Live-in Housekeeper/Cook

London, Belgravia, Salary £500 net per week

EHS #2934

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Live-in Private Cook/Housekeeper - London - Full-time or Shared

Working within a Private Household requires the utmost level of trust, loyalty, honesty, respect and discretion.  The previous Housekeeper was in service for over 12 years and will spend time with the successful candidate/s, passing on the family’s requirements.


We are looking for someone with a good work ethic and high levels of attention to detail; someone who will support the day-to-day lives of the single male Principal and his 2 adult children.  The Principal travels extensively and spends no more than 90 days a year in London.  One adult son lives at home, the other adult son visits regularly and stays for short periods of time.

You must be able to adapt to each family member, as the job requirements will vary.  It will be your responsibility to ensure the house is clean and tidy at all times, to clean bedrooms, bathrooms and shared living areas. You will manage the laundry that includes hand-washing and ironing, from shirts to bed linen, overseeing the wardrobes, dry-cleaning and general mending. Organise and clean the kitchen, shop to maintain adequate stock of food and household supplies along with meal planning, cooking or preparing for the family, when in residence, providing a varied diet with a focus on healthy eating.  At times they host friends and family in the evening and/or weekend.  You must have the ability and confidence to cater for up to 10 people for occasional dinner parties where serving may be necessary.  You will have additional help with larger social events.

There are miscellaneous tasks such as keeping an accurate account of expenditure and receipts, ensuring the house is secure at the end of each day, occasional flower arranging, caring for balcony/terrace plants, keeping outside steps clean, answering the door (deliveries) and telephone, engaging with tradespeople when necessary, and provide assistance for travel, including packing and unpacking suitcases.

A second cleaner (live-out) is employed six days a week (8 hours/3 days – 10 hours/3 days) and will work under your directive.

Person Requirements

  • Proven experience as a Housekeeper and Cook. Candidate must have at least three years of experience working in a similar role
  • Flexible and able to multi-task between the various responsibilities
  • Ability to work with little supervision and equally manage a high level of changing requests
  • You will have a good level of English and a current DBS check (or a willingness to have one)
  • You must be resident in the UK, have a valid work visa or passport to work in the UK and available for a face-to-face interview and trial
  • CV and supporting references are essential

Job Specification/Benefits

  • Accommodation: Bedroom with bathroom/shower
  • Meals: Whilst working
  • Salary: £500 per week (net), tax, NI and pension paid by employer
  • Hours required (home needs 24/7 coverage):
  • Full-time: 5 days/7 night week (house sitting). Generally an 8-12 hour day, two days off from 8.00-18.00.
  • Shared (pro rata):  one-week on/one-week off or 4 days one week, 3 days the following
  • Holiday:  28 days holiday per year to include bank holidays
  • House: 5 storeys, 6 bedroom house
  • Start Date: As soon as possible, but the family will wait for the right candidate
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Live-in Housekeeper/Cook

EHS #2934

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