Domestic Couple

Overview

We are looking for a dedicated and experienced Domestic Couple (Housekeeper and Grounds Manager) for our client’s formal household near Alton in Hampshire. The Principals have grown-up children who visit occasionally on weekends and during holidays.

Key qualities for this role include enthusiasm, reliability, honesty, and a positive attitude.

Job duties

Responsibilities of the Live-in Domestic Couple in Hampshire include:

Housekeeper

  • Hands-on housekeeping, cleaning, and laundry to a high standard
  • Ensure the smooth running of the house
  • Managing household supplies and provisioning
  • Cooking and food preparation when the family is in residence
  • Coordinating any part-time daily help required
  • General administration tasks

Grounds Manager

  • Liaising with outdoor staff and contractors
  • Performing maintenance and garden duties such as mowing, edging, autumn tidying, log management, and kitchen garden upkeep
  • Swimming pool maintenance
  • Coordinating the servicing and maintenance of equipment and general repairs
  • Caring for vehicles, including occasional driving duties
  • Problem-solving and handling varied ad hoc handyman tasks
  • Assisting occasionally with polo ponies
  • Managing alarms and security

Candidates must be/have:

  • Experienced as a Domestic Couple within a similar private household in a rural setting
  • Flexibility and willingness to engage in all aspects of home management
  • Experience with horses (useful but not essential)
  • Discreet and professional
  • A happy and positive attitude, with a reliable and honest nature
  • A full driving licence with own vehicle

Accommodation

The role includes a two-bedroom cottage separate from the main house, complete with its own garden.

Hours

5-day working week, with variability when the owners are in residence.

Working hours as required; which may also vary when the owners are present.

Location

Near Alton, Hampshire.

Salary

Depending on experience.

25 days per year, plus bank holidays (with days off in lieu, if worked).

A car will be provided for work-related travel, however, a personal car is essential due to the rural location.

Job ref

CP660: Domestic Couple near Alton in Hampshire.

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Domestic Couple