When executive teams require a secluded setting to devote uninterrupted time to business, country estates and manor houses are worth considering. There are many available in the United Kingdom.
With 40 guests rooms and 2 suites in the Old and New Wings, this country estate dates back to the 17th century. Members of the Royal family have been guests here. Afternoon tea is served daily.
There are 4 conference rooms with capacities ranging from 12 - 110 depending on the configuration.
Outdoor adventures including horseback riding, canoeing, caving; and mountain biking can be arranged nearby at the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
BrookLodge & Macreddin Village (Ireland)
Why settle for a country estate when your group can have the run of a country village? In Wicklow, just one hour away from Dublin, BrookLodge & Macreddin Village have been featured on MasterChef Ireland. BrookLodge has 86 rooms and the River Room, a function room with space for 200 for dining.
Accommodation is also available at BrookHall and Brook Mews.
The River Mews has 4 state-of-the-art conference suites for meetings and 8 guests rooms. Other meeting venues include The White Room, a 2 tiered venue that can be configured as an auditorium with a capacity of 350. Macreddin Hall can accommodate 120 theatre-style and 50 classroom-style.
In the village, there is an organic bakery, specialty food and wine shoppe, an authentic Italian restaurant, and a cafe. At the end of a day of meetings, guests can enjoy afternoon tea or relax at the pub. Recreational facilities include an 18-hole championship golf course, equestrian centre, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. For a change of pace, guests can try clay shooting, off-road driving adventures on rugged terrain are available; or relax at the spa.
Photo Credit: Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa at Bolton Abbey