Domestic Couple

Suffolk, Attractive Salary

EHS #2638

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Our clients, a British couple who are now semi-retired, have recently purchased a large property in Suffolk and now require a live-in Domestic Couple to support the day-to-day household duties and maintain the property standards.  There are no children and four days of the week one of the principals will be working in London.  Although they do not currently have dogs, they would like to acquire them in the near future, therefore, the Domestic Couple must be animal friendly and used to working in households with dogs. Most of the time only the principals will be in residence, but weekend guests are likely to be there maybe once or twice a month.

The residence is an 8 bed Georgian ex-rectory with two detached cottages for guests, outdoor pool and tennis court, and a detached 4 bed farmhouse with equestrian facilities set in 50 acres of paddocks, lawns, and formal gardens.  It is located on the edge of a small village in a rural setting.

There are no other staff, bar a Gardener.

The Domestic Couple must have:

  • 5 years' experience within a similar post
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Clean driving licence and confident to drive in a countryside setting.
  • Flexible rotas to cover evenings and weekends where needed (eg when there are weekend guests)
  • Move into main house when principals are on holiday
  • Comfortable with dogs.
  • Familiarity with horses an advantage
  • No smoking in buildings or vehicles
  • No live-in dependants

While the duties are separated below, the Couple must work together and with the existing Gardener seamlessly.


  • Daily - clean and tidy main rooms (ground floor and master suite), change towels, extended to other accommodation when there are guests
  • Weekly - clean rest of main house, change bedding
  • Monthly (and before/during/after use by guests) - clean cottages
  • Display cut flower arrangements, working with the Gardener to ensure availability from the gardens
  • Laundry, ironing and shoe cleaning for principals and any house guests
  • Arrange dry cleaning
  • Take deliveries, messages
  • Oversee internal tradesmen
  • Meal planning with principal, shopping for groceries for principals and their guests
  • Occasional informal cooking for the principals and house guests
  • Assist with larger dinner parties and other events occasionally


  • General property maintenance
  • Manage domestic finances, place orders, pay bills
  • Arrange and oversee tradesmen (including window cleaning, pool, tennis court)
  • Oversee security of the estate particularly when principals are absent
  • Occasionally drive principals to/from station/restaurant/airport/etc
  • Clean and generally look after cars (currently 3 plus staff car) and motorbikes (currently 2), arrange repairs/servicing
  • Maintain stock of logs for open fires, light/clear when necessary
  • Monitor oil supplies and re-order
  • Monitor septic tank and arrange emptying
  • Manage weekly wheelie bin collection and keep the bins clean, and trips to recycling centre

Work with, and supplement, the existing Gardener to cover:      

  • Maintain and enhance lawns, beds, hedges, vegetable plot, cut flower bed, pond, greenhouse
  • Maintain garden machinery and arrange repairs/servicing

Accommodation: Newly refurbished and fully furnished four bed farmhouse (located 400m from the main house with its own access) with heating, electricity, water, and council tax paid.  Pets will be considered. A car will be provided.

Salary: to present with expectation.

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Domestic Couple

EHS #2638

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