Head Housekeeper (maternity)

Surrey, Virginia Water, Salary £40,000+ per annum

EHS #2952

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Maternity Cover - Head Housekeeper

An 8 bedroomed property in Virginia Water are looking for an experienced live-out Head Housekeeper to join a lovely team which consists of an Estate Manager, Senior Housekeeper (new role currently recruiting), and three/four other Housekeepers. We are looking for someone with housekeeping and service experience, plus experience of taking care of UHNW individuals in private households or on-board yachts.  The ideal candidate is happy to be very hands on and good at multitasking while leading and managing the other Housekeepers and supporting the Estate Manager.

The property is residence to a nice informal Russian owner who mostly uses the house and grounds for relaxation at weekends. They enjoy cooking gourmet food for their friends and when entertaining need assistance with informal service, support and organisation from the Housekeepers.

The role is to cover the current Head Housekeeper's maternity leave initially until Spring/early Summer 2020.


  • Daily cleaning & deep cleaning
  • Running errands such as dry cleaning and occasional trips to London to pick up items
  • Local shopping
  • Greeting guests
  • Ensuring the house is guest ready at all times
  • Leading, managing and motivating the team of Housekeepers
  • Ensuring excellent communication and handovers between shifts are maintained
  • Covering for the Estate Manager when on holiday
  • Informal food/drink service, setting up for meals
  • Wardrobe management
  • Assisting in the kitchen and washing up
  • Assisting at occasional events and parties organised by the Estate Manager
  • Laundry of fine linens and clothing
  • Dog and cat care
  • Admin duties such as responsibility for rotas and setting daily/weekly/monthly task lists etc.
  • Managing petty cash accounts and credit card receipts
  • Working closely with other heads of department, Head Gardener, Head of Security
  • Working closely with the maintenance company to take care of day-today maintenance and repairs

Ideal Candidate

  • Yachting/Chalet/similar Household experience desired
  • Driver (house car available to use on errands)
  • Flexible and happy to multitask
  • Preferably fluent English (non-Russian speaking)
  • Non-smoker
  • Pet friendly
  • Ability to thrive under pressure – household can be fast paced at times
  • Must be strong and level headed, able to lead, prioritise and work efficiently
  • Good laundry experience
  • Service experience and an interest in formal service and fine food and wine is useful


Salary: £40K + with a £15% bonus annually DOE

Start Date: ASAP

Holiday: 20 days plus bank holidays in lieu if worked

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9 hours a day (some flexibility may be required with good notice)

Accommodation: Not provided – own transport required as house is not near public transport

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Head Housekeeper (maternity)

EHS #2952

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