United States Couples
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Europe & Overseas Couples
SOUTH OF FRANCE
EXPERIENCED DOMESTIC COUPLE
Butler – chauffeur - handyperson- security
FRENCH SPEAKER ESSENTIAL
Traditional domestic couple required for long term clients in South of France.
This property is high end and requires an experienced couple who are used to working in a quality residence. The owners are in residence for a maximum of 3 months throughout the year and during this time you will be required to fulfil a full service.
Duties are those of butler, driver, housekeeper and cook.
The cooking is fresh, healthy and family level but with excellent presentation, not a chef but a cook who enjoys preparing simple fresh dishes. There is also a full time cleaner/ housekeeper who comes in daily out of season and lives in when the principals and guests are in residence.
The grounds are maintained by the gardening team, but you must be willing out of season to assist with general maintenance, looking after the pool, dealing with simple repairs etc.
There are no pets and no small children.
Salary negotiable depending on experience. Time off when not in residence is managed by yourselves but when the property is in use then you need to be available, working longer hours and taking time back when not in residence. Separate accommodation, ideally both to drive. Strictly Non Smokers, no pets or dependants. At least one must speak French and Portuguese would be beneficial. This is a uniformed position. SEPTEMBER START (HU3246)
Gardener, handyperson, housekeeper
FLUENT ITALIAN & ENGLISH ESSENTIAL
Small rural property of approx 1 hectare, fully renovated in 2016 in the centre of Chianti Classico between Florence and Siena with stunning views requires a mature, self-sufficient couple who enjoy a quiet and peaceful rural lifestyle. Essential that you enjoy each other’s company and have outdoor hobbies to enjoy this position.
The main house comprises 4 bedrooms/bathrooms. The gardens are automatically irrigated and includes lawns and flower beds, with a small vegetable garden, which would benefit from a keen hobby gardener. External contractors are employed for more substantial garden maintenance. There is also a swimming pool with modern pool equipment which requires basic pool maintenance during the summer season. Basic DIY and property maintenance skills are also required. Duties are interchangeable, the couple must work well together, liaising with trades and contractors.
Partner to have excellent standards of housekeeping, cleaning and laundry, with a reasonable level of simple fresh cooking when the principals are in residence.
There are long periods when the owners are not in residence, so you must be self-sufficient and proactive.
The whole property has excellent internet connection, is fenced and secure and is protected by a modern alarm system. You should have reasonable IT skills, fluent Italian and English.
Self-contained, totally separate staff accommodation of approx 55 sqm also fully renovated in 2016, is provided with all utilities included. Fully airconditioned with reverse cycle air-conditioning and in floor heating as well as wood burning fireplace. New, high quality European appliances throughout. Light filled with large windows and beautiful views. Sorry no dependent children.
LOCAL SALARY CIRCA 2,000 Euros net per month.
This is a 6 day working week when the owners are in residence on average 5-6 hrs per day.
When not in residence the days and hours are much less providing the care of the house and gardens is maintained. DRIVERS WITH OWN CAR & NON SMOKERS ESSENTIAL (HU3446)
RESIDENTIAL DOMESTIC COUPLE
GARDENER- HANDYPERSON- HOUSEKEEPER-COOK
Small rural property in large gardens requires a mature, self-sufficient couple who enjoy a quiet and peaceful lifestyle. Essential that you enjoy each other’s company and have outdoor hobbies to enjoy as this can be an isolated location.
The gardens are primarily lawns, hedges, and flower beds, which needs care and maintenance from a keen hobby / amateur gardener. Basic DIY and property maintenance skills are also required, duties are interchangeable, and you can work closely together, liaising with trades and contractors.
Partner to have excellent standards of housekeeping, cleaning and laundry, with ideally a reasonable level of simple fresh family cooking.
There are long periods when the owners are not in residence, so you must be self-sufficient and proactive.
You should have good IT skills, fluent English and both must drive.
SALARY NEGOTIABLE DEPENDING UPON EXPERIENCE. Self-contained separate staff accommodation will be provided. Sorry no dependent children. (HU3426)
RESIDENTIAL HOUSE MANAGEMENT COUPLE
An experienced domestic couple are required to run and manage a large part residence home of International employers. The property is ten bedrooms and all associated services.
A very flexible, self sufficient couple with previous experience in the high-end private household industry is required, strong management experience is essential.
A small permanent staff are employed, but an additional team accompany the family when they travel to London. You must be capable of pulling together the team whenever the principals and guests are in residence. You will supervise all housekeeping, service, organisation of family dinners, events, and entertainment.
You will report to the London family office, have good computer skills and be capable of preparing finance reports, accounting, supervise building works and deal with all contractors. Although good management skills are essential, you must be able, willing, and prepared to be totally hands on when needed, working alongside the staff to ensure the highest of standards.
When the family are not in residence, you will work regular hours Monday to Friday, but during visits be prepared to work longer hours and days taking time back when the principals leave.
In addition, you will need to have a good level of fitness as the property is very large, with high energy and lots of enthusiasm. Fluent English essential. The position does not require a formal uniform but you must be well presented, well groomed and smart at all times.
SALARY NEGOTIABLE DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE- SEPARATE ONE BEDROOM ACCOMMODATION WILL BE PROVIDED. Sorry no pets. ASAP Start. (HU3414)
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Nr STOWMARKET -SUFFOLK
HANDS ON ESTATE MANAGER & HOUSEKEEPER
Newly created position in a rural village South of Stowmarket. The estate is newly purchased and newly refurbished and requires an experienced domestic couple to maintain and manage the house and grounds to a very high standard. The owners are a mature couple – semi retired with no children. Most of the time only the principals will be in residence, but occasional guests will stay once or twice per month.
They will aim to have dogs in the future so dog friendly couple are essential. A full-time gardener is employed who knows the property well.
The main house is a Grade 2 listed -8-bedroom former rectory, with 2 guest cottages on site, an outdoor pool and tennis court in approx. 50 acres of paddocks, lawns, and formal gardens.
Whilst duties are separate the couple must work well together and have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in similar roles.
The housekeeper will be responsible for the day to day housekeeping of the main house with servicing of the cottages when required. You will manage the laundry, ironing, shoe cleaning, arrange dry cleaning, take deliveries, messages and oversee internal tradesmen. You should enjoy displaying cut flowers, working with the gardener to ensure good use of available flowers. Cooking is not essential to the role but a bonus, however you will need to assist in food preparation, shop for groceries and fresh local produce. Caters will be available for any entertaining, but you will need to oversee this and assist with dinner parties and other events.
Partner will be responsible for the overall security and day to day running of the property. You should have good maintenance skills, be capable to deal with property maintenance, clean and look after the cars, arranging servicing, repairs etc. You will arrange external services i.e. window, pool, tennis court cleaning, maintain a stock of logs, lay fires and fill log baskets, monitor oil and re-order, and manage the domestic finances, place orders, and pay bills. You will need to work with the gardener and maintain lawns, flower beds, hedges etc, maintaining garden machinery and arranging repairs and servicing. There will be some occasional driving duties for the principals to and from airport- station pickups, restaurants etc. Familiarity with horses a big plus.
SALARY IN THE REGION OF £50,000 GROSS PER ANNUM DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE.
2 DAYS OFF PER WEEK WITH PLENTY OF WEEKENDS. USE OF ALL FOUND FURNISHED FOUR BEDROOM, NEWLY REFURBISHED FARMHOUSE. WELL BEHAVED DOG WELCOME BUT SORRY NO DEPENDANT CHILDREN AND STRICTLY NON-SMOKERS. BOTH MUST DRIVE. (HU3309)
HOUSEKEEPER-HOUSEMAN- HOUSEHOLD MAINTENANCE- DRIVER
10 hrs per day – 5 day week which will include alternate weekend working.
A private family household are seeking to recruit a domestic couple to assist with the running of two properties for the Principal. Primary responsibility will involve daily cleaning and laundry tasks. You will also engage in maintenance tasks, driving and occasional table service. Exceptional attention to detail is required, the right candidates must be extremely well organized and able to adapt to last minute changes.
We are looking for a couple who are energetic and very practical. You will both need to be flexible and able to work long hours during busy periods. You will both have a strong character and good communication skills. You must both be trustworthy and able to demonstrate that you can handle confidential information appropriately.
Duties will incorporate cleaning and laundry, household maintenance and inhouse technology care of sound systems, heating and lighting. Driving luggage to the airport and running errands into Central London.
SALARY £55,000 Gross per annum depending on experience. EU Passport and driving license essential. Food provided on duty and simple uniform will be provided. Previous high end hotel experience a big plus. Accommodation will be available. (HU3422)
HOUSEKEEPER & GARDENER/HANDYMAN/SECURITY
Current couple of five years will shortly be leaving to work for other members of the family, which leaves a vacancy for an experienced couple who will oversee and care for this large country residence in Rural Warwickshire close to Coventry.
The house is homely but large with lovely gardens but not formal. The perfect couple will be good team players, have a good sense of humour, plenty of energy, be flexible and have at least one domestic position behind them.
The owners are a young couple with two children aged 4.5 and 2 years old. There is already a nanny but occasional evening babysitting and emergency childcare may be required. They like to entertain and often have friends and family coming to stay at weekends. Although this is a shooting estate, the shoots are mostly private with a few corporate lunches for which caterers are employed. There might be occasions where help with these are needed.
The housekeeper will have the support of 2 dailies, one who comes in 5 mornings and one who is in 5 whole days. One has been with the family for 15 years plus and will work closely with the new couple. The house is informal and will include the usual housekeeping tasks – cleaning, ironing, occasionally assisting in the kitchen (usually only breakfasts at weekends when the house is full) and informal table service.
Partner should be a good maintenance gardener, mowing, edging, pruning weeding etc., with good handyman skills for indoor maintenance and be able to care for the cars and swimming pool and be willing to assist indoors as and when required. There will be some small in house projects planned and therefore useful if you have ability to manage the project and oversee the contractors.
During the times the family are away, security and general caretaking of this property are important and a willingness to feed and care for the dogs essential.
Salary in the region of £750 npw. Accommodation is a 3 bedroom flat ( currently unfurnished but flexible ) at the top of the house with stair and lift access, 2 days off per week, usually weekends but must be flexible for occasional cover. Strictly Non Smokers essential. Holidays 23 days plus bank holidays. If any weekend and bank holidays are worked time off will be given in lieu. Well behaved dog welcome. Ideally both to drive, staff car available for work use. (HU2590)
HOUSEKEEPER -Full Time or 4 days per week
MAINTENANCE GARDENER /HANDYMAN /DRIVER – Full Time
Active, flexible, country loving couple required for large family home- a six bedroom, six bathroom property which is kept to immaculate standards.
The housekeeper will be required to run and manage this beautiful home on a day to day basis, which includes all hands on general household cleaning to a high standard, this will include the polishing and care of antique furniture, polishing silver and family laundry, shopping and assisting with meal preparation, although no actual cooking is required. You will need to be organised, efficient and enjoy country life.
Partner will be required to care for 6 acres of grounds which includes pasture, lawns and a small copse. You will need to be able to drive a tractor and use machinery to top the paddocks etc. In addition you should have good handyman skills and be able to perform most DIY duties, care for the outdoor swimming pool and deal with fence repairs. You will also care for the cars and be willing occasionally to undertake airport runs and station pick ups.
A good sense of humour and a genuine love of dogs is essential.
Salary negotiable. Gross per annum. Lovely 2 bedroom furnished cottage, no dependant children or cats, but a well behaved dog may be considered.
Time off each week is negotiable, but ideally 2 days mid-week-but half days may be taken at weekends from time to time. The house is busier at weekends than during the week as 2 grandchildren visit regularly.
This is a long term position, requiring commitment and flexibility.(HU2395)
Single Gardeners House Managers/Butlers/Caretakers