United States Couples
Please note that all applicants MUST have current Green Card Status or be 100% legal to work in the USA.
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Europe & Overseas Couples
ST MORITZ -SWITZERLAND
LAUNDRESS/VALET -FRONT OF HOUSE SERVICE.
GENERAL MAINTENANCE/ DIY - DRIVER, IT SKILLED
The property is owner-occupied and consists of 35,000sq ft. 7-floor main house, an 8-bedroom guest chalet next door and 2 apartments in the nearby town. The entire property is high-specification with sophisticated technology throughout. The property has its own plant-room on site and there is a large spa, gym and indoor swimming pool. There is also a bowling alley. Each guest room has an iPad. The owners have a large collection of cars, including vintage vehicles, which will need to be maintained. Other duties include snow-clearing, maintenance of the driveway/private road, grass cutting and maintenance of the exterior pipes and drains. Property is air-conditioned and the heating and air-conditioning system are also to be maintained.
Partner should have extensive knowledge in wardrobe management with valet and good laundry skills, ability to care for fine fabrics, packing, unpacking too. Front of house, table service and butler type duties are all part of the role.
There is a 3-year old Labrador dog, which you would also be tasked with caring for.
Finally, candidates must be active and have plenty of positive energy, you will work along the current team, who are the Head of Services, Head of Facilities and household chef and housekeeping team. Candidates may be required to do minor driving duties from time to time.
Ideally suited to a couple who have worked on-board luxury yachts, such as Chief Stewardess and Engineer, or a couple with very strong 5-star hotel experience.
Top Salary Negotiable depending on experience – accommodation will be provided according to the needs of the couple. Fluent English essential with Italian and /or French a plus. Both to drive.
Please note this is a permanent position and NOT seasonal. (HU3079B)
HIGH ST KENSINGTON W8
HOUSEKEEPER, DRIVER, HOUSEMAN, SECURITY
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm – Longer hours and days when family are in residence.
Newly created position for a fully renovated high spec “smart” modern residence, close to High Street Kensington tube station. The property is 5-storey, 7 bedrooms and is the part-time residence of Overseas employers with 2 children ages 9 and 7yrs. The family may in the future spend more time in London.
This is a relaxed informal family home but requires a hands-on couple who are self-assured, with previous household experience. The couple will work closely together, handling all duties within the household from general housekeeping –cleaning- washing and ironing – shopping- running errands, occasional family cooking and airport runs. Ideally you will have previous experience of a high-tech environment, have a good understanding of smart systems and be able to deal with the external contractors and suppliers. You will be expected to organise any additional staff for special occasions i.e. drinks party or a dinner when the principals are in London. Fluent English essential.
Salary Negotiable depending upon experience, Brand new suite, double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and staff kitchen on lower ground floor (own access) and 2 days off per week. Start date ASAP. (HU2924)
London NW3 - Domestic Couple: Housekeeper/Child-Minder/Gardener/Driver/ Handyman –
live-in during holidays, live-out (in accommodation provided nearby) when family in residence
Lovely family, established clients of Hutchinson’s, with a record of thirty years as successful employers of long-term domestic staff, are seeking a Domestic Couple for their main home in Belsize Park, a recently-refurbished, large house. This is a busy family: there are five children, aged from 5 to 21, most living at home part of the time, when not away at school/university.
It is essential that you are both fit and flexible, with common sense and an enthusiastic interest in children and young people. Accommodation will be provided year-round, but the role is live-out whilst the family is in residence and live-in during the long holidays when they are absent. You must both be competent drivers and confident to drive in London. A cheerful and helpful disposition is what is wanted, as well as a good work ethic and a highly responsible attitude. An ex-military background would be welcome and a record of sustained employment in domestic service is expected. This position is suited to a couple who wish to live in London and have a stable situation for some years.
The Housekeeper’s role will be to manage the house and the daily housekeeper/cleaner, do the shopping, do some cleaning and cooking, take children to and from school and extra-curricular activities, assist the younger children with homework. You would be expected to have some cooking skills, sufficient to assist Mrs with preparations for dinner parties. Also, you would need to be able to assist with administrative and secretarial tasks relating to the household.
The full-time daily housekeeper/cleaner does the bulk of the cleaning and laundry, also a nanny, who will be going on maternity leave later in the year.
The Gardener/Handyman/Driver will be tasked with looking after the recently-created garden, which is large by London standards. You should be able to perform basic handyman tasks, look after the cars, do some London driving as well as runs to the airport. Also, you will take the children to and from activities and offer general household assistance as required.
Hours will be 0730 to 1700 hours during term-time, 0900-1700 at holidays and weekends. During term-time, the Housekeeper will be expected to work alternate weekends and take time off in lieu during the holidays. Approximately five times a year, these weekends will be spent with the family in their holiday home in France, primarily to help with the children (the house is fully staffed locally.) You will also be asked to baby-sit about once a week.
The accommodation provided is a good quality, one-bedroom flat very near the house, to be your home whilst the family is in residence, provided on an all-found basis. It is, however, essential that one or both of you live-in at the main house whilst the family is away, even on your days off, for security reasons – about 10-15 weeks of the year, mainly during the long summer holidays, but also during occasional short breaks during the year. Obviously, this situation will not be suitable for anyone with dependants of their own, or with plans to start a family. No pets, no smokers.
A good basic salary is on offer, plus an annual bonus.
Excellent references and clean CRB checks as well as full, clean driver’s licences essential. Start date September/October. (HU3150)
LONDON SW7 - HOUSEKEEPING COUPLE
Experienced housekeeping couple required for large formal house in Central London. The owners are a mature Asian business couple who travel frequently and you will therefore need to oversee security of the property. You may on occasion be asked to travel with the principals.
Duties will include the day to day cleaning of a 3-storey home, washing and ironing to a high standard, caring for the wardrobes, cleaning shoes, running errands, preparing guest rooms, arranging flowers, and serving at table.
One of the couple should be able to cook and prepare occasional light simple meals when the principals are in residence, but outside catering staff are brought in- when there is a dinner party. Asian style cooking is preferred.
One of the couple must hold a clean driving licence, not a major part of the role but as back up to the chauffeur already employed. You must be willing to assist with the care for the cars and assist with minor garden maintenance i.e. sweeping, tidying, weeding, watering pots and caring for the patio areas.
Immaculate and well-presented with a good level of spoken English is essential.
Previous experience in domestic service essential Days off each week are flexible depending on the principals’ schedules, so the couple must be happy to change days off as required. There may also be occasional travel to the owner’s Country estate and a property Overseas. This is a uniformed position.
Excellent salary and separate one-bed accommodation provided for experienced couple. (HU3067)
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HOUSEKEEPER-FAMILY COOK- DRIVER-HOUSEMAN-BUTLER
Experienced domestic couple required for a family of 5 ( no small children), who mainly reside in Hong Kong and plan to use this property for business trips and some holidays. This is a part residence property--a Grade 1 listed residence in an exclusive area of Bath. The property has just completed a major refurbishment to extremely high standards. Therefore attention to detail is essential with top levels of housekeeping and laundry, care of fabrics and special finishes.
Other duties will include ability to cook to a good family level, not events.
Confident service for smaller events.
Good level of front of house.
Basic gardening skills to maintain a very small garden and patio area, although external contractors are employed
The vacancy offers a good Negotiable salary and newly refurbished staff accommodation. 1 bed room basement flat with en-suite bathroom. Living room. Separate entrance and good kitchen. All utilities paid. Driver essential.
This is a 5 day week, Monday-Friday when the house is quiet. Flexibility will be necessary when the client is in residence, when longer working hours will be required. ASAP Start. (HU3168)
VIRGINIA WATER – SURREY
EXPERIENCED HOUSEKEEPER-FAMILY COOK
Informal Family of four which includes 2 teenage children, one at day school locally and the elder due to leave for his first year at University, and their 2 small dogs, require a flexible, friendly couple who are pro-active and forward-thinking with previous experience of working in a family home. This is a long-term position and ideally you will show previous experience in a long-term role.
The property is a five-bedroom newly-refurbished home standing in approx. 1.5 acres of grounds. There is an indoor swimming pool and large areas of terrace around the house.
Duties will be day to day housekeeping, preparation of simple fresh family meals from breakfast, fruits, porridge, eggs etc to a small family gathering and entertaining, lots of fresh healthy salads, fish, and grilled meat, stir fries and low-fat curries and pasta dishes. The lady of the house also cooks and is very happy to teach the family’s favourite dishes.
You will need to have good laundry skills and have previous knowledge of packing and unpacking as the family travels frequently. Care of the wardrobes, dealing with dry cleaning and running errands.
Partner to act as driver and groundsman/gardener – with some simple maintenance duties when needed. The grounds are mainly laid to lawn, with hedges, drive ways and terraces that all need to be maintained. The owners welcome a more experienced gardener who would like to develop some areas and create a more user-friendly garden. Not necessarily a qualified gardener, but a keen hobby gardener who likes to engage with developing a garden.
You will need to be a confident driver (Range Rover, Jaguar) as you will need to drive into London twice per week and deal with any airport runs, school runs and shopping trips. You will care for the cars, refuel, and keep them clean and fuelled.
You should be pet-friendly and be willing to walk the 2 small dogs – although the family also walks them.
Salary £850 net per week. Accommodation – 2-bedroom annex with own patio and small garden area. All-found and newly refurbished.
DAILY WORKING HOURS are 06.30am to 1.30pm with a break and again from 5.30pm – 8pm Finish.
DAYS OFF will be half-day Saturday, full-day Sunday and half-day Wednesday. The family are away at least 14 weeks per year and during their absence extra time off and weekends off can be taken. Sorry No pets or dependants, non-smokers and ideally both to drive but not essential. FLUENT ENGLISH ESSENTIAL. (HU3164)
GROOM & HANDYMAN/GARDENER/MAINTENANCE
Experienced – flexible confident couple required to care for rurally located family owned stable yard, losing the current couple back to New Zealand after 2 very happy years.
Head Groom:5 & ½ days per week - should be a thorough, reliable, and experienced horse-person. Able and willing to be completely hands-on in all stable and yard duties (including mucking out) but at the same time have the experience to deal with farrier and vets visits, deliveries, stock control and the keeping of accurate records.
Lunging/ long reining experience an advantage, although a rider is not essential. Grooming, trimming and general horse-care essential with attention to detail a priority.
A confident cheerful, willing, hardworking individual who is a good team-player and who can work closely with the owners of the property and take charge when they are away.
Farm Maintenance Worker:Partner to act as maintenance person/gardener on 25-acre property. Duties are varied and you need basic plumbing, carpentry and electrical skills with an ability to drive a tractor plus garden and agricultural machinery and care for the garden.
Part of every morning you will assist the 3 grooms with mucking out the stables and turning horses out in the pastures. The remainder of the day is spent undertaking garden maintenance (mowing, edging, pruning, weeding, spraying etc).
There are duties such as painting and decorating, maintaining fencing, caring for pasture, looking after the building maintenance, the horse-box and cleaning cars – checking oil, water, and tyre pressure levels, etc.
Good salary package to include accommodation. One and half days off per week. No dependent children and preferably no pets. BOTH MUST DRIVE ideally with own car, fluent English essential. (HU3165)
BURY ST EDMUNDS
BUTLER-HOUSEMANAGER / COOK-HOUSEKEEPER
A traditional live-in Butler/House Manager plus Cook/Housekeeper are required to manage a newly refurbished country residence on a 900-acre estate between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury. Formal table-service and experience in a rural residence required, shooting-estate experience a plus.
This traditionally run, formal residence is occupied for up to 6 months a year and requires an all-year-round butler who is up-to-date with “smart-home” and other modern technology, installed at the Hall during the recent refurbishment (which also included large new pool complex). The Hall incorporates state-of-the-art security systems which a suitable candidate must demonstrate the ability to competently operate. You will be responsible for a fleet of vehicles and, on occasion, drive for the owners. The butler will be familiar with all Valet duties – the packing and unpacking of cases for principals and guests; also, the care of fine garments and valuables.
In addition, the Butler will be required to assist with functions and some formal entertaining whilst also taking charge of the management of indoor staff. Aside from the Hall, departments on the estate include the gardens, farm, shoot and estate office who report directly to the Estate Manager.
The cook/housekeeper will supervise the 3 cleaners, working alongside them to ensure that guest rooms are always prepared in good time and that the main house is kept in good order, even during the principals’ absence. Cooking is a major part of the role, so you need to be a confident cook to dinner party standard.
During the shoot season, numerous dinner parties are hosted; these are private events for up to 24 people. In addition, when the principals are at home, you will prepare 3 meals per day, including a pre-prepared supper that the principals can help themselves, but occasionally working an evening to cook dinner for friends and family. There are also BBQS, Sunday lunches and dinner parties, but infrequently, as the principals spend 6 months of the year living abroad. In addition to the cooking you will be asked to take responsibility for the shopping, care of the kitchen and monitor the pantry, chillers and freezers.
Salary ca. £53,000 Gross, dependent on experience. A 2-bedroom lodge is provided a short distance from the house. 2 days off per week, taken mid-week when the principals are in residence and at weekends when they are not. Ideally no pets, but a well-behaved dog may be considered. Sorry, no cats or dependent children. (HU2203B)
Nr.THAME – OXFORD/BUCKS BORDER.
MAINTENANCE GARDENER. HANDYPERSON, DRIVER – FULL-TIME Average 40 hrs.
HOUSEKEEPER (No cooking) PART-TIME 20 hrs PER WEEK
Family of five with one child at Uni and the youngest at boarding school will require a new couple in early 2018 as their current couple of 12 years retire. Looking to employ another long-term couple who become part of the family, who are flexible and will take care of the security of the property when the family are away.
The property is an eight-bedroom manor house with extended grounds in a rural location, this is a family home with 2 dogs (Labs) and chickens.
The housekeeper will take care of the interior, cleaning, laundry and be responsible for the organisation and servicing of household appliances, organising window cleaning, purchase household supplies. There is no cooking. An average of 20 hrs per week, with flexibility if the children are home.
The gardener and handyperson should have an enthusiastic interest in the garden and grounds, but need not be an expert gardener. Duties include lawn-mowing using tractor and large mower, care and maintenance of herbaceous borders, field and border strimming and trimming, edging and basic tree maintenance. There is an outdoor swimming-pool and hard-core tennis court to maintain but external contractors are available for specialist tasks. Indoor and outdoor property maintenance, painting, minor repairs when needed.
This family are very hands-on in all areas, madam enjoys gardening and the children are encouraged to help with tasks around the house and gardens too.
Other duties will include walking and feeding the dogs, kennel maintenance and caring for the chickens. There will be some occasional driving to the airport, running errands and general security of the property when the family are away.
Both must drive and ideally have your own car. Well behaved dog welcome.
Salary Negotiable – accommodation is a 2-bedroom stable conversion, all on one level, currently unfurnished but negotiable if you do not have/want to bring your own. (HU3111)