Well look no further, The Effective Event Solutions team have fallen in love with Leeds Castle and we think you will too.
Historical event venues are often tricky in terms of what type of events are permited, and many do not offer overnight accommodation. It is certainly a rare experience to stay in one of England’s oldest properties and Leeds Castle works brilliantly for exclusive events. The castle’s colourful history spans several centuries:
Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.
During the 1930s it was modernised by then owner Lady Baillie, retaining all it’s medieval and tudor glory whilst adding a few modern home-comforts such as heating!
The accommodation comprises of 42 rooms across the original castle and the 16th Century Maiden’s Tower. 20 sumptuous bedrooms in the main castle include 8 state bedrooms with four poster beds and original art deco bathrooms; guaranteed to wow your VIPs.
The event spaces at Leeds Castle:
The Castle Dining Room
Ideal for meetings, seminars, presentations and conferences, this room is flooded with natural daylight and has capacity for up to 30 on a boardroom table or up to 80 in theatre style.
Adjoining to the Castle Dining Room, The Library can be used as a breakout or reception room in conjunction.
Boasting views across the moat and golf course, the Boardroom is located on the first floor of the castle. It’s regency mahogany table can seat up to 16 guests.
The Maiden’s Tower
A flexible space for up to 50 u-shape or 100 theatre style, the Maiden’s Tower is entirely separate from the Castle’s day visitor route so it works perfectly as a self-contained event area. 5 of the venue’s bedrooms are within this tower also.
Henry VIII’s Banqueting Hall
With sweeping views of the moat, an ebony floor and magnificent fire place, this original banqueting hall retains a traditional Tudor feel. Seating up to 80 guests on two long banquet tables, this is the perfect place for a grand gala dinner or medieval banquet.
Banqueting at Leeds Castle is only available to clients on an exclusive-use basis.
During the summer months (April to September) Knight’s Glamping offers a camping holiday with a luxury twist. Medieval style striped tents boasting four poster beds, log burning stove and sheepskin rugs are set-up close to the Maze in the castle’s 500 acre grounds.
And if your event is just a luxurious lunch or decadent dinner then Leeds Castle have great private dining packages starting from just £65 per person (for 40-100 guests buffet lunch in the Maiden’s Tower)
We should probably also mention that Leeds Castle is actually located in Kent, not far from Maidstone despite it’s name!
For more ideas of historic venues for your next event please contact us on Sales@EffectiveEventSolutions.com