The National Trust and National Trust Scotland look after acres of special places from forests and gardens to historic houses and hotels. Their preservation and conversation is fundamentally important to our nation’s heritage which can be supported by the likes of donations, membership and of course, private and corporate events. Here are some of our favourite properties whose striking rooms and landscaped parks are available to hire for your next dinner, meeting or event…
Once home to Louis XVIII, the exiled King of France, Hartwell House is a decadent Grade 1 listed property set among 90 acres of parkland just one hour from London. Now a hotel with 48 bedrooms, the house and spa is open for relaxing spa days, private dining and events in their 18th century coach house and riding school. Meetings can take place in the beautiful Hartwell rooms for up to 90 guests with onsite activities available in the grounds.
Middlethorpe Hall is a William III country house, renowned for fantastic food and a beautiful spa. Built in 1699 it was influenced by the architecture of Sir Christopher Wren and has won multiple awards as a luxury hotel. Various rooms are available for events as well as an outdoor terrace, wine room and 20 acres of gardens and parkland.
The home of Scotland’s national poet is a treasured property of the NTS, with thousands of artefacts celebrating his legacy. The museum and cottage where Robert Burns was born both offer spaces for meetings and events of up to 120 guests, as well as onsite activities. Entertain with a traditional Burns Supper looking over the gardens with highland pipes, whiskey tasting and a private guided tour.
The luxury hotel set among the Cliveden Estate is known for its opulence, royal connections and impressive gardens. Just 40 minutes from London, the Grade 1 listed house is a 5* venue for all kinds of events with 48 bedrooms, beautiful event space and 376 acres of National Trust grounds that can be used for activities. The entire location can also be exclusively hired with large groups of 250 being hosted in marquees on the lawn.
In the heart of Hackney, Sutton House preserves much of its Tudor history among its oak-panelled rooms and charming courtyard. Various spaces can be hired for events including the Wenlock Barn which seats up to 100 guests, a Georgian tearoom and the Tudor Great Chamber.
If you’re looking for a Downton Abbey backdrop for your next event look no further… just miles from St Andrews in Scotland, the Hill of Tarvit is a beautiful Edwardian mansion housing the famous Sharp collection of paintings, tapestries and ceramics. Events can take place in the main house for up to 100 or larger events among the 110 hectares of gardens and open heath. An onsite 9-hole golf course is also available.
Following a £2.5 million conservation, the historic Rainham Hall is a charming house on the east outskirts of London. Built in 1729 it was a building of significance and is a rare survivor of Queen Annue style architecture. Today, the venue’s Hayloft space is used for events, a rustic backdrop for parties, meetings and dinners.
One of Scotland’ grandest country mansions, Haddo House is an 18th century venue among 80 hectares of Aberdeenshire countryside. After hundreds of years of entertaining royals and public figures, a Library, Drawing Room and the Canadian Hall can host up to 250 guests for receptions, dances and dinners with space for 1000 people to enjoy the grounds.
The magnificent Waddesdon Manor takes the style of a 16th century French chateau, set among the Chiltern Hills. Built to entertain the friends and associates of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 1800s, the Renaissance house takes current guests back to a time of flamboyant dining and events. An hour from London, the 5000 acre estate can host a huge selection of occasions in spaces from a vibrant Reading Room in Windmill Hill to sophisticated banquets and opulent parties among the manor.
Looking out over Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, the 17th century Bodysgallen Hall is a magnificent 17th century house with 3 AA Rosette restaurants, an onsite spa and a variety of meeting rooms in the hall and a restored stable block for up to 50 guests. 200 acres of land are also available for activities including horse riding and water sports as well as an onsite tennis court and croquet lawn.
Scotland’s breath taking pink castle is an exceptionally impressive backdrop for events with lavish interiors, world famous art, extensive parkland and a vision of towers. Built in the 13th century, Fyvie Castle is steeped in the history of legends, folklore and royal guests including Charles I. The castle itself can hold between 100 – 600 guests however large events of 4000 can be held among the grounds.
If you are looking for a venue for your next event, then don’t hesitate to contact the Banks Sadler team on 0207 424 3333.