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Europe & Overseas Couples
HIGH ST KENSINGTON W8 COUPLE - HOUSEKEEPER, DRIVER, HOUSEMAN, SECURITY
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm – Longer hours and days when family are in residence.
Newly created position for a fully renovated high spec “smart” modern residence, close to High Street Kensington tube station. The property is 5-storey, 7 bedrooms and is the part-time residence of Overseas employers with 2 children ages 9 and 7yrs. The family may in the future spend more time in London.
This is a relaxed informal family home but requires a hands-on couple who are self-assured, with previous household experience. The couple will work closely together, handling all duties within the household from general housekeeping –cleaning- washing and ironing – shopping- running errands, occasional family cooking and airport runs. Ideally you will have previous experience of a high-tech environment, have a good understanding of smart systems and be able to deal with the external contractors and suppliers. You will be expected to organise any additional staff for special occasions i.e. drinks party or a dinner when the principals are in London. Fluent English essential.
Salary Negotiable depending upon experience, Brand new suite, double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and staff kitchen on lower ground floor (own access) and 2 days off per week. Start date ASAP. (HU2924)
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)
FULHAM – LONDON SW6
COUPLE - HOUSEKEEPER/FAMILY COOK/HOUSEMAN/DRIVER
A spectacular six-bedroom family house extending over three floors with amazing views over open Parkland. The property has been completely rebuilt creating an open and contemporary home in one of Fulham’s most desirable locations and has been completed to the highest standards including a swimming pool and spa area in the basement.
An experienced couple with excellent references is required to run and maintain this very beautiful home. The property is home to a family of five which includes 3 school age children ( boys) and 2 dogs.
The day will start at 7am assisting with getting the children ready for school, 2 of the children take the school bus, the youngest will need driving to school in Putney. You will prepare breakfast and throughout the day work together with general housekeeping tasks, cleaning, washing and ironing, running errands, shopping, tidying the patio and keeping the terrace clean, minor household maintenance and preparing a snack for the children coming home at 4.30pm with children’s supper at 6pm. The day will finish at 8pm with a 2-hr break from 1-3pm each day. The children have a nanny each day who arrives at 4pm and finishes at 8pm.
There will be occasional babysitting usually Friday or Saturday evening.
The family have 3 cars and one of the couple should drive and be confident driving in London. Ideally you will have previous table service experience and know how to meet and greet guests.
The principals have other homes abroad and may on occasion require the housekeeper to travel with them for one week at a time. This is a uniformed position (black or navy trousers and shirt) and previous experience of working in a HNW home essential.
Salary in the region of £60,000 Gross per annum – 2 days off per week usually Sundays and Mondays. Large bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, with use of adjacent playroom/sitting area. (HU2990)
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Nr.THAME – OXFORD/BUCKS BORDER.
MAINTENANCE GARDENER. HANDYPERSON, DRIVER – FULL-TIME Average 40 hrs.
HOUSEKEEPER (No cooking) PART-TIME 20 hrs PER WEEK
Family of five with one child at Uni and the youngest at boarding school will require a new couple in early 2018 as their current couple of 12 years retire. Looking to employ another long-term couple who become part of the family, who are flexible and will take care of the security of the property when the family are away.
The property is an eight-bedroom manor house with extended grounds in a rural location, this is a family home with 2 dogs (Labs) and chickens.
The housekeeper will take care of the interior, cleaning, laundry and be responsible for the organisation and servicing of household appliances, organising window cleaning, purchase household supplies. There is no cooking. An average of 20 hrs per week, with flexibility if the children are home.
The gardener and handyperson should have an enthusiastic interest in the garden and grounds, but need not be an expert gardener. Duties include lawn-mowing using tractor and large mower, care and maintenance of herbaceous borders, field and border strimming and trimming, edging and basic tree maintenance. There is an outdoor swimming-pool and hard-core tennis court to maintain but external contractors are available for specialist tasks. Indoor and outdoor property maintenance, painting, minor repairs when needed.
This family are very hands-on in all areas, madam enjoys gardening and the children are encouraged to help with tasks around the house and gardens too.
Other duties will include walking and feeding the dogs, kennel maintenance and caring for the chickens. There will be some occasional driving to the airport, running errands and general security of the property when the family are away.
Both must drive and ideally have your own car. Well behaved dog welcome.
Salary Negotiable – accommodation is a 2-bedroom stable conversion, all on one level, currently unfurnished but negotiable if you do not have/want to bring your own. (HU3111)
Fabulous opportunity for a Hands-on Housekeeper to run and monitor this 25 acre, 10-bedroom and 7 reception room former Royal Hunting Lodge, set in 25 acres which is the summer residence of long-term Hutchinson's clients, who own other residences worldwide .
This stunningly restored property boasts 20,000 Sq. ft. accommodation together with 4 cottages, a pool, pool room, Jacuzzi and gym + cellar, equestrian complex and snooker room. The whole property is set in fabulous grounds and includes a Victorian Walled garden and a Tuscan Garden with extensive woodlands.
We seek a couple with polish and style, who are highly responsible and able to run this property (closed up for much of the year) in a totally hands-on manner, undertaking the cleaning, housekeeping and laundry and who can assist the butler with front of house and service duties when the family are in residence during July and August. A Chef is also employed at those times and seasonal staff will be employed to assist.
During the “closed” periods you will be responsible for keeping all appliances, plumbing etc. in working order, keeping the interior safe and assisting in the gardens as and when required.
Partner will work in the gardens undertaking general grounds maintenance. You will ideally have good DIY /maintenance skills and will report to and work closely with the current Estate manager. Ideally you will have previous service skills and be willing to assist indoors especially during entertaining – events and parties in July and August.
Excellent references are required. Small well behaved pet is acceptable, but sorry no dependant children. Both must drive. STRICTLY NON-SMOKERS
Full time salary and lots of time off, however you would be expected to work on a 7-day-a-week basis when the principals are in residence.
One of the gorgeous 4 cottages available for accommodation. (HU3012B)
Young Asian family with four school age children. A nanny is employed, but it is essential that you are very child-friendly.
They need an energetic, professional couple for their 8-bedroom, en-suite, weekend country estate. Between the two people in the couple, you need to have professional butler/serving skills and hands-on 5* housekeeping skills, with the ability to undertake minor maintenance in the house, take care of the swimming pool and leisure facility (gym, cinema, sauna etc.) A chef is employed but the housekeeper will be required to assist in the kitchen preparing and assisting the chef at weekends.
You must be fluent in English, wanting a long-term commitment; you will have knowledge of receiving guests, formal table and beverage service, and knowledge in the care of special finishes, of antiques, fine art, cellar/wine care, and cigars.
The couple’s job will be to maintain the interior to 5 * boutique hotel standards and care for the principals and their frequent guests. Other duties will include collection of newspapers from the village, cleaning and refuelling of the cars and running errands. Additional housekeeping help is also employed.
The exterior grounds are maintained by the head and assistant gardeners.
Good salary will be on offer, along with a lovely 2-bedroom cottage on the property, and the use of a car. One of the couple must drive. Start date asap. (HU2214B)
NR HENLEY ON THAMES – BERKSHIRE
Hands on House Management Couple
Experienced couple required to run a recently refurbished principal residence to a 5-star standard. Other ancillary staff are also employed. You will both need to have initiative, be highly organised, efficient and confident in all aspects of managing the operations of a reasonable sized family home which includes a principal house and secondary guest house. You will need to be able to recruit and manage secondary part-time staff and will need to have an understanding of running a home maintained to a very high standard.
The owners travel frequently and need to have full confidence the home will be secure and well-run in their absence. They are open to the role being either live-in or live-out; however, when the owners are travelling, the role would require looking after the resident cat and small dog.
· Running the house including the organisation and implementation of systems.
· Generally running the house to a five-star hotel standard.
· Hands-on cleaning, washing and ironing.
· Buying and arranging flowers.
· Keeping detailed and accurate records, accounts, house-inventory and consumables lists.
· Writing and maintaining a house operations book listing all details of the day-to-day requirements and operating procedures of the property.
· Liaising with contractors, other internal staff and tradespeople regarding maintenance and general works to the property.
· Recruiting and managing any ancillary staff required for the general running of the property.
· Carrying out provisioning, general shopping and other errands (including online shopping).
· Ideally, cooking for the couple on an occasional basis (this is not essential)
· Preparing and serving snacks and drinks throughout the day when required.
· Helping with a small dog and cat (to include an element of house and pet sitting when principals are away).
· Assisting with occasional entertaining requirements
The residence is large, on four levels, so a degree of fitness is required.
Non-smokers and, ideally, both should drive.
Salary circa £50,000 Gross and accommodation will be provided off-site.
Some weekend working will be required. (HU3084)
NR BANBURY -OXFORDSHIRE
NANNY – HOUSEKEEPER; GARDENER-HANDYPERSON-DRIVER
A well organised, flexible couple required for a Family of five which includes 3 children, 4yrs, 2yrs and 1yr. Father works in London and occasionally from home and travels one week every month.
Mum is extremely hands on with the children but you must be capable of sole charge of the children but at the same time work alongside Mum. Sole charge will be expected one day per week and on other days take care of one child whilst Mum does school runs. You will be asked to take the children to play dates and toddler classes if mum can’t do so, it is essential that you have previous experience caring for children of a similar age.
This is a large 9-bedroom country property: a busy family home with small children and dogs. The children will always take priority and only when time or the situation allows will you be expected to undertake housekeeping duties. However, you do need to be flexible, have a can-do attitude and be willing to muck in. If Mum is looking after the children then you will have time to deal with housekeeping duties, i.e. cleaning, lots of laundry and ideally prepare simple family dishes.
Partner to be responsible for any household and property maintenance, gardening to include planting and growing vegetables and general mowing, strimming etc. and caring for the cars. There is a swimming pool and tennis court to maintain. If time allows then any indoor assistance to the housekeeper with high level cleaning etc. can be scheduled into the weekly planning meeting.
There will be occasional driving duties, i.e. airport runs, errands and shopping, as and when needed.
You will both need to have a current driving licence and be willing to be flexible as no two days will be the same.
Salary Negotiable depending on experience. Self-contained 2-bedroom cottage will become available later in the year.
Usually weekends off but ideally Flexible to work occasional Saturday for extra pay.
Both must drive. (HU3072)
HOUSEKEEPER/ COOK AND /DRIVER/HOUSEMAN/FRONT OF HOUSE
Beautiful country estate between Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket with easy access to Cambridge and London. A busy household just outside Newmarket is looking for a flexible couple to work in their family home. The house has busy times and quiet times, due to varying entertaining schedules, so the clients are looking for a couple who can be flexible in their working week, including working on some weekends.
As a Housekeeper you will be responsible for the upkeep of the house and maintain the household to a high standard. Simple family cooking also required. As Driver/Houseman you will be required to drive the Principals on trips to the airports and running errands. Duties will also include handyman and caretaking duties as well as helping to look after dogs.
When the Principals are in residence, one of you should be able to act as a Butler for mainly informal occasions, but also occasionally at formal events. Front of house and good service skills are thus essential. The other must be able to cook family style meals to a good standard as well as being able to prepare informal dinner parties for small numbers.
The family have 4 boys from 17 to 26 years, who spend varying degrees of time at the home, so this period can be busy. There is a 3 year old at home and you will need to be happy to act as a Mother’s help, supervise the child’s teas and assist where needed.
There is a team of Gardeners who look after the grounds, so there are no gardening duties involved, however you should be able to work effectively as part of a team and interact well with all team members who work and live on the estate.
This role will suit a Couple who work well together and happily work in a busy family home and muck in where required, as well being able to work to a slower pace when its quieter. The family travel during the school holidays.
Duties will include but are not limited to:
• Hands on cleaning, laundry and ironing
• Family Cooking and small dinner parties – shopping for the household
• Serve at a table when the family entertain
• Front of house duties to meet and greet
• Driving duties to school runs, airport runs, occasional trips to London and running errands locally
• Care of dogs and other animals
• Being on site for security of the house
• Looking after children
• Butler duties to serve at table when the family entertain
• Front of house duties to meet and greet
• General Household maintenance
• Helping with housekeeper duties in the house
• Looking after the cellars
• Driving duties to include school runs, airport runs.
• Keeping the cars in very good condition including organising services, MOTs etc.
• Helping on the farm occasionally
• Maintaining the swimming pool
• Care of dogs and other animals
• Being on site for security of the house
Self-contained cottage available together with an excellent salary and 2 days off each week. (HU2715)
LONDON SW1 (Mayfair)
RESIDENTIAL COOK/Chef- HOUSEMANAGER/HOUSEKEEPER
Experienced, self sufficient cook and housekeeper required for a large family home in Mayfair. The property is over four storeys and has a lot of stairs, so energy and fitness is very important. This is a very busy family home of professional parents and 1 daughter aged 16 yrs at home. Older children do visit occasionally. There are no pets.
Duties will include the day to day running of the property: A daily cleaner is employed, she does most of the cleaning and laundry. However, you will be required to assist as and when needed as
professional standards of housekeeping are essential.
You will shop and provision, prepare dinner each evening for between 2 and 6 people, with occasional small dinner parties.
The family enjoy fresh, healthy meals, with a very International style of cuisine. They are used to good quality fresh ingredients and enjoy trying new recipes.
As the owners work full time, this position requires a pro active, responsible housekeeper who can plan ahead, organise contractors and deal with the day to day house management.
You will be required to run errands, deal with household provisioning and have good organisational skills.
It is essential that you enjoy working with older children. A Driver would be beneficial but not essential. Lovely self-contained separate Mews house accommodation, which the family prefer is used as your home as if the family are away a security presence is required.
Salary in the region of £35,000 Gross per annum (Negotiable)- 2 days off per week to include some weekends. Ideally with previous experience of working in a large family London home. (REF HU1679)