Imagine an idyllic country manor, imagine it’s yours, imagine your friends are staying for the ultimate house party……

Dreams can be turned into reality when you take exclusive use of a charming country house for the weekend or longer. Make the place your own, invite your guests and transform “a night away” into an unforgettable experience. That’s what we do at and we were treated to a little bit of our own dream at the Exclusive Hotels “007 – For your eyes only” house party at the utterly charming William and Mary House, with a variety of equally lucky guests.

a themed dinner at a house party

It really does make all the difference when you have the place to yourselves. With no other guests to worry about you can go to town on theming the event and planning the experience. The theme to our party was 007, and we spent the afternoon qualifying for “our licence to kill”. Firebird Events did a fantastic job with the activities, from shooting – an essential skill for a 00 spy, to zip-wires to de-fusing a bomb to planning the fastest route around the globe – money no object of course.

a bespoke activitie for a house party

Naturally no James Bond evening would be complete without a martini, and these were served shaken not stirred, while we posed with the quintessential Bond car, an Aston Martin, which we just happened to drive down, complete with 007 number-plates.

The Barn was the setting for a magnificent banquet, themed of course, before we moved on to Bond’s iconic choice of pastimes, gambling in a casino. Let’s put it all on number 35! Add in dancing in the Drawing room and champagne in the Library and the night was certainly one of glamour and enjoyment, before we retired to our luxurious bedrooms for some well-earned rest.

roulette for a house party

Turning the rooms round is one of the fun benefits to an exclusive use. So if you’d rather roll dice in the dining room and eat on the lawn, have a disco in the drawing room and a buffet in the hall, that’s fine. The house is yours so just give your imagination free rein.

contemorary living room in teal green and brown with wooden floors leaf design wallpaper

This is the essence of an exclusive use house party. The simple fact that you make the place your own transforms any occasion into something extra-ordinary and really does take the event to the next level. We love this William and Mary House as the quintessential English country house. These houses were built with entertaining in mind and they continue to provide a personal and intimate experience for their guests.

So move away from the ordinary and make your next event an exclusive one, here or at one of our other lovely properties. It will be worth it!