Careers at Farncombe Estate
Fancy joining our award-winning team?
Every member of our team is part of the Farncombe family, whether they work at Dormy House, Foxhill Manor or The Fish Hotel. That sense of belonging is what keeps our atmosphere welcoming and our guests coming back again and again.
We offer competitive pay and generous benefits and rewards. Our business is structured to offer excellent opportunities for career progression and we’re proud that many members of our team have grown with the estate over many years.
If you reckon you’ve got what it takes to make Farncombe and its hotels an even better place to stay, eat and relax, we’d love to hear from you. Browse our job vacancies by category below, apply via the form, or call us now on 01386 854271.
We have opportunities for chefs of all levels to join our innovative and ambitious kitchen teams in our three independent hotels. Each hotel has its own individuality which is influenced and developed by our Senior Culinary team of Martin Burge, Culinary Director and Jon Ingram, Exec Chef:
Dormy House provides exceptional food in two restaurants: the gastropub-style Potting Shed and fine dining venue the Garden Room, which has been awarded two Rosettes and is aiming for a third. The Potting Shed offers lunch and dinner; The Garden Room serves breakfast and a choice of two menus for dinner: a three-course à la carte and a seven-course tasting menu.
Foxhill Manor is an eight-bedroom private house hotel offering the highest standards of dining, built on a ‘what you want, when you want it’ philosophy.
The Fish Hotel is home to Hook and is at long last able to live up to its name, offering a menu of the finest, freshest responsibly sourced fish, sustainable shellfish and a few timeless classics from the Field? Rather than land?
To join the chef team on the Estate, you will ideally have experience working within at a 2 Rosette kitchen, however nothing beats the right attitude and a willingness to learn.
Since the House Spa at the Dormy House Hotel opened its doors it has been winning awards ever since! This is an incredibly successful and popular Spa, and we look for exceptional people to join our team. Our Serenity Co-ordinators take on many guises, including:
Reception Host - who meet, greet and ensure our guests needs are met.
Spa Attendants – supporting the whole spa team - who ensure that our spa is looking it’s best as well as being safe for our guests to enjoy the facilities at all times.
What experience do you need to be part of the House Spa? We don’t require any!! All we ask is that you come to work with a bucket load of enthusiasm, a can-do attitude and the desire to deliver an amazing guest experience, we can train additional skills that you will need.
Therapist - you will be qualified to a minimum of NVQ 3 in Beauty Therapy or equivalent and will ideally have experience of carrying out a range of treatments to an extremely high standard.
Directors of first impressions
Our Front of House Teams are an integral part of a guests experience on the Estate. The role of the Reception Host is to welcome our guests as soon as they arrive and to ensure their stay at our hotel is above their expectations. Our warm and friendly interaction with our guests will ensure that we are able to anticipate their needs, and give them the very best individual attention. This role operates at the heart of a busy operation, in which you’ll handle lots of different requests from both colleagues and guests, providing you with the opportunity to learn a lot.
Our Reception Hosts are supported by the Porter team who ensure that all of our Guests in-room needs are met, be that taking their luggage upon their arrival or even delivering a bottle of their favourite champagne on ice.
Ideally you will have proven experience in a similar role, and you’ll be confident using IT systems, but these are things that we can teach. As long as you have a passion and desire to deliver world class guest service, we can teach the rest.
Wizards of light bulb moments and sales ninjas
Our Sales, Marketing & Reservations team - although small they deliver a big punch!. You need to be a good influencer with the skills and charisma to build relationships fast. At Farncombe Estate, we do all our marketing in-house and are heavily focused on our brand through social media and our network of key agents. Our team have excellent administrative and IT skills, superb organisational ability and a high level of confidence in dealing with senior decision makers in a fast-paced and demanding environment. Communication skills are critical – a role in this team invariably means spending a lot of time on the phone, so applicants need to have the charm and confidence to establish guests’ requirements and expectations quickly – and leave them feeling valued and listened to.
Agents of perfection
Do you enjoy cleaning? Do you enjoy combining work with keeping active? Do you have high standards when it comes to cleanliness? If so, we would love to hear from you!
Our Housekeeping teams across the Estate have one main thing in common…. An unbelievable attention to detail. Our motto is most certainly quality not quantity as we want to ensure that when a guest arrives in their room everything is perfect.
Our Room Attendants meticulously service our rooms on a daily basis to ensure that our standards are met. As no room on the Estate is the same as another, this is a role that will continuously keep you on your toes.
As an addition to our Room Attendants, we have a Turndown Team who get the guest rooms ready for them in the evening, ensuring that our guests can get the best nights sleep.
The whole team is then supported by our Linen Porters who are there to make sure that all of our Linen (we get through quite a bit) is clean, ironed and ready for our amazing rooms.
With three hotels and 400 acres to look after, the Farncombe Estate Garden and Maintenance team are never short of something to do. They are responsible for the smooth daily running of all aspects of Foxhill Manor, the Fish Hotel, Dormy House and House Spa, ensuring we deliver a consistent five-star experience for our guests. This includes ongoing maintenance programmes for the hotel across the entire spectrum of assets: refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, water treatment, lighting, power, kitchen equipment, spa equipment and facilities, generators, switch rooms, lifts and more. The team delivers a consistently safe, secure and stable environment and ensures that the Estate and buildings are well presented and maintained at all times.
Good hospitality businesses hinge upon the ability to understand the figures, maintain a commercial focus and react quickly when needed. Responsible for every aspect of accounting and finance – from ensuring our suppliers are paid to working hand in hand with the operations team to help support their P&Ls - they are the engine that drives the Farncombe brand forward.
Working in the Finance team at Farncombe is a great opportunity to gain exposure to all aspects of a successful hospitality business – whilst learning, developing your career and having a little fun along the way.
Agents of service
An essential part of the guest dining experience providing an unforgettable experience to all of our guests, be that when they pop in for a drink in one of our bars or if they are enjoying our tasting menu at the award-winning Dormy House Hotel.
Our F&B roles can offer wide variety of environments to work in. We have our 4 amazing restaurants on the Estate, as well as an outdoor feasting deck, weddings at Foxhill Manor and you could even get to work in our very own cinema!!
We can offer roles from entry level where experience isn’t needed, just the right attitude through to supervisory & management roles