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House Manager

An Estate Manager will look after the principal’s multiple properties either on the same estate or in different locations. They will manage the estate staff, oversee all maintenance required and ensure that the estate is being effectively cared for. An Estate Manager will be well experienced in handling such a magnitude of planning and execution, to alleviate the pressures that owning a vast portfolio of homes can have.


House Managers will have at least 3 years experience working in a similar role.


A House Manager will have trained at either one of the Her Majesty’s Royal Households, attended a Butler School or will have been trained at a 5 Star Hotel before moving up the ranks to Hotel Management level.

Live-in salaries

Range from £530 – £600 net per week typically for an 8-10 hour day, Monday to Friday.

Live-out salaries

Range from £650-£780 net per week typically for up to a 10 hour day, Monday to Friday


Duties can include all or most of the following depending on your requirements:

House managers

For Principal/The Family:

Liaise with the Family Office/PA/EA

Diary management of the family

Drive the Principal and family members including children

Drive guests if required

Travel management and logistics

Light cooking

Event Planning to 5 Star Standard

Hospitality management to 5 Star standard

Oversee dinner parties and other social events

Plan and pack for Picnics

For the Home:

Manage all domestic staff

Manage exterior staff if an Estate Manager isn’t employed

Manage staff rotas and payroll

Identify staff requirements and recruit/train as necessary

Conduct formal 5 Star butler table service training

Work with Chef/s to assist in menu planning, budgets and sourcing food

Dining room management to include bar and wine inventory

Care of the silver, china and crystal

Provide a good knowledge of fine wines

Execute silver service

Set and serve at formal table

Undertake all the household administration

Management of estate to include security, HR, payroll and training

Order and pay for household provisions

Payment of salaries and household bills

Write, plan and implement “standards of performance” manuals for the property

Knowledge of how to care for fine antiques and fine art

Oversee household budgets, reports, etc

Resolve household maintenance issues

Housekeeping management of contractors, grounds and household staff

Care of animals including walking and administering medication

Wine cellar management

Oversee security of property including CCTV

Ensure Fire Safety and Risk Assessments are up-to-date

Deal with tradesmen

Vehicle Maintenance

Latest House Manager Jobs

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Return Staff of Distinction client is looking to recruit a TOP Live-out Estate/House Manager to run their country home based in Gloucestershire. (A candidate local to the area would be preferred). To apply for this role you must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working within a private household as a Estate/house manager with an up to date DBS check. This is a senior management role and would suit a well presented, switched on candidate that has the ability to take care of the busy household, which is occupied 24/7. You must be able to work as part of a team and independently. The house is fully staffed and you will be responsible for the smooth running of the estate which would include turning your hand to anything, managing of all staff members (+-10-12 employees), organising and planning of events and ensuring the household is preforming at its best. You will also be responsible for the household security team, ensuring the house is secure and security is in place at all times. A candidate that can take instruction is required as the couple prefer to liaise with the Estate manager daily to discuss the smooth running of the household including the staff. A flexible, organised candidate is sought with exceptional experience in management of a large country estate. A confident driver is essential. You must also be very pet friendly as the family have horses, dogs, cats etc. Working hours will be Monday- Friday, 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm. Salary negotiable depending on experience but in the region of £45 000 – £50 000 gross per annum. Job ref: J33129.