Business Accommodation with a difference
Suffolk farm accommodation isn’t just a chance to sit back and relax. They can also be a fantastic option for those travelling to the Ipswich area on business.
Located just 15 mins away from Ipswich train station, our cottages are an affordable yet homely alternative to traditional hotel rooms or B&Bs and can offer weary travellers a peaceful retreat to switch off from the stresses of corporate life.
Being somewhat ‘out in the sticks’ doesn’t mean we are switched off from 21st century life however – our cottages are kitted out with complimentary WiFi so if you need to, you can carry on working once you’ve settled in.
Suffolk may be best known as a rural area, but we’ve also got a thriving business scene with top national brands including BT, EDF Energy, Greene King, Associated British Ports and AXA Insurance basing their offices locally.
Whilst you’re here on business, why not look at some of our recommendations for local meeting spaces – whether you’re looking for a traditional meeting room or something a little quirkier, Suffolk is sure to boast a recommendation to suit any business!
Finding the right meeting space for your needs
There are a variety of business hubs within a 20-30 minute drive from the farm, all of which are fully kitted out with a good selection of meeting spaces, free WiFi, air conditioning, catering, ample parking and all of the other mod cons that we expect when we hire a meeting room.
Choices include Saracen’s House Business Centre, the IPCity Centre, The Hub Business Centre and Basepoint Business Centre. There are even a series of meeting rooms of all sizes available to hire at Portman Road where you can conduct your meeting whilst overlooking the pitch.
But if you’re looking for something a little different, there are some fantastic options available locally and slightly further afield, including here at Damerons Farm itself.
For example, if you’re looking for a town centre location then look no further than Ipswich County Library on Northgate Street in the heart of the town. Not only does the library feature a lecture hall, but it’s also home to the Enterprise and Innovation hub. As well as being able to hire out the entire space, you can also book and appointment and gain free business advice from the New Anglia Growth Hub.
If you’re looking to be inspired by Suffolk’s farming heritage, then Trinity Park is worth a visit for your business meeting. Home to the annual Suffolk Show, the park also features a popular conference and events centre and has hosted a wide range of events for audiences of all sizes.
But if you want something really unique, then take a look at the Active Business Centre in Bury St Edmunds. Just over 30 mins away from the farm, the business centre is situated inside St Andrew’s Castle – we’re sure your staff would love it, if only for the Instagram-worthy ‘wow’ factor! We’d love to host a meeting inside a turret, it would bring all our childhood dreams to life!
What are the options for working lunches?
You didn’t think we would write a blog without coming back to our passion for Suffolk food and drink, did you?
We know that the best meetings take place over a delicious lunch and with so many options available you really will be spoilt for choice no matter where your business meeting is taking place.
If you’re in the town centre (perhaps at the Ipswich County Library) we would recommend Arlington’s as an option for a lunchtime visit. Set in a Grade 2 listed building, Arlington’s has a varied history from being the original home of Ipswich Museum before transforming into a dance hall and then evolving into the restaurant that we know and love today.
Alternatively, a visit to Aqua Eight would be the highlight of any business trip. Focusing upon Pan Asian cuisine, the restaurant has built a reputation for stunning flavours at an affordable price – the lunchtime set menu is just £15.50 for a three-course meal including a glass of wine.
If your business meeting is located near the popular Ipswich waterfront, then there are a variety of options from low key dining (Cult and The Last Anchor are popular choices) to more formal restaurants. We would recommend either the Salthouse Hotel, Aurora or Mariners which is sure to impress as it is a floating restaurant situated on a restored 1899 wooden boat.
Getting to know one another outside of the office
Organising a corporate ‘away day’ may feel like a stressful task for any HR department, but in Suffolk there are a variety of choices to help you build relationships with colleagues and clients.
Of course, our farm is a perfect location for this – whether you want to help look after the animals and experience farm life, or simply enjoy a relaxing company barbecue in our courtyard, we have options for everyone.
But if you’re looking for something a little quirky then you could try one of the puzzle rooms at the Suffolk Food Hall. Suitable for up to 8 people, you have 60 minutes to read the clues and solve the puzzle. It’s a great way for teams to work together whilst having fun.
For the more adventurous employees, explore the corporate options available at Go Ape in Thetford, or travel to Ickworth Hotel on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds. Their Explore 4×4 challenge would certainly get the adrenaline pumping as you can practice driving blindfolded with a colleague guiding your way around the course. That’s a story you would want to tell your family and friends!