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JOB Ref: EC36018

Head Gardener

  • Full Time Live In PRIVATE AD
  • Competitive DOE
  • Wiltshire

Our head gardener is retiring after more than 40 years in the job. The position is for an experienced couple to act as head gardener and part time cook/housekeeper for a family in a beautiful part of Wiltshire. The property is set in an idyllic location and is within easy reach of Marlborough and less than 2 hours from London.

The head gardener will need to work with and instruct one other gardener and to be in charge of grass and lawn management, vegetables, fruit trees and greenhouse work. The couple will need to be in charge of the dogs and house security when the owners are away. In addition we hope that you could undertake basic repairs and maintenance jobs

We are looking for a gardener who can show the following key attributes:

  •  A comprehensive plant knowledge and familiarity with most gardening practices, ideally backed up with a formal horticultural qualification
  • A basic knowledge of growing and harvesting fruit, vegetables and herbs
  • An understanding of basic maintenance on all hand held, pedestrian and ride-on machinery as well as an ability to complete routine pre-start checks
  • Familiarity with the safe use of equipment and a good understanding of Health and Safety legislation including the preparation of risk assessments
  • A valid driving licence

We are also looking for a part-time cook/housekeeper

  • This is a part-time role of approx 12 hours a week with the main focus being on cooking for the family at weekends. We are looking for someone who is prepared to work about 25 weekends of the year. Other duties will include general housework & occasional dog sitting.


A competitive salary package will be provided dependent on experience, although we are prepared to pay the appropriate market rates for each role.

Starting February 2022.

Working hours for the Head gardener are 7.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday, although you will be expected to work enough time to fulfil the role. In addition, occasional weekend greenhouse duties and watering may be required.

Working hours for the Housekeeper are very flexible and will depend on weekend guest numbers for half the weekends a year and otherwise about 12 hours in the house.

The Head Gardener will be entitled to 20 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays and the Housekeeper’s holiday will be calculated on a pro rata basis.

An attractive 3 bedroom detached cottage situated on the Estate will be provided. The accommodation briefly includes; kitchen, utility/office, dining room, sitting room, 3 bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside there is a large garden with brick outbuilding. The employer will cover the Council Tax. The employees will be responsible for all other services.

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. English Country Gardeners are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.


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