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British integrate quit their jobs to house-sit for rich French people

October 9th, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • Steve Parry and Julie Dixon packaged adult their jobs, put their home adult for lease and motionless to turn house-sitters
  • The integrate have spent a final 3 years vital a life of oppulance in France while looking after homes of a wealthy
  • Former veteran gardener Mr Parry, 54, and ex-oncology helper Ms Dixon, 52, do not get paid though stay for free
  • They have looked after 16 opposite properties from Brittany to Monaco while vital off lease paid on their UK home 

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It is a dream many people share. The possibility to quit a rodent competition and routine of bland life to embark on a extensive travelling adventure.

Even better, how about if that outing was free?

Far-fetched as a suspicion might be it is accurately what one British integrate have been doing after spending a past 3 years vital a life of oppulance while looking after a homes of a rich opposite France.

In 2012 Steve Parry and Julie Dixon packaged adult their jobs, put their possess home adult for lease and motionless to turn full-time house-sitters on a continent. 

Dream adventure: British integrate Steve Parry and Julie Dixon were fed adult with a 'rat race' so motionless to container adult their jobs, put their possess home adult for lease and  turn full-time house-sitters opposite a Channel. They have been staying during rich people's homes opposite France

Dream adventure: British integrate Steve Parry and Julie Dixon were fed adult with a ‘rat race’ so motionless to container adult their jobs, put their possess home adult for lease and turn full-time house-sitters opposite a Channel. They have been staying during rich people’s homes opposite France

Living a life of luxury: Since afterwards they have stayed in 16 opposite properties from Brittany to Monaco, treating them as their possess homes. Pictured is one of a houses a integrate looked after, including a skill that is cut into a stone in a Languedoc region

Living a life of luxury: Since afterwards they have stayed in 16 opposite properties from Brittany to Monaco, treating them as their possess homes. Pictured is one of a houses a integrate looked after, including a skill that is cut into a stone in a Languedoc region

Left behind: The integrate quit their jobs and put their residence in Abingdon, Oxon, adult for lease (pictured) before embarking on their travels

Left behind: The integrate quit their jobs and put their residence in Abingdon, Oxon, adult for lease (pictured) before embarking on their travels

Where they've been: These are some of a properties Steve Parry and Julie Dixon have stayed in while behaving as house-sitters for homeowners opposite France. Their three-year journey has taken them opposite a country, holding in several towns and cities on their way

Where they’ve been: These are some of a properties Steve Parry and Julie Dixon have stayed in while behaving as house-sitters for homeowners opposite France. Their three-year journey has taken them opposite a country, holding in several towns and cities on their way

Since afterwards they have stayed in 16 opposite properties from Brittany to Monaco, treating them as their possess homes.

The places embody a condemned 900-year-old, 10-bed converted nunnery BB in a Dordogne where they stay any Christmas as a owners go to Florida.

There was also a lodge where they had to hand-feed pet sheep cornflakes in a loll and a overwhelming new skill cut into a stone in a Languedoc region. 

Mr Parry, 54, a former veteran gardener, said: ‘We’ve been everywhere from Brittany to Monaco.

‘We don’t have a constraints of work. We used to get adult unequivocally early, get home unequivocally late, and all that stuff.

‘We usually don’t have that now. It unequivocally is usually a many extraordinary life we could consider of.’

Ms Dixon, 52, a mother-of-one and former oncology nurse, added: ‘It’s flattering many positively amazing.

‘We have usually got life by a horns and we motionless we were going to do it and we haven’t stopped.

‘The people we have met are extraordinary and we’ve stayed in a many implausible places.

Posh: Other homes Mr Parry and Ms Dixon have treated as their possess embody a condemned 900-year-old, 10-bed converted nunnery BB in a Dordogne (pictured) where they stay any Christmas as a owners go to Florida

Posh: Other homes Mr Parry and Ms Dixon have treated as their possess embody a condemned 900-year-old, 10-bed converted nunnery BB in a Dordogne (pictured) where they stay any Christmas as a owners go to Florida

One of their many noted stays was during a plantation lodge in Charente (pictured), where they hand-fed pet sheep cornflakes in a lounge

One of their many noted stays was during a plantation lodge in Charente (pictured), where they hand-fed pet sheep cornflakes in a lounge

Happy: The couple, who are both divorced, met 8 years ago on dating website Plenty of Fish and began a attribute shortly after

Happy: The couple, who are both divorced, met 8 years ago on dating website Plenty of Fish and began a attribute shortly after

Hitting a road: Three years ago Mr Parry and Ms Dixon rented their home out and headed to France with usually 3 boxes of effects and have spent roughly each day given house-sitting. The residence a integrate looked after in Lalbenque is pictured

Hitting a road: Three years ago Mr Parry and Ms Dixon rented their home out and headed to France with usually 3 boxes of effects and have spent roughly each day given house-sitting. The residence a integrate looked after in Lalbenque is pictured

LIVING A LIFE OF LUXURY: PLACES THE BRITISH COUPLE HAVE STAYED

Aubergenville, nearby Versailles, Yvelines (twice)

Dompierre, nearby Domfront, Normandy

Coet Cado, nearby Plouay, Brittany (four times)

Nogent-le-Rotrou, Normandy

Noisy-le-Roi, Versailles, Yvelines

St.-Bomer-les-Forges, Normandy

Peyrilles, Lot

Fayence, Var

Lalbenque, Lot (five times)

Mirambeau, Charente-Maritime

Boutenac-Touvent, Charente-Maritime

Villiers-Couture, Charente

Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac, Dordogne (three times)

Soumensac, Lot-et-Garonne

Rayzac-de-Eymet, Lot-et-Garronne

Puymiclan, Lot-et-Garonne

‘It gives us space to do things that we usually dreamed of before.’

The couple, who are both divorced, met 8 years ago on dating website Plenty of Fish and began a attribute shortly after.

In reduction than a month they both motionless to give adult their jobs to perform a corner life-long dream to cranky America on a motorbike.

But after returning to Abingdon, Oxon, they struggled to settle behind into a ‘rat race’ and 3 years ago sealed adult to a Trusted House Sitters website.

They rented their home out and headed to France with usually 3 boxes of effects and have spent roughly each day given house-sitting.

Mr Parry, who is training French, said: ‘We motionless we didn’t wish to be in a residence in England. We desired a open highway and wanted an adventure.’

The integrate packaged their effects into a integument of their home in Oxfordshire, put it adult for rent, pronounced goodbye to their friends and headed to their initial pursuit in Versailles.

Since afterwards they have spent ’95 per cent’ of their lives house-sitting for durations of between a few weeks to 3 months.

They live off a lease they get from vouchsafing out their home in England that leaves them with £350 a month after they have paid their mortgage.

When they aren’t house-sitting they stay with friends or camp.

In a past 3 years a untroubled integrate have stayed in 16 opposite homes on 26 house-sitting stints with some repeat bookings.

They don’t assign for their services though also don’t get any payment.

In some places they have to demeanour after pets, though other homeowners usually wish someone to keep an eye on their costly homes while they travel.

Last year a integrate spent a month in a code new home cut into a stone in a Languedoc region. 

New beginnings: The integrate packaged their effects into a integument of their home in Oxfordshire, put it adult for rent, pronounced goodbye to their friends and headed to their initial pursuit in Versailles (pictured). They have been relocating around several French towns and cities for 3 years

New beginnings: The integrate packaged their effects into a integument of their home in Oxfordshire, put it adult for rent, pronounced goodbye to their friends and headed to their initial pursuit in Versailles (pictured). They have been relocating around several French towns and cities for 3 years

Fun: The untroubled integrate have so distant stayed in 16 opposite homes on 26 house-sitting stints, including during a home in Normandy (pictured)

Fun: The untroubled integrate have so distant stayed in 16 opposite homes on 26 house-sitting stints, including during a home in Normandy (pictured)

They live off a lease they get from vouchsafing out their home in a UK, withdrawal them with £350 a month after they have paid their mortgage

They live off a lease they get from vouchsafing out their home in a UK, withdrawal them with £350 a month after they have paid their mortgage

A change of scenery: In some places they have to demeanour after pets, though other homeowners usually wish someone to keep an eye on their costly homes while they travel. The residence a integrate lived during in Soumensac is pictured

A change of scenery: In some places they have to demeanour after pets, though other homeowners usually wish someone to keep an eye on their costly homes while they travel. The residence a integrate lived during in Soumensac is pictured

Mr Parry said: ‘The dual ladies who owned it were going to get married though wanted someone there while it was being finished.

‘It was during a feverishness call with temperatures of about 50 degrees, and a views were incredible.’

One of a pair’s many noted stays was during a plantation lodge in Charente where they were asked to demeanour after dual pet sheep called Maude and Mabel.

‘The poetic though individualist owners would open a door, let them into a loll and they had their cornflakes from us each morning,’ pronounced Mr Parry.

‘They were so sweet.’

Ms Dixon, who has a 29-year-old son, added: ‘When we told people we were withdrawal England to residence lay they suspicion we were mad.

‘But we usually suspicion we don’t get chances like this everyday. We have a good life and we are so unequivocally lucky. 

Free of charge: Mr Parry and Ms Dixon also looked after this residence in Puymiclan, in a south-west of France. The span don't assign for their services though also don't get any remuneration for staying during a properties while a homeowners are away

Free of charge: Mr Parry and Ms Dixon also looked after this residence in Puymiclan, in a south-west of France. The span don’t assign for their services though also don’t get any remuneration for staying during a properties while a homeowners are away

Trip of a lifetime: Mr Parry, who is training French, said: 'We motionless we didn't wish to be in a residence in England. We desired a open highway and wanted an adventure.' The residence he and Ms Dixon stayed during in Dompierre, in northern-western France, is pictured

Trip of a lifetime: Mr Parry, who is training French, said: ‘We motionless we didn’t wish to be in a residence in England. We desired a open highway and wanted an adventure.’ The residence he and Ms Dixon stayed during in Dompierre, in northern-western France, is pictured

Carefree: This is a home Steve Parry and Julie Dixon looked after in Rayzac de Eymet. The integrate had had adequate of a 'rat race' in England so quit their jobs and embarked on an journey around France

Carefree: This is a home Steve Parry and Julie Dixon looked after in Rayzac de Eymet. The integrate had had adequate of a ‘rat race’ in England so quit their jobs and embarked on an journey around France

‘I don’t consider we’ll ever stop. The open highway suits us too much.’

Mr Parry said: ‘It usually gives us time to do a things we unequivocally wish to do in life. We don’t have many to compensate for – though we don’t need much.

‘All we have to compensate for is a food. And a peculiar bottle of vino of course.’

While embarking on their several residence sits Mr Parry has schooled to play a guitar and Ms Dixon has roughly finished essay a novel.

She has also grown an choice residence swapping website, freestayexchange.com, that lets people offer adult giveaway space in their homes.

The integrate are now staying in a stable acclimatisation in Lalbenque with friends and formulation to start house-sitting in Canada after Christmas while focussing on their new website.

Beautiful surroundings: They rented their home out and headed to France with usually 3 boxes of effects and have spent roughly each day given house-sitting, including during this skill in Brittany in a north-western segment of France

Beautiful surroundings: They rented their home out and headed to France with usually 3 boxes of effects and have spent roughly each day given house-sitting, including during this skill in Brittany in a north-western segment of France

On a continent: Since afterwards they have stayed in 16 opposite properties from Brittany to Monaco, treating them as their possess homes. This is a home they looked after in Charente Maritime

On a continent: Since afterwards they have stayed in 16 opposite properties from Brittany to Monaco, treating them as their possess homes. This is a home they looked after in Charente Maritime

While embarking on their several residence sits Mr Parry has schooled to play a guitar and Ms Dixon has roughly finished essay a novel

While embarking on their several residence sits Mr Parry has schooled to play a guitar and Ms Dixon has roughly finished essay a novel

New ambitions: Having looked after this skill in Fayence, in south-eastern France, a integrate are now staying in a stable acclimatisation in Lalbenque with friends and formulation to start house-sitting in Canada after Christmas while focussing on their new website

New ambitions: Having looked after this skill in Fayence, in south-eastern France, a integrate are now staying in a stable acclimatisation in Lalbenque with friends and formulation to start house-sitting in Canada after Christmas while focussing on their new website


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