It’s the first day of Spring so in honour of sunny days to come and the prospect of being in the great outdoors on the horizon, why not take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and head out into the countryside for your next event…
The Cambridgeshire region and the neighbouring counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Essex are rich in history and culture and packed with unique and interesting venues, all of which are within easy travelling distance of Cambridge by road or rail.
Here are our top 10 (in no particular order) countryside venues close to Cambridge…
Chippenham Park is a privately-owned Grade II listed house surrounded by 300 acres of parkland and gardens. Located on the Suffolk-Cambridgeshire border with great road links to Norwich and London. With indoor and outdoor space available for delegates it makes the property ideal for away days and conferencing for both summer and winter events.
Dine: 250 Meet: 325 Sleep: n/a
In the quintessentially English village of Barrington, opposite the 14th century stone church sits, behind stone gates, Barrington Hall. Dating back to the late 17th century the former seat of the Bendyshe family, one of the oldest families in the County, Barrington Hall and its gatehouse lodge has been sympathetically and tastefully restored to provide an exclusive setting for your event.
Dine: 180 Meet: 180 Sleep: n/a
Island Hall is an elegant riverside mansion built in the late 1740s. The house is situated in 3 acres of gardens including an ornamental Saxon island in the Great Ouse river. Ideal for intimate dinner parties in the house or stunning weddings on the private island. Island Hall is a wonderful secret hideaway with a limited number of events each year. A truly unique venue.
Dine: 150 Meet: 200 Sleep: n/a
A beautiful venue on the outskirts of Cambridge. Rectory Farm is located only a couple of miles from the city centre; however, it is situated within 50 acres of private land. The venue is available for exclusive hire and boasts rooms in the house, chalets and a lodge for you and your guests.
Dine: 150 Meet: 200 Sleep: n/a
Burloes Hall is a beautiful Queen Anne style country house with stunning views. This fabulous hidden gem nestles at the top of the North Hertfordshire chalk hills. If you are looking for a very private and personal venue away from the commercial scene then this is definitely the place for you. The beautiful gardens are perfect for both traditional and modern marquees.
Dine: 250 Meet: 375 Sleep: n/a
Set in magnificent gardens just four miles from the centre of Cambridge, Madingley Hall provides a memorable setting for your conference, meeting or events. Built in the 16th century, this elegant country house has well-equipped meeting rooms capable of accommodating up to 100 delegates, and tasteful en-suite accommodation, all within seven acres of spectacular gardens and grounds, designed in the 18th century by ‘Capability’ Brown.
Dine: 110 Meet: 90 Sleep: 61
The Granary Estates is a truly unique setting for your event. The beautiful rustic charm of the barns provides a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere in which to hold your corporate function or an external meeting for your company. With its original flint walls and timber beams, The Granary Barns complement all celebrations and events. Enjoy the barns' natural beauty or for those that wish to add their personal touch, the barns can accommodate themed nights and parties.
Dine: 180 Meet: 180 Sleep: 6
Quy Mill Hotel & Spa provide a flexible range of meeting areas, able to accommodate anything from one-to-one interviews to large corporate events for up to 80 delegates, all meeting rooms have natural light - plus the hotel has a 5-acre field that can be used for team building or a marquee.
Dine: 80 Meet: 85 Sleep: 51
For over 350 years Newmarket Racecourses has been synonymous with horse racing's classic events. The Millennium Grandstand, located at the heart of the East of England, is the ideal venue for your next event. Just a few miles from Cambridge, The Rowley Mile benefits from swift and easy access thanks to its proximity to the A11 and A14.
Dine:500 Meet:500 Sleep: n/a
Wyboston Lakes Resort is located between Cambridge and Milton Keynes and set in 380 acres of rural countryside, with great transport links by road, rail and air. The two dedicated conference venues on-site are ideal for your next event.
Dine: 322 Meet: 450 : Sleep: 405