Alton - Hampshire
A beautiful country house and estate in Rural Hampshire requires a self sufficient, experienced domestic couple to manage the day to day running of a 7 bedroom property with outbuildings and cottages set within numerous acres of gardens, paddocks, grounds and let farmland. The family are in residence only part of the year and the rest of the time abroad. The role requires a practical, hands on approach and will suit very well organised and efficient candidates with a very strong work ethic. An interest and willingness to assist with basic horse care occasionally would be preferred, although a groom is employed.
A full time gardener and part time cleaner are also employed.
House Manager duties:
Salary circa £60,000 Gross per annum depending on experience and skills, 5 day working week but with flexibility when the owners are in residence. You may be required to work longer hours when the family are in residence and any extra time will be taken back in lieu when they are absent. 2 bedroom cottage in the grounds will be available. Both must drive and strictly Non Smokers, fluent English and excellent references required.
Hands on Housekeeper / Family cook / Gardener / handy person / 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 - one well behaved pet welcome
Must be non-smoking and speak fluent English
Previous estate experience essential
South of France
Large private Estate with 2 separate properties ( 2 separate owners) requires an energetic, pro active couple to manage the 2 properties. You must be completely hands on but also capable of the staff management and organisation of the properties.
Full time, long term housekeeping staff are in post and additional staff are available during the season. The season starts around Easter and ends towards the end of September, with the peak season of July and August absolutely full on with family and guests in residence. November to April is very quiet which is when any refurbishment, projects or maintenance is undertaken.
The chef needs to be capable of good fresh Mediterranean cuisine for large numbers, during the season breakfast, lunch and dinners for up to 35 people. You will be responsible for menu planning, provisioning, stock control and overall care of the kitchen. During the season, additional visiting staff are available to assist.
The house manager MUST speak French. Both of the couple must drive and strictly non-smokers.
TOP Salary negotiable depending on previous experience. Accommodation provided, a small 2 bedroom apartment.
Sorry no dependants, ideally no pets, although a small well behaved dog may be considered.
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 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.
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:
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 between £50-60,000 Gross per annum depending on experience. 2 bedroom apartment provided. Tagalog speakers very welcome.
Long Term Hutchinson’s client with a very large, high tech and modern apartment in Highgate is looking for a really good Cook/Chef to assist in very light housekeeping duties and laundry. 2 daily housekeepers of many years are employed. The client travels a great deal. This lady is looking for an experienced cook who is familiar with gluten and dairy free diets and duties will include, shopping, provisioning, taking total care of the kitchen and producing a very good level of simple, but well-cooked and nicely presented dishes, using fresh, seasonal ingredients to dinner party standard. You will be required to care for the kitchen to an immaculate standard.
Partner to undertake the total running and maintenance of the home to very high standards, be self-sufficient and pro-active with dealing with contractors and deliveries etc. In addition, a safe and experienced driver, able to deal with the fleet management of the vehicles, deal with the audio visual, security and other high tech equipment in the house and a good DIY person, who can replace light bulbs and keep the place in working order, knowing when to call in a contractor. You will also be responsible for caring for the roof garden, sweeping balconies etc and serving drinks and dinner at informal dinner gatherings. There is a separate staff large two-bedroom apartment, sitting room and kitchen close by for the couples’ use. The apartment is fully furnished, and all utilities paid. Usually 11/2 days off Saturday afternoons and Sundays, when the client is in residence and then all weekends when she is away. The working hours will be approx 9-6pm, unless a dinner party is planned and then time off in lieu to be taken. Excellent salary negotiable for the right person. Start end Aug/Sept