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House Manager / Head Housekeeper Couple in Oxfordshire

£50,000 - £55,000 (joint) + 3 bed cottage

Job Descriptions

Leaman Consulting are looking for an experienced domestic couple to join our clients team on their Oxfordshire shooting estate. The successful couple must be proactive, hardworking and flexible. 

The house you will be managing is a large 7-bedroom country home. It is the principal’s main residence.  The principals have 3 children between aged between 13 and 17. The children are at boarding school during the week and home at the weekends. 

The family employs a team of staff on the estate including:

•             Head Gardner and his team

•             Estate manager and his team

•             2 office workers

•             Secondary / Travelling couple

You will be responsible for managing the Secondary / Traveling couple. For the majority of the year this couple is based on the estate but during the school holiday this couple travel to the family’s holiday homes in the Alps and in Cornwall.

 Duties will include but will not be limited to: 

House Manager

•             Ensure the smooth running of all mechanical and electrical systems, IT and CCTV skills key.

•             Deal with builders and contractors

•             Look after and maintain the high-tech security system

•             Pool and hot tub maintenance

•             Care and maintenance of the family’s cars, ATV’s and dirt bikes

•             Driving and chauffeur duties, general handyman work

•             Managing the household team and experience of this previously

•             Confident driver with clean licence


Head Housekeeper

•             Able to create staff rotas

•             Keep the house and other buildings on the property impeccably clean

•             Laundry and care of delicate fabrics

•             Wardrobe management

•             Twice weekly grocery shopping

•             Liaising with the garden team regarding flowers, fruit and vegetables

•             Child care when required

•             Pet care (the family have 2 dogs and chickens)

•             Confident driver with clean licence


It is important that at least one of the couple can cook well to cover when the secondary couple is absent (who do the majority of the cooking).


Hours of work will generally be Monday to Friday from 8 until 5.  Longer hours and weekend work will sometimes be required, especially when the secondary couple is on annual leave or travelling to the family’s holiday homes.  We also like to ensure that the secondary couple can have 1 weekend off a month so at a minimum you will be required to work this.


Further to a very competitive salary, the position comes with a beautiful 3-bedroom cottage with its own garden.