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Lainston House hosts ‘Exclusive – For Your Eyes Only’ showcase

Lainston House ‘Exclusive – For Your Eyes Only’ showcase
Luxury British country house hotel group Exclusive Hotels and Venues last week hosted a show-stopping spy themed extravaganza, ‘’Exclusive - For Your Eyes Only,  #Exclusive007’’ at Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel in Winchester, Hampshire, showcasing their market leading Exclusive Use proposition to key figures from across the event industry.

The Bond themed bonanza saw fifty event professionals given exclusive private access of the five star country house hotel, which had been transformed into a top-secret MI5 Training School for the duration of the event courtesy of Crescendo, who specialise in creating creative corporate brand events.

Following an energising lunch in The Avenue, Lainston House’s triple AA Rosette restaurant, guests were split into teams and headed out into the hotels’ 63 acre estate for an afternoon of team building activity which included a Physical Zone, featuring a high-octane zip wire and high ropes course, the Brain Zone complete with laser vault, Precision Zone with laser clay shooting and Segway training and finally the Mystery Zone, involving a global travel challenge!

Honorary agents were able to refuel along the way, with refreshment breaks provided by other Exclusive properties within the group, including an amazing canapé showcase from South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel in Horsham, Sussex, sweet treats in tuck shop provided by Fanhams Hall, an Exclusive Venue in Ware, Hertfordshire, and afternoon tea stop with a selection of pastries and macaroons prepared by chefs at Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel and Spa in Bagshot, Surrey.

After a prize giving ceremony, guests explored the hotel at leisure with staff from across the Exclusive Hotels and Venues family on hand to answer any questions about exclusive use events across the group, before gathering later in the evening for a Black Tie and Diamond themed gala dinner. The evening gala began with a martini cocktail reception sponsored by The Manor House, an Exclusive Hotel located in Castle Combe, Wiltshire– shaken not stirred naturally – before guests were invited to view an outdoor cinema screen, showing a montage of classic Bond movies.

Fully in character, guests were then guided down the red carpet to the newly refurbished Dawley Barn, where they dined on dishes prepared by head chef Olly Rouse and his team, including Roasted Pear and Goats Cheese, Beef Fillet with Winter Choucroute and Lemon, Pistachio and Yoghurt Brioche paired with a selection of fine wine.   In true Bond style, Firebird Events created a dedicated Casino Royale, where guests could indulge in a game of roulette, poker or blackjack – or simply dance long into the night to the sounds of a live DJ.

Johanne Holman, Group Director of Sales & Marketing at Exclusive Hotels and Venues welcomed guests to the event and commented, “We’re immensely proud of what we do here at Exclusive Hotels and Venues, and our portfolio of four luxury hotels and two dedicated venues provide the perfect backdrop for events of all shapes and sizes. Although unique, each of our properties is located in glorious settings, boasts award winning dining facilities and most importantly, is staffed by exceptional events professionals throughout. Each property offers event organisers the space to indulge, to escape, and to enjoy our wonderful hospitality, allowing you to focus on what you do best, organising great events.’’

She continued; ‘’We want you, as event organisers, to see us as your partners and our venues as a welcoming home for you and your event. We care about the detail, as we know you do, and our aim all along has been very simple; to provide exceptional ‘wow’ experiences for you, our guests, and in turn to help you deliver memorable ‘wow’ events for your clients.’’

The event drew to a close on Saturday 28th February with a hearty breakfast surrounding Bond’s car of preference, of course an Aston Martin, before guests departed at their leisure.

Commenting on the event Danny Pecorelli, Managing Director of Exclusive Hotels and Venues added; ‘’Very few hotels or venues are able to offer unequivocal private hire solutions, excluding all outside distractions, and I am delighted that we were able to showcase our market-leading product to such a high profile group of event organisers. ’Exclusive – For Your Eyes Only’ offered us the chance to showcase our exclusive use proposition at its very best.’’

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