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TEWKESBURY PARK Tewkesbury Standard rooms have homely touches Tewkesbury Park: a country house hotel


NAMED FOR THE 165 acres of parkland in which it stands, Tewkesbury Park is a country house hotel with spa, gym, restaurant with private dining areas, event suite and meeting facilities, plus a golf course. By Anthea Gerrie


WHERE IS IT? A historic market town that played a pivotal role in the Wars of the Roses, Tewkesbury forms a golden triangle with Broadway and the Regency town of Cheltenham. Local landmarks include Tewkesbury


Abbey. The town is a five-minute drive from the M5’s junction 9. WHAT’S IT LIKE? The property is an 18th century manor that recently underwent a £10 million renovation. From the outside, the building appears to be a soulless, post-war, boxy extension to the


original manor, turned into a conference hotel. It was rundown until a couple of long-term members of the golf club recognised its potential and invested in its renovation. Now there is a new glass entrance that opens automatically into a spacious lobby lounge leading to the bar, restaurant and private dining suites. The split-level Mint restaurant serves


excellent food, including superb local steaks, duck confit and dishes inspired by the chef’s Indian heritage. A well-priced list of wines is available.


VILLA GALLARATI SCOTTI Vimercate, near Milan


FRENCH COMPANY Chateauform, which has 65 properties across Europe from Germany to Belgium, Spain to Switzerland, has been dubbed the Club Med of corporate events in Europe. When you arrive, you feel as though you’ve joined Milanese high society. This residence still belongs to a noble Lombardy family, and features Baroque frescoes, chandeliers and oil paintings. By Nick Easen


WHERE IS IT? It’s 30 minutes by car from Milan’s train station, while Malpensa airport is an hour away. But this isn’t supposed to be a hub venue, instead it’s a seminar-focused retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Italy’s business metropolis. Here you’re surrounded by fields, a monastery and a suburb, called Oreno. WHAT’S IT LIKE? It’s like visiting a listed National Trust property here in the UK, but here you get to sleep in it and explore an elegant 17th century Italianate villa, which has an intelligent mix of the old, but also stylish, contemporary furnishings. The space certainly puts you at ease – the gardens take half-an-hour to walk around, and are furnished with a Baroque grotto and statue of Neptune. ROOMS There are 79 rooms with high ceilings and modern decor. There are no TVs, which is a revelation, but there’s wifi access. Do remember this is a


104 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019 The villa has extensive gardens


There’s a full-service spa with sauna


and steam room, an indoor pool, and hot tub on the terrace. The 18-hole, par 72 golf course is available to all guests. ROOMS The 85 guest rooms vary considerably; nine top-tier suites in the original manor have luxury features, including copper bathtubs and Zoffany fabrics. Standard rooms are arranged along corridors in the renovated extension. They are comfortably furnished – beds have memory foam mattresses and there are homely details, including tweed throws and hot water bottles in cable-knit covers. Bathrooms are bright and modern, with oversized towels. Pets are welcome and there is a separate wing for animal owners that


has rooms opening directly on to the spacious grounds. BUSINESS There are meeting rooms for up to 200 people. The dedicated events suite can accommodate 300 people, and has a wood-fired pizza oven and barbecue. Meanwhile, team-building activities include collaborative pottery and a Land Rover Experience at nearby Eastnor Castle.


The bar and restaurant space


Villa Gallarati Scotti


converted, ancient palazzo, so if you’re expecting state-of-the-art spaces, think again. However, you can make use of an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and mountain bikes. BUSINESS Villa Gallarati Scotti often hosts pharmaceutical companies and consultancy firms. There is an auditorium that seats 80, plus 20 meeting rooms and two boardrooms. The hotel can only be booked on an


all-inclusive basis, including three meals a day (breakfast, buffet lunch and four- course dinner), an open bar, morning and afternoon home-made snacks, plus wine, aperitifs and digestifs with meals. This allows bookers to manage costs. VERDICT Staff are friendly and helpful. Each Chateauform property is run by a working host couple, so the atmosphere is more personable than many hotels catering to businesses.


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