Sole Gardener Housekeeper Couple - Live In - EC4445
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a live-in couple to join a historic private estate near Chippenham, North Wiltshire. This opening would suit a skilled gardener and experienced housekeeper couple with experience in a similar role on private estates. The gardener role is full time, with the housekeeper position offered on a 30 hours per week basis (approximately).
The Grade II listed mid-seventeenth century manor house is surrounded by gardens that, until recently, have been part of the National Garden Scheme. The owners now wish to reduce the overall maintenance demands of the gardens via modification and improvement, though they want it to remain a very special and beautiful place to live. The established gardens comprise surrounding areas of woodland, a kitchen garden, orchard, a rose garden, herbaceous and mixed borders, a greenhouse, lawns and yew hedging, as well as a tennis court and swimming pool.
Applicants for the Sole Gardener position should be skilled and qualified, with demonstrable experience of managing private estate gardens to a high standard. Applicants must have good plant identification skills, a good working knowledge of plant propagation and glasshouse work, and be physically fit and strong with a genuine passion for developing gardens to their full potential. The client is looking for a fresh, fun and interesting approach to the modification of their garden so applicants need not be entirely traditional in their approach, however quality and attention to detail are of paramount importance. As this is a Sole Gardener role, applicants must possess a friendly, positive and flexible attitude towards the estate and their work, such that they are willing to assist with general estate duties as they arise, including some driving and occasional DIY. The Sole Gardener will also be required to sometimes look after the owner’s spaniel.
In addition to the Sole Gardener position, there is a requirement for a housekeeper to assist in the management of the 8 bedroom manor house on a basis of approximately 30 hours per week. This post will involve housekeeping duties such as cleaning, laundry, food shopping and some weekend cooking, and preparation for the arrival of visitors. There are some full weekends (visiting children and grandchildren) and a pattern of informal weekend entertaining, though this occurs very occasionally. . The successful candidates will have the use of a car and will be offered accommodation by way of a three bedroom cottage with its own garden. The tenants of the adjoining cottage help with cover for holidays and are good neighbours in every respect. The local farm partner and farm building tenants are also part of the supportive community. The owners are usually away midweek.
This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a friendly and genuine community on a beautiful estate in rural Wiltshire, located within easy reach of Chippenham, Bath and Bristol. The opportunity is offered to couples that fulfil the Sole Gardener and Housekeeper requirements, with a negotiable starting company salary of £25,000 and £15,000 respectively.
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