Full Time


£25,000 Gross per annum

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Duns, Scottish Borders
Shooting Estate - Rural Location

A Live-in Asst housekeeper/cleaner is required to join this fully staffed rural residence in the Scottish Borders.  Employed to ensure that the Lodge is maintained to the highest standard possible. The Lodge should always be kept in a state of preparation for occupancy, allowing for family/guests to arrive at short notice. It is, therefore, essential that the standard of service, cleaning and general maintenance of the Lodge is impeccable.

When the Principals are in residence, then general day to day duties of maintaining the Lodge in good, clean working order, thereby ensuring correct standards and practices are maintained.  Paying particular attention to their personal requirements.

When the Principals are not in residence then general day to day duties of maintaining the Lodge in good, clean working order, thereby ensuring correct standards and practices are maintained. They should develop a well-ordered routine for daily tasks during family visits, and an in-depth programme to include specific tasks when the house is unoccupied.   This is working alongside another Housekeeper and other household staff, whilst maintaining a sunny and upbeat and professional disposition.

This is a beautiful shooting estate, and staff must be comfortable with taxidermy in the Lodge.

Must be able to drive.  Please note this role is in the Borders of Scotland with the nearest village being 10 minutes drive away.

Hours of Work

Principals not in residence: 08:00 to 16:00 with 5 days on and 2 days off out of 7.  Generally, Mon – Fri.

Principals in residence: Whatever hours are required to fulfil the criteria of the position. It is understood that weekends will be worked when Principals are in residence.

Duties (not an exhaustive list)

General Responsibilities (During Family Visits):

  • Reporting to Housekeeper as line manager
  • Laundering as follow:
    • Family and guest laundry
    • Bed and table linen
    • To take clothes/linen to the dry cleaners as instructed
    • Bed linen should be changed at least every four days or more frequently when necessary, and on changeover of guests
  • Turn down procedure when family/guests in residence:
    • Curtains closed, lights on and beds turned down
  • When family in residence bottled water to be placed in suites and replenished as and when required (sometimes twice daily)
  • Cleaning, vacuuming, and laying of fires within the lodge
  • Laundry, Boot Room, Gun Room, Drying Room (and associated areas) to be kept clean and tidy at all times
  • Care of outdoor clothing in the Boot Room
  • Driving for shopping and other Estate duties as required
  • Organising and managing private Lodge functions and shoot lunches in association with Estate Management and relevant staff

General Responsibilities (between visits):

  • Reporting to Housekeeper as line manager
  • Maintain a programme of thorough, regular, ‘Spring Cleaning’ throughout the Lodge
  • Polishing and buffing of the wooden floors with the help of other Lodge staff
  • The cleaning of the inside of the windows including their thresholds
  • All taps should be turned on and run and toilets flushed at least once a week
  • Reporting and responsible to the House Manager/Factor on all administrative matters
  • Ensure the cleaning products and toiletry storerooms are sufficiently stocked.
  • Close communication with Housekeeper and House Manager
  • Monitor the house perimeter and ensure that paintwork and window ledges are kept clean and cobweb free and that pathways are swept and tidy at all times
  • Security: Report any incident details to the House Manager
  • Flower arranging and care of houseplants
  • Additional lodges – should be kept clean and tidy at all times as used for overflow / additional accommodation
  • Assist with ensuring the lunch huts are clean and tidy, fires are working and firewood available prior to the shoot season starting in August.

This is a full-time long-term position – salary circa £25,000 Gross per annum, 28 days annual leave, statutory pension scheme and 2 bedroom self contained separate accommodation with all utilities paid. DRIVER WITH OWN CAR ESSENTIAL. (HU3971)




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