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CARIBBEAN -ST BARTHS
HANDS ON MANAGEMENT COUPLE
CHEF -HOUSEMANAGER & HOUSEKEEPER
Experienced, hands on couple required to manage this exclusive high-end villa, catering to VIP guests and rented out for approx. 9-10 months of the year. The owners also use the villa for approx. 4 weeks each year.
The property is a new build with high tech equipment and facilities so essential that you have the ability to maintain and care for this property. Previous engineering and excellent maintenance skills will be essential.
As a couple you need to work closely together, offering an all-round, first class service to anyone in residence, from daily housekeeping to include cleaning, washing and ironing, cooking for guests and front of house service, airport pickups, care of the swimming pool etc.
You will care for house maintenance, arrange contractors and repairs when needed and totally provision the household.
Previous management experience is essential to this role, you must be proactive, forward thinking and have excellent communication skills. The role is very demanding during the season and therefore you must be fit and energetic, capable of working long hours when the villa is occupied. Previous hospitality experiences a big plus.
Salary Negotiable depending on experience, one bedroom apartment away from the main house and use of a car . Both must drive. Sorry no pets or dependants.
Previous experience in HNW household essential. (HU3435B)
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)
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Housekeeper- Family cook – Gardener, handyperson, security
Country loving, self-sufficient and pro active couple is required for a modest 4 bedroom 4 bathroom residence in a rural location approx. 1.5 miles from nearest town.
This is a weekend home of a mature couple with grown up children, whose main residence and business is in Central London. They live an informal lifestyle, arrive on Friday afternoon and leave Monday morning. The current couple have been with the employer for six years and are returning home to Europe, the previous couple were in post 15 yrs. until they retired. The principals enjoy a good relationship with their staff and hence see this vacancy as a long term position.
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 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.
Partner will be responsible for the gardens and greenhouse, there is approx. one acre comprising of small vegetable garden, lawns, flower beds. Other duties will include general property maintenance, hence good DIY skills are required. There is an outdoor swimming pool to care for, cars to fuel and clean and occasional driving to the local station and airport occasionally.
Both of the couple should drive, a car is provided.
SALARY NEGOTIABLE DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE – 2 DAYS OFF MID WEEK- ONE BEDROOM FURNISHED FLAT PROVIDED. PET WELCOME. NON SMOKERS & FLUENT ENGLISH ESSENTIAL.
Start date October/ November 2019 (HU3482)
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)
Single Gardeners House Managers/Butlers/Caretakers