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DOMESTIC COUPLE FOR LUCERNE/ LUZERN, SWITZERLAND          CH 8383

Seeking candidates now.

Key requirements: 3 years’ experience, fluency in German and English, ability to travel, both drivers, ideally with Swiss work permit

Job Description: For an elderly lady we are looking for an experienced Assistant Domestic Couple (housekeeper/ cook & maintenance/ driver/ gardener) to live and work near Lucerne, Switzerland including travel. Drivers only and dog lovers essential. German and English is required.

The property comprises 5 bedrooms over 5 storeys (including a steam bath) set in 4-6 acres of grounds of primarily woodland and lawns and includes a guest cottage and staff house. There are two full-time gardeners employed and a large young dog is cared for by the staff. In order to provide a smoother service and higher standards, the Assistant Domestic Couple are to work as a team alongside another domestic couple who have been employed many years and who also live on site.

The Owner travels frequently up to 1 week a month, mostly within the EU. The Assistant Domestic Couple are to accompany the Owner to ensure smooth travel and assistance if needed. Accommodation and subsistence is provided while travelling.

Most weeks the Owner invites friends for lunch and has family stay several times a year, which usually last 2 days with up to 8 guests. Once a year there is a larger party of approx. 50 guests. All entertaining is informal. There is no uniform.

The Owner has Parkinson’s Disease and does not require nursing or 24/7 care, but general high quality assistance.

The duties are:

- Housekeeping, cleaning and caring for the laundry

- Packing and unpacking

- Cooking of light meals

- Maintenance and gardening duties

- Driving Owner to engagements

- Travel (mostly within the EU) with the Owner when required

- Caring for the pet dog

 

Staff accommodation is a 2 storey house with two 2-bedroom apartments each with a living room and bathroom. Utility bills are taken care of. Pets are allowed but no dependants.

To work Mon – Fri and be on call every other weekend to assist with meals, care for the dog and help if the alarm goes off. A more formal schedule of work hours will be discussed. At present the chef works mornings, is free in the afternoon and work in evenings till 7.30pm. The housekeeper works from 8am – 5pm. A car is provided for work use. Shops are a 10 min walk away.

We are looking for an honest, committed and experienced couple, who should speak fluent German and English. Fluency in French and a Swiss work permit are an advantage. We are looking for good all-rounders (any specialist repairs are carried out by contractors) who are flexible with high standards and attention to detail. Candidates should be well presented with at least 3 years’ experience in private household and the ability to travel freely.

Previous written references from private employers are essential as well as a current security check. To start as soon as possible.

* To comply with Swiss law this position is placed through our Swiss partner agency. Please see Contact page.

Salary & Benefits: Excellent salary depending on experience plus holidays and accommodation

 For more information please email us or call +44 (0) 207 193 8421

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DOMESTIC COUPLE FOR FAMILY, BELGRAVIA, LONDON                   UK 8374

Seeking candidates now. . . 

Key requirements: 4 years’ experience, excellent housekeeping standards, meticulous in detail, knowledge of London an advantage

Job Description: For a HNW European family we are looking for an experienced Domestic Couple (Housekeeper/ Laundress & Houseman/Handyman/ Driver) to look after their 5 bedroom house in Belgravia, London. Separate staff apartment provided. The family only visit 2-3 months year. No Russian speakers. Knowledge of London roads an advantage. Excellent salary.

The family consist of a couple who own multiple properties worldwide. Their only adult daughter, lives full-time at the property in Belgravia and goes to work daily, while the parents visit 2-3 months a year. The property comprises 5500 sq. ft. and includes exceptionally high end materials like marble, rugs, silver and fine furnishings. There are two family dogs who are occasionally taken to the Belgravia property and will need to be cared for. Although the household is run semi-formal standards are still exceptionally high.


The Housekeeper’s/ Laundress’ duties are to keep the property clean and to high standards at all times. This includes cleaning, dusting, mopping, wiping and polishing surfaces. Part of the duties include to care for the laundry (laundrette within the building) and to go shopping, filling the fridge with food just before visits. There is usually no cooking required.

For this role we seek someone with outstanding housekeeping, laundry and ironing skills, able to care for fine fabrics, couture, silks and furs. Only very few items are dry-cleaned. Key is attention to detail, keeping the property to high standards and to exact requirements, ready for any visits. Being able to follow instructions well is important.

 

The Handyman/ Driver’s duties are to keep interior fixtures, including basic electrical (change of light bulbs) and plumbing in perfect working order. This includes keeping one vehicle immaculate, taking care of the car’s admin and drive the family as required. Other duties include reporting maintenance issues, carrying out small repairs, overseeing contractors, carrying out inventories and assist with the housekeeping. This positions requires good working knowledge of the AV, alarm and other systems.

For this role we seek someone who has excellent handyman and maintenance skills and good knowledge of London roads as well as of private and commercial airports, able to care for the car well, carry out any ad-hoc duties and run errands. This role is very hands-on and needs flexibility.

 

Part of the duties are to communicate with the family’s office in order to prepare for visits and ensure a consistently high standard is delivered. The Domestic Couple needs to ensure the property is ready for use. The Owners are very private and table service is not required.

The work is contracted to average around 45 hours a week working for 5 days a week (2 consecutive days off a week/ 2 separate days off week – alternating). When the parents are in residence more hours will be required and some flexibility is expected over those 8-12 weeks.

On the lower ground floor is a well-appointed 1 bedroom flat with a living room and open kitchen area, a bathroom with a shower. The living room and bedroom have several windows.


The domestic couple must have at least 4 years’ experience as a couple within a high end private household with excellent written references. They should both be well presented, pro-active, professional, discreet and self-motivated with a good understanding of how to run a large house smoothly, able to exceed expectations and keep standards consistently high. Good common sense is essential. Fluency in English is a MUST. A previous couple were employed for several years. A DBS check will be required. No dependants or pets.

Salary & Benefits: £850 – 1000 net a week, live-in, depending on experience. 28 days holidays

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