Nr HORSHAM -WEST SUSSEX
HOUSEKEEPER/HOUSEMANAGER AND EXPERIENCED GARDENER- HANDYPERSON
New position for an experienced domestic couple to oversee and take care of this informal Country residence in 8 acres of newly landscaped gardens. The principal travels frequently and can be away for long periods of time, his family and friends occasionally use the property in his absence.
There are 2 additional properties in Brighton which the couple will also oversee and manage. You will need to have good communication skills as you will need to liaise with the principal’s family and business management team/office concerning scheduling and household budgets on a regular basis.
Duties will include day to day housekeeping, provisioning and food shopping when required but no actual cooking. Partner ideally to have a good horticultural knowledge and capable of caring for and developing the gardens. In addition, you will need to be able to carry out general household maintenance duties and care for garden machinery, care of the swimming pool, organise and be the first point of contact for liaising and negotiating with any contractors, suppliers, gaining quotes and supervising any works arranged.
There are 2 cats which you will be required to feed, organise any veterinary appointments and ensure they are cared for in the absence of the principal. As caretakers of the property you will need to live on site and make a home on the property. Family members are available to cover for pre booked time away.
Salary in the region of £48-50,000 Gross per annum depending on experience and longevity in previous positions. Average of 40 -45 hrs per week Monday to Friday. Occasional weekend working may be required when the principal is in residence but always with notice. BOTH of the couple must drive and ideally have their own car. Separate 2 bedroom house adjacent to the main property. Pet considered providing well behaved and accepted by the cats. (HU3513)
NR WOKINGHAM - BERKSHIRE
HOUSEKEEPER –FAMILY COOK-MOTHERS HELP
HANDYPERSON- GARDENER -SECURITY
08.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday
Lovely position for an informal family home. A large country home to a very busy young family, both parents work full time and travel frequently and hence you do need to be able to oversee the daily care and security of the property in their absence. There are 3 children, the eldest 17yrs, who travels a lot, and the 2 youngest aged 10 and 7yrs. It is essential that you are child friendly and be willing to babysit occasionally, collect them from school twice per week and perhaps take them to after school activities and supervise homework. There will be an occasional weekend where you will be asked to care for the children in the parent’s absence. Mum usually does the school runs in the morning. This is a very active, sporty family and hence a busy but very happy household.
Duties will include all daily housekeeping duties, to include cleaning, a lot of laundry, and fresh family cooking for the children.
Partner to manage approx. 2 acres of informal gardens most of which is lawn. This is a relatively new property to the owner’s and they would enjoy having a small vegetable garden developed and simple flower beds and borders planted. A keen hobby/ maintenance gardener is all that is required.
There will eventually be a tennis court to maintain, you must be pro-active in indoor and outdoor property maintenance and perhaps a DIY enthusiast with ability to wash cars, repair fences and deal with day to day property maintenance.
The family currently have 2 dogs, so essential that you are very dog friendly and willing occasionally to help with walking the dogs.
The working week will be on average of 45hrs per week each, primarily Monday to Friday with occasional weekend cover when needed by arrangement.
Salary commensurate to experience. 2 days off and separate, self-contained 2-bedroom accommodation, which can be either unfurnished or furnished. BOTH must drive, cars are available for work use. Sorry no dependent children or pets. (HU2638)
CHANNEL ISLANDS – A PRIVATE ISLAND OFF GUERNSEY
EXPERIENCED DOMESTIC COUPLE
HEAD HOUSEKEEPER/COOK AND HEAD BUTLER HOUSEHOLD MANAGER FOR A PRIVATELY-OWNED ESTATE
This is a wonderful opportunity for a formally skilled and experienced domestic couple, to ensure the smooth running of the interior of this important residence. Clients are in residence approximately 6 months of the year, but at various times of the year. Easter and Christmas is an important time of year for them, when the family gather and a large party is held. The have other international residences and another in London. A large staff is employed including Head Chef, Sous Chef, daily cleaners and housemen. Gardeners and estate staff report to the Island Manager
The successful couple will have a proven background in staff management and training and be able to fit in well with a long-term Portuguese team who have been employed by these clients for several years. Between you, you will ensure the cleanliness of the residence, the organization of fine clothing and wardrobe care, manage staff rotas, holidays, inventory, stock control and budgets. You will also provision the residence for groceries. There is a large kitchen garden on site.
Hands on duties will be required for both the Head Housekeeper/Cook and the Head Butler/Household manager. These clients are a mature formal couple who eat breakfast and lunch and a light supper when not entertaining. They expect formally uniformed service when being presented with food and beverages and all staff are uniformed. On occasion they entertain, largely for luncheon gatherings and have occasional guests at the weekend. While the Chef and Sous Chef cook in the main, when either are on holiday, or away preparing other international residences for the clients’ arrival, the Cook /Head Housekeeper may be asked to prepare simple home cooked dishes for the 2 clients. You should also be aware of the care of fine furniture, antiques, objects d’art and special finishes, soft furnishings and couture clothing. There are several cottages of the island and you should be able to ensure that these are all well-kept.
The Head Butler/Household Manager will be highly experienced in serving food and beverages formally, looking after the cellar, cigars, silver pantry, dealing with staff issues, training and both parties should be computer savvy able to prepare accounts, keep stock control and inventory records which are submitted to the General Manager of the Island.
Top salary available for the right experienced couple, together with a beautiful 2-bedroom cottage is available, fully furnished with own garden. Time of is not taken when the clients are in residence as they travel at least 50% of the year and thus when they are in residence, longer hours are required, and time taken off in lieu when they go away. ASAP START (HU3481)
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)