Essential Requirements: Previous Private House Experience, Drivers, Pet Friendly
HOUSEKEEPER – GROUNDS & MAINTENANCE PERSON-SECURITY
Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm
Proactive, country loving domestic couple is required for a recently refurbished, 500-acre country estate in Kent. The 7-bedroom, grade 11 listed property is the permanent home of a down to earth couple and their very friendly dog and 2 cats.
The Housekeeper will primarily be responsible for the day to day cleaning and deep cleans of the 7-bedroom, 6-bathroom home, laundry, preparing the home for guests, running errands and pet care. Ideally the housekeeper will be able to prepare ingredients, cook occasionally and eventually serve at informal dinner parties.
Partner will be responsible for the day to day grounds maintenance of the property, which will include gardening, mowing, hedge trimming, greenhouse, and vegetable garden. Other duties will include general property maintenance, overseeing contractors, swimming pool, spa and hot tub maintenance, car cleaning and care of the vehicles, ad hoc driving duties and generally assisting the housekeeper and two additional estate workers when required. You will also be responsible for the security of the estate.
This is a long-term role, suitable for a very hand on, self-motivated couple who are used to working together in domestic service – you must be confident in your ability to provide high standards of work without supervision.
Accommodation and Salary
A beautiful, large 3-bedroom Oast house within the Estate, next to the main house. This can either be furnished or unfurnished. All bills included. Monday to Friday 8-4pm with weekends off, some flexibility will be required for driving duties. Salary circa £48,000 Gross per annum.
Well behaved pet considered, but sorry no dependent children. Both must drive. (HU3618)
Essential Requirements: Italian & English Speakers. Previous Experience in a Similar Position or Hospitality Industry. Capable to Work Independently.
Hands on and Practical. Clean Driving Licence. High-end Customer Service
Housekeeper/ Cook /Steward/ Handyperson/Driver/Security
Part residence holiday home of an international family of 3. Their extended family and guests will also visit from time to time. The couple will be responsible for the efficient running of the villa, providing personal service with a distinctive, hands on involvement. In charge of the efficient, cost and service and maintenance of the household all year round. A combination of the following skill sets is required: Housekeeping, cooking, waiter service, chauffeur, handyperson with some knowledge of dealing with technology of a smart house. The property is newly purchased and will undergo a large renovation project over the coming months.
The housekeeper will manage the interior on a day-to-day basis, undertaking general housekeeping duties including cleaning, washing and ironing, packing and unpacking suitcases as required. Good fresh healthy style cooking for family and guests during their stay – light and simple but very well presented.
You will prepare the house for the arrival of family and guests, run errands and manage the household provisioning.
Partner should have good DIY and handy skills, have a technical mind and be able to oversee the boiler room, CCTV and alarm systems.
You will care for the swimming pool and oversee contractors and look after minor repairs and small day to day projects.
Laying and serving at table is also part of the role, but this is an informal home.
The cars will need to be washed and managed accordingly, airport runs and routine household provisioning etc will be required.
Light gardening work will be required but with ability to oversee the heavier work done by others.
You will manage the household accounts and be capable to prepare monthly reports on all household expenses. Arrange and co-ordinate external services and oversee projects and building work on a regular basis.
Salary negotiable depending on experience. Time off to be managed by the couple but flexible for when the family are in residence when longer hours may be required. Immaculate staff quarters, which will not be affected by the internal building project.
HERTFORDSHIRE / BEDFORDSHIRE BORDER
HOUSEKEEPER & MAINTENANCE GARDENER, HANDYPERSON, DRIVER
Monday to Friday 8-5pm with occasional weekend cover
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: Previous experience working as a domestic couple. Love of the countryside, working outside with a passion for gardening. Dog lovers. Clean driving licence.
Mature employer with visiting children and grandchildren seeks a new couple due to the retirement of the long-term current couple.
The housekeeper will take care of the interior of the residence, which will include
Gardener-handyperson- all rounder
Accommodation - Self-contained flat with 2 double bedrooms attached to the house with separate entrance.
Salary £50,000 Gross per annum. 4 weeks holidays per annum. 8-5pm Monday to Friday with occasional weekend cover. Presence required on the property during the owner’s absence.
Sorry no children or dependants. Clean driving licence essential DBS Checks will be required.
North Petersfield, East Hampshire
Housekeeper-Driver- Maintenance Gardener -Handyperson.
Monday to Friday
East Hampshire – Nr Petersfield.
Essential Requirements – Previous experience working in a family home. Traditional Housekeeping skills, family laundry, daily management of the household, grounds and garden maintenance. Duties are interchangeable. Driving licence and non-smokers essential. Dog and cat friendly.
Newly-created position for an experienced domestic couple to run and manage this immaculate new build, 8 bedroom country residence for a family of 5 which includes 3 teenage children (girls). This is the primary family home in a rural location but within an easy 5-minute commute to the local market town of Petersfield.
Main duties for the housekeeper will be an excellent standard of day to day housekeeping, which will include washing and ironing, cleaning, (part-time professional cleaners are also employed) tidying, organisation of contractors, deliveries etc. Occasional fresh healthy family cooking, shared with madam, shopping, household provisioning and overseeing the children if the parents are away when needed.
Partner will be responsible for garden maintenance, as there are approx. 15 acres of grounds, made up of pasture, fields and 2 acres of landscaped, easy to maintain gardens with large areas of lawns and flower beds. There will eventually be a swimming pool and tennis court to maintain, so a good practical person with good DIY skills a plus.
In addition, there will be occasional driving duties for school airport runs, care of the cars and general maintenance of the property.
The family have a dog and 2 cats, so animal lovers are essential. Willingness to walk the dog is welcome too.
SALARY in the region of £55-60,000 Gross per annum depending on experience. Separate
1 bedroom flat all new and beautiful, with private garden, off-street parking and superfast broadband, 8 mins drive away. The working week will be primarily Monday to Friday with 2 days off per week, but with flexibility for occasional weekend working. Both must drive.
Well behaved small dog considered. Strictly non-smokers and excellent references required. (HU3754)
Nr Framlingham, Suffolk
Nr Framlingham, Suffolk
Essential Requirements: Previous Private House Experience, Animal Friendly, Strong DIY Skills
Young couple with 2 small children recently moved into this small country estate during Summer 2021. The property is set in 38 acres in rural Suffolk, it is the family’s weekend and holiday home and over the next 2 years will undergo a refurbishment project, building work and major landscaping. There will also be several projects which will include reinstatement of a Victorian walled garden and creating a woodland space.
The housekeeper should have a detailed eye for cleaning, capable to deal with all family laundry including care of delicates and fine fabrics and ensure guest rooms are prepared within the main house and the guest cottages. You will be responsible for food shopping and household provisioning, arranging, and overseeing contractors for servicing and maintenance of household services.
Cooking for the family will be required on a regular basis, fresh healthy dishes, utilising fresh produce from the gardens as and when available. Batch cooking for the freezer, making jams and preserves etc. Ideally the housekeeper will be willing to assist in the gardens, weeding, watering, and harvesting fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Partner will be required to care for and develop the gardens, reinstating the walled garden into a kitchen garden to grow vegetables, fruit and develop new flower beds & rose garden. The role requires a knowledgeable gardener but not necessarily a horticulturist. All equipment including ride on mower / tractor will be provided.
You will have good DIY skills capable to repair fences, deal with small carpentry/ painting repairs, care for the swimming pool, tennis court, pressure wash pathways and patio areas. Weekly cleaning of the cars and the coordination of external contractors are all part of this role.
Both of the couple will need to be animal friendly as long term the family will have Chickens, Alpacas, dogs and possibly ponies in the future.
SALARY Circa £50-55,000 Gross per annum. Unfurnished (white goods supplied) 2-bedroom single storey cottage with small garden. Strictly Non-Smokers, enhanced DBS and excellent references required. Sorry no dependant children but small well-behaved dog considered. ASAP Start/ (HU3697)
Essential Requirements: Previous private house experience, Driver with clean UK license, Pet friendly, Child friendly
Residential grounds and estate handy – person / security and housekeeper
Newly created position for a flexible security and handy-person with Partner to act as Housekeeper, assisting the owners to run and manage this immaculate large country residence for a family of 5, which includes 3 school age children. The property stands in a total of approximately 400acres.
The effective responsibilities are as follows:
FOR GROUNDS AND ESTATE HANDYPERSON-SECURITY
General Security to the House and whole Estate, House and estate maintenance. This is to include lawn cutting, hedge cutting if possible, driveway and exterior sweeping, gravel raking, leaf blowing, general cleaning to all external areas, garages etc, power washing to terraces etc.
Car Cleaning and fleet management - arranging servicing, tyre change etc. Driving for all family members. Possible collections from school for children, airport runs etc. Handyperson activities, such as changing light bulbs, log collection and storage.
Checking and receiving deliveries for packages and utilities, controlling access to and from the house for contractors, rubbish control, such as putting out the bins weekly etc. Possible assistance with the horses, such as feeding them, bringing them in etc.
FOR RESIDENTIAL HOUSEKEEPER
First-Class high-end cleaning and laundry. Simple family cooking, child and animal friendly. Flexible and organised with great attention to detail in this primary residence, newly built, with high end finishes and in immaculate condition.
Main duties for the housekeeper will be an excellent standard of day-to-day housekeeping, which will include washing and ironing, cleaning, organisation of contractors, deliveries etc. Ideally, occasionally you will be willing to prepare simple fresh family dishes, shared with madam as she likes to cook and possibly assisting with childcare when needed.
The family have a pony and a dog, so animal lovers are essential.
You will be required to wear a simple casual uniform of polo shirt and chinos.
The working day will start early 6.45 am to assist with children’s breakfast during term time, then taking a long break once the house duties are complete and starting again 3-8pm.
SALARY Negotiable depending on experience. Circa £60,000-70,000 per annum. Beautiful one bedroom flat for sole use. Strictly non-smokers, no dependants, but small pet considered. Security/Maintenance person must be a driver with clean licence essential. 2 flexible days off per week - flexibility to cover for some weekends. Excellent references required. (HU3603)
Loire Valley, France
RESIDENTIAL DOMESTIC COUPLE---Guardiennes
(Housekeeper, light cook, gardener, maintenance, and security)
LOIRE VALLEY –FRANCE
200 Km Southwest Paris
Essential Requirements – Previous experience of domestic service. Self sufficient couple who make a home on the property. Good communication skills. Both to speak some French. To drive
Beautiful chateau in approx. 11 hectares of land, situated in the Loire Valley.
Part residence home of overseas employers, the property is used no more than 60 days per year. An autonomous, self-sufficient couple are required to oversee the day-to-day management of the property. Basic French is essential to be able to liaise with contractors and suppliers.
The residence is six-bedroom suites, only 3 are used, the housekeeper will be responsible for the day-to-day upkeep of the interior. During periods of occupancy, simple light family level cooking will be required.
The gardens have been specifically designed to be low maintenance, there is a lot of lawn and mowing but all the necessary machinery is available. There is a vegetable garden and flower garden to be maintained too. A professional gardener is not required, but a good hobby or self-taught person is. Good DIY skills, property maintenance and care of the swimming pool, airport runs and car of the cars are all part of this role. There is an extensive alarm and security system to monitor. Basic computer skills are required to enable smooth communication with the owners.
Please note this is a holiday home of owners who live Overseas, and the property must be secure at all times. Relief staff are available to cover the couples holiday periods.
Salary negotiable depending upon experience, lovely one-bedroom self-contained furnished separate accommodation. Sorry No pets or dependant children. Both must drive and a car is available. Ideally both to speak some French. ASAP start. (HU2250)
St Mortiz, Switzerland
DOMESTIC COUPLE – BUTLER-HOUSEKEEPER-FAMILY COOK-DRIVER
ST Moritz -Switzerland
Essential Requirements – Long term formal household experience. Self-sufficient, proactive, flexible and used to high end service.
A couple who would enjoy the mountains year-round and enjoy the peace and quiet throughout the year and then busy times when the clients are in residence in Winter months. As this is Switzerland, language skills will be very well received, English, Italian, German and especially Spanish, as a number of existing staff at other properties speak Spanish.
Domestic Couple, for a formal household in Switzerland. The property is substantial, with 15 bedrooms and is to be maintained to the highest standards at all times, but the family are only in residence for a few weeks a year, predominantly in the winter and occasionally in summer. There will be long periods of time that are substantially quieter than others, you will need to be pro-active, during quiet times but expected to be available, ‘as required’; when the family are in residence. During busier times, additional staff will be brought in to help. There is a large element of security to the role, so you must be willing to make a home at the property year-round, unless for your holidays and with prior arrangements with the principals. The family has 3 dogs which travel with them and 3 teenage children.
Duties will include and are interchangeable, but are not limited to:
Salary negotiable depending on previous experience. One-month annual leave per annum which cannot be taken during Christmas period.
Accommodation will be provided- one bedroom apartment, private and self-contained within the main house. Uniform provided. Sorry no pets or dependents. (HU3788)
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR CO-AGENT - SHE'S IN SWITZERLAND
Henley - on - Thames
Butler / House -Person / Head housekeeper / Family cook
Essential Requirements: Strictly Non-Smokers, IT Literate, Capable of formal and informal service. Previous experience in UHNW residence. Capable to manage a small team. Ideally both to drive.
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 and 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:
(Chef available for formal gatherings or parties)
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 £60-65,000 Gross per annum depending on experience. Beautiful new 2-bedroom apartment provided. Strictly non-smokers and previous large household experience essential. Sorry no dependant children. Driver essential. (HU3561)
Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk
Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk
Essential Requirements: Previous Private House Experience Required (Minimum of 5 years WITH LONGEVITY IN PREVIOUS POSITIONS), Drivers Licence. Capable to manage a small team. Good team players. Discreet, focused and self-sufficient with high end service background
ESTATE MANAGER & SENIOR HOUSEKEEPER
Exceptional first-class couple, required for this position in a rural village South of Stowmarket. This immaculate estate is newly refurbished and requires a very experienced, senior domestic couple to maintain and manage the house and grounds to a very high standard. A second couple will be employed who will report to you, but it is essential that you are both hands on to ensure 7 day per week cover between the 2 couples.
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 function of the main house with servicing of the cottages as and when required. You will be able to delegate duties to the assistant housekeeper when recruited, but your duties will also 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 prep/assistance 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 Estate 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, but at the same time have the management skills to lead the team of 6.
You will be required when needed 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. 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.
TOP SALARY IN THE REGION OF £80,000 PLUS PER ANNUM DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE.
2 DAYS OFF PER WEEK WORKING ON A ROTA WITH SECOND COUPLE.
LARGE DETACHED IMMACULATE 2 BEDROOM FURNISHED, SEPARATE ACCOMODATION WITH OWN GARDEN & UTILITIES PAID.
SORRY NO DEPENDANT CHILDREN AND STRICTLY NON-SMOKERS. BOTH MUST DRIVE. ONE WELL BEHAVED DOG MAY BE CONSIDERED BUT NO CATS (HU3309)
RESIDENTIAL DOMESTIC COUPLE
Combination of: Housekeeper -Houseman -Launderer -Cook-Driver-Handyperson. Duties are interchangeable.
Essential Criteria – Hands on top-level, high-end cleaning and laundry. Good fresh simple family cooking. Child-friendly Dog and Cat lovers. Team players.
An enthusiastic, flexible and energetic couple are required to assist in managing a modern 5 bedroom property near Regents Park for a busy couple with one child aged 2 yrs. Nannies are employed, so no childcare duties. The family have 2 small dogs and 2 short-haired cats, so essentially you are animal friendly and capable to care for the pets if the family are away.
Part of the couple will need to be an excellent driver within London. You will be responsible for running family errands and keeping the cars in immaculate condition at all times. There may be occasional driving to other UK cities and evening driving too by arrangement.
Other duties will include
Candidates must be personable and presentable at all times, be flexible and willing to work alongside the couple in running of the home.
The working day is generally 8am – 6 pm Mon – Fri and 10-2 on Sundays. Saturdays and Sunday afternoons are time off, with an agreed one full weekend per month.
This live-in position comes with a self-contained (entrance within the family home but not the main door) 1 bedroom flat, fully furnished and an excellent salary for the right couple. Strictly Non Smokers. Enhanced DBS Checks will be required. (HU2187)
Hay on Wye, Herefordshire
Hay on Wye -Herefordshire
Essential Requirements -Previous private house cooking and housekeeping experience ( Minimum of 3 years). Good laundry skills. Children and pet friendly. Country Lover, clean driving licence. Fluent English speaker with excellent communication skills, with a friendly, positive and approachable disposition
Experienced, Country house Cook- Housekeeper required for a family of five who have recently moved to this large and rural country estate.
The family of five includes 3 children under the age of 8. A Nanny and 2 cleaners are employed.
The housekeeper will be responsible for the day to day housekeeping function and cooking for the family. You will have assistance from 2 cleaners, but will need to be hands on with all housekeeping duties.
Duties will include total care of the kitchen, assistance with laundry, ironing, assisting with household provisioning, local errands and occasional school runs.
Cooking all family meals, fresh healthy home cooking which will include slow cooked stews/ casseroles, chicken and beef roasts, steaks, soups etc. You will source fresh local ingredients including meats, game poultry etc. Vegetables come from their own gardens.
There are currently no pets in the household, but in the future it is possible a dog may join the family.
Salary circa £35,000 per annum negotiable with own self contained accommodation. 2 days off per week, NON smoker and driving licence required. (HU3750)