Couple (Live In)

From English Country Gardeners

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Working For: horticruitment

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a live-in couple to join a historic private estate in Devizes, Wiltshire.  This opening would suit a couple with demonstrable experience in garden/estate maintenance and housekeeping respectively.  A generous salary of £23,000 each is offered to candidates in addition a two-bedroom cottage on site with bills paid.

The impressive eight-bedroom main house is framed by an NGS registered, former RHS garden of six acres.  The 300-year-old garden is currently managed by a full-time Skilled Gardener who will require assistance from time to time with basic tasks such as mowing and hedge cutting.  The remainder of the estate maintenance duties will consist of non-horticultural tasks, i.e. DIY/handyman jobs on and inside the property buildings, occasional chauffeuring and general care of seven chickens and three dogs on site. Good physical fitness, a positive attitude, energy and a strong work ethic are essential requirements for this role, as is a full driving licence.

Duties under the responsibility of the Housekeeper will consist of the upkeep of the main house by way of cleaning, laundry, weekly shopping and some preparation of food for one child.  The three dogs will require care which will be limited to feeding and opening the door to enable them to entertain themselves in the large garden when the property owners are away.  The position will be a Monday to Friday role with free weekends except on very rare occasions, as unforeseen circumstances inevitably arise.  A full driving licence is also essential for this role.

A two-bedroom cottage is provided with rent, Council tax, water, electricity etc. covered by the employer.  Bills such as phone and internet will be the responsibility of the successful candidates.  Candidates with experience and training in trades with good all-round DIY skills are particularly sought after, with competence in the garden maintenance aspect of the role remaining essential.  Housekeepers with experience on private estates and associated autonomous working will be most welcome.  Applicants must have an excellent command of spoken and written English, a natural ability to get on well with other staff and visitors and must be capable of working unsupervised and managing their own time. 

A welcoming environment and stunning property, located in a very desirable part of rural Wiltshire, awaits the successful candidates.  The estate owners are genuinely passionate about their property and staff, and look for equally committed employees to share the result of the team’s efforts.  A generous combined salary is offered as stated below, with a cottage on site with its own separate entrance and driveway, courtyard garden and storage space.

SALARY:        £46,000 + Accommodation

LOCATION:  Devizes, Wiltshire

JOB No:          EC22085

If this Couple vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or

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