What's the perfect venue for an executive retreat? A private setting, with meeting facilities and space for team activities and relaxation during downtime, can help executive teams break down barriers, bond, and focus on the business at hand. Castle estates are worth considering.
I have previously discussed the fact that Highclere Castle, "the real Downton Abbey," is available for corporate events and galas. This estate with 1,000 acres of parkland is also available for corporate team building with outdoor activities. There are trails for cross country courses, quad biking, and orienteering. The Salon, Library, and Dining Room are available for facilitated team building exercises and meetings. Groups that want to take advantage of these facilities need to book well ahead of time.
On the estate, accommodation for 2 VIPs is available at London Lodge, which has been meticulously restored. Cvent lists 19 hotels near Highclere Castle.
Glen Eyrie (Colorado)
Near Colorado Springs in the Rocky Mountains, this secluded, 800-acre estate gives corporate groups privacy and serenity. Glen Eyrie has a low and high challenge course, 97 guests rooms ranging from budget accommodation to luxury Premier rooms, and a variety of meeting rooms - including its Carriage House, with 5 meeting rooms.
Small groups will find comfort in:
- The Castle with 17 guest rooms (5 Premier, 12 Deluxe rooms) and 5 meeting rooms with a capacities ranging from 20 to 200
- the Eagle's nest with 4 guest rooms
- the Pink House with 3 guest rooms and 3 meeting rooms
- Glenview with 10 guest rooms with 2 queen beds and a meeting room for up to 40 participants
Larger groups can be comfortably accommodated in:
- the Big Horn with 32 guest rooms with 2 queen beds and 2 meeting rooms
- Oaks with 16 guest rooms with 2 queen beds and a guest room with a capacity of 50
For more options, see Meeting & Event Venues: Castles in Switzerland, Germany and Belgium and UK Nice for MICE: Hever Castle and Gardens.
Photo Credits: Gill Griffin, Glen Eyrie