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The personal touch of the countryside


Jul 23, 2012 | Editors

The option of booking a country house hotel as a venue may be a million miles away from the corporate ideal for some – are they experienced enough; will they look after me and my guests; do they have the equipment I need? But luckily, Ghyll Manor Hotel & Restaurant love to prove doubters wrong.

From business facilities for board meetings, working lunches, private dining and team building events to weddings, celebrations and anniversaries, Ghyll Manor takes advantage of the quintessentially English location – nestled in 40 acres of idyllic Sussex countryside, in a picture perfect village – life’s simple pleasures become more important in this 17th century country house.

Firstly, fresh air, stunning views and quirky features from the original build contradict the white, open meeting spaces of city centre locations. Breakout venues are often the cosy library lounge, or the sun-drenched terrace, where guests can meander around landscaped gardens and a pretty lake.

Then there’s the food – where every menu is as unique as the event itself. The head chef adds his own creative flair to every dish, including signature and quirky options like Moroccan lamb stew with cous cous, or his energising Red Bull jellies. Country locations also mean paying for Wi-Fi or even parking are (thankfully) a thing of the past. And finally, there’s the team – who are as involved in every event as the guests are.

Yet aside from, or perhaps, because of this, the hotel offers itself as a venue for up to 120 people, and perhaps most surprisingly is only 45 minutes from the centre of London. And even here, the quality doesn’t have a huge price tag.

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