Directions and surrounding landscape
Framed by the M4, M25 and M3 motorways, 20 minutes from Heathrow, Coworth Park is nestled along the borders ofWindsor Great Park in Berkshire. Rail connections can be found at Ascot, Virginia Water and the nearest railway station,Sunningdale. Slough, Reading and Staines are also in easy driving distance.
Guests and employees alike enjoy the rural atmosphere. Even when off duty, you will want to make the most of our location. With acres of countryside on our doorstep, yet within reasonable travelling distance of Central London, you can unwind after work with a simple stroll through Berkshire’s Royal landscape such as Windsor Castle. Or, if you are feeling more energetic, we have produced our own walking and jogging maps.
Heritage sites abound in the area with centuries of English history right on our doorstep. The River Thames is only a stones throw away and the historic town of Windsor offers countless diversions.
As one of the finest English country house estates and spa, Coworth Park takes pride in handpicking people with a passion for delivering exceptional service. As with all Dorchester Collection hotels, we care for our people, guests, owners and environment by living and breathing our values. We work together, celebrating everyone’s contribution and success – always going the extra ‘furlong’ to really make a difference.
In choosing a career with Coworth Park, you’ll notice our great respect for other peoples’ cultures, values and customs, as well as appreciating a sense of community within Ascot and Berkshire. We also provide some of the world’s best pay and benefits along with world-class training & development.
The exceptional career opportunities in our Berkshire-based hotel include chefs, food & beverage team, housekeeping, spa and engineering. We’re always seeking talented individuals with plenty of personality to join our five-star team, who strive for innovation in all they do.
This isn’t just a job – it’s a life-changing career. The ultimate hotel management company, Dorchester Collection attracts, develops and inspires the world’s best talent. Care to join us?
The best salaries and benefits
We strongly believe in investing in our people – so as well as the chance to greatly develop your career, we offer a substantial and highly competitive benefit scheme.
When you become part of Coworth Park, we do everything we can to keep you happy, secure and motivated. This means providing among the best salaries, benefits and working conditions in the hotel industry – and second to none in Berkshire.
- Our benefits are designed to look after every aspect of your welfare:
- Complimentary stays in our hotels around the world
- 50% discount at food and beverage outlets
- Offer of affordably -priced accommodation, either on-site or in the surrounding Berkshire area, subject to conditions and availability
- Delicious and healthy complimentary three-course meals at Chukkas, our employee restaurant
- Online shopping discounts for groceries, high street shops, travel and fitness
Uniform provided and laundered free of charge
- 20 days of paid holiday a year (this increases with service)
- Loan option to help buy a season ticket or bicycle for travel to and from work
- Opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme – this gives you full entitlement from the date you start and permanent health insurance
- Health care benefits include eye test discounts for computer users and access to our occupational health advisor, chiropodist and osteopath
- Option of Childcare Voucher Scheme
Whatever your role, you’ll receive the best training and plenty of opportunities to develop your career at Dorchester Collection.
Your first experiences
Your development starts as soon as you join us at ENGAGE, our five- day induction programme. This includes three days learning about every aspect of our hotels, followed by two days of cross exposure in a relevant department – you might find yourself with the florists, at the spa or become a butler! You’ll spend time in London and Berkshire, soaking up experiences from our UK hotels. From then on, with our values underpinning all that we do, we provide excellent and regular in-house learning and development opportunities, such as brand development, discovering London/Berkshire and cultural awareness.
Learn a new trade
Are you a front desk agent who longs to discover how to tie a handheld bouquet? Coworth Park is for you! We can offer you exposure to another skill, department or even another Dorchester Collection hotel around the world. Previously we’ve swapped bartenders with Hotel Eden in Rome, housekeepers with concierge teams at Le Richemond in Geneva, and pastry chefs with our Californian team members.
Many of our people are sponsored to attend courses at colleges and given study time to advance their careers. Colleagues have the opportunity to work on their English at any level – from basic language classes to professional business writing skills. Additionally, we work with external providers to offer world-class training courses. You may wish to train to become a departmental trainer, attend innovation workshops to boost your creativity or attend one of our tempting and informative masterclasses such as revenue management, chocolate making, or even whisky appreciation – typically held on a Friday afternoon!
For our supervisors and team leaders we offer LEAD, our ten-module leadership development programme based on our core leadership competencies. Following on from this, we offer managers our EXPAND programme, delving into the habits and practices of highly-effective leaders. Finally, for our leadership and executive team we offer INSPIRE, a residential full 360-critique and analysis of you as a leader. Training standards are, as you would expect, extremely high. We devote considerable time and effort to giving all of our people all the skills needed to exceed guest expectations and to be confident. We are committed to provide you with the learning and development tools you require to create a magical experience for our guests. Wherever you see your future taking you, Coworth Park can offer you exceptional training and development.
At Coworth Park, corporate responsibility has always been high on the agenda including the way the hotel was designed. Our Corporate Responsibility Team includes members from majority of the hotel departments and works alongside colleagues in Dorchester Collection, to share ideas and best practice.
Our team plays an integral role in working with charity partners, involved in activities such as:
- Ascot Day Centre, a local partnership offering a day service for the elderly. The service includes a hot meal and the chance to socialise over delicious pastries and cakes prepared by our pastry chefs. The grounds team maintaining their gardens and spa experts offers complimentary spa treatments such as monthly manicures. We also regularly invite the group to Coworth Park’s drawing room for our legendary afternoon tea.
- Regular cake bake sales for our charity partners, regularly raising £500 – with fierce competition for best tasting cake!
As part of our commitment to developing students into hospitality, we offer 10-day work experience placements across many departments in all our hotels, which is accredited by Springboard’s ‘Inspire’ initiative. Additionally, we have partnerships with local schools, such as Charters School and The Marist School in Berkshire, inviting young students to consider hospitality as a career. We give these students their first experience of work and assist the schools in regular donations and prizes, inviting parents to meet the hotel team, along with regular recruitment fairs and open days.
Our environmental commitment is evident in Coworth Park’s design, which makes it one of the most environmentally-advanced hotels of its kind. For example, to reduce energy consumption there is a biomass boiler within an underground energy centre, which is fuelled by burning willow grown on the estate – a first for a UK hotel. The willow, with a three-year growth cycle, ensures that the hotel is able to produce its own carbon-neutral fuel supply, while cooling for the hotel is provided by underground pipes known as ‘slinkys’. These are significantly more efficient than conventional air-cooled or water-cooled chilled water systems. Solar glazing is used in the main hotel and converted stable block and all rain and surface water is recycled by draining into the lake for irrigation. The sunken garden, dating back to the 18th century, was restored to its former glory. The Spa at Coworth Park was predominately constructed from timber with a carbon-negative lime hemp spine and external walls; it is a green and sustainable building that emerges from the existing hillside to provide an eco-luxury spa, with low energy requirements. When choosing a career at Coworth Park, you know the environment and local community are in safe hands.