Live In Couple Job, Oxfordshire
An excellent opportunity for a Couple to look after a weekend residence in a beautiful location in Oxfordshire. The house is situated in a 400 acre estate which is made up of beautiful gardens that are open to the public and feature in publications. The house is a large Manor House,9 bedrooms,3 reception rooms. Separate outdoor pool, pool house, tennis court etc.
The household style is informal but done to a high standard, they entertain approx. 1 weekend a month however there is no set pattern, they have 4 adult children who visit as well as have friends that stay.
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 though given pattern of house usage these are often relatively light.
You will be required to care for art and antiques in the house.
Supervise any maintenance jobs around the house with external contractors
Cooking is not absolutely necessary though an attractive option. Assistance with food prep, drinks pouring, food serving and other hospitality related duties will be required.
Front of house duties when the family entertain, meet and greet, food and drink service clearing away the kitchen,
House Man/Handyman/Gardener (Duties can be adjusted to fit experience)
Responsible for the management and maintenance of the Estates property, including 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.
Assisting the Housekeeper as needed (eg heavy items like furniture moving, light bulb replacements if high, log restocking in house
Front of house service when the family entertain and work alongside the Housekeeper
Occasional driving duties to the train station, airport runs- valeting owners 4 cars
Looking after 4 dogs, walking and feeding shared with housekeeper (and other garden staff on your days off)
Ad hoc duties will be to help Garden/Estate team as time allows, it will be part of garden team, may include assistance on open days, estate maintenance (machinery, equipment, fencing, irrigation), vegetable and fruit cultivation , mowing etc.
The owners also have a large chalet in Switzerland (7 bed 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 4-18 people staying. The housekeeper/couple 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 role will suit an experienced high calibre Couple who are self-starting and motivated, you will be required to be flexible when the family are in residence.
You will be the only staff in the household, however a large team of estate/garden staff are employed who also live on the estate so being good team players is very important.
The job requires a hard working Couple, when they are in residence the hours can be long when hospitality being given, however very quiet and flexible much of the time when owners not around or no guests.
You should be animals lovers as they have 4 dogs and a cat who you will help look after
Accommodation - 1 bed apartment in the stable block adjacent to the main house.
Days of work – 5 days per week – Tuesday and Wednesday as days off
Salary - £55K+ depending on skills of Couple
Responsible Consultant – Hannah Mckeown Job ID 53642