Seckford: first choice for meetings

Seckford Hall recently featured in the Business East Monthly publication, part of the East Anglian Daily Times.

With January being a key month for businesses to start planning their events for the year, we caught up with Anne Musolino, events coordinator at Seckford Hall Hotel.

Q. How long have you been at Seckford Hall Hotel?

A. I joined Seckford eight months ago, having worked at the hotel seven years previously. I then joined the Milsoms Group at Kesgrave Hall as accommodation/front of house manger and before re-joining Seckford I worked at the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh as weddings and events manager.

Q. What made you return?

A. I always loved Seckford Hall and when I heard about the opportunity to return with new owners and the refurbishment plans, I jumped at the chance! It is certainly a totally different hotel from the one that I left.

Q. How many conference rooms do you have?

A.We have three now. Two in the new East Wing, the Garden Room, which is ideal for private dining, the smaller conference or training session and The Mulberry Suite, which accommodates up to 40 guests. The Lakeside Suite, which is our largest room, accommodates up to 140 guests. We also have the facility to attach a marquee to the back of this room for the larger event. Our new Great Hall Champagne Bar is also very popular for holding drinks receptions.

Q. You have fabulous gardens; can these be used for events?

A. Yes they can, we have a licence for clay pigeon shooting and acres of land for team building events. In the summer the grounds make the perfect location for a summer drinks party. Seckford Hall is a beautiful venue with extensive gardens to chill out in. After a long conference session clients can walk, jog and swim to help unwind.

Q. What can we expect from you if we booked an event?

A. I have one of the best jobs in the hotel industry, meeting with some very interesting and lovely people. I have a natural flare (so I’ve been told!) to help clients visualise their event with any enhancements that I feel may be appropriate. Whether it’s a large or small conference, a retreat, seminar or something a bit quirky. It is very important to listen carefully to people’s needs and expectations and be able to deliver them. I personally manage the whole event from start to finish. Attention to detail is extremely important and always maintaining that professional and caring approach. I do try to encourage clients to come and meet me first hand as it is very important that the venue they have chosen is right for them and that we can work together, as some events can take a long time to organise, with lots of meetings, discussions, emails and telephone calls.

Having a great team behind me is vital, and I certainly have that. I have to liaise with all of the staff so that the event is successful, from the chefs, to the duty managers. Our Seckford team is fantastic and always go that extra mile for customers. It is gratifying and makes my job so rewarding when they come back and tell me that their event was just what they had visualised and even surpassed that.

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