Live-in Domestic Couple
South West Ireland, Salary €32,000 per person
This is a super role for a Domestic/Caretaker Couple who are comfortable in their own skin and would relish the experience of living and working on a private 60 acre Island in a sheltered bay, which is located a short distance from the mainland off the South West Coast of Ireland.
The current incumbent Couple have been in the position for 14 years of loyal service and are retiring in the Spring 2019. The private owner of the island (who lives overseas) is looking for a Couple who will enjoy the responsibility of caretaking and maintenance of the property, and who will fulfil the housekeeping, laundry, cooking duties when he is in residence, which is usually for 8-10 days at a time.
There are 3 full-time Gardeners who tend to the estate each day from 9:00am to early evening, during which time you will be able to leave the island to shop etc. This is very much about having a presence on the island at all times. Ideally you will be comfortable manoeuvring a boat which would allow you to travel the few minutes of safe water across to the mainland where you can leave your car in a secured area within a prestigious hotel location. There is, however, the Gardener's boat which does go back and forth if you lack the boat skills.
The Principal is looking for a warm welcome when he arrives, so you must ensure his apartment is clean and tidy and be prepared to cook all meals for him - including local fish. He has high standards of cleanliness and looks for meticulous laundry. He usually spends time there on his own but occasionally is accompanied by his wife.
Your accommodation consists of a 2-bedroom apartment with kitchen and bathroom.
This is not a role for those who enjoy a sociable life - it is remote from the point of view nobody else lives on the island, and the winter months can seem long. However, you work 5 days per week and once on the mainland, you are only a short drive to the nearest town, and 2 hours to Cork airport. Please note that when the Principal is in residence, you work straight through with no days off but the maximum time of his stay is usually 10 days and this is only 3-4 times per year.
It is possible that there will be a couple of dogs joining the island so preferable that you are also comfortable looking after dogs and taking care of them.
Days off: 2 during the week
Salary: €32,000 per person (€64,000 gross)
Start Date: Spring 2019