600-year-old Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, boasts a wealth of historic features, making it one of the region’s best-loved landmarks.
Now, it is attracting corporate visitors keen to combine work with a glimpse into life at the castle in days gone by.
Although parts of the building, now a 53-bedroom hotel, date back to the 14th century, Lumley has been extensively – and discreetly – fitted with wireless and cabled broadband to cater for an increasing number of meetings, conferences and presentations.
In addition, its formal state rooms – many of which reflect design styles from the Georgian and Victorian eras - are equipped with with, LCD projectors, screens and PC laptops, while its grounds include a helipad and ample free parking.
However, Lumley also offers a variety of team building activities and entertainment, such as Elizabethan banquets and murder mystery dinners to delegates looking to make the most of the venue’s spectacular history.
The banquets, held in the impressive Baron’s Hall, give corporate residential guests the chance to enjoy an evening of Elizabethan revelry with food served on boards and entertainment provided by costumed Ladies of the Court.
Alternatively, the murder mystery nights provide the opportunity to explore the hidden corners of the castle – reputedly haunted by the ghost of an earlier inhabitant: Lily of Lumley - including the dungeons and cellars.
The hotel can also arrange a variety of team building activities, such as archery and clay pigeon shooting, within its nine acres of grounds.
“We are increasingly finding that corporate clients want to stay in a venue that gives them more than just a meeting room,” said business development manager Samantha Buchanan Robinson. “At Lumley, not only can they hold their event in exquisite surroundings but they can also enjoy entertainment that truly reflects the history of the castle and of the North East.”
Corporate rates at Lumley Castle start at £38.50 per person for day delegates with 24 hour residential packages from £145 per person.