A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a live-in couple to join a historic private estate in Devizes, Wiltshire. This opening would suit a couple with demonstrable experience in private estate maintenance and housekeeping respectively. A generous salary of £22,000 each is offered to candidates in addition a two bedroom cottage on site.
The impressive eight bedroom main house is framed by an NGS registered, former RHS garden of six acres. The 300 year old garden is currently managed by a full-time Skilled Gardener who will require assistance from time to time with basic gardening tasks such as mowing and hedge cutting. The remainder of the estate maintenance duties will consist of non-horticultural tasks, i.e. DIY/handyman jobs on and inside the property buildings, occasional chauffeuring etc. The full-time gardener welcomes enthusiasm and the desire to learn, so keen gardeners with well-rounded practical estate management skills are invited to apply.
Housekeeping duties will consist of the upkeep of the main house by way of cleaning, laundry, weekly shopping, and some preparation of food for one child of 8 years old. Three dogs reside on site and will require care when the property owners are away. This will be limited to feeding and opening the door to enable them to entertain themselves in the large garden. The position will be a Monday to Friday role with free weekends except on very rare occasions, as unforeseen circumstances inevitably arise.
A two bedroom cottage is provided, with rent, Council tax, water, electricity etc. covered by the employer. Bills such as phone and internet will be covered by the successful candidates. Couples with demonstrable experience in each of the above areas are encouraged to apply. Candidates with experience and training in trades, with good all-round DIY skills are particularly sought after. Likewise, housekeepers with experience on private estates and autonomous working will be most welcome. Applicants must have an excellent command of spoken and written English, a natural ability to get on well with other staff and visitors, and must be capable of working unsupervised and managing their own time.
A welcoming environment and stunning property, located in a very desirable part of rural Wiltshire, awaits the successful candidates. The estate owners are genuinely passionate about their property and staff, and look for equally committed employees to share the result of their combined efforts. A generous combined salary is offered, as stated below, with a cottage on site with its own separate entrance and driveway, courtyard garden and storage space.
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