Offbeat quirks at Aynhoe Park, Oxford

imageTis the season… for Christmas parties, champagne, dancing and entertainment. How better to get started than at the spectacular Aynhoe Park, a captivating 12 bedroom private house that embodies British eccentricity. Owned by James Perkins, a veteran of the British music industry and located in Oxford, the house is largely used for weddings, parties and hosting overnight stays for any duration – a British country house oasis appealing to celebrities, Royalty and Ministers seeking a carefully created retreat.

As part of the Christmas season, my partner and I were able to visit Aynhoe Park for a company party at the country house. As we approached the house, our group were completely amazed by the presence and stature of the house that was clearly warming up for the night ahead.

Upon entering the house, we were warmly greeted by staff that represented the ethos around ‘The Butler’, a character that works to ensure that you feel at home: unobtrusive and professional. No request is too grand, and as we moved around the house, its decadent appeal was overwhelming.

Now, I know that I previously stated that I’m not a huge fan of museums, yet the property is best described as a living museum of works acquired by James Perkins from around the globe. Each room exhibits a range of artwork and memorabilia that has been extensively resourced. The personal creativity and the modern touch meant that this was right up my street. I’ll let the pictures say the rest… step into the retreat that is, Aynhoe Park.

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The enthralling evening was very well hosted throughout. As our group gathered around the open fireplace towards the end of the evening, we reflected upon the splendour of the house, the professonalism of all staff members that we had contact with and just how intriguing the mindset behind the design had been. Every single room offers such a visual experience and the magnificent attention to detail makes you really enjoy stopping to observe the pieces.

In short, I absolutely loved this property as a venue. It really helped to create the evening and make it nothing short of memorable and exciting for all.

How will you be celebrating your Christmas party this season?

As always, all photos are my own property. They are unavailable for reproduction unless I have expressed consent prior to publication.

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