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Kirtlington Park Estate dates back to the 18th century and was owned by the Dashwood Family until the late 1800’s. In 1921 it was bought by the Budgett Family and remains in their ownership today.

It has always been a vibrant Estate, and never more so than during the 2nd World War when Slade Farm, the site of Kirtlington Business Centre, was used as an RAF airfield specialising in aircraft repair. (The restored insignia from the Officers Mess is situated in the Manangement Office of the Business Centre).

During the war, Kirtlington Park House was home to hundreds of evacuees, land girls and personnel working at Ditchley Park, some of whom chose to spend the rest of their lives in this beautiful part of Oxfordshire. After the war, the Slade Farm buildings reverted to agricultural use, initially housing pigs and turkeys, and then pedigree Fresian cows until the turn of the millennium.

The Estate has evolved as the pressures on the countryside have demanded, and throughout the Budgett family have striven to excel in the many activities on the Estate. Whether it be breeding Derby winners, national champion livestock or creating one of the most successful and popular polo clubs in the country, the highest standard is the goal. They are confident that the Business Centre will be the next winner!

Prize winning cow

Royal Show winner

close up of an old wooden beam

Original beams