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Gold (24mths)
House Sitting Preferences
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Reptile(s), Farm Animals, Horse(s)
  • Yes
Preferred Locations
  • QLD: Northern  
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2019: 22Nov-2May2020 | 2020: 30Apr-21Jun
  • On a house-sit right now

Compassionate carers you can trust

45, Homeschooling Educator

63, Rural Sociologist

We are a family of four consisting of myself (Roweena), my husband David and our two children, Darcy (10) and Maeve (6). We are a mature, non-smoking couple who have each been proud homeowners for many years. Our family is caring, considerate, honest and reliable.

Our interests include all aspects of animal care and pampering, sustainable living, natural history, bushwalking, gardening, fossil finding, beach combing, visiting libraries, museums and art galleries, creating and appreciating art, enjoying music, drama, reading and participating in citizen science programs etc.

We love to travel and learn about different places, so much so, that after a months road trip through South Australia and Victoria in late 2016 we decided to pack up our beautiful family home in the Perth Hills and embark on a great Australian journey. We have been full time house sitters since mid May 2017 and are grateful for having been trusted with the care of 40 properties ranging from inner suburban family homes to a 150 acre hobby farm.

We love house sitting as it provides us with the opportunity to move slowly and to take in our environment and the range of experiences each unique house sit has to offer. Importantly, we feel our lives are immeasurably enriched by the opportunity to connect with and care for other people's pets. We also love to incorporate our experiences into our homeschooling program and house sitting provides a great base from which to do this.

David and myself are both animal lovers and experienced in handling a wide variety of animals. Apart from keeping poultry and companion dogs, David with his two brothers and father bred fine wool merinos for a number of years on the family hobby farm, which they owned for 50+ years. Myself, on the other hand, have always had companion animals in my life. I grew up with dogs, cats, rabbits, poultry, birds and fish. I also have experience in wildlife care and have native animal handling experience from biological field work. Both our children are very gentle, respectful and experienced with animals of all sorts, shapes and sizes.

We are delighted that our animal handling experience has given us the confidence and ability to provide exceptional care to a wide range of animals while house sitting, including:
- Companion Animals; dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, in-house parrots, aviary birds and aquariums,
- Livestock; sheep (including bottle fed lambs), alpacas, goats, ponies, horses and pigs
- Poultry; chickens, ducks, geese and guinea fowl,
- Wildlife; kangaroos (including 1 bottle fed joey), wallabies and possums.

We pride ourselves on the quality of care and attention we provide to ensure the needs of all pets and property are well met. Appreciation of our efforts is reflected by the excellent reviews and endorsements we have received.

To date we have house sat for periods ranging from 3 days to 3 months and are open to opportunities of all durations. We look forward to providing a high level of service in caring for your home and pets, so that you can relax and holiday with peace of mind, while we do what we love!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read our profile!

We can provide additional information and references upon request.

Reviews (26)
YOUR REVIEW OF THEM: We were blessed to find this lovely kind family to house sit for us earlier this year, and doubly blessed to have them back again. Roweena, David, Darcy and Maeve are a thoughtful and caring family who are genuine animal lovers, easy to get along with and a pleasure to know. Communication is easy, positive, friendly, and always thoughtful. We used Messenger regularly to keep in touch. When Roweena had a concern about a scratch on Timothy's ear, she sent Messenger ... MORE
LYN AND DAVID (Malanda QLD, Aug 2019 - 6+ wks. 11/8/19 - 21/9/19 - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
It was lovely to have our home looked after so well. Rowena and Dave did what they could in the garden with strange weeds and plants but we're keen to learn when I returned.. I would be happy to recommend them and use them again.
TRICIA (Killaloe, Port Douglas QLD, Oct 2019 - 4 weeks)
We were so fortunate to have this thoughtful, caring family house sit for us April and all of May 2019. This is the first time we have had a family with young children as house sitters, and we initially had some reservations but once we met this special family we knew our concerns were all groundless. We had found the perfect family to care for our animal family and our home. Roweena and David asked questions and really listened to the answers. Their interest and concern for the pets and ... MORE
DAVID AND LYN (Malanda QLD, Apr 2019 - 5+wks 24/4/19 - 30/5/19 - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Rowena and David and their lovely children were great house sitters. We enjoyed the short time we spent with them and appreciate how they cared for our pets and house. Thank you, Nick and Jenna
NICK AND JENNA (Kewarra Beach QLD, Apr 2019 - 3 days)
Great sitter family where the children contributed in a very positive way. Our cat's confidence was gained quickly and there were pix to show the happiness all round. Dog was welcome to spend much time here such that he only went 'home' to the neighbours to eat and asleep. The small mare was clearly kept as she is used to, and, bonus, the feed storage area was tidied and swept. House was left in top shape and a washing machine issue was under control. Thanks so much, David and Roweena.
ROS (Rockyview QLD, Apr 2019 - 1 week 2 days)
It was our pleasure!
Roweena and family are the perfect house-sitters! The kids are a delight with beautiful manners and a deep love of animals. Our house was very well cared for.....we could not have been happier with the care of the house, garden and of course our two rescue dogs. Communication was excellent and we were regularly updated on our pets and goings on at home. Roweena also very ably and generously handled a few appointments we had with tradespeople while we were away. The place was immaculate when we ... MORE
PETER & LIZ (Port Macquarie NSW, Feb 2019 - 2 weeks 2 days)
Thanks Peter & Liz, it was an absolute pleasure
This family is lovely - we would 100% have them house-sit for us again. Rowena and David had beautiful clear and friendly communication all the way from introductions and checking out if the situation was right for both parties, to letting us know how everything was going while we were away. We felt very comfortable with them from the first communication to the handing back of keys at the end. They were very respectful of our home, cared beautifully for our pets, plants and pool and left ... MORE
SUSAN (Richmond Hill NSW, Feb 2019 - 1 week 2 days)
Thanks so much Susan
Dave is a kind and gentle hand with all animals. He knows about sheep, and arrived before his house sit time - to help drench my mob. Much thanks. He spoiled the cats and kept good company, fed chooks and helped my garden grow in my absence. I arrived home to find lots of odd jobs completed. Thanks Dave.
GAIL (Tenterfield NSW, Jan 2019 - 5 days - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Delightful family Highly recommended
LEANNE (Kew NSW, Nov 2018 - 1 week 2 days)
Roweena, David and their family were the best house sitters! It was the first time we had used a house sitter and as new homeowners we were a little nervous about handing over our house and pets for the best part of two weeks. The minute we met them our minds were put to rest as they were the loveliest family with the most polite and respectful children! It was a pleasure to spend the evening with them the night before we left for holiday. Roweena kept in touch while we were away with ... MORE
MAXINE (Tacoma South NSW, Oct 2018 - 1 week 5 days)
Roweena n David cared for my pets and home while I was away for a week. They were fantastic and offered to stay in touch if I wanted to know how things were going. I was at sea so no reception. I came home to a lovely clean home and very contented pets. Darcy and Mauve their children are an absolute delight. They were very polite and interested in the wildlife and farm animal's. I highly recommend David n Roweena to care for your home. They are friendly and interesting people who really look ... MORE
CHRISTINE (Mororo NSW, Oct 2018 - 1 week)
Thanks very much Chris, we all had such a delightful time and it was a real pleasure to meet you.
What a wonderful, caring & clever young family this was. Complete with cat whisperer. Gauranteed, your pets will be in good hands. It was good to know Dave was an old hand with the sheep, and Roweena kept me posted while I was away even sending photo updates. I was completely comfortable leaving them in charge. The children are a joy, adding a little magic to the air. Yes, when I returned the house was sparkling in more ways than one
GAIL (Tenterfield NSW, Oct 2018 - 6 days - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Thanks very much Gail!
We were delighted you could come back for a second sitting. It was so much easier to just hand over with the confidence of knowing our farm & animals were being so well looked after. Hope you can come back again sometime . You're always welcome to visit if you're in the area. Thankfully we have had nearly 70mm & things are greening up nicely. Thank you again & all the best with your travels .
JAN GLASSER (near Toowoomba QLD, Oct 2018 - 6 days - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Thanks so much!
Needed a sit at relatively short notice after a friend was unable to sit. Were really blessed to have this lovely family come and look after our 2 greyhounds and house. You would hardly know they had been (other than the house was cleaner and tidier than when we left!!!). The dogs hardly missed us and were happy and healthy on our return. So much better than the stress (for us and the dogs) of having to use kennels. For anyone considering this family as sitters, as they work their ... MORE
JO (Brighton QLD, Sep 2018 - 3 days)
Thanks so much!
Roweena and David are amazing house sitters. This was our second time as house owners, and I am more then happy we found Roweena and David. They were very easy to converse with, reliable with scheduled meeting times and the kids were adorable. They sent us photos and updates of Daisy (dog) throughout our entire vacation, I felt secure in the knowledge Daisy was being extremely well looked after. They were very respectful of our property and left our home spotless and tidy. I highly recommend ... MORE
JACKIE (Cedar Grove QLD, Sep 2018 - 6 days)
Thanks so much!
Roweena, David ,Darcy and Maeve make a superb housesitting team. Caring for 40 acres of bush, 2+ orchards, vegetables ,as well as decorative gardens - after 4 months of drought -was no easy task.! Throw in hungry chooks and special meals for a needy, geriatric dog,and a long distance from civilization or shops...nothing daunted them. David quickly understood the home grown solar bore pump system and handled the large scale, long distance watering ,often lugging long lengths of hose..Roweena ... MORE
KATE (Baffle Creek QLD, Aug 2018 - 1 week 1 day)
Thanks so much!
No rating Roweena and her family sat for us while we were overseas. I was a little unsure about having a family in our house initially but Roweena made us feel it was not going to be an issue and it wasn't. Roweena was responsive and proactive and kept us informed about what was happening with Rudy and the house while we were away. Upon our return the house was clean, neat and tidy and Rudy was happy. Thank you for all you did during the sit.
TINA (Morningside QLD, Jun 2018 - 1 week 6 days)
This is the second time that Roweena and the kids have housesat for me. Such a lovely family, very sincere and straightforward. Roweena is not scared to ask questions which is great as there's always something that changes or needs more detail. I enjoyed catching up with them before and after my holiday and I'm sure all the animals will miss them. Thanks guys!
BRONWEN (Mt Tomah NSW, May 2018 - 1 week 2 days - 1 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Thanks so much!
We have been so impressed with the care & attention David, Roweena & their 2 children paid to our farm & all the animals. They were inundated with new lambs & were very observant when lambs were being left by their mothers or a mother was distressed when being penned & did a search of the paddocks to find lambs asleep down the bottom end! We now have 4 healthy poddy lambs that they bottle fed every day. The sheep were penned & fed every night. Due to the dry conditions David was required to ... MORE
JAN (near Toowoomba QLD, May 2018 - 1 month 1 week - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Thanks so much!
We were very pleased with Roweena & David as our house sitters. They looked after the chooks & goats wonderfully, yards & troughs all clean when we arrived home. They did a great job of keeping our large garden & fruit trees well watered in this dry time, every thing was still growing & healthy. We came home to a very clean & tidy house. We highly recommend Roweena & David as house sitters. Thank you Roweena, David, Darcy & Mave for looking after our place so well.
DAVID & JANE (Forbes NSW, Apr 2018 - 3 weeks)
Thanks so much!
No rating This was our first time using house sitters and if they are anything like Rowena and her family we wouldn't hesitate to book again! Regular communication was made and updates on how the cats were going and upon return the house was the cleanest it has ever been. It was an absolute pleasure hosting Rowena and fam and would do it again in a heartbeat
ANDREW (Katoomba NSW, Mar 2018 - 1 week 3 days)
Roweena and David and their delightful children were my perfect house sitters. Polite, thoughtful, clean, appreciative and animal lovers. They regularly sent me photos and kept me up to date with all the animal shenanigans while I was away. They kept the house immaculate, and were not scared to ask questions if they were unsure how something worked. I met them before leaving and felt immediately assured that I could go on holidays without any concerns for my pets or my home. Thanks guys, you ... MORE
BRONWEN (Mt Tomah NSW, Mar 2018 - 1 week 3 days - 2 of 2 endorsements from this owner )
Thanks so much !
No rating We had Roweena, David, Darcy and Maeve house sit at very short notice. After considering endorsements for their previous house sits we felt confident that we were leaving our house in very capable, trustworthy hands. While we were away their regular updates, including photos, reassured us that all was well and that we had made a good decision. All that was left for us to do was to relax and enjoy ourselves. We were delighted to return home to find the house, pets and garden all in good ... MORE
CAROL (Greensborough VIC, Jan 2018 - 2 days)
We highly recommend Roweena, David, Darcy and Maeve to anyone needing VIP attention for their pets; regular garden care and security for hearth and home. Our home was in the safe and caring hands of a wonderful family while we were on holidays! Roweena, David, Darcy and Maeve met us a few weeks before the house sit to greet our furry families; review our needs and discuss requirements. We felt immediate trust and no hesitations about leaving our dog, two pussycats and two fish as well ... MORE
ELENA (Alphington VIC, Jan 2018 - 1 week 3 days)
Thanks so much!
Leaving to go away for a couple of weeks usually is no easy task at my house with the responsibility of different animals that reside here, however this time having Roweena, David. Darcy and Maeve house sit made our trip away a stress free event. The moment they arrived to our property i knew we had picked the perfect family to take care of our adored pets and large property while we were away. They were organised, asked questions and generally are great friendly people. On our arrival home ... MORE
LEASHA (Vinifera VIC, Dec 2017 - 2 weeks 1 day)
Thank you so very much x
Roweena did a great job looking after my house and Pedro my dog. The house was spotless on my return and Pedro was was obviously happy and well cared for. I would absolutely recommend Roweena to anyone looking for a house sitter. Thanks again Roweena.
GUY (Churchlands WA, Aug 2017 - 3 days)
Thanks so much!
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