Job Summary:
Private, Grade II listed estate between Reading and Newbury requires a live-in Caretaker/Guardian to assist with the smooth running, and general appearance of the house, carrying out general maintenance duties and keeping the building and surrounding areas to agreed presentation standards.


To prepare the House on a daily basis which includes turning off the intruder alarm, opening curtains and shutters (as required) and checking the condition, tidiness of rooms, hallways and stairs and preparing fires in winter months.

To close the House at the end of each day, ensuring curtains drawn/windows, shutters and doors are secured and setting the intruder alarm.

To share the care of the family dogs, including walking, feeding and washing.

To clean the family car(s), conduct routine checks inc tyre pressures, oil / water levels and ensure they are MOT’d, insured, serviced and taxed.

To provide support for the Head Housekeeper as required, working in the kitchen/ pantry and also providing ‘front of house’ service for family and guests.

To be responsible for carrying out all system checks / tests on the Intruder and Fire Alarm systems and reporting any faults to the respective service and maintenance company, recording details and actions.

To take responsibility for security of the House and act as the main Key Holder/ First Responder in the event of an intruder alarm activation and liaise with the family, other estate personnel and police should an incident occur.

To take responsibility for managing all household systems and equipment and carry out basic maintenance. Arrange to clear blockages, remove foreign matter from sinks, toilets, drains, kitchen grease traps etc. and clean up spillages as required. For more complex issues to report to the Estate Maintenance Manager to ensure appropriate remedial action is taken to rectify any faults.

To comply with the requirements of Health and Safety, other relevant legislation and Estate policies

To maintain the wine cellar including stock management and rotation.

To drive family members from time to time using family / Estate vehicles.

To act as point of contact for visitors or contractors arriving at the premises and take collection of post and other deliveries as required (ensuring they are passed on the addressee).

Answer the telephone, taking and passing on messages promptly.

To perform an active role within the event operations, setting up tables and chairs plus the installation of other equipment, as required, and at the end of the event dismantling and storing all furniture and equipment. Also being on duty for some events and carrying out some cleaning duties in these areas. Events are both internal and external and may require evening and weekend work.

Candidate requirements:
Excellent timekeeping, flexibility and attention to detail

Excellent spoken English

Ability to work unsupervised and on own initiative and willing to be happy to roll up your sleeves and work with the team

Excellent customer service skills; presentable and tidy appearance at all times

To always display discretion, and a respectful attitude towards other staff, the family and their property

Above all, you’ll enjoy working collaboratively with colleagues to provide an excellent service

No two days are the same and a can-do attitude is essential

Full and clean UK driving licence

Proficient IT skills in Microsoft Office, Outlook and other programs

Basic DIY skills

DBS check required at offer stage.

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    One bedroom flat within the house, household bills included (except TV licence)

    Parking available

    Partner and one, small, well-behaved dog considered

    How to apply:
    Applying for this position: Please email your interest in this position to application-ps@edenprivatestaff.com. Please ensure you include the reference number for the position you are applying for (found at the top of the advert). For candidates who are not currently registered with Eden Private Staff, please include an up-to-date CV when applying. Applicants for this position should have excellent checkable references and a valid DBS. Please note we only register candidates with a minimum 3 years’ experience in a similar role.

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