This year the conference was held at the Forest Side, an old country house that's been converted to a hotel. I use the word "old" loosely, of course; the house was built in 1853, so it's not particularly old by British standards. The driveway which leads to the hotel is long, winding, lined with trees, and has one rather odd feature: a small circle of moss-covered stones surrounding two trees.
As you walk up the drive, you occasionally catch glimpses of the hotel between the trees.
Then you round the last bend and see the front of the building.
This used to be someone's house. Probably their second house.
The conference sessions were held in a room with enormous wood-framed windows that look out onto the hotel grounds. It was lovely, but distracting at times, as you may imagine. (Double-click to see the picture in more detail - it's really gorgeous.)
The hotel also featured badgers. I think I was the only person at the conference who found this unbearably funny.
They were kind of cute, but it was hard to get a good picture because they only came out at night.