M40 Corridor

Posted on 22 August 2017

M40 Corridor

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Compton Verney

Compton Verney

Max Meeting 380
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 380

Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ

Well known in the film industry as a picturesque backdrop, Compton Verney came to public attention when it opened as an art gallery in 2004. The Grade I-listed Georgian mansion is also available for events from small board meetings to exclusive-use parties and product launches. Its stand-out space is the exquisite marble-floored Adam Hall, while breakout activities can be laid on within its 120 acres of Capability Brown-designed parkland.

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Ettington Park Hotel

Ettington Park Hotel

Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 96

Alderminster , Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8BU

Round turrets, arched windows and multicoloured brickwork give neo-gothic Ettington Park a fairytale feel. Today, on the outskirts of Stratford upon Avon, it’s a country house hotel with 44 green acres and a focus on events. In characteristic Hand Picked Hotels style, its well-appointed meeting rooms go big on natural light. The 19th-century Chapel is a memorable spot for private dinners, as is the wood-panelled Library. Bigger events take place beneath the arched ceiling of the Long Gallery.

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Heritage Motor Centre

Heritage Motor Centre

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 208

Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ

Conveniently located just off J12 of the M40, the Heritage Motor Centre houses the world’s greatest collection of historic British vehicles and an array of 24 bright, modern rooms for conferences, exhibitions and entertaining. The largest is the self-contained Conference & Exhibition Suite, which can be divided into two rooms seating 250 delegates each. There are also a number of spaces catering for smaller events, each with vehicle access and rigging points. The highlight, however, is the rooftop Kestrel Suite, which has a roof terrace with sweeping panoramas over the surrounding Warwickshire countryside – a stunning spot for an evening banquet or awards ceremony. Set in 65 acres, the centre boasts 6,000sq m of external hard standing for marquees and outdoor events, plus space for teambuilding activities, including 4x4 driving with the Land Rover Experience. Venue review of Christmas at Heritage Motor Centre Event review - The Heritage Motor Centres 21st birthday

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Conference@OxfordSaïd – Park End Street

Conference@OxfordSaïd – Park End Street

Max Meeting 317
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 0

Park End Street , Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1 HP

Part of Conference@OxfordSaïd, Park End Street is well set up for conferences, meetings and exhibitions. The West Wing houses three lecture theatres, a trio of large classrooms and a host of boardroom-style seminar rooms. Exotic rugs and leather chesterfields make its Club Room a fine space for refreshments, while there are three dining spaces for exclusive gala dinners or buffets. Nelson Mandela opened the venue’s East Wing, lending his name to an auditorium that seats 317 delegates. Three more lecture theatres and a horde of meeting rooms help it cater to groups of all sizes. Transport is easy with the mainline train station next door.Venue review of Conference@OxfordSaïd – Egrove Park

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Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa

Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa

Max Meeting 120
Max Theatre 29
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 120

Fawsley, Daventry, NN11 3BA

From medieval beginnings, Northamptonshire’s Fawsley Hall has grown into an atmospheric country house hotel. Tapestries still hang on walls and the high-ceilinged Salvin Longroom has retained all of its grandeur. The Salvin and Georgian Boardrooms also have a traditional feel. The property’s biggest event space, Saunders, is away from the main house in listed Knightley Court, where there’s also a Cinema and the Valentine Suite. Around and about, formal gardens and Capability Brown-landscaped parkland lend themselves to teambuilding.

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The West London Shooting School

The West London Shooting School

Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 72
Max Banquet 40

Sharvel Lane, West End Road, Northolt, UB5 6RA

Set amid hills and parkland, West London Shooting School’s stately clubhouse and shooting grounds feel utterly rural – and yet central London is only 12 miles away. The impressive range of corporate packages includes a morning shoot that can have participants back at their desks by noon. Alternatively, you can book in for an evening shoot with a barbecue, or a multi-activity day combining shooting with quad biking, 4x4 driving or archery.

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New Hall Hotel & Spa

New Hall Hotel & Spa

Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 150

Walmley Road, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, B76 1QX

Built as a hunting lodge in the 13th century, New Hall is a picture of medieval splendour. Now part of the Hand Picked Hotels group, it is still accessed by drawbridge. There are crenelated towers and mullioned windows on the outside, but on the inside it’s a well-equipped venue for events. The oak-panelled Great Chamber was built for a visit from Henry VIII and is suitably imposing. Smaller groups should seek out Oak, the once-secret study of the in-house alchemist.

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Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel

Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel

Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 146

Park Road, Stoke Poges, SL2 4PG

Built in 1789, Stoke Park became the UK’s first ‘country club’ in 1908 and has offered first-rate hospitality ever since. James Bond has played a round on its championship golf course (in both Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies) and there’s world-class tennis each year with the Boodles championship. Nine function rooms offer fine views of its Capability Brown grounds. For special occasions, the Fountain Room looks across a private terrace to a fine water feature.

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Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport NEC

Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport NEC

Max Meeting 600
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 400

Coventry Road , Stonebridge, Warwickshire, B26 3QW

With the NEC, Vox Conference Centre and Resorts World just a couple of miles away, Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport is a handy base for travelling delegates. It’s also well equipped for meetings itself with its onsite Aspire conference centre. Rooms with names such as Spitfire, Hurricane and Bristol Beaufighter can be set up in no less than eight different configurations for events. The Lancaster suite, with its private entrance and bar, is our pick for exclusivity.

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The Porsche Experience Centre

The Porsche Experience Centre

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 80

The Porsche Experience Centre, Hangar Straight, Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, NN12 8GR

The Porsche Experience Centre opened its doors at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in 2008. The circular building’s central space, The Porsche Atrium, creates an exciting area for a 200-guest drinks reception among the current range of Porsche models. On the same floor, there’s a variety of spaces for hire, including a 19-seat cinema. The largest on offer is the 917 Conference Room, which features space for up to 80 seated delegates. On the first floor, you’ll find the venue’s three smaller meeting rooms and the Boardroom, overlooking Silverstone’s circuit, which suits meetings for up to 15 delegates. There is also an 80-seat panoramic restaurant. The roof terrace offers an area for delegates to relax and view the action on the track. The entire venue can be hired exclusively, and individual programmes with the experts from Porsche Human Performance (also on site) can be combined with meetings.

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Eynsham Hall

Eynsham Hall

Max Meeting 160
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100

North Leigh, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 6PN

Set in 3,000 acres of countryside, Jacobean-style Eynsham Hall has recently undergone a £2.5m renovation. Used for R&R by Allied forces during WWII, the venue now caters for everything from conferences to weddings. There are dozens of meeting rooms: the main space is the oak-panelled Green Room, where arched windows lead onto landscaped gardens. A state-of-the-art health club and grounds that hold up to 2,000 for away days complete the offering.

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Williams Conference Centre

Williams Conference Centre

Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 250

Grove, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 0DQ

Sir Frank Williams was the driving force behind one of Formula One’s most successful teams. Today, he lends his name to the Williams Conference Centre. At the F1 outfit’s Oxfordshire base, its modern event facilities are housed in the building that used to be the home of BMW’s Le Mans project. Once they are done meeting, training and networking, groups small and large can wander around Sir Frank’s private collection of more than 40 Grand Prix racing cars. Or they can get active, with guests going head to head on a giant Scalextric or taking on the Pit Stop Challenge together. However you want to structure your day, on-site event managers offer full planning support.

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The Old Shire Hall

The Old Shire Hall

Max Meeting 280
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 250

5-9 Northgate Street, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4SP

This Grade I-listed building is made for conferences and gala dinners. Stone columns and period chandeliers define its Great Hall, dating from 1753. With a statement marble chimney piece, the Drawing Room is a destination in its own right, and can host receptions ahead of dinner in the stately Dining Room. Drinks can also be taken in the octagonal court rooms, while tours of the former police cells and dungeons are an unusual add-on.

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CIM Moor Hall

CIM Moor Hall

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 20

School Lane, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 9QH

The Chartered Institute of Marketing’s distraction-free home is set up to help groups extract maximum value from training days and meetings. While Japanese-style koi carp ponds keep the atmosphere serene, purpose-built function rooms offer all the hi-tech AV you’ll need for a contemporary off-siter. In the original manor house, mobile HD presentation screens are now available in a pair of meeting spaces recently fashioned from the old library. Once the day’s business targets have been hit, groups can relax into teambuilding activities such as dragon-boat racing, Segway driving, archery, iPad treasure hunts and murder-mystery dinners. Foodies should know that the culinary pleasures of Bray are close at hand; and for overnighters, all bedrooms are recently refurbished.

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Pendley Manor

Pendley Manor

Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 200

Cow Lane , Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 5QY

Fresh from a refurb, this Victorian manor house is a four-star hotel, set in 35 acres of parkland close to London. A purpose-built conference centre adds to the handful of period boardrooms in the main house. Popular for weddings, the hotel’s ballroom can also host meetings, while the elegant Oak Restaurant serves traditional fare.Teambuilding is a speciality, with a four-acre meadow ideal for motorised events (hot-air ballooning can be organised).

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Cliveden House Hotel

Cliveden House Hotel

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 120

Taplow , Bourne End, Berkshire, SL6 0JF

Set amid 376 acres of glorious gardens and parkland, Cliveden is one of the UK’s finest country houses: it has played host to virtually every British monarch since George I. Business meetings can be held in traditional, naturally lit boardrooms, while conferences, lunches and dinners are well suited to the rococo French Dining Room; two private dining rooms work well for smaller groups. Activity days and teambuilding can be arranged in the grounds.

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Bicester Village

Bicester Village

Max Meeting 25
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 300

50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6WD

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 300

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP

Fancy hosting an event in a Unesco World Heritage Site? This grand Grade I-listed venue, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, can be booked for dinner, business or away days. The Long Library – picture 10,000 books and an impressive Henry Willis organ – is the largest space, working best as a stately banqueting spot; the Saloon and Great Hall are good for drinks ahead of the main event. With its own private terrace, the Orangery is made for summer parties.

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Hedsor House

Hedsor House

Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 150

Hedsor Park, Taplow, SL6 0HX

Thirty-five minutes west of London, historic Hedsor House is a popular filming location and an outstanding venue for exclusive hire. At the heart of this Georgian manor house is its Italianate, domed Centre Hall, a towering spot for drinks receptions. The more expansive Ballroom is a luxurious place for gala dinners and conferences, while the South Lawn is a fine summertime setting. Teambuilding activities on Hedsor’s 100-acre estate include clay pigeon shooting and 4x4 off-roading.

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