Case Study

Ten Eleven's Countryside Retreat



September 2022

A team retreat in Hampshire was the perfect antidote for our 1011 clients whose mantra is to constantly ignite innovation.

Niki Davis

Niki Davis

Producer, Happily
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The Challenge

Ten Eleven is a cybersecurity-focused investment firm, based in Silicon Valley, California. They support entrepreneurs with capital, connections, experience and expertise to help build successful businesses. Through their joint investment alliance with KKR, they make early and growth-stage investments in promising cybersecurity companies around the world.

With their recently debuted offices in London, the Ten Eleven Retreat 2022 was the ideal moment to enhance communication, bond the global teams, introduce new colleagues, as well as scale their creativity for the year ahead. A premium retreat experience in the charming English countryside for a small group, would be followed by a reception party for an extended guest list to launch Ten Eleven’s presence in the UK and Europe.

Ten Eleven partnered with Happily for the full service production of their retreat in England. Our Happily Experiential Team curated a custom multi-day program, executing all the operational and strategic details to ensure a seamless experience for all guests.

A dose of mindfulness mixed with the luxury of Heckfield's homegrown best of British gave the group a chance to connect in a meaningful way and clear the minds ready for 2023.

Niki Davis

Niki Davis

Producer, Happily

The Solution

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Day Zero: Welcome to London

For the first evening of the retreat, guests stayed at the luxurious Brown’s Hotel in the heart of London’s elegant Mayfair. This distinguished destination has been preferred by royalty, presidents and literary greats over the centuries. For the welcoming dinner, guests shared an exclusive evening at Gold in Notting Hill; a moodily-lit bar, the fern-laden dining room that is one of the trendiest culinary experiences in London.

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Day One: A Magical Country Estate Awaits

Just an hour from London, a Tesla white glove service drove guests through the countryside to Heckfield Place, a majestic estate in the wilds of Hampshire. This historic Georgian mansion with acres of woodland, gardens and meadows, was the grand homebase of the retreat.

Upon arrival guests enjoyed lunch at Heckfield Place’s own restaurant, Marle. With a Michelin Green Star for its sustainable dining credentials, the menu at Marle is created entirely from the organic farm, Market Garden, orchards and livestock at Heckfield Place.

At Heckfield Place in the afternoon guests enjoyed guided bike tours, boating on the lake, clay shooting, lawn games and social drinks. In the evening dinner was followed by a welcome presentation and private movie screening in the Heckfield Place cinema.

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Day Two: Choose Your Own Adventure

Guests were able to select from a range of activities throughout the day. From a guided bike tour, boating, spa treats, an estate tour, 18 rounds at The Berkshire Golf Club, and a Jane Austen Tour.

An afternoon of tea and cake, flowed into drinks, and then into dinner and a quiz at a local pub, The Wellington Arms. Amidst the peaceful Hampshire countryside, the award-winning rural gem is a charmingly rustic setting of oak dining tables topped with lamps and candles, creating a warm and cosy dining atmosphere.

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Day Three: Forest Bathing & Reception Party

In the morning following check out, guests enjoyed a Forest Bathing experience which entailed a guided meditation walk along the Heckfield trails, connecting with nature and its restorative power. When it was time to leave Heckfield Place, once again a Tesla white glove service drove guests back to London, and the Brown’s Hotel.

That evening at the decadent Japanese-style rooftop bar, 8 at The Londoner, a private reception party was held to celebrate the debut of the Ten Eleven London offices. The 75+ guests lavished in an experience of delicious gourmet foods and a selection of refined beverages.

The Results

A gorgeous estate in the picture-esq English countryside is the ideal setting for a team to bond and collaborate. The Ten Eleven team came away feeling refreshed and invigorated, with fresh new ideas to scale their collective creativity. The reception party held 8 at The Londoner was a sophisticated and chic celebration to launch the growth of Ten Eleven into the UK and European ecosystem.

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