people, they like nice things, they understand what they want and enjoy high-end hospitality. We had an Indian family last Christmas who had seven rooms, all paying in excess of GBP 3000 per room. On Christmas night they actually ended up cooking for us and made such amazing curries. We had great fun,” mentions Kelly, adding that, they are working at the moment with American agents, German agents, leisure agents, but have not interacted with Indian market. “But we know that it is such a huge market, who travel internationally frequently,” she avers.
The historical provenance is the greatest USP of Thornbury Castle, which is often taken by corporates for exclusive use. “Some of the venues and heritage properties do not have so many venues and big meeting rooms that we have. They are perhaps too small to do meetings or too big to take exclusively. Our castle sits in a real great position - there meeting spaces for 60 odd people with beautiful dining spaces. Our proximity to Bath, Bristol and London is a great advantage. Although we are very rural from the location point of view it is very easy and accessible,” states Kelly. The castle is just seven minutes drive from major motorway network in a small provincial town with a beautiful church and surroundings. It also has a helipad.
The management of the castle has a good relationship training companies due to the focus on MICE and incentives market. They can organise bogey racing in fields, archery, clay pigeon shooting, and other activities. “We bring in a different company and they design these experiential training programmes as per the requirement of the client organisation. We tie up with experts and professionals who provide these services. We have had the castle lit up and branded across for certain companies who had exclusively booked it for three nights,” informs Kelly.
The Tudor Hall and Baron's Sitting Room are the main conference venues. The property has 26 rooms, the decor takes one back to another era of royal luxury with four poster beds, the ornate fire places, tapestries. The castle also boasts of the largest four poster bed in the country, in its Tower Suite. One of the highlights of the property is its F&B. The Tower Restaurant and Oriel Restaurant are the main dining rooms. The castle is also a unique location for