Let us find the right Private Household Staff for you

The Greycoat Lumleys name is synonymous with trust, resilience and reliability in private households up and down the country - and around the world.

We understand that your household is unique and so are you. And it is this understanding that has enabled our Private Households and Estates team to create an industry-leading portfolio of traditional and flexible staffing solutions to suit any and every circumstance. Add this to our unrivalled global database of the most talented candidates and you can begin to see how we are best placed to help you.

Our mission is to find the very best staffing solutions for your home - whether you need an efficient child-friendly Housekeeper to take care of the day-to-day, a proactive multi-tasking Domestic Couple to take care of your country residence or a modern, experienced House Manager to take charge of your international portfolio of properties. We are here to help you, no matter how big or small your requirements.

Latest roles.

Live In Butler Job

Live In Butler Job - Market Harborough Leicestershire - start asap - separate accommodation - £45,000 to £55,000 DOE A returning client of Greycoat Lumleys is looking to recruit an experienced Butler to work as part of a small team looking after a family and their property near Market Harborough.    The candidate will work with the Housekeeping team mainly at the property in Leicestershire although you may also be required to other properties owned by the principal.  The principal spends most of their time in Leicestershire as well as hosting family members, business partners, colleagues and friends on a regular basis.    The house must be in a state of readiness and the Butler would be expected to work with the team to ensure high standards at all time.  The Butlers main task will be to make the house feel like a home.  The Butler would be the "front of house" liaising between the principal and the house team.  Duties and responsibilities will include: Taking care of the family and ensuring their comfort whilst they are at home (normally Thursday to Sunday) Serving meals informally and formally Driving and general chauffeuring duties to include collecting the principal, family and friends from the train station (can be late in evenings). Taking the principal to meetings / anywhere as and when required. Providing basic office assistance for the principal – printing and scanning any documents, posting letters, welcoming guests for meetings and providing drinks Responsible for the family’s clothes – organising wardrobes to ensure nothing is lost, arranging for garments to be mended or sent out when needed, packing for holidays Helping the housekeeping team with the day-to-day cleaning as required Preparing for and taking care of guests Ensuring bedrooms are prepared and ready Welcoming guests and escorting them to their rooms, ensuring their comfort on arrival Serving meals and pre dinner drinks – making sure a welcoming environment is provided for guests at all times Helping chefs at bigger dinner parties with clear up and ensuring the kitchen is left immaculate. Getting guests bags Opening the house in the morning, setting fires for the afternoon, checking the house before leaving at night Wine cellar management Occasional travel to London/Yorkshire for dinner parties/shoots Occasional travel abroad Liaising with the London office to organise any maintenance required. Liaising with the London office for events at the house - guest lists, rooming plans etc. To be an Alarm Responder and Key Holder The principals plans can change at short notice so you must be flexible and be able to respond quickly to requests so that the principals needs are met efficiently You need to be an active member of the team and be happy to work evenings and weekends Separate accommodation will be offered on the estate. Rent free and council tax and water rates paid by the employer Start asap £45,000 to £55,000 DOE 40 hours per week over 5 days including some evenings and weekends

  • Market Harborough
  • Permanent
  • £45,000 to £55,000 GPA

Couple Job

Couple Job, Argyll, Scotland Greycoat Lumley’s client are seeking a Couple for their estate in the Argyll area of Scotland.  The location of the property is rural with an outstanding outlook.  The estate is ran by a Group - the standards of the service are very high and essential.  The Couple should take great pride in their work and there is autonomy in the role. Groundskeeping & Property Maintenance: Ensure the overall upkeep of the site Carry out regular assessments of any issues that may have arisen Report issues where necessary Make sure our properties are presented to a high standard Ensure the grounds and buildings remain tidy Undertake landscaping and litter-picking activities Mowing, leaf clearing and sweeping up as required Complete power washing Housekeeping & Guest Assistance: Housekeeping To prepare breakfasts for clients and proactively provide information to guests as required To meet and greet guests upon arrival, show them to their accommodation and fully brief them about the property To assist with changeover/meet and greet clients at other properties as required (if within 2-3 hours driving distance) Laundry Ironing Monitor laundry products and ensure stocks are maintained To maintain operational calendar/s of forthcoming bookings and action additions/cancellations/amendments in order that accommodation is secured as required by the booking position To communicate with clients as to directions to the property, availability and other related matters Learning the required maintenance of any swimming pools and/or hot tubs and complete this to a planned schedule Learning the required maintenance of private water supply systems and to order required sundries for general maintenance of such supply To assist with changeover of other properties as required (if within 2-3 hours driving distance) To complete shopping as required and balance basic expenses Completing property maintenance and upkeep check list and returning to head office as required Maintain tools and equipment to a high standard, storing neatly Report on contractors or other workers on site To meet contractors and communicate instructions/feedback as required To assist with administration tasks as required, including those in relation to other properties and/or with contractors and other projects Ideal Candidate: Ability to work set hours and be flexible to meet the needs of the estate Full and valid driving licence. Accommodation: Live-in accommodation provided Salary: £45,000 to £50,000 GPA Schedule: 40 hour working week – as with any Couple job there will be busy and quieter times and time off needs to be managed Day shift, with weekends as and when required (5 out of 7 days per week) Job:  114266

  • Argyll and Bute
  • Permanent
  • £45,000 to £50,000 GPA

Gardener Job

Daily Gardener Job - Nr Ripon North Yorkshire - full-time or part-time considered (3 days per week min) - start early 2024 - £30,000+ GPA depending on experience Our client is looking for an experienced Gardener to take on an exciting role looking after a Garden on a private estate near Ripon.  This is a rare opportunity for a full-time or part-time Gardener in Charge to manage and oversee a well-known 18th century walled garden and grounds with a team of volunteers and occasional paid help. The garden is open to the public but will a small footfall of knowledgeable visitors. The main garden is a 2.5 acre walled garden which is home to a wide range of rare and usual plants and is a rare example of an 18th century "Paradise Garden".   The gardener needs to have excellent plant knowledge (qualified or unqualified considered) and experienced with growing a wide range of plants including fruit and vegetables. This role could be part-time or full-time depending on the candidate but it would need to be a min 3 day week. Duties will include: Hands on gardening, planting, growing, pruning Maintaining the walled garden and having excellent plant knowledge Managing and coordinating volunteers Working at height and handling garden machinery and keeping equipment well maintained General maintenance gardening around the wider estate Being flexible to assist with general maintenance jobs both inside and out Occasionally taking visitors on tours of the garden Job requirements: Excellent plant knowledge Basic propagation knowledge Good pest identification skills Up to date knowledge of Health & Safety Regulations Candidates to be in possession of Spraying and Chainsaw Certificates Full driving license Experience: Ideally to have 5-10 years experience in a professional Gardening role Have good interpersonal and organisational skills Start early 2024 (Jan / Feb) £30,000+ GPA for full-time depending on experience (part-time pro-rata)

  • Ripon
  • Permanent
  • £30,000+GPA

Assistant Gardener Job

Assistant Gardener Job, North Northumberland Greycoat Lumleys are looking for an Assistant Gardener for their client's Private Estate in the North Northumberland. A fantastic opportunity for a hands-on Gardener, the position is offered on a full-time basis to care for this estate in Northumberland consisting of formal gardens, walled gardens, productive greenhouse with kitchen garden, fruit trees, and various developing areas such as ponds and woodland walks. The ideal candidate will be creative and have the opportunity to explore new ideas within the gardens and grounds.  They will have a true passion for plants and gardening, and a vision for enhancing the estate. The ideal candidate will need to be hard-working, honest, and reliable. The ability to think for oneself as well as work with a small gardening team. They must have excellent communication with their line manager. The ideal candidate will need to be skilful and experienced, with great plant knowledge. Duties Include: Team Player working within a small team of garden and estate maintenance staff Develop, enhance and landscape the gardens and grounds with the ability to plan and design planting areas Produce seasonal bedding displays from propagation to planting Maintain and develop herbaceous borders and shrubberies Develop and enhance the green houses and flower gardens Ensure the gardens and grounds are kept tidy Ability to operate all garden machinery typically associated with garden care Start:  February 2024 Salary:  Commensurate with experience  Job Number: 113683 Full time hours

  • Northumberland
  • Permanent
  • Commensurate with experience

International Recruitment Consultant Job

International Recruitment Consultant - Permanent Housekeeping & Luxury Yacht Recruitment  Are you a talented and driven individual looking to embark on an exciting career in recruitment? Look no further! Greycoat Lumleys, a highly esteemed and globally recognized recruitment agency, is currently seeking a skilled and passionate Recruitment Consultant to join our dynamic team. Company Overview: Greycoat Lumleys is a leading recruitment agency specializing in finding exceptional candidates for domestic and international households, estates, private households, childcare, catering, and corporate environments. With over 25 years of experience, we have built a trusted reputation for delivering outstanding service to both clients and candidates. Role and Responsibilities: As a Recruitment Consultant at Greycoat Lumleys, you will play a pivotal role in sourcing and attracting top-tier candidates for our prestigious clients. Your responsibilities will include: 1. Building and nurturing relationships with both clients and candidates, establishing yourself as a trusted advisor in the industry. 2. Conducting comprehensive candidate searches, using innovative sourcing techniques to identify the most suitable candidates for our clients' requirements. 3. Managing the end-to-end recruitment process, coordinating interviews, and providing support and feedback to candidates throughout. 4. Working collaboratively with the broader recruitment team to meet targets and deliver exceptional service. 5. Keeping up-to-date with market trends and industry developments to ensure a competitive advantage in the recruitment market. Requirements: To excel in this role, you should possess the following qualifications and attributes: 1. A proven track record in recruitment, preferably within the domestic or international household, private service, childcare, catering, or corporate sectors. (desired) 2. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, enabling you to build strong relationships with clients and candidates. 3. Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to prioritise and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment. 4. Proactive and self-motivated, with a determination to achieve results and exceed targets. 5. Strong negotiation skills and the ability to influence and persuade others. 6. A genuine passion for recruitment and a desire to deliver exceptional service. What We Offer: 1. A competitive salary package with uncapped commission and performance-based incentives. 2. Comprehensive training and continuous development opportunities to support your career progression. 3. The chance to work with a prestigious client base, including high-net-worth individuals, VIP households, and luxury brands. 4. A supportive and collaborative team environment, encouraging personal growth and success. 5. The opportunity to make a significant impact within the industry and work with a reputable, globally recognized recruitment agency. If you possess the drive, passion, and skills to excel in this role, apply now and join our team at Greycoat Lumleys. To submit your application, please email andy@greycoatlumleys.co.uk  Greycoat Lumleys is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. All applications will be kept confidential. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Permanent
  • £Negotiable + Uncapped Commision Scheme

House Manager Job

House Manager Job This position is responsible for the smooth domestic running of the interior and exterior of the house. Management responsibilities: The House Manager is responsible for the smooth domestic running of the house. This includes responsibility for managing and implementing the daily, weekly, and monthly schedules of the household staff team (Housekeepers/Laundress and Chef + any seasonal, ad-hoc domestic staff). They are also responsible for managing the recruitment of household staff with input from the Chief of Staff and family. The House Manager will also carry out performance reviews for the domestic team, manage and log staff holidays, sickness, working hours and lieu days. Job description: Acting as the first point of contact for all guests arriving at the house Answering the house phone Serving refreshments and meals Overseeing the household domestic team and offering hands-on assistance where necessary Implementing a daily and weekly rota to ensure all domestic duties are achieved (laundry, cleaning of rooms to suit the schedule of the principals, preparation for guests) Liaising with the Chef regarding meals and future events (communicating times/dates/ to help with forward planning) Managing the domestic household budget Purchasing goods for the household and keeping receipts to submit monthly domestic expenses Overseeing all internal Contractors/Suppliers Reporting any facility/handyperson jobs to the Estate/Facilities Manager in a timely manner Overseeing the care of the china, antiques and other specialist items Managing the wine cellar and bar Writing and updating household manuals – eg-room by room instructions recleaning/layout/provisions Being responsible for the internal security of the property Ordering dog/internal pet food Looking after pets' welfare • Arranging vet appointments (including vaccinations and de-fleeing) Working with the PA team to troubleshoot IT issues Organising the Drivers in conjunction with the Estate/Facilities Manager when errands are needed to be run Role and Responsibilities House manager - Responsible for the smooth running of the household, grounds, interior and exterior teams. Providing the link between the principals and staff, working alongside household and PA'S Live out Salary - £60K Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm

  • Banbury
  • Permanent
  • £60,000 GPA

Private Chef Job

Private Chef Position - Elite HNW family - Competitive Salary - Switzerland - Accommodation provided  A family of five who are based largely in Zurich are seeking a full-time Private Chef. The family travel between properties relatively frequently and the main three properties are Zurich, Gstaad and Monaco. The family have refined tastes and as much as they love home comforts, they are equally seeking a chef who can keep menus exciting and who has gastronomic pedigree, beautiful plating skills and fine dining experience. The family is self admittedly spoiled with quality and need someone who can keeps things exciting and flavorful as well as having an outgoing personality and can-do attitude. The family is seeking someone with a gastronomic background who is also happy to help around the house and carry out some jobs that are not specific to the kitchen. This is of course when the priority is not the kitchen, and the family is perhaps not in residence. Responsibilities: Daily operations for Kitchen Cooking Fine Dining standards and home comfort food Preparing for Fine dining dinners Keeping Menus exciting and varied Assisting other member of the household team if an and when required Cooking children food Ensuring Clean kitchen and pantry environments Have high attention to detail and personal hygiene This is a family environment the children’s ages are 8,10 and 5 and they are polite/well educated but can be fussy eaters. The Principals employ a team of Private Household staff so the ability to work within a team and support the team is imperative to success. The role is offered on a competitive salary and live out accommodation (studio apartment) is provided in each location of work. The family is seeking someone with flexibility based around  5-day work week, the demands can be heaviest in winter when the family sue the winter Chalet more frequently. The family also has two house cats who are part of daily life and spend time in the kitchen also. This position is only suitable for EU nationals with clean driving licenses. It is most suitable to candidates with previous private Household experience seeking a full time Position who do not have pets and dependents. An initla 3 month probation period would apply for this position and the client will assist with Swiss work permits.  JOB ID: 114091 CONSULTANT: Archie McClintock SALARY: Between CHF 8,000 - CHF 9,500 NET per month

  • Zurich
  • Permanent
  • CHF 8,000 NET P/M

Live-in Housekeeper Job

Live-in Housekeeper position, Beach side location in the Malaga Region of Spain - Potential for a Couple or part time partner A long standing and loyal client of Greycoat Lumleys is seeking to replace the housekeeper they hired from us 17yrs ago! This highly successful British couple, seek a live in Housekeeper, or potentially a full time couple or a Housekeeper with a Partner who can assist on occasion. The beach-side Villa isn't very large and is modest in size, they have a small guest house and an family apartment nearby, so 3 moderate properties to service  Duties: Cleaning, ironing, laundry, linen  light maintenance  Driving (sometimes with principals)  Maintaining 3 relatively small properties  some pet care (2 dogs)  Elderly assistance will be required on occasion  To be considered Fluency in Spanish & English a must (must speak clearly due to elderly principal)  Driver verifiable references as a Housekeeper for HNW/UHNW's  EU Passport or Spanish Visa only  Ideally someone who is further along in their career, possibly seeking their last role  Benefits Entire floor, including bedroom, bathroom and Kitchen area. (not separate entrance currently although planned) Principals only in residence for short trips and during the winter months  Partner can live in, ideally they can assist on occasion  Open to couples full time beach side property  Salary: Circa €2,500 net per month  Job No: 114020 Consultant: Andy Hodges

  • Málaga
  • Permanent
  • €2,500 NPM

House Manager / Butler Job

House Manager / Butler Position in the Weggis region of Switzerland  We are seeking an experienced House Manager / Butler for a UHNW male principal based in the Weggis region of Switzerland. Our client has tasked us to find experienced House Managers with some or more butlering / service experience to manage the household entirely all year round.  Duties: To manage the household including the Housekeeping and service staff To liase with 3rd party vendors To liaise with locals for household procurement To liase with contractors and builders when needed To create inventories of the house To manage household budgets and finance To serve meals and help with food preparation  light basic cooking on occasion  To assist with events including organisation and service  To be considered EU passport holder or Swiss Permit holders only (non negotiable) Must have at least 5 years experience in Household Management  Longevity in positions, client has specifically requested CV's without lots of jobs Experience in service or Butler training etc. Must speak English  Must speak German (conversational minimum)  live in or live-out will be considered  A dog lover is essential (only minimum care needed)  Must be a driver Benefits: Live in  - Separate room with en-suite, living area only shared when principal has guests (minimum)  live-out option available must already have a place in the region  CHF 80,000 to 100,000 gross per annum  Monday to Friday mainly with flexibility  circa 8hrs per day  Not the principals main residence  Consultant: Andy Hodges Job No: 113913

  • Weggis
  • Permanent
  • CHF 80,000 to 100,000 GPA
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    Debbie Salter

    Managing Director

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    Anisa Sykes Lane

    Head of Sector (Private Households and Estates)

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    Lesley Jones

    Scotland Team Manager

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  • Laura Harrall

    Laura Harrall

    Managing Consultant North of England

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    Georgia Lester

    Private Households & Estates Consultant Team Leader (Couples)

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    Emmi Heikkinen

    Private Households & Estates Consultant (Short Term & Temp Chefs, Butlers and Waiting Staff)

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    Kari Kerslake Vigor

    Private Households & Estates Consultant (Perm Chefs)

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    Aaron Lebon

    Private Households & Estates Consultant (Gardeners)

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    Bianca de Freitas

    Private Households & Estates Consultant (Junior Consultant/Administrator)

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    Jen Russell

    Private Households & Estates Consultant (Chauffeurs & PA's)

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    Nicola Forster

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