A young informal family with 3 children is looking for an experienced, loyal, hard-working domestic couple, to work 5 Â½ days a week, permanently. Self-contained accommodation is provided. Drivers only. Some formal experience. Excellent employers.
The house is a beautiful 6 bedroom property with 4 bathrooms and a large garden. It is situated within parks and a golf course in a leafy area outside London in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. The parents both work and the mother sometimes works from home. The children, all boys, are aged 2, 8 and 9 years old with the oldest two going to school. The children are sweet, well behaved and busy with sports and activities. The youngest will go to Kindergarten later this year.
The hours/ days: The domestic couple (housekeeper/ cook & driver/ handyman) are to assist in running the household. The hours are from approx. 7am – 7pm with a break during the day Mo – Fri plus half a day Saturday. Sundays are off. There is additional staff that helps over the weekend. Dinner is usually between 6-7 daily. There is infrequent entertainment with informal and formal dinners (4 – 10 guests) and BBQs (10 – 20 guests) in the summer.
The housekeeper/ cook prepares and cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner – healthy dishes, light Mediterranean cuisine (grilled chicken, steamed fish, fresh vegetables, whole grains). Menus are planned in advance and shopping is done online. Other duties are to tidy the house, general housekeeping (care of silver marble, art work, crystal and fine linens), clean bathrooms, care for the laundry/ ironing and clearing the kitchen. The Housekeeper/ cook also helps with the youngest child.
The driver/ handyman drives the children to and from school (Landrover), takes them to activities, helps with the housekeeping and in the kitchen and assists in the garden (a gardener comes once a week) with maintenance or with BBQs. There is an adorable black Labrador that needs to be taken for walks. The driver/ handyman also oversees any contractors that carry out any work. Duties can be swapped as long as they get done.
The requirements: This is an informal, happy, warm and loving household and the parents would like the new couple to embrace their family life. The last employee was in the role for 7 years and is leaving to be with family in the Philippines. There are no uniforms as such but the housekeeper/ cook wears an apron and the driver a Barber jacket (provided). The self-contained accommodation is very nice and consists of two bedrooms, a living area, a kitchen and own bathroom. No pets. The car can be used for reasonable private use and both must be drivers. During the school holidays the couple (usually one of the couple) would accompany the family on their holidays in Europe. Valid travel documents are essential. Although this is an informal relaxed household experience of formal service for dinner parties (laying the table, table and drinks service) will be required.
We are looking for a couple who is hard working, loyal and happy to commit to a long term commitment. She should be a competent cook and both should have at least 3 years experience working in private households with excellent written references. At least one must be computer literate and competent in online food shopping and able to arrange menus with the mother. Candidates must have excellent high end housekeeping skills and be competent in laundry care. A current DBS/ CRB security check will be required. Candidates should flexible, respectful and professional in their approach. Fluent English is vital (French a bonus) as well as excellent presentation and communication skills. To start as soon as possible. The ad is placed in Central London to attract the most candidates, the role is based in Kingston upon Thames (Surrey).
Salary: Â£700 – Â£800 net/week depending on experience, holidays, bonuses and a self-contained apartment (separate entrance).
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