Venue Review: Mercure Elcot Park
Mercure Elcot Park - RG20 8NJ
Built in 1794 this fantastic Georgian building is just a few minutes outside Newbury and set in 16acres of leafy Berkshire countryside. The main building was once home to the mother of renowned poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, since then various occupants have turned it into a hotel and the original building has been heavily extended to incorporate 73 bedrooms and plentiful meetings & events spaces.
I visited in October 2014 and the public spaces have just been refurbished. The designers have really hit the nail on the head here, having been sympathetic to the building character while offering a feel thats still modern. Ultimately they’ve made the reception, restaurant and bar really great places to spend time.
In terms of event space the flagship suite is their orangery, as the name would suggest there’s ample natural daylight and uninterrupted views across the fields. It too benefitted from the recent re-decoration and comes complete with a private terrace for post event drinks or lunchtime summer BBQs. Elsewhere there are a couple of good characterful rooms, ideal for board meetings or breakout sessions. The hotel also has use of 16 acres of ground making it perfect for outdoor team building activities running alongside conferences & meetings. This is a superb venue for residential training events, weddings and parties.