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!
Always smiling, no one is more committed to harnessing your vision and delivering an unforgettable experience than Ceri. As Senior Wedding and Events 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.
Working alongside Ceri, Jen is our Wedding and Events Manager. 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”.
Zoë started her career working in Consumer PR in London, working on a variety of launches, stunts and events. Zoë quickly realised that her heart lay in events and would do her very best to be involved with any client that involved an event! After a move to Staffordshire and a short career break to have two children, Zoe then launched her own business, in events, helping businesses and individuals alike organise and plan events. Everything from corporate clients, charities and a small wedding business. Charity work has always been extremely important to Zoë so when the opportunity to work for a Children’s Hospice came along it felt like the right time to make that move. One of the first events was hosted at Dorfold in 2017 and Zoë knew the instant she drove up to the house and met Candice that one day she wanted to work there. It wasn’t until 2021 that that dream has been realised. Zoë brings a plethora of experience and a new perspective to Dorfold. She 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!
Outside of work Zoë loves spending time with family and friends, particularly her two children Noah and Rose, which invariably includes ferrying them round to various activities! She also enjoys exercise and is one of those crazy 6am gym types, which allows her to enjoy the gin!
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.
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