Private Household Estate Managers

Private Household Estate Managers

What is a private household estate manager?

Estate managers are generally responsible for overseeing and making sure that all estate activities are running smoothly. Estates are generally very large country properties with considerable acreage generally farmed but many have now diversified for example into property lettings, industrial units, equestrian facilities, commercial game shooting, but retaining the traditional arable and livestock enterprises where possible. Estate managers may need to travel between several properties owned by the same person to supervise projects and organise staffing. Management of larger properties where land is not involved is often carried out by a House or Property Manager rather than an Estate Manager.


Estate managers normally work directly with the owners to plan and execute the management of property and services. Estate managers are highly organized, managing a team ranging from household staff through to farm staff and gardeners. They are responsible for the hiring, training and ongoing management of staff required to meet the service needs of the household. An estate manager will usually have formal training requiring experience and knowledge within the agricultural industry both arable, livestock, machinery, property maintenance/ renovation and management e.g. tenancies. In addition, current knowledge and good practice of health and safety, budgets and forecasting and not least, man management.

Starting salaries are around £1000 gross per week up to £1500 gross per week or more in accordance with qualifications, experience.


  • Overseeing the progress of future and ongoing construction works.
  • Overseeing all enterprises e.g. livestock, arable, forestry
  • Overseeing and contributing to the smooth running general upkeep and maintenance of the estate and its properties.
  • Supervising other staff members/HR
  • Ensuring all equipment is property maintained and kept in good conditions.
  • Event planning.
  • Private errands.
  • Maintenance of the wine cellar.
  • Ensuring high standards of housekeeping, recruiting and training.
  • Financial forecasting and budgets.
  • Health and Safety compliance
  • Occasional chauffeuring duties.


Estate managers are responsible for the smooth running of a private estate, usually multiple homes and/or properties. Sometimes located in different countries, so they might have to travel to different estates to oversee and maintaining the households or estates. Highly skilled with a breadth of knowledge and experience essential for such a role.