Our August FAM was held at Stoke Park with 12 of our members. Everyone knows Stoke Park for their golf course and that famous scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary where Daniel Clever recites poetry to Bridget in the lake before he falls in! What many people aren’t aware of though is that there are 49 exquisite bedrooms and some of the most stunning grounds to which Stoke Park calls its home.
Stoke Park was founded in 1908 and is steeped in rich heritage. The Sunday Express said “it is a perfect exercise in Country House Splendour” and it really is. The properties 49 luxury bedrooms and suites are a mix of modern and traditional and our group stayed in rooms split between both the mansion house (traditional) and the pavilion (more modern) parts of the hotel which are just a short walk between.
We started our FAM with buggy tours around the glorious golf course learning about the 27 hole course, the grounds and how corporate golf days would run which was great for those members of our group who look after the corporate hospitality for their firms. After the tour of the golf facilities, it was on to the meeting and event spaces. Stoke Park offers 9 meeting rooms ranging from The Ballroom which can accommodate up to 72 for dinner down to the chapel which you could use for a small, intimate round table. You can find all the meeting room capacities here.
After our tour, we had time to change before dinner and a few glasses of champagne where we chatted and got to know one of our new members. Next up was dinner in Humphry’s which is Stoke Parks’ 3 AA Rosette restaurants which is fabulous. The food was stunning and we were all delighted when Head Chef Chris Wheeler popped out to say hello.
We had such a lovely time at Stoke Park the following day using the spa facilities and having a long luxurious breakfast in the mansion house.
Stoke Park is a fabulous choice for an away day or retreat for a small group. The activity options are endless for your team building on the stunning grounds, the food is wonderful and the meeting spaces all work very well.
For further information, you can contact Stoke Park here.
Thanks so much to Stoke Park for hosting Eventprofslive; we can't wait to come back!
Invite a group of lovely ladies to afternoon tea on a Friday at The Landmark and watch how fast the acceptances come in.... Our event was at capacity within an hour!
Last Friday we were lucky enough to be hosted by the gorgeous Landmark Hotel for a site visit of all their meeting and event spaces, their bedrooms and afternoon tea to finish it off. What a wonderful way to spend a Friday afternoon.
I love The Landmark, i love all of its history. Did you know that the hotel opened with 700 bedrooms in 1899 and was originally called The Great Central Hotel or that is was the last of the great Victorian railway hotels constructed during ‘the golden age of steam’? No? We didn't either. I also didn't know that during World War 1 and World War 2 it was requisitioned by the Government for convalescing officers and soldiers on leave and for almost 40 years of its history it was used as office space for the headquarters of The British Railways Board. I find its history fascinating and our group learnt all about the hotel in the first part of our site visit. We held an interactive quiz as a way of learning all about the hotel and it was great fun.
After our quiz we moved on to the site visit of the bedrooms and meeting and event spaces. The Landmark has 14 event spaces with the majority having floor to ceiling windows and that all important natural daylight. The largest space, The Grand Ballroom, can fit up to 750 and it is just gorgeous. My favourite space though has to be The Tower Suite which fits up to 60 for a drinks reception or 40 boardroom. The view from the Suite is stunning and the design and flow of the room just works so well.
After our site visit it was off to afternoon tea in the WInter Garden which was exceptional. We started with a (a few whoops) glasses of champagne and started our tea with sandwiches before moving on to scones then the all important cakes. Every minute dietary requirement was catered for and the food was so lovely. We all loved it as did our families when we got home as The Landmark gave us each a takeaway of what we couldn't finish.
I really loved our event at The Landmark. Our group was wonderful and we all enjoyed our tea with Raffaella (Landmark) and Mickael (Leading Hotels) whom hosted us.
If you would like further information on any of the meeting and event spaces a The Landmark you can contact Raffaella here.
Michelle Rees is a Events Advisor for a London Law Firm
Kate is a Events Manager for a London Law Firm