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Why work at Darwin Escapes?

Hear straight from our wonderful employees
Mark Martin, Senior Search Strategist

Darwin Escapes is a relatively new brand, and it is very exciting to be part of the project to create an offering which is significantly different from what is offered by anyone else in the industry. It is also a great company to work for, with all of the training and tools provided to help me progress further in my career and make a difference to the company. It is a genuine pleasure to come to work everyday.

Darwin Escapes regularly invest in enthusiastic employees and as a result senior positions in all departments are often filled by current members of staff who are keen to advance their careers alongside the Darwin Escapes brand - helping to achieve the shared goal of providing fantastic holiday experiences for our guests and holiday home owners. The food and customer service that is offered by our chefs and catering staff at our restaurants, provides an important element of any guest’s holiday and is pivotal in terms of our growing positive reputation, 5 star reviews and consequential growth & success.

Darwin Escapes are continually on the lookout for hardworking kitchen & catering staff including porters, Commis Chefs, Chefs de Partie (CDP), Sous Chefs and Head Chefs. Whether you are looking for seasonal, part time or full time & permanent chef or kitchen positions, please upload your CV and get in touch.

As a valuable member of our resort’s team, permanent chefs can enjoy:

  • A Competitive Salary
  • A Pension Scheme
  • Darwin Academy Training
  • Discounted Spa Treatments
  • Discounted Meals
  • Free Use of Gyms at all our Resorts
  • Discounted Holidays at our Resorts

Live in Chef Jobs / Chef Jobs with Accommodation

Chefs looking for roles with accommodation, please take a look at our list of current vacancies, as vacancies that provide accommodation will state this in the job title. However, if you don’t see a specific role with accommodation, please feel free to get in touch as we can still review this on a case by case basis even if the role does not provide accommodation as default. Contact us using the 'contact us' button near the bottom-right of the page or upload your CV below.

Stunning Resorts & Lodge Retreats in the Lake District

Darwin Escapes currently boasts 2 beautiful lodge retreats as part of an impressive portfolio of 20 resorts across England and North Wales.

Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat

An exciting addition to the Darwin Escapes portfolio of luxury retreats in iconic parts of the UK; Keswick Reach has quickly gained a reputation for providing exceptional holiday experiences and a level of customer service that is second to none. Coupled with beautiful surroundings, the luxury lodges provide wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Lodges at Keswick Reach have to be seen to be believed such is their level of luxury and comfort. With double glazing, widescreen TVs, modern kitchens with integrated appliances and a range of beautiful finishing touches and practical yet beautiful furnishings including wood burners; the fleet of lodges includes a number which are pet friendly and others with luxurious hot tubs on their private decking.

Facilities on the resort include the luxurious Ammara Spa, a modern air conditioned gymnasium and a Relaxation Suite complete with Jacuzzi and Sauna. The spa provides a range of blissful Aromatherapy Associates’ treatments including massages, wraps and hydrating facials for both men and women.

The leisure facilities at the retreat include the gymnasium which boasts a range of modern cardiovascular machines including treadmills, cross trainers and exercise bikes; as well as an array of free weights and dumbbells to help guests work off their 3 course meals from the restaurant. The Relaxation Suite provides a place to refresh and unwind in luxury with a sauna, which offers panoramic views of the local area as holidaymakers enjoy the heat-induced feeling of wellbeing and relaxation.

The restaurant at Keswick Reach is where our catering and kitchen teams work tirelessly to provide a range of fine dining dishes to our guests. With a beautiful interior full of character and charm, complementing the views on offer through the enchanting bay-style windows, the Copper Fells Restaurant & Bar provides a central part to the overall holiday experience that has allowed the retreat to gather positive reviews and feedback since it was opened in December 2016.

Thanet Well Lodge Retreat provides a perfect place to escape all the hustle and bustle of the busy working week. Nestled on the edge of the enchanting Greystoke Forest, the retreat boasts spectacular views of the Lake District in a peaceful and tranquil location. With wildlife literally on the doorstep of each luxurious lodge, holidaymakers can take in the scenery from the luxury of their own hot tub – perfect for taking it all in, not matter how cold it might be outside!

Lodges at Thanet Well are as luxurious and beautiful as those found at Keswick Reach. Combining the natural splendour of the Lake District with modern luxury and comfort, Thanet Well is a popular resort that continues to grow its reputation as a go-to destination for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Why Work for Darwin Escapes in the Lake District?

Since its formation as a brand in 2015, Darwin Escapes has grown to become the 3rd biggest holiday resort operator in the UK and one of the biggest names in holiday home ownership. With ambition and industry knowledge that is fast making the company a pioneer in the industry to be emulated, becoming part of our team as a chef is a fantastic way to develop your career alongside Darwin Escapes as we continue to make strides in the growing UK holiday market.

With plans to build upon our success and the possibility of developing more resorts and lodge retreats in the Lake District; as the company grows we always look to our current employees to benefit. Always looking to reward and when possible promote our enthusiastic and highly skilled members of staff, many have started with entry level employment and climbed the ladder of seniority over the years to become senior members of staff with valuable industry knowledge and ‘on the ground’ experience.

The Darwin Academy training portal helps members of staff take advantage of a range of training opportunities and has helped people move their careers in the right direction. It is not uncommon for present valued team members with opportunities to work on other resorts and even other departments, such is the value that we place on loyalty and hard work. Kitchen porters, Head Chefs and everyone in between are extremely valued and respected as hardworking and very important members of the Darwin Escapes team.

Start your exciting career today with Darwin Escapes by taking a look at the job vacancies listed. Please get in touch even if you don’t see the specific role that you are looking for, as we are always keen to hear from chefs and cooks.

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