​​We are Ian and Brigitte

British and French


House (and cat) sitters extraordinaire!

(Sorry, no dogs)

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Our house-sits in the U.S.A.

Indialantic, Florida

2013   2014

Ian Poulson's Florida swimming pool

A great pool.

Ian Poulson's reptile in Florida tree

You never know what you’ll see in the trees!

Ian Poulson's empty beaches

We don’t do crowded beaches.

Melbourne Beach, Florida, U.S.A.

A lovely community on the Atlantic side of Florida. Quite unspoiled.

We were lucky enough to be asked back.

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Word of mouth

Our first ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Susan, said...

"All the laundry was done, and the house was spotless!"

Ian Poulson's Florida review

Brookfield, Vermont

2016   2017   2018

Ian Poulson's Isis the cat

Isis, a delightful American Shorthair.

Ian Poulson's Vermont ride-on mower

With acres of lawn, the riding mower was very welcome - and a lot of fun!

Ian Poulson's Vermont hammock in garden

Somewhere to rest after the gardening.

Brookfield, Vermont U.S.A.

A truly luxurious log-cabin on a wooded hillside.

Occasional visits by moose and bears… really!

We are lucky enough to have been invited back again several times.

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Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Linda, said...

"They were just wonderful!"

Ian Poulson's Vermont review

Indian Wells, California

2017   2018   2019   2020*   2021*

*Booked but postponed due to COVID-19 

Ian Poulson's grapefruit trees

Endless grapefruit, lucky I’m not on statins!  

Ian Poulson's Indian Wells pool and garden

The back garden and pool. 

Ian Poulson's California knitting in garden

What do you do when it’s 107ºF?
Knit a wooly jumper, of course!

Ian Poulson's Joshua Tree panaorams

Indian Wells is handy for the Joshua Tree National Park… which U2 can visit, if you’ll excuse the pun.

Indian Wells, California

A fabulous ranch-style house with a pool, lemon and lime trees, and an inexhaustible supply of fresh grapefruit.

And sunshine. Lots of sunshine. Over 100ºF is common! 

Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owners, Rick and Satomi, said...

"Can't say enough how wonderful Ian and Brigitte were and the care they showed for both our home and our cats."

Ian Poulson's Indian Wells review
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Our house-sits in France

Aix-en-Provence, France


Ian Poulson's Cours Mirabeau street scene

Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence.

Ian Poulson's Chloe on perch in lounge

Chloe on her perch in the window. 

Ian Poulson's portrait of Chloe the cat

Chloe says ‘Hi’! 

Aix-en-Provence, France

A beautiful, high-ceilinged apartment in an 18th century building, right in the heart of Aix.

Oh, and one delighfully crazy cat called Chloe...

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The apartment owner, Bill, said...

"I will invite them to sit again with pleasure."

Ian Poulson's Provence review

Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, Paris


Ian Poulson's portrait of Hermes the car

Hermes insisted on a formal portrait. 

Ian Poulson's photo of St Nom garden

A rare object - a garden in Paris! 

Ian Poulson's picture of Hermes the cat with a broom

We bought the broom for sweeping,
but Hermes decided it was for him.

Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche, Paris, France

An upscale home in the rural Paris commuter belt, it was very handy for both Paris itself and the Palace of Versailles.

We cared for the cat Hermes, and trimmed about a mile of laurel hedges by hand!

Booked through...

Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Sherry, said...

"We were very, very lucky to have Ian and Brigitte housesit for us this summer."

Ian Poulson's St Nom review

Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris


Ian Poulson's shot of Issy flat

A very modern apartment.

Ian Poulson's portrait of Django

Django.  Stephane was elsewhere.

Ian Poulson's dinner at Relais de Venise

…and as a bonus, the Relais de Venise is easily walkable. They only have one dish on the menu. Steak.

Issy les Moulineaux, Paris

Issy is a lovely suburb of Paris, an easy and pleasant ​​​​walk to the centre of Paris.

It was a real pleasure to care for two lovely cats.

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Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Tracy, said...

"Very trustworthy and recommend him without hesitation." 

Ian Poulson's Issy review

Sarraguzan, Hautes-Pyrénées


Ian Poulson's French market

The local market

Ian Poulson's cats portrait in lounge

Albert and William, felines-in-residence

Ian Poulson's French ride-on mower

A large lawn and a fun mower!

Sarraguzan, Hautes-Pyrénées

A stunning and unique home in a beautiful, quiet, rural setting.  

Lovely villages nearby, and a very welcoming ex-pat community.

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Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Judith, said...

"Ian was a fantastic sitter.
We would love to have him back next year."

Ian Poulson's Sarraguzan review
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Our house-sits in Ireland

Crosshaven, Eire


Ian Poulson's Crosshaven Boats

The view from the front of the house, with boats bobbing about on the estuary

Ian Poulson's Cats portrait

The two cats, no trouble at all…
they sleep all day and are out all night.  
A bit like students really.

Ian Poulson's shot of Cobh

There are lovely places to explore nearby… this is Cobh, last port of call of the Titanic.

Crosshaven, Ireland

A lovely home with great views over an estuary - quiet, restful, picturesque.  Perfect!

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Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Anne, said...

"Ian more than justifies all of his
5 star reviews."

Ian Poulson's Crosshaven review
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Our house-sits in Wales

Llangollen, Wales

2017   2017   2017

Ian Poulson's cottage photo

The beautiful cottage.

Ian Poulson's cats on Aga

The cats clearly decided the Aga was the warmest place to snooze...

Ian Poulson's Welsh Garden

A lovely view from the rear garden!

Llangollen, Wales

A beautiful cottage in the Welsh hills, with two cats and an Aga to care for.

Remote. And quiet. Apart from the sheep.

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Another ★★★★★ review!

The homeowner, Karen, said...

"All three times he has taken great care of my home and I've returned to calm and relaxed felines."

Ian Poulson's Llangollen review

Our house-sits in England



Ian Poulson's Newcatle-upon-Tyne house

A roomy and characterful house.

Ian Poulson's Newcatle-upon-Tyne cat portrait

Otto - now you see him...

Ian Poulson's Newcatle-upon-Tyne cat hiding

…and now you don’t.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England

A lovely terraced house in a city that rocks.

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Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Jo, said...  

"He was laid back about everything and seemed to just get on with it!"

Ian Poulson's Newcatle-upon-Tyne review

Diss, Norfolk


Ian Poulson's Diss Norfolk house and garden

A gorgeous Olde English country garden.

Ian Poulson's Diss Norfolk cat

The most chilled cat ever,
appropriately named “Easy”. 

Ian Poulson's Diss Norfolk lounge

Relaxed country living at its finest. 

Diss, Norfolk, England

At the same time as the barn was being built, Cortés’s Spanish army was defeating the Aztecs in Mexico... and Catherine of Aragon gave birth to her first child..!

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Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Susie, said..

"It was lovely to arrive home and everything being neat and tidy."

Ian Poulson's Diss Norfolk review

Our house-sits in Scotland

Inverurie, Scotland


Ian Poulson's Inverurie Stones

One of several nearby Neolithic stone circles, around 5,000 years old.  Really fascinating and atmospheric places.

Ian Poulson's Inverurie cat called Bobby

Bobby, a commendably clean cat.

Ian Poulson's Inverurie Gight Castle

Gight Castle, from where the ‘notorious Gordons of Gight’ launched raids on other castles, and even towns.  Including my ancestors’ castle, Balquholly (now Hatton Castle).

Inverurie, Scotland

A delightful home up a forestry track, with long-distance views across Aberdeenshire.  Neatly situated between the Cairngorms National Park and the City of Aberdeen.

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Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Louise, said...

“Ian’s house / pet sit did not go according to plan."

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Aberdeen, Scotland


Ian Poulson's Aberdeen cat called Maisie

Playful Maisie, between meals...

Ian Poulson's Aberdeen ancestor William Chalmers

My 7th great grandfather…
William Chalmers, twice Provost of Aberdeen

Ian Poulson's Aberdeen cat Maisie

Relaxing Maisie, dreaming of her next meal... 

Aberdeen, Scotland

The “Beast from the East” snowstorm didn’t stop me driving 370 miles to a fabulous granite house in a city where I have many ancestral links...

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Another ★★★★★ review!

The home owner, Anne, said...

"Ian was the most wonderful sitter."

Ian Poulson's Aberdeen reviewAberdeen
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And finally...

Home Sweet Home

It’s great to be away… and it’s great to come home!

Home Sweet Home

We don’t need to house-sit as we have a home of our own.

We choose to house-sit as we enjoy visiting new places and actually living there for a while - it’s so different from simply staying in an hotel or motel.

And, we’ve made some great new friends!


How we started sitting...

It all started when friends told us how they managed to spend each winter in Australia...

It was simple. They looked after luxury houses for people who needed to be away.

It had never occurred to us as something we could do.

But we gave it a try... and haven’t looked back!

For your security...

We have had a Criminal Records Bureau* check via Trusted House Sitters website, and now have their highest Verification Level...

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* The Criminal Record Check involves liaising with National Police Computers to verify and disclose all unspent convictions for the last five years.

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