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)
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 two eldest adult children come and go) and one teenager who is at boarding school and two 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 two 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 accommodation mid 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 and have your own car for personal use. Well behaved dog welcome. (HU3631)