Although it's hard to believe, the end of the year is quickly approaching. In just a few short months, we will be celebrating the holidays with our family and friends. One of the things that people look forward to during this happy time is the end-of-the-year company holiday party.
Whether you are looking for a unique location for a holiday party or a place to host another kind of office celebration or retreat, you have an almost endless menu of venue options to choose from.
If you’re looking to go the extra mile for your employees, and looking for a one-of-a-kind location that everyone will surely love, you should consider a castle. It is never too early to start planning for an end-of-the-year retreat or special vacation for your best-performaning employees. In fact, if you want to reserve the best venues, now is the time to start planning.
Here are three castles that are ideal for corporate parties, events and retreats.
Located in Glaslough, Ireland, Castle Leslie is the ultimate corporate event location. The estate is surrounded by picturesque Irish landscapes. The castle itself dates back to the 1660s. It has been converted into one of Ireland’s finest hotels. The property is about 80 minutes by car from Dublin and an hour from Belfast.
If you require overnight accommodations for a corporate retreat or getaway, there are 23 different rooms available. In addition, Leslie has a number of private cottages. All meals can be arranged onsite. Both breakfast and afternoon tea are complimentary for all guests staying at the castle.
If you have work to do, wi-fi is available. After your tasks are complete, you can host a happy hour party at Conor’s Bar in the Lodge or enjoy an evening meal at Snaffles Restaurant.
Ireland is not a nearby destination for most US-based companies. Because of this, you will want to make it possible for your employees to take full advantage of their stay. They can get pampered at the spa or take a ride on horseback around the expansive property.
Oheka Castle is located in Huntington, New York. This is one of the few authentic castle venues in the United States. It sits at the highest point of Long Island’s North Shore.
I often hear certain questions from people who are searching for a corporate event location. “Has a celebrity ever owned this property?” "Does this estate have a unique history?” If this sounds like something you might ask, then Oheka is right up your alley.
You’ve probably seen Oheka Castle before. It has been featured in countless movies and music videos. The property has most recently been used in Taylor Swift’s Blank Space video. The estate was once owned by Otto Kahn, a wealthy investment banker and philanthropist. It has even been said that the castle was the inspiration for the Great Gatsby.
Oheka has 32 private rooms. If you’re looking for a gala location or the ideal setting for a stylish "magical" holiday party, this estate will not disappoint. The elegant design of the Gilded Age is very noticeable here. Both the guest rooms and the public areas reflect the style of the Roaring 20s.
Oheka can accommodate events for up to 1,000 guests (depending on which one of its many event spaces are utilized). If you choose to stay for several days for a retreat, be sure to take advantage of the many luxury services that Oheka offers. The estate boasts a fitness center, in-room massages, tennis courts, a golf course and fine dining service.
The Pleasantdale Chateau is located in West Orange, New Jersey. Surrounded by 40 acres of stunning woodlands, gardens and ponds, this estate dates back to 1825. Built by New York industrialist Charles Walter Nichols, Pleasantdale still has plenty of historic charm.
The grand ballroom can accommodate up to 300 of your closest work colleagues. The Pleasantdale Chateau’s staff is there to accommodate all your catering needs. They also provide a preferred list of vendors including decorators, musicians, photographers and florists.
If you host a private retreat at the property, the Chateau has 30 rooms available for overnight guests. Be sure to take a dip in their beautiful indoor pool, which has mosaic pillars and a glass roof.
Where was the most exciting place you have ever been to for a corporate event? Tell us about it in the comments section.