Having visited this stunning estate and its beautiful grounds including a rare large walled garden and walked around the farm, visited the range of outbuildings some which are rented to businesses and seen the charming shepherds hut with compostable toilet I feel this may suit a New Zealand couple or a South Africa couple who are coming to the UK from perhaps a boutique hotel background who want an immersive experience. You may in your other lives have been an events organizer or a website designer or a chef and the thought of an opportunity where you may be able to also run your own business such as a pop up restaurant or help start a farm shop or a forest school even do events in a historic barn that has so much potential is just the challenge you have been looking for. The house is enormous you could get lost but along the warren of stairs and corridors in a large room that has been set up as a studio with bed and sitting room and a modern kitchen separated by a step. The room is airy and light with views of the gardens. A bathroom which is extremely basic (can you offer improvements as part of your skills?) is along a corridor as well as a cloakroom. Although part of the house it is quiet and private.
A great all round role for a housekeeper as the priority is to hands on clean the rooms on a schedule daily weekly and refresh those less used. Polishing silverware and other metals. Dusting and washing floors. Wiping appliances The house is huge and has many lovely things - its got many book filled studies and cozy drawing rooms and a farmhouse kitchen and lovely china in massive welsh dressers and art plenty of silver to clean so you need to know what you are doing and have an interest in history and the rural country side - the family have been in residence for generations so its a well used well loved family home well worn with time. Dogs appear from baskets so you must be an animal lover and love rural life although connections to London are excellent with a train station you can get to in minutes and a nearby main road with access to the M11.
Making beds stripping resetting bed linens weekly and when guests used.Kitchen clear up wipe and restore to tidy clean area- empty binsBathrooms clean and polishing fittings moping vacuuming. Wiping windows and window sills.Laundry of sheets and towels and hang up drying on the line and take down some ironing
Family and basic and recipe following ability for Cooking – food prep of extra veggies some cucumber mouse shepards pies family favourites – help with dinner parties if an option. Garden produce eggs nuts and fruit all on the estate. Also flowers so flower arranging would be a pleasure.
Doing shutters morning and night. Cutting wood- putting aside for fires – bringing in Moving soil post and rail – hands on building Fencing helping the gardens Hedging wedding veggie garden and picking produce apples in the orchard Feeding ducks chickens dogs and walking dogs with love and care.
Housekeeper £450npw plus acommodation in a lovely bed sit with kitchen
If a couple then £250 net per week £500 per week for 20-25 hours (possibility of more hours available at £10 an hour).