Job Type: Live in

Full Time Nanny – Belgium / Netherlands & Monaco – REF 1719

Full Time Nanny with extensive previous childcare experience required to care for one 6 year little girl.

The position is based in Belgium (main residence) with an international show jumper.

The Nanny will be required to live in and separate on site accommodation will be offered as well as a competitive salary.

The family have one school age daughter who is looking for her next super Nanny to take over from current lady who will stay until new person is found.

The ideal person will be trustworthy, caring, kind, fun with a bright happy personality. Someone who can make sure the little one’s time with them is a truly enjoyable one and that the busy parents can be sure she is in safe hands.

Childcare qualifications would be preferred but a wealth of fully referenced experience will also be considered.

French speaking preferred.

The role will include:-

  • Taking little girl to school (walking distance)
  • Driving to activities so clean driving licence a must
  • Helping with reading and other indoor activities
  • Preparing food throughout the day from breakfast to supper
  • Organising bath time and bed if parents not around
  • Creating fun playtimes both outside and inside
  • Sorting laundry, school clothes and generally keeping areas clean and tidy
  • Travelling to show jumping competitions during school holidays
  • Encouraging sporting activities and taking part

This is a fabulous opportunity for a Nanny who genuinely loves working with children and would enjoy the excitement of being around equine athletes when possible. The chance to travel with this successful team is a great plus and makes this particular Nanny position stand out from the usual jobs.

Further information relating to salary, hours and interview arrangements will be updated soon.

Tel Jackie 07979501997

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

Housekeeper, Bury St Edmunds. REF JF1715

Part Time experienced Housekeeper required for busy family household located approx 6 miles South East of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

The house is a substantial Victorian farm house with large rooms, some solid floors, large staircase and high ceilings.

The ideal person will be able to work a minimum of 8 hours a week over two days, covering the following:

  • All housework to a high standard
  • Laundry and ironing
  • General tidying of the house
  • Keeping bathrooms and kitchen clean
  • Emptying bins
  • Cupboard tidying

There is an opportunity for a 6-8 hours extra a week to cover:

  • School drop offs
  • Helping with a shetland pony plus new pony

A good hourly rate will be paid to a reliable, enthusiastic person with a good work ethic is happy to work work around a young family.

A friendly, easy to get along with person essential.

Car driver and non smoker only.

To apply email- info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

Housekeeper/Companion, Kenilworth, Warwickshire – REF JF1710

Full Time Live In Housekeeper/Companion required to assist a lovely lady with day to day organisation and activities.

Our client suffers from Dementia and her memory is not as good as it used to be, so the successful person must be organised and preferably have an understanding of the help required for people with this illness,  to make sure she can remain in her own home.

No personal care is required and the client is physically fit with a great love of the outdoors, she still enjoys walking her terrier, riding horses occasionally and driving into town etc. Her children do not live locally but visit weekly and she has a wider family who do live locally.

The ideal person must be, caring, trustworthy, with patience and kindness in abundance. Our client would not appreciate fussiness and over familiarity, however a good sense of humour would be very welcome.

The Housekeeper will be required to:

  • Keep the farmhouse clean and tidy at all times-housework, laundry and ironing
  • Changing beds
  • General tidying
  • Food shopping on occasions
  • Basic cooking/food prep
  • Managing client’s medication
  • Dog walking and feeding when client away

The Person:

  • Reliable, trustworthy, kind and patient
  • Will have an understanding of helping someone with dementia
  • Physically fit
  • Positive, relaxed with good attention to detail especially cleanliness
  • Practical with the ability to be self motivated and self directed
  • Country loving person, possibly with a farming background
  • Patient and kind with a good sense of humour.

You will be offered a very good salary and on site accommodation in a beautiful location, within walking distance of Kenilworth Castle and the town.

To apply please email – 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

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

Grounds Person / Handy Person / Gardener – Langham, Norfolk- RR1692

Part Time, experienced and knowledgeable Jack of all trades required for a beautiful private home near Holt, Norfolk.

The family are looking for someone who can turn their hand to most things grounds maintenance and gardening. This would suit someone local to the area. Car driver essential due to remote location.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for gardening and landscaping, ensuring the outdoor areas are well-kept and visually appealing.

The grounds consist of approximately 25 acres in total and this person will be helping the current gardening team.

Hours: 

2 full days a week ideally. Self employed.

  • Fencing
  • General DIY
  • Laying turf
  • Garden equipment / machinery maintenance
  • Basic welding (a bonus although not essential)

Gardening:

  • General gardening, weeding, cutting lawns, plant knowledge
  • Hedge cutting, strimming, leaf blowing
  • Ponds- cleaning filters
  • Removal of garden waste using trailer
  • Use of garden machinery and tools
  • Regular mini tractor use

The person:

  • Proficient in using power tools for landscaping tasks
  • Ability to irrigate plants efficiently
  • Experience in garden maintenance and landscape upkeep
  • Knowledge of hand tools used in groundskeeping
  • Understanding of plant growing requirements

This role offers an exciting opportunity for individuals passionate about maintaining outdoor spaces to showcase their skills. Join this wonderful team as a Groundskeeper and contribute to the beauty of this private mini estate.

For more information about this position, please contact Rebecca 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

House / Pet Sitters – East Anglia – RR3624

As the summer holiday season approaches, we are looking for some wonderful and well referenced House / Pet Sitters.

If you are able to help then we would love to hear from you. Experience with animals, in particular dogs is essential. Basic or enhanced DBS checks will be required also.

Please send your details and a covering letter  to Rebecca via info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Current dates:

  • We have a lovely opportunity in Norfolk (by the coast) for 3 weeks in July and 2 weeks in October looking after a family home and 2 dogs.
  • We may also have another opportunity in Norfolk for a week in either July or August for a family by the coast who have a dog, chickens and a cat.

 

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

 

 

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 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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Temporary Mothers Help (July-September), Southwold, Suffolk – REF SP1663

Temporary mothers help needed from the end of June to the beginning of September to help look after 3 boys during their school summer holidays near Southwold, Suffolk.

This would suit a university student on their summer holidays or perhaps a gap year student looking for summer work or a Nanny looking for temporary work over the summer.

We are looking for someone fun with lots of energy, enthusiasm and a ‘can-do’ attitude to entertain 3 boys ages 7 (twins) and 5 during their summer holidays. The family live 10 minutes away from Southwold beach and have a beach hut that the children can use. The boys love being outside, so someone to entertain them playing football/ sports/ games etc would be ideal!

Other duties would include:

  • Light cooking for the children
  • Keeping areas within the house clean and tidy and making sure toys are put away etc.
  • Keeping on top of the children’s laundry
  • Driving the children to local areas of interest/ day trips/ beach days etc.
  • Joining in with other family members as and when required, especially the children’s cousins who live locally

The hours would be 11am- 7pm either 4 or 5 days a week with an early finish on a Friday (a little flexibility can be shown).  A local person would be great who would be happy to do the occasional overnight stay.

We are looking for someone responsible, loyal, fun and energetic who can be flexible and muck in with the family’s activities.

Car driver essential.

An excellent hourly rate will be offered for the right candidate.

For more information please email a covering letter and CV to Sophie at 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

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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

 

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

 

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

 

Live in Couple – (Housekeeper / Grounds Person) – Essex- RR1639

We are looking for an experienced, loyal and trustworthy couple to manage and run a beautiful listed, 74 acre country estate in Essex.

This really is a fantastic opportunity offering great working hours for a quieter, friendly family who are not always in residence.

They are looking for a couple who have great organisation and communication skills, who have ideally worked for a private household previously in a similar role.

Hours;

  • Full time, Monday-Friday
  • Occasional House/ Pet sitting (agreed in advance and additional pay)

House Keeper / Light gardening (approximately 2 days a week in the house, 3 days in the garden):

  • Regular ordinary cleaning throughout the historic, listed house (7 bedrooms)
  • Washing & changing of bedlinen & towels
  • Cleaning windows
  • Watering plants in house & greenhouse
  • Occasional cooking for family members and guests
  • Driving to collect goods, supplies and people occasionally
  • Receiving post and parcels, etc
  • First point of contact
  • Basic admin, regular monthly meter readings etc
  • Weeding, tidying & pruning perennial borders (& small shrubs) under guidance if not experienced in such areas
  • General assistance on outside jobs with the groundskeeper
  • Mucking in where needed
  • Basic help feeding and checking flock of sheep

Grounds keeper:

This person must be capable of all elements of grounds maintenance, general property maintenance
and grassland farm upkeep.

Regular duties include:

  • Mowing lawns with walk behind mowers
  • Edging lawns & grass
  • Manual weeding, hand rogueing of grassed areas & farm grassland
  • Weeding around trees & hedges, maintaining tree protection and guards
  • Pruning hedges, shrubs & small trees (from ground) in the correct seasons
  • Orchard maintenance
  • Ability to use all hand-held gardening tools – manual & mechanical
  • Ability to drive tractors, compact and large, is essential and telehandler a benefit

Adhoc duties:

  • Clearing gutters & exterior cleaning of buildings and cladding
  • Cleaning external high level glazing where possible
  • Repairing of stock fencing / post & rail (existing only – to keep in good order)
  •  Maintaining clean and tidy tool sheds and storage areas, along with disposal of rubbish, hay ,chaff and any unwanted items by agreement with the employer
  • Help round sheep up occasionally
  • House / Pet sitting

Accommodation:

Lovely 2 / 3 bedroom cottage available adjacent to the main house. Newly refurbished, all utility bills included and Wi-Fi

Well behaved pet welcome.

The family have three dogs although they are usually only in residence when they are. They also have horses and great equine facilities which a long standing groom takes care of.

Great package on offer for an experienced, well referenced and DBS checked couple.

To apply, please email you CV and covering letter to Rebecca at info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Full Time Nanny, Halstead, Essex REF – SP1632

Full Time experienced Nanny required for busy young family located in semi-rural location close to Halstead. The role is ideally live out but the option to live in could be considered. 

This is a full time role, Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 6.30pm, where you will be looking after a lovely 3 year old boy during the day and also doing the school drop off’s and pick up’s for the older two children. The 3 year old will be going to nursery 3 days a week from September, at which time the role will drop down to 2 full days (7.30am – 6.30pm) then wrap around care for the 3 children the other 3 days of the week. The role will be full time during the school holidays from September.

The ideal person will be reliable, flexible and kind with a genuine love of working with small children. The ability to cook healthy, delicious meals for the children is a must.  A tidy person who is happy to keep on top of tidying children’s areas as well as bed changing and children’s laundry. The family has two lovely Labrador dogs, so a dog friendly person is also a must. 

Car driver essential due to location and school/nursery drop off and pick up, as the school is a 30 minute drive away.

The Position:

  • Care of the 3 year old boy during the day, ideally spending as much time outside as possible plus taking to local play groups/ days out
  • Taking the two older children to and from school  – this is a 30 minute drive away so the person must be a confident and proficient driver
  • After school care for all 3 children including cooking tea, bath and bedtime routine
  • Children’s laundry, cleaning and bed changing 
  • Keeping areas tidy

The Person:

  • Reliable, flexible, kind & trustworthy with a calm, friendly personality
  • Ideally childcare qualified
  • Car driver with clean licence
  • Can cook healthy meals
  • Natural rapport with children 
  • Someone clean and tidy who could perhaps provide additional housekeeping duties when the hours drop down from September

The successful person will be offered a good salary between £30,000 – £35,000 dependant on experience. Fully checkable references will be requested.

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

Full Time Competition Groom – Cambridgeshire -REF JF1631

Full Time experienced competition groom required for small family eventing yard competing at a high level both home and abroad.  The yard is located close to Cambridge with easy access from the A14.  5 days a week which will include weekends during the eventing season. Days off will be given during the week in lieu when required.

Great opportunity to join a young, energetic team all working together to provide first class care for these wonderful horses. The horses and riders compete to a high level with exciting times ahead.

Car driver essential and lorry driver preferred

The Position:-

  • Working alongside other competition grooms providing first class care for 9 event horses
  • All yard duties
  • Preparing horses for competition -plaiting, clipping, trimming, mane/tail pulling etc to exceptional standard.
  • Exercising fit event horses – hacking and warming up for rider
  • Preparing horses and lorry for travel
  • Grooming at events – tacking up, studding up, washing off and cooling off- being highly organised and efficient
  • Keeping yard, tack room etc in a clean, tidy and safe condition at all times
  • Travelling to events both UK and abroad.

The Person:-

  • Reliable, punctual with a really good work ethic
  • A good team player with an easy to get along with personality
  • A good confident rider who is happy to hack competition horses
  • Must have excellent turn out skills-clipping, plaiting etc
  • A lorry driver with HGV would be preferred
  • Car driver essential
  • Experience with eventers desirable
  • Happy to travel with the team

Excellent salary offered to the successful person.

Please contact Jackie 07979 501997 / info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk for further information.

 

 

Couple , Newmarket, Suffolk – REF JF1625

Couple or individual required to carry out a variety of duties on a part time live in basis.

The hours will be approx 25 per week and will cover the following:

  • Housework
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Cooking
  • Driving
  • Grass cutting
  • Hedge cutting
  • General gardening-weeding, pruning, watering etc
  • Pet care – 2 spaniels

The current housekeeper is retiring after 30 years and the elderly gardener is cutting down his hours.

This is a lovely varied position and would suit a semi retired person or couple who enjoy country life and want to keep active. Animal lover essential.

Car driver with clean licence is a must.

There is a 2/3 bedroom house with a garden and a good salary offered to the successful person.  Fully checkable references will be requested and a DBS check.

Apply via email to-info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

Temporary Housekeeper, Braintree, Essex REF JF1573a

TEMPORARY experienced Housekeeper required for private country house located near Braintree, Essex.

The ideal person will be able to manage the housework of a large family house as both parents work. The family have 2 small children and a dog so child and animal friendly person essential.

We are looking for someone who can work Monday to Friday, preferably full time – 8am to 5pm, but part time mornings only would be considered.

High standard cleaning, laundry and ironing required as well as food preparation if possible(not a deal breaker)

There is accommodation available if required.

Good salary offered to the successful person who can start asap and work for a minimum of 4 weeks.

Email/info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Part Time Groom, Halstead, Essex REF JF1627

Part Time experienced Groom required for family yard located approx 4 miles from Halstead and 9 miles North of Colchester.

We are looking for someone to take over from the current lady who is leaving after 8 years, so this is a highly recommended position.

There is accommodation available if required.

The current groom works approx 2-3 hours a day, caring for 2/3 thoroughbreds who hunt regularly, so someone who can turn horses out immaculately would be a great advantage.

The position will include all yard duties to a high standard, riding and handling fit horses on the ground, feeding, hays, waters, turning our and bringing in from the field, checking for injuries and illness, liaising with vets, farriers, feed merchants etc,

Lorry driver would be great but not a dealbreaker.

The ideal person will be reliable, trustworthy and have many years of working with horses behind them.

References will be requested.

Email/info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Groom/Groundsperson, Halstead, Essex REF JF1624

Full Time Groom/Groundsperson required for family yard located near Halstead Essex. Easy access from the A12 and A120.

The family have 2 horses at the moment but there will be another added to the yard shortly.

The Groom will be required to carry out all yard duties, exercise the horses ( with another rider ), clip, plait and generally keep the yard and horses in good condition at all times. The horses live out all summer and come back into work in July through to March. A lorry driver would be great but not a dealbreaker and someone who can turn the horses out for hunting would be an advantage.

There is a 3 bedroom house available on site and a couple would be considered who can manage the two jobs between them. Well behaved pet welcome too.

Car driver essential.

The Groundsperson will be required to maintain the grounds alongside a gardener, strimming, weeding, pruning, hedge cutting, spraying and basic handyperson duties around the yard. Dog care also required at times.

If the person or couple decide not to live in, housesitting will be required at times throughout the year.

email: info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Live in Couple (Housekeeper/Cook & Driver/Gardener/Butler)- Cotswolds REF – JF/RR1621

Full Time, experienced live in Couple required for private household located close to Woodstock, in the beautiful Cotswolds, Gloucestershire.

The Farmhouse is set in 5 stunning acres and has 5 bedrooms. This is the principal’s main residence but he travels regularly. Usually, it is occupied by 1 or 2 adults but almost every weekend his two daughters will visit the property with their nanny. The role needs someone who has very high standards for both housekeeping and cooking. Always looking to improve culinary skills and adapt meals to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free options. You will be preparing meals on a daily basis, three meals for the principal and guests.

Reasonability’s:

  • Prepare the house for the principal and guests’ arrival from small get togethers to shooting parties over a period of a few days
  • Creating flower arrangements
  • Produce from the kitchen garden
  • Laundry & Wardrobe Management
  • Shopping for food
  • Household accounts
  • Driving duties to include looking after nine classic and modern cars including servicing and driving them on a regular basis.
  • Airport runs, driving Principal and his family to different places around the country
  • Butler duties are informal even though there are many high profile guests
  • Maintenance of the property and gardens
  • Look after the kitchen garden, orchard and lawned areas
  • Security of the property is a high priority and one to is sought to be constantly improved

The right couple will need to be proactive, efficient, trust worthy, discreet, managing their own time when the principal isn’t in residence.

The accommodation is a separate Studio Ensuite with little lounge and wood burner.

A car will be provided.

It is a lovely family to work for and a really wonderful role.

Fully checkable references and an enhanced DBS will be required before starting.

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

Full Time Live In Housekeeper, Central London Ref JF1611

Full Time experienced Housekeeper required for beautiful, private house located in Central London.

The new housekeeper must have previously worked within a private household and understand the need for discretion and politeness at all times.

We are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy with a really good work ethic and the ability to oversee the day-to-day duties of a small team. Someone who can motivate the team, inspiring them to deliver their absolute best and ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and presentation.

The Housekeeper will be responsible for cleaning rooms, caring for the household linen and keeping material stock replenished regularly.

Some front of house duties will also be required on occasions, such as greeting guests and serving refreshments.

Valeting duties will also be required, which will include preparation and care of clothes.  Someone who possesses straight forward cooking skills, as the housekeeper may be required to prepare a light meal.

Car driver and non smoker essential

Accommodation will be provided along with a good annual salary.

Fully checkable references will be required.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Estate Manager, South East England Ref JF1609

Experienced Estate Manager required for a 4000 acre prestigious, country Estate located in South East England. The Estate comprises a Principal House with 50 acres of magnificent gardens surrounded by parkland.

The majority of the farmland is farmed by contractors and there is also a managed shoot.

The Estate includes several houses and cottages and employs c.35 staff.

There will be a lovely 3 bedroom cottage and a generous salary offered to the successful person as well as other fabulous benefits.

Some of the current staff members have been with the family for almost 20 years and this is always such a good indication of an excellent employer.

The Position:

  • Being fully responsible for presenting the Estate to the highest standards at all times
  • To ensure that all properties, walls, hedges, gates, woodlands, tracks and driveways, utilities, vehicles, machinery and equipment are properly maintained.
  • To liaise directly with the Owner’s principal Executive
  • To live on the Estate and act as Caretaker
  • Implement the management through the heads of the various departments
  • To formally report to the Board of Directors. On a day to day basis the EM will work in conjunction with the Chief of Staff of the Principal’sFamily Office.
  • To attend management Meetings monthly
  • To maintain all Estate files and records and reply to all correspondence, enquiries and demands promptly and efficiently.
  • To ensure the Estate complies with all relevant legislation
  • To represent the Owners in the local community, parish council etc and to uphold the good name and reputation of the Estate
  • To assist in the continuing development of the management and IT systems
  • Liaising with the client’s HR department based in London on all HR matters and be responsible for all past and current employee welfare
  • Carry out financial duties in collaboration with the London accounting department-implement, track and reconcile annual revenue and budgets
  •  To liaise with the London property and Building Departments with regard to all the Estate maintenance.
  • To provide the owner with support,  required from time to time i.e when in residence.

The Person:-

  • Reliable, trustworthy with an excellent work ethic
  • Polite, well presented and and excellent communicator.
  • Actively engaged with all operations on the Estate
  • Organised, tenacious, thorough with a keen eye for detail
  • Forward thinking, flexible and capable of using own initiative
  • Fully IT literate
  • Looking for a position with longevity
  • An exceptional Estate Manager with proven experience in a similar role within a private household.

For further information please call Jackie 07979 501997 / info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Senior Gardener, Halesworth, Suffolk Ref JF1597

Full Time experienced Senior Gardener required for beautiful 10 acre garden within a private, country, Estate located approx 5 miles South West of Halesworth, Suffolk and 13 miles West of the coastal town of Southwold. A great location for people who enjoy being close to the beach for their days off.

We are looking for a reliable, enthusiastic person with a great work ethic who would genuinely love the opportunity to maintain and improve this stunning garden. Someone with a real flair and passion who takes a pride in their work.

The successful person will be very hands on and have extensive horticultural knowledge. RHS qualifications would be preferred but not essential as long as the experience in a similar garden is proven.

You will be working with one other full time gardener, so someone who works well with others is a must and who has the ability to advise and assist when necessary.

The gardener must be friendly, polite and easy to get along with.

This is a 39 hour week – Monday to Thursday-start time 7.30 am until 4.15 pm and Friday 7.30am to 3.15 pm. There is the opportunity to earn overtime if required.

Accommodation available on the Estate.

The garden comprises 4 acres of walled garden and 6/7 further acres of formal lawns, borders, topiary, cutting garden, greenhouse, vegetable garden, trees, water features and wild flower areas.

The Position:-

  • Carrying out all general gardening tasks, weeding, pruning, replanting, mulching, edging, cutting  back etc
  • Maintaining the lawns using large garden machinery, including ride on mower, strimmer etc
  • Spraying and weed control with an environmentally friendly approach.
  • Growing vegetables and fruit for the house.
  • Maintaining and refreshing the cutting garden, rose garden and keeping the formal borders immaculate.
  • Maintaining hedges which includes topiary

The Person:-

  • Reliable, polite, well presented with an easy to have around personality.
  • Will have extensive horticultural experience and knowledge, preferably RHS qualified.
  • Will be able to use and maintain large garden machinery.
  • Will be able to provide fully checkable references for similar senior gardening positions.
  • Happy to work in all weathers and know instinctively what needs doing and when, through the seasons.
  • Enthusiastic with a genuine passion for horticulture and makes sure things are done correctly.
  • A car driver with own transport.
  • Will have PA1 and PA6 spray certificates.

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

 

 

 

Caretaker/Dog Sitter – Nr Royston, Hertfordshire -Ref JF1584

Caretaker/Dog Sitter required for private country house located approx 8 miles South of Cambridge close to Royston Hertfordshire.

We are looking for a reliable, trustworthy person with a genuine love of all animals, particularly dogs to work approx 25 hours a week with the flexibility to increase and decrease according to the owners requirements. This is a live in position and there is a lovely one bedroom flat provided with some utilities included. The employee will be responsible for paying TV and Electric bills.

A partner who has their own employment elsewhere would be welcome.

There are 3 other staff members employed so this is not an isolated position.

The position:-

  • Security of the property
  • Care of 2 small dogs – one is young so ongoing training necessary
  • Care of 3 chickens – feeding, cleaning out and collecting eggs
  • A little light gardening to assist gardener
  • Sweeping the terraces
  • Blowing leaves from the tennis court
  • Occasional driving for the family-local station and restaurants

The Person:-

  • Reliable, friendly and someone who can be trusted to care for the pets and property in owner’s absence
  • A car driver with clean licence
  • Putting bins out as and when necessary
  • Happy to live on site
  • Physically fit to help with other tasks around the Estate
  • Able to provide fully checkable references

A good salary will be offered to the successful person.

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

 

Country Couple (Heavy Horse Groom / Estate Maintenance)- Lincolnshire- REF RR1582

Knowledgeable couple required for large country estate in beautiful Lincolnshire, approximately 5 miles from Stamford. The couple will be required to work under the current Estate Manager, assisting with the heavy horses, animal care and grounds maintenance.

Experience handling heavy horses is preferred as this is a crucial part of the role.

The estate consists of 90 acres and already has some lovely members of staff helping to run it. The family show and breed heavy horses, and also have alpacas, sheep, dogs, chickens and ducks on site so this role would suit a couple who are great with animals and have experience looking after livestock.

Horse care:

  • Turning heavy horses in and out of the field/stable
  • General handling and educating
  • Mucking out / poo picking fields
  • Grooming
  • Feeding
  • Going to shows as and when required
  • Showing the horses in hand
  • Covering the current Managers day off / annual leave- sole charge of the running of the yard
  • Previous heavy horse experience would be preferred

Animal Care:

  • General care including feeding, checking waters, mucking out, grooming, basic veterinary care, liaising with vets
  • Confident and competent around large, heavy horses, alpacas, sheep, dogs and chickens

Estate Maintenance:

  • Cutting lawns and hedges
  • Gardening
  • Re wilding
  • Strimming
  • Mending both wooden and electric fences
  • Maintaining tracks
  • Changing lightbulbs in outbuildings/stables and main house
  • Splitting logs
  • Clearing gutters
  • Use of ride on mower, gator/trailer, quad bike and mini tractors
  • Ragwort pulling

Accommodation available:

Beautiful 2 bedroom cottage with 2 large double rooms and an open plan living, kitchen diner. This will be included in the overall package and the couple will not be expected to pay bills. They must be happy to look after the principals little dogs whilst she is away.

The role:

The estate is lovely and the family like things to be done neatly and well.

There is a very strong team in place already with great dynamics.

This would suit a very practical couple who love animals and enjoy working in a rural location. A couple who are happy to muck in, turn their hands to most things with a strong work ethic and a ‘can do’ attitude would be ideal. This is certainly more of a lifestyle than a 9-5 job. The person must be comfortable and competent handling large, heavy horses.

There is also an opportunity to be put through your HGV licence so someone willing to travel would be ideal.

 Hours:

  • 5.5 days a week
  • Will include weekends and pet sitting

If you would like to join this friendly team on a long term, permanent basis then we would love to hear from you.

Clean driving licence essential.

For more information, please contact Rebecca 07771 655879 / info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Full Time Experienced Housekeeper – Bildeston, Suffolk Ref JF1581

Full Time experienced Housekeeper required to work alongside established Housekeeper maintaining this beautiful private country house located between Hadleigh and Stowmarket.

This is ideally a live in position and lovely accommodation is available on site (no dependents or pets). A live out housekeeper would be considered if commute is within 15 minutes from the property.

This is a 5 day week position and will included every weekend, so 2 days during the week will be normal days off.

The housekeeper will be required to be on call overnight for alarm calls.

Private household experience preferred although previous employment on a luxury yacht or within a first class hotel would be considered.

The successful person will receive a generous salary and a lovely working environment in exchange for being a reliable, enthusiastic member of the small team all providing high standard service at all times.

The position:-

  • All housework to a high standard
  • Laundry and small item ironing ( bedding goes to ironing service)
  • Deep cleans when required
  • General tidying-emptying bins, dishwasher, washing machine etc –
  • Keeping flowers refreshed
  • Ordering supplies for the house
  • Taking instruction from the Principals
  • Working alone to cover holidays and days off
  • Working alternate weekends on a rota basis

The Person:-

  • Reliable, polite, well presented with a good work ethic and high attention to detail
  • Fully referenced for previous similar posts
  • Car driver with clean license
  • Non smoker
  • Experienced in all housework
  • Able to cook for the family and freezer on occasion
  • Happy to help with parties at times

Excellent salary offered to the successful person who can provide fully checkable references from similar employment.

For more information please contact Jackie 07979 501997 / info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Carer/Housekeeper, Cambridgeshire ( TEMP) Ref JF1577

TEMPORARY  Carer/Housekeeper required for elderly gentleman who has just come out of hospital.

Immediate start required.

This will be approximately 3 weeks to give the gentleman enough time to get back on his feet without being a little wobbly!

This is a full time position and requires the carer/housekeeper to stay overnight within the house ( own rooms and bathroom). Some personal care will be involved.

We are looking for a reliable, trustworthy person with a super kind, friendly manner to help with the client’s recovery.

The position will also include housework, laundry, ironing and bed changing.

Someone who can cook lovely healthy meals and organise shopping for the fridge.

Car driver essential to drive the client to appointments when required.

Good salary offered to the successful person who can provide fully checkable references and have an in date DBS.

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

Full Time Housekeeper/Cook, Braintree, Essex Ref JF 1573

Full Time experienced Housekeeper/Cook required for private household located in rural location with the nearest town being Braintree.

Monday to Friday – 9am to 6pm. Very occasional weekend help required.

Part time cleaner employed 5 hours a week.

Ideally this is a live in position with a fully refurbished 2 bedroom cottage available for the right person. One well behaved pet would be considered.

Duties will include :-

  • All housework to a very high standard for beautiful, large country house
  • Laundry and ironing, including changing bed linen, towels etc – bed linen is sent away for ironing.
  • Preparation of healthy family meals with cooking for the freezer
  • Being flexible to assist with supper parties-serving and clearing away.
  • Keeping flowers refreshed within the house
  • Shopping when necessary and keeping the kitchen cupboards stocked
  • Generally keeping the home immaculate at all times and notice when things need doing.
  • Walking family dog.

The housekeeper must have fully referenced, previous private household experience and have a good eye for detail. Taking a pride in their work and really enjoying managing the cleaning of a large period property essential. Someone proactive and able to work using their own initiative is a must.

Reliable, friendly with an easy to get along with personality.

Car driver due to rural location

Non Smoker only.

Excellent salary offered.

Tel Jackie 07979501997/ info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Full Time Housekeeper, Stow – on- the- Wold, Gloucestershire Ref JF1564

Full time experienced Housekeeper/Family Assistant required for busy young family located near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

5 days a week to include every other weekend. Wednesday and Thursday off during the week when weekends worked.

Hours will be 9am to 4/5pm

We are looking for someone reliable, friendly with a good work ethic to carry out the following:-

  • All housework to a high standard
  • Laundry and ironing
  • General tidying
  • Emptying and reloading the dishwasher, emptying the bins.
  • Keeping kitchen and bathrooms clean
  • Deep cleans when necessary
  • Helping with 3 little, energetic children on occasions
  • Cooking healthy meals and possibly a little baking

The Person:-

  • Reliable, enthusiastic, punctual and easy to get along with
  • Will be very child friendly and fun to have around
  • Will have very high standards and a keen eye for details
  • Will be a good ironer and be able to deal with specialist fabrics
  • Must be happy to change beds and do the family washing
  • A good cook
  • A car driver with own transport
  • A non smoker

A good salary will be offered to the successful person. Accommodation available if required.

Tel Jackie / info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

 

Groundsperson/Maintenance, Newmarket Ref JF1553

Groundsperson required for Polo Club located between Newmarket and Cambridge with approx 220 acres of grassland.

The Groundsperson will be responsible for maintaining the polo fields to competition standard and keeping them in great order throughout the year.

The position will involve tractor and implement use, so this experience is essential. Someone familiar and confident with the use of a variety of lawn care machinery, rollers, weed control etc.

The ideal person will be a genuine, country loving person with a really good work ethic. This is a great opportunity to join a busy, hard working,  but fun loving team in a fabulous area on the Fens of East Anglia.

This position offers a variety of tasks which will include:-

  • General maintenance of the polo club
  • Grassland and hedge maintenance
  • Some gardening and housesitting for the owner
  • Pet care – 3 small terriers
  • Occasional driving for the owners

A couple will also be considered where the partner can help in the house, driving and pet care on a part time basis.

Accommodation available for the right person. No pets preferred.

Car driver essential

Good salary offered to the successful person who can provide fully checkable references.

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

Full Time Live In Groom, Hadleigh, Suffolk – SP1551

Full Time, experienced groom/rider required for a hunting yard  located in a rural location near Hadleigh, Suffolk. Starting from March 2024 on a permanent basis.

This is a live in position with accommodation on site available for the successful applicant. The required working days will be Monday – Saturday with a day off on Sunday’s. The hours can be flexible but usually it will be a 7am start.

We require someone who is an experienced rider to manage and ride 6/7 horses who are all in work, including TB’s. The successful applicant will have sole charge of the yard however, there will be a part time assistant groom on site during busy periods.

The position will include:

  • All yard duties to be carried out to a high standard including; mucking out, turning out and bringing in, hays, waters, rugs, grooming, feet check, washing off, tack cleaning
  • Clipping and plaiting
  • Turning horses out to a high standard
  • Hacking fit horses, including TBs

The person:-

  • Must be a competent and experienced rider
  • Great yard management skills with a high attention to detail
  • Have excellent horsemanship skills including being able to spot injuries/ illness etc.
  • Hard working, reliable and a good team player
  • Organised, dedicated and enthusiastic with a real love for horses
  • Must be a car driver as no public transport

Fully checkable references will be required.

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

 

Farm Foreman, Burnham Market, Norfolk – Ref RR1532

Full Time, experienced Farm Foreman required for mixed farm located near Burnham Market, Norfolk. This is a mainly arable farm growing, wheat, barley, sugar beet and onions.

There is also a herd of Aberdeen Angus cross beef cattle.

We are looking for a very hands on person who can turn their hands to a variety of tasks which will include:-

  • Tractor driving with implements
  • Sprayer operating, so PA1 and PA2 essential
  • Assisting with harvest – corn carting and grain store work
  • Working with cattle – including calving
  • Overseeing the irrigation system
  • Coordinating the days work as instructed by the Farm Owner

The person:-

  • Reliable, hard working and a good team player
  • Experienced with cattle
  • An experienced tractor driver
  • An experienced sprayer operator
  • Happy to accurately follow instructions
  • Will have good IT skills (Gatekeeper would be a bonus)
  • Experienced with irrigation systems
  • Happy to work outside normal hours and share the weekend rota

A good salary will be offered to the successful person who can provide fully checkable references for similar roles. There is a 2 bedroom house available if required.

A truck and phone will also be included.

Tel Rebecca 07771 655879 or Jackie 07979 501997/info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Keeper / Maintenance Person- Salisbury, Wiltshire- RR1546

Experienced Keeper / Maintenance person required for large, private shooting estate 4 miles west of Stockbridge, on the Hampshire / Wiltshire border.  This is a full time position with fantastic accommodation available. Family or dogs welcome too.

Keeper:

The keeper side of the role will involve looking after the estate’s pheasant and partridge shoot providing 28 days a year on the 1,000 acre Hampshire estate. This will take up approximately half of the role. Most of the shoots occur during the week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) except one that takes place on a Saturday.

The person must be happy to drive a gator

Maintenance

The remaining part of the position will be basic maintenance of the estate which consists of a nine bedroom accommodation venue used both for the shoot and for holiday makers. This will include:

  • Basic plumbing
  • Mending doors
  • Dealing with any issues that arise in an appropriate and timely manner

This would suit someone who is happy to turn their hand to most things.

On a very occasional basis, additional help with the estates herd of rare breed beef suckler cows would be great.

If it suited, there could also be a part-time position for a partner for some domestic help to aid the estates housekeeper on “same-day” changeovers.

£24,000 before tips and bonuses. There is a large three bedroom semi-detached cottage with a large garden and a double garage that is available with the position.

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

Full or Part Time Caretaker – Nr Stowmarket Ref JF1544

Full Time Caretaker with good maintenance, handyman, gardening and groundsperson experience required for private country house in a village location between Hadleigh and Stowmarket.

The ideal person will have previously worked within a private household environment but more important is a willingness to cover a variety of duties and integrate well with the other team members. The duties can change daily and during the day so never a dull moment!

This is a Thursday to Monday, 40 hours a week (but may consider shorter hours) with flexibility to cover absence of other staff.

One bed apartment will be provided on site (no pets or dependents).

The Position:-

  • Carrying out security duties including overnight on call for intruder alarms on a rota with other staff
  • General house and grounds maintenance and keeping all areas clean and tidy
  • Keeping leisure areas clean and well maintained (swimming pool and tennis court)
  • Dealing with tradesmen etc
  • Assisting groundsman, gardeners and other staff as required
  • Some driving duties, cleaning and refuelling vehicles and equipment

The Person:-

  • Reliable, punctual with an excellent work ethic and attention to detail
  • A good team player with an easy to get along with personality
  • Polite and well presented
  • Driver with a clean licence
  • Non-smoker
  • Experienced with operating and maintaining garden machinery
  • Happy working alone at times and also fit well into a small established team
  • Happy to take instructions and willing to learn new skills

Excellent salary offered to the successful person who can provide fully checkable references.

Please contact Jackie 07979 501997 / info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk for further information.

 

Full Time Temporary Housekeeper/Cook – Shetland Island Ref JF1537 UNDER OFFER

Full Time experienced Housekeeper/Cook required to work 6 months from April 2024 maintaining a wonderful manor house on a private Island within the Shetland Isles.

This is a fabulous opportunity for someone looking to embrace a unique lifestyle in one of the most breathtaking locations in the far north of Scotland, approx 25 miles from the Island of Lerwick.

The island is owned by a family and there are also other staff in residence, so although this is a very remote location there will be people around (including builders). That said this position would not suit someone who does not like their own company or who likes to have amenities close by.

The Position:-

  • Keeping the late 19th century “Baronial” House clean and tidy
  • Cooking all meals for the owner and guests
  • Making beds for family and guests
  • Carrying out all laundry and ironing
  • Ensuring the house is clean, warm and welcoming to all visitors
  • Helping to develop a menu for the island with input on the food being grown in the gardens and greenhouses.
  • To be part of a long term project, with the possibility of the role being extended.

The Person:-

  • Reliable, trustworthy and energetic
  • Polite and easy to get along with
  • Experienced with all aspects of housework within a large country house
  • Adventurous, fit and active with a love of the great outdoors
  • Able to fit in with a small team and willing to learn and teach
  • A good cook who can prepare healthy meals from scratch using fresh seasonal ingredients. Someone who can produce delicious vegetarian meals when the guests are in residence.
  • A car driver
  • A nature lover who would love the wildlife the island has to offer, such as puffins, seals, Shetland Ponies, sheep etc
  • Must be happy with their own company.

There is a cottage provided close to the main house and an excellent salary offered to the successful person. Fully checkable references will be required.

A well behaved dog would be welcome.

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

Country Couple (Groom / Estate Maintenance) Norfolk – REF RR1510

Country Couple (Groom / Estate Maintenance) required for beautiful estate in Norfolk. The position is to support a busy family who have a very smart, fully functioning mini estate and a collection of lovely animals, in particular horses and dogs.

Between them the couple will be required to look after the family’s top level competition horses, paddocks, stables and gardens and keep everything running smoothly throughout the year. There are other full and part time staff members on the estate so the couple must be happy to join a small, very friendly team.

This is a brilliant opportunity that would suit two very experienced people who are hard working, reliable, friendly with excellent communication skills. Both positions are full time and will include evening checks and weekends.

This role would be best suited to those who have worked in this environment previously and know how to run an estate. Experience with horses and dogs is imperative. Those without equine experience will not be considered.

Maintenance person

  • General maintenance of the grounds and gardens
  • All year care of grass, paddocks, fencing, spraying, rolling etc
  • General gardening – weeding and cutting back.
  • Hedge cutting and chopping logs.
  • Feeding and walking dogs
  • Vermin Control
  • Tractor driving
  • Evenings checks/security as and when required

Groom 

  • Helping on the yard – mucking out, feeding, tack cleaning, riding (if a good rider although can be non riding)
  • Turning horses in and out of the field
  • Good understanding of illness/lameness
  • Evening checks
  • General errands
  • Generally mucking in and helping the family as and when required

28 days holiday on and a competitive salary for an experienced couple on offer.

Clean driving licences and fully checkable references essential.

LIVE IN ROLE

Beautiful accommodation included.

For more information, please contact Rebecca 07771 655879 /  info@ruralrecruitment.co.uk

Estate Worker, Newmarket, Suffolk Ref JF1535

Full Time Estate Worker required for beautiful 1000 acre Estate located between Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds.

The Estate is managed in a very environmentally friendly way with established rewilding areas throughout.

There are rare breed cattle, sheep and pigs on site too, so animal husbandry experience would be an advantage.

The Position:-

  • Tractor and implement use to maintain fields
  • General grass cutting using large ride on mower
  • Strimming, hedge cutting, ditch clearing etc
  • Working in the vineyard and winery
  • Animal care-Pigs, Cattle and sheep
  • Maintenance of parkland and woodland areas
  • Assisting with fencing
  • Assisting the Garden team when required
  • Monday to Friday with weekends on a rota basis-the team all pull together at busy times.

The Person:-

  • Reliable, friendly with an excellent work ethic
  • A team player who is happy to follow instructions
  • Polite and easy to get along with
  • Knowledgeable with rewilding and environmentally farming practice
  • A tractor driver with field maintenance experience
  • Able to care for rare breed cattle, sheep, pigs etc
  • Will have ride on mower, strimmer, hedge cutter, chain saw experience and certificates would be preferred.
  • A car driver with own transport
  • Happy to work weekends as and when required.

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

Accommodation on site could be available.

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