Cook/Housekeeper | Lowlands of Scotland

£35,000 Gross + Self Contained Accommodation


We are looking for a cheerful, upbeat Cook/Housekeeper to join a small team, to work alongside a housekeeper and other household staff, at a stunning shooting lodge, located in the lowlands of Scotland, near the border of England. 

The Cook Housekeeper will help ensure that The Lodge is maintained to the highest standard possible, and in a permanent state of preparation for occupancy, so that family, their guests or paying guests may arrive at short-notice.

When The Principal and/or guests are in residence, the Cook Housekeeper's role will be largely kitchen based, undertaking:

  • meal/menu planning, food preparation, and management of ingredients and stock, fridges and freezers etc, and
  • the cooking of healthy dishes, along with both lunches, dinners and teas that are of a good standard, which are tasty, nutritious, and well-presented.

Fresh produce is grown on the Estate, so in an effort to make the most of all the produce of the estate to minimise any waste, we are looking for someone who uses the quiet times to harvest produce before making jams, marmalades, chutneys and/or sauces, fillings and purees which can be frozen or bottled. 

Because this is a shooting estate, some knowledge of cooking with game would be extremely beneficial - although not indispensable.

There are occasions when a freelance chef is hired to help cater busier periods and/or the paid shoots, so on these occasions, the cook/housekeeper will act as their sous-chef offering vital support.

When The Principals are not in residence, the role will be predominantly focussed on housekeeping duties, helping with the general day-to-day duties of maintaining the Lodge in good, clean working order. During these periods, it is essential that a strict rotational cleaning regime is maintained to ensure the expected standard of service, and top-notch level of cleaning and housekeeping are maintained, so that The Lodge and its annexes, including guest cottages and private chapel, are presented in a permanent state of readiness.

Candidates must present with a sunny and upbeat disposition, and should be able to provide excellent checkable references

Must be able to drive / owning your own car would be beneficial.  Please note this estate is located in the lowlands near the border of England - so the location is considered remote.

NOTE: Although a couple role is not offered, to cook/housekeeper may live in the accommodation with their partner, children and/or pets.  


  • Up to £35k salary dependant on experience
  • 28 day holiday inclusive of bank holidays
  • Statutory pension
  • Accommodation provided
  • All utilities paid for




£35,000 Gross + Self Contained Accommodation




Lowlands of Scotland


Cook / Housekeeper






Professional / Philanthropist, Formal Household, Rural Location


5+ years









Roles and Responsibilities

General Responsibilities (during visits):

  • Reporting to House Manager as line manager
  • Cook and prepare food for the family and their guests
  • Laundering as follow:
    • Family and guest laundry
    • Bed and table linen
    • To take clothes/linen to the dry cleaners as instructed
    • Bed linen should be changed at least every four days or more frequently when necessary, and on changeover of guests
  • Turn down procedure when family/guests in residence:
    • Curtains closed, lights on and beds turned down
  • When family in residence bottled water to be placed in suites and replenished as and when required (sometimes twice daily)
  • Driving for shopping and other Estate duties as required
  • Table service – though usually only for when the main Principal is in residence
  • Organising and managing private Lodge functions and shoot lunches in association with Estate Management and relevant staff

General Responsibilities (outside of visits):

  • Reporting to House Manager as line manager
  • Maintain a record and stock check of food produce in the Lodge to ensure efficient use of ingredients and minimising wasted product
  • Maintain a programme of thorough, regular, ‘Spring Cleaning’ throughout the Lodge
  • Polishing and buffing of the wooden floors with the help of other Lodge staff
  • The cleaning of the inside of the windows including their thresholds
  • All taps should be turned on and run and toilets flushed at least once a week
  • Reporting and responsible to the House Manager/Factor on all administrative matters
  • Ensure the cleaning products and toiletry store-rooms are sufficiently stocked. Stock control record to be updated on a monthly basis
  • Any breakages and damages to items from the household should be reported to House Manager
  • Close communication with House Manager/Factor regarding any maintenance and repairs required
  • Monitor contractors in the house and ensure their work is carried out in a tidy fashion
  • Monitor the house perimeter and ensure that paintwork and window ledges are kept clean and cobweb free and that pathways are swept and tidy at all times
  • Security: Report any incident details to the House Manager/Factor
  • Flower arranging and care of houseplants
  • Additional lodges – should be kept clean and tidy at all times as use for overflow / additional accommodation
  • Assist with ensuring the Lunch huts are clean and tidy, fires are working and fire wood available prior to the shoot season in August.


Beautiful 2 bedroom cottage - all utilities covered

NOTE: Although a couple role is not offered, the cook/housekeeper may live in the accommodation with their partner, children and/or pets.  

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