An Estate Manager is primarily a chief administrator, the Estate Manager assumes a leadership role for managing the staff and services for one or more homes.

This may include interviewing and supervising all contractors, attending to the proper care of automobiles, wine cellar and other functions and managing accounts.


  • An Estate Manager creates a service management blueprint and budget in conjunction with the owner to best run and manage a private estate and or multiple properties.
  • Create and refine monthly, quarterly, and fiscal year budgets in cooperation with the Family Office or Accountant. 
  • Manage the Household/Estate operations and project-specific purchasing, payroll, insurance, etc. specific to those budgets as directed. 
  • An Estate Manager controls the upkeep and day-to-day running of a private estate. 
  •  Overseeing maintenance, supervising staff members, and managing budgets and events. 
  • Typically, an Estate Manager’s work is focused outside of the primary home, as land management is a vital part of the role.
  • If the estate owns animals and livestock, the Estate Manager will be responsible for overseeing agricultural activities, and liaising with external employees such as vets. 
  • Ensuring that the land is being used to its full potential – whether for farming, commercial, or private purposes.
  • Many estates are run as a business, which is why an Estate Manager is expected to help with profitability. Whether the estate operates as a farm, a wedding venue, or a residential complex with private tenants, the estate manager must be able to keep on top of all money coming in and out.


Working Hours of an Estate Manager

A live-in Estate Manager, typically works a 5 day week for 10 to 12 hours a day. A full-time live-out Estate Manager usually works an 8 to 10-hour day.


Salary of an Estate Manager

The average salary range for a live-in or live-out Estate Manager is £35,000 to £70,000 gross per annum in the UK.

An international House Manager’s average salary range is £80,000 to £120,000+ if they are managing multiple properties.