Gardener Couple

From English Country Gardeners

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A unique position has arisen for Gardener and Housekeeper couple to work on a beautiful private estate near Winchester on a permanent and full-time basis. This position is available the beginning of September, allowing for notice periods of the successful candidates. This is a live-in role with a two-bedroom cottage offered to the successful candidates; a small dog is welcome however the accommodation would be unsuitable for children. The ideal couple will enjoy a rural lifestyle and must love dogs.

The property itself is surrounded by expansive views and is set within 117 acres of land (used primarily for livestock and managed by a neighbouring farmer) in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, approximately 8-miles east of the historic city of Winchester.  The garden has been subject to extensive landscaping work over the past few, the 3-4-acre garden offers huge potential for the next phase that the successful candidate will be part of.

Garden features include a flint Ha-ha, terraced lawns, York stone paving, yew hedging, a roomed and walled rose garden with climbers, and an Orangery/garden room.  Existing areas include maturing trees, long grass with mown paths, orchids, and wildflowers in recently sowed meadows. Plans are progressing to establish an intimate cutting garden/kitchen garden for the successful applicant to advance further this year. 

This is an excellent opportunity for a Gardener with good physical fitness and plant knowledge to play a role in enriching the classical nature of the re-established gardens, working alongside one other gardener who lives on site.  The property is in a beautiful location, amongst parkland with far reaching views to the South Downs.  The ideal candidate will hold spray and chainsaw certification and demonstrable gardening experience on private estates and/or horticulturally diverse gardens. Academic horticultural qualifications are desired but are not essential if considerable gardening experience can be demonstrated via previous work and references.  The ability to operate and carry out basic maintenance of garden machinery is essential, as is possession of a full UK driving licence, and preferably your own vehicle.  Basic Arboriculture knowledge will be of benefit to ensure successful development and care of young trees. 

In addition to gardening duties, the new Gardener should be willing to undertake general estate management tasks such as interior and exterior maintenance, the upkeep of the swimming pool and tennis courts, pet sitting when the principals are travelling, driving duties, stocking wood, laying fires for the house, and assisting in the care of a flock of chickens.

In addition to the Gardener the client is looking for a Housekeeper that is an all-rounder, someone who is friendly, dependable, and proactive with an eye for detail who takes pride in their work.  The Housekeeper will ensure the home is kept organised, clean, and tidy to a very high standard. General duties will include keeping on top of the laundry, ironing and fabric care, care of antiques and delicate items, kitchen support, as well as running errands where required. The family also have friendly dogs, so you must be pet friendly and happy to help with their care.   

SALARY:       Combined salary of £50,000 – £55,000 Depending on experience
LOCATION:  Winchester, Hampshire 
JOB No:          EC45863

If this Gardener Couple vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Bevan Andrews on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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