GRAND AND INTIMATE, HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY, ONE-OF-A-KIND. CELEBRATING AN EVENT AT DORFOLD IS AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE.
Every structure, every view, every material, every detail has been curated over centuries, to entice people to escape and indulge in Dorfold’s many attributes… From the rich history of the house and gardens, to the stunning views and interiors, and the subtly integrated state of the art architectural event spaces (L’Écurie), Dorfold truly is a world of its own. The perfect escape for indescribably special celebrations and respite from the day-to-day.
Entertainment and enjoyment is an integral part of what Dorfold was built for and so the story continues…a continuum.
Conceptually, L’Écurie emerged from the desire to create an aesthetically and architecturally compelling structure, whilst also most importantly it had to be inextricably linked to the historical fabric of the estate.
The spaces have been curated to lay the foundations of an experience… anyone can either embrace it for the artistic appeal it holds or embellish and adorn it to suit their own style and type of event or celebration.
The Coach House
Over 200-years-old and, our Coach House sits in the shade of a thousand-year-old Spanish Chestnut Tree. Brimming with character and charm, it has enormous double oak doors, white washed walls and a spectacular chandelier hanging from the lofty ceiling, as well as a gallery…
The versatile Tack Room sits across from L’Écurie, providing an intimate and versatile additional space. Often used for reception drinks if the weather is inclement and featuring a feature bar of oak veneer and brass; it can also become a stage for an intimate party, a lounge area, or a cocktail hour! The world is your oyster…
The three structures of L’Écurie, The Tack and The Coach House surround a secluded courtyard perfectly contained within a walled garden. A sun trap, lined with olive trees on one side, espalier fruit trees on the other and a central whimsical garden island, its atmosphere is second to none and has dramatic views overlooking the Clocktower and historic Hall… unique in every way!
An exclusive haven, where you and your guests are free to roam anywhere you please, glass in hand. The gardens comprise vast lawns, a peaceful lake, a magical Victorian Dingle, a romantic Arcadian walk, and scented borders galore. The diversity is breath-taking and remains true to its traditional stately landscape architecture.
“This commission (L’Écurie and its adjacent spaces) has been a unique opportunity to design new buildings within the grounds of a Grade I-listed country house. The reward rests in seeing the stableyard, left dormant for almost a hundred years being enjoyed by so many once again. Rising from the historical walls, l’Écurie has been pivotal in the wider revival and ongoing conservation of the Dorfold Estate undertaken by Charlie and Candice.”
Zoë Polya-Vitry, Architect RIBA
Unique & yours
With the captivating setting of the Estate and its grounds as your canvas, events at Dorfold are all about you and your vision. We are flexible and open-minded, allowing you to build something unique from the ground up – supported by a dedicated events team every step of the way. Together, with L’Écurie and within the grandeur and beauty of Dorfold, we will help you create a once in a lifetime celebration.
We hope to inspire, we strive for the unexpected and the extraordinary…
Come and visit us and let Dorfold enthral you…. A bientôt!