FANTASTIC LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPER/COOK – WEST SUSSEX


Reference Number
CD250
City
Horsham
Country
United Kingdom
Salary From
£35000.00
Salary To
£45000.00
Salary Period
annum
Salary Information
Negotiable, DOE
Job Type
Permanent
Job Hours
Full-time
Business Area
Private
Internal ID
1184

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FANTASTIC LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPER/COOK – WEST SUSSEX

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced and dedicated Housekeeper/Cook to work for a lovely and respectful family in their large Georgian manor house in West Sussex. The property is predominantly occupied by an older couple (Fri-Mon during term time), but their children and grandchildren are also in residence during half term and holidays, so the successful candidate will be able to seamlessly transition from quieter periods to busier periods. There is also a pool house and a guest house at the property, so the role requires someone with a ‘can-do’ attitude and good organisational skills.

An experienced housekeeper, you will be able to manage your time effectively and work efficiently whilst maintaining the highest of standards and be an excellent cook who enjoys preparing a range of wholesome dishes such as traditional roasts, curries etc. whilst also being able to accommodate special requests such as dairy or gluten-free meals. Daily duties will include preparing a simple breakfast and lunch for the couple and leaving something light for them to have for dinner. You will also enjoy baking cakes and treats to be enjoyed with tea and ensure that the fridge and pantry are always stocked with all the necessities.

Ideally you will come from a private household background with previous experience and longevity in a similar role and you will have excellent housekeeping skills, ensuring that the property is always tidy and presentable. The family also employ a part-time cleaner, but you will have the overall responsibility to ensure that all laundry, ironing, organisation, and cleaning in the home are done to a high standard. They are looking to appoint a kind, caring and patient candidate who is warm and empathetic and can remain with them long-term. As this is a multigenerational family, you will know how to effectively communicate at all levels and be adaptable and approachable.

Working hours will be Thursday to Monday, generally from about 8am-6pm, with a break in the afternoons. When the home is busier during holidays, flexibility will be required, but the family are very respectful employers who look after their staff exceptionally well. Accommodation is provided in a lovely stand-alone new build, which includes a little terrace. Due to the location of the property, a driver is essential for this role.

DUTIES TO INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
• Preparing and cooking wholesome, homemade dishes for the couple and their family
• Ensuring the pantry and fridge are stocked, inventory management
• Keeping on top of cleaning supplies & other household items
• Knowledge of how to care for fine furniture and antiques
• Cleaning including dusting, vacuuming, mopping, changing beds, cleaning bathrooms and kitchen
• Laundry and ironing
• Errand running

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA:
• Prior experience working in a similar role in a private estate or household
• Excellent and organised cook and baker
• Empathetic, kind, caring, warm, patient, and thoughtful
• Good eye for detail and strong work ethic
• Proactive nature, ability to work autonomously, yet a good team player
• Loyal, trustworthy, and reliable
• Excellent level of spoken and written English
• Right to live and work in the UK
• Driver with a UK driving license
• Excellent checkable references

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