Many companies are now seeing the benefits of remote working, such as better employee wellbeing and increased productivity, and are choosing to hand in the keys to their offices and embrace this new era.
Although Zoom calls can provide a similar experience to in-person meetings, it will still be important for staff members to meet face-to-face occasionally, whether that be for a monthly team meeting or a company wide conference or retreat.
With this in mind, we have rounded up our top 5 favourite conference suites and meeting spaces in Devon, UK.
In no particular order…
1. Devon Conference Centre
One of the more modern conference buildings in Devon is the Devon Conference Centre. It opened in 2019 and is based at Wessington Farm, home to the Land Rover Experience Centre.
It has stunning countryside views which can be seen from the four, well-equipped conference and meeting rooms. Once the meeting is over, you can also treat your colleagues to a fun team building activity at the Land Rover experience. Your guests can enjoy the ultimate off-road experience as well as other team-building activities such as clay shooting, archery, axe throwing and more!
If you plan to invite employees who live further afield, you can put them up in the adjacent B&B. For larger accommodation needs, there are plenty of other hotels nearby.
Devon Conference Centre
Wessington Farm, Awliscombe, Honiton, Devon EX14 3NU
2. Langstone Cliff Hotel
Langstone Cliff Hotel is ideally situated close to Exeter city centre, which has direct transport links to Bristol and London. Exeter International Airport is also only 14 miles away from the hotel.
Located on the Devonshire coastline, your guests will be treated to sweeping sea views. The hotel has 9 conference and meeting rooms, which are suitable for smaller meetings and also larger company events. It also has 64 en-suite bedrooms and its own restaurant and bar for your delegates to enjoy.
There are lots to see and do in Exeter, such as visiting Exeter Cathedral and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Gallery. Or you could opt for a city tour and learn more about its vibrant history and Gothic architecture.
Langstone Cliff Hotel
Mount Pleasant Rd, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish EX7 0NA
3. Bovey Castle
Overlooking Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle provides a luxury setting for meetings and conferences. As well as having 3 meeting and conference rooms and also 3 private dining rooms, it also boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, a swimming pool and spa and their very own falcon displays- so your guests will be spoiled for choice with activities.
They also have 5-star accommodation, ranging from single rooms to lodges. If you’re planning a company retreat or event which spans a few days, Bovey Castle has everything you could need.
Dartmoor National Park, North Bovey, Newton Abbot TQ13 8RE
Woodhayes is only 1.5 miles from the A30 and the town Honiton, which is near the borders of Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Located in the beautiful countryside, it boasts flexible meeting and training space for up to 50 guests.
During your guests’ downtime or as part of a planned excursion, they can walk through 150 acres of ancient woodland which leads to Dumpdon Hill Fort, one of the largest hills in the beautiful Otter Valley which offers amazing views of the surrounding area.
The Dutch Barn, Woodhayes, Honiton, Devon, EX14 4TP
5. The Devon Office
The Devon Office offers flexible meeting and training space which can accommodate up to 12 people and starts at only £40, making it a more cost-effective solution for smaller businesses and start-ups.
It’s located in Modbury, a beautiful market town in South Devon which is only a short drive from the coastline. Within Modbury, there are lots of independent shops, cafes and bars for your guests to explore in their free time.
The Devon Office
New Mills Industrial Estate, Modbury House, Modbury PL21 0TP