We’ve scoured the Home Counties and beyond to find the UK’s best places for doing business – and perhaps staying over

Hever Castle - aerial

1. Hever Castle, Kent

Capacity 120

Anne Boleyn’s old home has two serious propositions for working groups. Edwardian in age, Tudor in style, the Astor Wing can host 60 in its secluded, oak-panelled Tudor Suite, which looks across formal lawns to a moat. Over in the Italian Garden, the Guthrie Pavilion is a light and contemporary business-first facility.

Langshott Manor - exterior

2. Langshott Manor, Surrey

Capacity 60

Also encircled by water, this Elizabethan property near Gatwick Airport has 22 bedrooms and a boardroom with its own deck over the moat. A second meeting room, St Peter’s, has a log fireplace, oak beams and views of the manor’s three-acre grounds.

Gosford House - venue hire

3. Gosford House, Scotland

Capacity 600

About half an hour’s drive outside Edinburgh, Gosford House is the 200-year-old centrepiece of a 5,000-acre coastal estate. Home to one of Scotland’s finest private art collections, it’s a stately spot to hammer through a to-do list before repairing to the award-winning golf course.

Leeds Castle - venue hire

4. Leeds Castle, Kent

Capacity 120

Firmly back on the other side of Hadrian’s Wall, this old Norman stronghold has passed through the hands of six English queens. Today, it accommodates seminars, presentations and conferences in the main castle itself, as well as in the Tudor Maiden’s Tower and modern Garden House.

Newbridge on Usk - venue hire


Capacity 16

Celtic Manor Collection has acquired this 200-year-old riverside inn and primped it for small board-level getaways. In the South Wales borderlands, just a couple of hours by train from London, food’s a big focus and groups can take over the 16-seater private room for meetings or dinners.


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