We spoke to Vicky Snook, Director of Sales at the hotel, to hear about the beautiful building's history and get the scoop on their brand new event spaces...

Image - De Vere Tortworth Estate at dusk 

Tell us more about your new event spaces:

We have had every conference room refurbished, giving us 14 beautiful characterful rooms with all mod cons. Everything you need and more to make your conference go without a hitch. 

Anything else new at Tortworth you’d like to share?

It’s nearly all new! We are coming to the end of our multi-million pound makeover, so we have new bedrooms, new conference rooms and two totally transformed bars including my personal favourite - The Atrium, perfect for a relaxing afternoon tea surrounded by fig and orange trees. Plus the restaurant, Westminster Suite and the beautiful Orangery are all about to see changes too.

Image - The Atrium 

Why is the venue attractive to delegates?

We are less than half an hour from Bristol City Centre, offering free car parking and super-fast Wifi. The Hotel itself is situated in a 30-acre arboretum with over 600 trees of special interest. We have a spa and gym onsite including swimming pool for relaxing after a hard day’s work.

Feeling peckish? Then our Moreton’s restaurant, offering superb food in beautiful surroundings, is perfect for a special occasion or celebration. Looking for something a little more relaxed? The Atrium at night twinkles and sparkles creating a unique calming atmosphere where you can unwind, chill out and enjoy our bar menu. Really, what’s not to like! We can offer the peace and quiet of the countryside just minutes from the city, so come and see for yourself.

What makes it attractive to event organisers?

Our onsite team are dedicated to ensuring every client exceeds their needs and conference requirements, between them they have over 20 years’ experience creating the perfect event. We pride ourselves on listening to the client’s needs to achieve results first time, but as every event organiser knows…. it’s never plane sailing! So we adapt and flex to meet all changes as they occur.

The new breakout café is genius, offering on tap refreshments and snacks, so when times go a little awry… don’t worry, it will all be fresh and ready when you are.

Image - The Orangery 

Any other experiences you offer for incentive/group travel?

With over 30 acres of land, team building at Tortworth is awesome! We’ve had It’s a Knockout on the front lawn, Country Pursuits in the field, School Sports Day around the arboretum and Halloween in the Orangery. So many possibilities, imagination is only the start, if you can think it… we can do it.

The building itself has a lot of character – are there any interesting stories in Tortworth’s history you can share? 

De Vere Tortworth Estate is full of history and over the years has been many things to many different people. My favourite little known fact though is that when the Second World War broke out, Tortworth Estate was originally going to be a hospital for troops but many were not being sent to the UK so Tortworth Estate became a training establishment for the British Navy. Its Navy name was HMS Cabbala and it was often referred to as the ‘Stone Frigate’. Training, coding and signalling made the property top secret and to avoid drawing attention to the building the ceremony of the flag was conducted daily where the hotel reception now stands.

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De Vere Tortworth Court
De Vere Tortworth Court exterior

A grade II* listed Victorian mansion, Tortworth Court offers all the grandeur of an elegant Cotswolds hotel alongside the hotel facilities of a premier four star hotel.

De Vere Tortworth Court
De Vere Tortworth Court exterior

De Vere Tortworth Court is a historic hotel in stunning surroundings – a place where a centuries-old story meets an exceptionally modern experience.