Housekeeper Permanent, Flexible Hours

Working at Buckfast Abbey

Job Title: - Housekeeper Permanent, Flexible Hours

Location: Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Contract Type: Permanent, Flexible Hours

Salary: £8.93 per hour (aged 18 to 20 yrs) / £10.03 per hour (aged 21 and over) 

Hours of Work: Flexible, across a seven-day week

To apply: Please submit a CV to


Are you, or would you, like to be a Housekeeper? Do you take pride in things looking at their best, are sparkling and super clean? If yes, being part of our small, friendly, energetic and efficient housekeeping team, within the unique setting at Buckfast Abbey is waiting for you. We have the opportunity for you in a permanent role, with flexibility on the hours you can offer.  

Our main guest accommodation, Northgate House, is a 30-bedroom hotel, which adds to our already diverse accommodation options. Housekeepers play a significant role to ensure that our guest bedrooms and communal areas are cleaned and presented to a very high standard for our guests and day visitors. 

Working as part of a team, you’ll help to ensure our public areas and individual bedrooms/ bathrooms are sparkling and clean, so that our guests can enjoy their stay in complete comfort. You'll play a huge part is making sure we maintain the excellent levels of comfort and service we are proud to have achieved. 

Housekeepers will promote a positive image of the property to guests and must be customer focussed, honest and friendly. They should be able and willing to address guest requests and take appropriate actions to respond to problems. 

Ideally, although not essential, you’ll have experience in a cleaning or housekeeping role. If you don’t already have a good understanding of COSHH and best practice from a health and safety point of view, we will provide this training for you.  

A full job description is available on request. 

Our Values, Ethos and Culture

Confidentiality: As an employee, you must maintain confidentiality of information about other employees as well as the intellectual property of Buckfast Abbey and be aware of the Data Protection Act 2018. 

Standards of Professional Conduct: We expect all employees to maintain the highest standards of conduct at all times, acting as a positive ambassador for the Abbey. The Employee Handbook sets out these expectations. Copies are available for every new employee.

Health & Safety: All employees should be aware of the responsibility placed on them under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) to ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment. Further information relating to this is detailed on the Health and Safety signage around the site. Our efforts to promote and operate within an effective safety culture can only succeed with the full co-operation of all its employees.  

Equality & Diversity: All employees are required to treat all co-workers and visitors to our site equally, respectfully and with dignity, regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and personal partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. All employees must abide by these principles and comply with our policies and strategies that underpin this ethos. 

Safeguarding: Employees should be aware of their responsibility to report any unacceptable behaviour / safeguarding issues in a confidential and timely manner to the Independent Safeguarding Co-ordinator. 

Training and Professional Development: To attend all training courses as required and proactively engage in our personal development processes.

Communication: To attend staff and team meetings; this includes 1-2-1 meetings with line management. To keep appropriate, clear, accurate and timely records as required of the role and in line with our policies and legislation. 

Team working: To liaise with, co-operate with and support all employees in a positive way that fosters good working relationships and collaboratively meets our objectives.

Flexibility: Employees may be asked to undertake other duties, as appropriate, which are considered reasonable and equal to the post as described above. 

Culture: Buckfast Abbey is a place of community, where everyone will show respect and dignity towards each other, towards all members of the Monastic Community and guests, be approachable and friendly and have empathy with the Catholic ethos of the site. 

To apply: Please submit a CV to

Download an application form here

Please send it to: 

HR Department
Buckfast Abbey