Job Opportunities and Volunteering at Rydal Hall

Our Christian Community at Rydal Hall
is a key part of who we are and what we do.

By living, serving and learning together not only are new friendships formed and new skills learned, but an environment is created for guests that is truly valued and life changing.

A selection of the many comments we have received in our visitors’ book:

“People were duly amazed by the lovely bedrooms . . . the kitchen and dining room staff were so very helpful and caring producing excellent meals and fitting in with whatever plans we had.”

“I’ve had a lovely time and I will highly recommend Rydal to my friends. Thank you to the Community who must work very hard to make Rydal Hall such a special place. The staff are a happy and helpful team! And the ‘welcome’ was most welcome.”

“Both the Hall and the grounds were, for me, full of God’s presence and His peace, and this, to me was the very special thing that sets Rydal Hall apart from other conference centres I’ve stayed in.”

“The staff are all so kind and friendly – that makes a great difference.”

“Lovely atmosphere. Staff are really great – helpful and pleasant.”

So, if you want to join us in serving others and exploring the Christian faith in beautiful surroundings, then please contact us.

What is Rydal Hall?

Rydal Hall is the Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre for the Diocese of Carlisle, part of the Church of England. The 34 acre estate comprises the hall, formal gardens, a campsite, youth centre, self-catering cottage and tea shop and is situated in beautiful surroundings. The main hall provides accommodation for up to 50 people.

Our vision is to:

  • Provide a place of welcome and hospitality for both Christian and non-Christian groups and individuals.
  • Promote and support the Christian faith in and beyond the Diocese.
  • For our Christian ethos to underpin the way we work in partnership with local community and suppliers.
  • For those living and working at Rydal Hall to grow and develop in their understanding of the Christian faith.

Who runs Rydal Hall?

The Rydal Hall team includes both long and short term resident members (called the Rydal Hall Community) along with other team members who live locally and travel in to Rydal Hall.

Where is Rydal Hall?

Rydal Hall is situated in Northern England, in the heart of the English Lake District, surrounded by stunning scenery, lakes and mountains. It is a rural area; the nearest small town is Ambleside which is a 30 minute walk or 5 minute car journey away.

How many community members are there?

There are up to 20 community members at any one time.

What do community members do while they are here?

All community members commit themselves to serve for 37.5 hours per week in one or more of several teams. The teams include Accommodation Services (housekeeping), Food Service (serving in the dining room and washing up), Estates & Maintenance Team and serving in the Tea Shop.

We would ask that community members attend daily chapel services where we have the opportunity to pray and worship together. There is also a weekly community night where we gather together to have fellowship and fun, study the Bible and discuss aspects of Christian teaching.

What do community members do in their free time?

Community members have an average of two days off per week. On-site there is a communal lounge with TV/DVD/Video & Play-station 2 and free internet access. There are beautiful grounds to explore. Off-site there are many walks with regular buses to other parts of the Lake District and nearby towns and cities. Ambleside, the nearest small town, has two cinemas, shops, tennis courts and plenty of pubs and cafes.

Community members can also have time off/holiday, either to relax at Rydal Hall or travel to other parts of the UK or Europe.

What about going to church?

Locally there are Anglican, Catholic, Baptist and United Reform churches. Where work duties allow you are welcome to attend any of these services.

Can I improve my English?

Yes, free weekly lessons are available for those who wish to improve their English; however this should not be your main reason for joining Rydal Hall. We do ask applicants to have a reasonable level of spoken English before they arrive – sufficient to be able to communicate with fellow team members and guests.

Where will I stay?

You will have your own room, with a shared bathroom and toilet.

Do I get paid?

Community members are paid at the UK national minimum wage less a small deduction for board and lodging – please ask for further information.

When can I come and for how long?

Vacancies arise at various times of the year so we currently have a rolling recruitment programme; please contact us for details.
We prefer people not to leave/arrive during the busy summer months.
We ask all community members to commit for 12 months but sometimes we can accommodate a shorter stay. If there is a specific time you are available for please let us know.

Who can apply?

Nationals of EEA countries and those who would qualify for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa (see for details about the Youth Mobility Visa)

We are not currently taking applications under the Tier 5 Charity Visa system.

How do I apply?

  1. Download the application form below and return your completed form to
  2. We will then write to your referees asking for references.
  3. Upon receipt of your references, we may ask those from the UK to spend a few days with us to give you and us time to discern if this is the right place for you. For those from outside the UK we will arrange to have an informal interview through Skype or telephone.

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Application Form

Need further information?

Please contact Carol-Ann Baker at:
Post: Rydal Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX
Telephone: (015394) 32050