First impressions matter – and Warbrook House Hotel is sure to make a good one on your delegates or guests. This gorgeous period property in Hampshire showcases all the advantages of a unique and characterful venue. Tucked away among oaks and Scots firs, the main Grade-I-listed mansion dates back to 1724, and is surrounded by 130 acres of gardens.
It’s hard to believe that all this serenity is just a half-hour train journey from central London, on the Berkshire-Hampshire borders and not far from Heathrow Airport. As a result, Warbrook House Hotel makes a refreshingly green and tranquil location for team building, meetings and celebrations.
Style meets substance
There’s more to Warbrook than just its good looks: “It’s a beautiful building with many possibilities, but the atmosphere is made by the people who work here,” says Marta Johansen, director of sales at the hotel. “We’re like a family. It gives Warbrook a homely feel. Everyone takes a lot of pride in making guests feel comfortable.”
Refreshing a classic
The hotel offers 74 bedrooms in total across its three main buildings: the main Mansion House, the Grange conference centre and the smaller Lodge. Located in the Mansion House, the Canal View restaurant takes full advantage of the hotel’s waterside setting, and serves modern British food that draws heavily on local ingredients. Guests can also drink and dine in the Atrium Bar.
As part of an ongoing refurbishment, 28 rooms in the main Mansion House are currently being refreshed in elegant shades of purple and grey. These will be ready for use by the end of November.
And revamped room interiors are not the only changes the Warbrook House Hotel team has been putting into place. The estate lodge, which was previously known as the Park House and contracted out to an insurance company, is being made available for bijou bookings: “The Lodge has nine bedrooms of its own, and will be available to small groups or families,” says Johansen.
There is also a brand new spa in the works, she notes: “We are also really excited about the opening of our new spa, which will have three to four treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna and open air jacuzzi.”
Meanwhile the team is planning to expand its events capacity by replacing the current 180-person marquee in the grounds with a barn that will accommodate up to 300.
Conferences at the Grange
The Grange is Warbrook House Hotel’s purpose-built conference centre. The building has a clean, contemporary feel to balance the softer, more traditional mood of the Mansion House. Completely self-contained, with 42 bedrooms, four function rooms, air-conditioned meeting rooms, a coffee lounge and its own restaurant, the Grange is a popular choice for residential training weekends.
“During the week we host a lot of corporate training events, while the weekends are often taken up with celebrations, murder mystery nights and lots of parties during the Halloween and Christmas seasons,” says Johansen.
With WiFi throughout, and natural daylight in all the rooms, the Grange offers stylish facilities plus homely touches, such as the option of mid-afternoon hot chocolate and cookies for delegates. There is also direct access to the grounds, so delegates can slip straight from the boardroom to the inviting lawns outside.
Team building at Warbrook House Hotel
As a venue with enviable outdoor space, Warbrook offers some exciting possibilities. “What’s quite unusual about our property is that we have a field for motorised events,” says Johansen. “For example, blindfolded 4×4 driving is always a great team-building exercise! Not every heritage property has green areas that can get muddy like that.”
The hotel prides itself on being dog friendly – but pooches aren’t the only creatures you’re likely to spot. “We have a large field in front of the building, with a majestic herd of cows,” Johansen smiles. “Guests who are there for a special occasion such as a wedding will often ask if the cows can be there when they arrive, to make a nice backdrop for their photos.”
And it’s not just hotel guests who love hanging out with the herd, Johansen reveals: “We were all very excited recently when two baby cows were born,” she says. “They were named Jason and Ben after our directors, which always makes everyone laugh.”
If you’re seeking new pastures for your delegates, Warbrook House Hotel could well fit the bill.
Travelling to and from Warbrook House Hotel
- By train: Farnborough station is 30 minutes by train from Waterloo, London. From Farnborough, the hotel is a 20-minute car journey away. Reading and Fleet stations are also nearby.
- By road: Free parking facilities are available at the hotel.
- By air: It takes 60 minutes to reach the hotel from London Heathrow Airport by taxi.
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