Gaddesden Place
Gardener / handyman and housekeeper (as a couple) wanted. The gardener / handyman duties include keeping the garden, grounds, conservatory and drive in a tidy condition at all times. Also maintenance of the swimming pool, chopping of logs for winter fires, keeping a small fruit & vegetable garden and greenhouses, some pruning, maintaining of borders, weeding, hedge trimming and lawn cutting. There are 8 acres of grounds only which are largely lawn and some wooded area. (The much larger Gaddesden Estate is managed separately).  The conservatory is a large and important part of the house, so experience of managing conservatory / tropical plants, and associated pests (green/white fly, mealy bug etc) is essential. Housekeeping duties include all the normal house cleaning and maintenance, and once weekly cleaning of the offices. Also washing, ironing for the family, shopping and occasional airport drive. Duties will also involve occasional supervision of TV & filming work done in the house (perhaps 15 times a year).  There will be occasional caring and cooking for a 97yr old, but fit, mother, so if you have caring experience that is a bonus. Assisting in the garden and conservatory in spring & summer is required. The position is for a 40 hour week (each), with flexibility as to which days / hours are worked.  Both roles require some driving. Non smokers only. No pets. We can provide a good salary, use of car for household purposes, a large self-contained one- bedroom flat in the house (and the use of guest bedroom if you have guests) with fast Internet. All the expenses and running costs are paid (except your private telephone and food). Experience of similar duties or position required and references are essential and will be followed up. Please send a CV with details of your experience to charles@gaddesdenplace.com