Cowdray House: expertly and exquisitely expanding

It's a venue dedicated to fulfilling the needs of the growing events industry...

 Cowdray House, Midhurst, continues to advance and adapt their facilities for the events industry by unveiling four new guest bedrooms.

Following the completion of 11 bedrooms in 2015, the West Sussex venue provides attractive modern accommodation for delegates along with offering ideal conference opportunities. 

Among these new additions, the Tourmaline suite is also ideal for a discreet and very private breakout meeting of up to four people. Tucked away at the top of the House, the suite offers a well-appointed sitting room that’s close to, but quite separate from, the double bedroom overlooking the lawn.

Set in a palatial setting the venue offers a mix of complementary facilities to suit varying sizes of conferences, incentives, product launches and corporate hospitality events. Exclusive hire of Cowdray House allows flexibility with events running for half a day, a whole day or including an overnight stay.

At the heart of West Sussex’s historic 16,500-acre Cowdray Estate and set within its own 110-acre private parkland as the South Downs National Park stretches out in the distance, the former family home of the 4th Viscount and Viscountess Cowdray is wonderfully poised for upscale country house corporate hospitality.

Ascending to a double height with a vaulted wood-panelled ceiling and terracotta-hued wallls, the central Buck Hall can accommodate sit-down lunches and dinners for up to 150, other styles of reception for up to 300 guests and theatre-style conferences up to 150. The hall flows into other main reception rooms: the Dining Room, Drawing Room, split-level Morning Room and Library. The Dining Room provides a plush setting for theatre-style meetings up to 80, a boardroom configuration for a maximum 30 and seated lunches and dinners up to 60 guests. The Library comes into its own for meetings up to 10 people and lunches and dinners for six.

The House’s terrace presents a picturesque spot for pre-lunch and dinner drinks in the warmer weather while, stepping down from here, the lawn is where a marquee would be erected when seated lunches and dinners are planned for up to 350 guests.

With a helicopter landing pad, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a billiard room, croquet lawn, bowling alley, tennis court and stick-and-ball polo field all on offer, events at Cowdray House can draw upon a real diversity of supplements. Additionally, polo spectating and lessons, golf, fly fishing, clay pigeon shooting and wildlife outings are among the Estate’s nearby pursuits that can also be factored into the equation.

“Thanks to its variable scale, variety of aspects and niche within the wider Estate, Cowdray House’s versatility inspires the planning of many diverse events and occasions,” emphasises Gary Ockwell, General Manager, Cowdray House and Events.

“For instance, we have recently staged a fund-raising Clay Pigeon Shoot Day with the Brainwave charity, a Wellbeing Weekend with Ruby Wax amongst the guest speaker line-up and a concert of electronica-opera that drew wonderfully on Buck Hall’s spirit and dimensions.

“Cowdray House blends formality with ease and business with leisure, drawing upon its grandeur and relaxing it too. It may be majestic in scale and decor but with a mellow low-key vibe. There are no roped-off areas nor antique chairs with signs saying not to sit on them,” said Gary.

Approximately an hour from London, Cowdray is within easy reach of the A3, A272 and the M27 as well as Petersfield and Haslemere rail stations.

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