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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. The current couple have been in post for many years and leave to retire.
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 3.5 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 4,000 Euro’s net per month. 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. (HU3246)
COUPLE-- HOUSEKEEPER -COOK-DRIVER-HOUSE MANAGER
Family home in North London have a vacancy for an experienced couple. There are four children from age 8 to 18yrs with no pets.
These long term employers are currently looking for 2 members of staff so a couple will be considered. The duties will be split between two people as will the working day. The day starts at 7am and finishes at 8pm, so you will need to plan your work and organise to take a few hours off in the afternoon.
Duties are general housekeeping, cleaning, turn down, care of wardrobes, laundry and ironing to a high standard. One of the housekeepers should be prepared to cook – fresh Mediterranean style dishes to include fish, chicken, pasta fresh sauces, interesting salads and soups. Ability to follow a recipe and try new dishes a big plus. The family prefer Italian, Mediterranean style dishes.
The day begins with a family breakfast at 7.30am prior to the children being taken to school, the 2 youngest return home at 4pm and the elder 2 at 5pm, the children’s main meal is served when they return home and a supper snack can be left for the family. The parents occasionally are at home for a lunch, fresh soups, steak and salad, fish and vegetables, freshly prepared and healthy.
You may be asked to travel to the to the country house some weekends and take your time off during the week.
Others duties will include, driving ( school run and activities) Shopping for food, ordering on line, local shops and co-ordinating home delivery. Keeping an eye on the children should the parents go out in the evening. Two people who work well together to a high standard.
Salary Negotiable depending upon experience, ideally Italian, Spanish or Portuguese language skills beneficial. Accommodation available. Drivers essential ASAP Start. (HU3244B)
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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COTSWOLDS--STOW ON THE WOLDS
HOUSEKEEPER – LAUNDRESS
DRIVER- SECURITY- GROUNDS AND GENERAL MAINTENANCE
Large country house in a glorious setting, part residence property of a young couple with one child and a second one due in the summer. Nannies are employed.
An experienced couple is required who can between them take ownership of the day to day running of this property including the house and grounds. The housekeeper will have cleaning support during the principals “in residence” periods and there is grounds and maintenance support available too.
You will need a keen eye for detail, have excellent housekeeping and laundry skills and be able to maintain the wardrobes. The property is modern with high tech support systems, there are 4 acres of grounds with stables and outbuildings which include gym, pool and sports facilities. The gardens are lawns, hedges and flower beds, mainly a garden maintenance role.
There are 4 cars to care for and you must be willing to wash and polish the cars up to 4 times per day when in use, the principals are extremely particular about the cars. You will refuel, organise MOT and service and ensure that oil, water tyres etc are all checked regularly. There will be some airport runs and driving to events occasionally.
Ideally one of the couple will have table service skills and be able to meet and greet guests, serve drinks etc.
During the periods in residence the working days are longer and demanding, but time back can be taken and the role becomes more of a caretaking role when the principals are not in residence. Therefore flexibility, ability to cope under pressure and stamina is essential to this role.
Salary Negotiable, 2 bedroom separate house and 2 days off per week. SUIT EX YACHT COUPLE
Strictly non-smokers and ideally both to drive. HU3249
KINGS LANGLEY- HERTFORDSHIRE
Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5.30 pm
Five bedroom contemporary family home in 5 acres of land, close to Watford, service by good rail links and easy driving distance of the M25. Informal family of five which includes 2 boys ( 22 and 20yrs at University) and a daughter of 18years at boarding school then University from September 2018. There are 4 very small ponies and 2 dogs, so it is essential that you are animal friendly. A groom is employed part time but you need to be willing to learn and assist the groom, no previous horse experience is required but a genuine love of animals is.
The family seek a pro active, creative and forward thinking couple who are used to working together as a couple.
Duties will include all general housekeeping duties, daily cleaning, washing, ironing, household errands, school runs and dog walking twice daily in all weathers. There is no cooking with this position, no assistance is required for entertaining and driving is limited to running errands and occasional airport runs.
An experienced handyperson is required with a really good skill base to accommodate most DIY type duties, you will be required to care for all property maintenance indoor and out which will include local tenanted properties. A gardener is employed but some assistance will be required. House sitting and security during the owner’s absence is a major part of the role and hence holidays must be taken outside the families holidays. Salary £800 npw –mainly weekends off (some flexibility required to house and animal sit when the owners are away) 1 bedroom self contained furnished apartment. Business use of car. BOTH must be non smokers, speak fluent English, drive manual cars and have experience driving in the countryside. Sorry no pets or dependants. APRIL/MAY 2018 START (HU1694)
Single Gardeners House Managers/Butlers/Caretakers
A large country Estate based in the heart of Leicester’s countryside require a residential houseman/caretaker who can fulfil the role of houseman/housekeeper, driver, security. The successful candidate will be responsible for various duties including: cleaning silver, cleaning windows, laying fires, helping with service when the family are entertaining, monitoring security, receiving the family and guests, indoor and outdoor housekeeping, dealing with deliveries, etc. Dog lover and driver essential. Salary £25,000-£30,000 gross per annum. Spacious, all-found one-bedroom apartment provided. (HU3250)
Head Butler/Property Manager
An exciting and unique opportunity to join a dynamic and highly motivated team managing an exclusive Private House, providing high end hospitality for the most prestigious Grouse Shooting Estate in the UK. We are looking for a highly organised, meticulous, adaptable and reliable individual with extensive Private Service and shoot experience, a self-starting attitude and an interest in rural activities. This is a vital role in the effective management of the Private House providing exceptional hospitality. Working within an established and dynamic team, the role would suit an individual who thrives on meeting the demands of the owner and his family and the most discerning of clients, whilst retaining a friendly, outgoing, highly-organised, but discreet and reliable approach to their work. A strong self-starter, with a meticulous eye for detail, the right person will remain focused on their responsibilities but also able to adapt rapidly to the challenges that a very busy shooting schedule may create.
• Attend to the Owner and his family to ensure all of their requirements are met at all times
• Ensure the Owner and his family have any equipment (shooting, fishing, other outdoor activities) they require at all times, and that it is ready for use
• Provide any transport requirements for the Owner and his guests – this may include collection upon arrival, or delivery upon departure to their next mode of transport
• Ensure all Guests visiting have all of their requirements met, working in conjunction with the rest of the management team namely, House Keeper and Maintenance Manager.
• Manage and maintain an extensive wine cellar, and work in conjunction with Owner, and Head Chef to ensure it is utilised to its full potential. Update a real time cellar management record, and carryout an end of season stock take alongside an expert advisor
• Manage glassware, tableware, laying of tables and bars for all services
• Manage evening service Front of House Team in conjunction with Head Chef to include drinks, canapés, dinner and post dinner entertainment
• Provide a security presence during parts of the day, and late evening
• Managing and training junior staff in both Front of House and general House Management, Service and valet skills
• Communicate effectively across departments both within the Hall and across the whole Estate
• Fulfill any ad hoc requests from the Owner, a Guest, House Manager or Estate Manager
• Retain a positive approach throughout the season, and set the standard in terms of professionalism.
• Outside the season, there is scope to be involved in managing the 45 properties on the estate. (Maintenance Manager is employed.)
• Superb, recently refurbished accommodation provided – 3 bedroom, semi-detached, partially furnished home, with garage, garden and salary in the region of £40-£45,000 a.a.e.
FULL TIME BUTLER REQUIRED FOR A LARGE PRIVATE ESTATE IN SURREY- NEAR SUNNINGDALE, Berkshire
This is a highly-recommended position, which has been brought to us by one of our own former candidates, now serving as Head Butler. A charming Indian client with extended family, who offers superb working conditions and a real “lifestyle” with 5 days over 7 working week, any extra days given off in lieu. We need a butler who wants to work regular hours, in fabulous surroundings, with other like-minded, professional staff. Key is a genuinely nice personality and a “Can-Do” attitude, a person who works well as part of a team and who wants to provide absolutely top-notch service to this VVIP family, who often entertain at the very highest level. Functions can include anything from Presidential dinners to en-famille, smart-but-casual entertaining. Immediate start available for the right candidate to join a new team, but clients would also wait for the right person.
Flexibility is very important when the clients are in residence. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a new residence and a new Butler team on a beautiful estate in Berkshire, near the Surrey border. We are looking for a Butler with at least 3 years private household experience as well as hotels or hospitality. The ideal candidate will be highly organised, a good communicator and able work well within a small team including the housekeeping department.
General duties will include:
• Working alongside the House Manager, Head Butler, Under Butler team and Head Housekeeper to provide the highest service to the principals and guests.
• Assisting the Head Butler with events and conferences.
• Fully flexible with working hours during busy periods.
• You will be responsible for the upkeep of all silver, china and glasswares, keeping inventories as well as recording breakages.
• You and the team will be responsible setting up and cleaning down all service areas inside and out and supporting the housekeeping team.
• As part of the team you will be responsible for maintaining an accurate and up to date stock of all guest consumption of wine and beverages.
Accommodation: Your own room in a new house with all rooms en-suite, sharing a kitchen and sitting room with other team members. Meals served on duty. Hours 5 days over 7 with a rota based on a 45-hour week, with longer hours during busy periods with time and days taken of during quieter times.
Salary: £36,000 live-in, or up to £37,500 live-out.
The residence is approximately 45 minutes from London and has excellent rail connections. Good local pubs and a lovely community are all local. Highly recommended position. (HU3108)
NR BASINGSTOKE – HAMPSHIRE
Large country house and shooting estate requires an energetic full time housekeeper to join the team. The main house is currently being refurbished and aims for completion in approx 2 years time.
The numerous shoot lodges have already been refurbished and during the shoot season are occupied by the principals, guests and family and friends.
Duties are cleaning, laundry, ironing, making beds and tidying bathrooms. Ideally you will have some previous table service experience or be willing to learn new skills.
During the shoot season you will be required to work longer hours and Saturdays, but out of season 9-5 or 8-4 Monday to Friday.
Due to the location you will need to drive and have your own car.
Starting salary of £25,000 Gross which will be reviewed after the probation period. Flexibility is key. ASAP Start. (HU3252)
COUNTY DUBLIN-SOUTHERN IRELAND-
Informal family of five, which includes 3 grown up children ( 2 at home) require an energetic, pro-active, well organised, self sufficient, experienced Housekeeper to manage the day to day housekeeping of this 4 bedroom modern, beautiful beach property approx ½ hour from Central Dublin.
Duties will include but not limited to:
* Working alongside the house manager to ensure the overall smooth running of a busy household on a daily basis with responsibility for the supervision of domestic staff, including full time cleaner and part time laundress.
* Running personal errands and shopping for the family, as requested.
* Overseeing weekly flowers; daily maintenance of the flowers
* Coordinating with external suppliers such as dry cleaning.
* Feel comfortable dealing with specialist fabrics and surfaces
* Packing and unpacking for travelling, as requested.
* To be responsible for the family's wardrobe maintenance and organisation.
* Occasional cooking / prep for family.
* Occasional school runs.
This is a relaxed and friendly household, but with high standards. This position is suitable for a flexible and dedicated person who is well organised and pro active, it may be necessary for you to travel to other homes ahead of the family both in Europe and Worldwide. EU passport and driving licence essential.
Salary negotiable depending on previous experience-1 bedroom separate apartment away from the main house, use of a car and 2 days off per week. Non Smokers and sorry no pets. (HU2257)
Large country estate in rural Oxfordshire requires an experienced cook/housekeeper. The property is a large home to a family of five. Candidates are required to have relevant experience of living and working in a country estate and have a traditional background in housekeeping and cooking. A fulltime daily housekeeper is also employed as well as a team of staff, of which you will work closely with. Cooking is an important part of this role and thus a very keen interest in cooking is essential. The family enjoy a wide variety of cuisine with a focus on well-balanced and healthy meals. You should have the confidence to try new recipes as well as the ability to cook for larger numbers and dinner parties when required. This is a shoot estate and hence there will be shoot lunches to cater for during the season. Additional duties will include cleaning and general care of the interior of the household, laundry, care of the wardrobes, food shopping and day to day liaison with the gardening staff regarding fresh produce and flowers available. You will need to be child and dog friendly. Salary negotiable depending on experience, one-bedroom self-contained cottage, 2 days off per week, weekends will frequently need to be worked. Driver essential. Non-smoker. Immediate start. (HU1461)
COOK - HOUSEKEEPER
Full Time Live in or Live out
Weekend working required
A new position, in a beautiful weekend residence near Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.
This is a large country house within its own estate and within easy access to London.
A good team spirit is required and you must be willing to be flexible about your duties as the family are only in residence at the weekend, but not every weekend.
You should be a confident cook of fresh healthy meals, the family enjoy a healthy lifestyle and eat light dishes, mainly based on Mediterranean style of eating to include lots of fresh vegetables, salads, fish and meat. Ideally you will feel comfortable to cook for a small informal dinner party ( a chef is available for anything large or formal)You will care for the kitchen, have responsibility for provisioning and household shopping.
As you will not be required to cook every day, you will need to be willing to undertake light housekeeping duties, assisting the head housekeeper and cleaner with daily housekeeping tasks around the home.
Due to the location you do need to drive and have your own car.
Salary Negotiable, beautiful accommodation is available if you choose to live in, but sorry no partners or pets. Fluent English essential. (HU3220)
ROEHAMPTON - SW15
RESIDENTIAL HOUSEKEEPER & LAUNDRESS
Average working day 8-6pm with flexibility
Lovely young family require an experienced and self-sufficient housekeeper to manage the cleaning and laundry for a family of six. The property is a rented home for now, but a new property is being built close by which will be ready in approx 12 months time. You will work closely with the house manager, who does most of the driving and day to day management as both principals work full time.
This is a very busy household with four small children, ages from newborn to 4yrs and a dog. A full time nanny is employed but you must enjoy working in a home with children and be prepared to babysit 2 evenings per week.
It is essential that you have an eye for detail, are organized, and extremely efficient in your work. You will need to have very good laundry and ironing skills as this is a big part of the position. In addition, occasionally you may be asked to assist the gentleman of the household who loves to cook in the kitchen. When the family entertain, they will bring in caterers; it would be beneficial if you’re able to assist with table service.
Although primarily a Monday-Friday position, you may be asked occasionally to work on Saturday and take Sunday and Monday off. Bedroom and bathroom provided, separate accommodation will become available when the house move takes place.
Salary £500 net per week - Driver not essential but would be a bonus. (HU3156B)
Beautiful country estate in the heart of West Sussex. A 7 bedroom residence of an International Middle Eastern family. Set over 2 floors, with indoor swimming pool and a 3 bedroom guest wing. The property is used for one month each summer and occasional visits throughout the year. When the family visit, they bring with them a full team of long term staff, so essential that you are a good team player and can adapt to longer working hours when the family are in residence.
This is a hands on housekeeping position and ideally you will have previous experience working within a Middle Eastern household. You should have high standards with an excellent eye for detail, be self motivated, calm under pressure and able to provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for the family.
On a daily basis you will report to the estate manager, the property must be maintained to the highest standard and ready for guests/ family at all times. When in residence additional part time staff are sourced to assist, but when they are absent then you will work alone.
Ideally you will also have basic cooking skills and administration skills.
Accommodation will be provided, situated on the ground floor of the main residence, with its own entrance, a well designed staff wing with a designated bedroom and ensuite with living room, kitchen etc that forms part of the staff accommodation for when additional staff are needed during the rare visits.
Salary £28-30,000 Gross but negotiable depending upon experience. DRIVER ESSENTIAL – sorry no partners or pets. Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm when not in residence, longer hours plus weekends when in residence. (HU3181)