christchurch, New Zealand.  Just one friend will be staying this time – again with the homeowner’s agreement. And I can take the ferry across the water and visit my daughter for Christmas Day dinner! This is a wonderful lifestyle, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.  Next year I’m house sitting in Italy – how exciting!”  Liz, Trusted House sitter member

Liz is house sitting in Vancouver this year

Liz is house sitting in Vancouver this year

“Christmas is family time for most people but due to circumstances of children living and holidaying abroad we decided to try house sitting last Christmas. After a few days of joining Trustedhousesitters.com a British couple posted an advert wanting a couple to house / pet sit in Mourjou, France to care for their 3 cats and lovely converted barn with fantastic views, log fire and swimming pool. We were made so welcome on arrival by the owners, and after a lovely lunch were taken on a tour, shown the best places to visit and eat and they gave us a booklet with maps and tourist information. It was nice to experience a different environment, tasting the typical French Christmas fayre in a local setting.  This year we’re house sitting on Vancouver Island (and visiting our son who lives in Whistler!)”. Peter & Liz, Trusted House Sitter members 

This are just a few stories of the many we’ve received from our house sitters.  If you’re interested in finding a Christmas house sit this year simply register with Trustedhousesitters.com and create a profile – you’ll then receive our daily email alerts of the latest house sits and can apply directly to the homeowner via our internal messaging system.

Hundreds of home and pet owners are looking for sitters like you today – enjoy a free retreat in return for caring for an owner’s home and pets and enjoy a different kind of Christmas this year while saving money.

 

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