England’s deep and intriguing aristocratic history of Kings, Queens, Dukes, Earls and Lords leaves a legacy of magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles, generously spread across beautiful green and pleasant countryside. England’s legends come to life in these wondrous buildings, which, today, offer their grand rooms for inspiring meetings and spectacular banquets.
Goodwood House in West Sussex, is a dramatic building that boasts one of the most significant private art collections in the country. Goodwood is home to the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon and dates to around 1600. A diverse choice of meeting spaces are available here, with contemporary meetings at Goodwood Hotel and exquisite State Apartments in Goodwood House, accommodating 245 delegates in theatre-style and 180 for dinners. Acres of outdoor space provide for a variety of group activities (30 miles from Brighton)
In Wiltshire, Longleat House is one of the finest examples of high Elizabethan architecture. Built in 1580 by Sir John Thynne, it remains home to his descendants, current owner the Marquess of Bath. The house and park offer a diverse range of unique rooms, seating up to 400 theatre-style. The Great Hall, available for banquets, is adorned by giant paintings on walls stretching 11 metres up and the house’s libraries are filled with over 40,000 books. (18 miles from Bath)
Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. The birth place of Sir Winston Churchill is now home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough. This breathtakingly beautiful building is an inspiring and diverse event venue and it is set within 2,000 acres of parkland for outdoor activities. (10 miles from Oxford)
Yorkshire’s impressive Castle Howard was founded in 1699, and took over 100 years to complete, spanning the lifetimes of three Earls, to become one of Britain's finest historic houses. Conferences, glamourous champagne receptions, fine dining in the house and marquee events outdoors are all spectacular at Castle Hoard. It seats 150 for dining or conferencing in the stunning Long Gallery and 70 in the elegant Grecian Hall. (15 miles from York)
After 16 generations, Chatsworth House, seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is still the family home of the Cavendish family. Located in the Derbyshire Dales, it stands on the banks of the River Derwent, facing the Derwent and Wye valleys. In its private art collection you’ll discover ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese. This inspiring house accommodates meetings and events for up to 120 people. (16 miles from Sheffield)
Hever Castle, awe-inspiring castle in Kent, was built in the 13th century and became childhood home to Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. Its panelled rooms house fine furniture, tapestries and antiques. The castle’s Tudor-styled Astor Wing, built in the Edwardian period, accommodates events for up to 60 delegates in theatre-style. The Guthrie Pavilion is a light and airy room for conferences and events, accommodating up to 200 delegates. (35 miles from Brighton, 40 miles from London)
In the heart of Kent, the almost 900 years old Leeds Castle, rises majestically from its surrounding moat. This Norman stronghold, used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, is one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and a suite of large rooms, Leeds Castle caters for meetings, dinners and events, seating up to 80 theatre style. (44 miles from London)