Angela Croft - HOUSESITTER
I began housesitting in 2016 with Trustedhousesitters.com, a voluntary service that helps pet lovers who want to travel.
After a few housesits in New Zealand I sold my house and everything I owned, gave up my job and booked housesits in Australia and the UK to look after other people's pets for a while.
Trustedhousesitters contacted me and asked if they could make a video about my story and here it is!
The London Press Association also showed an interest and published my story online in the UK.
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It was such a pleasure to have Angela look after our house and cat while we were away. From our first meeting Angela was very easy to get along with. On our arrival home it was obvious that Angela and Millie (our cat) had a wonderful week and formed a great bond . A truly lovely and very talented person. We have no hesitation in asking Angela to sit our house again and similarly have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her to others. We wish her well in her journey.
Rosie & Keith, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand Sept 2016
Ange was reliable, efficient and most importantly, probably for me, who thinks Arnold my dog is almost human, kept in touch with me by sending photos and messages. Ange also did the most stunning portrait of Arnold, which we love. I would not hesitate to recommend Ange to look after your house and especially your animals! Thanks so much!
Lynn, Papamoa, New Zealand October/November 2016
We often get house sitters for our large menagerie of animals on our semi rural 5 acres of land in Serpentine, Western Australia. Over Xmas 2016/ New Year 2017 we were lucky to be recommended Angela Croft through a friend.
Angela came to see visit our animals and I could tell straight away she would look after our place. While some of the animals were new to her, she had no hesitation in following my instructions on how to feed and look after them. The menagerie included horses, dogs, chooks, guinea pigs, fish, birds, lizards and even a snake. All animals were very well looked after and the dogs absolutely loved her.
The house was also in perfect order when we arrived home.
As a bonus we even received a magnificent pencil drawing of one of our horses. It was so good I then commissioned her to draw some more of our animals.
It was a pleasure to meet Ange I hope she can house sit for us again.
Helen, Western Australia Dec/Jan 2017
Ange was our first housesitter and we selected her over several others because we felt an immediate connection with her. Ange is a very friendly and calm person and our choice was confirmed when all our cats took to her as soon as they met her. We kept in touch throughout our holiday and received a number of photos. On our return the cats were all happy and relaxed and our home tidy. We consider Ange as a friend and would welcome her back to visit and definitely ask her back to housesit again. Not least because she's a very talented artist and kindly gave us a portrait of each cat.
Cathy & Mike, Ferring, UK Feb/March 2017
Ange was absolutely great and we would highly recommend her (although we're also reluctant to, as we don't want her to get too busy!) Communication was great from start to finish. Ange made her plans to fit in perfectly with ours. She got on really well with our dog and has even done an absolutely beautiful drawing of her for us. If you want Ange to house sit for you, you can go away in the full knowledge that your house and your pets will be safe and well looked after in her hands. (And you'll probably get a sketch to treasure as well!)
Liz, St Ives, UK March 2017
A first class Housesitter, an absolute dream to have in your home. We came back from three weeks away, to three very happy dogs and chickens. The house was immaculate, the garden too. Even painted our summer house for us. I would certainly have Ange back anytime.
Nikki & Rob, Kingskerswell, UK April 2017
We were so very lucky to choose Ange as our house sitter, she is nothing short of amazing, and I want her again n again to look after my dog and my home. Ange is so thoughtful and caring, my 'diva' sausage dog adored her, and that is so rare. We returned to a beautifully clean home, Ange has cut the grass, painted the gate, and a bookcase indoors I have been going to do 'for ages', swept the (25!) access steps AND Left us a fabulous portrait of our Henri, and a wonderfully handmade leather shoe for our house key!! To say that we were blown away is an understatement. Ange is a wonderful house sitter, who cares for your home as if it were her own, and really engages with your dog, and cares so well for them. If you are too are lucky enough to engage Ange you will be doing yourself and your pets an enormous favour, she really is the best. A huge thank you to her for all her care and work, quite extraordinary.
Kate & Brian, St Germans, UK May 2017
Ange is a lovely reliable and great house sitter. It was so good to come home after our short holiday to a tidy clean house and a happy dog...who made good friends with Ange and i don't think wanted her to leave. If we ever need a housesitter again I will be asking Ange!
Debbie & John, Totnes, UK June 2017
Angela was brilliant with our 3 dogs and the cat, they were all contented on our return. The house was clean and tidy and she'd even mown the lawn. We can happily recommend Angela as a house/ pet sitter. AND she'd drawn us a super picture of our lovely old boxer.
Sue & Tony, Kingsteignton, UK June 2017
This is our first experience of hosting and now simply cannot imagine that we will ever again find anyone with such exceptional qualities. From the moment we met I was reassured by her warmth, enthusiasm and sensitivity. In the weeks leading up to the sit Ange kept in regular contact and was therefore by no means a stranger by the time she arrived with us. All three pets just loved her - they certainly received an exceptional level of attention throughout her stay and have quite clearly misssed her since she left. Ange is a really talented creative and gentle soul. Not only did she leave us a fantastic drawing of Leo (whose character she has absolutely captured) but also she made fabulous matching aprons for myself and granddaughter - almost too good to wear! The house was immaculate when we returned. All of the family both two and four legged now feel she has become a very good friend - we can't wait for her to come back in September.
Gill and Dave, Taunton, UK June 2017
Ange was a perfect pet and house sitter for us. She took excellent care of our home and pets for almost 3 weeks, with confidence and ability. It was a pleasure to get to know her a little and the icing on the cake was to be given a beautiful drawing of our dog Heidi which we will treasure.
Bryony, Taunton, UK July 2017
It was really wonderful to have Ange back again, this time for a longer stay. The pets were totally happy and relaxed and the house absolutely immaculate when we returned. We certainly hope she will be able return again next year. In the meantime my recommendation is don't have any hesitation in choosing her - just snap her up immediately.
Gill and Dave, Taunton, UK September 2017
This was our first time using Trustedhousesitters.com so we were a little apprehensive. However, if all sitters are as wonderful as Angela, we will not need to worry in the future. Ange was a lovely woman with a big heart especially for our animals. She was very appreciative of us opening our house to her and very respectful of wishes. She sent photos every day of our pets and we had a couple of skype chats and she showed no impatience of us being constantly in touch. The house was super clean when we got home after an 8 hour journey, dinner was ready for us and a lovely apple crumble. I couldn't rate anyone higher, a real gem and hope she comes back next year.
Debbie and Larry, Exmouth, UK October 2017
As first time users of Trusted Housesitters we were slightly nervous, however as soon as we met Ange we knew we had the right person who would look after Roxy as well as she could. Angela was everything we hoped for and more. We left for our weekend away feeling confident and relaxed in the knowledge our much loved young dog would be safe and happy. We returned to a very clearly contented dog who was pleased to see us but equally pleased to be around Ange which was really lovely to see. We will most definitely be trying to book Ange as often as we can and would most definitely recommend her to anyone.
Jenny, Bath, UK October 2017
It was so nice, once again, to come home to four happy animals, three dogs and one cat all calm and well cared for. Ange is so efficient and leaves our home clean and tidy. We have no reservations in recommending her as a house sitter. She is resourceful and just gets on with it, no fuss.
Sue and Tony, Kingsteignton, UK November 2017
When we left home our dog wasn't very well . I felt so pleased that Angela was house sitting for us, it was the second time and I knew that Rosa would be in good kind hands. This is what really made it Ok for us to leave her. Angela is very honest and kind woman and I hope she will come back again!
Deborah, Totnes, UK November 2017
First time users of TrustedHousesitters and selected Angie based on previous reviews. We we weren’t disappointed; Angie was perfect and our cat (Henry) was very happy during the 2 months Angie was sitting for us. Angie kept in contact and we returned to a clean and tidy home, and a most contented cat. Thank you Angie and we’d wecome you back anytime.
Alastair and Colleen, December/Jan 2018
Ange looked after our little house, massive dog and mini cat for the month of May 2018. It was so lovely to have someone in our house knowing that our animals were being well looked after. Our dog had an injury just before we flew out and ange was incredible taking him to the vets for us. She often sent us photos and upfates . When we arrived home the house was perfect and our fur babies were super happy infact they were not that excited to see us which means they were more than happy with ange. I wouldnt hesitate to recomend her in the future.
Bridget, Mount Maunganui, May 2018