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Domestic Couple

Suffolk, Stowmarket, Attractive Salary

EHS #2826

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The principals are an English semi-retired married couple in their 60s without children.  They have the need for staff to maintain this prestige property to a very high standard. 

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.  It is likely that the principal will acquire dogs in the near future.  One of the principals works 4 days a week in London.

There are two Gardeners who will continue.

The recently purchased estate is south of Stowmarket in Suffolk, and comprises 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.  All the accommodation has recently been redecorated/refurbished.

The 4 bed farmhouse is currently provided as accommodation for sole occupancy by the Couple.  This is recently refurbished, fully furnished with heating, electricity, water, and council tax paid.  Pets may be considered.

Core Duties/Requirements

General

  • Min 5 years' experience of similar posts
  • Preferably very good English
  • Clean driving licences – a car will be provided for business purposes, and occasional driving of principals’ cars to chauffeur them and their guests will be necessary.
  • Flexible rotas to cover occasional evenings/weekends where needed (eg when there are weekend guests)
  • Move into main house when principals are on holiday
  • Look after, walk and pick up after 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 Gardeners seamlessly

Housekeeper

  • Clean and tidy main rooms (ground floor and master suite) daily, extended to other accommodation when there are guests
  • Clean rest of main house, change bedding, towels to agreed schedule
  • Clean the two cottages and the pavilion weekly, and more frequently when in use
  • 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

Houseman

  • Assisting the Housekeeper with cleaning duties
  • General property monitoring and maintenance
  • Manage domestic finances, place orders, pay bills
  • Arrange and oversee tradesmen (including window cleaning, pool)
  • 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/MOT
  • 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
  • Holiday cover for existing Gardener

Hours: Monday to Friday, weekends to be flexible when the client is in residence

Salary: to present with salary expectation

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Domestic Couple

EHS #2826

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