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Exciting Opportunity for a highly experienced live-in Domestic Couple, Suffolk
The Lady Recruits
United Kingdom
Permanent, Full Time
BOX: 1213842
Job Specifications


The principals are an English semi-retired married couple in their 60s.  The small estate is south of Stowmarket in Suffolk and comprises an 8 bed Georgian ex-rectory with two detached cottages for guests, outdoor pool, tennis court and pool house and a detached 4 bed farmhouse with equestrian facilities set in 50 acres of paddocks, lawns, and formal gardens.  It is located on the edge of a small village in a rural setting.  All the accommodation has recently been redecorated and refurbished.

This is the full time residence for the principals, and guests stay on average once a month during normal times.

The Property Manager will be responsible for the supervision of all housekeeping and gardening staff.

The domestic couple will live in separate furnished accommodation with heating, electricity, water, broadband and council tax paid.  No pets or dependents.  Non-smokers.

Core Duties and Requirements

The couple will be responsible for maintaining the house and grounds to a very high standard.

Min 5 years’ experience in a similar role

Excellent English and references

Clean driving licences - a car will be provided for business use, and occasional driving of principals cars to chauffeur them and their guests, will be necessary.

Flexible rotas to cover evenings and weekends where needed such as when there are weekend guests staying.

Look after, walk and pick up after dogs

While the duties are separated below, they must be interchangeable as required by the principals and it is very important that the couple work with the other staff seamlessly.


Cleaning, laundry, ironing and shoe cleaning for principals and any houseguests

Display cut flower arrangements from the gardens

Arrange dry cleaning

Take deliveries, messages

Oversee internal tradesmen

Meal planning with principal, shopping (mainly online) for groceries for principals and their guests

Occasional informal cooking for the principals and houseguests

Assist with larger dinner parties and other events occasionally

Supervise ad-hoc cleaning


Property Manager

Staff management

Oversee security of the estate and act as first responder to alarms

General property maintenance

Manage petty cash

Arrange and oversee tradesmen (incl. window cleaning, pool)

Occasionally drive principals to/from airport/station/restaurant/etc

Clean and generally look after cars (currently 3 plus staff car) and motorbikes (currently 2), arrange repairs/servicing

Maintain stock of logs for open fires, lay/light/clear when necessary

Monitor supplies and re-order

Supplement in garden where necessary





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