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Live-in Domestic Couple

Suffolk, Salary circa £55,000 per annum

EHS #3427

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Overview

The principals are an English semi-retired married couple in their 60s. The small estate is south of Stowmarket in Suffolk, and comprises an 8 bed Georgian ex-rectory with two detached cottages for guests, outdoor pool, tennis court and pool house, 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.

This is the full-time residence for the principals, and guests stay on average once a month (in normal times!).

The Property Manager will be responsible for the supervision of all housekeeping and gardening staff.

The Domestic Couple will live in separate, furnished accommodation with heating, electricity, water, broadband and council tax paid. No pets or dependants. Non-smokers.

Core Duties/Requirements (not exhaustive)

General

  • The Couple will be responsible for maintaining the house and grounds to a very high standard
  • Min 5 years' experience of similar posts
  • Excellent English preferred
  • Clean driving licences – a car will be provided for business use, and occasional driving of principals’ cars to chauffeur them and their guests will be necessary
  • Flexible rotas to cover evenings/weekends where needed (eg when there are weekend guests)
  • Look after, walk and pick up after dogs

While the duties are separated below, they must be interchangeable as required by the principals. The Couple must work with the other staff seamlessly.

Housekeeper

  • Cleaning, laundry, ironing and shoe cleaning for principals and any house guests
  • Display cut flower arrangements from the gardens
  • Arrange dry cleaning
  • Take deliveries, messages
  • Oversee internal tradesmen
  • Meal planning with principal, shopping (mainly online) 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
  • Supervise ad-hoc cleaning

Property Manager

  • Staff management
  • Oversee security of the estate and act as first responder to alarms
  • General property maintenance
  • Manage petty cash
  • Arrange and oversee tradesmen (incl. window cleaning, pool)
  • Occasionally drive principals to/from airport/station/restaurant/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, lay/light/clear when necessary
  • Monitor supplies and re-order where necessary
  • Supplement in garden

Ideally to start 17th August, or as soon as possible thereafter

Salary:  depending on expectation - circa £55,000

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Live-in Domestic Couple

EHS #3427

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