OXFORDSHIRE ( 5 miles South East of Oxford)
HOUSEKEEPER -COOK- DRIVER
GROUNDS & HANDYPERSON, ASST GARDENER- DRIVER- SECURITY
With travel to London house 1 day each week.
Approx 40-45 hrs per week- Five days 9-5/6pm
Experienced, self-sufficient, very flexible housekeeper is required for large family country house in Rural Oxfordshire. The role requires the housekeeper to work 4 days per week on the country estate near Oxford and 1 day per week in the London residence,
You will need to be a self-starter, very well organised and capable of planning and organising your own workload with ability to organise additional cleaning help when required to manage the workload in both residences, maintaining very high standards of cleanliness and presentation. Both properties are large and hence you will need to be fit and healthy.
The principals are based in London during the week and use the country house at weekends, they work from home and are mostly unavailable to supervise the running of the household due to their own work commitments. Essentially the principals would like to arrive in both places with the house looking immaculate, flowers in situ (usually arranged by the garden team), food in the fridge. Attention to detail is paramount and so you must be flexible, hands on in cleaning, used to fine fabrics and wardrobe management, laundry and good family cooking. Laundry of bed linens and shirts can go out to laundry services, but this all needs to be arranged and organised.
The children are at full time boarding school and university but are home for holidays. Most of the summer the family are away.
Cooking is at family level, fresh and healthy dishes that can be prepared and left to be heated. Dinner party cooking is not essential but very useful.
The principals are likely to entertain in London 1 evening per month, either a drinks or dinner party and you will be required to assist on these occasions. Overnight accommodation provided.
One weekend per month (if they have a country house party), you will be required to work and take 2 days off in lieu.
Partner to work as groundsman and assistant gardener, the property is Grade 11 listed in approx. 11 acres of formal and informal gardens. The estate is managed by a very experienced head gardener, your duties will include grass cutting, strimming, hedge trimming, garden machinery maintenance, pond and pool maintenance, care of spring and summer planting, border maintenance and renovations. You will need to have previous experience driving a tractor, ride on mower, use of a chain saw and large pieces of garden equipment ie strimmers and hedge cutters.
In addition you will be required to assist the housekeeper with internal high level cleaning, laying fires, care for fire places and attend to any in house minor repairs as required.
SALARY NEGOTIABLE DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE- FULL CLEAN DRIVING LICENCE ESSENTIAL. Basic computer skills and fluent English is required. In the short term, one bedroom apartment will be available currently being renovated, with open plan sitting/dining/kitchen area and separate bathroom/utility room. In the future a 2 bedroom will become available. ASAP Start.
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|Job Category||Full time, Live in|
|Duties||Housekeeping, grounds maintenance, driving, security|
|Accommodation||1-2 bedroom self contained new apartment|