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Live in Couple Job

Location UK, East of England, Bedfordshire
Sector Private Households & Estates
Job Role Couple
Job Type Permanent
Employment Type Full-time
Salary £53, 000 - £57,000 GPA
Job Number  95052
Created 23 September 2021

Live in Couple Job, South Bedfordshire

We have a lovely position for a couple who are enthusiastic, pro-active and have a professional and positive attitude and who love the countryside. The principal lives alone but has her children and grandchildren staying on most weekends and in the summer months. The couple must be flexible and versatile in their duties and willing to take instruction were necessary.  

Duties to include but not limited to: 

Housekeeper:

  • Preparing the breakfast table and cleaning kitchen and breakfast room
  • Setting the table for mealtimes
  • Keeping refrigerator and freezer clean
  • Cleaning the oven
  • Keep track of chemicals and cleaning products and inform employer of low stock
  • Cleaning kitchen throughout its use during day
  • Dusting, sweeping, mopping and vacuuming daily the main areas of the house
  • Responsible for changing, washing, ironing and general care of all the bed linen and preparing guest bedrooms
  • Putting out rubbish for collection
  • Tidying and cleaning bathrooms, bedrooms and living areas
  • Cleaning unused rooms on a less frequent basis
  • Polishing brass and silver, antiques and fine furniture
  • Polishing wooden floors and doors
  • Collecting, washing, ironing and returning laundry to the appropriate place. Hand washing delicate items
  • Knowledge of stain removal and care of delicate items required
  • Sewing and mending of clothing beneficial
  • Answering door and telephone when employer is unavailable
  • Must love dogs - Feeding and exercising dog when employer is unavailable
  • Keeping patios, pathways and steps clean and tidy
  • Keeping ground floor window sills and windows clean (inside and out)
  • Watering and care of household plants
  • Use of security alarm when employer not available
  • Occasional assistance with meal preparation for entertaining
  • Assist with the occasional entertaining, offering drinks, and serving at the table.
  • Carrying out any other tasks that the employer may reasonably ask related to the house

Gardener/handyman/all-rounder

  • Keeping the outside of the residence clean
  • Drive clearance
  • Garden furniture maintenance and moving (into and out of storage)
  • Occasionally drive and willing to assist caring for the cars, which means you must hold a clean driving licence.
  • Garden and grounds maintenance including repairs (e.g. fencing, watering, flowerbeds, pruning, etc.)
  • Light household maintenance and DIY (e.g. light bulb replacement in chandelier, loose tap fixing, paint touch up etc.) 
  • Mowing in the summer
  • Keeping fireplaces clean and stocked in winter (includes firewood chopping from grounds)
  • Swimming pool clear of leaves and debris
  • Tennis court maintenance

Security is required during employer holidays or overnight absences and this will include care of the dog. This may include weekends. The housekeeper duties will be fairly light when guests are not present (guests are mostly family members) When guests are staying the housekeeper is requested if it is during the working week to return after dinner and clean and tidy the dining area and kitchen. Employer may request by prior arrangement to work on the occasional weekend in exchange for alternative days off during the week. Holidays – 4 weeks holiday plus bank holidays. Timing of holidays to be discussed, but no holidays to be taken in period of 20th December to 5th January (not expected to work on the public holidays). No more than two week block of holidays to be taken at one time.

Start date: For the right couple

Working week: Monday - Friday - 8am - 5pm 

Salary: £50 - £53k gross combined 

Accommodation: Self-contained flat with two double bedrooms attached to the house, with separate entrance. Not suitable for children. Heating, electricity and water bills are paid for by the employer.

Driving: Essential, must hold full clean licence 

Job reference number: 95052

Responsible consultant: Nicola Forster

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