Passionate, ambitious, with a meticulous eye for detail – we’re a diverse group of individuals brought together by our love for Dorfold and shared desire to deliver an unparalleled level of service.
Each one of us brings something unique to your Dorfold experience, so let’s get to know each other a little better.
Charlie is a constant source of ideas, positivity, and strength that we all draw on. Both born and married at Dorfold, his ancestors have lived here for 400 years. With a dream of restoring the family home as a beacon of hospitality and forward-thinking, Charlie works in London during the week in order to reinvest into Dorfold. There is nothing he loves more than to step off the train and smell the sweet country air as he joins his family.
Cosmopolitan and bilingual, Candice brings a certain “je ne sais quoi” to the aspirations that both Charlie and she have for Dorfold’s future.
Before dedicating herself completely to the estate, Candice trained as a veterinary surgeon and worked for 15 years mostly for charities. Alongside this degree she also obtained a History of Art – just like Charles – which has been invaluable to define the aestheticism they hope to instil in all the renovation and new building work they have embarked on over the last few years.
Danson & Maximilien
Danson and Maxi bounced into our lives in 2013, bringing a new element of fun to the team. These cheeky twins are the apple of Candice and Charlie’s eyes, keeping everyone on their toes with their extremely inquisitive ways and eagerness to be a part of everything… as long as Lego is somehow involved along the way!
I’m a chocolate working cocker spaniel with an addiction to cuddles, squirrels and any moving object. The team hope to train me as a ring bearer but i’m not sure what my thoughts are on that…
Zoë started her career working in Consumer PR in London, but soon realised that her heart lay in events! After a move to Staffordshire and a short career break to have two children, Zoë then launched her own business, helping businesses and individuals alike organise and plan events. Charity work has always been extremely important to Zoë so when the opportunity to work for a Children’s Hospice came along she took it! One of the first events was hosted at Dorfold in 2017, at which point Zoë knew instantly that one day she wanted to work here. It wasn’t until 2021 that her dream came became reality. Zoë brings a plethora of experience and a new perspective to Dorfold in her role as Head of Events & Business Development and is never afraid to get stuck in and is always focused on creating and delivering exceptional events and an unforgettable experience for everyone attending. Zoë is extremely excited about the opportunity Dorfold presents and still can’t quite believe she’s actually here!
Always smiling, no one is more committed to harnessing your vision and delivering an unforgettable experience than Ceri. As Senior Events & Venue Operations Manager, and Candice’s unofficial wingwoman, her systematic and logical approach is key to the smooth running of every celebration. Passionate about all aspects of Dorfold’s development, it’s not unusual to find her working late with Candice, sitting by the fire with a blanket to keep them warm.
From January 2022, Jen will be returning to Dorfold for 3 months as our Sales Coordinator, working alongside Ceri and Zoë. Armed with a plethora of experience, she can handle any situation we throw at her. Naturally bubbly, her fun-loving and intuitive nature really makes her shine. Jen’s motto in life is, “There is never a problem, only a solution”.
Kyle & MAILE
The garden is one of Dorfold’s proudest treasures and we have our brilliant Gardeners to thank for this. Kyle and Maile are its proud guardian, and their dedication and passion is matched only by their boundless energy and hard work.
Maile has gained her RHS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture and in 2010 moved to Chester Zoo and was part of the Gardens team that looked after all the public areas of the zoo including the tropical houses. During her time at Chester Zoo, Maile developed and ran organic vegetable growing workshops in Nepal and India as part of the zoo’s conservation work on alleviating Human Wildlife Conflict. After 11 years it was time for a change! Maile loves being surrounded by nature, maintaining gardens for the public to enjoy and being part of the continued development of the estate.
KIM & TIFFANI
We refer to the housekeeping team as the Dorfold Fairies, as they are tasked with the immense responsibility of looking after all of the interiors of the Hall and Cottages, which they do so with dedication and a lot of hard work to ensure an impeccable experience for all of our guests. Kim and Tiff are sisters and joined the Fairies during 2021.
After working as a First Class air stewardess for 25 years, Helen finally settled in the lovely town of Nantwich. Helen has been working at Dorfold Hall since 2020 as Front of House, taking pride and pleasure in helping create a magical and stress free experience for our wedding couples and their guests! Helen also enjoy serving “Tea in the Tack”, getting to meet lots of lovely people who come to soak up the history of the hall!
We’d love to hear from you!