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
HEAD GARDENER/ESTATE MANAGER- EYGALIERES- PROVENCE-ALPES COTE D’AZUR.
LIVE OUT POSITION – NO ACCOMMODATION
This is a superb, new position for a fluent English and French speaking horticulturist with ability to maintain, to a very high standard, 1 acre of gardens. The position will require someone very knowledgeable in plant material, trees and shrubs and somebody who is able to work closely with the owner, who is herself extremely knowledgeable, loves her gardens and has special ideas and projects in mind for this newly acquired property. Renovation work will commence on the house in April and is expected to be ongoing for 18 months.
It would be especially helpful if the successful applicant was knowledgeable in the Dutch/German landscape tradition of Piet Ouldolf, though not essential.
Candidates should be superb plantsmen, experienced in all aspects of the gardening year and able to communicate well. Must be able to coordinate and develop any further areas of the property as required, working alongside the employer, landscaper and outside contractors. A team player is required, with the ability to muck in and somebody who is willing to help this charming owner with running odd errands and to assist when and where needed. A “Can Do” attitude is essential. Duties will include sole care of the gardens and the exterior of the residence. You will be required also to maintain the annual garden manual, keeping photographic updates as well as a written record.
Candidates must be able to grow and maintain a large variety of high-quality plants, maintain electrics/garden lighting and automatic watering, manage the weekly garden maintenance team, deal with outside contractors and visitors to the estate and care for the swimming pool. Excellent people-skills required. Negotiable salary, together with vehicle for work related hours. Hours normally 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. Accommodation not offered but an excellent salary and package is available for a highly skilled and qualified candidate. Top notch experience with checkable references and DBS disclosure. Start as soon as possible.
HEAD GARDENER/ESTATE MANAGER - TORONTO CANADA mid-town Toronto estate is seeking a full-time, year-round salaried Estate Gardener. YOU MUST BE LEGAL TO WORK IN CANADA OR SPEAK FLUENT FRENCH (which allows client to Sponsor application.)
The garden is internationally acclaimed and is maintained at the highest standards.
The candidate for this position will manage extensive perennial beds, a large lawn, vegetable gardens, and a naturalized ravine. He/she will oversee a full time seasonal Junior Gardener, and will manage numerous professionals, such as arborists, horticulturists, irrigation teams and lawn specialists who also service the garden.
The successful candidate will manage all inventories relevant to the garden, help to upkeep an extensive manual, keep to a clearly defined monthly schedule and manage all administration and expenditures relating to maintaining the garden.
The Head Gardener also ensures that the grounds including patios, decks and pool are always kept well-tended .
Extensive horticultural experience is required as is a minimum of 10 years working experience in a similar position. An in-depth knowledge of plant materials, plant and tree diseases, pruning strategies, soil conditions and watering needs will be required to succeed in this role. A strong work ethic and an understanding that gardening hours are erratic and seasonal, are also essential.
Preference will be given to candidates who have obtained a Master Gardner certificate.
Applicants should have a strong work ethic, strong English communication skills and the ability to anticipate needs and manage time effectively.
In addition, the applicant must maintain privacy and confidentiality at all times, exercising diplomacy, discretion and respecting appropriate boundaries. They must also have a professional personal presentation.
The applicant must possess, or be willing to obtain a valid, clean Ontario driver’s licence (class G) and must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
Excellent compensation and benefits for the appropriate candidate.
Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk
Nr STOWMARKET -SUFFOLK
HANDS ON ESTATE MANAGER & HOUSEKEEPER
Position in a rural village South of Stowmarket. The estate is newly refurbished and requires an experienced domestic couple to maintain and manage the house and grounds to a very high standard. 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 of the main house with servicing of the cottages when required. You will need to supervise ad-hoc cleaners as needed. Your duties will 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 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 house 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 and hard landscaping. You will be required 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. Gardening experience will therefore be necessary. 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.
SALARY IN THE REGION OF £55,000 GROSS PER ANNUM DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE.
2 DAYS OFF PER WEEK WITH PLENTY OF WEEKENDS. USE OF FURNISHED SEPARATE ACCOMODATION WITH UTILITIES PAID. NO DEPENDANT CHILDREN OR PETS AND STRICTLY NON-SMOKERS. BOTH MUST DRIVE. (HU3309)