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Genuine, Trustworthy, Caring And Experienced Pet Sitter

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4 recurring guests
Last contacted 5 days ago
Last active 3 days ago
Usually responds within one day
Response time
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Dog walking
Min. 30-minute walks
10 NZD for each additional pet
25 NZD
All services and rates

About Jane

GENUINE, Trustworthy, Caring and reliable

Animal lover of all kinds and adore their company.

Have 7 years of experience with a growing list of endorsements.

I go the extra mile to provide special care and attention for your pet, as though they are my own.

I diligently care for your home and ensure its security,

Peace of Mind

When you can't be there yourself, I am there, so you can relax and enjoy your break, worry free.

It's the next best thing to being there yourself.

I appreciate how much your pet means to you. Your pet has unique character and special needs that need to be met. I ensure your pet has their necessary exercise, sleeping arrangements, feeding routines, medication, attention etc.

I have a good eye for spotting any abnormal health ailments in my years of animal care, and will know if they need vet care.

Extensive experience in looking after lifestyle properties and caring for all breeds and characters of dogs, cats, tropical birds, caged birds, farm animals, reptiles, llama, alpacas, sheep, lambs, cows, cattle, horses, ponies, goats and willing to look after any other animal, shape, size or character, and numbers.

My Experience

Dogs: familiar with most pedigrees, breeds and character traits and special needs such a rescue dogs.

Have experience and knowledge of giving medications, cleaning dog teeth, brushing and grooming, feeding and can do other special requirements required to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Cats: all kinds, including pedigree’s and special needs cats that need medication or gentle care for sensitive shy cats.

Horses: Experienced in caring for horses and can handle most breeds and characters. Grew up with horses.

Other animals: birds including tropical and parrots, rabbits, tropical fish, gold fish, reptiles such as a bearded dragon.

Farm and Livestock: Experienced in a lifestyle properties looking after farm animals such as cows, ewes, alpaca's, lambs, hens, chickens, working dogs, goats and donkeys.

Other animals: I can look after any other animal and pet. Please ask.

About me as live-in sitter:

I live a healthy clean toxic-free lifestyle and maintain high standards of living. I ensure your house kept the same; clean, tidy and maintained and attend any needed house maintenance jobs necessary.

As a writer and work from home. I can be with your pets during the day and at nights, I stay in, so again your animals will have my company and loads of love and attention.

Have knowledge and practical use Animal Healing Reiki, and because of this I find animals are naturally drawn to me and we connect building a friendship quickly.

As a passionate runner and walker, I love being outdoors going for walks/runs, so taking dogs for daily walks would be a pleasure.

I am experienced in handling big dogs that need control or long walks, and smaller dogs who need special attention and smaller walks.

I am practical and can attend gardens, orchards and care for plants and herbs, such as daily watering, planting, pruning, weeding vegetable and fruit gardens, and ensuring the irrigation systems are working correctly.

Can also do most outside jobs and experienced using some machinery and some sit on such as farm quad bikes.

Your Privacy and House Security

I ensure your property is maintained and secure whilst you are away.

With respect to your property and possessions, I am a professional and have a

high moral respect and awareness of your right to privacy and will only use what I am told I can do so.

I ask you to provide contact details of a friend or relative that can assist me in your absence should I need it, any house utilities contact numbers and other essential running of the house contacts.

Also to provide the insurance company and local vet details, and to let them know I am housesitting for you for any emergencies.

Before we arrange the house sit

I will to visit you at your property to meet you and become acquainted with your pets and animals, getting to know their daily requirements and specific needs.

I make sure that I know everything that is needed for your pets wellbeing and that they know me before I start the house sit.

If I am not in the area, we can touch base on a Skype call for a chat.

Length of house sits

Any time period is accepted, long haul or short, whether it is for just one night, several weeks, months and will consider a year. I do it all!

Written Endorsements:

Jane looked after my Labrador and house while I was away for work. It was evident during the initial meeting that my dog felt totally comfortable with Jane. Jane is an excellent communicator, I received photos of my dog while I was away and she kept me up to date with their activities. Jane has great values and conscientiousness, and you can trust her with your home and pets to be well cared for. Thanks Jane! Woof woof says Zahi :) Cristina, February 2020

We found Jane via Facebook when searching for a house sitter online. We were looking primarily for someone to care for and give company to our cats and Jane stood out as someone who had a specific interest in animals.

Jane was easy to communicate with and arranged a meet and greet. She arrived on time and was interested to meet us and our pets. Her open honest nature and obvious interest in the animals was engaging and we booked here for a two week house sit.

Jane did everything that she was asked to do, caring the house and our pets. She communicated regularly while we were away and kept us put to date with how things were going. On arriving home we could see the cats were clearly comfortable with her and we all felt that we had made the right decision in leaving them in her care.

Its hard to trust someone to come into your home and care for it and your pets. We have no hesitation in recommending Jane to anyone needing their hone or hone and pets looked after for any length of time.

duncan and Margi, January 2020

Jane's availability for our housesit dovetailed perfectly with our time away. Jane came around before we went away to go through a meet & greet and we knew from there it would all go smoothly. Jane sent us updates and pics but never too the point that it disturbed our holiday. Thank you again Jane

Anne Stoke, Nelson Oct 2019

Thank you jane for the wonderful care you gave my fur babies they were all happy and contented on my return.

Will definitely ask Jane to sit again in the future. Highly recommend 5 star house sitter.

Janet Invergarcill Sept 2019

Jane was looking after our farm, including 2 horses, 6 sheep, 2 dogs and one cat, for 5 weeks between May and July 2019.

The services of Jane where found to be excellent. She is undoubtedly a very caring, hard working and conscientious person, who was very well received and liked by all of our animals.

Jane possesses a very pleasant disposition and has proved to be honest and most diligent in all duties allotted to her.

Andreas & Marion Georgiev June 2019

We were fortunate enough to have Jane housesit for a week while we were overseas. Jane looked after our property, post and four alpacas.

Upon our return, we were delighted to find our property in spic and span condition and our animals clearly having been well-cared for. Not only that – Jane went the extra distance to make the bed with clean linen and to remove all rubbish from the house, neither of which had been expected. We would recommend Jane unconditionally if you are looking for a more than responsible house sitter who will treat your home as she would her own.

Devi Benson and Aarn Tate, Amberley, New Zealand December 2018

Jane looked after our home and animals from the 5th to the 7th of October. We were very happy with her services. The animals were very well looked after and the house was spotless. Jane was very concerned about our pets wellbeing checking in with us about food, walks and reinsured us while we were away that the animals are well. We will definitely use Jane's services again in the future if she is available.

Regina Christensen, Richmond, October 2018

A massive thank you to Jane for her wonderful care of my two fur babies while I was away recently. Cleo (the dog) had long daily walks on the beach, and Mr Perkins (the cat) - who is normally a bit stand-offish with people he doesn't know - quickly fell under her spell. Jane updated me regularly by text (with photographs) and both pets were obviously happy and well-fed. Jane stripped and remade her bed with clean linen before she departed (just hours before I returned), and left lovely vases of flowers in the kitchen and dining room. The house was clean and tidy and she had kept the garden well-watered - lots of new spring growth was in evidence. She had even tried to mow the lawns for me, only to be thwarted by both lawnmowers (understandably!) I have already asked her to house-sit for me again next year so would obviously not hesitate to recommend her to others. Thanks again, Jane - we all look forward to seeing you in about 12 months time!

Bev, Amberly, Canterbury, Sept 2018

Jane was fantastic. The house sit was a little last minute and with farm animals not the usual but Jane took this all in her stride and did a wonderful job. If any animals were unwell she was proactive in there care. I was not returning to my house and another housesitter/ boarder moved in and Jane made this transition very easy as she took time to show my new house sitter the ropes. The house and farm were left very tidy and Jane even did some extra duties around my garden and land. I would recommend Jane to any one wanting a caring clean tidy house sitter.

Nicki, Balclutha, Otago, August 2018

Jane looked after our 2 dogs including one young puppy with great care. She is trustworthy and I would book her again.

Karen, Maitai Valley, Nelson, June 2018

Jane looked after my dog Tansy

for 4 weeks

while I was away in Europe.

Tansy is a very lively, energetic 2 year old pointer/retriever cross and had lots of great exercise with Jane.

I returned home to a well kept house and happy, healthy dog.

I have no hesitation in recommending her as a great and reliable house/dog-sitter.

Dinah, Nelson, June 2018

Jane was an exceptional house/animal sitter. We had 9 working dogs, 1 puppy and 2 Rottweilers, 3 cats, 3 hens and a goat for Jane to look after and we couldn't be here when she arrived. So Jane took it all in her stride and handled all the animals extremely well. Her communication was excellent, the house was left super tidy and the animals well loved.

Nic, Oamaru, May 2018

Jane was fab. Would have her back any time.

Taramara, Nelson May 2018

Thank you Jane. We were very happy and confident to have you house and pet sit for us. Thanks for everything. Jane was very thoughtful about the animals and checked details. Great sitter!

Heather, Marybank, Nelson Feb 2018

Jane was amazing! She looked after our dobe & two cats. Our dobe instantly clicked with her - she definitely has a way with animals. Our house was left really clean & tidy too. I will definitely use Jane's services again in future and highly recommend her to others.

Jen, Nelson Feb 2018

Knowing Jane was looking after our two cats and our home made our holiday all that more enjoyable and relaxing.

Jane has a lovely way about her and our boys bonded with her real quick.

Our house looked great when we go back, and she also put out the sugar water daily for our visiting Tui.

We’ll definitely get Jane back again the next time we go away – that’s if she’s not already booked

Joanna & Damon Feb/Mar 2018

Leaving a greatly loved fur baby and house is always stressful, but with Jane we found a safe pair of hands, a real animal lover and great communicator all wrapped up in one.

Having met all of one hour beforehand we left our cat and house in her capable hands for 6 days - our fur baby was happy and relaxed on our return, and the house was immaculate.

We happily recommend her to anyone else and hope to use her again.

Lynda, Richmond Feb 2018

Jane made our holiday away from home very easy. We've got a couple of older horses, several pet sheep and an overweight cat. One of the horses is on medication and their water needed changing regularly due to the messy Pukekos bathing in it, plus they were given a break of grass behind an electric wire. The horses also needed their covers removed the first day after heavy rain and Jane did a marvelous job of looking after them all. Jane is very capable and responsible and definitely recommend her as a house sitter.

Anne, Richmond January 2018

Jane responded to our need to a house sitter on quite short notice, which we appreciated. She came and meet with us before the house sit so she could meet everyone before we went away. The animals were immediately relaxed with her and her experience at housesitting was a great comfort to us. We were only way a few days but we were able to enjoy our wee break away knowing that everything at home was being well looked after. When we arrived home it was great that Jane had looked after everything as we had instructed her. Anybody who has Jane housesit for them will be fortunate to benefit from her skills and experience and can be confident that things at home will be well looked after.

Nicki Haywood Richmond

December 2017)

Jane looked after our two cocker spaniels and cat for one week when we were on a holiday, and she did a great job. She kept us well informed with emails and photo’s which gave us a real peace of mind so we could really enjoy our time away. In the lead up to the house sit she very communicative and visited us before hand to get acquainted which was great.

The dogs got lots of exercise even more than they are used to, which they loved, and even our shy cat allowed her to give her cuddles. When Jane checked in to say goodbye the day after our return, she was greeted like a family member by the dogs,

that said it all.

Jane left our house very tidy, and the plants on the deck had been looked after well.

We would definitively like Jane to house sit for us again.

Charles & Wendela Walta

Motueka, November 2017

I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jane. She looked after our very elderly border collie who had a lot of requirements including medication, two types of walks and distraction therapy!!! Needless to say our girl is a little bit of a challenge being 16 years old. Jane was simply the best and Holly was in great shape both mentally and physically when we got back after 3 weeks. The icing on top of the cake was walking in and finding the house and property as tidy as when I had left it. This is my first experience of a house sitter so was a little nervous particularly in leaving Holly behind and having someone in the house I did not really know. I feel very fortunate that I happened to pick Jane out of a number as she is completely professional including her care of animals. She simply is superb!!!


Brightwater November 2017

Best dog sitter ever !!!

Jane looked after my two older dogs Kero , large one large Belgian Shepherd and Regie a lab cross

while I was on holiday for a month

My dog are very precious to me And was worried about leaving my animals for so long , Jane was in regular contact and sent me pictures of the dogs chilled out at home and on there walks.

they were much happier at home than in a kennel.

Kero and Regie were in safe loving hands with Jane they were both well fed and loved.

I was so grateful for her and I could relax and enjoy my holiday

Thank you so much Jane

Nyanne, Stoke, 23rd Aug - 21st Sept 2017

Jane was our house/dog sitter for 6 weeks while we were in Europe. We have 2 dogs and we were very apprehensive about leaving them for so long. Jane looked after them well taking them on lots of runs in the hills everyday which they love and need. She was able to spend most of her time with them each day which was important to us. Jane also communicated well while we were away with updates and photos. We came home to fit and happy dogs and the house had been well cared for and cleaned for our return.

I would definitely recommend Jane and infact she is house sitting for us again soon.

Vaila Macdonald - Richmond/Nelson 1st July - 11 Aug 2017

Jane was a great sitter, easy to communicate with (as she was sitting for my Mother and I was organizing it) and great with Millie the cat. The house was tidy on Mums return. We would recommend Jane and would certainly use her again.

Chris, Nelson Central June 2017

The most wonderful thing about inviting Jane to mind your house and care for your animals is her amazing ability to do just that. Her no nonsense practical approach means you dont have to worry about anything. And her skills in relating to and caring for animals exceeds all expectations. Arriving home to a house that is cleaner and fresher than you left it and a happy dog is a real pleasure.

It is our pleasure to supply this reference Annie and Robert Thompson - May 2017

Simply the best is how I would describe Jane. Pets and house all well looked after and cared for. Regular communication made me feel reassured all was ok. Jane also took the time to take my dog to visit my elderly parents .

Anne - Stoke April/ May 2017

Jane is an absolutely asset to Nelson. She was a pleasure to meet and discuss our ideal situation which she happily obliged. We were 100% confident to leave Jane in our home and minding Murphy for the day, and she was wonderfully flexible and helpful. We'd recommend Jane to anyone looking for a devoted pet sitter. :)

Rebecca - Atawhai Nelson March 2017

Jane house sat for us and looked after our cat and garden. She did an excellent job, even noticed a leak and plumbing problem in the house and was able to avert disaster!

I would highly recommend Jane to anyone.

Ann Russell

Annesbrook, Nelson March 2017

Jane looked after my house, garden and Fish while I was away for 3 weeks over the Summer holidays. I found Jane to be very approachable and friendly, with great confidence in looking after pets and Gardens. Jane looked after my two tropical fish tanks and house plants.

I would recommend Jane to anyone who needs their house and pets looked after.

If you need a verbal reference I am only too happy to be contacted on phone

Frances Minogue

Toi Toi Nelson

Jane cared for our cat Tilly and our house and garden for about four weeks. We were absolutely delighted with Jane and how well she took care of everything. She is a lovely, relaxed and friendly person and took very good care of our cat and also the garden by watering our veggies and flowers and even weeding and keeping the lawns under control!! We came home to an immaculately

clean house, healthy plants and a happy cat. Jane even left us unopened organic milk in the fridge. She kept in touch during our holiday with photos of our cat and updates which was lovely. I have no hesitations whatsoever in recommending Jane.

December 2016


Jane Manthorpe looked after my dog Ash and my house in Maraetai from the 15th of September through to the 17th of October 2015 while I was overseas.

I highly recommend Jane as a house sitter.

I came back to a lovely clean and tidy home and a very happy Ash who was quite smitten with her.

Jane stayed in touch with me throughout my trip to let me know how things were going which I hugely appreciated.

I would certainly to be happy to ask her to house sit again in the future should the need arise.

If you would like to contact me for a verbal reference please do so.

Kind Regards

Karen Brown, Maraeti, Auckland Sept/Oct 2016

We have two adorable cats and a little dog Sophie.

They are our little treasures and very much an important part of our family.

We have to be honest and say that we were pretty nervous at the thought of having a stranger come to stay in our home to housesit.

However our fears where completely unfounded from the moment Jane arrived, Sophie immediately warmed to her, which is unusual as she is a shy little dog normally.

It wasn’t long before Sophie and the cats were all competing for Jane’s attention.

We new straight away that we could quite happily go on our trip and know that the animals would be having a great time with their new found friend.

We had a few days with Jane before we left as she was going to look after our business too while we where away.

She took care of processing and dispatching our customers’ orders very efficiently, which was a huge help to us.

We arrived home to a happy, warm, clean home and three very happy pets.

Our little dog was looking quite fit after her daily walks and runs with Jane and the cats where relaxed and happy too.

Jane is also a wonderful animal healer and they certainly enjoyed her massages.

We have no hesitation in strongly recommending Jane for your housesit.

From Anne and Dave Jordan (The Hemp Farm) - HAMILTON SEPT 2015

Jane was great with the animals. She took the dogs for long walks and both the cats and the dogs were in good condition when I returned.. Any queries please feel free to contact me. Janet

JANET (Matamata, North Island, Aug 2015)

Jane is an exceptional woman and housesitter. She is so reliable,honest, diligent, responsible, loving, kind to animals, and fun and goes the extra mile... Jane is the best house sitter we've had and she also got really close to us in the short time we had before and after our trip together. she's one in a million... Thanks so much Jane... all the best for you in your goals in life. We're so grateful for you having looked after our home and animals. Bella misses you too. Delaine and Francis

DELAINE (Morningside, North Island, Aug 2015)

I cannot recommend Jane highly enough, she cared for our house, cats and dog like they were her own for over 3 months. She is a lady of great integrity who felt more like a member of our family than a house sitter. She is very organised with a more than attitude to the point of finding us our new home and representing us at auction, successfully using bidding strategies that saw other bidders off and getting the house at the price we wanted. When we returned to NZ and viewed the house we loved it, it was a perfect home for our family and pets. Thank you Jane for all your help and we look forward to seeing you again hopefully in the not to distant future at the new home you found for us:-)

MAGGIE (Maraetai, Feb 2015)

Jane Manthorpe’s Quality Pet and House Sitting Services references:

We were lucky enough to have Jane housesit for 3 weeks in January 2015. It was wonderful to return home to an immaculate house, well-maintained grounds and a very very happy and fit dog. Jane communicated really well with us throughout, including taking the time to meet us and animals beforehand. I can recommend Jane wholeheartedly and am more than happy to be contacted as a reference. I wish Jane all the best and hope to have the pleasure of her housesitting skills again.

MARY (Paraparaumu Beach, Jan 2015)

Jane was a pleasure to deal with in all respects. Jane did a wonderful job of looking after our cat and dog walking and feeding and generally care and affection. Jane also took great care of the yard watering the garden and mowing the lawn even!!! The house too was tidy, vacuumed and clean. It was so easy to communicate with Jane in advance and during her stay and we would not hesitate to ask her to house sit again or to recommend her to anyone. Totally reliable and trustworthy - a stress free experience.

PIP (Titahi Bay, North Island, Jan 2015)

I was happy with the services Jane provided.

Jane met us prior to the date to get the low down on what to do, we also had several conversations during the time. One to fine tune her knowledge of the animals and report on their health and social health and another where we were returning later

than planned and wanted a briefing on how it all went. We received a thorough run down how the animals were doing and their wellbeing.

My animals were happy, healthy and well cared for and in great shape when I returned.

There was one thing I was particularly pleased with on my return, we had a vacuum problem just before we left that meant we were unable to vacuum our post Xmas home before Jane arrived. We returned to a very well vacuumed home and the kitchen was cleaner than when we left, and the house was secure, clean and tidy.

I recommend Jane and happy to be contacted about my experience.

Sue Lytollis Wellington 28th Dec - 2nd January

Jane Manthorpe house sat for us from 31 May – 9 June in 2014. It was unusual circumstances as we didn’t actually get an opportunity to meet Jane in person before she arrived at our home. Bearing this in mind, based on email and phone conversations, a Skype chat and references provided, we felt more than comfortable having her in our home while we went on holiday. Jane looked after our home and cat as if they were her own. We came home to a healthy, happy cat and a lovely clean and tidy house. I highly recommend Jane to anyone who is considering going away on holiday with or without pets and I wish her all the best. Thanks Jane! Lizzie Blount – Lower Hutt

LIZZIE (Waiwhetu, North Island, Jun 2014)

Jane house and dog sat for us for two months over the winter of 2014. She did an excellent job of keeping the house as it was left, enjoying the surrounds ad taking care of the two dogs (which we wouldn't have left to a non-dog experienced person). Jane is a trustworthy, fun and an enjoyable person to get to know and she did everything we asked of her like weekly dehumidifying and other upkeep of the place. I would recommend Jane as a house and animal sitter to anyone.

WENDY (Wellington, Jul 2014 - September 2014)

Jane house sat/cat sat for us for 5 weeks. She was very friendly and approachable, and kept in regular contact with us both before and during our trip, and took wonderful care of the cat and house while we were away. We returned to a clean and tidy house and a very happy cat :) I would absolutely recommend Jane as a house sitter to anyone, particularly those with pets :)

FIONA (Korokoro, Lower Hutt, Sep 2014 - October 2014)

The overall housesitting experience I found with Jane was very professional. I planned to be away for 5 weeks and had a specific criteria for the type of house sitter that I was after. Jane met my criteria and did a very good job of looking after both my apartment and my cat. I returned from my holiday to find my apartment was well looked after and was in the same condition I left it in. My pet was well fed and was provided with the required amount of attention and care that I would normally give her. I have no hesitation in recommending Jane to anyone who is after someone who is responsible, trustworthy, and well experienced with animals.

Robin of the New Plymouth housesit - October/ November 2014

Our primary reason for getting a house sitter was to ensure our very needy cat had plenty of cuddles and attention. Jane came to stay 2 nights before we went away to get to know our cat and the house and she was a pleasure to have around. While we were away she let us know how everything was and we returned home to a very cuddly, well fed and happy cat. I don't think he missed us one bit! We would absolutely recommend Jane for house sitting because she absolutely spoiled our cat with attention and the house was very well looked after. We would not hesitate to use her again, and I'm sure the cat would be pleased to see her again too.

ALAINA (Maungaraki, Lower Hutt, Nov 2014)

Jane's services

At your home

Dog Walking
An experienced dog walker will pick up your dog from your home for a 30 min walk
10 NZD for each additional pet
25 NZD
Home Visits
Book a sitter to visit your home to feed and play with your pets
30 NZD for two visits a day
20 NZD
House Sitting
A sitter stays overnight in your home and cares for your pet
30 NZD

Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards


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Treatment of animals
Home Visits
Aimee, 2020-05-27

Jane was fantastic and did a great job caring for our cats while we were away for 4 days. She communicated very well and they were very well looked after.

House Sitting
Les, 2020-03-03

Jane was great to deal with, communicated very well and treated our dog extremely well

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Specific Skills

I speak English
+5 years of experience
Familiar with dog training techniques
Can take care of exotic animals

I absolutely love any animal and very patient, loving and caring. I adore their company and so with my type of work as a writer, I can be with them nearly all the time, to keep them company, play with them and care for them. I have been Pet sitting for 7 years now and loved every moment. I have looked after, dogs, cats, horses, alpacas, ewes, lambs, goats, reptile, birds, cows, hens, chickens, tropical fish and the list goes on.

Experienced in lifestyle blocks and practical to do jobs necessary for maintenance.

I am experienced with horses as grew up with them and trained and cared for them. I also grew up with dogs, especially labradors in the family, and have owned several other types of dogs. I have always had a cat to keep me company and experienced in taking in stray cats that are stressed to making them a happy lap cats.

I have Animal Healing training which is a specific Reiki massage technique that I have used to calm animals who are stressed or need extra love and they respond well to it. I find because of my loving, caring and gentle energy and my experience with healing, animals are naturally drawn to me.

Can Administer

Oral medications
Injected medications

Experience with

Rescuing pets
Behavioural problems


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Genuine, Trustworthy, Caring And Experienced Pet Sitter

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Min. 30-minute walks
10 NZD for each additional pet
25 NZD
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Cancellation policy: Flexible

Full refund if cancelled before noon one day before the booking, 50% refund afterwards

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