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Craig y Nos Castle

Craig y Nos Castle Swansea

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If you fancy a lifestyle change, or a change from where you live now, whatever your circumstances, you can visit our Castle either as a guest, or as a member of staff, and really enjoy your life.

Relax in our Country Park, escape city life and stresses, and embark on a new adventure in the quirky gothic former home of the great Opera Diva, Adelina Patti.

Walk in her former pleasure gardens, climb our local mountain, enjoy the meadow walks on our doorstep and our Country Park walks and lakes, our fresh air and beautiful mountain scenery.

If you would like a complete change, your very own 'Escape to the Country', then come and work at the magical Craig y Nos Castle.

You’ll join our interesting team of individual, friendly and rather different characters in a family business, where all the staff are part of the family (squabbles and all!), where everyone is expected to muck in, and where you will certainly have a memorable time.

But remember, you will not choose Craig y Nos, the Castle's spirits will choose you and if they like you, you'll be drawn to our family, past and present - and you won’t ever want to leave.  

If it feels right for you, you'll know and the Castle will know.

then apply for the adventure...

Come to Craig y Nos - but be warned, if the Castle chooses you, you may never leave....

Updated 06/08/2018


We have a chef vacancy coming available September 2018. People who can actually cook our standard bar menu would be rather useful. We would really rather like to be able to offer our customers what is on our menu. (They sort of expect it, you see.)

So, if you can cook, we are interested in you!

The position is live-in if required, or not, if not required, it would suit a couple or single, you can be either.

The role is expandable, depending on ability and qualifications, and additional training is available. If your other half is administratively inclined, we have a part time bookkeeper position also available, and we always need staff to help out around the castle in any number of roles. The more flexible you are, the better. We want 'can do' people who can do the job, and who actually enjoy serving customers good food.

The hours can be flexible - as you can choose to work 3 - 4 days a week as below, meaning you would not need to relocate if living some distance away. In winter we operate a 'winter trading' policy, which means you get three to four midweek days off a week. However we do have 110 to 130 weddings a year, some of which are midweek.

We have a ground floor garden room / staff flat with kitchen/ lounge / en-suite and bedroom etc available by negotiation if you wish to work a full weekly shift and if you have a partner who can assist in other areas at the castle (see other vacancies on this page).

Alternatively, if you do not wish to relocate, or are looking to work a 3-4 day week, we have an opportunity for you to commute in, work a long-weekend shift (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, maybe Sunday morning) with 3 1/2 days off a week Sunday afternoon, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, returning for the evening shift Thursday. In this case you would be able to use the Staff Accommodation rooms used by late shift / early shift staff as required.

You could conceivably have another job for the other days of the week, remaining in your own home town. Or come to us full time if you prefer.

It would be useful if you can also manage staff, pot washers etc efficiently, keep the place clean, and of course maintain all the necessary paper records, correctly. You will need to have the necessary qualifications for chef work. If you can cook, but require further qualifications to work on your own, we can facilitate this for you, with external training.

We are in a rural area. Getting to us involves a long journey for a lot of people. Finding local people is difficult for us. We routinely employ people as far away as Bristol, who stay with us a few days of the week, returning home when not working at the Castle.

If you are within a half hour's drive of the Castle (Neath/ Swansea area) then you would not need to relocate, but if you are some distance away, you still do not need to fully up-sticks. You can work a 3 - 4 day week, so you would be able to commute from a longer distance, work the weekend shifts, and take half the week off back home.

Or you could start off part time, see how you get on, then relocate later if you wanted to make a full-time career with us.

All staff on late nights / early starts and longer shifts may use the temporary Staff Accommodation here at no charge, subject to arrangement / bookings.  

Before applying, be sure to look at our standard

on the links provided above, and satisfy yourself in your own mind that you have the ability to cook these meals.

When applying for a job with us, we start with a telephone interview and a check of documentation and references. Once past this stage, our General Manager Ian Bloom will require you to cook some meals to demonstrate your competence. You will probably need to stay here a couple of days, join the existing team, and cook some meals for our own quality checks. You will of course be paid for this.

You will need to supply a CV and have the necessary food hygiene documentation, qualifications etc, for our General Manager to check, plus a couple of references that we can phone and check.

Updated 06/08/2018


Part time or full time.

Flexible hours.

You may opt to work one long day a week or two shorter days, rather than full time. But if you are qualified and really experienced, we can employ you for more tasks.

It would be good if you were qualified with some bookkeeping skills but we have been managing without a bookkeeper for a while, as our Business Manager has been fulfilling this role with existing staff being able to help out with the more routine tasks. However this has taken up other staff's time doing tasks we would prefer to employ a dedicated bookkeeper / assistant to do.

So we are either

(a) looking for someone who can assist our Business Manager with the low-skilled and trainable routine work or

(b) for someone able to do the full job spec (see below).

We are happy to take someone on who is keen, initially to do the simpler tasks, and then expand into a broader and more qualified role. A bit like an apprenticeship, where you grow into a more advanced and qualified role over time.

In this case you would start with simpler admin tasks such as excel spreadsheet data entry, banking, and wages rotas, suppliers budget monitoring, etc all of which tends to be on excel spreadsheets and is easily learnable if you enjoy Excel and have a systematic tidy mind.

Then if and when you are able to take on more, you can 'grow into' a wider role, with more authority (as the senior positions are really 'management' level) for which suitable internal and external training can be arranged.

Our Business Manager Michael Ludwig is initially looking for someone, in his words, who is a...

"....part time book keeper 16 hours per week to undertake the Bills To Pay, The Suppliers Spreadsheet and any odds and ends, with perhaps a once a month run on the payroll."   

He has also added: "Sage Payroll or Xero Accounts Package or simillar experience would be be beneficial".  But we can get you trained up in these if required.

However we are able to consider an expanded role for interested applicants and we are keen on developing anyone who wants to do more than they currently have experience in. What a refreshing change from all those ads that say you must have experience in this that and the other program etc.

Really it all comes down to is your own attitude and interest in developing the role with us.

Your role can be part time or full time, as it is able to be developed around your own preferences, available time, and according to your ability and skills.

If you have an interest in advancing your career with us, we will invest in you.

Knowledge of Xero would be rather useful and lead to a more expanded role!  Again, we can get you trained in this by our accountants as it is very useful to have this and other program skills.

Even if you can only be a part time assistant with knowledge of Excel and a good admin mind, you will also be of help to us.

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