Caretaker

Hutton-in-the-Forest is a Grade 1 historic house and gardens which is open to visitors in the summer months. It is 6 miles North West of Penrith in Cumbria. It is the home of Lord and Lady Inglewood, their two dogs and (sometimes) their grown-up children.

We are looking for a caretaker for the historic house and gardens. The role is varied, and for the right person would be either a full or part-time position. The successful applicant will be provided a 2 bedroomed fully modernised flat, separate from but immediately adjacent to the main house, free from rent and Council Tax.

Through the summer the role principally supports the House Opening team and a series of public events, much of which take place out of doors and in all weathers! During the winter months the focus is on the upkeep of the house and cottages on the estate.

Essential tasks for the role include general security, day-to-day general maintenance of the house and offices, some cleaning, and opening / locking up of the house. Occasionally special events are held at the house (classic cars, Potfest etc.), for which extra support will be needed.

In addition, and depending on the skills, interest and experience of the candidate (and/or their partner), there is an ongoing need at Hutton-in-the-Forest and across the estate for handyman, maintenance, gardening, groundsman and hospitality skills. This could include mowing / strimming, painting / decorating / renovation work, chopping down trees / clearing woodland, cleaning / maintaining the historic house, or working in the Hutton-in-the-Forest tearoom.

The successful applicant should ideally have: –

· Practical experience working as a groundsman/handyman/caretaker or similar

· A flexible ‘can do’ attitude

· Enthusiasm for variety

Core duties include: –

· General security of the historic house;

· Day-to-day maintenance and upkeep of the house, including cleaning visitor’s WC’s, tearoom, front of house and offices, looking after cars / machinery, supervising oil-fired boilers;

· Assisting estate staff and contractors on an as-need basis;

· Occasional driving;

· Assisting at occasional events (putting up tents, moving chairs/tables, taking money for tickets).

Although not essential, we would be interested to hear from people (and/or their partner) who have experience or interest in any of the following:

– Using machinery (quadbike, mowing machine, chain saw etc.)

– Painting, decorating, handyman/maintenance skills

– Gardening

– Cleaning

The historic house and gardens are open Sunday – Friday (including Bank Holidays) through the summer months, and on these days the premises will need to opened and locked up. Beyond that, usual working days are Monday- Friday. Occasionally this will vary when there are special events.

The salary will be agreed by negotiation with 4 weeks paid holiday, dates by agreement.

Job Type: Full-time or Part-time, live-in

If you wish to apply, please email your C.V. with a covering letter. Please specify whether you would be interested in full-time or part-time work.