There are several ways to motivate people for team building days; one is to take them away for a few days to somewhere seriously awesome, like Ortus House. Likewise, it’s a good way to impress those key clients with a spot of top-notch corporate hospitality, and hopefully, any deals you’re waiting on will be signed, sealed and delivered by the time you go home.

There’s no shortage of team building activities in this neck of the woods, if you’ll excuse the pun. The New Forest National Park is virtually on the doorstep so you could set orienteering challenges, or go off on a day’s hike, maybe even have a photography competition – there’s certainly plenty of inspiration as the scenery is breath taking and there’s a myriad of wildlife to look out for, as well as ponies, donkeys and pigs roaming free. Go to Forest Leisure Cycling, get yourselves sorted out with bikes and set off; go to Brockenhurst Riding Stables and see the sights on horseback, or head to New Forest Activities for canoeing, kayaking or archery. Over at Moors Valley Country Park near Ringwood, you can have fun on a Segway trail or on the high ropes at Go Ape.

If you’re worried about the weather misbehaving book up at Houdini’s Escape Rooms or Delta Force Paintballing in Southampton. Your crowd might be golf fans, so book up a round at the New Forest Golf Club or Bramshaw Golf Club; if they’re into horse racing go to Salisbury Racecourse, and if they’re petrol heads then a visit to TeamSport Go Karting Southampton or the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu should do the trick. All good ideas for hospitality too, but for something more sedate go to Furzey Gardens, Mottisfont Abbey or Exbury House; maybe even a ferry trip to the Isle of Wight from Lymington, or a bird of prey experience at Forest Falconry.

After hours, everyone will be more than relaxed at Ortus House; they can have a swim whatever the time of year with a pool indoors and outdoors. They can play pool, unwind in the steam room, have a soak in the hot tub, or if they need to work off any post activity stress, they can take themselves off to the in-house gym.

Of course, they’ll all want feeding and watering, so it’s fortunate that there are some very good eateries in the area. In Lyndhurst, the Waterloo Arms is a couple of minutes from the house, and in the village are the Fox & Hounds, The Oak Inn, La Pergola (a very good Italian restaurant) and Limewood Hotel. If you prefer to stay in, take a look at our Extras page and select a professional caterer to come in and do the cooking for you, or there’s bound to be someone in your large group who will happily take the reins for a sizzler of a barbecue on the patio. Whatever you do, it’ll be a corporate stay that won’t be forgotten in a hurry; check availability and get booking!

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