Siena, Italy – Domestic Couple Job – Handyman / Gardener / Housekeeper

Location Italy
Sector Private Households & Estates
Job Role Couple
Job Type Permanent vacancy
Salary Negotiable
Job Number  44067
Created 09 August 2017


Our client, a professional couple, are seeking to hire a new domestic couple to manage their property in Italy. You shall be taking over from their previous couple of 8 years who are leaving due to an international relocation.


This small yet beautiful estate consists of a main villa, a separate custodian’s house and numerous other outbuildings, within a three acre garden, surrounded by about 20 acres of mature woodland and double this amount of parkland. The house is maintained for solely private use and is not let at any time during the year. The estate includes beautiful formal gardens with significant rose and peony plantings. There is also a small fruit garden, and a vegetable garden. No agricultural crops are grown in the parkland, this being put to grass. It is more about maintenance now than planting and nurturing.


The family visits often for long weekends and the odd week during the year and then also for longer stays extending to a month at Christmas and three months during the summer. The house is used as a private second home and hence the social life of the house is limited. The property is managed through an Italian company through which administration expenses, employment contracts, vehicle ownership, etc., are organised.


This is a general housekeeping and house maintenance role. The position does not require any cooking as the family are passionate cooks. In any case, kitchen help is required for occasional dinner party preparation and clearing away.


Duties include but are not limited to

  • General Housekeeping duties, cleaning, laundry and ironing

  • Cleaning of household silver

  • Care, repair and maintenance of antiques, rugs, furniture etc

  • Managing waste and household rubbish and pest control

  • General maintenance, decoration and repair

  • Household provisioning and errand running

  • Must be a lover of dogs – 5 dogs in the house, 2 on site permanently

  • General garden maintenance throughout the year; weeding, seeding, planting, maintenance, lawn care, mowing, feeding, clipping, trimming, shaping, spraying and pruning – you will need strong Gardening experience

  • Maintenance of all tools and machinery (lawn mowers, strimmers, blowers etc)

  • Management, cleaning out and operation of the irrigation system

  • Swimming pool care and maintenance

  • Keeping household and petty cash accounts

  • Regular maintenance and servicing of estate vehicles and equipment

  • Driving required – particularly Airport runs, as required.

Italian language skills are not essential for this role but may assist you with local living.


This is a fantastic opportunity for a hardworking and capable couple, keen to work in Italy for the long term.


This position is being managed by Giles Bicknell. Please submit applications to

Due to the volumes of applications we are receiving at present, sadly, we can only guarantee a response to successful applicants. We will always endeavour to respond to every applicant where possible.

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