Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk
Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk
Essential Requirements: Previous Private House Experience Required (Minimum of 5 years WITH LONGEVITY IN PREVIOUS POSITIONS), Drivers Licence. Capable to manage a small team. Good team players. Discreet, focused and self-sufficient with high end service background
ESTATE MANAGER & SENIOR HOUSEKEEPER
Exceptional first-class couple, required for this position in a rural village South of Stowmarket. This immaculate estate is newly refurbished and requires a very experienced, senior domestic couple to maintain and manage the house and grounds to a very high standard. A second couple will be employed who will report to you, but it is essential that you are both hands on to ensure 7 day per week cover between the 2 couples.
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 function of the main house with servicing of the cottages as and when required. You will be able to delegate duties to the assistant housekeeper when recruited, but your duties will also 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 prep/assistance 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 Estate 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, but at the same time have the management skills to lead the team of 6.
You will be required when needed 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. 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.
TOP SALARY IN THE REGION OF £80,000 PLUS PER ANNUM DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE.
2 DAYS OFF PER WEEK WORKING ON A ROTA WITH SECOND COUPLE.
LARGE DETACHED IMMACULATE 2 BEDROOM FURNISHED, SEPARATE ACCOMODATION WITH OWN GARDEN & UTILITIES PAID.
SORRY NO DEPENDANT CHILDREN AND STRICTLY NON-SMOKERS. BOTH MUST DRIVE. ONE WELL BEHAVED DOG MAY BE CONSIDERED BUT NO CATS (HU3309)
JOB REF: HU3309