Take advantage of the surrounding towns and cities when you hold a business meeting at a Hand Picked Hotel and make your event more productive and enjoyable.

Whether you are at a Hand Picked Hotel for a team-building exercise, conference or presentation with potential clients, you will want to incorporate some down time to keep everyone motivated, and there is no better way to do this than to explore the nearby towns and cities. 

Bailbrook House Hotel is perfectly placed to visit the beautiful and historic city of Bath – why not take your colleagues to visit the famous Roman baths or for an afternoon of horse racing at the nearby racecourse? Further north, Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon is located close to the home of William Shakespeare, so it seems only right to visit The Shakespeare Centre.

Similarly, use the location of your Hand Picked Hotel to give your event a theme. Norton House Hotel just outside Edinburgh is ideal for taking in a whisky-tasting class and getting a feel for the real Scotland. In Kent, take advantage of the county’s hop-growing traditions and visit one of the many microbreweries in the area – Chilston Park Hotel in Lenham and Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa are perfectly placed for this.

Consider finding a cause that is important to the area in which you are having your business event and build it into any activities you are planning. For example, the New Forest National Park Authority is dedicated to protecting the landscape of the New Forest, so asking a guest speaker to present at your event at Rhinefield House Hotel and organising a team-building activity in the forest itself is a great way to create an all-encompassing event that benefits you, your employees and the local community.

Finally, your employees or business partners will need food and refreshments throughout your event and all of the food created by Hand Picked Hotels is freshly prepared and uses seasonal ingredients to make local specialties. All food options are flexible, so why not tailor your meals and snacks to reflect the local area? Wood Hall Hotel & Spa is located in Wetherby, Yorkshire, so make the most of the county’s famous food – a slice of parkin cake with a cup of tea or coffee would make a mid-morning break extra special. If you are at our L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa in Jersey, it is easy to combine tasty Jersey Royal potatoes and freshly caught seafood into your menu.

Whichever of our hotels you choose for your business event, making the most of what the local area has to offer and incorporate it into your agenda will undoubtedly make things more engaging – and happy employees and business clients make for a more efficient way of working.