Lifestyle of the nomadic European house-sitter

'If we didn’t do these things, we would spend too long in front of our computers' says David Rose (pictured with partner Rose at Ile d'Oleron)

The Connexion discovers the ups and downs of looking after someone else’s home while they are away, from a pair of ‘working retirees’

For the past 12 years David Rose has lived all over Europe, travelling in his motor home and  house-sitting in different countries. He and his partner, Rose (both above), have been from Venice to West Clare, Jutland to Andalusia and Dumfriesshire to the Algarve.

France has been the favourite destination in recent years as two daughters and a grand-daughter are in Paris.

“We are, in effect, working retirees,” he said. “House-sitting has been, more specifically, pet-sitting and unpaid caretaking. We also find time for research, writing, publishing books, photography and playing music along ...

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