Corporate events and retreats

Corporate retreats, board meetings, management courses, team-building and more

Are you organising a corporate retreat, away day or team-building event? Centrally located, we're just 30 minutes from Birmingham NEC, close to the airport with a fantastic road and railway network. So Upper Rectory Farm Cottages is ideally situated to meet up with colleagues from throughout the UK and across the world. 

Blue chip organisations including Centrica, Mars Foods, HSBC, Pfizer, Pizza Express, Burger King and Bupa return to Upper Rectory Farm Cottages time and again. They enjoy all of the facilities required for a successful off-site meeting in a conveniently central location and comfortable, non-corporate setting.

"We have used Upper Rectory Farm Cottages for our off site business meetings for some years now. Their flexible, well appointed accommodation makes for the perfect environment to get people out of the office - we’ve made many of our best decisions there. I’d recommend them to anyone, nothing is too much trouble for the hosts and it’s a great location for people travelling from all over the country."

Ben Staples, Operations Manager at BUPA

Talk to us about your booking

We offer highly bespoke bookings for our corporate guests. We can cater for up to 22 (18 beds in 11 separate bedrooms + three sitting rooms) across our corporate suite of three interconnected cottages.

Prices are based on the number of delegates / bedrooms / cottages booked. Please ring Jean on 01827 880448 for details and to discuss your requirements.

Bespoke service

Our communal space is perfect for board meetings; and we can supply catering, flexible accommodation and organised activities as required. Simply let us know who will be attending and whether you’d prefer to rent our individual one, two, three or four bedroomed cottages or get everyone together in our super-spacious 11-bedroom cottage.


We provide all the equipment you need to create your own meals; and many of our corporate retreat guests tell us that cooking together is great for team-building. But if you prefer, we can serve you delicious formal meals in The Refectory or deliver mouth-watering meals ready to serve yourself.

Flexible accommodation

Our corporate retreat facilities include

  • Group accommodation for up to 22 delegates.
  • 18 beds in 11 separate bedrooms and three sitting rooms.
  • Additional cottages to accommodate up to 26 delegates in total.
  • En-suite bedrooms, so everyone has privacy when they need it.
  • Large conference/dining room with seating for up to 26.
  • Comfortable sitting rooms ideal for break-out sessions.
  • Excellent welcome packs, working lunches and evening meals delivered by our caterers.
  • Formal meals for groups of 16 or more served in The Refectory.
  • Plenty of local pubs and restaurants nearby.  
  • Waitrose, Ocado and all the major supermarket deliveries direct to your cottage.
  • Free wireless broadband

Just need a place to stay?

If you’re exhibiting at Birmingham NEC and looking for accommodation for your team, we are just 30 minutes away. What better way to relax after a long day than a warm and cosy cottage to recharge those batteries!

Professional caterers at our corporate events retreat in central England | Upper Rectory Farm Cottages
Holiday accommodation perfect for group bookings in central UK | Upper Rectory Farm Cottages

Team-building activities - it’s not all work and no play ...

The possibilities for your corporate retreat are endless: from geocaching around our working arable farm to Gareth Malone style sing-while-you work experiences to get your team performing together. Just let Jean know your budget and what you want to achieve from your activity and she’ll make suggestions and arrangements on your behalf.

Relax and unwind

Putting the treat into corporate retreat is our holistic therapist, Jill from Space Holistic Therapies. She will sooth away stress and ensure your executives are ready for the challenges ahead. A brisk hike around the farm or along the nearby Ashby Canal is a great way for your team to refresh between sessions.

Country pursuits

Not actually on the farm but very close by, you can try clay pigeon shooting and falconry.


There’s lots of nearby fun and games to choose from throughout your corporate retreat. From 4x4 driving, paint-balling and raft-building to orienteering, go-karting, quad biking and a whole host of other activities. All perfect for team building, and a little bit of inter-team competition.

Murder mystery

For an interactive team dining experience, let us turn our inter-connected cottage into a crime scene. Especially popular for corporate retreats, your team members will be briefed on their characters so that they’re engaged and intrigued ahead of your event.

Food and drink connoisseurs

Gin, wine and whisky

If you already know your Pinot from your Semillon, what about a whisky pairing dinner (all responsibly done)? Or teach your team which whisky to drink with cheese or chocolate. 

Canapés and cocktails

Show off your prowess at canapé making . Will your team make the best?  Fun pre-dinner team activity – and you get to eat them! Why not try our Cocktail and Canapé experience? Delicious canapés matched with exciting cocktails! Cocktail mixing? Our mixologist will create the dream cocktails!  Think you know your gins? Let our gin tasting sessions test your taste buds!

Cupcakes and cookery

Turn The Refectory into a cup-cake production line or enjoy a cookery school demonstration with some team participation; then enjoy the results next time you break for coffee.

What's in your cottage?

With plenty of crockery and cutlery, fridges and dishwashers for a large group, you’ll have everything you need for your country house party. The Refectory provides the central dining or party room; it has its own separate kitchen and space for parties of up to 24 to sit and dine together.

We provide everything you need to create your own meals. Or we can arrange delicious meals to be prepared for you, served formally in The Refectory or delivered ready to serve yourself. Any info about this?

Comments from our Corporate clients

We were super impressed. Everyone really enjoyed staying at The Upper Rectory Barns it was the perfect location for everyone to meet, with beautiful views. The space inside was just what we needed with ample space to work even when we were all split up into groups. There was a lovely homely feel to the barns and everything was spotlessly clean. The landlady Jean was superb, she met us on arrival to make sure we knew where everything was and explained everything we needed to know and was very helpful. We are so pleased to have find somewhere that ticks all the boxes for us and we will definitely be coming back for the next meeting 😊
"I just want to say a massive thank you for allowing us to use the venue. By far the most incredible place we have used. (We will be in touch to book our next one very soon!!)"
“Excellent stay at the Upper Rectory Farm Cottages. The accommodation was to a very high standard and the meeting room facilities fitted our needs perfectly. Also a great location centrally placed in the country, easy to get to for a widely dispersed team. I would highly recommend these cottages for a corporate team stay.”
Christina Hardiman
National Account Manager, Mars Food UK
“Just wanted to drop you a note to say how well the venue worked for our team event. The quality of the accommodation was excellent and the kitchen so well equipped. Thank you again, it is a fantastic environment for a team building event & will highly recommend to others.”
Birds Eye Limited, Birds Eye Ltd
“The team were delighted with their meeting at your lovely venue. They are already talking about having another meeting there. They found it perfect for the relaxed ambiance they were seeking.”
Carole Williams
Market Access & EB Administrator, UCB Pharma Ltd
“We have used Upper Rectory Farm Cottages for our off-site business meetings for some years now. The flexible, well appointed accommodation makes for the perfect environment to get people out of the office - we’ve made many of our best decisions there. I’d recommend them to anyone, nothing is too much trouble for the hosts and it’s a great location for people travelling from all over the country.”
Ben Stables
Operations Manager, BUPA
“The venue was ideal for our needs, we had a large meeting room where we could all work together, and as we had separate accommodation it felt like a home-from-home in the evenings. A great place to stay for our corporate retreat – I’m sure we’ll return soon!”
Karl Parry
Operations Manager, Bright Carbon

What our guests say..

We came for a clan-gathering/birthday celebration. Fantastic that 40 people could play and eat together! Facilities top rate and setting so peaceful.

Sally and Patrick
Montreal, Canada 2019

Many thanks from 43 people including children and babies. We travelled from all over England and Wales for our Golden Wedding Anniversary.

The Maddisons
September 2019

Wonderful stay for the wedding at Norton Fields!

Mr & Mrs Dodd
May 2019

Great location and accommodation for a large family party. We had a fantastic weekend and can thoroughly recommend Upper Rectory Farm!

September 2019

The cottage is a very cosy and lovely place to stay.

August 2019

Wow! What a place! There were 27 of us here! Amazing cottages, so well equipped. The place is gorgeous and we had a fabulous time.

July 2019

Covid-19 Update

Good To Go England

We hope all our guests are staying safe and well during this difficult time.

We’ve recently re-opened our cottages and very much look forward to you returning.

We have completed our risk assessments and are following government guidelines to enable us to open safely. We are taking bookings with full refunds should your visit not be able to take place due to coronavirus.

For more information on our precautions implemented, booking your stay, or what to expect when you arrive, please read our Covid-19 advice or contact Jean on 01827 880448 or

Stay safe all and we look forward to seeing you soon, 

Jean and David