Lord and Lady St Levan are looking for an enthusiastic, discreet and hands-on caretaker to join them (and their four children) in their medieval castle on the island of St Michael’s Mount, just off the coast of Cornwall.
The role will see the castle’s custodian undertaking a variety of tasks, from organising security for the castle and its contents and assisting the St Aubyn family in both the private and public areas of the castle, to performing maintenance tasks such as furniture moving and picture hanging, as well as promoting conservation.
As it is a tidal island, it is only connected to the mainland during low tide – at all other times it is only accessible by boat – making this job unappealing to those who get queasy at sea. Kate Cornwell, head of HR at St Aubyn Estates, explained: ‘People who suffer from sea sickness need not apply – you’ll need to love boats as it’s the only way to get on and off the island at high tide.’
The only downside? No pizza deliveries. ‘The best thing about living here is having a sea view from every window,’ Castle steward Duncan Murdoch said. ‘The worst thing is not being able to get a pizza delivered to your door.’
Jointly run by St Aubyn Estates and the National Trust, the ancient property is a much-loved family home that is also open to the public.
The family has lived on the island since the English Civil War, when Colonel John St Aubyn, a parliamentarian, was appointed captain of St Michael’s Mount. John’s son, also called John, was made a Baronet, becoming the first of five successive Sir John St Aubyns. During the Victorian period, a new wing was added to the house, transforming it into the stately it is today.
The island is rich with folklore – including the famous local legend of Jack the Giant Killer, who vanquished Cormoran the Giant after he terrorised the local population by stealing cattle, as well as tales of mermaids guiding fishermen to safety. It takes its name from St Michael, patron saint of fisherman, who supposedly appears as an apparition here.
To apply, visit staubynestates.com/careers
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