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1 hr South of Bordeaux
Gardener, Grounds-Person/ Handyperson/Security/Driver/Housekeeper
Wonderful position in a very beautiful but rural part of South West France.
The small six-bedroom chateau is the holiday home of overseas owners. The family of five, which includes 3 adult children, currently use the property an average of 12 weeks during a year, mostly summer months and Christmas. Set in 40 hectares of land, with wonderful cycle rides, shooting and walking for people who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle.

This is a “lifestyle position” living in rural French countryside, but “on duty “ when the owners and their family are in residence. Outside these times generally maintaining and caring for the grounds and gardens, keeping the Chateau clean and aired and ensuring security of the property.

Duties between the couple will be general housekeeping – maintaining a clean interior and dealing with the laundry and shopping when the owners are in residence.
No specific cooking duties are required as the lady of the house loves to cook, but general kitchen assistance and help with occasional dinner parties is expected.
There are 3 acres of formal gardens with large areas of lawns, hedges and roses which must be maintained to a high standard.

You will need to drive the tractor to cut large areas of grassland, chainsaw work, strimming and caring for a potager and orchard. There is a pool and tennis court, the pool has a maintenance contract which will need supervising. Other duties will include caring for garden furniture, maintaining the 2 cars, doing the airport run and managing petty cash and household bills. Liaising with the owners by email and arranging local contractors when needed. DIY skills essential for the day to day routine maintenance of the property.
Lovely 2 bedroom house on the estate, with its own garden area. It is essential that the couple enjoy a rural lifestyle, are self sufficient and self directing and have previous experience working in domestic service. There are no pets on the property but a dog/cat is welcome.

Salary commensurate to experience WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF FRENCH ESSENTIAL. Both must drive due to rural location. (REF HU1556) Current couple of nine years highly recommend.

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