Here at Secret Spaces we’ve always believed that escaping to the country for a business meeting was a great idea. Having the freedom and the space to spread out, to be outside and in nature is beneficial from a well-being perspective and is undoubtedly good for the soul. There is something quite uplifting and invigorating about open space and fresh air. Not only is nature beautiful and pleasing to the eye, it can inspire creativity, fresh thoughts and encourage a different perspective on life.
Of course, right now, our appreciation of the outdoors is heightened. And so, as meetings for up to 30 people in a permitted venue are now allowed and with teams having been working from home for many months now, escaping to the country to re-engage and re-establish team bonds is perhaps more important than ever.
And as we’ve all been indoors rather more than we’d like, surely no one wants to be stuck in a boring meeting room staring at four walls when they can be somewhere with stunning views and the ability to get outdoors? All of this is a powerful combination that will enhance any corporate retreat or team meeting.
Choosing a meeting venue in a countryside location isn’t just about the peaceful and calm environment though, it can spark communication and enable people to see things with a fresh pair of eyes. Away from the structured atmosphere of a town or city, the literal ability to see further can facilitate the metaphoric ability to see more. Windows providing views onto verdant vistas stretching into the distance lead the eye and open the mind to new ideas.
Simply being able to go for a walk during the lunch break or maybe safely planning something fun like a treasure hunt can add some ‘head space’ to intense business days full of presentations and discussions.
Here’s some of our favourite places for ‘outdoor thinking’ events;
This Grade 1 listed property is situated in 1 500 acres of grounds. Inside the house has everything that you could need with a number of large event spaces, 25 individually designed bedrooms, a library for relaxing and a heated swimming pool. At the end of a busy business day, take a stroll through the grounds, maybe take a boat out on the lake. You can even try your hand at golf on the 3-hole course. Or, simply retire to the roof terrace – weather permitting – to enjoy the glorious views of the Somerset countryside and Cadbury Castle – reputedly the home of King Arthur’s Camelot.
The rural location of this award-winning restaurant with a private dining room and a light-filled meeting space, makes it the perfect choice for off-site board meetings and brain-storming sessions. When you’ve worked up an appetite from discussing, debating and strategizing, then you’re in for a culinary treat made from home-grown and locally sourced ingredients. And completing this ?? experience is the rich woodland backdrop of the historic Netherwood Estate.
With access to over 400 acres of land, the meeting spaces at The Kingscote Barn near Tetbury offer complete privacy for a range of business meetings and events. You can of course decide just to admire the wonderful views of the Cotswold countryside from inside, but that would be a shame when the events team here can help design the perfect mix of time indoors to talk business and time outdoors to make the most of this glorious setting.
Close to the renowned culinary hotspot of Kingham, Oxfordshire, Cornwell Manor is available for exclusive hire and provides the ultimate in impressive backdrop for a corporate retreat or strategy meeting. Not only is the house absolutely stunning, there is an outdoor heated swimming pool and tennis courts too. All of this surrounded by a privately-owned hamlet and a 2 000-acre estate.
Secret Spaces has an inspiring collection of unique corporate event venues in stunning locations. So, what are you waiting for, why not escape to the country for your next business meeting?