Acres of unspoilt countryside, organic homegrown cooking, elegant interiors and exclusive use; this is just some of what you can expect from a luxury venue. Whether its for a corporate retreat or company away day, here are our top hotels and houses in the UK…
Nestled in the Hampshire countryside just one hour outside of London, the Four Seasons Hotel has everything you need for an active yet luxurious company retreat. Guests can unwind in their stable block spa, or take part in a variety of team-building activities from horse riding to clay pigeon shooting to a candlelit cruise down Basingstoke canal. With an impressive 7,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel has seven meeting rooms including an elegant ballroom with its own private terrace.
This multi-award winning sister hotel of Chewton Glen sits in 376 acres of National Trust parkland, and lends itself perfectly to a corporate retreat. The hotel can incentivise guests with a wide variety of team-building activities from an Italian Job themed treasure hunt or murder mystery, to chocolate making and cocktail masterclasses. Each meeting room is beautifully designed, whether it’s the ornate Boudoir space that seats 60 to Lord Astor’s previous wine cellar able to accommodate 12 for private dining.
Often featured on our favourite venues lists; Chewton Glen is a great corporate retreat venue for teams wishing for a gastronomic experience. With a famous cookery school onsite, the hotel can entertain guests with cooking courses from celebrity chefs Tim Kitchin or James Martin to courses on Scandinavian, Moroccan or Italian cuisine. They have a variety of meeting space, from the Lake Room which can fit 70 cabaret style to the cosy Library space for 18. The hotel can organise a number of team-builds from millinery, to sailing to gin making.
Le Manoir is the corporate retreat venue for the foodies amongst us. Set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, the hotel houses Raymond Blanc’s 2 Michelin star restaurant, and the beautiful Belle Époque wing with its conservatory for a reception for 70 or 44 theatre style. The hotel’s 32 bedrooms can be hired exclusively. For corporates wishing for a truly memorable gourmet and luxurious experience, this is the venue to choose.
Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire is only 35 minutes from London, and has everything you need onsite to entertain guests for an off-site meeting. With a championship golf course, an award-winning spa, 13 tennis courts and a 4,000 square foot gym, their facilities lend themselves to any team-building style of event. The hotel houses 49 bedrooms and has nine function rooms from The Chapel Room for 16 boardroom style to the Ballroom for 34 boardroom style.
Located in the Berkshire countryside, Wasing Park is less than an hour from London. It’s a boutique hotel with stunning lakes, woodland and a secret walled garden. They offer a variety of corporate team-building activities from quad biking to archery, to camping, foraging and camp craft skills.
Set on the North Yorkshire border in stunning countryside, Rockliffe Hall has 61 luxurious bedrooms, three restaurants and an 18 hole championship golf course. The hotel has four meeting spaces from The Drawing Room with its comfy Chesterfield sofas to Grassholme Suite with panoramic views of their golf course. If you’re not taking advantage of the many jaw-dropping walking trails on their doorstep, the hotel is currently building activity pods onsite designed to inspire creative environments for meetings. Their 4AA rosette restaurant The Orangery run by Executive Chef Richard Allen has impressive flavour combinations on the menu including duck liver parfait, smoked eel and rhubarb vinegar through to lamb, wild garlic ketchup and onion smoked anchovy.
Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Fish Hotel has a range of quirky accommodation from ‘hideaway huts to ‘hilly huts’ to treehouses in the woods. Due to its idyllic setting, The Fish is the ideal retreat getaway and with an activity team onsite you will always be left in good hands. Whether it’s partaking in ‘It’s a Knockout’ contest, a ‘Bake off’ challenge’ or a treasure hunt then the team can deliver it. There are certainly no dull meeting rooms at The Fish, with each space designed to inspire creativity. There’s the Hayloft full of natural daylight able to accommodate 80 or the Farmhouse Lounge designed for comfy ‘sofa style’ meetings which creates a home away from the office, one of our tops ideas for a unique company retreat. For the warmer months, their space, The Deck, overlooks the gardens and is ideal for a rustic back to nature BBQ.
Another Cotswolds favourite, Cowley Manor majestically sits in 55 acres of Grade II listed gardens. The venue has a multi-award winning spa and is owned by luxury boutique hotel collection Curious Hotels. The hotel’s 30 bedrooms can be booked for exclusive use. A range of corporate team-build activities can be organised both in the grounds or offsite; from cheese and wine pairing to shooting to cocktail masterclasses.
Describing themselves as restaurants with rooms, the Pig brand has hotels all across the UK from the New Forest to Devon with new hotels being built in 2018/19 in Kent, West Sussex and Cornwall. Each hotel prides itself on locally sourced menus and nature on their doorstep, and guests can expect lots of piggy delights on their menus from ‘smoked BBQ pork leg’ to ‘garden herb sausage rolls’.
This 5* Bath based spa hotel is set in 500 acres of parkland and has 42 elegant bedrooms. They have four function rooms including The Boardroom that seats 8 up to the Music Room that seats 50 theatre style. The hotel offers a range of activities perfect for adding a team-building element to your corporate retreat. Mindfulness, yoga, pilates and spa sessions for those wishing to relax through to horse riding, five-a-side football and duck herding for the more active amongst the team.
If you are looking for more luxury venues, check out our top 10 UK luxury company away day venues. 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.