Hampshire/Berkshire Border - Nr Basingstoke
Cook/Housekeeper/Driver/Grounds and Household Maintenance
Hampshire/Berkshire Border, Nr Basingstoke
Essential Requirements: Long term position, clean driving licence, experienced, professional couple, with great attention to detail, proactive and discreet, confident family cook who enjoys cooking, can follow recipes and care for the kitchen, capable to work as part of a team who are all long-term employees
A newly created vacancy for an experienced, energetic and flexible couple to join an established team on a small estate 50 mins from Central London. This is a 6-bedroom property in 200 acres with outbuildings including formal gardens (which are sometimes open to the public), woodland, pasture and a wonderful kitchen garden. This is the primary residence of the principals, but they do travel frequently.
All duties for the couple are interchangeable.
Cooking – Meal planning, preparation and cooking of fresh, healthy family meals. There is access to a large kitchen/vegetable garden for seasonal produce so lots of soups, vegetables and fruits are enjoyed. Weekly shopping of groceries, provisioning and organisation of household supplies. Family and friends visit on a regular basis and the principals enjoy entertaining. However, if required for larger or more formal entertaining, catering staff can be brought in, and you will be required to assist with service.
Housekeeping - To include assistance with daily cleaning, washing and ironing, care of antiques, fine furniture/ fabrics. Wardrobe management experience is a big plus, polishing shoes, ability to lay and serve at table is required. Care of flowers and plants.
Driving – Airport runs, meeting guests and occasional evening driving. General care of the cars i.e. fuel, checking tyres and valeting etc.
Gardening and Property Maintenance – Assisting with general garden maintenance, working alongside the garden team. Assist with maintenance of the kitchen garden and greenhouse. General property maintenance and organisation.
The principals have 2 small dogs & chickens who need to be fed. There are horses on the estate, but no care is required.
An opportunity to travel with the principals to other properties (Belgium, Italy & Switzerland) is optional.
SALARY – competitive, depending on experience. Suitable accommodation will be provided depending on the couples’ needs. 5 day working week with 2 days off, flexibility to cover some weekends will be required. Non-smokers, excellent checkable references and enhanced DBS Check will be required. Well behaved dog welcome. (HU3910)
This vacancy is also open to a single cook-housekeeper.
RURAL HAMPSHIRE - NR Basingstoke
RESIDENTIAL DOMESTIC COUPLE
Maintenance Grounds person/Handyperson/Security
RURAL HAMPSHIRE, Nr Basingstoke
Essential Requirements: Previous experience working in a domestic environment, clean driving licence, flexible, strictly Non smoker.
Family of four which includes 2 teenage children at boarding school/University, currently using this property as a permanent residence, in the long term it will revert back to being their weekend home.
The position requires a flexible couple who can demonstrate self sufficiency and autonomy.
The house has eight bedrooms and six bathrooms, and is completely refurbished and easy to keep immaculate. The housekeeper should have an eye for detail, be able to provision and manage the household and undertake the day to day housekeeping duties. These duties will include polishing silver and brass, polishing furniture, doing all the laundry including bedlinen and taking care of steaming more elaborate dresses/suits etc.
Between you, you will also deal with security, clean windows, clean the BBQ, manage external contractors, deal with suppliers and ideally have basic computer skills.
You may be asked to assist the principal with food preparation and possibly some light cooking, but this is not essential. Occasional entertaining will be for family and friends and on a relaxed basis.
Partner to care for swimming pool, tennis court, cleaning of cars and be able to tend the terraces, patio and undertake any maintenance duties around the property. You will need to lay and tend fires, manage the heating system and deal with any indoor maintenance as required. Also have to co ordinate the servicing of all cars and garden equipment.
There are large areas of lawns and at least 2 days per week will be spent cutting grass in the summer and 2 days dealing with leaves etc during winter months. Previous experience of using a chain saw and large pieces of garden equipment is essential. Contract gardeners are also employed, but any gardening knowledge and expertise highly appreciated. There are also Woodlands to keep tidy during Winter months.
Salary Negotiable depending on experience. Lovely one bedroom (large) self contained apartment, two days off per week usually Tuesday and Wednesday and use of a car. Sorry no dependent children or pets. (HU1538)