Our Clients are seeking an experienced Live-in Domestic Couple to work at Ardington House, a Georgian manor house near Oxford with a successful and growing wedding business. The Couple are required to look after the House and those using it for Events.
Housekeeping – The majority of time will be spent with housekeeping duties (cleaning, laundry, bed-changing, looking after house guests). The House has 12 bedrooms and there is also an event marquee in the grounds.
House Maintenance – Experience with light house maintenance (small fixes and painting) would be desirable and the housekeeping Couple would be expected to monitor problems and find solutions for day-to-day maintenance issues at the House, including management of tradespeople.
Event Operations – Working closely with the House Manager to organise all Event preparations, including setting up the House and marquee to a specific plan, liaising with wedding suppliers, carrying equipment, moving furniture, post-event damage and stock checks, and arranging of event deliveries and collections.
Events – Ardington House has a busy events schedule (typically 40-50 events per year) and is particularly busy during the wedding season which runs from April until October. During this period, weekend and evening work will be required, with days off to be taken on weekdays. Events are run by an Event Manager, but the housekeeping Couple will need to work on rota on event days to provide hosting, coordinate with the catering and event management teams, assist with arrivals and departures of guests, and to secure the House during events (weddings take place in the Marquee and once guests have moved to the Marquee, it is the housekeepers’ responsibility to monitor access to the House, which is provided only to overnight guests).
Other - When the family is in residence, occasional cooking, driving (one driving licence is essential), shopping and waitering will be required. There is a full gardening team, but occasional garden, pool and tennis court maintenance work may be required. Ability to assist in the events office to cover holidays of the events team would also be a bonus.
FLEXIBLE WORKING ARRANGEMENTS
This position will only suit a housekeeping Couple willing to work a very flexible schedule. Hours are long during the peak wedding season period (typically involving weekend work) and shorter during the off-season period. Overtime hours can be accumulated during the peak season and then used for time off in lieu (TOIL) during the off-season period. This job will, therefore, be ideally suited to Couples who wish to travel or take extended periods off during the winter period.
Hours: 5 days per week, predominantly 9:00–17:30 with one hour off for lunch.
Salary: £44,000 (joint) per annum gross + £5,000 (each) end of season bonus + Pension contribution
Accommodation: Self-contained flat, fully furnished and spacious within the House, with all bills and WiFi included. There is an outdoor swimming pool and tennis court, which staff are permitted to use when clients are not in residence. (Employer will pay council tax, electricity, gas, Wi-Fi and heating)