Domestic Couple for Large Estate in Salisbury - Wiltshire

Domestic Couple
Ref: 653 Date Posted: Tuesday 07 Jan 2020
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A large family Estate near Salisbury,  Wiltshire, SP1 are looking for a Domestic Couple (Maintenance/Housekeeper).  At least one of you must hold a driving licence in order to apply for this job
Package Offered
  • Full time role for the maintenance person 
  • Part time role of 23 hours per week for the housekeeper person.
  • Combined salary of: £33,960 gross per year
  • Housekeeper overtime hourly rate of £15 gross per hour.
  • Use of estate car for work
  • Private 3 bedroom or 4 bedroom cottage on grounds of estate
  • Open to couples with families and pets (no cats)
Large Grade 1 listed property with family (6 teenage children) including dogs and animals live in the house.  They employ a house manager to help run the house and 4 part time housekeepers, a chef, head groundsman and a large scale staff who help out.  The current head of maintenance is retiring after 40 years with the family and they are looking for a new person to replace him.  Ideally they would like to employ a couple and take on a housekeeper to work alongside the housekeeping staff.  The staff all get on well with good comradeship and energy in the property.  They are looking for the right couple to join them in this long term role.
Required to keep the upkeep of the property working alongside the head groundsman and staff.  Main duties will be to help the day to day running of the house, over seeing the security, you will need to be savvy with technology.  You will take direction from the house manager and the family in residence.  You should be a skilled handy person, with knowledge of carpentry and basic electrics.  You should have strong initiative.  You should be willing to jump in to duties that need doing, from lighting fires to packing artwork to solving household issues as they come up.  You need to be a confident driver.  Above all you need to be a team player, willing to work alongside an existing team who are both professional and friendly.  A good work ethic and a happy disposition is paramount.  You also need to enjoy dogs and children.
Required to work alongside the existing team who help maintain the house.  Instructions will come from the house manager and you will be working in a team of 4 other housekeepers on a daily basis.  You should have strong initiative and high standards and also be able to work independently.  You need to be confident working with old properties and be able to care for antiques and silverware and linen.  You should be confident and capable around animals and dogs and be willing to be involved in family life on the estate.  You do not need to drive for your duties.  The family have a chef, it is an asset if you are able to prepare light meals but not a requirement.  Saturday work will be required.
The property is based near Salisbury,  Wiltshire, SP1.  A private 3 bedroomed cottage, recently refurbished with garden on the estate is provided for the couple to live in.  The family are happy for the couple to bring pets (no cats) and children with them if needed.  
  • Maintenance job will be 8-10 hours each day, 5 days per week and should be flexible and happy to work occasional weekends.  Where possible you will have 2 days off together each week.
  • Housekeeper role is 9am – 1pm, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 1pm – 5pm Wednesday and Thursday, and one Sunday a month working 10am – 1pm.  Total of: 20 - 23 hours per week.
You must have a good level of English
Interview/Start Date
The family are interviewing now for someone to start at in February/March 2020.