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Couple Job

Location UK, Scotland, Galashiels
Sector Private Households & Estates
Job Role Couple
Job Type Permanent
Employment Type Full-time
Salary Negotiable
Job Number  90558
Created 27 November 2020

Couple Job The Scottish Borders Scotland

Greycoat Lumley's client are seeking a couple to join them on their beautiful estate in the Scottish Borders. The Gardener will work full time hours and the Housekeeper part time. This is the main residence for the Principals but they are also away for long periods of time. There are 3 grown up children making up a family of 5. The main property has eight bedrooms and there are 2 cottages on the estate. The Principals host Wwoofers who work in the gardens from March to October each year and the gardener will oversee their duties. The family are very welcoming and their current employees enjoy working for them. 

Gardener Duties

·         The gardens are 40 acres and made up of – lawn, woodland, walled garden, an organic vegetable area, green house and a courtyard.

·         The gardens are occasionally open to the public

·         Maintaining the walled garden, gardens, trees and policies at the property

·         Pruning, fertilizing and carefully maintaining the plants and trees around the property

·         Mowing the lawns and cutting the rough grass

·         Clearing the drive, paved areas and courtyards of leaves and keeping the drives clear of moss

·         Clearing the gutters and accessible drains

·         Cutting and storing fallen timber, felling trees where directed, cutting logs and storing these in the log sheds, collecting kindling

·         Keeping the log sheds well-arranged and ensuring wood is available

·         Maintaining the outbuildings in good order and repair Inspecting the roof of the main house and all outbuildings and cottages for slipped slates and arranging repair of the same where necessary 

·         Ensuring the security of the main house and all outbuildings

·         Checking the central heating and electricity supply

·         Monitoring the arrival and departure of tradesmen and workmen employed to work in the main house

·         Planting and caring for new trees

·         Maintaining and mending fences, walls and ditches

·         Maintaining all machinery (i.e. mowers, strimmers etc.) and tools

·         Maintaining paint work as necessary

·         Occassional Driving of the Principals, family and friends

·         Any additional duties as may be advised to you by the Employer

Housekeeper Duties

·         In the absence of The Principals: To attend to the general cleaning, upkeep and running of the main household

·         When The Principals are in residence: To attend to all house cleaning

·         All ironing

·         All laundry

·         To assist, occasionally, with cooking and serving at both lunch and dinner parties.

·         Any additional duties as may be advised to you by the Employer

·         There are usually 3 dogs in the property (can increase to 5).

·         The couple are responsible for the dogs' wellbeing when the Principals are not in residence.

·         Letting the dogs out in the morning, taking them for a walk, feeding the dogs, put the dogs to bed in the evening in the main house kitchen area.

Both candidates need to be able to drive due to the location of the property.

Hours of work for Gardener: Normal hours of work are 40 hours per week Monday to Friday with a one hour lunch break. You will also be expected to work any additional hours as necessary.

Hours of work For Housekeeper: Hours of work are 3 hours per day Monday to Friday (15 hours per week).  You will also be expected to work any additional hours as necessary.

Accommodation: Courtyard property with 2 large double bedrooms. Log burner in the living room.  

                                Plenty of storage and a lovely garden which is very private.

                               Council tax, heating and electricity is paid by the Principal

Start Date:            February/March 2021

Job Number:  90558 

Responsible Consultant: Lesley Jones 

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