From corporate days to weddings and receptions, country and manor houses are great locations to host never-to-be-forgotten events. One such venue is Hedsor House, a Georgian-style mansion in Buckinghamshire overlooking the river Thames.
A house with a history
A great country house should ideally have a great deal of stories to tell and the fact that Hedsor House is thought to have been built in 1166 shows that the beautiful stately home has a rich history to go with its sumptuous facade.
Once owned by the Hedsor family, the venue welcomed regal guests in centuries past with visits from kings, queens and royal children from nearby Windsor Castle. More recently, the mansion has opened its doors to Hollywood film stars and has even appeared on screen as part of TV and film productions.
Hedsor House remains privately owned and is now managed by the fourth generation of the Shephard family.
A unique venue
Hedsor House was unusually modelled on the Italian villa style, originally featuring a domed hall as opposed to the traditional open courtyard that most houses of the era exhibited. After being damaged quite badly by a fire back in 1795, the current house was completed in 1868 and has been regularly renovated and restored over its 800-year history.
Since launching as a private venue, the estate has welcomed no less than 75,000 guests and hosted more than 500 events. The immaculate centre hall with its domed ceiling is still the focal point of Hedsor to this day – the same hall in which Queen Victoria used to visit for tea during her time in London.
With many functions taking place in this heart of the house, this area is kept in immaculate condition and features luxurious furnishings alongside modern functions such as electricity points and Wi-Fi. Also centre of attention is the old ballroom with its magnificent 150-year-old panelling.
Step out of the hustle and bustle of the city into a haven of peace. Situated a stone’s throw from London, Hedsor House could not be a more perfect location for business events, with excellent transport links from the capital, other major cities in the UK and beyond.
The building is suitable for a range of corporate events, such as conferences, launches and team-building days, and for rewarding retreats for deserving staff members. Boasting 100 acres of private parkland offering a tranquil haven from the bustle of the city, a visit to Hedsor House is a world away from life in the office.
An opportune setting in which to be collaborative and productive
For optimum concentration, your management team can benefit from a tranquil environment whereby they can be calm yet creative. Should they choose to take advantage of the mansion’s boarding facilities, employees can feel completely at ease knowing that their luxurious accommodation is just a staircase away.
Make the house your own exclusive country playground
The vast Hedsor estate is available for exclusive use should companies wish to run a series of team-building activities on the lawn, with the historic grounds being their own professional playground. Free of distractions, yet so close to all the necessary amenities, Hedsor House can offer an escape from the usual working environment.
Take yourself back to the Roaring 20s with Gatsby-inspired parties
If your events budget will allow, why not take advantage of the blank canvas that is Hedsor House and create a glamourous cocktail party featuring cosmopolitans on the lawn and canapés in the centre hall? Alternatively, you could go all out with a lavish gala dinner for your clients, served in the spectacular ballroom followed by dancing all night.
The venue is also renowned for its magical Christmassy feel and has hosted many Gatsby-inspired parties with sublime feasts and stylish productions in tow.
Now one of the UK’s most prestigious venues, Hedsor House has been regularly awarded prizes and recognition; for example, it was recently named Event Venue of the Year by Eventia Awards.
A truly wonderful setting for a wedding
As with the corporate event packages, Hedsor House has a range of options to help make your dream wedding a reality. With its stunning bridal suite and equally beautiful bedrooms, the country house is spacious enough to accommodate the bride and groom and all their friends and family following the nuptials.
The flower-filled centre hall makes for an intimate ceremony venue, whilst the rolling lawns are the perfect spot for huge marquees. With exclusive use of the house and its amenities, this wedding venue can make the most important day of your life even more special. The grand staircase is certainly the ultimate backdrop for wedding photographs.