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Please describe what your business does…

Active Hospitality is a bespoke conference and training specialist who bought Gorse Hill hotel and its sister property Villiers Hotel located in Buckingham in early 2017. The hotel provides an ideal base for business and leisure with 17 function spaces, 50 comfortable ensuite bedrooms, an onsite restaurant, bar and gym and 15 acres of gardens to enjoy. 

The hotel is a popular corporate meeting and training venue with its beautiful boardroom and functional training rooms. During the weekends the hotel also plays host to a variety of weddings and many social bookings such as afternoon teas, birthday parties, baby showers and wakes throughout the year.

 What makes your business special?

The hotel is located just five minutes from the bustling town centre. Previously a private residence the Mansion House is a glorious retreat venue with stunning grounds and functional conference spaces. Upon entry to the hotel you can appreciate our modern refurbished public areas and tranquil location. Customer service is at the forefront of Gorse Hills values with staff encouraged to make every moment memorable for our guests.

 How long have you been in Woking?

Gorse Hill has been in Woking since 1910 when the house belonged to John Ingram, an underwriter at Lloyds. John Ingram had commissioned a British architect of renown to design the house especially for him. The hotel has a rich history and, after narrowly surviving a world war two bombing, the house was used as Southern Railways Training College and later The British Transports Commissions Training College. 

In more recent years the hotel has been part of some larger hospitality chains until 2017 when it was returned to individual ownership and purchased by Active Hospitality who decided to restore the hotel to its former glory. Since this time the hotel has benefited from a new refurbishment including modernisation to the public areas and a new gym.

 Why is Woking a good place to do business?

Woking is a fantastic vibrant town which is always changing. There is a core community of businesses who really want to support and help each other, offering regular networking opportunities and projects to work together to bring new business to the town. 

The transport links from Woking connect the town with London and the West making the town and ideal commute for business and tourism visitors alike. 

Tel: 01483 747 444

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