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Live-in Domestic Couple

Surrey, Competitive Salary

EHS #3715

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Opportunity for an experienced, energetic and flexible Domestic Couple to join a busy, formal family home of 4 with family pets based in Surrey. The position is for longevity and for the Couple to grow with the family.

This position requires a non-smoking Couple who are on the ball to work independently and alongside existing domestic staff to a very high standard. The position requires that the Couple work Sundays.  The Couple may be required to work during the holidays, although advanced notice will be given.  They will report to and take direction from the Head of House. The property consists of 7 bedrooms and 4 acres of garden which include a kitchen garden, a small greenhouse, shed, treehouse, cottage and tennis court.

Duties to include but are not limited to:

  • Housekeeping, vacuuming, cleaning, dusting and polishing, laundry, ironing, closet maintenance, polishing shoes, home-style cooking, garden and outdoor maintenance.
  • Knowledge and experience with silver, antiques and fine fabrics. Wardrobe management is a plus.
  • Laying a formal and informal table.
  • Family cooking and meal planning of healthy meals. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner - but not every day. Weekly shopping of groceries and household sundries.
  • Cooking during Spring, Summer and Winter holidays are busy when the family is in residence.
  • Assisting with dinner parties and formal events. For large dinner parties an outside chef is hired. The Couple will be required to assist in the kitchen, greeting guests and serving.
  • Garden maintenance - to work alongside a once a week gardener. The purpose is to become familiar with the garden so that they can help maintain the garden during the week. Knowledge of plants is a plus but not mandatory.  Maintaining the outside fire log, laying a fire, etc…
  • Help to plant and maintain kitchen garden and greenhouse.
  • Maintaining outbuildings and properties on site.
  • Groundsman and security duties, answering the door and telephone, dealing with tradesmen and following up.
  • Driving - it is essential both drive.
  • Household errands - shopping, collecting dry cleaning, school runs, delivery etc.
  • Animal care - 2 dogs - feeding, walking and vet appointments. There is a 12 year old Ridgeback who is getting on in her years. She is friendly and gentle. There is also a 4 year old Labrador that is playful and energetic and requires continuous training and exercise. There is a friendly pet snake. The children are responsible for looking after the snake under supervision.
  • Assisting with the 2 children, aged 15 and 12. This includes preparing healthy snacks, getting them involved in the kitchen, chores, projects and play (to include proxy parenting on occasion).

Both children board and are at home on the weekends and exeats. At the moment both children are at home learning online.

It is essential that neither candidate smokes. No dependants or pets. Spoken and written English is preferred.

Weekend work is essential. This is flexible with advance notice. Working days are usually Friday to Tuesday.  Working hours consist of one working 6.30am-6.30pm, and the other working 10.30am-10.30pm, with breaks during the day.There is an extended break once the family dinner is served and the employee would return to tidy up the kitchen and to let the dogs out before locking up.

Accommodation is provided consisting of a self-contained flat with bathroom and kitchen.  This is accessed via a separate entrance. The Couple may use the family car for work only.

There is a driver who works for the husband and is responsible for the maintenance of the cars. He often fills in as a handyman/garden support when required. The Couple will work as a team with the driver.

Salary: Highly Competitive

Start Date: Immediate 

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Live-in Domestic Couple

EHS #3715

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