Job Type: Employed

Part time Nanny (Wednesday- Friday)- Melton Constable, Norfolk – RR1729

We are looking for a lovely, experienced, part time Nanny who is a bit of a Mary Poppins to help look after 3 wonderful children (6.5, 4.5 and nearly 2 years).

Hours: Term Time

  • Wednesday: 7.45am- 5pm
  • Thursday: 7.45am- 3pm
  • Friday: 7.45am- 3pm
  • No weekends or evenings required

School Holidays:

Less hours during the holidays as the children’s Mother will be around much more.

The person must have a lovely, caring, kind and fun way about them. Previous experience looking after children is essential as well as an up to date DBS check and excellent references.

The role will include:

  • Playing in the garden, arts and crafts, baking, role play, reading etc
  • Cooking, preparing meals and snacks for the children
  • School drop off / collections
  • General tidying up after the children
  • Creating a safe and nurturing environment for the children
  • Supervising and engaging in age-appropriate activities
  • Helping with children’s washing when time allows

Experience:

  • Previous experience as a Babysitter/Nanny or related childcare role
  • Knowledge of child development and age-appropriate activities
  • Ability to handle emergency situations calmly and efficiently
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Reliable, punctual, and trustworthy

If you are passionate about working with children and providing a safe and nurturing environment, we would love to hear from you.

**Car Driver essential**

For more information about this lovely, temporary position, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Venue Manager (Private Estate)- Nr Shotesham, Norfolk – RR1728

A rare and exciting opportunity to join the events management team on a beautiful private Norfolk Estate. The estate currently runs weddings, private parties, and charity events, the candidate will be responsible for overseeing operations and developing a strategic plan to diversify event offerings and grow bookings. The ideal candidate will work directly with the owners and events team, liaise with external suppliers, and engage with both existing and potential clients. Event management and some marketing experience is essential.

Key Roles Include:

  • Overseeing the operation of the venue: Ensure that the venue is running smoothly and efficiently. This involves a combination of front-of-house and behind-the-scenes work. To be an effective venue manager, you require a thorough understanding of all aspects of the venue’s operations and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Managing bookings: Handling enquiries, maintaining a bookings calendar, and dealing with changes and cancellations. Having an excellent understanding of the venue’s capabilities and a high level of organisation can be essential because customers often make bookings months or even years in advance.
  • Health and safety: Ensuring that a venue is compliant with health and safety legislation is a vital responsibility of the venue manager. This includes arranging or carrying out risk assessments, routine safety testing, maintaining health and safety records, and ensuring the proper training of all staff. You may also investigate any incidents on the premises and take steps to ensure that they don’t happen again.
  • Arranging maintenance and repairs: Proactively arranging routine maintenance and ad hoc repairs to the venue and equipment.

 

  • Strategizing: Working with the owners to plan and implement strategies to stimulate income generation and efficiency. This may involve, for example, developing marketing plans, identifying new business opportunities and introducing cost-saving measures. You may also devise strategies to reach new audiences or expand the venue’s offering.

Hours: 2-3 days per week, hours variable depending on bookings. Weekend work will be required. Competitive Salary.

For more information, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Pool Maintenance Person, Halesworth, Suffolk REF JF1723

Full Time Pool Maintenance Person required for large country Estate located close to the Suffolk town of Halesworth and within easy reach of  the beautiful coastal town of Southwold.  The 8000 acre estate is home to many incredible properties offering guests the chance to stay and enjoy the most wonderful environment and experience fabulous leisure facilities.

We are looking for someone to join the established maintenance team who are responsible for the daily upkeep and maintenance of the Estate’s 23 commercial spas and 10 swimming pools.

The new team member will be responsible for making sure the spas and pools are working correctly, clean and chemically balanced as well as daily testing to ensure all levels are correct.

The position will also involve assisting with planned and reactive maintenance works to the Estate properties.

Pay :

  • £27,000 – £32,000 per annum dependent on experience

Hours:

  • Full Time employed contract working Monday to Friday 8am-4.30pm
  • One weekend in five working 10.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.30pm Saturday – Sunday
  • On call fee plus call-out pay at 1.5 x paid door-to-door
  • Two days off the following week when working the weekend
  • 28 days annual leave, including bank holidays

What you will need:

  • Extensive experience in the operation and maintenance of swimming pools and hot tubs and all associated tasks
  • The ability to test and treat hot tub and pool water and the use of necessary chemicals
  • Property maintenance experience ( strongly desired)
  • A full UK driving licence (a vehicle will be provided for use on site)

The person:

  • Reliable with a really good work ethic
  • Well presented and courteous
  • A real team player with a willingness to attend out of hours emergency call outs where required

To apply please email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

Bar Manager, Bildeston, Suffolk – REF SP1721

We are looking for a Bar Manager for a beautiful old village pub in the heart of Bildeston, Suffolk.

The pub is the home of a unique business combining the owners love of music and wine, hosting special events including pub quizzes, live music, bespoke winemaker dinners as well as ticketed wine & cheese tastings.

We are looking for a bar manager to work the core evenings of Thursday, Friday, Saturday’s and possibly some Wednesdays if events are running. The total amount of hours would be approximately 34 per week.

The pub is home to a successful wine company and our client would preferably like someone who has an interest in wine. Knowledge of wine would be a bonus, but is not essential and there are opportunities for developing wine knowledge and attending trade tastings. The pub is also looking to reinvigorate its onsite brewery so there will be scope to learn the art of brewing or build on brewing skills should the applicant already be experienced in this area.

 

The role will entail:

  • Being responsible for managing and overseeing the evenings
  • Managing and working with junior members of staff
  • Booking tables and taking calls
  • Opening and closing the pub
  • Managing the cellar
  • Overseeing a clean and organised bar and kitchen
  • Tending to customers needs in a professional manner
  • Occasionally collecting stock from wholesalers

The ideal person will:

  • Be welcoming, personable and professional
  • Have excellent communication skills and be sociable by nature
  • Have a high attention to detail in making sure the pub looks immaculate and ready for guests
  • Be reliable, trustworthy, self motivated and responsible
  • Hardworking and eager to get stuck in with all tasks
  • Be a team player with the ability to take direction from the owner/ managers on tasks and work with and direct junior members of staff to complete necessary tasks
  • Be someone that is enthusiastic and passionate about the business
  • Well presented and organised

For more information please contact Sophie at info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

Assistant Housekeeper with accommodation – Norfolk, RR1717

Full time, Assistant Housekeeper required for private household near Dersingham, Norfolk. The person will work as part of a highly motivated team to provide the very highest standards in delivering housekeeping and guest services.

Full time, 40 hours a week to include weekends as and when agreed.

You will be the first point of contact for the property alarms or callouts.

The role:

  • Help manage the housekeeping team to deliver all housekeeping tasks to achieve the highest possible level of service and standards of presentation.
  • Take on the senior role in the Housekeeper’s absence.
  • Take care of the cleaning of antiques and furnishings, fabrics and objets d’art, using agreed methods and practices.
  • Ensure that all items are well cared for and any changes are reported immediately.
  • Assist with laundry and linen care, including ironing and steaming garments.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Any other ad hoc duties that arise.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess good leadership and people management skills and the ability to encourage and develop teams.
  • Be a strong communicator at all levels with confident interpersonal skills.
  • Be able to work well within a small multi-functional team, have a flexible approach and be willing to support colleagues.
  • Be committed to ensuring the highest standards of housekeeping and presentation.
  • Understand the importance of professional discretion.
  • Take pride in their work and present themselves well to colleagues, visitors and guests.
  • Carry out planned tasks in a timely fashion.
  • Have a positive attitude to safe working practices.
  • Be willing to undertake training and learn new skills that are required for this position.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail and efficiency.
  • Have a flexible and pro-active approach.

The successful applicant must be self-motivated and personable with a conscientious attitude.

Beautiful 2 bedroom cottage available.

This role may at times be considered quite physical and can include working on ladders, working with chemicals, moving and lifting of items, and standing for long periods of time so a physically fit person would be best suited.

For more information, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Experienced Chef- Luxury Wellness Retreat – Kings Lynn/Norfolk – RR1713

We are looking for an experienced and passionate chef to join a fantastic, luxury wellness retreat in beautiful North Norfolk. The retreat offers a unique blend of luxury, sustainability and holistic well-being. The kitchen is dedicated to providing fresh, locally sourced, and seasonal cuisine that complements the retreats ethos of natural living and wellness.

The chef will play a crucial role in maintaining high standards and creating exceptional dishes for guests. This position will suit someone with a creative flair, a love for fresh ingredients and a commitment to excellence.

Hours: Full-Time, 40 hours per week, 5 days over 7

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Head Chef in the preparation and presentation of all dishes.
  • Manage a specific section of the kitchen, ensuring high standards of food quality and hygiene.
  • Collaborate in menu planning and development, incorporating seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
  • Maintain inventory and order supplies as needed.
  • Ensure compliance with food safety and sanitation regulations.
  • Train and mentor junior kitchen staff.

Requirements:

  • Proven experience as a Chef de Partie or similar role in a high-quality kitchen.
  • Strong understanding of various cooking methods, ingredients, equipment, and procedures.
  • Excellent organisational and multitasking skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Team player with a positive attitude.
  • A passion for sustainable and holistic culinary practices is a plus.

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary dependent on experience.
  • Opportunities for professional development and career progression.
  • Work in a stunning, serene environment focused on well-being and sustainability.
  • Staff discounts on retreat services and products.
  • Free on-site parking.

For more information about this position, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Full Time Administrator, Preston St Mary, Sudbury REF SP1712

Full Time Service Administrator required for Pest Control company located in the village of Preston St Mary- approx 9 miles from Sudbury and 5 minutes from Lavenham.

We are looking for someone to work Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm with the possibility of working a Saturday morning on a rota if desired.

The Position:-

  • General Administration duties to include filing, record keeping and updating
  • Answering the telephone
  • Resolving incoming queries
  • Day ticket raising
  • Conducting area checks with technicians
  • Dealing with emails, calls and face to face visitors
  • Assisting with other functions as and when required
  • Working in a small team of 4

The Person:-

  • Reliable and a good team player
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Organised with the ability to prioritise workload
  • Polite with good communication skills
  • IT competent including intermediate Microsoft Excel skills
  • Accurate with great attention to detail
  • Able to work well with others, being flexible, supporting colleagues of all levels within a fast paced environment

Good salary offered to the successful person.

For more information please contact Sophie at info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Head Housekeeper (accommodation available) – Norfolk RR1706

The person must be a very experienced, meticulous and hands on housekeeper who has worked in a similar setting previously.

The role will entail:

  • Managing all cleaning, polishing, dusting, vacuuming, mopping etc and the willingness to undertake these duties on a regular basis.
  • Organise and adhere to a clear annual calendar for deep cleaning work and general cleaning regime and avoid clashes with the family and visitors.
  • Maintenance and management of all cleaning supplies, equipment, food & beverage, amenities, and systems (e.g. boiler, water softener)
  • Training and supervising other housekeepers within the household team, ensuring supervision of any visitors and contractors.
  • Working closely with the House Manager to ensure the smooth running of the household to very high standards at all times.
  • Upholding strict confidentiality and discretion in all aspects of the role, respecting the privacy and security of the family.
  • Demonstrating a proactive and solutions-oriented approach to household issues that may arise, being understanding of the family and always considering their needs.
  • All laundry care, including experience caring for a range of garments and clothing.
  • Experience of caring for specialist items e.g. furniture and breakables, maintaining logs of items and handling breakages.
  • Changing linen and making beds as per the schedule of the home.
  • Supporting with the running of the budget for the property.

The ideal person will have a good work ethic and a ‘can do’ attitude, be easy to get along with and be able to manage the overall upkeep of a large country house. Must be used to high standard cleaning and understand the demands of working within a family environment with pets.

Accommodation is offered for those that want to live in, however, if the candidate lives locally, the role can be live out. Please note, due to the location of the role, all candidates will need to drive and own their own car.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator with exceptional organisational abilities and is able to think on their feet in a dynamic household. The family plans do change within a moment’s notice, so every day won’t be the same.

Hours:

  • This is a full time, 40 hour a week, permanent position.
  • Occasional weekends and evening flexibility will be required and agreed in advance.

For more information, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Live In/Out Housekeeper – Holt, Norfolk- Ref RR1636

This fantastic position has fallen through sadly and we are on the look out again for someone great to join the team.

The family are hoping to find an experienced and wonderful Housekeeper to replace their previous Housekeeper of 4 years.

The family home is 2 miles from Holt (a lovely Georgian market town) and a 20 minute drive from North Norfolk’s famous sandy beaches. It is an eight bedroom house with beautiful azalea and rhododendron gardens which are open to the public throughout May.  The house is part of an impressive family estate with arable farm and shoot.

We are looking for a self-motivated, adaptable individual who will be open to adjusting their role as the family’s needs develop.

The role is primarily cleaning and laundry to a high standard (polishing, dusting, hoovering, mopping, tidying, organising drawers/cupboards, changing bed linen etc)

The role will also include:

  • Cooking: basic family cooking plus bulk “freezer” cooking for shoot lunches. Also option to cook for dinner parties should applicant be interested and experienced.
  • Some childcare, including driving, for 11 year old boy-girl twins and 7 year-old boy: occasional babysitting and supervising
  • Occasional weekend and evening work
  • When owners are entertaining: tidying communal areas; preparing, serving and clearing meals
  •  Special events:  e.g.. May garden opening – being on hand to assist with all areas of organisation
  • Responsible for household when owners are away
  • Helping with childcare, dogs and security as and when needed.

Regular hours: This is a full time, permanent role. 7.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday with morning coffee break and half an hour for lunch. There will be some weekend work – up to eight weekends a year – where the family would require support preparing and serving meals and keeping the house tidy for guests.

Accommodation (if required)

The position includes rent-free detached 3-bedroom cottage neighbouring to the main house. It has a sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, garden and parking area. A car will be provided for work duties but, given their rural location, it is essential the applicant has their own car and clean driving licence. Small family and pets welcome.

The Person:

  • Experienced Housekeeper with private household or hotel background essential
  • Discreet, friendly, polite and professional
  • High attention to detail and takes pride in their work
  • Organised and meticulous

This position will suit someone who is organised, reliable, capable of working at their own initiative and good with children. A positive, helpful and can-do attitude is essential as well as someone that loves the countryside and being part of a happy family home and wider Estate community. May suit couple – option for partner to work part-time as driver/gardener/handyman according to experience and qualifications. Non-smoking.

Excellent, fully checkable references and an up to date, enhanced DBS check will be required before starting.

For more information about this lovely opportunity, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Housekeeper – Nr Holkham, Norfolk – RR1705

Great opportunity to join a small team of Housekeepers, working in one of Norfolk’s finest estates. The Housekeeping team provides consistently high standards; so attention to detail and an ability to work diligently will be essential. The role of the housekeeping team is to ensure that the family can enjoy a happy and balanced family life in a home which is also open to the public occasionally.

Working hours:

  • Monday – Thursday, 9am – 3.30pm with the requirement for occasional evening, weekend and bank holiday working.

For more information about this role, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Part Time Housekeeper – East Bergholt, Suffolk, REF- RR1630

Experienced, child/dog friendly housekeeper  required for lovely family of 4 near East Bergholt. Current Housekeeper is leaving after 4 lovely years.

The ideal person will have a great eye to detail and really good organisational skills. They must be reliable and trustworthy with a great work ethic. Most importantly proactive and able to see what needs to be done before being asked.

Days/Hours:

  •  3 days a week, Monday and a Friday a must and another day that suits (flexible am or pm).
  •  4-5 hours per day. Ideally with flexibility around the holidays when children are home to look after children if mother needs to go out.

Responsibilities:

  • Keeping the house clean and dust free to a high standard
  • Keeping fridges organised and clean organised drawers
  • keeping house looking tidy
  • Ironing sheets/shirts
  • Changing bed linen once a week
  • Keeping on top of laundry (experienced with cashmere care)
  • Looking after the children if needed  (ages 9 and 13)
  • Occasional pet sitting

The person must love dogs, the family have a  gorgeous Cockapoo and may get another dog soon.

Excellent references and an up to date DBS check will be required before starting.

Clean driving licence and use of car essential due to rural location.

This could possibly be a live in role if the person prefers so please do not hesitate to get in touch if accommodation is required.

For more information, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Maintenance Operative- West Lexham Retreat, Norfolk -JB1505

We are seeking a diligent and proactive Housekeeping and Maintenance Porter to join our team at West Lexham. The ideal candidate will be responsible for a range of maintenance and housekeeping tasks to ensure our facilities are well-maintained and our guests have an exceptional experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Relationship Management: Maintain effective relationships with management, suppliers, and other key internal and external individuals and groups.
  • Guest Relations: Provide exceptional guest and customer service.
  • Daily Maintenance: Carry out daily maintenance tasks and perform troubleshooting to solve minor repair issues.
  • Improvement and Strategy: Identify areas for improvement and contribute to the maintenance strategy.
  • Maintenance Schedule: Execute tasks to meet the maintenance schedule and satisfy West Lexham’s needs.
  • Event Support: Set up and take down temporary structures for events or bookings.
  • Building Projects: Assist with the installation of building projects, refurbishments, and new build unique structures.
  • Health and Safety: Ensure health and safety policies and procedures are followed within your department.
  • Hosting: Be available for hosting shifts as required.
  • Team Support: Assist in other team responsibilities when necessary and participate in meetings and team briefings.
  • Training: Undertake necessary in-house training and any identified training needs in workplace development practices.
  • Housekeeping Assistance: Assist with transporting linen around the site, cleaning fires, public areas, and heavy equipment.
  • Housekeeping Porterage. 
  • Routine Tasks: Perform any other routine tasks as required by senior staff.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve minor repair issues.
  • Flexibility to assist in various tasks and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Commitment to following health and safety procedures.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Previous experience in maintenance or housekeeping roles is a plus.

If you are a motivated individual with a keen eye for detail and a dedication to maintaining high standards, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Days of work

  • 4 days over 7, paid hourly

Length of placement:

  • Immediate start until January 2025. This could be extended on a month to month rolling basis thereafter.

Type of employment

  • Employed.

For more information about this great opportunity, please email your details to scott@westlexham.org

Rural Business Account Manager, Ipswich, Suffolk – REF JF1682

Full Time Commercial Account Manager required for one of the leading insurance providers in the UK.

The Company has been providing quality insurance to a wide range of customers including, Agricultural, Equestrian, Commercial and HNWIs for over 110 years and the service they provide is first class.

The office is located in a lovely area approx 5 miles south of Ipswich with easy access from the A14/A12 and free onsite parking.

Hours:

  • 9am to 5pm – Monday to Friday

The Account Manager will play a key role in growing the business.

The Role:

Primarily as the Account Manager you will spend your time managing an existing book of business, and identifying cross sell opportunities. You will also spend time undertaking a wide variety of tasks, including pro-actively generating your own personal and commercial insurance opportunities, developing and managing your pipeline.

You will need to build strong customer relationships, getting to know their business needs, and providing the right advice and products. The company do not promote hard selling. The role enables you to spend time in the office and out on the road, visiting customers businesses. The Company’s commercial Insurance book is growing, so this is an opportunity for you to explore new markets and make an exciting contribution to the growth of the business.

The Person MUST have:

  • Drive, energy and enthusiasm to provide the best possible customer experience
  • Insurance experience/ relationship building and where possible rural connections
  • A confident personality with the ability to work well within a team environment, as well as being able to work as an individual
  • Someone who shows initiative  with a ‘can do’ attitude and excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • A background in insurance sales would be preferred with the ability to recognise commercial opportunities and manage the entire sales process
  • A car driver with full UK licence

The successful person will be offered a salary of up to £35,000 per annum depending on experience along with 25 days holiday ( plus bank holidays).

The company offer a comprehensive training plan and support with CII qualifications.

To apply please email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

GCSE Tutor (full or part time)- Newmarket RR1700

Experienced, fun and lovely private tutor required on either a full or part time basis.

The family are located in Newmarket, Suffolk and are looking for someone who can help their two children with all GCSE topics in the comfort of their own home.

The children are 14 and 16 years old and really need someone who can give them plenty of confidence and support.

The opportunity to travel to Dubai with the family is also an option, however when they are overseas sessions can be done remotely.

If you think you could help this lovely family please get in touch.

Contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Chauffeur – Head of Operations, London REF JB1696

The Royal Household are looking to recruit a Chauffeur – Head of Operations to be based at The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace.

Working for the Royal Household is so unique and you will be playing a part in events that are enjoyed by millions.

It’s knowing your team can be relied upon to deliver.

As Head Chauffeur you will lead an exceptional team of professional chauffeurs and oversee vehicle operations in support of events and day to day operations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • With responsibility of the Garage, you will have oversight of vehicle maintenance and presentation, record keeping, equipment usage and health and safety standards
  • Managing the Chauffeur team, you will support their recruitment, training, coaching and performance to ensure the delivery of an exceptional service
  • Liaising with colleagues, you will prepare plans and rosters to ensure appropriate levels of support as well as co-ordinating transport requests
  • You will support advance route planning activities, working with other colleagues and agencies.

Essential Criteria:

  • You will be an experienced Manager used to taking a hands-on approach in a similar context
  • An assured driver with significant professional driving experience, you will hold a full Cat B and D1 clean, UK driving licence
  • Strong organisational, planning and problem-solving skills  essential with the ability to handle competing priorities while maintaining a professional service
  • An outstanding team player, who can build good working relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders
  • You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and you will be used to liaising and interacting with people at all levels

The successful candidate can benefit from on-site accommodation and will travel for up to six weeks of the year within the UK, including occasional international trips.

The Royal Household offers a generous benefits package designed to support wellbeing and life priorities.

Other Benefits:

  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days (plus bank holidays) dependent on length of service
  • An excellent non-contributory pension plan-15%
  • Lunch provide on site
  • A range of leave supports, such as parental pay and leave and volunteering days, as well as benefits to support physical and mental wellbeing.
  • 20% off at Royal Collection Trust Shops and complimentary admission tickets across all of the Companies locations.

A competitive salary will be offered to the successful person.

Please follow the link below to apply:

Chauffeur – Head of Operations – The Royal Household (tal.net)

or alternatively, you can send your CV and covering letter to info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

Private Household Chauffeur- Central London – REF JB1695

Full Time experienced Private Chauffeur required by the Royal Household to be based within the The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, Central London.

The new Chauffeur will join a professional team who drive Principals, officials, guests and visitors to a variety of events as well as day to day operations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Driving passengers to a variety of engagements, contributing to the smooth daily running of the Royal Household’s travel operations
  • Maintaining and presenting vehicles to the highest standards and keeping accurate records
  • Providing varied support for daily routines and the upkeep of the garage, taking into account Health and Safety and Security protocols
  • At times, taking charge of the garage, supporting senior colleagues to always deliver an efficient and exceptional service

Essential Criteria:

  • An assured driver with significant professional driving experience who will hold a full Cat B and D1 clean, UK driving licence
  • Exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills and able to provide an unparalleled chauffeur experience tailored to the needs of the guests
  • An outstanding team player who can adapt to a varied and responsive schedule
  • Excellent time management, planning and problem-solving skills and the ability to undertake duties efficiently and effectively
  • Basic IT skills and the ability to manage daily administrative tasks

Up to six weeks travel within the UK,  including occasional international trips

Benefits:

  • On site accommodation
  • Generous packages to support wellbeing and life priorities
  • 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days (plus bank holidays) dependent on length of service
  • Excellent non contributory pension (25%)
  • On site lunch
  • 20% off at Royal Collection Trust Shops and complimentary admission tickets across all locations, along with many more exclusive employee discounts

To Apply please click on the link below.

Chauffeur – The Royal Household (tal.net)

You can also email-info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

Estates, Grounds and Maintenance Manager, Woodbridge, Suffolk. REF JF1694

Job description

An opportunity has arisen to join a diversified rural business with a focus on sustainable farming, hospitality, weddings, events, catering, natural capital and renewable energy, environmental management, and high end back to nature accommodation.

The position will oversee the estates, grounds and maintenance efforts across the group of business to include but not limited to the building, landscapes, vehicles, offices and custodial maintenance activities, to resolve problems directly or organising the swift resolution with third parties. Ensuring machinery is in good working order and preventative measures are in place and that the grounds are always immaculate with specific qualifications desirable/preferable.

In addition, objectives include effectively managing working patterns and logistics. They will be responsible for building, developing and managing a proactive team to meet deadlines and implement ideas with a problem-solving attitude.

The role includes the overseeing of and involvement in the coordination and execution of all such work and tasks.

The key function will be to maintain the high-quality appearance of the grounds throughout the year, ensuring the venue and accommodation are immaculate in appearance too. The duties of this pivotal role includes scheduling works in a timely fashion for execution and completion and responding to maintenance emergencies and all requests along with managing costs.

Always ensuring and monitoring safety procedures and efficiencies and providing such instruction to staff and contractors.

The role requires a problem-solving approach and resolution-based ethos with a positive demeanour and outlook.

Due to the nature of this role, the working days / hours are geared around the weather and the events, involving working on-call to meet a specified and defined rota system with 40 hours over 7 days per week and seasonal peaks due to the nature of the business.

The position is live-in and includes accommodation. The Estate is located approx 9 miles North of Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to;

  • Possessing a high level of attention to detail and taking great pride in their work
  • Must have proven ability to work efficiently and effectively within a specified time and weather constraints
  • Relevant experience of grounds/gardening/estate maintenance preferential
  • A preference in having experience of using agricultural equipment including but not limited to tractors, mowers, hedge cutters, along with understanding of equipment up-keep
  • Have experience and an understanding of Health & Safety in the workplace and adopting Risk Assessments
  • Proven ability to effectively manage your own workload and supervise the work of others and prioritise workloads accordingly
  • Full clean driving licence
  • Proven ability to undertake maintenance works including basic plumbing and electrical work amongst other aspects
  • Aptitude to learn all operating systems

Preferred skills – useful but not essential:

  • Scissor lift use
  • Working at height
  • First aid certification
  • PAT testing training/certification
  • Chainsaw training/certification
  • Horticultural and gardening experience with (PA1, PA2, PA6, knapsack and meadow spraying desirable)
  • Awareness of air source heat pumps, irrigation and bore holes, generators

Core Requirements:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Positive can-do attitude
  • Organised
  • Flexibility towards working hours is essential

Salary: TBA subject to experience

Includes accommodation.

Hours of work: 40 hours per week over 7 days including on-call duties

To apply please email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part Time Housekeeper / Cook / Companion (live in)- Burnham Market- RR1693

Experienced, live in and lovely part time, private housekeeper required for elderly lady who has a beautiful home in Burnham Market, Norfolk.

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone. No personal care is required.  Our client is fit and healthy and is very active and sociable.

The person must have worked in a similar role previously and be a well referenced, kind and friendly housekeeper.

Hours:

  • 9:30am until 2:30pm Monday-Friday (5 hours / day) plus 9:30am to 1:30pm (3.5 hours) on sat. 28.5 hours per week (flexibility is key)

Duties:

  • Cooking & prepping
    • Lay table & make lunch every day plus prep light dinner for principal to pop in the oven
    • Small socials (lay the table, prep lunch, bridge tea, tea, occasional small dinner parties) prep and clean up afterwards / in the morning
  • Cleaning (hoover, dusting, keep it neat & tidy, laundry, ironing, bathrooms)
  • Housekeeper to make the bed daily and change linen as appropriate including when guests stay occasionally at the weekend.
  • Shopping for food (& making sure food in the fridge isn’t way beyond its sell-by date)
  • Apple Mac tech support as required (ordering on internet support, help with passwords, App downloads, occasional email support like attachments)
  • Driving as required (longer journeys, principal drives locally still)
  • House management (order logs, bring logs into house & lay fire daily in winter, change heating & water times, resolve any issues, read meters, arrange window cleaning etc.)

Offer:

Included:

  • Own private 2 bed, 2 bathroom fully furnished cottage provided at end of the garden
  • All bills (Council tax, electricity, water). Excluded are own mobile phone, streaming platforms, own food, own car & associated costs.

Other benefits

  • Pension Contribution
  • NI
  • Holiday: 4 weeks paid holiday per year
    • You chose 2 weeks
    • Employer choses 2 weeks

If you are looking for a lovely part time, live in housekeeping position then we would love to hear from you.

DBS check essential before starting. Clean driving licence and glowing references a must.

For more information, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Cleaner, Swaffham, Norfolk – REF JF 1691

Experienced Cleaner required for large country house located close to the market town of Swaffham in Norfolk.  There is no public transport to this property so car driver essential.

This beautiful home has many large rooms, high ceilings, grand staircases, solid floors and many more period features. The incoming cleaner will be joining an established, energetic team who keep the house in immaculate condition at all times. We are looking for someone who can work to the highest standards with the ability to follow instructions and at times work using their own initiative

Full time, 40 hours a week, Monday- Friday – employed

The Position:

  • Vacuuming
  • Washing floors
  • Polishing and dusting
  • Cleaning bathrooms and kitchens
  • Changing bed linen
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Deep cleans when required
  • Brass and silver cleaning

The Person:

  • Reliable, enthusiastic with a good work ethic
  • Trustworthy and understand the need for discretion
  • Physically fit and energetic
  • An excellent cleaner
  • Will have previously worked within a private household ( preferred )
  • Will have very high standards
  • Polite and well presented
  • Car driver
  • Non smoker

The successful person will be offered a very competitive salary,  which will depend on experience.

A part time cleaner  who could work 5 mornings a week would also be considered.

To apply please email Rebecca – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Nursery Cook, East Bergholt, Suffolk. REF JF1690

Experienced Cook required for lovely children’s day nursery located in the village of East Bergholt, between Ipswich and Colchester.

We are looking for someone who can work 5 days a week – Monday to Friday (no weekends) and the ideal hours will be 8am to 3pm, however flexibility can be shown to allow the cook to start and finish within school hours. This is a year round position as the nursery does not close during the normal school holidays.

The new cook will be able to cater for 50 pre -school children, creating delicious, healthy meals for them. The nursery encourages lots of variety and includes yogurts and fruit in the daily menu.

Ideally the cook would have worked within a school or perhaps a restaurant/cafe and understand the demands of a commercial kitchen.

Requirements:

  • Proficiency in food preparation and cooking techniques
  • The ability to plan and create well balanced menus suitable for the under 5s
  • Knowledge of dietary requirements
  • Strong knowledge of food safety practices
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • To keep the kitchen clean, tidy and safe at all times

The Person:

  • Reliable, enthusiastic with an excellent ‘can do’ attitude
  • Very child friendly with a lovely jolly personality
  • Organised
  • Creative with healthy recipes for the children
  • Able to work within budgets
  • Approachable and open to suggestions from Nursery Owner and Managers

*The nursery supports the children within their care, protects them from maltreatment and has robust procedures in place to prevent the impairment of children’s health and development. In their setting they strive to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and they promote acceptance and tolerance of other beliefs and cultures . Safeguarding is a much wider subject than the elements covered within this single policy, therefore this document should be used in conjunction with the nursery’s other policies and procedures. Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility. At this nursery all staff, students and visitors are made aware of and adhere to, the policy*

A good hourly rate will be offered to the successful person.

Please email your applications to – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Live In Full Time Gardener, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds – REF SP1688

Full Time experienced Head Gardener required for a beautiful private country house located between Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds. This is a live in position with accommodation provided in the village.

We are looking for an experienced gardener, who has worked as a private gardener previously and has excellent references to look after and manage this beautiful garden consisting of flower beds, lawns, hedges, a walled garden and small vegetable patch. There is roughly 8 acres of garden and within this a large moat (separately maintained) and wild areas. There is also about 8 acres of paddocks which are either grazed or cut.

This is a full time position, Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm (hours can be flexible). This is a live in position with a 4 bedroom modern bungalow provided in the local village. There could be one days housekeeping work for the other half of the couple but this is not essential. A family and dog would be welcome.

Duties to include

  • To keep all drives, gardens, borders and paved areas clean and tidy
  • Maintain the current borders to a high standard and water all new planting and tubs
  • Cut wood and fill log baskets
  • Cutting all lawns, long grass and grass rides around the fields, hedge cutting and using weed killer where necessary
  • Keep gutters clear of leaves, etc.
  • Look after all machinery and equipment, e.g. cutters, flymos, mowers, ride on cutter, saws,  pumps, and tractor and trailer etc.
  • Maintain compost heap and bonfires
  • Maintain protectors around young trees
  • Liaise with external contractors and controlling access to the house when the owners are away
  • Plant borders and shrub work in collaboration with the owners
  • Maintain garden furniture, keep leisure areas tidy and small job repairs
  • Occasionally level the sand menage with tractor

The successful applicant will: 

  • Be passionate and enthusiastic about the garden
  • Have at least 5 years experience and worked in a private garden previously or be qualified
  • Punctual, reliable and trustworthy
  • Able to work with a part time assistant gardener and work independently as well as collaborate with the owners
  • Able to operate all garden machinery including driving a small tractor and trailer
  • Be apply to supply excellent references from previous employers

A competitive salary will be offered to the successful applicant.

For more information please contact Sophie at info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Cleaner, East Bergholt, Suffolk. REF JF1689

Part Time Cleaner required for children’s day nursery located in East Bergholt, Suffolk with easy access from the A12/A14.

We are looking for a reliable, enthusiastic person to manage the cleaning of this purpose built nursery to a very high standard.

The days will be Monday to Friday- 2 hours per day -10 hours total per week. The cleaner will need to work either before the nursery opens 8am or after it closes 6pm.

The position will include:-

  • Vacuuming
  • Washing floors
  • Cleaning the toilets
  • Cleaning the kitchen
  • Dusting and polishing
  • Making sure the desks, chair, and other furniture are all clean and safe to use

The person:-

  • Reliable, enthusiastic with a good work ethic
  • Local to East Bergholt (within half and hour ideally)
  • Child friendly with an easy to get along with personality
  • Experienced with commercial cleaning preferred
  • Exemplary cleaning skills with a keen eye for the finer detail

 

*The nursery supports the children within their care, protects them from maltreatment and has robust procedures in place to prevent the impairment of children’s health and development. In their setting they strive to protect children from the risk of radicalisation and they promote acceptance and tolerance of other beliefs and cultures . Safeguarding is a much wider subject than the elements covered within this single policy, therefore this document should be used in conjunction with the nursery’s other policies and procedures. Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility. At this nursery all staff, students and visitors are made aware of and adhere to, the policy*.

A good hourly rate will be offered to the successful person who can provide fully checkable references. A DBS check will be requested.

To apply please email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Team Leader – Countryside Stewardship Service. REF JF1686

Team Leader for the Countryside Stewardship Heritage Service required on a FTC until March 2025 with the potential to continue for approximately 4 more years. Working for the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. Helping people understand, value and look after their historic places.

This is a job share with one other person (already appointed) to cover the South West of England – Birmingham, London, Cambridge and Bristol. The role is hybrid working with an attached office (Bristol) – 21.5 hours per week.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Management:

  • Lead and Manage a team of Heritage Service Officers (Countryside Stewardship) and a Business officer, providing additional capacity to support their work as necessary
  • Develop the capabilities and manage the workloads of the team, building their confidence and professional ability
  • Ensure knowledge of and compliance with agreed practices and standards
  • Using your own expertise in Countryside Stewardship, you will support your team to provide advice on challenging Higher Tier Capital grants and PA2 Feasibility studies applications
  • Take delegated responsibility for the delivery of challenging targets and timetable
  • Take overall responsibility for the provision of advice and support to owners and agents
  • As a manager, ensure all  the company’s legal obligations and the expectations set out in the company policies are met, including health and safety, equality and diversity, finance, procurement, information security and managing people.

Day to day responsibilities:

  • Develop, oversee the implementation of and monitor Countryside Stewardship casework
  • Lead advice on applications for Higher Tier Capital Works and PA2 Feasibility Studies. Countryside Stewardship funding agreements and lead the monitoring of successful delivery of heritage projects.
  • Allocate and prioritise casework across the team
  • Review data recording and reporting by the team
  • Report on the activity of the team
  • Represent the team at meetings, including the Service Delivery Board, Partnerships Forum, and the Rural Payments Agency
  • Work to promote the Countryside Stewardship Heritage Service internally and externally as required
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties commensurate with the grade and competencies required of the post requested by line management.

Key relationships:

  • Working closely with the Business Improvement team
  • Working closely with the Partnerships Team Leaders to deliver the service, ensuring that casework is complementary to regional priorities and is consistent with existing advice from regional teams
  • Develop a close working relationship with the Rural Payments Agency team to enable mutual problem solving and delivery
  • Work closely with identified owners and agents and team members ensuring Countryside Stewardship clients gain access to services of the Heritage Service Officers (Countryside Stewardship)

For the role you will be required to:

  • Travel regularly to sites not serviced by public transport
  • Visit and inspect sites in poor condition and under repair, which is likely to require climbing scaffolding, negotiating heights and confined spaces ( church roofs, etc)

The Person:

  • Reliable, a good team player with effective negotiation, influencing and problem-solving skills
  • Experienced with leading a team delivering advice to multiple clients in challenging timescales, achieving:-targets and deadlines, managing team’s workload across complex demands for service, with fairness and empathy
  • Able to coach and mentor to develop skills and confidence
  • Will have extensive experience of project management
  • Will have training, experience and qualifications in leading and motivating a team.
  • Will demonstrate capability in performance management
  • Experienced in building and maintaining relationships with strategic partners and individual owners/agents
  • Able to deal with pressure and challenge
  • Pro-active in your attitude to work, always seeking to engage with colleagues and partners
  • Personable and open communicative style
  • Flexible and willing to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Aware of equal opportunities, inclusion and diversity matters in dealing with the public and colleagues
  • Car driver with own transport essential

A generous salary will be offered to the successful person. An excellent company pension and other benefits also part of the package.

To apply email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

 

PA/Private Secretary, Cambridge – REF JF1684

Full Time experienced PA/Private Secretary required for HNW family located in Cambridge. The ideal person will have previously worked within a private household and understand the need for politeness and discretion at all times.

The hours will be 9am to 5pm-Monday to Friday, however flexibility will be shown around these hours from both parties when required.

The Position:

  • PA to the Principals (2)
  • Managing three properties – Cambridge, Spain and London
  • Liaising with tradespeople and utilities to keep the properties running efficiently
  • Diary Management – booking flights, hotels, appointments, meetings etc
  • Event co-ordinating for ‘set piece’ events taking place throughout the year
  • Managing projects within a Charitable Trust, attending project meetings and evaluating bids from projects being considered
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Using Google Workspace
  • Dealing with calls, emails and face to face meetings

The Person:-

  • Reliable, trustworthy with an understanding of the demand for discretion at all times
  • Polite, well presented with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Technologically adept with accurate data recording. Knowledge of Google Workspace would be advantageous and excellent IT skills essential.
  • Organised and able to prioritise workload
  • Will have excellent communication skills, written, face to face and on the phone.
  • Confident to attend meetings when necessary
  • Reasonably local to Cambridge

A generous salary will be offered to the successful person who can provide fully checkable references.

Car driver and non smoker only.

To apply please email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

Live In Houseperson (Security, Safety & Maintenance) – Norfolk – RR1683

Live in Houseperson required to take care of the security and safety at one of East Anglia’s finest Estates located in beautiful Norfolk, not far from the coast.

We are looking for a reliable, trustworthy person to join the facilities and security team in this wonderful stately home. The role of Houseperson, which is very hands on, is to assist with safety and security of the Hall. Someone who can provide the best possible levels of customer service to both the family and visitors reacting in a prompt and friendly way.

The ability to turn a practical hand to all manner of maintenance jobs whilst keeping on top of mandatory tasks to keep the building running smoothly for visitors, family and staff.

There is a one bedroom apartment available within the Hall best suited to one person.

The Position:-

  • Part of the team providing Security and Safety
  • Making sure the Hall is always well presented and maintained to the highest standards
  • Responding to family requests-such as moving luggage, fire laying, dog care, furniture moving, carrying out tasks and repairs upon request.
  • Opening and closing the doors when required and keeping exit routes clear.
  • Assist with events being held at the Hall, weddings, filming, and VIP visitors to the Estate.
  • Any other duties required within the Estate
  • 5 day week which include 1 weekend day, weekends off on rota basis
  • Assisting with deliveries of equipment, stock, materials, or large parcels and to ensure their delivery to the correct person or area.
  • Assisting with maintenance and upkeep of vehicles

The Person:-

  • Reliable, trustworthy and always able to work with the upmost discretion and sensitivity
  • A friendly, easy to get along with team player
  • Well presented and polite
  • Will have a good working knowledge of fire and security alarms
  • During the winter period will be happy to assist around the Estate with decorating, repairs and replacements.
  • A car driver
  • A non smoker
  • Able to keep accurate records
  • Full up to speed with IT

There will be a good annual salary offered to the successful person who can provide fully checkable references.

Car driver essential and DBS check to be obtained before starting.

For more information please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

Office Manager, Nr Newmarket – RR1681

Full time, experienced and highly organised Office Manager required for professional pre-training yard near Newmarket, Suffolk.  This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to join an extremely successful, close knit team.

Hours;

  • 40 hours a week,
  • Monday – Friday
  • 8am – 4pm or 9am – 5pm (flexible)
  • Chance to work remotely 1-2 days a week for the right person

This is a fast paced environment and will require someone who is highly efficient and organised with a great attention to detail and ability to work under pressure.

If you are an experienced office manager with a passion for horses or horse racing then we would love to hear from you.

Requirements:

  • Organising vaccinations and routine veterinary work
  • Writing reports for horse owners and trainers
  • Accurate record keeping with in house system (Excel spreadsheets/Google Sheets)
  • Staff management
  • Invoicing
  • Updating and communicating with owners regularly (via telephone, email etc)
  • Keeping track of staff overtime
  • Helping the accountant with staff hours / overtime and submitting payroll
  • Additional help with social media and the company website as and when necessary

The Person:

  • Enthusiastic and self motivated
  • Interest in horses or horse racing essential
  • Experience as a racing secretary would be a real advantage but is not a deal breaker
  • Office Management or equivalent essential
  • Great communicator, with an excellent phone manner to speak with owners and trainers
  • Excellent IT skills (particularly with Excel Spreadsheets) and use of the English Language
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise work load
  • At least an intermediate level of Microsoft Excel
  • Polite, professional and a real team player
  • Reliable, trustworthy and discreet
  • High attention to detail, accurate and takes pride in their work

£34,000 per annum, great overall package and excellent working environment.

Car driver essential due to remote location.

For more in formation about this lovely position, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

To apply, please send an up to date CV and covering letter.

Commercial Services Advisor, Ipswich, Suffolk. REF JF1680

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time person to join the Commercial Support Team within a leading National Insurance Company, located in beautiful countryside approx 4/5 miles south of Ipswich. Easy access via A14 with free parking on site.

Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm

As a local agency of the Insurance Company they deliver a first class, personal service and sell their product range across the region, to customers old and new, who are the core of everything they do. The new staff member must understand the need to work as part of an established team where honesty, integrity, and trust are at the heart of the Company’s values.

The Role:

Working in an upbeat and friendly team, you will play a key role in the success of an expanding local business, providing excellent customer service to their members, and working as part of a focused team. You will provide support to the Partners, review and advise customers on their insurance requirements and create cross-selling opportunities.

  • Support Partners with enquiries, existing policy alterations, and renewal reviews
  • Provide first class Customer Service by establishing their needs
  • Respond to billing and accounting queries
  • Introduce the Company’s Financial Services to new and existing customers
  • Assist with day-to-day office administration processes

The Person:

The Company are looking for a new colleague with a ‘can do’ attitude and positive energy, who will:

  • Demonstrate the drive, energy and enthusiasm required to provide a fantastic customer experience to our existing and prospective clients
  • Be a proficient IT user with good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Be a problem solver who enjoys working as part of a team with a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Have good organisational skills and the ability to manage a busy workload and prioritise tasks
  • Hold a minimum of Grade C in GCSE Math’s and English ( or equivalent )
  • Have the ability and desire to learn new systems, products, processes and skills

A background in insurance or financial services would be advantageous but not essential

The Company commitment to you:

  • To invest in your personal development and to provide a comprehensive training plan allowing progression within the business
  • A supportive, friendly working environment with a strong team ethos
  • Support with qualifications
  • Pension contribution and Medical Cashback Plan
  • Beautiful countryside setting,  free on site parking, on site shower facilities
  • Unlimited access to Refer a Friend £500 bonus scheme
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Competitive salary up to £25,000

An interest in rural life, such as farming, equestrian pursuits, country sports would be great.

To apply please email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

 

Hard Landscaper Team Leader – Near Colchester, Essex SP1679

Full Time Skilled Hard Landscaper required for an award winning Landscape and Construction Company located on the Essex/Suffolk borders close to Bures. We are looking for someone with leadership skills who could manage a team within the company in the near future.

This is a Monday to Friday position with travel from the base in Bures to a variety of sites, mostly in East Anglia but with others in London.

You will be part of an established team, providing a professional service to new and existing customers. The position will include the following:-

  • Working in a team creating new and maintaining established gardens-from courtyards to large private Estate gardens
  • Working towards leading a team of Landscapers on site at various different jobs
  • Setting out, laying all types of paving and brickwork, small retaining walls, paths and footings
  • Setting up levels and interpreting drawings and sharing these with the team
  • Communicating and leading team members in a clear and effective way
  • Communicating with clients and with the head office
  • Driving to various sites
  • Using different types of plant, excavators and other site machinery

The Person:-

  • Reliable, punctual and enthusiastic
  • A good team player and easy to get along with
  • Leadership skills and qualities and able to motivate a team
  • Will have excellent communication skills, essential when dealing with clients, site team and the office.
  • Will have a positive and proactive attitude, and a very critical eye for detail.
  • Will have good horticultural knowledge
  • Will have a proven track record as a hard landscaper -at least 2-3 years relevant experience
  • A car driver
  • Aware with the requirements of Health and Safety

An industry competitive salary will be offered to the successful person.

For more information please contact Sophie on 07889 849175 or email info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Qualified Gardener Live In/ Out, Hempnall, Norfolk- REF RR1617

Experienced and knowledgeable Estate Gardener required for impressive, private country estate on the outskirts of Norwich.

The person must have worked in a similar setting previously, taking care of large estate gardens / grounds all year round.

The majority of the estate is parkland/woodland, but it also has a beautiful formal garden consisting of attractive lawns, topiary, mixed beds and borders, roses, wisteria, orchard, lakes, hedges, tree lined driveway, old established trees.

The garden now needs an enthusiastic, committed and passionate person who can focus their attention on bringing it back to its original beauty. Someone with a real flair who takes a pride in their work would be best suited.

Horticultural qualifications are essential.

The successful person will be very hands on and have extensive horticultural knowledge. They will need to be energetic, ambitious and physically fit.  PA1/PA6 spray certificates and chainsaw licence are essential.  A driving licence is required for the role due to the rural location of the estate.

There is a wide range of machinery including garden tools, tractor and trailer, therefore the ability to operate a range of garden machinery and good craft skills are also desirable for the role.

Responsibilities:

  • Formal borders-pruning, cutting back plants and shrubs, watering, plant feeding, weeding, digging out, mulching
  • Lawns-mowing, edging, aerating, scarifying, fertilising
  • Hedges- cutting, shaping
  • Driving mini tractor and trailer
  • General maintenance of machinery and coordinating servicing

Groundsperson/Caretaking:

  • Driveway paths and yards- tidying, raking, brushing and leaf blowing
  • Weed control using chemical spray from backpack sprayer
  • Chainsaw use and other powered machines
  • Wood splitting manually or by machine to provide the hall with logs
  • Basic maintenance of fences
  • Leaf clearing
You will need to be organised, able to plan and prioritise your workload, have good communication skills and the ability to work alongside others and alone.
Hours:
  • 8am to 4pm Monday-Friday.
This is an employed position but if the person would rather be self employed this is an option too.
Great annual salary for the right person.
*Can be a live in or live out role*

Accommodation: wing of the main property with its own separate entrance and garden. It’s a lovely space with a large bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/diner and sitting room.

The family have dogs and wish to protect wildlife/birds, so would prefer the Housekeeper not to have pets of their own, especially cats although a well behaved dog would be welcome.

This is a full time, permanent, employed role offering a magnificent working / living environment.

Excellent, fully checkable references will be required for this lovely position.
For more information, please contact Rebecca – info@ruralreacruitment.co.uk

Full Time Groom/Rider, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk – REF JB1674

Full Time experienced Groom required for private sports horse stud in a beautiful location 6 miles south of Bury St Edmunds. Easy access from the A14 and A134.

Regular Part Time person also considered.

We are looking for someone local, reliable with a good sense of humour to join this small established team caring for mares, foals, youngstock and event horses up to 4*.

The stud has excellent facilities which include the following:-

  • Indoor and outside stables providing a good working environment
  • Lunge pen and loose jumping school
  • Full size outdoor arena
  • Horse walker
  • 140 acres of grassland
  • All weather gallops and grass gallops
  • Canteen area and staff loo/wash area

The Position:-

  • All yard duties to a high standard-mucking out, hays, waters, sweeping, tack cleaning etc
  • Handling mares and foals, confidently and kindly on the ground
  • Assisting with AI
  • Lunging, long reining
  • Ridden exercise of the 4/5 year olds plus eventers
  • Clipping and plaiting
  • Turning out for competition
  • Keeping all areas clean, safe and tidy at all times
  • 5 day week which will include weekends on a rota basis.

The Person:-

  • Reliable, punctual, enthusiastic with a genuine love of working with horses
  • Confident handling a variety of horses on the ground including cheeky foals
  • Will be a good rider who is happy hacking and schooling
  • Will have excellent turn out skills-clipping, plaiting etc
  • Will be a good team player, who can follow instructions and also use their own initiative when working alone
  • A lorry driver would be an advantage, but not a dealbreaker

A good salary will be offered to the successful person who can provide fully checkable references.

Some shared commission on sales will be offered after 6 months of working at the stud.

Full Time Nanny, Netherlands/Belgium. REF JF1672

Full Time experienced Nanny/Mother’s help required for international equestrian family based on the Belgium/Netherlands border.

The successful person must already be working/living in Europe. Accommodation will be provided.

The family are looking for a reliable, trustworthy, experienced Nanny to care for one 6 year old little girl.

Someone kind, caring with a genuine love of working with children. An equestrian background would be an advantage making this job very attractive to someone who loves  being around horses and ponies.

The family compete internationally, so during the school holidays the Nanny will be accompanying the family on their travels, so lots of variety and changes of scenery.

During term time the position will include the following:

  • Day to day care of 6 year old little girl
  • Daily routine of breakfast, and getting ready for school
  • School runs
  • During the day keeping the house clean and tidy
  • Preparing healthy food
  • Shopping
  • Taking little girl to activities
  • Helping with homework and other studies
  • Helping her with her pony

Good salary offered to the successful person.

References and police check will be required.

Apply to – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

Property Administrator- Walsingham, Norfolk- RR1671

Full time, experienced and fantastic Property Administrator required for beautiful Norfolk estate in Walsingham.

The Property Administrator will be responsible for carrying out tasks associated with the letting and management of tenanted residential and commercial properties for this impressive estate.  The role requires building relationships with customers and suppliers, delivering excellent service and following processes and procedures to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

This is a lovely position situated in an idyllic rural setting that doesn’t come up very often!  It would suit someone who enjoys working in the countryside in a busy and interesting role.

Hours:

  • Full time, permanent position, 35 hours a week, Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm
  • 1 hour off for lunch

Main Responsibilities:

  • New lettings enquiries – commercial & residential
  • First point of contact for tenants and potential tenants
  • Tenant liaison
  • Drafting Licences, Tenancy Agreements etc.
  • Schedules of condition
  • Property Terrier (Database) Management
  • Property compliance
  • Property inspections
  • Recording repairs and maintenance
  • Mapping
  • End of tenancy matters & check out
  • Tenancy adjustment notices
  • Utilities & Rates management
  • General administration
  • Filing

The Person:

  • Past experience of property management/administration
  • Preferably NRLA (or similar) qualified
  • Excellent data management skills
  • Methodical & organised
  • Good communicator
  • Knowledge of property management accounting software (Landmark Keyprime, Farmplan Business Manager & Property Manager) and mapping (LandApp) software helpful
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams & Outlook)
  • Attention to detail
  • Team player
  • Problem solver
  • Professional manner at all times
  • Customer focused
  • Polite and well presented with a friendly, warm and enthusiastic way about them

Excellent, checkable references will be required before starting.

For more information about this lovely opportunity, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruuitment.co.uk

 

Live In / Out Housekeeper, nr Norwich, Norfolk- REF RR1628

Experienced, live in Housekeeper required for impressive, private,  country manor house not far from Norwich, Norfolk.

We are looking for a reliable, meticulous and detail orientated Housekeeper. Someone who has worked in a hotel or private household previously would be best suited for this position.

Part time, 4 days a week.

The current housekeeper is retiring after 4 wonderful years.

The house is a large, 12 bedroom family home, arranged over three storeys, so the housekeeper will need to be physically fit and capable of managing a house of this size.

The Role/Responsibilities: 

  • Maintaining cleanliness and orderliness of the families private home all year round
  • Taking care of general cleaning such as sweeping, mopping, dusting, and vacuuming
  • Deep cleaning bathrooms, kitchens, and other higher use rooms
  • Making beds and changing linens
  • Managing all household laundry and ironing
  • Restocking supplies such as toiletries and towels
  • Emptying bins
  • Restocking vases with fresh flowers
  • Keeping on top of all cleaning supplies and restocking when needed
  • Responding to family and guest requests in a timely, friendly and professional manner as and when necessary
  • Polishing antiques and silverware
  • Occasional house/pet sitting

The person:

  • Previous experience in hotel or private household essential, with formal training
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow instructions
  • Excellent time management skills to prioritise tasks effectively
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills to interact with family members, guests and other members of staff
  • Firm knowledge of hotel or private housekeeping procedures and techniques
  • Familiarity with cleaning equipment and products
  • Passionate about what they do with a high attention to detail
  • Discreet, professional and lovely to have around
  • Someone careful who takes pride in their work

*Can be a live in or live out role*

Accommodation: wing of the main property with its own separate entrance and garden. It’s a lovely space with a large bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/diner and sitting room.

Sadly pets (dogs and cats) are not welcome as the garden cannot be safely enclosed.

This is a full time, permanent, employed role offering a magnificent working / living environment.

If you have been a live in Housekeeper or Hotel Housekeeper previously, we would love to hear from you.

Fully checkable references and an up to date, enhanced DBS check will be required before starting.

For more information about this great opportunity, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Full Time Gardener, Camberley, Surrey Ref JF1670

Full Time experienced Estate Gardener required for private country estate located approx 5 miles from Camberley,  Surrey.

The house has beautiful, established gardens and we are looking for someone to join the small team,  all enthusiastic gardeners with a real passion for horticulture.

The position is Monday to Friday – 8am to 4.30pm .  There is no accommodation available on the estate.

The successful person will have previously worked within an Estate garden and be a good team player who can follow instructions.  A reliable, polite and well presented person who is easy to get along with and has a good work ethic.

The Position:

  • Use of large garden machinery – ride on mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters etc
  • Maintaining large areas of formal lawns to a high standard
  • General gardening – weeding, pruning, mulching, digging over beds, cutting back, watering, replanting etc
  • Topiary and general hedge cutting
  • Maintaining the rose garden and cutting garden
  • Tractor and implement use
  • Spraying
  • Tree maintenance
  • Water features, lakes etc
  • Vegetable growing

The Person:

  • Reliable, trustworthy and a good team player
  • Experienced with all garden machinery
  • Will have excellent horticultural knowledge
  • Happy to work in all weathers and follow instructions
  • Will be a car driver with own transport
  • Will be fit and healthy as the job can be physically demanding at times.
  • Will have tractor experience ideally.
  • Will be able to provide fully checkable references

A competitive salary and a 15% pension will be offered to the successful person. Other benefits offered.

To apply email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Sales Assistant – Newmarket, Suffolk RR1669

Motivated and customer-oriented Retail Sales Assistant required to join a well established and close knit team. The person will be responsible for providing exceptional customer service, assisting customers with their purchases, and ensuring a positive shopping experience. This is a great opportunity for individuals who enjoy working in a fast-paced retail environment in the equine sector.

Hours:

  • 40 hours a week

Days:

  • Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm
  • Saturday morning 9am-1pm (1 in 3 Saturdays off)
  • When a Saturday is worked, a half day is given during the week

Responsibilities:

  • Greet customers and assist them in finding products or answering their questions
  • Provide excellent customer service by addressing customer concerns and resolving any issues
  • Maintain a clean and organised sales floor, including restocking shelves and arranging merchandise displays
  • Operate the cash register and handle financial transactions accurately
  • Promote sales by demonstrating product features and benefits to customers
  • Upsell additional products or services to increase sales revenue
  • Collaborate with team members to achieve sales goals and targets
  • Stay up-to-date with product knowledge and industry trends to provide accurate information to customers

The Person:

  •  Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Polite, professional and well presented
  • Strong time management and organisational skills
  • Basic math skills for handling cash transactions
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Previous retail sales experience is preferred but not required
  • Ability to work flexible schedules, including weekends on a rota system

Wonderful working environment in the centre of gorgeous Newmarket. Great opportunities for career growth within the company. A chance to do extra courses such as a forklift licence, medicine certificate to help with worming programmes for horses and British School of Sharpening to help take care of clipper sharpening in house.

If you are passionate about providing exceptional customer service and enjoy working in a dynamic retail environment, we would love to hear from you.

This would suit a polite, friendly and bubbly person who enjoys a varied role.

For more information please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Head Groundsperson / Gardener, Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex. REF JF1668

Full Time Head Groundsperson / Gardener required by private, country Estate located 5 miles South of Bishops Stortford, Essex, with easy access from A120 and M11.

The Estate is set within 45 acres of beautiful parkland just outside the village of Hatfield Broad Oak.

This is an exciting opportunity for a knowledgeable, hardworking person to manage and improve the Estate grounds, working closely with the Estate Manager.

The successful candidate will have previously been involved in all aspects of parkland maintenance,  and will also have some gardening experience with good horticultural knowledge.  Previous Estate work would be an advantage and preferred.

Someone practical with good mechanical knowledge essential with the ability to use large garden machinery, tractors, ATVs etc,  to maintain large areas of lawn to the highest standard.

This is a hands on position, however a proven track record in a leadership role would be advantageous.

Hours will be 40 per week – 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday with the occasional weekends if required.

DBS and NDA will be required as well as fully checkable references.

A generous salary ( dependent on experience ) will be offered to the successful person as well as 28 days holiday (including bank holidays)

Driver/Handyperson/Estate Worker, Newmarket, Suffolk. REF JF1667

A rare opportunity has arisen for someone to join a team on a large, private Estate located 11 miles South of Newmarket and 2 miles from Wickhambrook, Suffolk.

The position will be 5 days a week, which will include weekend work on occasions.

We are looking for a reliable, enthusiastic person to join the established team,  where duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:-

  • Driving duties
  • General Household Maintenance
  • General Repairs and Maintenance for the Estate properties
  • Keeping the cars in very good condition including organising services, MOTs, fuelling and maintenance
  • Supervising the swimming pool maintenance
  • Handyperson and caretaking duties
  • Looking after the cellars
  • Working for the housebuilding company on occasions
  • Providing support to the arable enterprise on the farm where required – tractor driving and carting, harvesting operations, grass cutting and tree maintenance. Training, where required will be provided.
  • Assisting the Game Keeper when required.

The Person:-

  • Reliable, punctual with an excellent work ethic
  • Polite and well presented
  • A good team player
  • Experienced with general maintenance and handy person duties
  • A car driver with a clean licence
  • Experienced in the use of large garden machinery and able to carry out grass cutting of large areas
  • Agriculturally experienced and able to drive a tractor.
  • Will live locally -no more than 40 minutes from the Estate
  • Experienced with Estate work preferred.

This is ideally a full time role however a permanent part time person would be considered.

To apply email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

Couple, Berkshire REF JF1666

Couple required for private household located approx. 9 miles South of Reading, Berkshire.

The couple will be required to cover a variety of duties, which will include – Housework, Gardening, Driving, Security, Caretaking duties and Companionship within a large private country house. The previous couple retiring after 20 years with the family.

This is not an isolated position as there are other staff members employed on a part time basis.

We are looking for a really reliable, trustworthy couple who can literally do what is required and when to assist the clients. This is a live in position and a self contained apartment will be offered along with a salary to be agreed.

The starting hours will be approx 40-60 per week (combined) however this could increase if time needed to cover busy days/weeks. The hours will include weekend days as necessary and days off in lieu will be offered. The family have a house in London so are away some of the time, however they always like to have the live in couple on site. One person will be paid a full time salary and the other on an hourly basis.

The main requirement is that the successful couple are friendly and easy to get along with. People with genuinely kind, helpful natures essential. Must be patient and happy to make this mature husband and wife’s life as easy as possible.

Someone who can cook on occasions, shop and run errands for the family and enjoy the variety this job offers.

There are 2 little shetland ponies and chickens who occasionally need looking after ( checking and making sure they have feed and water etc ) A horse person would be an advantage.

Car drivers with own transport and non smokers only.

To apply, please email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Estate Gardener, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk REF JF1662 (on hold)

Full Time Senior Gardener required for private garden within a large country Estate located in the most stunning location on the Essex/Suffolk border (AONB).

We are seeking a skilled gardener who will be responsible for maintaining the gardens and grounds of a large 15th century country house. This is a hands on role that requires a strong knowledge of garden maintenance and horticulture. RHS qualifications would be preferred, however a gardener with extensive horticultural knowledge and experience would be considered.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan, create and maintain the garden
  • Carry out all lawn care, such as mowing, strimming, edging etc
  • Plant, cultivate and care for flowers, trees, shrubs and other plants
  • Maintain the drive and keep parkland tidy
  • Implement appropriate pest control
  • Operate large garden machinery such as ride on mower, strimmer, hedge cutter etc
  • Train and supervise other staff members as required
  • Maintain accurate records of garden activities

Qualifications:

  • Proven experience in garden maintenance or landscape management
  • Extensive horticultural knowledge
  • Proficiency in using power tools and hand tools
  • Strong understanding of irrigation systems
  • Strong organisational skills with attention to detail
  • Physical stamina to perform manual labour in various weather conditions
  • A polite, well mannered and easy to get along with personality
  • Driving licence

The successful person will be offered a generous salary and accommodation on the Estate.

Fully checkable references will be requested.

To apply please contact Jackie via- info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

www.ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Private Office PA, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk REF JF 1661

Full Time experienced Personal Assistant required by a private household on an Estate set in the most beautiful location on the Essex/Suffolk border (AONB). The property is easily accessed from Sudbury, Colchester and Ipswich.

This position offers the opportunity for the successful person to travel to London ( bi-weekly on Wednesdays ).  The other 4 days the PA will be based in the office in Suffolk.

The hours will be:

09.00 – 13.00 and 13.30 – 17.30

The bi weekly London Wednesday hours will be:

10.00 – 13.00 and 13.30 – 16.30

The Position:

  • Diary Management
  • Dealing with emails, calls and private correspondence
  • Organising all administrative work for the Principal including philanthropic work
  • General office / insurance / administrative duties
  • Organising properties in the UK and abroad
  • Organising travel arrangements for the Principal
  • House Management for large 15th century country house
  • Being the first point of contact for the domestic and estate staff
  • Cottage Management
  • Accurate data recording
  • Working with Mac systems
  • Bookkeeping/Accounts using XERO – training will be given
  • Travelling to London ( Kensington ) alternate Wednesdays

The Person will be:

  • Reliable, discreet, punctual and enthusiastic
  • Well presented and polite
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experienced with working within a private household
  • Comfortable liaising with a variety of people, The Principals, other PAs and estate staff, Accountants, Land Agents etc
  • Very competent with IT
  • A car driver with own transport
  • A non smoker
  • Within 45 minutes commute of Stoke by Nayland
  • Able to provide fully checkable references

To apply please telephone Jackie 07979 501997 or email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Live in Couple (Housekeeper / Estate Gardener) – Norfolk- RR1659

Experienced, live in Couple required for impressive, private,  country manor house not far from Norwich, Norfolk.

We are looking for a reliable, experienced and well referenced couple to take care of this beautiful estate which consists of a large 12 bedroom family home and wonderful gardens / woodland.

This would suit a couple who have worked in a similar setting previously and have excellent references to back this.

Housekeeper:

The Role/Responsibilities: 

  • The house is a large, 12 bedroom family home, arranged over three storeys, so the housekeeper will need to be physically fit and capable of managing a house of this size
  • Maintaining cleanliness and orderliness of the families private home all year round
  • Taking care of general cleaning such as sweeping, mopping, dusting, and vacuuming
  • Deep cleaning bathrooms, kitchens, and other higher use rooms
  • Making beds and changing linens
  • Managing all household laundry and ironing
  • Restocking supplies such as toiletries and towels
  • Emptying bins
  • Restocking vases with fresh flowers
  • Keeping on top of all cleaning supplies and restocking when needed
  • Responding to family and guest requests in a timely, friendly and professional manner as and when necessary
  • Polishing antiques and silverware
  • Occasional house/pet sitting

The person:

  • Previous experience in hotel or private household essential, with formal training
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow instructions
  • Excellent time management skills to prioritise tasks effectively
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills to interact with family members, guests and other members of staff
  • Firm knowledge of hotel or private housekeeping procedures and techniques
  • Familiarity with cleaning equipment and products
  • Passionate about what they do with a high attention to detail
  • Discreet, professional and lovely to have around
  • Someone careful who takes pride in their work

Estate Gardener

The majority of the estate is parkland/woodland, but it also has a beautiful formal garden consisting of attractive lawns, topiary, mixed beds and borders, roses, wisteria, orchard, lakes, hedges, tree lined driveway, old established trees.

The garden now needs an enthusiastic, committed and passionate person who can focus their attention on bringing it back to its original beauty. Someone with a real flair who takes a pride in their work would be best suited.

The successful person will be very hands on and have extensive horticultural knowledge. They will need to be energetic, ambitious and physically fit.  PA1/PA6 spray certificates and chainsaw licence are essential.  A driving licence is required for the role due to the rural location of the estate.

There is a wide range of machinery including garden tools, tractor and trailer, therefore the ability to operate a range of garden machinery and good craft skills are also desirable for the role.

Responsibilities:

  • Orchard and vegetable garden
  • Formal borders-pruning, cutting back plants and shrubs, watering, plant feeding, weeding, digging out, mulching
  • Lawns-mowing, edging, aerating, scarifying, fertilising
  • Hedges- cutting, shaping
  • Driving mini tractor and trailer
  • General maintenance of machinery and coordinating servicing

Groundsperson/Caretaking:

  • Planting (trees, wildflower and border flowers)
  • Driveway paths and yards- tidying, raking, brushing and leaf blowing
  • Weed control using chemical spray from backpack sprayer
  • Chainsaw use and other powered machines
  • Wood splitting manually or by machine to provide the hall with logs
  • Basic maintenance of fences
  • Leaf clearing
The couple will need to be organised, able to plan and prioritise their workload, have good communication skills and the ability to work alongside others and alone.

Accommodation:

The property is adjacent to the main house. It has its own entrance and garden. It consists of two double bedrooms (15 feet x 10.5, and 15.5 feet x 15.5), a very large reception room (21 feet x 15 feet), a kitchen dining room (15.5 feet x 10), and a shower room.

The family have dogs and Peacocks and wish to protect wildlife/birds, so the couple sadly cannot have a cat, but a well behaved dog would be welcome.

This is a full time, permanent, employed role offering a magnificent working / living environment.

Fully checkable references and an up to date, enhanced DBS check will be required from both of  the couple before starting.

For more information about this great opportunity, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Live in Housekeeper / House Person- Norfolk Coast- Ref RR1657

We are looking for a wonderful, live in Housekeeper  / House Person to help support a lovely family of 4 in Norfolk.

Hours: 40 hours per week (including weekend work), to be agreed with the family

Overall job purpose

This full-time, live-in role, will require a flexible and practical approach.  The role of the Housekeeper is to provide a pro-active, consistent general housekeeping service to the family.

Job description

The following is intended to provide guidance as to duties but it is not exhaustive.  You will from time to time be required to undertake other activities of a similar nature that fall within your capabilities as directed by the principle.

  • To ensure that the Hall is tidy and organised at all times.
  • To manage the 2x part-time cleaners, assisting with deep cleans from time to time.
  • To carry out all the laundry, ironing and bed linen changes for the principle and his children, when they are at home.
  • To shop for the household food, cleaning and other domestic items.
  • To cook for the principle, his children and any guests, as required.
  • To ensure that you always remain aware and alert to the family’s needs, responding to those needs in a timely, polite and efficient manner, even when busy.
  • To always work with the utmost discretion and sensitivity with regards to the family and their guests.
  • To ensure that the house is ready for any events or entertaining, including preparing guest bedrooms, if required.
  • To carry out daily household chores such as loading and unloading the dishwasher and emptying the bins.
  • To be flexible and responsive to support other members of the Estate team, so that a high level of service is consistently delivered, and we operate as one team.
  • To identify and alert house owner of any maintenance issues arising concerning fixtures and fittings in the family home.
  • To replenish log baskets and lay fires, as required.
  • To walk and feed the dogs, as required.
  • To feed the chickens and put them away at night, as required.
  • To undertake any other relevant activities or errands which fall under the general scope of this role.

Personal Qualities

The successful candidate will:-

  • Possess previous housekeeping experience, ideally in a private household.
  • Be friendly, reliable, hardworking, discrete and trustworthy.
  • Be flexible, energetic and pro-active.
  • Be able to work as a team player as well as a stand alone employee
  • Be good at taking direction but also able to work under your own initiative and solve problems.
  • Have a genuine commitment to work to the highest possible standards with excellent attention to detail.
  • Have a positive attitude and an ability to work calmly under pressure.
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Possess a full, clean UK driving licence and ideally have their own car (due to the rural location of family home)
  • Be a non-smoker.

Other

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a DBS check and will need to have excellent previous employment references.

Weekend and bank holiday working will be required. 

It would be great if the person has some connection with Norfolk or is local to the area.

Package

  • Competitive annual salary
  • Accommodation with a private garden for the employee and a partner. One well-behaved dog is also permitted.  Water rates and WIFI are included.  Electricity, heating oil and council tax are excluded.

Couple, Tisbury, Wiltshire Ref JF1656

Full Time Live In Couple required for very large, Georgian, country house located approx 13 miles West of Salisbury, Wiltshire.

We are looking for a full time housekeeper and part time houseperson/security/driver with extensive private household experience to manage the following duties within this beautiful country house:-

  • Housekeeping to a very high standard
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Basic cooking for the family ( usually 2 people ) and guests on occasions
  • Bringing in logs and laying the fires
  • Basis maintenance – changing lightbulbs, checking alarms, cleaning windows, liaising with tradespeople, cleaning and putting away garden furniture etc.
  • Driving the principals occasionally
  • Keeping the cars clean and ready for use.

The housekeeper will have a keen eye for the finer detail and an enthusiastic, ‘can do’ attitude.

The couple will be polite, well mannered and very easy to get along with.

Although the property is on a grand scale there are mostly only two people in residence,  so the majority of the rooms will be unused and therefore will only require regular dusting and preparing for guests on occasions with deep cleans when necessary.

Someone who is happy changing beds, cleaning bathrooms and generally keeping the house in a clean tidy condition at all times.

Basic cooking would also be required and assistance serving etc when the family entertain.

Animal lovers essential as the family have 3 dogs who will need looking after at times.

This is a Monday to Friday position, however weekend work will be required at busy times and days off will be given in lieu of this.

Non smokers, car drivers and English as their first language essential.

A generous salary will be offered as well as accommodation within a wing of the house (own entrance)

Tel Jackie 07979 501997 / info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Marketing Manager, Suffolk ref JF1655

Full Time experienced Marketing Manager required for beautiful, luxury hotel located close to the market town of Hadleigh, Suffolk. The hotel comprises 15 stunning bedrooms, a busy restaurant with a popular bar, a 7 bedroom private house, 2 mews houses, an incredible spa and pools, a wedding venue, Italian gardens, helipad, tennis court and vineyards, all occupying an elevated position with stunning river and valley views.

We are looking for someone to join this small friendly, hard working team, providing first class service with enthusiasm and passion.

The Marketing Manager will be highly skilled and have a solid background within hospitality or luxury brands and be proficient in developing and implementing marketing strategies to promote the business. Someone creative and an analytical thinker who can effectively manage marketing campaigns and drive business growth.

The normal working days will be Monday to Friday with weekend availability.

The Position:-

  • Developing and executing marketing strategies to meet company objectives
  • Conducting effective market research to identify target audience and customer preferences
  • Creating and managing marketing campaigns, including digital, print and social media
  • Collaborating with other teams to implement marketing initiatives
  • Monitoring and analysing the campaign performance
  • Managing the marketing budget and allocating resources effectively
  • Staying up to date with industry trends

The Person:-

  • Proven work experience as a Marketing Manager or similar role, ideally within hospitality
  • Strong knowledge of marketing principles, including digital marketing techniques
  • Experienced with developing and executing successful marketing campaigns
  • Proficient in using marketing software and tools, such as CRM systems and analytics platforms
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret data and make informed decisions
  • Ability to manage multi projects simultaneously and be able to meet deadlines

The successful person will be offered a salary of between £34,000 and £37,000 per annum, with benefits such as 28 days holiday, on-site parking, employee discounts and the opportunity to work from home at times( to be agreed )

To apply, please email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Full Time Receptionist – Near Ipswich, Suffolk JF1654

Full Time experienced hotel receptionist required for a beautiful, luxury hotel and restaurant located approx 9 miles West of Ipswich, Suffolk. The hotel is in a fabulous location and offers a unique setting for guests.

This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to be part of an exciting, expanding business which will soon be opening a wonderful spa and wedding venue making the facilities exceptional.

We are looking for someone with excellent customer service skills to be front of house and the main point of contact for welcoming all guests to the venue.

The hours are 7am – 3pm/ 3pm – 11pm -as with all hospitality roles the hours will include weekends and bank holidays ( on a rota basis )

The job will entail:

  • Managing the bookings for both the hotel and restaurant and soon to be spa and wedding venue
  • Liaising with Managers and other team members within the business
  • Working within a small, established team.
  • Welcoming guests and handling the check in/ check out process for the hotel
  • Taking payments and handling transactions
  • Being the first point of contact for anyone entering the building and handling deliveries etc
  • Helping guests with any queries/ taxi bookings etc

The successful applicant will:

  • Have at least 2 years hotel/hospitality experience
  • Hotel reception experience essential
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Be highly personable, polite and well presented
  • Have an excellent telephone manner
  • Be a proficient IT user-preferably hospitality specific systems.
  • Car driver due to semi-rural location

An exceptional working environment and a salary of between £26,000 and £28,000 will be offered to the successful person. References will be required upon request.

For more information please contact Sophie 07889 849 175 or Jackie 07979 501997  or email at info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

Cook, Camberley, Surrey – REF JF1651

Are you an experienced cook looking for an exciting culinary opportunity in a private household? We are seeking a dedicated individual to join the domestic team, providing the highest standard of service and support.

As a Cook in our private household, you will be responsible for planning menus, preparing and serving meals for the family and their guests. This role involves maintaining impeccable standards of cleanliness in the kitchens, ensuring compliance with health and safety standards, and managing food supplies and catering accounts within budget constraints.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain cleanliness and functionality of kitchens and equipment.
  • Plan menus, prepare and serve meals for the family and guests, keeping accurate records.
  • Order food supplies, manage stock, and oversee catering accounts.
  • Stay updated on hygiene regulations and ensure adherence to health and safety standards.

About you 

  • Sound cooking experience, ideally within a private household setting.
  • City and Guilds catering qualification (or equivalent) and a Food Hygiene Certificate.
  • Confidence in cooking for varying group sizes and occasions.
  • Strong planning and organisational skills, with budget management experience.
  • Punctual, organised, meticulous, and able to work in a timely manner.
  • Personable with excellent communication skills.
  • Team player with the ability to work effectively and flexibly in a small team.
  • Hands-on and flexible attitude, committed to maintaining the highest service standards.

About the role

Average of 40 hours per week (Monday to Friday).

Flexible approach to working hours and weekend duties as required, including split shifts.

If you are passionate about delivering excellence in a culinary role within a private household, we invite you to apply. Be part of a dedicated team committed to maintaining and providing the highest standards of service.

In return you will receive a benefits package that includes:

  • 25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays;
  • A 15% employer contribution pension scheme.

To apply please email – info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Gardener , Ipswich , Suffolk – REF JF1647

Enthusiastic, capable gardener required to help breathe life into this beautiful historic garden of a significant country house based near Ipswich, Suffolk.

The garden consists of a walled garden, a cutting garden, ornamental trees, herbaceous borders, lawn and leisure areas totalling around 4 acres.

We are looking for someone with excellent plant knowledge who can solely maintain and develop the planted areas of the garden or someone who would be happy to have a varied role to include grass and hedge cutting with good plant knowledge.

Ideally the hours will be 24 per week over 3 days per week , however the family would consider offering a full time position if required.   Accommodation could be available for the right person.

The person:

  • Someone enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable
  • Excellent horticultural knowledge and experience of historic gardens would be desirable
  • Hard working, loyal and trustworthy
  • Happy to work with the owners of the property to breathe life back into this beautiful garden
  • Car driver with own transport
  • Physically fit as the job can involve lifting etc.

The Position:

  • Maintaining the mature gardens, trees and borders
  • Re-planting of the garden where necessary
  • Greenhouse work
  • Hedge and lawn cutting (If dual role is to be considered)
  • Researching and planting of the historic garden to restore it back to it’s former glory!

For more information please email info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Reservations & Sales Manager for Luxury Norfolk Retreat- West Lexham- RR1649

Fantastic Reservations & Sales Manager required for beautiful Norfolk Retreat on a full time, permanent basis. This is a superb opportunity for someone to join a successful, family run business with a small, dedicated and close knit team.

The retreat attracts clients from all over the world, so the position would suit someone who is naturally good at liaising with a variety of different people.

We are looking for a dynamic, polite, reliable and well presented Manager. The role would ideally suit someone with Reservation Supervisory or Management experience within the Hotel, Wellbeing or Holiday sectors.

Key responsibilities

  • Heading up a very small reservations team (currently one other person)
  • Efficiently managing holiday/glamping bookings as well as larger group bookings
  • Conducting show-rounds and discussing guest’s requirements
  • Close working with Marketing, Housekeeping and Catering teams to ensure successful retreats and events
  • Highlight areas of potential growth and liaise with Marketing to maximise sales.
  • Set and track, report and meet sales goals
  • Develop and lead, motivate and enthuse your sales team to ensure the best results from their activities
  • Proactively seek out new sales
  • Constantly look for and implement improvements to the customer journey

Role requirements

  • Be highly motivated, energetic and enthusiastic
  • Excellent customer service
  • Proven experience with operating a recognised Booking or CRM system
  • Have experience in planning and implementing sales strategies and customer relationship management 
  • Strong organisational and administrational ability
  • Willingness to work 5 shifts per week including alternate weekends
  • The role is predominantly office hours, there is a need to work later shifts when required
  • A passion for health and wellbeing 

Package and Benefits:

  • Competitive rates of pay depending on experience and skills
  • Bonus scheme to be developed based on KPIs.
  • Supportive culture, which encourages work/life balance
  • 29 days holiday per year (28 days then birthday double pay or day off)
  • Full time hours are 40 hours per week
  • Support & Guidance – You will be guided and supported by a dedicated team
  • Excellent working environment
  • Dog friendly site
  • Staff discount in the café
  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Free parking

For more information about this excellent opportunity, please contact Rebecca info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Live In Couple – (Gardener/ Handyperson & Housekeeper), Bures, Essex – JF/SP1645

We are looking for a couple to work together within a beautiful, private, country house located in rural Essex two miles from the village of Bures. This will be a part time role for both the housekeeper and gardener with accommodation included in the form of a 2-bed cottage within the grounds. The couple should want to live in an unspoilt rural location.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced couple looking to work part time and would ideally suit a retired or semi-retired couple.  It would also be an opportunity for a couple who could find extra work in the area to make up their hours. Previous housekeeping and gardening/handyperson experience is required. The ideal couple will be friendly, sociable, trustworthy, loyal and hard working.

The house is owned by a retired couple who have dogs, horses and some sheep. The garden is roughly 1.5 – 2 acres and consists of borders, hedges, formal lawns with a large ornamental pond.

The hours would be 6 hours per week housekeeping and 16 hours per week split over 4 days for the gardener/ handyperson.

Housekeeper:

  • General housework/ cleaning throughout the 5 bedroom and 3 bathrooms house.
  • Occasional Ironing
  • Polishing

Gardener/ Handyperson:

  • All gardening duties, including hedge cutting and strimming
  • Some gardening knowledge an advantage in this lovely established garden
  • Handyperson duties around the farm such as fixing fences, minor repairs and general upkeep of the house, gardens and outbuildings

Ad hoc duties:

  • Checking the horses and sheep and generally looking after the house when the couple are away
  • Maintaining the cottage and garden that comes with it
  • Assisting the owners of the property with outdoor and indoor jobs as and when required

Accommodation:

The use of a two-bed centrally heated cottage is included in the position. The cottage will be un-furnished. Rent, Council tax and water are included in the package; but not oil or electricity. The cottage has a good garden which you will be expected to maintain. There is the use of a large shed for storage and use as a garage and separate lockable shed.

A good salary will be offered to the right couple.

For more information please email info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk or call Sophie on 07889 849 175

 

Full Time PA, Sproughton, Ipswich, Suffolk REF JF1641

Full Time experienced PA required to support the Partners within an established firm of Chartered Surveyors and property advisors located approximately 3 miles from the centre of Ipswich, Suffolk.

Salary: £30,000 – £34,000

Benefits: 25 days’ holiday (plus Bank Holidays), Private Medical Insurance, Pension, Death in Service (all benefits after qualifying period), free onsite parking.

Contract: Full-time, Office Based, Permanent (Monday – Friday), 9:00 a.m – 5:30 p.m.

The office is located in the village of Sproughton, close to Ipswich and with good access from the A12 and A14.

The Role

To work as a key member of the team supporting a dynamic, driven and commercially focussed business of property consultants, by providing a wide range of services to the Partners of the firm in the form of PA and secretarial duties, including diary management, travel arrangements, typing and report creation, confident telephone manner, considerable client contact daily.

The role will be, at times, pressured but as part of a small yet effective team, responsibilities are shared.

The role will be to work very closely with the Partners and their clients to always deliver a first-class service, operating largely in the Rural sector across East Anglia and further afield.

The individual will report to one of the Partners who will be their line manager and who will support them in the development of their career, as well as liaising with the Office Manager in relation to any training requirements to enhance their abilities to perform the role most effectively.

The Partnership has expanded in the last 18 months and is now seeking a conscientious, organised, full time PA with good secretarial ability, audio typing, first-class attention to detail, and organisational skills, who can grow into the role and develop the back up and PA support to the Partners, allowing them to further develop and profitably grow the business.

The successful applicant will need to work as part of a team but also have the initiative to work independently and with enthusiasm, be willing to bring forward new ideas, whilst at the same time embracing current practises.

The role will be varied, and responsibilities will include but not limited to –

  • day-to-day PA support.
  • providing accurate and timely transcription of dictation
  • invoicing on behalf of the Partners and liaising with clients to ensure timely payment of accounts.
  • building relationships with clients, suppliers, and related businesses.
  • management of Partners electronic diaries, planning and scheduling client meetings, conferences, travel arrangements etc.
  • managing and ensuring effective electronic and historic filing is undertaken on a regular basis, to ensure files are kept fully up to date.
  • when necessary, involvement in the management of the business’s website and the production of marketing material as required.

The Individual:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate sound organisational skills and PA experience in a professional environment whilst being willing to share in secretarial responsibilities, enjoys being part of a team, is highly professional and enthusiastic in their approach to the role, whilst the same time is not afraid to challenge the status quo with new ideas and approaches.

In addition, the successful individual will have:

  • sound audio typing skills
  • excellent diary management
  • a can do attitude
  • high degree of accuracy and pride in their work.
  • strong verbal, written and numeracy skills, confident communication abilities.
  • effective time management and organisational skills not only for their own work but for influencing those for whom they are working.
  • a high degree of integrity and the ability to manage and identify confidential information.
  • excellent IT skills including MS office/PowerPoint/Excel, and the ability to adapt to existing internal systems.
  • a positive, imaginative, and creative approach to that work.
  • good geographical knowledge of Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex.
  • a sense of humour

To apply please telephone Jackie 07979 501997 / info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk