“Exclusively… Cliveden” The ETV team explores this historic venue.
There’s nothing quite so satisfying as poking around downstairs, is there? Steady on, I know the house is renowned for its shenanigans of a saucy nature, but I’m not talking about a fumble in the rosebushes – I mean a good old nose-about through someone’s sitting room, admiring their soft furnishings.
It was on one such wander at heavenly Cliveden that I came across one of the house’s hidden treasures. Careful readers will be racing ahead of me and imagine that I came across Christine Keeler’s discarded swimwear, or possibly one of Sir Winston Churchill’s still-smouldering cigars. But no: this little find was probably the secret of Viscount and Viscountess Astor’s happy marriage.
Her Ladyship famously disapproved of gentlemen overindulging in intoxicating liquor, probably due to her American upbringing. But her husband, Waldorf, was obviously a wily character, and if you ask the butler very nicely he’ll show you a hidden drinks cabinet, tucked away behind an unobtrusive piece of panelling, where Lord Astor would nip off for a cheeky snifter or two during tiresome dinner parties.
Cliveden is full of delicious discoveries like this, and the wonderfully friendly staff will enjoy showing off the many wonders of this jewel of the Thames Valley.
In picturesque Windsor, lies the historic and unique Beaumont Estate: an inspirational estate offering a leading conference venue, cutting edge meeting rooms, a stunning wedding venue along with a luxurious family hotel, all set in spectacular and extensive grounds.
The Estate itself comprises The White House, The Chapel, Beaumont House Conference Venue and The Village, with a total of 75 meeting rooms, all with natural daylight, and accommodating up to 550 delegates.
Along with the 429 bedrooms, this venue offers complete flexibility to meet a host of different conference and banqueting needs.
Located just 3 miles from Windsor Castle with Wentworth, Legoland, Thorpe Park and Ascot all under 15 minutes away. The M25, M4 and M3 motorways are within easy reach, London can be accessed by train within 40 minutes the nearest train station is 5 minutes away.
Heathrow airport is only 15 minutes away by car, Gatwick airport can also reached within 40 minutes.
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Nicknamed The Spy House because of its connections with WWII, Grade I listed De Vere Latimer Estate is located within 30 private acres in the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty in Buckinghamshire.
The Mansion House is surprisingly only 3.4 miles from junction 18 on the M25 and five minutes away by car from Chalfont and Latimer station which is on the Metropolitan tube line, offering direct links to Baker Street and BR’s Chiltern line connecting into London Marylebone.
Built to impress and with a fascinating history, you will be able to embrace not only the surroundings- it has one of the most attractive views over a chalk stream in the Chess Valley, rich in wildlife – but also the original architecture.
Your stay at Latimer Estate will be a unique experience.
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There has been an estate at Wokefield since the first house was built in the 1560s for the wealthy Plowden family. Set in 250 acres of Berkshire parkland, its history is etched in the different architectural features that greet you throughout.
Now De Vere Wokefield Estate, the hotel has been completely transformed following a £20 million restoration throughout whether you choose to stay at Wokefield Place, Wellington Lodge or the estate’s historic Mansion House.
A high-tech dedicated conference building, Wokefield Place has been refurbished and kitted out with all the AV and IT you need. A Burr & Co., the groups’ signature coffee shop has been added, complementing the current restaurant, bar and deli. Inspired by British heritage design, a new collection of bedrooms has also been created.
Once again the heart of the estate, the historic Mansion House has had a complete makeover and now offers 87 guestrooms, including 12 luxury suites, along with the restoration of a number of event spaces including the pillared Maple Suite. A new Whiskey Lounge is a cosy spot for drinks until the small hours.
Outside, you’ll find an 18-hole PGA-standard golf course and outdoor activity course in the grounds.
Sitting just south-west of London, the hotel is located near Reading and is just 10 minutes from J11 of the M4 and 40 minutes from Heathrow Airport. There are fast, direct trains into London Paddington from Reading station.
Free, superfast Wi-Fi with a maximum bandwidth of 1Gb is available throughout the hotel and up to 100m within the grounds.
As you enter the magnificent Lodge Gates of the Estate and follow the sweeping drive along an avenue of ancient oak trees you will catch your first glimpse of Englefield House. Framed by woodlands and surrounded by beautiful formal gardens it is a truly imposing sight.
Upon reaching the House the views are equally as dramatic. From the Italianate terraces the gardens give way to parkland, home to a herd fallow deer, and gently roll down to the picturesque lake and the stunning Berkshire countryside beyond.
Combining a magnificent setting with a warm welcome and first class service, Englefield House is a unique and special venue for private and corporate events. Our versatile indoor and outdoor spaces lend themselves to special celebrations, board meetings, seminars, product launches, client dinners, training events and team building days.
Stunningly set alongside the River Thames and surrounded by over 400 acres of scenic parkland Eton College Dorney Lake is a world-class sporting and events venue with inspiring Olympic Heritage. This Gold Medal winning venue is ideally located just outside Windsor within 30 minutes of London and 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport offering ample parking.
The boathouse, with its modern, confidential meeting and event spaces, offers a unique and inspirational atmosphere. From relaxing office away days, high-energy team building events and conferences to gala dinners, birthday celebrations and weddings, there is something for everyone. The light bright rooms, imaginative menus, flexible spaces and magnificent views make this venue the ideal space for your event.
Eton College Dorney Lake is the perfect way to challenge the confines of the traditional meeting space, so be inspired and escape the ordinary for a day.
Henley Conferences, part of the Business School, is beautifully positioned on the banks of the river Thames. Superb facilities are available for conferences, meetings, training, team building, private functions and include 11 fully equipped conference rooms ranging in capacity from 10 to 115 persons in addition to 40 syndicate rooms, video conferencing suite and 100 bedrooms. Onsite leisure facilities are available plus grounds for team building activities.
The venue has achieved NQA ISO 14001 and Green Tourism Gold award for sustainability, priding itself in helping organisers arrange ‘Greener Conferences’. The venue is a member of Venues of Excellence.
Hurley House Hotel is located in the heart of Berkshire, easily accessible from the towns of Henley-on-Thames, Marlow & Maidenhead, with quick access to the M4, M40, Heathrow and Central London. A recent and complete refurbishment of the property allows Hurley House to sit proudly amongst the many special event venues in the region – perfect for weddings, special occasions and private dining with 10 beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms and a health and beauty room.
A licensed wedding venue, Hurley House is also the winner of the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2019 for the “Best Small & Exclusive Property” in the UK and Ireland.It was awarded the 2019 “MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking” for the second year runningand the 2019 AA Gold Award 5 Stars for restaurant with rooms.
Surrounded by amazing landscaped gardens you’ll find our Macdonald Berystede hotel, a beautiful accessible four-star hotel and spa 5 minutes drive from Ascot racecourse. Perfect place for business or pleasure. With 126 charming bedrooms, 14 meeting rooms and space to hold up to 400 delegates our stunning large landscape is the perfect solution for group activities. Delegates can make the most of the experience by relaxing in our spa facilities or hit the Gym after a busy day of work.
With the picturesque backdrop of the Georgian town of Marlow situated on the bank of the River Thames this 64 luxury bedroom hotel provides excellent facilities for leisure or corporate events for up to 120 delegates. There are plenty of reasons to indulge in this popular part of England, not least the opportunity to see rowing Olympians train on the river as part of the nearby Marlow Rowing club. If you are in the area for business our new high-tech meeting rooms illuminated by natural daylight and connected by free unlimited Wifi will help you make the most of you meetings or events.
Rich in original features & history and set among peaceful private gardens our Macdonald Frimley Hall hotel & spa provides a perfect balance for combining leisure and business. 98 magnificent bedrooms and great conference facilities for up to 210 delegates, 5 meeting rooms with natural daylight, free wifi combined with Spa facilities, gym and our 2 AA rosette Linden Restaurant set the base for an experience to remember.
Chic town house situated just two minutes walk from Windsor Castle, 120 bedrooms of pure luxury, ranging from executive suites to classic rooms in the heart of this historic town.
The contemporary rich interior design is the perfect place to unwind as it provides a naturally therapeutic environment after a busy day of work, free WiFi, spacious working area in bedrooms and business lounge are some of the details that you can enjoy while staying with us.
The Royal Borough of Windsor is home to some of the most well-known attractions in England and our luxurious Macdonald Windsor is the perfect base to experience them from.
Situated in Windsor town centre three minutes’ walk from Windsor Castle 5 minutes from Windsor & Eton central train station and 16 minutes drive from Heathrow.
Established in 1906, Phyllis Court is a private members club with hotel rooms on the River Thames in Henley. Phyllis Court has excellent facilities, superb cuisines and wines, relaxing riverside accommodation and friendly staff. It is the perfect setting to meet friends or colleagues, enjoy a wedding or a celebration and watch the Henley Regatta.
This elegant historic mansion is set in 18 acres of land with lawns sweeping down to the river. The newly refurbished Riverside Pavilion – a Grade II listed building – overlooks the world famous Henley Regatta course, is a unique wedding venue, and offers the very best in Regatta corporate hospitality with private boxes on the finish line.
For members, the club is a ‘home away from home’ with beautiful grounds and gardens and a vibrant calendar of events. It is the perfect place to meet new people and try out new activities, or just relax with a book by the river.
The private members club in Henley offers over 30 interest groups, including rowing, croquet, jazz, wine tasting and theatre visits. There really is something for everyone. Also scheduled to open in 2018 is the new Fitness Centre with swimming pool, gym, sauna room, exercise studio and treatment rooms. This development will see the club move to a waiting list for prospective members as demand for membership has already significantly increased. It really is an exciting time to join the club!
You don’t need to be a member to hold an event at Phyllis Court, book one of the lovely hotel rooms on the River Thames in Henley, or to enjoy a corporate box to view the world renowned Henley Regatta. There are five versatile function rooms to hire for weddings, meetings or a special occasion and they offer the finest riverside location in beautiful south Oxfordshire.
Relax or entertain on the beautiful River Thames in one of these classic riverboats. 4 private hire passenger boats for up to 12 passengers each.
Dragonfly is probably the most beautiful charter boat on the Thames, built in 2010 by Creative Marine in Norfolk. Dragonfly is 31 feet long and would be ideal for up to 10-12 people with champagne and canapes en route to a top quality restaurant or hotel or for coffee after lunch. Alternatively Afternoon Tea for up to 10 people can be provided.
Fringilla is a classic 34′ Van lent motor yacht, built in 1960 in the renowned shipyard of Van Lent & Zonen in Holland, she has been recently renovated to a very high standard. Fringilla is licensed for 12 passengers.
Larus is a traditional Dutch Super Kaagkruiser built in 1967. She benefits from a very large rear cockpit beautifully finished in teak and mahogany, capable of comfortably seating 8 or 9 people. The large cover over this area can be removed in the sunshine or left in place in inclement weather. There is also a smaller saloon area containing a small table and seating for 6 or 7 people.
Sula is a modern Dutch river cruiser built in 1992. She has the benefit of all mod cons including central heating, a comfortable onboard toilet and galley with hot and cold water. Sula is licensed for 12 passengers. Parties of up to 36 can be catered for by chartering a second, or third boat.
Kingfisher is the newest addition to the fleet. She is a 37 foot Aquanaut built in Holland in 2010, based at The Compleat Angler in Marlow so perfectly placed to combine a trip on the river with lunch or dinner at the Hand and Flowers, at Sindhu at the Compleat Angler or at any of the fine restaurants in Marlow. Or why not have leisurely cruise to Hurley or towards Henley and back. Kingfisher can carry up to 12 people. Her open rear deck ensures everyone can be in the sun, or if necessary inside in our beautiful teak panelled saloon. She has full Central Heating, a toilet and small galley
Parties of up to 48 can be catered for by chartering a second, third or fourth boat.
International conference, banqueting & function venue situated within easy reach of London Heathrow and London Waterloo.
Royal Holloway is a leading conference venue and boasts cutting-edge conference facilities, the inspiring Victorian Founder’s building, a convenient location, in-house catering, comfortable accommodation and a dedicated events team.
Whether you are looking for a meeting room for 10 people or an auditorium for 400, Royal Holloway can provide the facilities, accommodation and catering to make your event truly memorable. From banquets to entertain your conference delegates to glittering award ceremonies, Royal Holloway is also the ideal venue for corporate, charity or academic functions. The venue has several lavish and impressive function spaces, showcasing the best of the historic venue alongside the more contemporary areas. Celebrate your special occasions, anniversaries, christenings, birthdays, charity banquets, gala dinners, weddings and more.
Located two miles from the City Centre and offers a retreat setting with 32 acres of parkland, plenty of free parking and comfortable executive style en-suite bedrooms. There are a wide variety of rooms, from the Clifford Barclay lecture theatre seating up to 64 delegates to a selection of flexible classrooms and sixteen syndicate rooms most of which seat 6 to 10 delegates. The bar is the perfect place to meet up with fellow delegates, whilst the dining room offers catering for a variety of functions including breakfast, buffet lunch, dinner or private dining.
Located in the heart of Oxford city centre; offering immediate access to the train station, which is adjacent to the venue. The impressive West Wing opened in 2012 and offers a wide variety of conference, meeting and exhibition facilities, finished and furnished to the highest of standards and with stunning architecture. Highlights include three oak-panelled Harvard-style lecture theatres each seating up to 76 delegates, three large flexible classrooms, and 18 boardroom style seminar rooms.
Team Activity Group is based in the Thames Valley, offering exceptional bespoke team building activities, family fun days, conference energisers. A totally professional and trouble-free experience to any business looking to stage a corporate team building event or family fun day. Based near Henley on Thames, Team Activity Group is run by Joe and Sarah Doyle who have specialised in the sector since 1994 and have managed events all over the UK. Since its inception Team Activity Group has continually evolved to offer a broad range of activities; both indoors, outdoors and on the water as well as offering evening entertainment options.
If we said to you a location that’s been the setting of many films, with 118 bedrooms, its own polo team and Her Majesty the Queen as a visitor, would you believe us?
Whether you’re coming for business or pleasure, Oakley Court’s rural beauty on the River Thames makes this venue a real getaway location for those wanting to escape the hectic routine of the city, or just life in general.
Looking for Conference rooms in Windsor? At The Oakley Court, there is a theory that the inspiration behind a creative brainstorming session or the success of a dynamic corporate event is often restricted by the constant noise of city life – are they right? Location is everything and you only have to venture down the road to find a good one here at The Oakley Court in Windsor.
40 minutes from the centre of London, 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport, and surrounded by beautiful scenery and extraordinary heritage, you’ll discover that a secluded hideaway with all the easy transport links really exists.
Stay and be wined and dined on a set that’s created by The Oakley Court events team and narrated by you to produce an experience that’s entirely unique and is yours alone.
Restaurant up to 75 guests | Marquee functions for 25 to 125 delegates | Punting activities
The Cherwell Boathouse is an iconic Oxford punt station and restaurant on the banks of the river Cherwell, close to the centre of Oxford . Both the restaurant and the marquee overlooking the river, are wonderful places to celebrate all types of occasions with the option of punting alongside, plus a fine dining restaurant.
ELLE Entertainment Operating throughout the Thames Valley
Elle Entertainment works passionately with event agents and venues who are seeking high quality live acts with the WOW factor! By providing hand-picked, trusted entertainment acts, from bands to burlesque and cabaret to comperes, we want to ensure your credible reputation is as long-lasting as ours.
Based in the heart of Oxfordshire amongst The Chiltern Hills, Fieldings is a family business which draws on 150 years of heritage in game farming and combines this with our expertise in creating fine dining – thereby producing bespoke catering of the highest quality for a vast scope of events for top tier clientele.
Feildings passionately explore the natural larder of the countryside using only the best ingredients. They are meticulous in their planning, preparation and service to create the perfect dining experience.
Wherever the venue, Feildings are ready to produce its distinctive food to the highest standard, relishing the challenge to cater events of varied sizes in varied locations from its mobile facilities.
Max capacity 300 delegates in the Great Barn | Variety of barns and gardens
Lillibrooke Manor has a variety of barns and gardens: the Great Barn, the Small Barn, the Engine House, the Manor Garden, the Cloister Garden and the Great Barn’s garden. The venue serves a maximum of 300 guests and has high-standard in-house catering. Lillibrooke is a stunning 15th century venue and is surrounded by 15 acres of fields and paddocks. The flexible spaces make it easy for any type of business event, and only 2 minutes from the M4/M40 and 2 miles from Maidenhead train station, it is easily accessible. Their team of well experienced staff and chefs are on hand to deliver a first class service and a truly unforgettable event.
Exclusively… Newbury Racecourse” The ETV team explores this unique sporting venue
The sport of kings it may be, but racing attracts audiences from every walk of life. Newbury Racecourse has been attracting events of all shapes and sizes to its magnificent facilities for years, and is currently undergoing significant enhancements to deliver even more to today’s discerning event buyer.
What better view could you ask for your conference delegates than looking out over the turf from the fourth floor of The Berkshire Stand? Or how about sipping a glass of chilled champagne in the brand new facility The Owners Club, more often the preferred meeting place for owners and trainers but available as an exclusive venue for your delegates or guests?
From retail to utilities, finance to manufacturing – every industry and every group will enjoy the fabulous new-look Newbury Racecourse.
Reputed to be the oldest inn in England, The Olde Bell offers a beautiful historic setting, where guests can rediscover the pleasures of the traditional inn. Combining great service, thoughtful design, robust food, and relaxed surroundings. The Olde Bell’s village-like feel has made it a popular venue for encouraging employees to think differently away from a standard corporate environment. Their six unique meeting and function rooms are brimming with style and quirkiness and excel as a great retreat.
On the grounds is The Tudor Tithe Barn, a beamed 16th Century Tudor barn which can host larger conferences, meetings and product launches for up to 180 guests and also boasts its own private bar and secluded courtyard. The Malthouse, a Victorian building houses five of the event rooms and can be hired for exclusive hire. The Malthouse is fully licenced for ceremonies and includes a dining room and bar, private walled garden and 14 bedrooms.
Thorpe Park Resort is anything but conventional for business meetings. The venue, in the heart of the Resort, has a flexible space of 940sq meters to host conferences for up to 600 delegates. The perfect venue for meetings, conferences, corporate away days, family fun days, team building, parties, gala dinners and exclusive ride hire.
With views of the river Thames, Winchester House is a spacious private members club a stone’s throw from Putney Bridge with stunning river views. The Grade II listed building is a real hidden gem with charm and character in abundance!
The Club is a highly sought after venue for formal and informal engagements including wedding receptions, other special occasions, private parties, corporate events and even barbecues. The range of facilities, including the River Room, the Library Room and the garden, can be used to ensure your day meets the specific needs of your guests, friends or colleagues.