Corporate cottages; will they suit your event?

We’ve seen a rise in requests for the team at ExecSpace to source corporate cottages, but some clients are not sure what they are and whether they are going to be suitable for their event. Here we explore in what contexts they might work for you, and a few of our favourites.

A corporate retreat can last anywhere between a day, to a week, or even longer in some cases!

However long they take, the event is usually where colleagues from the same company spend time together as a team and are a fantastic way to build a sense of camaraderie between teammates. They offer a sustained opportunity for brainstorming, development and planning, as well as boosting motivation and morale.

It can give leadership a greater insight into how their team think and their ability to work together, and help people feel part of one team rather than feeling a management / employee divide. They have been particularly popular in giving employees within the company a chance to reconnect face to face in an informal, homely environment. 

For many team away days a hotel is often the most obvious choice – they provide the individual and group spaces needed for employees to work together comfortably while having their own space in the evenings. However, many companies are now starting to use corporate cottages for their retreats alongside hotels. 

Why book a cottage for your corporate retreat?

Corporate cottages are ideal for groups between around 8 – 30 delegates. Focused in a smaller, (and often more picturesque) area, cottage retreats offer a space for teams to focus over a longer period of time instead of just working in an event space during the day.

Cottages remove the sense of urgency within the agenda, allowing for a much more relaxed itinerary during the day, removing the constant need to clock-watch and staying on a tight schedule.

It’s important to remember that a positive corporate retreat isn’t just about work. They offer the opportunity to get away from the usual work environment and create a much more relaxed atmosphere. They keep the team together, while offering the privacy and personal space of single occupancy en-suite bedrooms. By choosing spaces like this you can break down barriers, think creatively and get better outcomes for your business.

Many cottage retreats also offer team building activities while allowing both managers and employees to have lots of fun! Activities, dinners and games remove the feeling of obligation and encourage team-members to switch off and enjoy spending time together – they don’t have to be full on either, you can pull on your wellies and go for a walk, or play some board games.

Where can I book a corporate cottage retreat?

The ExecSpace team are always coming up with some great options, and new venues are popping up all over the UK as the industry adapts again to changes in demand.

To give you a flavour, here are just some of our favourites!

Eaton Manor Meetings & Events, Church Stretton.

This collection of four and five-star gold luxury holiday cottages are all set within a beautiful 500-acre estate.

Close to Church Stretton and walking trails in the Shropshire Hills, the largest two cottages are able to sleep up to 14 people each, offer large indoor and outdoor spaces, versatile meeting rooms and breakout spaces. Toad Hall can also dine up to 28 people, so you can bring people together in an evening if you’d like.

Birch – Handle Silk Comet, London.

While it looks like a hotel, this venue offers the cottage experience.

With meeting rooms, event spaces, phone booths, and hot desks, they can help you organise a programme including workshops, maker masterclasses, morning yoga classes, and garden walkabouts. A whole range of activities on offer in beautiful surroundings. 

Upper Rectory Farm Cottages, Swadlincote.

These beautifully restored holiday cottages have a shared courtyard and lawned area, with panoramic views across surrounding cornfields. They can sleep up to 22 people, and some of the cottages can be linked together to cater for larger groups.

There is the option to cook within a large bespoke kitchen or meals can be prepared in advance, giving groups flexibility depending on their agenda for the event. 

Hillside Hangouts, Cotswolds, Broadway.

With stunning views across the Cotswolds, the Hillside Hangouts is small but perfectly formed. Its three holiday cottages – Elsker, The Hoot and The Nook can sleep 16, 15 and 8 people, and are billed as ‘a place where groups can chill out, splash out, pig out, get out and hang out’. 

The Tawny, Stoke on Trent.

A deconstructed hotel in the heart of the English countryside, the Tawny has taken all the best bits from a traditional hotel experience; a fabulous restaurant and dining options, room service, amazing guest facilities, heated outdoor pool….and combined them with your own private space.

There are 70 acres of this country escape for you to explore – lakeside gardens, secluded dells and enchanting follies in which you can relax and find inspiration.

If these have whet your appetite for something relaxed and a home away from home, but you don’t know where to start or need a different location, do get in touch – the team will be most happy to help you find the perfect getaway venue for your next event.

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