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About Celia Harmston

Celia Harmston

Private Household Consultant

Celia runs the Private Household desk for Leaman Consulting. A consummate professional and a highly trained individual within this area Celia has a degree in Primary Education and an in-depth understanding of the importance of the quality of candidate needed to work within a personal residence. Celia has a caring and professional approach and will visit the residence when required to ascertain the right fit for you or your Principal, whether it be an experienced Housekeeper,  Estate/House Manager, Butler, Driver, Chef or Household Couple. Celia has often worked on adhoc roles and specifications - so do not hesitate to run anything by her!

 
 

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£40,000 - £45,000

Housekeeper/Cook for Family living in SW1.

A professional family of 4 living in South West London, close to Belgravia are looking for a top notch housekeeper with excellent cooking skills. The property itself is over 4/5 floors and you will be required to deliver a very high standard of cleaning, laundry and ironing as well as preparing a delicious and healthy family meal. The family employ a nanny to care for their 2 children (under 5) so you must be child friendly and happy to work in a family environment. The family are looking for someone who is proactive and on the ball and able to keep up with a busy household and the family’s needs. You will have worked as a private housekeeper/cook for families previously and have great checkable references.

Hours: Monday – Friday 50 hours a week

Starting: ASAP

Salary: £45,000 gross per year (DOE)

*Please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application*

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£32,000 - £35,000

A switched on capable live in or live out Housekeeper/ Nanny sought for a creative, busy family in Bentworth Hampshire.

This family of 4 who run their own business elsewhere have 2 children aged 5 and 18 months, are in search of a Housekeeper / Nanny to take care of their family home and help with the childcare which is shared with Mum.

It’s a five bed property over two floors with a mix of antiques, artwork and some newer modern aspects. The successful candidate will be domestically enthusiastic, love children, be able to cook simple meals for the children, have strong organisational skills, be self-motivated and reliable. The toddler will be starting nursery two days week come September but on the remaining days will stay at home whilst the older child is on the morning school run. Once the mum returns, daily responsibilities will switch to focusing on household tidying and de-cluttering, emptying dishwasher, changing beds, washing ironing, hand-washing, and being responsible for keeping the house generally organised.  Once the older child is home again at 4pm, help with childcare resumes in the dinner and bath routine. The family also employ a cleaner once a week to help with deep cleaning.

 

This role would suit someone who is down to earth, self-starting, punctual, organised and reliable who enjoys being part of a family home.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 8am – 7pm with flexibility)The ideal candidate would work on a Saturday so the parents can go and spend some one on one time together. 

Location: Bentworth, a lovely rural location in Hampshire

Salary: depends on experience and if live in or out

Accommodation if live in: Own double bedroom with a sink and there is a private shower room with loo just across from the room. 

Other benefits: A discretionary bonus will be considered after a year based on your performance and additional bonuses will be considered to reward long-term commitment.

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up to £33,000

Live Out Housekeeper/Cook required for large estate in Hampshire, RG26.

A lovely family are looking for a fantastic housekeeper to run the household with precision, attention to detail and care. The Principal is moving his family to Hampshire (about 10 mins from Basingstoke) to be closer to the grandchildren, and the family are looking for a local housekeeper to join the team. The property has recently been renovated to a very high standard. 

The property in Hampshire is a  7 bedroom main house with an adjoining annex for grandparents, and a residential stable block with 17 Acres of grounds, which include landscaped gardens, a tennis court, a barn media room as well as garages. There is an onsite (live in) House Manager who we placed with the family and a live out housekeeper who we also placed there.

You will have at least 5 years’ experienced working as a private household and be happy to work weekends with days given off in lieu.

You will be responsible for all housekeeper, laundry and ironing (alongside the other housekeeper) plus simple family cooking when required.

Running errands which may include post office, grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions etc -

Ideally they are looking for someone who has enthusiasm and commitment to get the job done well with high attention to detail. You will have the ability to work collaboratively and harmoniously as part of a team and always be one step ahead, pre-empting the family’s requirements. You will be outgoing and confident, whilst also being discreet and professional at all times.

You must be able to drive.

Hours:

To work a five-day week (with some weekend work) – days in lieu given for weekend work. Flexibility is key.

You will be required to stay 3-4 nights during the week & the successful candidate will need to stay 2 weekends a month. When the candidate is required to stay at the weekend then the candidate will receive time in lieu and the overnight stays will be 1 -2 nights during the week. We will endeavour to send out the overnight stay rota at least 3 weeks in advance. When required to stay over, your accommodation will be a 1 bedroom en-suite on the first floor of the annex, which is attached to the main house. All brand new.

This is a long-term position to a respectful, successful and low-key Family, with strong family values.

Salary: dependant on experience. (up to £33,000 gross per year)

Please note due to the volume of application we cannot guarantee a response to everyone.

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£12-14 per hour

Housekeeper / Cook for a busy family in Haslemere, Surrey GU27

 

The London based family are looking for an experienced an reliable housekeeper cook for their large country home in Haslemere. This is a live out role so you must live locally and ideally with your own car.

You will be required to work Fri-Mon (roughly 32-35 hours) ensuring the house is ready for the families arrival, food shopping, preparing food and also cooking when they are there.

The house will not be in use a lot of the time so you need to be good at managing your own time and previous experience of working autonomously. You must be child and dog friendly too!

The house is busy when occupied so you must be happy and enjoy this kind of atmosphere.

It is a large house with 7 bedrooms and a separate studio building and the family will mostly be in residence on the weekends (around 2 weekends per month) and occasionally during the school holidays, so they need someone who is reliable and can keep an eye on the house when the family are not there.

 

Start date: Oct 2019

 

Salary will depend on experience

 

Hours:

Fridays 14:00-20:00 (could be 12pm start)

Saturday 09:00-19:00

Sunday 09:00-19:00

Mondays 14:00-20:00 (could be 12pm start)

Please note the hours and days can be very flexible when the family are not there

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Circa £35,000-£40,000 DOE

Daily Housekeeper for VIP Household in West London, Holland Park. You will work with 2 other housekeepers (one placed by us) in this large newly refurbished property. The family are moving house so you will help prep for the move and set up the new home (both in Holland Park).

The house is 6 bed over 5 floors. Top spec throughout with antiques and artwork. All housekeeping, laundry and ironing and handling of some expensive clothing and items.

 You must have extremely high standards of cleanliness and organisation. You will be a quick and efficient worker with experience working in UHNW/VIP Households.

This is a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children. There is a small household team employed (nanny, chef, driver, House manager and PAs) so you must be a good team player with a muck in attitude.

 

Starting: End August 2019

Location: Holland Park

Salary: TBC, depends on experience.

Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm

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£40,000 - £50,000

Family of 3 in Sussex are looking for a switched on, friendly and dynamic housekeeper/cook for their country weekend residence.

This is a really lovely role for a super family. You will be required to take care of all the high level housekeeping, laundry, simple but healthy seasonal cooking when the family are in residence. The house is a large country property, 6/7 bedrooms set in acres of land. There is a groundskeeper/maintenance man employed as well as nannies and personal assistants.

This is a role for someone who enjoys country living, is flexible and understands the ever changing needs and schedules of family life. Your working week is 5 days a week (including weekends) with your 2 days off mid-week.

The family would like someone committed and looking for a long term role.

This is a live out role, so you must be within the Sussex area to be able to get to work daily. There will be times you will be asked to stay overnight (accommodation provided) this could be 1-2 nights but could be up to 5 nights depending on the family’s needs and guests.  

You must have had previous experience working in a similar role within private households, with great references.

Generous salary offered.

*please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application*

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£33,000 - £34,000

Experienced & professional housekeeper sought for a UHNW family living close to Sloane Square station. Large household with 7 bedrooms over 5 floors. There are 2 adults and 2 children in the house and you will work alongside another live out housekeeper (who we placed) and a small household team including nannies, chef, PA and security. 

Your main responsibility will be all high level cleaning and housekeeping. Dealing with specialist materials in the house and assisting with laundry and ironing when required. 

Very busy household with lots going on. The clients are friendly and treat everyone very well. You must have extensive experience working as a housekeeper with UHNW clients in Central London. 

Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5/6pm 

Location: Sloane Square SW1W

Salary: £500 net per week (around £34,000 gross per year with a review after probation) 

Starting: ASAP

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£2000.00 net per calendar month EACH

An efficient and hardworking couple are needed in Kensington. Both individuals need to be flexible and versatile in their approach to work.  The days the principal is in London vary so they need to be present whenever she’s in residence.  The principal is very approachable but has high standards – she expects, however, tasks to be done quickly and to a very high standard. 

The successful candidates need to be reliable, discrete, loyal and dedicated to their work.

Fluent in English is desirable

 

Housekeeper:

Will be responsible for ensuring the house is kept in tip top condition, take care of the laundry and ironing, change the bed sheets, as well as grocery shopping. The house does have a lot of beautiful artwork so knowledge on how to clean fine art would be a bonus.      

Duties will include:

  • cleaning the Property to an immaculate standard;
  • hoovering, polishing, dusting, doing the laundry and delicate garments washed by hand, ironing, putting the rubbish out on designated days, cleaning brass surfaces, washing and cooking;
  • responsibility for all of the Principal’s clothes and for arranging for dry cleaning and for carrying out the washing and ironing of the Principal’s clothes; packing and unpacking
  • cleaning and/or polishing the Principal’s shoes as appropriate;
  • changing and making beds;
  • assisting as are required in preparing for and serving at receptions, dinner parties, drinks parties and other events;
  • working as a team

 

Houseman/Butler:

This role will be to serve drinks and food to the principal and her guests, carry out basic maintenance in the home, gardening, maintain the gym, Jacuzzi and cinema. Also answering the door and dealing with contractors.

Duties will include

  • buying and collecting shopping;
  • responsible for keeping fridge stocked, ordering food online
  • preparing and serving meals as required;
  • dealing with visitors and guests;
  • dealing with contractors re house repairs
  • working as a team
  • confident driver preferred

One of you needs to be a confident family cook and be able to prepare light meals, such as salads, steak and breakfast. When they entertain they will bring a chef in, but you may be asked to assist the butler should there be a large number of guests.

 

Accommodation

Studio flat provided in Principal’s house, with its own entrance. It has a separate kitchen and bathroom.

Live in couple: 50 hour a week, flexible.

Salary: £2000.00 net per calendar month EACH

Holiday: 20 days a year + 8 bank holidays

Location: Kensington

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Leaman Consulting are on the hunt for a live-out housekeeper in Surrey starting ASAP. 

The principal is looking for an experienced housekeeper to join their household team to ensure it runs smoothly.The 5 bedroom  property is in Egham, Surrey. The chosen candidate will be responsible for housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping etc and will be supervised by the Household Manager.  

Duties are but not limited to: 

  • General housekeeping duties to a high standard
  • Care of 5 bedroom house plus additional buildings within grounds
  • Routine cleaning
  • Laundry/ironing
  • Changing linen
  • Mirrors & glass 

Additional Information: 

  • Working hours: Monday to Friday (8am to 2pm).
  • There is the opportunity to work additional hours and/or the weekend when required. Overtime will be paid or given time off in lieu.
  • Salary offer: starting hourly rate £11.50 net per hour. Overtime would be paid at 1.5 times hourly rate
  • Given the high high profile of our client, a confidentiality agreement will need to be signed
  • The candidate will need to be immaculately presented, of high calibre with a good standard of spoken English
  • The chosen candidate would need to be able to drive or make on own way to the property

 


     

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£35,000 - £40,000

Daily Housekeeper for VIP Household in West London, Holland Park. You will work with one other housekeeper in this large newly refurbished property. The family are moving house so you will help prep for the move and set up the new home (both in Holland Park).

The house is 6 bed over 5 floors. Top spec throughout with antiques and artwork. All housekeeping, laundry and ironing and handling of some expensive clothing and items.

 You must have extremely high standards of cleanliness and organisation. You will be a quick and efficient worker with experience working in UHNW/VIP Households.

This is a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children. There is a small household team employed (nanny, chef, driver, House manager and PAs) so you must be a good team player with a muck in attitude.

 

Starting: ASAP

Location: Holland Park

Salary: TBC, depends on experience.

Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm

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£12 - £13

Experienced housekeeper sought for a UHNW family living close to Sloane Square. Large household with 7 bedrooms over 5 floors. There are 2 adults and 2 children in the house and you will work alongside a small household team including 1 full time housekeeper, nannies, chef, PA and security.

You will support the full time housekeeper (placed by us) each morning to ensure the house is kept in top condition.  

Very busy household with lots going on. The clients are friendly and treat everyone very well. You must have good experience working as a housekeeper with UHNW clients in Central London.

Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm

Location: Sloane Square SW1W

Salary: Depends on experience

Starting: ASAP

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£35,000 - £40,000

LIVE OUT HOUSEKEEPER FOR LARGE PROPERTY IN NOTTING HILL W2 (VIP experience)

HNW Family of 6 (2 x Parents and 4 x Children aged 8 – 14 years old) are seeking a switched on housekeeper to join their busy house. You will work alongside a well-oiled team of PAs, Nannies, Estate team etc and with one other live out housekeeper who works the early breakfast shift.

The house is a 6 bedroom property spread over 4 floors. Not far from Notting Hill Gate station. You MUST have experience working with HNW families before and used to working in large properties.

Duties will include:

  • General Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Packing for principals
  • Organise maintenance work with the interior assistant
  • No ‘Nanny’ duties but be happy to help out and be child friendly (eg serving dinner)
  • Stocking household supplies, ordering
  • Running Errands
  • Dog friendly – willing to help walk dog if needed (they have dog walker)
  • Managing waste, recycling and collections
  • Monitoring any contractors in house/dealing with deliveries

You will be extremely trustworthy and reliable, good checkable references and a recent enhance DBS certificate.

You will be:

  • Detailed and thorough with exceptional organisational skills
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Structured and strategic with time
  • Flexible and able to work with a team
  • Able to work with the supervision while also independently on own initiative
  • Good people skills - communicating and listening well, being collaborative, and discreet

Salary is negotiable and depends on experience.

Starting July/August

Hours: Mon – Fri hours 11-8.30/9pm (Alt hours each day dependent on principal’s needs) with an hour of for lunch. Must be flexible to work weekends (notice is given) if this is the case then you will gain that time off in lieu.

Please note due to volume of responses we cannot guarantee a reply to all applications

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