Grade I-listed Harewood House boasts 14 separate conference and banqueting spaces across its premises, ranging from meeting areas in an historic gallery kitchen to state-of-the-art suites. Former stable block The Courtyard has recently undergone a multi-million-pound restoration and now contains four meeting rooms, the largest of which can host 200 delegates. The venue's semi-permanent marquee has space for 1,000. Situated eight miles north of Leeds in 138 acres of estate, the house regularly hosts events for the likes of electricity and gas supplier Npower. Day delegate packages from £35 plus VAT per person.
The Rutland Hotel
Situated by Sheffield's botanical gardens, this 63-bedroom hotel is a smart choice for a characterful city-centre conference. Three meeting rooms, decked out in attractive modern decor, can host conferences for up to 100 delegates and dinners for up to 70. Landscaped gardens offer a chance to unwind during the day, while the kitchen turns out brasserie-style food both for the restaurant and private dining. Day rate from £40 per person.
Formerly a derelict school building, Grade II-listed Shine is now a social-enterprising business hub a mile away from Leeds city centre. Its 17 conference rooms, each bathed in natural light and with eclectic modern decor, provide conference facilities for up to 140 delegates, while an upstairs atrium can host receptions for 200. Corporate responsibility lies at the heart of the project, and more than 90 per cent of the profit generated at Shine is reinvested in future growth and regeneration in the local area. Half-day rate £15 per person.
A £5m conference centre opened three years ago beside Sheffield's grand medieval cathedral. Seven rooms are available to hire, from the modern Domino Hall, which can seat 150 delegates theatre-style, to the cathedral's historic Chapter House, a wood-panelled room that can accommodate 30 people boardroom-style. Dinners and receptions are also available. Day delegate rate from £25.
Wood Hall Hotel
One of the Handpicked Hotels collection, this bijou country retreat near Harrogate and Leeds is a solid choice for smaller events. It boasts six conference and banqueting rooms, with a maximum capacity of 100 delegates, as well as 44 well-appointed bedrooms. Set in 100 acres, the hotel offers the likes of archery, clay pigeon shooting and off-road racing. The more adventurous can even try their hand at geese herding. Unwind afterwards in the gym and spa, before dinner in The Georgian Restaurant. Day delegate rate from £40.
One for golfing enthusiasts, this picturesque hotel on the edge of spa town Harrogate has an 18-hole course in its grounds, as well as impressive conference facilities. Of the six function suites, the Radcliffe Room - a pretty reception space with natural light - can accommodate the most delegates, with theatre-style seating for up to 350 and dinner for 200. The 91 bedrooms live up to the hotel's four AA-star standard, while the gym and treatment rooms offer the chance for relaxation. Day delegate rate from £25.
Aston Hall Hotel
A boutique option with easy access from the M1, Aston Hall is an elegant 250-year-old property set in 55 acres of gardens. Inside, the modern decor extends to the five indoor conference rooms, the largest of which can seat 300 delegates, while the outdoor marquee is a good option for larger events in the summer months. The 52 bedrooms are individually designed, and come equipped with all mod cons. Day delegate rates from £25 per person.
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