House Sitter   Monique & Blane Illona


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House Sitter Monique & Blane Illona

Location:   Na.alehu, Hawaii

Age:   59

Experience:   1 yr 4 mo

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About Monique & Blane Illona:

Hi, We're Monique and Blane, an experienced, responsible, dependable and caring couple of writers, artists, teachers and massage therapists in our mid 50's who closed our business in the U.S. so that we can travel and experience the world. We began house/pet sitting in the U.S. and have continued in New Zealand, Indonesia and Thailand and Europe. Now we're living in Portugal for the next few years and would love to set up some paid house/pet sits, long or short term. We also love taking care of rental properties and business such as AirBnb and retreat centers.

We use several house/pet sitting websites and our reviews can be seen on this webpage of our website: handinhandmassage.com/housesitting. Some excerpts: "I cannot say enough good things about Monique and Blane. They are not only extraordinary and generous human beings, but they exceeded our expectations", "Monique and Blane were excellent house and dog sitters...While we were away, they posted pictures, videos and updates of our beloved dog Nina and the house. We always felt connected". Our strengths are our dependability, sense of responsibility, our naturally caring natures, resourcefulness, an ability to be be independent while also following instructions and responding to email and keeping owners in touch with their pets with photos and video. Monique grew up in England and Blane grew up in the U.S., in rural Vermont with a number of large dogs and other pets. We owned a cat for 19 years who was diabetic and required insulin shots twice a day for the last 10 years of her life. We love animals and in fact an arm of our business was doing small animal massage! We're natural hands-on people. We're not partiers - we spend much of our time doing what we love: traveling, reading, writing, meditation, new environments, new people and communing with nature and animals of all kinds.


We are mature, reliable and respectful of other people's plans, space and property as well as capable of dealing with most problems that may arise. We feel sure we can give you peace of mind when you leave your property and any beloved pets knowing all will be well looked after while you�re away. We are also flexible in our schedules and understand if you'd like us to arrive early to acclimate to the area or a routine. So whether you are a home or pet owner who would like to stay in touch with your sitters with photos or video or if you just want to forget about everything, relax and know that your home and/or pets are in good hands, if you feel we may be the right couple for you, please feel free to contact us with any questions and we're always happy to Skype.

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Laura Salvi

Homeowner in London, United Kingdom

A two week house, dog and cat sit:

“I decided to take a break, short notice & placed an advert on Mind My House. By the next morning, Blane & Monique had responded, along with a few other applicants. It is imperative to me that I meet the house sitter/s before agreeing to any house sit, & Blane & Monique made themselves available to come to London, the very next day to meet the Boys & see the house. We immediately clicked & within a week, I was on the plane to sunnier climes!

The house was as I had left it – clean & tidy, the pets were very comfortable in their company & they were a pleasure to have around. I have offered them another house-sit if they decide to make a return visit to the UK, & in particular London. Thank you once again Blane & Monique 🙂 x”


Date of Service Nov 1, 2017

Claire Rowden

Homeowner in Bangkok, Thailand

A one week apartment and two kitten sit:

“Monique and Blane were a dream. From start to finish they were efficient, independent and easy to contact. The cats absolutely loved them and I think were very sad to see them go. Thank you both of you for taking such good care of my little rascals, apartment and kombucha!!“

By email after the sit: “ Wow! You guys are awesome! You’ve done above and beyond what we could ever ask of you. Thank you so much for looking after them, for everything, you’ve done a stellar job and best of luck with the rest of your travels.”


Date of Service Oct 23, 2017

Catherine & James

Homeowner in Ko Lanta, Thailand

House, cat, kitten & puppy sitting:

“Thank you for the photos and the video was awesome! So happy to see him playing! Thor looks quite happy. Thanks again for all you are doing!”


Date of Service Sep 26, 2017

Farrah & Kate

Homeowner in Ko Lanta, Thailand

A one month dog sit:

“Blane & Monique sat for our lovable Mango and we came home to a happy, healthy and super clean puppy! They were very detailed in making sure they knew Mango’s routine and our expectations of specifically how they would be caring for her. Mango seemed very comfortable with them and there were no issues whatsoever.”


Date of Service Aug 4, 2017

Adam & Ruth

Homeowner in Phuket, Thailand

A 5-week housesit and dog sit: “Monique and Blane were kind and helpful throughout the process of arranging the sit, during and after. We received regular photos and videos during our time away as we requested. If we contacted Monique and Blane they always responded quickly which was great. They kept us informed of any maintenance issues and communicated with our usual team that care for the property. Our dog required vet care whilst we were away and all instructions given by the vet to prevent infection were followed carefully. They also spent their time during her recovery at home ensuring that she was comfortable. On our return we were given sugary treats which was lovely.”


Date of Service Jun 21, 2017

Peter Beairsto

Homeowner in Canggu, Indonesia

A two week house and dog sit: “Monique and Blane were awesome. Poppy was content. The house was pristine. We would not hesitate to have them back!” Peter and Pam did ask us back but we had already moved on.


Date of Service Mar 23, 2017

Cliff Lim

Homeowner in Wellington, New Zealand

A four-week house, dog and rabbit sit: “We secured Monique and Blane months before our trip. What won us over was they come across as honest and trustworthy and after having them housesit for close to a month – they just that; honest , trustworthy and just a lovely couple.

Our concern was for our pets; our lovely miniature schnauzer Daisy and Lola the bunny. Both were well taken care of and on our return were looking really good, happy and healthy. We were kept updated on them during our holidays and with the peace of mind that our furry family members were well taken care of, we have had a memorable holiday.

We are happy for any member to contact us for further information and would not hesitate to recommend them for any housesit assignment.” – Cliff


Date of Service Dec 6, 2016

Bruce Scanlon

Homeowner in Wainui, New Zealand

10-weeks of house and dog sitting: "“Monique and Blane were excellent house and dog sitters. Before our departure they did an excellent job receiving our instructions around the systems and practices for the maintenance of our house and dog, some of which are a bit complex as we live in a rural area on our own spring fed water supply. While we were away, they posted pictures, videos and updates of our beloved dog Nina and the house. We always felt connected. When, due to it’s own home-made eccentricities, the water supply acted up Monique and Blane were great at communicating with us and working around the difficulties. Upon our return the house and Nina were both in good shape and the house was cleaner than we left it. Kathy and I give them our highest recommendation."


Date of Service Oct 15, 2016

Zayda Vallejo

Homeowner in Worcester, Massachusetts

6 months housesitting and Airbnb host. “I cannot say enough good things about Monique and Blane. They are not only extraordinary and generous human beings, but they exceeded our expectations, and did much more that our contract obliged them to do. We had a few Airbnb bedroom rentals and they continued hosting while we were away for six months. The comments we have received from those that stayed were magnificent. Just a couple of comments from cards addressed to Monique and Blane to illustrate what I am saying: “It was an immense pleasure to get to know you better and exchange our thoughts and insights about life & living. I will forever remember your kindness & generosity and I hope our paths cross again!” and “It was a pleasure to spend time with such a positive energy as you walked into the home. It’s wonderful to know that we have great people on this earth”. You will be fortunate to have Monique and Blane live and take care of your property.”

Airbnb guest reviews: "“Staying at Heartwell was the most incredible and heart warming experience. Besides how clean, orderly, and charming their zen house is, their warm smile, welcoming nature and generosity were the main theme of my stay. If you get a chance for a chat with Monique and Blane, be prepared for an eye opening and insightful conversation as well. It felt so much like home!” – Dalia

“Monique and Blane were perfect hosts! Many kindnesses from the welcoming information to the tour of the beautiful and peaceful facility. I felt very much at home and at peace there, and with them.” – Barton

“My recent stay with Monique & Blane at Heart Well Retreat was way beyond my expectations. The house is beautiful, spacious and quiet but really it was Monique & Blane’s warmth and attention that made all the difference for me. It was wonderful to arrive in a new place by myself and feel their friendly welcoming presence. It was like a home away from home. They are very generous and flexible which made things so easy. I had a great weekend and left feeling like I had made new friends and a place to go back to.” – Andree


Date of Service Mar 1, 2016

Cliff Lim

Homeowner in Wellington, New Zealand

A four-week house, dog and rabbit sit: “We secured Monique and Blane months before our trip. What won us over was they come across as honest and trustworthy and after having them housesit for close to a month – they just that; honest , trustworthy and just a lovely couple.

Our concern was for our pets; our lovely miniature schnauzer Daisy and Lola the bunny. Both were well taken care of and on our return were looking really good, happy and healthy. We were kept updated on them during our holidays and with the peace of mind that our furry family members were well taken care of, we have had a memorable holiday.

We are happy for any member to contact us for further information and would not hesitate to recommend them for any housesit assignment.” – Cliff


Date of Service Jan 1, 2014