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A venue for all reasons

Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort facade

Sydney Paulden sees Bowood in terms of private meetings, a corporate family outing, golf days, pop concert, Capability Brown 300 - and much more

We normally view a venue in terms of which type of event it would suit. That doesn’t apply after a visit to Bowood. This is an extremely extensive estate in Wiltshire, in the West of England, that literally has something for everyone.
Its grounds are not only measured in thousands of acres (or hectares) but were actually designed and landscaped by the world-famous Capability Brown. What better place than Bowood Gardens to celebrate, for example, the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birthday in 2016, if your organisation has any interest in garden design?

The grounds now, of course, also have a championship golf course. Corporate golf days at Bowood offer not only a superb course, but a gorgeous backdrop of a lake and the unrivalled Wiltshire scenery, as well as a fully equipped clubhouse and shop and a golfers’ brasserie.

Do you host delegates or guests who are fascinated by history and nobility? Bowood is the home of The Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne. Charles Maurice Petty-Fitzmaurice, whose family have resided here for over 250 years, is also Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire. He personally watches over the maintenance of the estate. He and his wife are well aware that the corporate use of its magnificent facilities is essential to its upkeep in the manner it deserves, and he welcomes all the events, the entertainment and the hospitality that take place at Bowood. Lord and Lady Lansdowne have their own private gardens of about 4 acres and they are occasionally very happy to show them to visitors. The family has recent and ancient connections with the USA. Lord Lansdowne was born in Santa Barbara, California and the First Marquis of Lansdowne was the Prime Minister when the USA achieved its independence.

A large slice of the Bowood grounds is a hugely popular children’s adventure playground and picnic area, with its own refreshment facilities. It means, therefore, that if the organisers of a corporate event also wish to invite families to participate, then Bowood again is the answer. It is a safe, low-cost and attractive option.

Bowood Gardens have been the venue for large music and pop concerts. Bowood House is a feast of art and antiquities. The estate has its own Resident Historian, Jo Johnson, who can be called upon to provide corporate groups with a fascinating tour of the treasures. They range over paintings, sculptures and historic household items.

There is one tiny chamber in Bowood House that might be overlooked if it were not pointed out. Then it becomes a focus of tremendous interest. It is the space that was allocated by the 18thC owners of the house to Joseph Priestley, who was their tutor and religious adviser, so that Priestley could indulge his interest in chemistry. It was the very laboratory in which Priestley first isolated a hitherto unknown gas, which we now know as ‘oxygen’. A visit here would be a highlight during any conference related to scientific discovery.

Conferences, seminars, board meetings, pop concerts – Bowood has hosted them all with ease. The estate is dotted with all kinds of facilities. There is, for example, Queenwood Lodge, a Georgian House that is secreted away between the 16th and 17th fairways. It is the epitome of luxury and tranquillity, with four double bedrooms, kitchen and lounge, and is an ideal location, for example, for a select group to meet, eat, network and relax within easy reach of a round of golf.

Bowood House is the centrepiece of the estate, but there is also a modern 43-room hotel in the grounds, complete with excellent cuisine and spa and its own networking areas, such as the Morning Room and The Library, which has all the attributes of a London Club. The Bowood Hotel has a choice of meeting rooms, all with natural lighting, the largest able to accommodate events of up to 240 delegates.

Whatever the event that organisers might choose to hold at Bowood, there is no doubt that all those who attend will have an unforgettably enjoyable experience.

Bowood’s new Head of Marketing is David Owen. For all details related to holding events at Bowood email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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