HANDS ON ESTATE MANAGEMENT COUPLE
Exp Gardener, handyperson, driver, housekeeper and family cook.
Duties are interchangeable
Essential Requirements - Previous experience working as a domestic couple on a country estate.
Pro active, self sufficient, diligent, discreet and responsible couple who work together with minimal supervision. Child friendly – both to drive. Computer literate.
A lovely position for a couple who work well together using their own initiative and seek a long term lifestyle position in a rural and very beautiful setting.
The property is an eight-bedroom country house in 8 acres of land. A small country estate with additional small cottages which are occasionally used by visiting family members. The family of five which includes 3 children ( between 14-10yrs) live full time overseas but use this property as their holiday home approx 10 weeks per year. Usually, 8 weeks during summer months and 2 weeks at Christmas.
The current couple of 13 yrs will shortly retire and this wonderful opportunity for a long term country loving, autonomous and self-sufficient couple becomes available. The property stands in a quiet and peaceful setting in a secluded valley in an unspoilt area of South Devon, close to the coast and approx 30 mins drive to the city.
An experienced gardener is essential to this role, 8 acres of beautifully landscaped mature gardens and grounds with sloping gardens, lawns, informal and formal flower beds, woodland and pasture.
The maintenance of the grounds and gardens, lake, stream and general maintenance of the driveway, paths, outbuildings are all part of the role.
You will need to have experience with the maintenance and operating of garden machinery, which includes a tractor, ride on mower, hedge trimmers, chain saw and leaf blowers. Strong DIY skills are required to maintain and manage this property.
The housekeeper will manage the cleaning, laundry, ironing, bed changing, errands and shopping mainly when the family are in residence. Essential that you are child friendly and be willing to drive the children to local activities when required and babysit occasionally.
Ideally one of the couple will cook and be able to prepare simple fresh family meals when they are in residence.
Additional duties will incorporate.
Feeding and care of peacocks and ducks
Security and alarm monitoring.
Driving when the family are in residence ie Airport runs, children’s activities, errands and shopping.
Organisation and supervision of contractors, tradespeople and deliveries
Management of Household and Estate purchases / budgets, record keeping etc.
Salary Negotiable depending on experience. Self contained 2 bedroom cottage separate to the main house. Monday to Friday with weekends off. The working days are longer when the family are in residence with opportunity to take time back during their absence. Both must drive own car a plus, a car is available for business use. Well behaved pet welcome, but sorry no dependant children. START DATE MAY 2023 with a handover period with current couple (HU3984)