Unleashed Secure Dog Walking Field – Changes to Opening Times

Unleashed Secure Dog Walking Field – Changes to Opening Times

Please note that now British Summer Time has ended the timeslots now available for booking have changed, this is in effect from 1 November 2022. With the safety of all in mind the field will now only be open for bookings from 7am with the last timeslot to start at 4pm.

The dog walking field has 6-foot-high deer fencing, water,  a secure parking space and a simple booking system on the Estate website. Enjoy the freedom to walk and exercise dogs that are nervous or unsocial around others, have a distinct hunting compulsion or are at the beginning of basic recall training.

You can drive your car in and park in the gated area. The field is self-service and benefits from a locked gated entrance so your dog can run and have fun without worrying about either animals or people.

  • Time slots are £10 for 50 minutes, up to 6 dogs maximum, one adult per 3 dogs is required.
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions regarding Unleashed at Charlton Park.
  • Commercial hires for training, classes or one-to-one can be booked by request via the Estate office.

For more information about Charlton Park Estate, any other events or facilities at the Estate please contact the Estate Office; info@charltonparkestate.com

To download directions and location details click here; Directions and Entrance Location for Unleashed at Charlton Park

What are your weekend plans?

Will you be out exploring the delights of autumn with your family members (of the two legs or furry-four legged variety)?

Here on the Estate we have a selection of activities and facilities that could fill up your weekend!


You could enjoy some quality time with your dogs and their friends at our secure dog walking field. Click here to book a time-slot. 

Riding Permits

Our annual riding permits with set routes add on some great off-road opportunities that link up with existing bridleways for our local equestrian community. Click here to find out more.

E-scooter Safari

You could try out an e-scooter safari and tour round our parkland and see all the vibrant colours in our woodlands with www.baboonadventures.com 

Charlton Business Park

You could pop in and have your car washed with Malmesbury Car Wash, or book a beauty appointment with www.beautybyhand.co.uk, or book an appointment with www.centaurmassagetherapy.com

Arboreal Works Scheduled to Manage Ash Dieback

Ash Dieback felling works at Charlton Park Estate

Arboreal works are currently underway as part of Charlton Park Estates management plan on the roadside woodlands and woodlands within the grounds of the estate. Conservation is a key part of the day-to-day management of the Estate but sadly many of our trees suffer from Ash dieback and therefore more aggressive felling and management is needed.

We appreciate that carrying out these works may cause some minimal disruption on the rounds surrounding the estate which, is regrettable and we thank you in advance for your patience. However, the removal of infected trees along these roads and within the body of the Estate are to manage the risk of diseased trees falling in the public highway or within areas of the Estate enjoyed by activities. The works will be carried out by specialist contractors supported by our own Estate team over the forthcoming weeks.

We plan to replant these areas with native species to further support the natural habitats and local wildlife needs.

Ash Dieback felling works at Charlton Park Estate

About Ash dieback

According to the Woodland Trust up to 80% of the UK’s Ash population will suffer from this disease and be lost. Ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) is a fungus which originated in Asia. It doesn’t cause much damage on its native hosts of the Manchurian ash (Fraxinus mandshurica) and the Chinese ash (Fraxinus chinensis) in its native range. However, its introduction to Europe about 30 years ago has devastated the European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) because our native ash species did not evolve with the fungus and this means it has no natural defence against it. For more information visit the Trust Website by clicking here. (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/tree-pests-and-diseases/key-tree-pests-and-diseases/ash-dieback/)

Stage Coaches through the Cotswolds, Burford to Badminton

Stage Coaches through the Cotswolds, Burford to Badminton

Coach Horns Echoed by the Stable Yard at Charlton Park Estate Once Again

On Friday 14th October the old stable yard at Charlton Park Estate welcomed two 19th Century style horse-drawn stage coaches as part of a four-day charity drive. A once regular site here on the Estate, coaches would have come and gone throughout the day and the Coach Horns heard once again, announced the arrival and departure of our visiting guests today.

These coaches stopped to meet some of our Park residents and staff as part of a charity drive from Burford to Badminton.

Both coaches are privately owned, the “Nimrod” will be drawn by four, powerful, bay Gelderlander horses and the “Monarch” by a team of home-bred British Hackneys from a stud in Staffordshire. The 65-mile journey winding through East Leach Martin. Lechlade, Kempsford, Cricklade and Malmesbury will take four days, arriving at Badminton on Saturday 15th.

As the coaches pass through towns and villages, bucket collections will be made raising funds for Cancer charities . In previous years the two coaches have travelled from Windsor Castle to Warwick Castle, London to Portsmouth , and through the Snowdonia National Park on similar fund- raising ventures.

For further information please contact the Estate Office.

Enjoy Autumnal Foodie Foraging at Charlton Park Estate

Wild Food UK Launch New Course Dates

Enjoy Autumnal Foodie Foraging at Charlton Park Estate

We are delighted to announce a new activity provider to use Charlton Park Estate as a location. This Autumn we welcome Wild Food UK who will be running their popular Foraging Courses here in our arboretum and surrounding parkland. The Estate has a wide range of species both edible and poisonous in several locations that will provide a variety of identification opportunities throughout the year for avid foragers to enjoy learning about. Their first foraging course was held on the 23rd of September, and we look forward to welcoming their team back this month.

Wild Food UK said, “we’re extremely lucky in Britain to have a climate that provides us plenty of food all year round, all you need to know is how to find it. We teach these “skills for life”; and we believe that with the skills we teach, every life will be enhanced. Not only is foraging fun and interesting; you never know when being able to pick your own food might come in genuinely useful or even lifesaving!

“We like wild food. We forage it, cook it, dry it, prepare it, store it and eat it! Foraging for us started with a genuine love of the great outdoors and a passion for food, combining both turns our walks in the woods and by the seaside into genuine treasure hunts.”

Wild Food UK offer an abundance in information on their website about courses, foraging newsletter alerts, recipe ideas, guides, and products in their foraging shop from guide field books, kitchen accessories, seedballs, artistic prints and foraging belt bags.

Remaining dates for Autumn courses will be;

15th October

21st October

To book a course click here. Private courses or events can also be booked by arrangement with Wild Food UK.

For more information about Charlton Park Estate, Wild Food UK or any other events at the Estate please contact the Estate Office; events@charltonparkestate.com

Commercial Property to Rent

Charlton Business Park Opportunity Unit 1, First Floor

Charlton Business Park offers companies a rare opportunity to enjoy prestigious office accommodation in a unique rural setting within a secure working environment. Unit 1 comprises of a two-storey office building with toilet facilities of which only the first floor is available for let at this time. The building further benefits from dedicated parking. The First Floor of Unit 1 is available and is 50.1 m2 (539ft2). The property is available for let now and we are seeking £7,000 per annum exclusive of business rates, service charge, VAT and any other outgoings that may apply. Viewing and further information by appointment with the Estate Office. For further enquiries please contact info@charltonaprkestate.com or call 01666 822146

We Have a Vacancy for an Estate Office Manager

Would You Like to Join Our Team in the Estate Office

At Charlton Park Estate we are working hard to extend our services to increase tourism and visitors to this wonderful location, whilst remaining sensitive to the needs of the core estate, its heritage and history. This exciting opportunity is to join the estate leadership team and contribute to work that matters with an estate where diversity, equality and inclusion are shared values. We’re committed to fostering an environment for every teammate that is welcoming, respectful and inclusive, with great opportunity for professional growth. Find your future with us.

Charlton Park has been in the possession of the Earls of Suffolk since the last years of the 16th Century. The Estate covers 4,500 acres and includes the Grade 1 listed Mansion, extensive and picturesque parkland, arable farmland, Cotswold stone period residential properties and a commercial business park. The beautiful parkland provides a fantastic setting for all events whilst retaining the privacy of the family home and grounds.

Job Description:

The Estate Office houses the core elements of the Estate leadership from Finance to Farm.

The purpose of the role is to join this leadership team and lead the Estate Office as the Office Manager and Business Operations. You will be responsible for day to day running of the estate office including managing the estate domestic residential portfolio as well as being a major contributor to planning and delivery of the events that occur on the estate each year.

Candidates must therefore have a strong organisational background – with a very detailed eye for delivery and focussed execution of your duties. The estate is rapidly increasing in tempo and so a need to operate at speed without reducing quality will be essential. The estate values include innovation at the heart of everything we do and so an entrepreneurial mind and an enthusiastic ability to think “out-of-the-box” would be highly desirable.

Important information regarding this requisition:

This requisition is for a locally hired position in the UK. Benefits and pay are determined at the local level.

All information will be checked and verified.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Charlton Park Estate is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Typical Focus Areas for Estate Office Manager – Business Operations are as follows:

Manager – Estate Property Portfolio

  • Preparing the Partnership Report to be sent out to the Trustees
  • Dealing with all property (residential and commercial) related issues (to include new tenancies, property repairs, queries etc).
  • Liaison with outside contractors to the Estate including public liability insurances checks.
  • Management and transfer of utility and council tax accounts after tenants have left.
  • Raising of Head of Terms, AST’s and Licences for new tenants, events etc.
  • Update Key Prime property information
  • Implementing regulation and legislative requirements as required (e.g., EPC’s/EIRC’s/gas safety certificates etc.).

Manager – Estate Duties

  • Lead all initial contacts from external enquiries to the Estate Office.
  • Management and submissions of insurance claims/notices.
  • Fleet management of Estate vehicles (eg fuel expenditure, ensuring vehicles are taxed/MOT/serviced, staff driving licences and training standards.
  • Manage estate information through formal and structured electronic systems
  • Managing estate staff holiday and sickness records.
  • Manage Estate Office Health and Safety provision – document management, legislation and staff training.

Additional Duties:

  • Christmas Tree orders and instruct.
  • Firewood orders and instruct.
  • Fishing arrangements.
  • WOMAD work as required.
  • Management of the conference room.
  • Provision of First Aid boxes

Desirable Experience:

  • Broad knowledge or interest in Estate Office Management and delivery of world class public events.
  • Understanding of UK HSE legislation and experience with National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) – although training will be provided.
  • Broad knowledge or interest in the UK’s broader events markets and other similar estate locations.
  • Possess strong skill in Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, Project). Possess graphic skills or design media skills for the preparation of presentation, audio-visual product to provide presentation to both external and internal customers or colleagues.

Experience Level
Individual Contributor

Contingent Upon Program Award
No, this position is not contingent upon programme award

Full time

How To Apply

Applications are to be submitted to farmoffice@charltonparkestate.com and should comprise of a cover letter, CV and references (including contact details for them). Applications should be received by 12noon Friday 30th of September. Applications received after this time may not be considered. Whilst we will endeavour to contact all applicants with feedback the volume of applications may preclude this. Interview rounds will begin on the week starting 10th October. The start date is dependent on applicant.

The Interview Process

The first phase of the process will consist of the recruitment company receiving candidates’ CVs. The CVs will be assessed against the job specification criteria by the recruitment agency. The top 5 CVs that meet the requirements will be forwarded to the hiring manager and his team. The remaining applicants who fail to be down selected will be informed of their removal from the process by email. The second phase of the process will consist of a formal competency-based interview lasting no less than 90 minutes. The interview will be chaired by the hiring manager (Head of Infrastructure) and he will be supported by Head Of Events, Head of Strategy, Head of Finance as the interview panel. A maximum of 5 candidates will be taken through to formal interview stage. These interviews will be in person – physically onsite at the estate. Virtual interviews will only be offered for those who are unable to travel significant distances.  The remaining applicants who fail to be down selected for formal interview will be informed of their removal from the process by email. The third phase of the process will be a full day visit day on site. A maximum of three candidates will be invited to this visit day. The visit day will enable the candidate(s) to meet the team and to decide whether they feel they are a good fit for the estate and the team will review the candidates’ fit for the role. Each candidate will spend min of 30 minutes with Rt. Hon The Earl Of Suffolk and Berkshire for a conversation. The assessment day does not include formal interview – but the candidate will be required to demonstrate their personality and cultural fit. At the end of the visit date(s) a preferred candidate will be identified and offered the role. The remainder will be informed of their removal from the process by email

Thank all those who were able to attend the Service of Thanksgiving

At a time of National mourning for Her Majesty The Queen we thank all those who were able to attend the Service of Thanksgiving at Malmesbury Abbey for the 21st Earl of Suffolk and 14th Earl of Berkshire.

The service was a thoughtful event celebrating his life and achievements and was followed by a reception at Charlton Park House with an aerial Spitfire display.

The telegraph obituary has many of the celebrated memories and his lasting legacy recanted in the service today of the late custodian of this Estate and can be read by clicking here. 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her dedication to duty and her service to her people is an inspiration to us all.

At a time of National mourning, we send our sincerest condolences to His Majesty The King and The Royal Family our thoughts and prayers are with their family at this time.

Lord Suffolk’s Service of Thanksgiving Livestream Details

Lord Suffolk’s Service of Thanksgiving – Friday 9th September 2022 at 12pm.

For all those unable to attend we are pleased to provide a link below to live stream the service through Malmesbury Abbey‘s platforms on the following links;

Malmesbury Abbey Website: https://www.malmesburyabbey.com
Malmesbury Abbey Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MalmesburyAbbey/
Malmesbury Abbey You Tube Page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GelR8LqdKk