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Full Time Live Out Head Housekeeper Sought for Country Estate near Taynton - Oxfordshire

Housekeeper
Ref: 559 Date Posted: Friday 24 May 2019
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A lovely family based near Taynton, OX18, Oxfordshire in the beautiful Cotswolds, are looking for a new, long-term head housekeeper.  This is a live out role, and you must hold a driving licence with your own car to easily commute to this property.  The family are also happy to help with a re-location package in order to bring a housekeeper to a local community to live nearby their country estate.
 
Package Offered
  • £30-50,000 gross per year depending on experience. There is wiggle room on this for very experienced housekeepers
  • Fully Employed
  • 20 days plus 8 days bank holidays.
  • Re-location package to move if you do not live nearby
Family Background
A family estate which is used as a weekend property, is now looking for a new, long-term live out head housekeeper.  They have a long term head housekeeper who is now moving on after eight years in the position.  A full staffed household, there are multiple groundsmen and gardeners and also another housekeeper who works underneath the head housekeeper.  It's a busy household at the weekend when the family return to stay in the property, and with a number of children, ages ranging from 5 - 23, there can be between one to eight people in the property each weekend.  There are some house pets, one dog which comes with the family on the weekend, and two cats which live there full time - therefore you should be pet friendly!   You should also be comfortable around children, although this role doesn't have any direct childcare.  They entertain regularly and the country house is a beautiful place for family to visit, unwind and for guests to come and be entertained.  It is a large ten bedroom property, which has various outbuildings including a nine bedroom guest house, a pool, leisure centre and beautiful grounds. It is both impressive and historic.  A great team work in the household and they are looking for a lovely new head housekeeper to join their estate.
 
Duties
The main duties for this role are to ensure the property is maintained to the highest standard.  This includes the main property and the other properties and buildings on the estate.  You should be confident and skilled at housekeeping duties, including cleaning, ironing, washing, supporting the other staff, taking delivery of the food, unpacking and general house management. As head housekeeper the buck stops with you, so you'll be in charge of the other housekeeper, but as a great team approach, everyone mucks in to get the job done.  You shouldn't be wanting to purely manage, you need to be able to get stuck in to duties, including cleaning bathrooms etc!  Plans can change so you shouldn't be phased by family timetable changing.  As a weekend house the role will work over the weekends, as this is when the family are always in residence.  During the week the family rarely are at the property. You should have a flexible, adaptive and easy-going attitude, happy to get involved in family life and helping to run the estate.  You should be well presented, happy to greet guests and help with the daily life and routine of the family.  You should have excellent initiative and like to get on with things.  You should be dynamic and positive.  If you can cook this would be a great asset but not required.
 
Location
This is a live out position and you should be able to easily commute to Taynton, OX18, Oxfordshire.
 
Days/Hours
5 days a week.  Each weekend you will work (unless the family are travelling).  You'll have two full days off during the week.  Working hours are 9am - 5pm or 8am - 4pm.
 
Languages
You must speak a good level of English and understand the needs of a large working household, be confident and skilled in your approach.
 
Special Skills
You should be kind and focused looking for a long-term role. A great team worker, but willing to get stuck in to any tasks at hand.
 
Interview/Start date
ASAP