The latest edition of In The Know sees Ann Jones, Conference Planning Executive, introduce some of her top recommendations for venues that can offer Exclusive Use for your next meeting. We are seeing an increasing interest in venues that can offer the security of exclusivity, from a privacy perspective through to the safety of being the only company on site and minimising cross contamination between unknown groups. Take a read and see how these venues could work as the perfect venue solution for your next event…
Stanbrook Abbey Hotel firmly holds the title of being ‘unique‘. It is a beautiful 16th Century, former Grade II listed, monastery. Stanbrook Abbey is set in 30 acres of land, with a beautiful backdrop of history and heritage that is combined with contemporary architecture and landscaped gardens, offering guests a chance to experience what life was once like at the Abbey.
The venue has received extensive renovations, all designed to celebrate the hotels original heritage. The design encompasses a modern, brasserie style, dining experience within the Restaurant, offering a relaxed menu; private dining is also available within areas of the Abbey. A total of 70 modern bedrooms are available for your delegates, 15 of these bedrooms are located on the second floor and are the ideal upgrade to Feature Rooms and Suites.
Dramatic stone cloisters and Gothic stained-glass windows feature amongst the versatile meeting spaces. The beautiful Callow Great Hall, a main feature at the venue, and a potentially stunning backdrop to your next event. St Annes Hall, situated in the original part of the Abbey and holds a maximum of 150 – this room can be opened up onto an outdoor balcony and terrace overlooking the spectacular grounds, imagine that for your next awards dinner…
The Garden Pavilion – imposing views of the hotels main building, the self-contained Garden Pavilion is a great versatile space and can accommodate up to 400 guests, perfect for product launches, team building and private dining for larger numbers.
For those hours of downtime between meetings and those looking to relax with fun there is a Games Room with Foosball Table, Piano, Card Table and Pool Tables – great for individual relaxation or incorporated into a team building event.
If the above was not enough to tempt you then the great location and transport links should, just 5 miles from Worcester and close to the M5, Junction 17.
Jennet Tree Lane · Worcester · HandpickedHotels.co.uk/StanbrookAbbey
Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa is located in the English countryside, close to the City of Bath. Lucknam Park is a beautiful, quintessential country estate set in 500 acres of private parkland – a mile long driveway leads you to a secluded world of classical gardens and extensive parkland that houses 43 luxury bedrooms and suites, two country cottages and four elegant meeting rooms, ideal for taking exclusive use.
A relaxed and understated elegance welcomes delegates into the main building and staff are on hand to take complete care of your delegates well-being. Smart dining rooms and suites are ideal for director-level meetings, private luncheons or dinners, complimented with suitably discreet service.
The venue boasts four handsome meeting spaces, including the Boardroom – overlooking the courtyard with plenty of natural daylight, ideal for meetings or private dinners for 8 guests. The Music Room – great for private dinners, with natural daylight aplenty, comfortably seating up to 30 guests for dinner or 50 theatre style. The Wallis Room – adjoining to the Boardroom this room can hold 10 boardroom style or 12 for private dining on an oval table. Last but not least, The Walmsley Room – this room will comfortably seat 15 boardroom style and 18 for a private dinner.
Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel, along with Michelin starred dining, alternatively a more informal offering is available at the Brasserie. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to relax on site, with a Spa, 20 metre swimming pool, thermal cabins, equestrian centre, cookery school, tennis courts, gym and sports pitches.
Lucknam Park also offers a great location, just over an hour by train from London and two hours by car – close motorway links to the M4 and M5, and there is complimentary valet car parking once you arrive on site.
Colerne · Chipennham · LucknamPark.co.uk
For those of you looking to do business in the Heart of the City then The Gibson Hall needs to be considered, it is a magnificent converted Banking Hall and Grade 1 Listed Building. Situated at Bishopsgate it is easily accessed via Monument, Liverpool Street and Bank underground stations, all within a five minute walk. The venue combines great history with versatile spaces, including a secluded outside garden.
The event spaces themselves within Gibson Hall offer fabulous settings for any event from 80 to 350 delegates, and is the perfect venue to secure exclusive use.
The Main Hall has stunning marble columns, beautiful chandeliers and ceilings with stunning works of art. The 700sqm Hall comes equipped with its own in-house lighting system and dance floor, plus complimentary WiFi for your delegates. This room will hold a maximum of 300 theatre style or 230 cabaret style, and for a seated lunch or dinner you can consider up to 350 guests.
The Garden is a unique selling point for Central London and is a great option for parties, cocktails and drink receptions, they can even install a marquee within the grounds so suitably covered year round.
The Garden Room is a modern addition to the venue, built in an art deco style. The Garden Room adjoins the outside space and benefits from natural daylight due to this position – this area is perfect for canapes and drinks as an indoor alternative to the Garden, however is suitably equipped to house a smaller meeting or dinner of it’s own, with maximum numbers of 64 cabaret style, 150 theatre Style or a standing drinks reception up to 300.
Bishopsgate · London · GibsonHall.com
Wood Hall Hotel is a lovely country house hotel dating back to the late 1790s, offering a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Set down a long private drive, Wood Hall is perched high on a hill, settled amongst 100 acres of land and with fine views of the surrounding area. The location lends itself to exclusive use, away from distractions, perfect for business meetings and the creation of fresh ideas.
The venue’s extensive grounds are ideal for outdoor dining during the summer months and team building activities. The hotel also sits next door to a Carmelite Monastery, home to a silent order of Nuns.
Offering 44 luxury bedrooms, a 2 Rosette restaurant and small health club and spa, Wood Hall is a place of gentle relaxation. Their main meeting room, Vavasour, will hold up to 60 cabaret style or 100 theatre style. They have four more versatile meeting spaces, holding between 14 to 50 delegates respectively and all finished to a high standard.
The location is just 30 minutes from Leeds, Harrogate and York, all with fantastic train links and new direct travel routes. There is easy access to the A1, complimentary on site car-parking and electric car charging points, Wood Hall are really focusing on every detail to enhance a delegate’s experience.
Tripp Lane · West Yorkshire · HandpickedHotels.co.uk/Woodhall
Enter the ancient, arched gateway to the enchanting Borthwick Castle and your delegates will be truly inspired in this secluded haven, offering everything you need and more for your next event. The castle is steeped in 600 years of Scottish history, combining medieval grandeur with modern comforts.
There are 10 opulent bedrooms, intimate dining and lounge areas, roaring fires and breath-taking views. The venue contains three beautiful meeting spaces, all with natural daylight and complimentary WiFi throughout.
The State Room – This relaxing, social and amazingly restored room is the perfect place for a post-meeting drinks reception, with maximum numbers of 80.
The Garrison – Located on the top floor of the castle; a beautiful, bright meeting space, with a maximum capacity of 24 boardroom style.
The Great Hall – The Castle’s pièce de resistance! This grand and inspiring hall is located on the first floor and is the Castle’s dining hall, where it plays host from the casual lunch through to an exquisite evening dining experience. The Great Hall also boasts two ‘nook’ spaces ideal for breakout sessions. Maximum numbers for banqueting are up to 60.
The venue is able to host an array of team activities, ranging from whisky and gin tasting, archery, falconry and games on the lawn, in-room spa treatments are also available.
A perfect venue for high level boardroom meetings with the options for fine dining and activities encompassed on site. The location has great transport links and is based just 30 minutes from Edinburgh. Guaranteed to inspire with the impressive scenery and a chance to connect delegates in a secluded venue.
North Middleton · Midlothian · Borthwickcastle.com
These are a selection of our favourite venues that can offer you exclusive use and a private event. We understand the requirement to consider these venues more going forwards, as event planners and organisers are seeking hotels and venues that offer a low risk exposure to other groups for both security and health precautions. These venues are fully equipped to give you peace of mind, and yet do not falter on the service and offering they provide.
If you want to know more about any of the venues featured in this blog, or have an enquiry where you require an exclusive and private venue, then don’t hesitate to contact us on +44 (0) 1793 792200 or email [email protected] – one of the team are happy to talk through the best options for you!