If you’re looking for the perfect corporate retreat near the busy city of London, we have a list of 10 inspirational venues within an hour of the capital.
How often do you organise corporate retreats to get your team away from the office? Corporate retreats represent so much more than just downtime. They provide a much-needed change of environment, enhancing productivity and performance. Corporate retreats are also a great team building opportunity, providing a venue for team brainstorming and scenario planning with strategy matter.
Corporate retreats are also a powerful wellness and retention tool. They let your teammates escape from day-to-day work pressures by providing activities such as hikes, mountain biking and white water rafting. These activities can also help to unveil hidden talents and strengths, which could serve your company well in the future.
Well planned and executed corporate retreats come with a whole host of benefits. With that in mind, we have collected our top 10 corporate retreat venues one hour from London.
If you would like to learn more about these venues or discuss your particular corporate retreat requirements, you can make a venue enquiry today. Our world-renowned events team are on hand to help you.
1. The Grove
This calming, idyllic, five-star rated country estate in Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire, is only 18 miles from London. It’s the perfect retreat for a creative, dynamic company. There are 28 customisable and inspiring spaces to choose from in this Grade II listed building, along with 215 bedrooms.
Whether you’re looking to book a group yoga session in the walled garden or you want to hold a brainstorming session in one of their dynamic indoor spaces, The Grove will bring something extra to your event. Set in 300 acres of stunning countryside, this is just the venue you need to give your employees space to innovate and create.
Located 26 miles from London, this elegant 17th-century mansion in Maidenhead is known for its fine dining, spa and outdoor pool. Cliveden offers corporate retreat experiences such as treasure hunts, a murder mystery experience and cocktail masterclasses, among other exciting team-building activities.
A mix of excellent service, attention to detail and professionalism makes this Grade I listed venue an ideal corporate meeting venue. This stunning hotel has a reputation for excellence as well as comfortable lounges, state-of-the-art boardrooms and 38 luxurious bedrooms and suites.
This five-star luxury country house hotel and spa in Surrey is 25 miles from London. Set in 123 acres of rolling parkland, Pennyhill Park is part of the Exclusive Hotels group. Pennyhill Park offers a diverse range of experiences and dynamic team building activities. The hotel also boasts 20 private meeting rooms of various styles and sizes and 124 beautiful suites and bedrooms — making this venue suitable for teams large and small. Pennyhill is known for its traditional style, excellent service and delicious food.
The hotel also has eight indoor and outdoor swimming pools, 24-hour room service and laundry facilities.
If you’re looking to allow your employees to relax and clear their minds, Alexander Hotel and Utopia Spa, only 28 miles from London, is a perfect choice. Surrounded by 120 acres of perfectly manicured lawns and West Sussex countryside, the venue offers a selection of seven meeting rooms to provide the perfect backdrop for your corporate business retreat. And during your employees’ downtime, they can take advantage of the 25 treatment rooms — an offering guaranteed to boost morale!
This venue, 26 miles from central London is an English country house in Luton. If your employees have a passion for golf, you are in luck, as this five-star hotel has a 19-hole golf course and over 1,000 acres of parkland and gardens. This venue is rich in history and culture with 288 bedrooms and suites. When you need to get down to business, the hotel also offers several conference rooms where your employees can focus, collaborate and create.
6. Coworth Park
Located 25 miles from London, Coworth Park is part of the Dorchester Collection of hotels, meaning it exemplifies refined elegance, incredible, bespoke service and good living. The venue offers a refreshing change of pace and scenery for team-building and brainstorming sessions. With meeting rooms including The Tower House, which accommodates up to 50 guests and the upper-level of The Barn (capacity 30 guests), you can be sure Coworth Park will meet all your needs and requirements.
Only 20 miles from London, Foxhills country club is replete with style and character. Built in a gothic revival style, the hotel has a friendly, relaxed and approachable atmosphere. Set in 400 acres of countryside, employees can enjoy the Zen garden, the self-cleaning plunge pool and the spa facilities.
Inside the historic Manor House, you’ll enjoy a unique and private meeting venue. Foxhills’ Clubhouse conference room is ideal for conferences and The Library is great for training events.
Located 50 miles from the centre of London, this elegant Georgian manor house offers an exciting “Highwire Adventure”, which involves balancing across bridges and traversing trees 20 metres up in the air. The venue also offers picturesque views of the Basingstoke Canal from a 17-metre canal boat. Four Seasons has everything you need for a business conference, including the best technical facilities, expansive spaces and dedicated staff. The hotel also has 133 guest rooms — including 22 suites.
This 16th century, Grade I listed mansion lies 14 miles outside of London. The hotel — which is surrounded by 50 acres of scenic parklands and gardens — is an ideal venue for conferences, meetings and team building. This venue offers flexible and contemporary meeting spaces, holding up to 120 delegates. Its Coach House, hidden behind a tranquil walled garden, offers unparalleled levels of privacy along with three meeting rooms.
Monkey Island Estate is less than 30 miles from London, one mile downstream from Maidenhead. This centuries-old hidden retreat on the River Thames is the ideal venue for memorable corporate gatherings. Make use of the Spencer Suite for small groups or The River Room for larger conferences. The hotel boasts picturesque views of the River Thames, set across seven acres, as well as 30 beautiful guestrooms.
Why Should You Use an Events Company to Plan Your Corporate Retreat?
As an experienced and world-renowned events company, Banks Sadler can help you search for the right venue while negotiating the right price. We use our extensive experience to make suggestions which will make your corporate retreat an event to remember.
Whether you need help with finding conference venues in London or you’re planning to incorporate an incentive travel programme into your business, our experienced team can help you. Contact us today to discuss your needs.