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November 2007   


Celebrate the festive season with clients and colleagues, at a unique corporate retreat where you can indulge in a heady mix of business and pleasure. Swap the office for a classic manor house, contemporary coastal escape or a historic castle, where you can blend networking, team building and boardroom meetings with gourmet feasts, fine wines and country pursuits. Our unique corporate retreats are brimming with all the mod cons you need for a high profile business event, whilst also providing a platter of activities, the finest local cuisine, shameless pampering and a stunning location. Opt for golf, tennis, clay pigeon shooting or active adventures, and when you're not in the boardroom make the most of swimming pools, saunas and billiards rooms. In a nutshell, at Unique Home Stays we've got the perfect corporate retreat to show your clients you mean business this Christmas.


Breconshire Retreat, Wales

A former shooting lodge restored its elegant period glory; this exclusive corporate retreat stands in 50 acres of wild gardens and parkland, at the foot the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. 

Offering a seamless fusion of traditional opulence and modern conveniences, every elegant room has wireless broadband connection. Just two and a half hours from London, douse your business strategies with a blast of fresh air whilst hunting, shooting, horse riding, paragliding, climbing, gorge walking, white-water rafting and hiking in the pristine countryside.

Rooms: 9 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms (a master en suite, 2 double en suites, 3 double/twin en suites and 3 doubles with a shared bathroom)
Food: Local caterers can be organised to provide menus according to your tastes and budget.
Cost: £1,250 per night  (mid-week not including catering and activities)
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Tower Hill, border of Rutland, Lincolnshire
16 (up to 22 in 2008)

Arrive by car, train (Oakham station is just 5-minutes away) or helicopter to a spacious pad of absolute luxury that comes fully equipped with every modern convenience. Conveniently situated where the five surrounding counties meet, Tower Hill is just an hour from North London, 30 minutes from Leicester and 40 minutes from Nottingham. 

With maids, chefs and drivers at your beck and call you can really get down to business - but it's more likely that you'll want to talk strategies over a round of golf on the nearby championship course, fly fishing on Rutland Lake or a leisurely cycle ride. And if you don't fancy leaving the luxury of the estate, there's a snooker room, gymnasium and heated indoor swimming pool on site.

Rooms: 6 double rooms (4 with private bathrooms) and 2 twins in the main house, with an additional 3 doubles in The Stables.
Food: A private chef can be arranged through the Tollemache Arms (for details and prices contact 01476 860007)
Cost: From £1,600 per night (mid-week)
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Tynte Park, Goathurst, Somerset

Why not take your boardroom business to the perfect corporate getaway less than three hours from London? A Grade 1 listed Palladium mansion bedecked with all you need for business and leisure, Tynte Park is a unique country house situated close to Exmoor National Park, on the northern edge of the Quantock Hills. 

Discuss deals on the golf course, a fishing trip or a horseback ride, or build business relationships over activities such as archery and clay pigeon shooting in the property grounds. And when the hard work is done, relax in the rooftop hot tub, indulge in spa treatments, take a stroll in the ornamental grounds and indulge in grand banquets in the dining hall (seats up to 90 guests).

Rooms: 17 en suite period-style rooms ( 12 doubles/8 twins), plus a further 2 cottages (sleeping 8 and 4) within close proximity of the main house.
Food: Private caterers will prepare breakfast, lunch, buffets, dinners and snacks by arrangement.
Cost: From £3,000 per night (mid week) including breakfast (cost of additional meals/activities variable according to bespoke arrangements).
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Lady Elizabeth's House, Nr Telford, Shropshire
Up to 52

The ultimate corporate venue just 2.5 hours from London and half an hour from Birmingham; Lady Elizabeth's House comes with 1,000 acres of parkland in which to enjoy every sort of activity from falconry to helicopter rides. 

Inside you will find an immaculate combination of history, exclusivity and luxury, in regal surroundings that match that of an English castle. The grand dining room houses one of the most impressive art collections in the country (including works by Sir Anthony Van Dyck), the Victorian library is furnished with over 3,000 books, and many of the 28 en suite bedrooms boast breathtaking views over Capability Brown parkland. Get down to business in lavish surroundings, host a dazzling dinner dance, and give your colleagues and clients a taste of adventure with ballooning, quad-trekking, off-roading or fishing.

Rooms: 28 lavish en suites (24 doubles/4 singles)
Food: Experience culinary magic created using only the local finest ingredients.
Cost: £288pppn for 24-hr residence including all catering (breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner), based on a minimum of 12 bedrooms (20 or more delegates £270pppn). Cost of activities varies.
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Blakedown Manor, Worcestershire

Set in 132 acres of private grounds surrounded by countryside, this stunning country estate exudes an ambience of superior luxury from its convenient location just an hour and a half from London (30 minutes from Birmingham). 

Get down to business in the huge home cinema room, unwind in the indoor swimming pool and sauna, indulge in sumptuous food and sip the finest vintages in the wine cellar bar. In the extensive grounds enjoy tennis, archery, croquet, giant chess, golf practise and clay pigeon shooting, or come indoors for darts, table football and American pool. With a rugby pitch, quad-biking circuit and horse racing on the doorstep, you might prefer to leave the work to one side until you get back to the office.

Rooms:  6 doubles (4 with private bathrooms), 1 twin and 1 three-bedded room and a sofa bed.
Food: Caterers can be arranged to provide cooked or continental breakfasts, buffet lunches and gourmet dinners.
Cost: From £3,800 for 2-nights (minimum stay); catering and pool heating extra by arrangement. Quad-biking from £35-£70 per head; clay pigeon shooting from £35 per head.
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Eardisley Manor, Herefordshire
30 (plus 6- in the coach house at extra cost)

A stunning historic manor set in extensive grounds with a lake, woodlands and acres of fields for outdoor activities. Ideal for the sort of corporate business that begs for a plush, impressive setting, the large reception rooms boast period features and ample room for dancing, dining and relaxing. 

The office comes equipped with boardroom facilities and there is a selection of meeting rooms as well as a games room and library. The perfect corporate venue, Eardisley Manor has plenty of parking, space for a marquee reception and a concierge to organise everything from catering and entertainment to travel and outdoor pursuits. Activities on the doorstep include helicopter rides, mountain biking, canoeing, orienteering and go-karting.

Rooms:  15 period-style bedrooms (most en suites), and an additional 3 double rooms (2 bathrooms) in the coach house.
Food: Tea and homemade cakes, a case of champagne and a delicious home-cooked meal are all part of the service. Additional catering is available on request.
Cost: From £3,520 plus VAT for a 2-day stay (based on full occupancy, including evening meal, tea and cakes; additional catering available at extra cost). Activities approx £30-£45pp per hour.
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Swinbrook Manor, Burford, Oxfordshire

A gentlemen's country estate situated in a pretty Cotswold's village between Oxford and Cheltenham, Swinbrook is a private manor house where business can be done in luxury. Oak beams, flagstone floors, a farmhouse kitchen and sumptuous lounges create a country-house atmosphere that comes bedecked in modern fittings and contemporary style. 

Turn the formal drawing room into a professional boardroom, use the resources in the media room, handpick classic vintages from the wine cellar, and host banquets in the large medieval dining hall. For action and relaxation there's no need to leave the grounds; there's a fishing lake, a tennis court (with automated ball feeder), a Roman spa room with sauna and Jacuzzi, and a Japanese meditation garden. And all this is just an hour and a half from London.

Rooms:  4 doubles and 2 twins (most of which are en suites).
Food: Leave it to your live-in Michelin-star chef and you won't be disappointed.
Cost: £8,700 for a 1-nt stay
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Troon House, Ayrshire, Scotland
Up to 20

A Georgian country manor that flaunts traditional features fused with cutting-edge technology and modern conveniences, Troon House makes the perfect venue for a boutique corporate event. 

Impress your clients and colleagues with a relaxing, totally private business retreat close to airports (15 minutes from Prestwick airport and 40 minutes from Glasgow airport), golf courses and a range of outdoor activities. After discussing business over a game of golf, croquet, or a billiards tournament, throw a gourmet banquet, a dinner dance or a summer garden party. Chefs, butlers, waiting staff and drivers can be arranged as required.

Rooms: 10 opulent doubles (4 of which can be made into twins), with their own telephones and under-floor heating in the bathrooms.
Food: Breakfast included and caterers are available to provide any other meals required.
Cost: From £200pppn, including breakfast (additional catering available at extra cost).
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Launched in 2001, Unique Home Stays offers the crème de la crème of privately hosted accommodation that offers a unique alternative to run-of-the mill hotels. Having travelled the world, MD Sarah Stanley knew what she expected from top quality accommodation: Intimate and luxury hospitality, pristine homes oozing with character, excellent regional cuisine and comfortable bedrooms with all the trimmings. Today Unique Home Stays offers superior accommodation in over 100 homes scattered over 14 different countries. The properties include castles, priories, rectories, windmills, water mills, townhouses, coastal homes and even a house in the sea.

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