House-sitting in England Makes Peak Season Affordable!

30 Nov, 2023

House-sitting in England Makes Peak Season Affordable!

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Summer is the most expensive time to visit the UK. Never in my wildest dreams did I think my family could afford to travel throughout England for more than a month during peak season! But, we did because of house sitting. We arrived the Last week in May to start house sitting in England, the beginning of the peak travel season.

We then traveled for six weeks throughout England with free accommodation for the majority of our trip and became house sitters England!

House sitting in England, one week in West Sussex

House sitting in England, we didn’t stay in any of the country’s top tourist destinations, but that didn’t matter. In fact, house sitting in the three areas we did helped us see many of the country’s most beautiful areas. England is delightfully small with a very well connected railway network.

This made it easy for us see and experience so many great things affordably during our six-week stay.

House sitters UK in England

Our first assignment house sitting in England was actually in Horsham, a quaint market town in West Sussex about 40 minutes’ drive South of London. We were house sitting in an excellent part of town, walking distance to parks, pubs, and everything we could want or need.

We didn’t rent a car because we could explore the town thoroughly and comfortably on foot. Some of the highlights included easy access to a sprawling park, the cozy pub just down the street, and the town’s weekly outdoor market.

A Garden in England

The homeowner’s garden was the perfect place to kick back and relax after long walks exploring the town with their sweet dog, Alfie!

House Sitting in England- Alfie
We loved being dog and house sitters in England, Photo by Rob Tullis

Another bonus was having the chance to meet Lamia, HouseSit Matches lovely Director for a visit to our neighborhood pub!

House Sitting 4 Weeks in the Cotswolds

Our second assignment while house sitting in South West England was in a historic town in the Cotswolds called Cheltenham. Ah, the Cotswolds…It’s no wonder the area was the model for many incredible fictional places.

Famous authors J. R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carrol both drew inspiration for Alice in Wonderland and Middle Earth from places in and around Cheltenham!

Classic housesit UK

For this housesit UK, we were located in one of the most desirable areas in the city. One block off the Bath Road, a popular walking street loaded with cute shops, pubs, and cafes. It was so iconic, and so delectably England.

We even had the use of the homeowner’s car while she was away. This gave us a chance while house sitting in the UK to explore a little further afield. Some of the highlights included quick day trips to some of the villages close to Cheltenham. We had two favorites.

House Sitting in England- Bourton on the Water
Our first house sitting in England was Bourton on the Water. Photo by Rob Tullis

Venice of the Cotswolds

Aptly called the little “Venice of the Cotswolds”, the exquisite village of Bourton on the Water is best known for the gentle river that meanders through the middle of it. A number of low bridges straddle the narrow waterway giving residents and visitors access to the many shops and cafes along its lovely tree-lined banks.

There are lots of fun things for families to do in Bourton on the Water. A highlight for us was navigating the Dragonfly Maze. A traditional hedge maze but better, there’s a puzzle to solve as well!

House Sitting in England- Broadway Tower
Exciting homes and follies available for house sitting in England, Photo by Rob Tullis

Our second favorite was visiting Broadway Tower. Located at the highest point in the Cotswolds the views were simply spectacular!

One Week of House Sitting in Oxfordshire

Our last assignment house sitting in England was a week just outside the Village of Blewbury in Oxfordshire, South East England. The area was absolutely stunning! The location of the house sit also gave us quick access to Oxford, which was great!

House Sitting in England- Oxford
We loved house sitting in Oxford, Photo by Rob Tullis

We thoroughly enjoyed both the city and the country during this house sit! Blewbury was a peaceful, serene village with lovely views and lots of wide open spaces. Perfect for nature walks and family picnics. And Oxford, one of the world’s best-known university cities, had all the excitement needed for a well-balanced trip.

 So much culture available when house sitting in England

The Museum of  Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum were two of our Son, Makai’s favorites in Oxford. Tracking down all of the Harry Potter locations around the city were also highlights for him as well.  And we could afford to visit these great places because we were saving money by house sitting in England.

There were many benefits to staying outside the busy tourist zones house sitting in England. We enjoyed the best of both worlds, with the use of a car and the brilliant train network to make day trips to Oxford and other attractions.

House sitting in England offers excellent savings

All told, we only paid for 5 nights of accommodation during our six-week trip. The rest of the nights, all 41 of them, were all free with house sitting! That saved us at least $4500 in accommodation costs. Having fully outfitted kitchens to cook some meals and visiting pubs and restaurants that cater to locals instead of tourists saved us even more.

We could see and do everything we could ever want but save big avoiding the most expensive part, accommodation costs.

Join housesitters UK

To start house sitting in England you need to join a housesitting network and prepare a profile before you apply for housesitting assignments. Consider all the following elements you will need to have and to project in your housesitter profile in order to be considered a trusted housesitter.

Housesitter profile

A profile that stands out features the following information will help you become a house sitter more readily.

  • A clear picture of you.
  • Your previous job and pet experiences
  • The qualities you bring to the table
  • Your relevant skills and qualifications
  • Your passion for pets
  • References
Benefits of a unique profile

Having a unique profile can significantly improve your interview call-ups and help you to become a house sitter. Many house sitters who get assistance from top resume writing sites don’t even have to send applications anymore. Their profile and introductory messages attract homeowners to shortlist them for interviews right away.

become a house sitter
The properties may vary from the traditional to modern architect designs. As you become a house sitter you will learn where you feel most comfortable.

Be Flexible as you become a house sitter

It can be challenging to find homes that match your desired preferences. In unusual scenarios where homeowners of castles or extraordinary properties approach you, consider the skills you might need and if they are suitable for you as a house carer.

As you become a house sitter these decisions will become easier. It’s best to expand your search to include other criteria. For example, you are trying to find a home-sitting job within your state and having no luck. You can broaden your search to include other nearby cities.

Remember, the major allure of this job is visiting new places, so it’s best not to restrict yourself to the minimum.



How to get started as a housesitter

I hope that in this article offers you some tips based on experience of how to get started as a housesitter.

The most important thing is that you consider your own appetite for housesitting and you are honest with yourself about your skills and temperament. It takes some reflection to plan to get started as a housesitter.

Only then can you ensure that as a housesitter you make the most of housesitting as an opportunity to travel and live affordably and you offer a good service. And only at that point can you decide if housesitting is for you and you’ll see that housesitting is a real win win for both you and the homeowner.

Further reading about housesitting and housesitters

At we like to share useful blogs and practical advice about housesitters, housesitting and pet sitting. We believe they can help you get started as a housesitter. We hope you find this small selection of our blogs on house sitters and house sitting in London useful.

How to travel on a budget – A house sitter’s tips

Budget travel guide Budapest – Housesitting

London calling – London house sitting

What a housesitter does – Top 10 responsibilities

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