HOUSEKEEPER -FAMILY COOK
GARDENER /HANDY-PERSON /DRIVER
Daily working hours 9am to 5pm
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 fresh family cooking.
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. There are 2 herbaceous borders, roses, hedges to trim and pruning. A horticulturist is not required, but a good maintenance/ hobby gardener who loves to maintain and keep the gardens neat and tidy. You will need to be able to drive a tractor and use machinery to top the paddocks etc. In addition, you should have good DIY, 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 pickups.
A good sense of humour and a genuine love of dogs is essential. The family have a young Labrador who is exercised at both ends of the working day, one-hour morning and evening, this task can be shared between the couple.
Salary Negotiable depending on experience. Lovely 2 bedroom furnished cottage, no dependent children, or cats, but a well-behaved dog may be considered.
2 days off each week usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 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. Fluent English and ideally both to drive. Minimum 5 years’ experience in a domestic Country position preferred (HU2395)
Butler -House-Person – 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 circa 60,000 Gross per annum depending on experience. 2 bedroom apartment provided.
Nr Alresford, Hampshire
NR ALRESFORD -HAMPSHIRE
HOUSEKEEPER- FAMILY COOK-HANDYPERSON-ASST GARDENER-SECURITY
Large country estate in rural Hampshire, set in parkland, woodland and arable land with 11 acres of mature gardens and 1.5 acre walled garden.
This is the permanent residence of a family of 5, ( in normal times 2 eldest adult children come and go) and one teenager who is at boarding school and 2 dogs.
The housekeeper will be required to work closely with the lady of the house, you should be able to take initiative, be well motivated but at the same time open to suggestions. A traditional role for a housekeeper with an eye for detail is essential. You will need previous experience in the care of silver and antiques, working alongside a cleaner, but at the same time be very hands on with laundry, washing and ironing, caring for fine fabrics, happy to handwash fine china and glass, know how to lay a table for a formal dinner party, arrange flowers and be capable to deal with tradespeople and suppliers, ordering provisions and taking responsibility for the running of the household especially when the principals are away.
Ideally you will be confident in the kitchen, mainly to prepare light lunches or snacks occasionally, but willing to freeze vegetables and fruits from the garden, assist with jam making and generally assist madam with batch food preparation, but not every day cooking.
Partner will work alongside the outdoor gardening team, assisting with grounds maintenance, woodland maintenance, and general DIY tasks. Ideally you will be able to use a chain saw, chopping wood for the fires, and dealing with heavier indoor duties as needed. Laying fires, cleaning windows, driving airport and school runs, caring for the cars, assisting indoors during shooting weekends and generally a helping hand. So essential that you enjoy wearing many different hats and working as part of a team.
There are 2 black Labradors who between you will need feeding and walking each day too.
In normal times the family travel frequently and during their absence you will need to take care of the property and security, so essential that you have good levels of communications and during these times be self-sufficient and self-directing.
SALARY BETWEEN £50-60,000 Gross per annum depending on experience. Private One bedroom flat is currently available in the main house, with an option for larger 2 bed accommodation Spring-2021.
2 flexible days off per week, average working day is 8am to 5pm. Eventually if there are house guests then additional hours will be required, time off in lieu will be given. Ideally both should drive a car is available if required. Well behaved dog welcome. (HU3631)
HEAD GROOM & HANDY-PERSON/GARDENER/MAINTENANCE
Experienced – flexible, confident couple required to care for rurally located family-owned stable yard.
Experienced Groom: 5 & ½ days per week - should be a thorough, reliable, and experienced horseperson. Able and willing to be completely hands-on in all stable and yard duties (including mucking out, cleaning tack, grooming to a high standard. You should have the experience to arrange farrier and vets visits, feed, hay and straw deliveries, stock control and the keeping of accurate records.
Lunging/ long reining experience an advantage, although a rider is not essential. Grooming, trimming and general horse-care essential with attention to detail of keeping the yard, rug room, feed house and tack rooms a priority.
A confident cheerful, willing, hardworking individual who is a good team-player and who can work closely with the owners of the property and help to take charge when they are away.
Farm Maintenance Worker: Partner to act as maintenance person/gardener on 25-acre property. Duties are varied and you need basic plumbing, carpentry, and electrical skills with an ability to drive a tractor, plus use and maintain garden and agricultural machinery and care for the garden, pastures, and general upkeep of the property.
Part of every morning you will assist the 2 grooms with mucking out the stables and turning horses out in the pastures. The remainder of the day is spent undertaking garden maintenance (mowing, edging, pruning, weeding, spraying etc).
There are duties such as painting and decorating, maintaining fencing, caring for pasture, looking after the building maintenance, the horsebox and cleaning cars – checking oil, water, and tyre pressure levels, etc. A person who is very multi skilled and has attention to detail is essential.
Good salary package to include 2 bedroom, furnished accommodation. One and half days off per week. No dependent children and preferably no pets. BOTH MUST DRIVE ideally with own car, fluent English spoken and written essential. (HU3165)
RESIDENTIAL DOMESTIC COUPLE
The property is a Georgian Manor House in extensive gardens and grounds near Oxford with a successful and growing Wedding and events business alongside being an occasional weekend family home. We seek a domestic couple to look after the house and those using it for Events. Hours: 5 days per week, predominantly 9:00 – 17:30 with one hour off for lunch.
FLEXIBLE WORKING ARRANGEMENTS
This position will only suit a housekeeping couple willing to work a very flexible schedule. Hours are long during the peak wedding season period (typically involving weekend work) and shorter during the off-season period. Overtime hours can be accumulated during the peak season and then used for time off in lieu (TOIL) during the off-season period. This job will therefore be ideally suited to couples who wish to travel or take extended periods off during the winter period.
Housekeeping – The majority of time will be spent with housekeeping duties (cleaning, laundry, bed-changing, looking after house guests). The House has 12 bedrooms and there is also an event marquee in the grounds.
House Maintenance – Experience with light house maintenance (small fixes and painting) would be desirable and the housekeeping couple would be expected to monitor problems and find solutions for day-to-day maintenance issues at the House, including management of tradespeople.
Event Operations – Working closely with the House Manager to organise all Event preparations, including setting up the House and marquee to a specific plan, liaising with wedding suppliers, carrying equipment, moving furniture, post-event damage and stock checks and arranging of event deliveries and collections.
Events – Ardington House has a busy events schedule (typically 40-50 events per year) and is particularly busy during the wedding season which runs from April until October. During this period, weekend and evening work will be required, with days off to be taken on weekdays. Events are run by an event manager, but the housekeeping couple will need work on rota on event days to provide hosting, to coordinate with the catering and event management teams, to assist with arrivals and departures of guests and to secure the House during events (weddings take place in the Marquee and once guests have moved to the Marquee, it is the housekeepers’ responsibility to monitor access to the House, which is provided only to overnight guests).
Other – When the family is in residence, occasional cooking, driving (one driving license is essential), shopping and waitering will be required. There is a full gardening team, but occasional garden, pool and tennis court maintenance work may be required. Ability to assist in the events office to cover holidays of the events team would also be a bonus.
The Housekeeping couple will report to the House Manager. The owners do not live in the House but visit periodically with their families. The House may also be occupied at times throughout the year by holiday rental clients.
ACCOMODATION & SALARY
There is a self-contained, private fully furnished and spacious flat within the House, with all bills and WIFI included. There is an outdoor swimming pool and tennis court, which staff are permitted to use when clients are not in residence. Salary circa £45,000 Gross per annum plus annual bonus, 5 day working week to include weekends. Position start: March 2021. Strictly Non Smokers and excellent level of English required. Ideally both to drive and have own car. ( HU3655)