Tranquil event setting: Make your next conference an experience at Ingleton Lodge

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 27, 2015

With its beautiful gardens and a serene setting, Ingleton Lodge, situated at 137 Cape Road in Mill Park, Port Elizabeth, can be described as a classic venue that was made with the idea of successful business meetings, conferences and other special occasions in mind.

Ingleton Lodge is not only amongst the oldest and most charming lodges in the Bay; it is also centrally situated with ease of access to the major industrial and commercial centres of Nelson Mandela Bay.

Finished in a combination of polished Oregon wood floors and beautifully-restored, pressed ceilings, the conference venue has enough space for up to 21 delegates and offers conveniences such as air-conditioning, white board and pens, an LCD projector with auxiliary input and free Wi-Fi internet access in a relaxed and homely atmosphere.

Tea/coffee and light snacks can be provided for delegates on arrival in the morning or during afternoon breaks. Homemade dinners can also be arranged for meetings running late into the evening. For your added peace of mind, the lodge can organise a shuttle service to and from the PE International Airport for all out-of-town delegates.

Having somewhat misjudged my timing, I arrived late on a recent stay and managed to meet up with Ingleton’s owner, Mary Rathbone, who promptly ushered me to my room.

Ingleton boasts 21 rooms, in either single, double or family layout. I immediately took a liking to my Indonesian Suite, which was conveniently situated adjacent to a large pool and had a spacious veranda with wooden benches.

Inside, the room oozed old-school charm with a beautiful wooden table, television cabinet, framed mirror and night stands. Added comforts included a king-size double bed, television with selected DSTV channels, en-suite bathroom with separate shower and toilet, tea/coffee station, mini-fridge and air-conditioning.

Unpacked, I decided to explore the premises and found the lodge to be quite spacious as it consisted of two properties, connected by a grass walk through. My ‘tour’ over, I called it quits for the day.

The next morning, I woke up completely refreshed and made my way over to the dining area where I also met up with Ingleton’s manager, Andrea Rathbone. A few moments later, I was indulging in a yummy breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, chicken sausage, toast and glass of juice.

During my stay, I determined that with its charm, simple elegance, authentic hospitality and attention to clients’ needs, Ingleton Lodge is the perfect setting for building new business links.

To book your next stay or conference, visit Ingleton Lodge at 137 Cape Road or call 041 373 6395 or visit www.ingleton.co.za.