RURAL NORTH BEDFORDSHIRE
RURAL NORTH BEDFORDSHIRE
(7 miles to Bedford)
HOUSEKEEPER/GROUNDS & MAINTENANCE PERSON/DRIVER/SECURITY
Essential Requiements: Flexible, proactive, forward thinking couple who work well together.
Genuine Animal and country lovers. Long term, family oriented, team players. ONE must drive. Fluent English.
Part residence home of a busy professional couple with adult children. The owners live in London and travel abroad frequently. This position requires a self sufficient couple who can between them oversee the daily maintenance and running of this beautiful Manor house, outbuildings and separate guest cottage to a high standard. Duties are interchangeable.
Grounds/General Household responsibilities
Working week: 5 days Monday to Friday, occasional weekend cover may be requested by negotiation. Accom 2 bed gate lodge, with small garden.
SALARY NEGOTIABLE DEPENDING ON PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE (HU4094)
Housekeeper -Family Cook- Property Maintenance- Gardener-Driver-Security
Essential Requirements – Dog lovers, ability to make the lovely accommodation home.
Caretakers of the property during the owner’s absence. Duties are interchangeable.
An experienced, proactive and self-sufficient domestic couple are required to manage and care for a well-maintained country house in a village location. The principals are a mature professional couple who travel frequently and thus require the resident couple to oversee security of the property and care for 2 very friendly dogs.
Duties and experience required
Housekeeping – including cleaning, washing and ironing.
Family cooking – fresh, light, healthy using good quality ingredients.
Shopping, errands to include post office, dry cleaning etc.
Dog care – 2 medium size, friendly dogs - feeding, walking, vet visits and total care when the owners are away.
Gardening - Care and management of informal country style gardens, lawns and some pasture.
Property Maintenance – General DIY indoor and outdoor, care of machinery and organisation of any specialist contractors as required.
Security and caretaking of the property in the owner’s absence.
Care of the vehicles, occasional driving to include airport runs, organisation of servicing/MOT etc.
Primarily a Monday to Friday position, however when the owners are not in residence the 2 dogs need to be cared for. Essential that you are dog lovers and willing to accept their care even during your time off. The vacancy is best suited to a couple who will make the accommodation their home.
Salary circa £70,000 Gross, but negotiable depending on previous experience. Use of a self-contained beautiful furnished cottage in the grounds but set apart from the main house. (HU4038)
EAST FRANCE, CLOSE TO SWISS BORDER
GUARDIEN ESTATE COUPLE
French speaker essential
Gardener, grounds/ handyperson/Security/Driver/Housekeeper
Essential Requirements: One must speak good level of French, driver essential.
Previous experience working in a similar role. Motivated, self-sufficient, discreet and responsible persons. Dog lovers essential.
The 19th century mansion in 3 hectares of gardens is the weekend home of a business man based in Paris. The property is used Friday to Sunday each week, mainly by the principal with occasional visits from his 4 adult children and between October and January for up to 10 guests who stay for the local shoots during the season.
The current couple have been employed for 10 yrs plus and will shortly retire.
The housekeeper will be responsible for the day-to-day general housekeeping – maintaining a clean interior and dealing with the laundry, washing and ironing and shopping.
Fresh healthy family style home cooking, capable to follow a recipe. External caterers are available for 2 large parties per year, one at the end of the shoot season and the 2nd during the summer months in the gardens.
There are 3 hectares of well-established gardens with large areas of lawns, hedges and trees. There is also a “Jardin Potager” all will need to be maintained, mowing, strimming, clearing broken branches and generally maintaining the grounds.
Other duties will include caring for garden furniture, maintaining the cars, doing the airport and train station run and managing petty cash and household bills. Liaising with the owner by email and arranging local contractors when needed.
Good DIY skills essential for the day-to-day routine maintenance of the property.
There are 2 medium size dogs on the property which you will need to care for, so dog lovers are essential.
Fully refurbished separate house in the grounds of the property, 3 rooms on 2 levels. It is essential that the couple are self-sufficient, and self-directing and have previous experience working in domestic service.
Salary 6,000 Euros Gross per month. WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF FRENCH AND DRIVER ESSENTIAL. (HU4077)
Experienced domestic couple with at least 7 yrs. in a similar position, is required to have sole care and responsibility of this large property (1,500 m2) throughout the year. Primarily a holiday home, used by the principals and their family, guests and friends at periods throughout the year but mainly summer months. The property stands in one acre of gardens and a part time gardener is employed. This is a large property and physical fitness and energy is essential for the role.
Main duties between the couple are
· Cleaning and maintenance of all rooms, bathrooms, and communal areas
· Laundry and ironing
· Light cooking if required
· Provisioning – shopping management
· Receive and serve guests
· Contact service providers and suppliers
· Accounts reporting and management
· General maintenance of the property to include external cleaning, equipment maintenance, painting, minor repairs, pool, and HVAC & solar panel maintenance.
· Car valeting
· Security of the property
· Ensure correct functioning of all equipment and automation.
Both must be very well presented and offer high end service, maintain the property in a spotless condition and be ready to receive the principals or their guests at any time. When the principals visit, they usually bring a team of staff with them, which includes 2 housekeepers, a chef and nanny.
SALARY 3,000 Euros per month. 2 BEDROOM SEPARATE HOUSE ON THE PROPERTY WILL BE PROVIDED. FIRST CLASS WRITTEN REFERENCES ARE REQUIRED – STRICTLY NON-SMOKERS AND NO PETS OR DEPENDANT CHILDREN. Ideally both to drive. Fluent English essential, Portuguese a bonus but not essential. Pls note when the principals are in residence you will work a 6-day week and take time back when they are away.
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