Whoever said that you should never mix business with pleasure had clearly never been invited on a business retreat. If they did, they’d know that a well-planned corporate event in a well-chosen location doesn’t even feel like working at all.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere special to conduct an important meeting or conference, a comfortable and friendly place to gather a team together for a spot of bonding (or even somewhere to hire out as a staff incentive should the sales figures go through the roof) a luxury holiday home rental could well be the answer to your troubles.
It’s far more personal than a hotel (and can even be cheaper per person) and seeing as you’ll have the whole place to yourselves privacy won’t be an issue – particularly important if you’re looking to arrange a discreet conference with some potential clients. With a private luxury villa, it’s also easy to arrange activities for your team building and corporate events. Facilities can be arranged to either come straight to you (get in touch with our Concierge team using the links on our homepage to see how we can help) or there’s often a huge range of possibilities on offer near our properties such golf, hiking, watersports, fishing and even wine tasting!
We’ve sifted through our list of properties to find 6 properties we think are perfect for a variety of corporate events. Whether you’re looking for something quirky and fun or a little more sober and refined, our huge portfolio means you’re sure to find something to suit that’s guaranteed to be memorable too. To enquire about booking a property, just get in touch with our Concierge Team or call on 0800 133 7999.
1) Blakedown Hall
With the potential to sleep over 60 guests, Blakedown Hall is an expansive Queen Anne residence with over 130 acres of grounds and an indoor swimming pool. You’ll find modern, comfortable conference facilities alongside beautiful period stylings, with catering and luxury accommodation available. And when the business is over, head to the games room, grand piano and the cellar music bar with karaoke to unwind!
Guide Price: £4,950 for 2 nights (based on 45 guests)
2) East Lothian Castle
Located only fifteen minutes from the centre of Edinburgh, the East Lothian Castle is a former Royal residence (the Queen Mother’s sister used to live here) with 30 bedrooms that retain their historical feel. Great for clients who are curious to see what living in a real country house is like, you’ve also got the whole of Scotland on your doorstep. It’s well worth taking advantage of the castle’s catering too – you and your team will be treated to Scotland’s finest and freshest regional produce prepared by the head chef!
Guide Price: £8,000 for 2 nights (based on 50+ guests)
3) Little Oak Hall
With a function room that accommodates up to 75 people, Little Oak Hall sits in the heart of the Somerset countryside, making it perfect for those who fancy exploring the glorious Exmoor hills. It’s an incredibly versatile property that can be adapted for any (and pretty much all!) requirements, and is ideal if you’re looking for somewhere a little out of the way where you’re unlikely to be disturbed. A PA system and multiple meeting and conference rooms ensure all your business needs are met, and there’s a pool, sauna, steam room and bar when the time for relaxation rolls around.
Guide Price: £3,600 for 2 nights (based on 40 guests)
4) Cliff Barns
Only three hours away from central London, Cliff Barns is perfect if you’re looking for a smaller, more intimate venue. It has 6 adult bedrooms and a wealth of facilities (including a hot tub and sauna) and is decorated in a more fun, contemporary style – think hunting lodge meets a hacienda! Not only that, team building exercises including shooting, paintball and celebrity speakers can be easily arranged, and if you’re looking to pamper your team on an away-day, health and beauty treatments, waiting staff, corporate gifts and sports activities are all available – just ask!
Guide Price: £4,250 for 2 nights (based on 18 guests)
5) Gorebridge Estate
With the potential to sleep up to 34 guests (so long as some people don’t mind sharing!) Gorebridge estate is less than ten miles from Edinburgh and provides stylish luxury accommodation with five star service and facilities – it even has its own river in the 30 acre estate! It’s serene and quiet, with the gastropubs in the local village providing a great place to decamp and enjoy some fantastic local food if you don’t fancy taking advantage of the in-house catering.
Guide Price: £3,450 for 2 nights (based on 37 guests)
6) C18th Burgundy Chateau
But what if you feel like heading slightly further afield? At Oliver’s Travels we’ve got plenty of unique luxury villas throughout Europe, and top of the pile when it comes to hosting corporate events is the C18th Burgundy Chateau. Nestled right in the heart of western France’s wine country and coming complete with its own lake, this is one property that will add a touch of continental class to your retreat! The chateau sleeps 14, but that can be made up to 20 if requested, and the surrounding woodland as well as the property’s own expansive interior (including a salon and library) are sure to add a dash of tranquility to your trip.
Guide Price: £6,100 for 2 nights (based on 14 guests)