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The Sundial story began in the 1960s with Diana Chudley, a young entrepreneur and mother of 9 who ran a guest house at her home, Highgate House, in Northamptonshire. Over time, the house evolved into the UK’s first conference hotel and today forms part of the Sundial Group which now includes another meeting venue, a team building company and a venue finding agency. 

Throughout the years, our family ethos has remained unchanged. We continue to look after our customers with the same care our mother gave our first guests over 50 years ago. It is our dedication to providing unique and specialist meeting environments, with a personal touch, that continues to set us apart from the competition.

About the Venues

Like Highgate House before it, Woodside was originally a private residence and chosen because of its unique environment, which has come to be synonymous with the Sundial brand. Read more about each venue's history below:

Highgate House History

Woodside History

The Chudbus

The original Chudbus was the creation of Michael and Diana Chudley. They converted an AEG Regal coach into a mobile home and took their large family on holidays, including, what was in those days, a real adventure to the USA. This trip was broadcast by the BBC and Gaumont News and is believed to be the inspiration for The Cliff Richard film, Summer Holiday.

When the AEG Routemaster fleet was decommissioned, we bought a good example and now use it for events and recently converted into a bar!

Linking the story of the founding family to present day Sundial Group provides a fun and memorable background for the philosophy, values and hospitality that still underpin what is now a second and third generation company.

Here's some footage of the original Chudbus!

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