Surrey, Salary circa £50,000-£55,000 gross per annum
Our Client, with a Country house in Surrey, require an experienced, energetic Domestic Couple who can act in the capacity of Head Housekeeper/Gardener. There is also a Head Gardener employed, so the Couple must be able to work alongside him to ensure that the outside duties are completed to a high standard.
This is a hands-on role, so both individuals within the role must but be meticulous and have good energy levels.
You will be working alongside various other staff members and will report to the Estate Manager.
The estate is over 40 acres and comprises of formal herbaceous borders, hedging, lawns, lakes and water features, woodland, hard standing areas, a greenhouse, orchard and topiary.
The main house has 10 bedrooms, and there are also 2 smaller houses off site that will be the responsibility of the Domestic Couple to keep these clean and prepared for family visits from time to time. Transport will be provided for this.
The Principal is not permanently resident and the year is split into two working modes:
In winter the Principal is not often resident and makes infrequent visits. During this time, maintenance, building and repair work is done, and the pace of work is more relaxed.
During the summer the Principal and family visit for longer periods of time and it is exceptionally busy. You need to be completely flexible and robust in order to cope with the extra demands. During this period additional cleaning staff and a Chef are taken on to help maintain 5* standards.
As a Couple you must be able to interact with people of different ages and from different cultures empathetically. Whist cooking is not essential, it will be a plus.
It is essential that you both have a driving licence as there will be the occasional driving from time to time. The Principal is looking to make a long-term placement.
You will need to be willing to undergo a DBS check and also a basic medical examination.
Days of work: Monday to Saturday when the Principal is in residence, and Monday to Friday when the Principal is not resident, a quick check of the household on a Saturday morning will suffice. When the Principal is resident complete flexibility is required (days off will be given in lieu).
You will report directly to the Estate Manager.
Accommodation: A beautiful, rent-free, furnished 3 bedroom cottage
Start date: can be flexible
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm
Salary: circa £50,000-£55,000 gross per annum, paid monthly. Discretionary performance bonus.