Two Boutique Hotels in Europe for Corporate Retreats

Meeting planners looking to host events in Europe can consider two Relais & Châteaux hideaways—Abbaye de la Bussière in the wine region of Burgundy, France, and Liss Ard Estate, in the West Cork region of Ireland.

Liss Ard Estate is a countryside destination for corporate and board retreats, private celebrations, family gatherings and intimate weddings. The reception room can cater to up to 110 guests, while the Walled Garden and Terrace can both welcome up to 130 guests, and meeting rooms up to 40. For those seeking total exclusivity, estate buyouts are available for private events with a three-night minimum stay.

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Estate buyouts are also available for private events with a minimum stay of three nights (Liss Ard Estate)

The property is ideal for those looking to entertain clients, team-building and strategic planning sessions away from the hustle and bustle of city life and amid nature, which can encourage creativity, collaboration and mindfulness. With over 50 meditation spots, a yoga and Pilates studio, a 40-acre private lake perfect for cold-plunging, over seven miles of trails and manicured gardens, and James Turrell’s Irish Sky Garden, there are ample offerings to keep the whole company occupied. 

Abbaye de la Bussière, on the other hand, offers an ideal setting for organizing professional events, seminars and board meetings. Its historic location blends cultural heritage, architectural beauty and countryside calm with high-quality services within its 900-year-old walls. Only 30 minutes from Beaune and Dijon train stations, the Garnier II room at Abbaye de la Bussière is an homage to the nobleman who donated the Abbey lands to the monks and has capacity for 20 (meeting) and 60 (banquet). Exclusive experiences can be arranged for groups such as corporate retreats, executive leadership meetings and intimate business gatherings. 

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