Hand Picked Hotels has made a habit of transforming country house estates into events-ready hotels. Chilston Park is a fine example of the group’s work. An hour or so from London – and close to Ashford’s Eurostar station– the main house has the large Fitzhammond room at its centre. Fireplaces and sash windows define its other meeting spaces. Over in the listed Coach House, the Tack Room is best for dining, there’s a cosy lounge and access to an open courtyard.