Big Ideas for Small Meetings

Getting big ideas from your corporate leadership team at strategy meetings is enhanced when small meetings are held at a venue away from the work environment, writes Des Langkilde.

Here are four big ideas for a small meeting venue and post-meeting activities that are sure to get the creative juices of your leadership team flowing (for up to 12 executives):



The Manor House at Spier Wine Farm is a mere 24 minute (26 km) drive from Cape Town International Airport, and Spier’s airport shuttle service can even collect your team on arrival. Located within The Manor House, the De Clerque Room boardroom table seats 12 people in style and comfort, and the plush Victorian era furnishings and ambiance are not detracted from by the modern business presentation equipment, which is discreetly tucked away in hidden recesses. Meeting in a room that has almost 300 years of heritage is sure to stimulate creative ideas.



Tea breaks are convened in the superbly decorated Van Liewvens Lounge, within the Manor House. Here, your executive team can enthusiastically discuss the morning or afternoon meeting sessions under original pieces of art, which form part of the Spier Arts Academy.



Active minds need nourishment, and Spier’s delectable menu of wholesome farm grown food is purposely designed to enhance mental vitality. Lunch and dinner can be served in the Reynholds Room at the Manor House or at any one of three restaurants situated on the farm, namely Eight Restaurant, the Hotel Restaurant or the Hoghouse Bakery & Cafe. Alternately, your team could opt for a supplied picnic, selecting food and beverages, including Spier’s famous wine selection, from the Eight To Go Deli.



Wrap up your small meeting with a glass Spier’s award winning wine while admiring a spectacular African dusk overlooking the Spier dam with the Helderberg mountains as a backdrop. Or treat your mentally drained execs to a rejuvenating massage at the boutique Spier Hotel Spa followed, or preceded by a Segway or Eagle Encounters tour.

And finally, if your meeting concludes on a Friday why not check-in to the hotel and allow your executive team to relax over the weekend – perhaps with partners included.


For a tailor-made package for small meetings contact Angela Lorimer on +27 (0) 809 1100 Ext 1 or email [email protected]

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