Everyone seems to be spellbound by the views across the Vale of Evesham and our
300 acres are open all year for ‘walking and talking’. There are several public footpaths through the Estate and ‘The Cotswold Way’ which runs for 99 miles from Bath to Chipping Campden passes by our door. The Government
has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance. With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the largest AONB
and is protected to ensure that its beauty and special character are conserved. It covers 790 square miles. The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is cared for by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – a Conservation Board is a statutory body, established by Order of the Secretary of State with the approval of both Houses of Parliament. The statutory role of a Conservation Board gives it a status which brings opportunities for more streamlined and effective management of the AONB and which makes it easier to attract funds and support. It is the only organisation that looks after the AONB as a whole. We are delighted that the Cotswolds Conservation Board have held their AGM here in recent years.
Delegates have described us as ” a village/campus feel”, “quirky” and “a superb learning environment”. I guess it depends where you sit! Trainers and delegates like the meeting rooms with all the natural daylight, the equipment and the support from our small, friendly team. Our study bedrooms are comfortable, all with ensuite facilities. We have been recognised as an Investor in People and the team at CCC were recently re- inspected and accredited with Hospitality Assured. This is the ultimate accolade for upholding and practising the highest standards and is the kitemark for the hospitality and meetings industry.
We are a member of the Meetings Industry Association (MIA) which is the recognised trade body for the UK’s conference market and are also active members of Conference Centres of Excellence (CCE) – a marketing consortium of some of the finest independent meeting venues in England. In September 2004 , we were delighted to have been awarded a Gold Award at the The Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards ceremony in the Business Tourism category. This recognition has taken us forward to the 2005 national awards hosted by VisitBritain.
On most weekends throughout the year, the site hosts a range of weekend study breaks, day courses and other events for all interests.
Farncombe Estate Centre run courses in art, music, theatre, singing, history, yoga and many others.
“The popularity and success of the centre has enabled us to develop this exciting new programme containing over 170 courses,” commented William Reddaway “We would love to welcome new people to try our wide range of courses, and of course welcome back old friends who have visited us many times before, but would like to try something different.”
To find out more about all courses at Farncombe Estate, please visit the website www.FarncombeEstate.co.uk
Please accept this note as an open invitation to visit us. In our experience, most clients enjoy coming back mainly because of the team here. The facilities and views are a bonus!