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Down Hall Country House Hotel plans £150,000 event space refurbishment  

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With a £1.5 million refurbishment of its rooms and kitchen almost completed, including the addition of a hi-tech gymnasium, Down Hall Country House Hotel, on Hatfield Heath, has announced a further £150,000 will be invested in the first phase of a two stage refurbishment of its meeting rooms.  With 26 multi-purpose rooms, the hotel offers extensive options for meetings and events and has created a truly flexible conference package, designed to cater for all business needs, whether big or small.

“We’re re-emphasising our commitment to organisations seeking high quality meeting and event space, creative ideas and facilities and flexible menu options. Our focus is on innovation; giving our clients more choice, with healthy food that is both delicious and nutritious and all the support they need to make their meetings and events successful for every reason possible.” Comments Anna Snoep, Director of Sales and Marketing, Down Hall Country House Hotel.  

The refurbishment’s first phase will see the four conference rooms in the hotel’s historic main building upgraded.  Each room will be refreshed and enhanced, with new carpets, curtains and complete redecoration reflecting the style of the hotel, complemented by a facilities upgrade that will see an increased number of electrical power points servicing delegate positions throughout the rooms.

New Breakout Rooms and ‘Creative Hub’
Additionally, four distinct breakout rooms will be created on the upper floor of the main building. These will consist of two Executive Boardrooms featuring oak tables, executive leather chairs, honesty bars and flat screen TVs for presenting or video conferencing, a café style room to be used alongside the boardrooms and a ‘Creative Hub’ featuring whiteboards on the walls for brainstorming, a Wii, Twister carpet, ice-breaker games, bean bags and board games.  These room will be free for delegates to use*.  

The refurbishment is expected to be completed by late spring 2014. The second phase, to refurbish the hotel’s other meeting rooms, is expected to begin later this year.

Make Your Day - New Flexible Conference Package

A new style of conference package that enables organisers to tailor-make each element of delegate’s meals and refreshments has been created by Down Hall Hotel. With ‘Make Your Day’ organisers are free to select catering options that suit their needs and budgets. From the welcome tea and coffee to dinner and everything in between, organisers can build a delegate catering package that is unique to them, either keeping to the basics or adding additional items. Day delegate packages start at £49 (including VAT) and 24-hour rates from £149 (including VAT).

The hotel has also launched new menus to answer the call for a greater choice of fresh and original menu options, offering healthier, locally sourced seasonal ingredients (some from the hotel’s own vegetable and herb garden).

A Sweet Shop in Every Room
In addition, all meeting rooms will feature a ‘sweetie shop’; a light-hearted way to keep delegates’ attention, with sweet jars in each room, offering old-fashioned sweets and paper bags for delegates to fill. They will also find ice breaker games and stress toys on the table to help keep the meeting vibrant.

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