Barnet, Hertfordshire

Full Time

A private spacious newly refurbished 2-bedroom flat is provided within the Main House.


Job Ref:

Job Categories:
Cook Jobs
Housekeeper Jobs

Barnet Hertfordshire
Essential Requirements – Previous experience of housekeeping and cooking in a private family home. Good team player. Fluent English, well presented, Driver and Non-Smoker essential. Ability to work Tuesday to Sunday with flexibility for longer hours when the client is in residence.

Experienced housekeeper required for privately-owned Palladian Mansion, located just outside Barnet and set in 250 acres of parkland.  The house is used both as a private part time residence and let out for both filming and private corporate events.

We are looking for an experienced hands-on housekeeper/cook to join our small and friendly team. Reporting to the General Manager, you will be responsible for day-to-day housekeeping duties along with another daily housekeeper. Cooking will be for the family, fresh, simple family level for small numbers.

The successful applicant will come from a housekeeping background and will be able to demonstrate a flexible approach and excellent attention to detail. It would be helpful if you were computer literate and can use email and also have some knowledge of alarm and phone systems.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. To be responsible for the security of the house and to ensure a member of staff is in the house at all times.
  2. Arrange the house staff rota to ensure there is cover at all times.
  3. Keep an accurate record of petty cash expenditure and add to the monthly accounting spreadsheet.
  4. Ensuring that all areas of the house are clean and free of dust on a daily basis.
  5. Cleaning/care of antique furniture and paintings. Advise General Manager of any items requiring specific attention or repair.
  6. Making sure all bedrooms are kept clean and tidy and beds are made.
  7. Ensuring all private and communal bathrooms/lavatories are kept clean and that high levels of hygiene are maintained.
  8. Making sure that all general medicines/First Aid kits are kept stocked and within their ‘use by’ dates.
  9. Checking all cleaning supplies are kept stocked, maintaining a stock list and advising if anything needs to be purchased.
  10. Care and basic maintenance of all cleaning and laundry equipment and areas. Report any issues to the General Manager/Houseman.
  11. Care and cleaning of silverware/brass using the correct methods as requested.
  12. Laundering of clothes and bed linen.
  13. Dealing with any contractors, workmen or visitors as required.
  14. Working with other staff members to ensure that security within the house and grounds is maintained.
  15. Work weekends and occasional Bank Holidays as required to ensure the house is not left empty.

Cook role (when family in residence)

  1. Prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner when the principals are in residence.
  2. Serve meals/refreshments/snacks as requested.
  3. To cook for small informal & occasional family dinner parties as requested.
  4. To use fresh, healthy ingredients in cooking where possible, as per the family’s dietary requirements.
  5. To manage the kitchen and larder areas and ensure that they are kept clean and tidy and high levels of hygiene are maintained at all times.
  6. Ensure all refuse bins, recycling and food waste is dealt with correctly.
  7. Purchase food and ensure minimum wastage by ensuring kitchen supplies are sourced and managed efficiently.
  8. Liaise with the principals and the House Manager to plan menus.
  9. Ensure all household fridges and freezers are cleaned and well organised.
  10. Occasional informal meal for staff during filming and events.
  11. Work with the gardening team to ensure that produce grown on the estate is used where possible.

Hours of Work:

  • From 9am to approx. 5pm, when the owners are not in residence but flexible for longer hours when they are.
  • Generally, the Housekeeper will be required to work 5 days a week, and most weekends. Wednesday and Thursday will be the two days off each week. One weekend per month off per month will be agreed in advance.


  • A private spacious newly refurbished 2-bedroom flat is provided within the Main House.
  • All services are provided for with the exception of phone calls.


SALARY NEGOTIABLE depending on previous experience. Partner to follow own occupation and dog accepted and welcome. ASAP Start (HU3630)





By signing up to Hutchinsons Domestic Staff you are agreeing to our Standard Terms and Conditions and consenting to Hutchinsons Domestic Staff processing your personal details in relation to potential job vacancies.

Your privacy is important to us. Please click here for our Privacy Policy which explains the purposes for which we will use your personal information and the ways in which we will handle and retain your information. It also explains the rights you have in relation to your information, and how to contact us with any queries or requests.

Dedicated to pairing our clients with the very best candidates