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Europe & Overseas Couples
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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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)
COUPLE - FORMAL HOUSKEEPER/LAUNDRESS & BUTLER/VALET/DRIVER
Experienced formal household couple required for large county house in Yorkshire. You would be responsible for the overall running of the household and co – managing an outside team. There is some entertaining when the owners are in residence so it is imperative that you be familiar with correct protocol and front of house duties. The employers are renowned for their attention to detail when it comes to house parties and entertaining. Traditional butling skills are required, together with the ability to act as valet, taking care of a gentleman’s wardrobe, packing and unpacking, bulling shoes, laying out clothes for the Principle. An experienced driver who is used to chauffeuring duties. You should be experienced in polishing silver, brass, caring for fine crystal and china, antique furniture , paintings the cellar and wine collection. Partner to act as Housekeeper/Laundress, expert in the care of fine fabrics and wardrobe management. Must be able to immaculately press and care for haute couture clothing, make minor repairs and organize the day to day running and management of the owner’s wardrobes; again with the ability to pack and unpack. A highly professional couple with excellent formal household background is essential. Some cooking expertise and knowledge would be advantageous.
A really lovely 3 bedroom cottage is available, together with a salary in the region of £60,000 per annum which could be negotiable for the right couple, together with Council Tax, Heating and electricity allowance and internet. Ideally no pets although for the right couple this may be negotiable. (HU3171)
Nr BICESTER –OXFORDSHIRE
HOUSEKEEPER/FAMILY COOK/MOTHERS HELP
7AM TO 6.30PM – with breaks -5 DAYS PER WEEK INCLUDING WEEKENDS.
Informal family of six, which includes four children between ages 4 and 13yrs.
The property is the main home of this family, a beautiful 10 bedroom manor house in extended gardens and land. The older children attend day school locally and the eldest 2 attend school six days per week. A nanny is employed 3 days per week, but you will be required to assist with childcare, doing the school run, helping with homework and babysitting when needed.
The housekeeper will run and manage the home on a daily basis with the assistance of another housekeeper. You will need to have previous experience of housekeeping and be well organised and able to manage your time. In addition you will need to be a good family cook, confident in the kitchen and enjoy preparing fresh healthy dishes. The family particularly enjoy Asian, Sushi and Italian / Mediterranean style dishes but love trying new recipes. You will prepare a simple breakfast for the family and children’s tea. However other staff are employed part time and they also cook and undertake housekeeping duties.
Partner will be required to assist with household duties to include general housekeeping- high level cleaning, laying fires, bringing in logs etc. A large part of the role however will be as driver, undertaking school runs daily, caring for the cars and driving the principals when required. You will arrange servicing of the cars, check vehicles daily for fuel and have the cars ready to go at any time.
In addition you will need to clean and maintain the swimming pool and hot tub. Good DIY skills a plus, but a full time carpenter /handyman is also employed overseen by the works foreman. You must be animal friendly as you will need to assist with walking the family dog and feed the deer during Winter months.
Flexibility is key and a fun high energy attitude is essential, this is a very busy family home, relaxed but professional and you need to be great team players. Gardeners are employed too. All staff have been with the family long term, most for between 5 and 10 years.
Salary negotiable depending on experience.
This position offers a newly refurbished 2 bedroom cottage within the grounds of the property – a well behaved dog is acceptable but sorry no dependent children.
Whilst the position offers 2 days off per week midweek, a willingness to do some overtime will be required which will be paid. Plus use of a shared house car and the house gym. BOTH MUST DRIVE – NON SMOKERS AND PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE ESSENTIAL (HU3182)
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)