A Brand New Day for Bowcliffe’s Newly Renovated Morning Room

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We’re delighted to let you know that our lovely Morning Room, situated on the ground floor at Bowcliffe Hall, has been lovingly renovated, restoring it to its former glory.

This beautiful, airy room with its period features and wall sash window looking out onto the charming Bowcliffe Estate, is perfect for boardroom style meetings or smaller theatre / cabaret style speaker events. With a southerly outlook, the Morning Room remains bright regardless of the winter weather, but has been fitted with blackout blinds ensuring maximum glare reduction for presentations whilst maintaining a comfortable temperature level for colleagues and guests.

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Director of Property and Development, Lucinda Jennings, commented on the renovation, saying: “With vast amounts of work and restoration going on around the rest of the Estate, the Morning Room was beginning to look a little unloved and tired in comparison. We were determined to restore some grandeur into this beautiful room, injecting life, colour and highlighting period features. The project took six weeks to complete and included re-carpeting, the addition of soft furnishings, installation of focal points such as a feature mirror and light fittings and a newly paneled wall, which is in-keeping with the rest of the Hall. It has completely transformed the Room and I can vouch it is now a delightful space to spend time in.

As is the case for all of Bowcliffe Hall’s meeting and events spaces, completely bespoke packages for booking the Morning Room are welcomed, and our experienced and enormously talented events team will work with you to make sure everything runs precisely as it should.

Facilities available in the Morning Room include but are not exclusive to:

  • HDMI projector & screen
  • 42” plasma screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • On site IT advisory service
  • Conference Phone
  • Flipchart/White Board
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Fancy something delicious to eat during your meeting in the delightful Morning Room? Bowcliffe can offer you a house butler service, providing refreshments and tantalising food through those all-important breaks. Want something specific or have guests with allergies or intolerances? We tailor food and service to any specific delegate needs.

To give you a better idea of what your tailored delegate rates could include, simply take a look below;

  • Arrival, Mid-Morning, Lunch & Afternoon Tea & Coffee.
  • Bacon Sandwich or Drivers Club breakfast for those early meetings
  • Fresh fruit available all day, still & sparkling water
  • A choice of a light working lunch, buffet lunch, or two-course Drivers Club lunch.
  • Delegate stationery
  • HDMI data projector & screen, white board, flip chart, 42” Plasma Screen.
  • House butler to meet & greet and assist throughout the day
  • Conference reception & Business Centre
  • FREE Wi-Fi with onsite IT advisory service
  • Free parking for 140 cars, with Chauffer (valet parking) available service
  • Day membership to Bowcliffe Hall Drivers Club
  • Natural daylight with blackout blinds
  • Breakout rooms available
  • Access to south facing lawns and terrace

The Morning Room accommodates 12 delegates in a boardroom style, 15 delegates plus speakers in a Cabaret style and up to 30 delegates plus a speaker when set up in a theatre style.

To book your meeting and discuss specific requirements, call us on 01937 541111 or email events@bowcliffehall.co.uk.

A Bespoke Christmas Party Experience at Bowcliffe Hall

Searching for a place to hold your Christmas party? At Bowcliffe Hall we pride ourselves on providing an exceptional experience no matter how small or large your group is.

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With so many different options and venues within the beautiful estate, we can offer everything from the intimate to the extravagant – all dependent on your exacting requirements.

If you’re after a refined and elegant affair, then talk to us about hosting your Christmas party in the sumptuous setting of the Bowcliffe Drivers’ Club. Seating up to 40 guests, and with décor inspired by the glamorous 1920s and the Golden Age of Motoring, the Drivers’ Club provides a completely unique experience in the most grandiose and opulent of settings.

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The Bowcliffe Room, which is set within the striking Grade II listed Hall, seats up to 20 guests and is the epitome of Georgian elegance – the perfect choice for a lively Christmas banquet unlike any other.

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For something a little more awe-inspiring, the multi award winning Blackburn Wing is nothing short of spectacular. Without doubt Bowcliffe’s most accomplished space, this spectacular copper and glass events venue was created to replicate an airplane wing, nestled high up in the trees within the ancient Bowcliffe woodland. A modern day tree house, the Blackburn Wing can accommodate up to 60 guests and would provide the most unique venue for Christmas celebrations. Get in touch if you want to find out more.

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Whichever of the above venues you choose, you can expect a truly exquisite evening full of great surroundings, attentive service and sublime food from our award winning signature chef, John Topham. Our highly experienced events team will work closely with you to create a spectacular menu, where the only limit is your imagination.

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For those of you looking for something more lively, we’re delighted to announce that this year we have another addition to Bowcliffe Hall – Welcome to Bowcliffe Hall’s ‘Christmas Papakata Party’ – held inside a unique and utterly gorgeous Christmas Papakata teepee.

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From 7pm on Thursday 3rd or Saturday 5th December you and your guests will be welcomed into the decadent teepee space and treated to an evening of unsurpassed luxury and entertainment. Welcome drinks will be followed by a three-course meal made with fresh local produce, all exquisitely prepared by our award-winning signature chef John Topham. Dig into delicious dishes of posh prawn cocktail, sirloin forestiere and Christmas spiced plum crumble before the music starts and the dancing commences. Bacon sandwiches will be served on the strike of midnight before carriages arrive at 1am.

Based on a striking traditional Scandinavian design, Papakata teepees are built to withhold the harshest of winters. Get ready for wood-burning fires, reindeer hides, and heaters-a-plenty to keep your tootsies toasty, all guaranteed to keep you and your guests snug – whatever the Yorkshire weather chooses to do. Beautifully styled with magical, twinkling fairy lights, warm glowing lanterns, chill out areas and of course – an enticing dance floor – it’s a truly enchanting venue.

For more information and to book your party contact Michael or Annie on:
T: 01937 840009
E: events@bowcliffehall.co.uk

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Gin Tales – What We Learnt from the Inaugural Drivers’ Club Member’s Evening

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As many of you will know, last month saw us hold our very first exclusive Drivers’ Club Member’s Evening. The speaker for the evening was Founder of Masons Yorkshire Gin, Karl Mason, and promised those in attendance a night of gin talk and tasting, accompanied by eats from Bowcliffe’s own Signature chef, John Topham.

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It’s safe to say that the evening did not disappoint! Here’s a snapshot of what we learnt (take a taxi to all Members’ Club events) and what we drank (from what we remember it was gin)…

On a blustery September evening, 50 of Yorkshire’s business elite arrived at Bowcliffe Hall, greeted into the welcoming, sumptuous Drivers’ Club in a way that was only apt for such an evening – with a cool, crisp G&T made with Masons Dry Gin.

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After a chance to catch up, members settled in to hear from Karl, who began by surprising everyone by telling them that Masons Gin was a company that came about entirely by accident. A Facebook post featuring a photo of a perfectly made G&T posted by Karl’s wife as a joke, led to an overwhelming response from friends and family doing the same, and as a result Karl set up a G&T Friday Facebook page, which ended up with 14,000 followers. The rest, as they say, is history…

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After a blind taste test, which thankfully saw 100% of testers choosing Masons Gin over a major leading brand, the evening was a brilliant combination of fun facts, education and of course – most critically – key pointers in how to make the perfect G&T. Guests were treated to superb canapés and bowl food provided by Bowcliffe’s own Signature Chef, John Topham.

Here are some of our favourite facts from the evening…

  • Gin is made (distilled) in three stages: – the beginning, the middle and the end. The middle stage yields the very best gin and the most prestigious distilleries (Masons included) ONLY collect from this part of the process. Cheaper gins will take part of the beginning and end processes too.
  • Most gin distilleries name their stills. Karl laughingly noted that London distilleries have a habit of naming theirs things like ‘Prudence’. The current Masons Gin still was christened something rather more grounded; ‘Steve’.
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  • It takes Steve (the Masons Gin still) 48 hours from start to finish to distil a batch (275 bottles) of gin, and a total of four days to complete the process with bottling and labelling.
  • Gin distilleries use ‘botanicals’ to add subtle taste differences to their gins. For example, Hendricks Gin uses cucumber water to flavor their batches. The exact blend of Masons Gin botanicals are a trade secret, but alongside their more traditional gins, bottles include a ‘Yorkshire Tea Edition’ and a heavenly ‘Lavender Edition’ – both of which we can confirm are absolutely delicious.
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  • It is the addition of juniper berries which make the spirit ‘gin’ rather than vodka.
  • The higher the alcohol percentage, the higher the tax for distilleries. Many well known brands save millions creating 37.5% gin – as opposed to Masons who refuse to compromise on flavour, creating a sublime gin with a 42% alcohol content.

Karl’s top tips on how to make the perfect G&T

1.) Specify your tonic

How often when ordering a G&T have you been asked which gin you’d prefer? Now think about how many times you’ve been asked to specify the tonic you’d like – never? Karl made the point that different tonics have the ability to completely change the taste of your gin. He favours Fevertree tonic, incase you were wondering.

2.) ALWAYS measure your gin.

1 part gin to 4 parts tonic if you please.

 3.) Choose your garnish carefully.

As part of the Gin evening, members were presented with bowls of different garnishes (rosemary, cucumber, orange to name but a few). They were asked to try the gin with various garnishes and see how it affected the taste. Just like when matching a sauce to your meal, garnishes can have a huge affect on flavor. Pick wisely.

A huge thanks to Karl from Masons Gin and to all those who attended, we had a fantastic response to the evening as you can see below…

“Thank you for a fabulous night. Next time I shall be a little more organised with taxis etc.! Great company, fantastic presentation, delicious food and superb surroundings.”

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“The evening was fantastic, with superb food and a great insight into the development of a high quality locally produced product. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next Drivers’ Club event.”

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