Massey's Agency
Published
24th September 2019
Location
Banbury, United Kingdom
Category
Job Type
Reference Number
7866
Basic Salary
£neg - depending on experience
The Household
2 adults
Working Days
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Working Hours
Vary according to owners needs
Start Date
ASAP

Description

This couple are looking for an experienced domestic couple to look after their home that they visit primarily at weekends and occasional other use in summer weeks.

They typically arrive Friday evening and leave Sunday late afternoon. Most of the time they are alone although there is no set pattern, on average once, and max twice, a month they may have lunch or dinner parties (6-18 people) and maybe 8-10 times a year weekend guests (2-12 at a time). The household style is informal but done to a high standard. There are dogs (setters) and a cat to be looked after but the care is shared with gardeners.

Housekeeper would need to work  at weekends when the owners are in residence and this could include evenings for dinner clearing.

The days and hours otherwise are flexible as long as the job is done well.

The housekeeper is responsible for day to day smooth running of the house. All normal housekeeping elements, bed turn downs,cleaning, tidying, laundry, fire setting, washing up, shopping, flowers, household admin present, although given pattern of the house usage these are often relatively light. House has art and antiques. Supervising of maintenance jobs when needed.

Cooking is not absolutely necessary though an attractive option.

Assistance with food prep, drinks pouring , food serving and other hospitality related efforts important.

Driving is necessary as the house is in the country. Occasional driving for train station or airport pickups and drop offs of guests also needed.

The owners also have a large chalet in Switzerland (7 bedrooms with a separate 1 bed staff quarters adjacent) which they use 5-6 times a year for weekend/long weekend or week/10 day stays including new year.

They typically have family and other house guests which can mean up to 18 people staying. The housekeeper would travel out a day or two ahead of these visits to prepare the chalet, look after the party during residence ( cleaning/ laundry/ tidying/ shopping/assistance with meal prep/serving and washing up in the evenings) and stay a day or two later to clean up and close up. These are probably the busiest and longest days involved in the job.  No language skills needed.

The job requires hard working , long hours and intensity when hospitality being given, but it is very quiet and flexible much of the time when owners not around or no guests.

House manager/handyman/gardener

Duties can be adjusted to fit experience but would ideally include

 

1 Responsible for the management and maintenance of the Estates property, mechanical/electrical/plumbing/media and physical assets (main house, stable block and outbuildings, pool house, swimming pool, tennis court, gates and security cameras and systems) as well as owners London residence.

2 Housekeeper assistance as needed (eg heavy items like furniture moving, light bulb replacements if high, log restocking in house)

3 entertaining support of housekeeper - assistance in kitchen and serving at dinner parties and other entertainment events. Potentially cooking duties for some dinner/ lunch parties.

4 cars/driving - valeting owners car, occasional driving (airport/train station etc)

5 pet care duties shared with housekeeper (and other garden staff on your days off)

6 Verbier support with housekeeper

7 Responsible for lawns,garden/herb area and patios around house.

8 Garden/Estate/Arboretum duties as time allows

Duties as part of garden team as needed, may include assistance on open days, estate maintenance (machinery, equipment, fencing, irrigation) , vegetable and fruit cultivation , mowing etc. It’s hard to tell how much time free for this. It may be ad hoc or may be taking responsibility for entire areas like irrigation, mowing of paths and deer fencing in arboretum.

 

Expect duties to be hands on wherever possible ( eg painting, gutter clearing, simple mechanical and electrical, log cutting etc) supplemented by commissioning/supervision of contractors on an economical basis where necessary if complex or specialist skills etc.

 

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