Cleaning Assistant

Part time; Monday-Sunday (predominantly Sunday, Monday, Thursday), 10-20 hours a week. Shifts would be agreed two months in advance. £12 per hour. Uniforms (sweaters and tees) provided, along with all eco-friendly cleaning equipment needed.

Start date: 1st April 2024

Role description:

The Cleaning Assistant is a very important role in the Cabilla Cornwall retreats business. We’re looking for a passionate, efficient person, who has high levels of attention to detail. We need you to be a reliable timekeeper, trustworthy and hardworking. Your main responsibility will be ensuring the immaculate cleanliness of our space. The Barns (kitchen, bathrooms, yoga studio) and our 12 Koyts.

Our housekeeping team should be Cabilla Cornwall brand ambassadors, ensuring that all guests who stay with us leave feeling better than when they arrived because of the clean and serene space they are staying in. Our goal is to have a huge impact on the lives of others, giving them a happy, joyful, and frictionless experience whilst at Cabilla Cornwall – for those on retreat, or those putting their trust in our space, hosting their retreat here. We want to become a global role model in how we treat our land, and how we treat others.

Reporting into the Head Housekeeper, the housekeeping team will be key to the success of our mission, our 2024 season and our future.

Role responsibilities:

Based on the changing weekly / daily requirements needed on site, the Cleaning Assistant will support the Head of Housekeeping and the other members of the Cabilla Cornwall retreats team to deliver the following:

1) Flawless changeovers:

Retreats at Cabilla are three nights, four days. Running from a Monday-Thursday, or a Thursday to a Sunday. Where possible we will run changeovers on a Monday or Thursday.


  • Changing over the linen and making beds in the Koyts, (guests are asked to remove their linen), beds will need remaking, blankets and throw pillows re-positioning, towels rolled and placed at the ends of beds.
  • Toiletries and welcome guides will be laid out, flowers will need checking as will log burners. Hosts will be able to assist with these responsibilities.
  • Linen to be placed in laundry bags and left at site for collection. Laundry to be organised in a Linen store.

The Barns:

  • Kitchen: deep clean of all equipment, ovens, sinks and drawers, supporting the kitchen assistant where needed.
  • Bathrooms: deep clean of showers, loos, sinks, mid retreat cleans also required. Topping up of products and logging orders where needed.
  • Yoga Studio space: deep clean and checks of all yoga equipment.
  • Sitting room space: deep clean, cushions, blankets and books arranged
  • Library: dusting and books arranged.
  • Daphnes: our bar space.
  • Retail & Reception space: tidying shelves
  • Plant maintenance and flower arrangement

Ideal experience/About you:

  • Friendly, enthusiastic, with a starter-finisher personality, willing to muck in where needed. Organised, helpful, hands on, ‘a doer’ who can operate autonomously, always going the extra mile.
  • Understands the importance of our site being immaculately clean so guests have a frictionless stay and can really relax into being here.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to work calmly and confidently within the Cabilla Cornwall team.
  • Natural passion for the outdoors and for creating incredible guest experiences in equal measure.
  • Comfortable with flexible hours across days and weekends.
  • Ability to travel to a remote working location.

About Cabilla Cornwall:

Located in the middle of Bodmin Moor, Cabilla Cornwall is at the start of a new chapter. Focusing on three key strategic pillars, Restoration, Retreats and Research our goal is to connect everyone in the world with the restorative powers of nature and become the global leaders in restorative retreats. With 100 acres of temperate rainforest which is famous for its air purifying lichens, British wildflower meadows full of butterflies and ancient rivers that are pure enough to drink from and bathe in. Situated deep within one of the UK’s very few dark sky environments there is an abundance of stars, no unnatural light and no sounds from aircraft or traffic, it’s a calm, serene and beautiful wilderness. Founded by Merlin and Lizzie Hanbury-Tenison, their dream is to share Cabilla with those who need it most.

About The Founders:

Merlin grew up at Cabilla and has always found a peace and tranquillity in the woods that he has longed to share with others. After 8 years in the British Army he retired from service and spent 8 years working in the heart of London. During this period the importance of spending time in nature became clearer and clearer to him as he witnessed the increasing levels of stress and anxiety brought about by urban living. Returning to Cabilla has given him the opportunity to open the ancient oak woodland and the grazing land up and to invite visitors, groups, scientists and farmers to explore it. Usually found with Elsa and Ella, their trusty Labradors, very important people at Cabilla.

Lizzie has over a decade of experience in senior leadership roles at some of the world’s most loved and exciting brands including; Green & Blacks, Boots, Gap, Boden, Clinique and most recently as Head of Marketing and PR for the fastest growing beauty brand in the world, Charlotte Tilbury. Ensuring a balance between the city and the countryside has always been hugely important for her, the woods at Cabilla allowing her to mentally re-set and gain perspective. Learning about nature, its ingenuity and its untold, mesmeric power is a source of genuine joy for her, there is always something to learn and take inspiration from. Now operating as a freelance brand consultant, alongside running Cabilla Cornwall, moving to the wild beauty of Bodmin Moor is the realisation of years of dreaming now coming to life.

To apply, email us at [email protected] with your CV and ‘Cleaning Assistant’ as the subject.