Our client, a multi -cultural family (they speak English, French and Spanish) of 3, with one 18 year-old daughter studying in the Uk as of September 2014, presently living in a small medieval village one hour away from Barcelona, Spain and 25 minutes from the French border and 15 km from the sea are seeking a loyal domestic couple.
They are in the process of renovating a property about 6 km away from their present house, with 360 sq. meters of living space, plus 1.5 hectares of garden and trees, a pool and a separate self-contained staff house of 75 sq. meters, with enclosed garden and separate entrance,
that has just been finished, fully equipped with kitchen, fridge, washing machine, bedroom , bathroom with bathtub, and living room with chimney.
The main house will be finished in approx. December 2014, and they hope to move from their present house to the new house in early 2015.
In the meantime, there will be an interim stage for the domestic couple with duties that will consist of keeping the present house clean and maintained, cooking meals at the present house for 2 – 3 people. The meals are always healthy, with lots of vegetables and fruit, and they very much like Middle Eastern and Asian food. In the evening, they are used to light meals with a soup or simple fish dish.
The domestic couple will also be in charge of doing the laundry and ironing twice a week , ensuring correct storage and care in the closets and wardrobe.
Furthermore the couple will be in charge of the pool, garden and vegetable plot, caring for the cocker spaniel that the principles have, and upkeep of the two cars, as well as running errands and keeping track of inventory of basic food , as well as cleaning and gardening supplies,
and cutting and stocking of chimney wood, plus maintenance of chimneys. There will be driving to the airport in Barcelona and train stations when necessary.
The principles entertain more in the summer than in the winter, they do not hold dinner parties every week, at least in the winter. In the summer, the schedule changes, breakfast,lunch and dinner take place later than in the winter.
Given the on-going necessity to have someone at the house at all times, for security and supervision, the couple will be separated occasionally so that one can take vacation with the other could stay at the house. Days off will generally be Sunday afternoon and Monday, with possible variations when needed.
In view of the level of duties and type of household and property, the principles basically need an honest and hardworking couple with good cooking skills, but not necessarily long-time experience or experience related to constant entertaining and serving at table, and they are offering free acccomodation, use of a car, electricity, gas and heating, use of the vegetable garden, plus a declared salary with Spanish social security coverage.
Summary of requirements for the domestic couple:
The couple should be flexible, in winter the working hours are usually less than in the summer. When the principles are away, only a security presence and basic cleaning is needed. Cooking skills are important, with good knowledge for healthy food preparation and Middle East/Asian dishes. The family is seeking private service professionals who are loyal, pleasant, honest and discrete. The couple should like to live in the countryside about 1 hour away from Barcelona.
The principles are a very kind family, with human values, and they want the couple to feel at home, well treated, and content, and in exchange they need things to be done very well, with an eye to detail that takes initiatives, and assumes responsibilities to make sure that their home is always clean and in good order.
The total salary offered for the couple will be in the region of Euros 2000/month x 14
Starting date: as soon as possible.