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Sole Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a live-in Sole Gardener or Gardener / Housekeeper couple to join a picturesque private estate in County Limerick. The property is based in a beautiful Neolithic rural setting and therefore would suit a couple with demonstrable experience in private estate maintenance and housekeeping respectively who enjoy country living. The Couple will need to be self-starters as the principal is in part-time residence.

The impressive property consists of the Farmhouse, Pool House, Guest House, Caretaker’s House all facing the Courtyard and a Stud Farm stabling on 94 acres. The gardens surrounding the houses include a Croquet Lawn, woodland Garden, mature and young trees, walled Garden with a fruit orchard, nuttery, wildflower meadows and mixed beds and borders. The farm is mostly Organic, with as little use of chemicals as possible. 

The gardener will be responsible for the maintenance and management of the gardens and grounds. This includes mowing and lawn maintenance, pruning, weeding, clearing pathway and rough grass area maintenance, upkeep of woodland and recently planted trees, maintaining the ornamental plants and ensuring that the health and safety requirements are met. Spray certificates and chainsaw certificates would be advantageous or the willingness to acquire as the principal would be happy to support the training required. As there are animals onsite owned by the neighboring farmer and are the responsibility of their owners, the gardener will be asked to keep an eye on the Horses/ Cattle/ Sheep grazing the land in case of emergency.  

Housekeeping duties will consist of the upkeep of the main house by way of managing the farmhouse to a high standard, care of fine art and antiques, care of bed linen and table linens. The housekeeper will cook on occasion for the principal, carry out flower arranging, arranging visitor’s appointments and access appointments, overseeing tradesmen, taking deliveries, and shopping.

The property has eight-bedrooms, with six available for the principal’s guests and one for the Caretakers.  There should be approx. 8 weeks per year where there is a full house; otherwise, some occasional guests. The housekeeper will be responsible for preparing the accommodation, serving and clearing for guest visits as well as assisting with the cooking when there are guests and parties, etc.

The Couple will share responsibility for the general care of the house and grounds, maintaining a tidy courtyard and terraces, ground floor window-cleaning and bin management and recycling. A driving licence is required, and the gardener / housekeeper will be required to drive.

The accommodation provided with the role is a one bedroom, kitchen-living-room, bathroom in a converted barn. Utility bill will be covered by the principal and a car is available for use. The working hours are 40 hours per week and there is flexibility how this is worked throughout the week – to be agreed with the principal.

SALARY:  €55,000 combined + Accommodation
LOCATION:  Limerick
JOB No:  EC47750

If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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