Home owner testimonials


“In the world that we live in, it is always difficult to put your trust in complete strangers and allow them to come into your house and on top of that, look after your loved ones… we were extremely fortunate to come across Donna and Phil Garner. They house and dog sat for us for 7½ weeks over July and August 2017 and cannot recommend them enough. They arrived the day before so we had a good opportunity to get to know them over dinner and for them to become familiar with the house. I immediately took a liking to them, they were down to earth, full of humour but at the same time, we could see they were see they were serious about the task they were taking on. Throughout our trip, Donna kept me up to date with photos of our dog and even told me little things like the window cleaner has been. Even a little message like that gives you the confidence to know they are still at the house and you know what is happening. I even learnt things about my dog, such as he loved ice cubes, I didn’t know that! On our arrival back, we could see that Scrappy was more than happy, our house was clean and in order and despite us saying that they could leave later, they left within the hour and knew that we needed space just to chill out after a 24 hour flight. I was told they were ‘good uns’ by others they had house sat for… and I fully concur with that. They are trustworthy, lovely, funny and they put your faith back into humanity. If you are in need of a house sitter, I can wholeheartedly recommend Donna and Phil… they really are the ‘good uns’! J Thank you so much, Donna and Phil, I am happy for any of your potential house owners/sitters to contact me and hope you will consider house sitting for us again in the future, Bal and James xx PS Scrappy sends a woof.”

Bal and James, Thorney, Cambridgeshire, UK



"We had the absolute pleasure of having Donna and Phillip sit for us this year. We hope.....really hope. ..that they will sit for us again. And many more times. With wonderful gratitude from Jonathan and Christina."

Jonathan and Christina, Tushingham, Shropshire, UK

"Donna and Phil house and pet sat for us in February/March 2017. We would highly recommend them. They took the trouble to meet our pets (dog and cat) the day before we left for our holiday. We immediately felt that we had made the right choice of house sitters. During our holiday they kept in touch with us by email and Facebook. On our return, the house was very clean, and amazingly every item in the kitchen was in the 'right' place! They even changed and washed their bedding. Our dog obviously loved them and sulked for five days after they left! We would love to have them sit for us again." 

Jude and Alex, Broad Hinton, Wiltshire, UK


"Donna and Phil looked after our house and four dogs and two cats in February 2017. They are a fun couple, honest, reliable and very lovely! The house was exceptionally clean and tidy when we returned. They managed our four dogs without any problems at all. We were delighted with them and will definitely ask them to house sit again. I would highly recommend them."

Jo and Ali, Wark, Northumberland, UK


"After meeting Phil and Donna for the first time in person, it was so relaxing for us to know that they were in the house to take care of our 3 cats and just to look after things in general. 

Donna and Phil were so friendly, charming and competent, we had no worries at all about leaving our pets and the house in their hands.

I have to say the house was in immaculate order on our return. The cats just looked at us and kind of said "oh so you're back are you?" As though they hadn't missed us at all! 

We have no hesitation in recommending Donna and Phil for any future house sits that may come their way. Indeed, we hope to welcome them back here again one day."

Paul and Anne Garside, Stanwick, UK



"It is always a difficult decision to invite strangers into your home and trust them with your beloved pets. Fortunately, Donna and Phil proved diligent, trustworthy, competent, affable and down to earth. All those important positive qualities aside, they both love animals.

It was a joy to return home knowing that our dog and horse had been well looked after and were stress free. Both animals have their idiosyncrasies and are not totally straight forward to look after but nothing fazed Donna and Phil. 

Regular email updates on the welfare of the animals and the state of the house were welcome. Many of my neighbours gave positive feedback on their encounters with Donna and Phil whilst they were out dog walking (twice daily).


We have already booked Donna and Phil for several sits in 2016; I think that says it all."

Carla and Fergus, Rural Hampshire, UK


"I'd never advertised for housesitters before. I had a surprisingly large amount of people interested in caring for all my furry friends but when I got Donna and Phil's email, something told me that these were the right people. 

My first instincts weren't wrong. Donna and Phil looked after all my animals really, really well. I had no qualms leaving my pets and property in their care. Whilst we were away, it was lovely to get little snippets of news via email too.

If you're thinking of housesitters - book Donna and Phil, quick!"


Vanessa and Colin, Gloucester, UK


"From the first point of contact I knew that Donna and Phil would be the right people to house sit our home and pets while we were away on holiday for 4 weeks.

Both Donna and Phil are super easy and friendly and made us feel completely happy about leaving things in their hands.

They cared for our home and 5 horses and ponies.

On our return we found everything was excellent; happy and well cared for ponies, tidy home and garden, what more could we have asked for?

We can't thank them enough and hope that if we ever need house sitters in the future that they are available."


Jackie and Gwyn, Maesbury, Shropshire, UK



"Donna and Phil are lovely people who kept us updated with news from home via email and text during our week away.  We came back to a clean and tidy home and the dogs and cats had been spoiled rotten!"


Julie and Mark, Whixall, Shropshire, UK



"Just a line to thank you for so ably caring for our house, land and horse for the past three weeks. It was lovely to return to everywhere neat and clean, plus a meal and excellent company. I am sure we shall be asking you again. Many thanks."

Kay and Mike, Cantal, France


"Donna and Phil looked after our six cats in the most caring, kind and responsible way. We are always nervous about leaving our animals with other people, but during the trip we got a nice update about every individual cat that made us feel at ease, and when we returned we found a bunch of happy and relaxed felines plus a perfectly clean house. Due to an airport strike we had to make a few last minute changes which might have annoyed some people, but Donna and Phil were flexible and good humoured about it. We will definitely ask them again next time we go on holidays."

Nana and Mustapa, Sitges, Spain



"Donna and Phil took care of my house and my 2 ponies, 1 horse, 2 dogs and 3 cats for 4 weeks. Not an easy task, not just because I have so many animals, but also because my horse is very old, one of the dogs has a chronic ear infection and allergies, and the Shetland pony has sweet itch. Everything, including medicines for the dog and special feed for my horse, and blanketing the Shetland pony, was taken care of. They even celebrated my horse's 31st birthday with her - she loved her carrot birthday breakfast! My Welsh Mountain pony, who was abused by a former owner, trusted Donna completely and enjoyed many grooming sessions, just like my horse and Shetland pony. When we came back, the house was spotless and all my animals were happy and well. The cats were very soft and shiny from all the stroking!

My animals received much more than just care and feed; Donna and Phil gave them attention and love, in addition to the best of care. They are wonderful people and I highly recommend them!"


Gerda, Freisland, The Netherlands



"We came back from an absence of a month to find our animals, 2 cats, 10 chickens, 3 ducks and 2 geese were well fed, in fine form and clearly well looked after, and affectionately treated.

The large garden of lawn expanse, assorted trees and shrubs were watered, weeded, grass mown; the vegetable patch cared for, all left tended and in very tidy state.

All the many garden pots were fed and watered.

The house was left in excellent order, cleaned and fresh.

For taking on this large house and garden at the peak of Spring growth they did very well and we are grateful to Donna and Phil Garner for taking such good care of the property for the month of our absence, April 15th to May 11th 2011.

Our many thanks to Donna and Phil."


Gloria Budgen and Liz Page, Tarn, France




"We normally take our pets to local kennels but this time we decided to book house/pet sitters Donna and Phil to look after them whilst we went to Cornwall.

When we returned the dogs and cat were really relaxed; the dogs were happy and had obviously been very well looked after, walked, fed and cuddled, and Olly the cat was so content (she hates kennels and finds it really stressful).

The house was cleaner than it normally is, and they had looked after the pool, garden and pots. We were delighted and would love them to visit again if they are ever in this area.

Enjoy your travels Donna and Phil, and many, many thanks."

Helen and Phil, St Gaudens, France



"We asked Donna and Phil to take care of our house and cat for a week whilst we were away. Upon returning we found the house to be in an immaculate state and our usually cheeky chappy cat was well fed, loved and looked after.

We were very grateful for the security and peace of mind Donna and Phil offered and would certainly recommend them to other home and pet-owners wishing to go away, without using expensive kennels."


Sean and Ashton, Cheshire, UK