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Nr STOWMARKET -SUFFOLK
HANDS ON ESTATE MANAGER & HOUSEKEEPER
Position in a rural village South of Stowmarket. The estate is 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 (on average once per month).
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 need to supervise ad-hoc cleaners as needed. Your duties will include cleaning, bed changing, 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. You will need to arrange pantry and household supplies (principally online). Cooking is not essential to the role, but some may be required occasionally. Caterers will be available for any entertaining, but you will need to oversee this and assist with dinner parties and other events.
The house manager will be responsible for the overall security and day to day running of the estate. You should have a practical background with good hands on maintenance skills and be capable of property maintenance and hard landscaping. You will be required to clean and look after the cars and garden machinery, undertaking and 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 domestic finances, place orders, and pay bills. You will manage and work with all staff on the estate (housekeeping and gardening) and any external contractors. Gardening experience will therefore be necessary. Experience of overseeing building projects would be an advantage. There will be some occasional driving duties for the principals to and from airport- station pickups, restaurants etc.
SALARY IN THE REGION OF £55,000 GROSS PER ANNUM DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE.
2 DAYS OFF PER WEEK WITH PLENTY OF WEEKENDS. USE OF FURNISHED SEPARATE ACCOMODATION WITH UTILITIES PAID. NO DEPENDANT CHILDREN OR PETS AND STRICTLY NON-SMOKERS. BOTH MUST DRIVE. (HU3309)
ALRESFORD – HAMPSHIRE
RESIDENTIAL DOMESTIC COUPLE
DRIVER-HOUSEKEEPER-HOUSEMAN –STEWARD ( average 48-50 hrs per week).
Friday 10.30 - 22:00
Saturday 13:00- 22:30
Sunday 13:00- 22:30
Experienced, full-time, live in domestic team of 2, required to partner with the existing long term domestic couple and work with other household team members including a House Manager, Chef and Nanny. The family consists of 2 principals and they have 4 children between 6 and 14. The property is used for weekends, holidays and during the Christmas period, although currently the family are in full time residence until September.
Between the 2 of you, the following responsibilities would be shared: Heavy housekeeping such as changing lightbulbs, changing plugs and cleaning external windows.
Cleaning outside areas/furniture
Household maintenance/handy person duties.
Serving the family including formal dinners on occasion ( training available if required )
Driving the principals when required.
Assisting the house manager with overseeing the contractors.
Daily housekeeping to include cleaning, washing, laundry and ironing to a high standard.
Maintaining inventories for housekeeping supplies.
Assisting the chef washing up, preparing light snacks, beverages, juices and smoothies
Ad hoc tasks and errands as required.
Willing to learn and be trained.
This is a position for 2 people that will work well in a small team, and who both take pride in their work. You will both be hardworking, like to produce results, be hands on with a good eye for detail, diligent and reliable. Able to follow instructions and use your initiative.
A good level of both written and spoken English is essential, one of you must be a very confident driver and ideally one of you should be tech savvy too. DBS checks will be required.
Accommodation: Newly refurbished separate 1 bedroom split level accommodation away from the main house.
Salary: Circa £60,000 plus Gross per annum. Days off Wednesday & Thursday. Driver with own car essential, sorry no pets or dependents. Fluent English written and spoken and basic IT Skills required. ( HU3371)
Butler -houseman – head housekeeper
Lovely new position for a dedicated and flexible, experienced domestic couple to work as part of a team taking care of this beautiful Estate near Henley on Thames.
You will need to have previous experience in taking care of the interior of a private household. This property is a combination of both formal and informal service, with great attention to detail to high standards at all times.
The Estate is fully staffed and the couple must have a flexible and positive attitude and enjoy working as part of a team. The residence is occupied half of the year mainly Spring through the summer, the main house has 9 bedrooms and there are 3 guest cottages.
The head housekeeper will ideally have previous experience overseeing a small cleaning/housekeeping team.
Duties will include:
· Taking care of antiques, brass, silver and fine fabrics.
· Houseman duties
· Butler service
· Taking care of the wine cellar.
· Turn down service
· Light family cooking when and if required
· Walking the dogs
· Occasional driving duties
· Keep the fires clean and stocked with logs
The working week is 5 days out of 7 on a rota, weekend working will be required especially when the principals are in residence. An average of 8 hours per day with any additional hours take in lieu.
Salary circa £60,000 Gross per annum depending on experience. 2 bedroom apartment provided. (HU3561)
Experienced Domestic Couple
Housekeeper, family cook, maintenance gardener, handyperson, security, driver
Pro active, self sufficient and experienced, energetic couple required to run and manage this part time residence in Rural Oxfordshire. The property is a large country house in its own grounds which has recently been refurbished and is easy to care for. The young family and their dog visit mainly at weekends and some holidays.
Duties are interchangeable between the couple, working well together is key in a proactive and motivated manner. Between the couple you will take care of the daily running and maintenance of the property, this will include day to day cleaning, laundry, and wardrobe management. When the family are in residence fresh simple family cooking will be required. A lot of produce is grown in the gardens, so the ability to make fresh homemade soups, freeze and make preserves utilising the seasonal vegetables is a big plus. If the housekeeper enjoys being in the garden growing vegetables, there is plenty of time to do so.
The gardens are well designed, so a hobby/ maintenance gardener with ability to mow, prune and weed is required. Professional gardening team is employed, so a good team player is essential.
You will be responsible for arranging and liaising with contractors, liaising with the family and the family office, so a good level of computer skills are required.
The principal has a large car collection which any car enthusiast will enjoy to care for. There will be occasional driving for the principal which may include a very occasional evening drive but always with prior agreement.
SALARY NEGOTIABLE DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE. Separate furnished 2 bedroom cottage all found will be provided. 2 days off per week, usually midweek. Both should drive. Sorry no pets or dependant children. Minimum of 4 years experience in a domestic position and first class references are required. ( HU1172)
Estate Management/Caretaking Couple
Hands on Housekeeper- Family cook & Gardener, handyperson, security
Country loving, self-sufficient and pro active couple is required for a traditional period farmhouse, 5 bedroom 4 bathroom in 2 acres of gardens.
This is a weekend and holiday home of a professional couple whose main residence and business is in Central London. They live an informal lifestyle, arrive on Friday afternoon and leave Sunday evening. The property will be used by family members and their guests, mainly as a relaxing weekend retreat, but occasionally during major holiday times i.e. Easter, Summer and Christmas, larger numbers of family including children may visit.
You will be responsible for the day to day running of the property and grounds, covering all aspects of housekeeping, cleaning, washing and ironing, food shopping, household provisioning, gardening, household maintenance and overseeing contractors etc.
When in residence the housekeeper will prepare lunch and dinner for the principals and any guests, good fresh healthy home cooking, lots of fish, vegetables, variety of salads mainly based on Mediterranean style dishes including vegetarian options. Although the principals like to entertain family and friends, all entertaining is informal and no more than 8-10 people. For any formal entertaining outside caterers will be available.
Partner will be responsible for the day to day management of this small estate, which will include the gardens and greenhouse, vegetable garden, lawns, flower beds, pond and small area of woodland. Other duties will include general property maintenance, hence good DIY skills are required. There is an outdoor swimming pool and tennis court to care for, cars to fuel and clean and occasional driving to the local station and airport occasionally. A major refurbishment programme is planned and the couple will be required to oversee contractors, manage the works and oversee security. Good communication skills are essential. Both of the couple should drive, a car is provided for work related use.
SALARY NEGOTIABLE DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE – 2 DAYS OFF MID WEEK- ONE BEDROOM FURNISHED COTTAGE PROVIDED. WELL BEHAVED PET WELCOME. NON SMOKERS & FLUENT ENGLISH, WITH PREVIOUS ESTATE EXPERIENCE IS ESSENTIAL. ( HU3482 )
Single Gardeners House Managers/Butlers/Caretakers
(partner to follow own occupation very welcome)
Lovely long-term vacancy for a country-loving traditional cook/housekeeper to join this fun, high-energy, informal family at their weekend country farmhouse, on a large estate near Marlborough.
The family of five includes 3 small children between ages 6 and 2yrs and they have a dog. They usually arrive on Friday and return to London on Sunday evening during school term-time, but during holidays will spend more time there and will also entertain family and friends. During the holidays, the children’s nanny will also accompany the family. Both parents are completely hands-on with the children, but you may occasionally be asked to babysit and essential that you love being around small children.
Other duties will include menu planning and superb cooking for small gatherings (up to ten people). Breakfast, lunch, and dinners will be expected on a daily basis: generally cooking for between 2 and 4 adults and 2-6 children, but with occasional lunch or supper parties and especially Sunday lunches. The employers enjoy fresh and healthy cuisine with variety and of different tastes and styles. You need to have a natural flair and love for cooking, enjoy trying new recipes and a genuine passion for cooking, but you do not need to be a qualified chef.
The garden has a lovely vegetable patch so if you enjoy gardening then a big plus. You will need to provision and use local suppliers, there is a superb butcher and fishmonger locally and farm produce available for fresh ingredients.
This is an informal home and the family are neat and tidy people and very hands-on, so although the housekeeping role is part of the duties, when the family is in residence, cooking takes priority. The usual day to day housekeeping – cleaning, laundry, and shopping etc. all managed easily for a well-organized person.
There is a small furnished 2-bedroom cottage available. The daily working hours are 8.00am to 6.30pm with one and half hours off for lunch. 2 days off per week (usually Monday & Tuesday).
Salary £30,000 Gross, driver with own car essential. Partner and Dog very welcome. (HU3105)
Experienced Daily Housekeeper
Average 45 hrs per week – 5 days
Full Time position for an experienced, flexible housekeeper for a young International professional couple with one small child and nanny.
The property will shortly start an extensive renovation project to a very high standard and the housekeeper will maintain it, in prepared state at all times. Our clients are looking for a responsible, discreet and flexible candidate who will oversee and run the household; keeping it in immaculate condition at all times. You will work closely with the house manager when the family are in residence. When the renovations are complete additional housekeeping assistance will be provided.
You will be responsible for liaising with gardeners, contractors, window cleaners, etc. Duties will include: day to day housekeeping, occasional shopping and provisioning for the household, laundry: you must have excellent laundry skills and be able to launder delicate fabrics, as well as excellent ironing skills and be able to fix a hem or sew a button, basic lady’s maid skills: wardrobe care and packing, floristry skills. This is a relatively informal, fun household but you will be required to wear a simple uniform. This will be a 5 day working week with 2 days off when the family is not in residence; when they are in residence you will be required to be flexible and adjust your working days and hours. Some weekend working will be required.
SALARY Negotiable depending on experience, Driver preferred but not essential. Strictly Non Smoker. START DATE SPRING 202O (HU3514)