Island hall welcomes guest in two categories: Groups and Private Parties, throughout the year.

We are a small family run and owned home and pride ourselves on a bespoke service and in providing an experience which is not your typical 'country house experience'.  Yours will be the only group visiting the house at the time and all tours are given by a member of the family.  For our events we offer exclusive hire on the day of your event.

We provide various visit and refreshment options, from teas or lunches through to candlelit dinners and private concerts.  We are sure you will appreciate we are unable to accommodate children under 13 years old in the house during the day and under 16 years old in the evening - unless by special arrangement.

TOURS: GROUPS
(WEEKDAYS ONLY)

Booking Form

Tours of the house are all guided, but informally so, and all tours are given by a member of the family and last for around 1- 1.5 hours, after which guests are free to explore the house and gardens and enjoy their refreshments.  The visit should last 2-2.5 hours.  To book a Group Tour, please download, complete and return a booking form to us with your deposit cheque.  (Please note that the length of visit can be tailored to suit groups who have a programme of houses or gardens to visit on the same day).*WEEKEND GROUP BOOKINGS ARE SUBJECT TO A SUPPLIMENTARY CHARGE

We are a small family run and owned home and pride ourselves on a bespoke service and in providing an experience which is not your typical ‘country house experience’. Yours will be the only group visiting the house on the day, we do not have a cafeteria or restaurant, so each meal is specifically catered for and served within the house itself – this is reflected in our pricing.

Both large and small groups may book directly through Island Hall, but a minimum charge for 20 guests will apply (£200.00).  Individuals or parties of less than 20 who do not wish to pay the minimum charge are recommended to book throughInvitation To Viewvia the  on one of our pre scheduled dates, where you can join like-minded individuals.

Entrance to House & Tour (2.5hr visit including time for refreshments): 

GROUPS OF LESS THAN 20 GUESTS will be charged a flat rate of £200.00

GROUPS OF 21 or more will be charged £9.50 per person

GROUPS OF 40 or more will be charged £9.00 per person

 

Group Refreshments Options:

 

Teas:

  • Tea/Coffee & Biscuits @ £4.50 per head
  • Tea/coffee @ £3.50 per head
  • Full Tea: Tea, fresh sandwiches & a slice of cake @ £13.50 per head

 

Lunches: 

  • ‘Quiche Lunch’ – quiche (vegetarian/non) with seasonal vegetables @ £17.50 per head. (40 guest maximum)
  • ‘Pie Lunch’ – pies (vegetarian/non) with seasonal vegetables @ £17.50 per head. (40 guest maximum)
  • ‘Salmon Lunch’ – piece of salmon with seasonal vegetables @ £23.00 per head. (25 guest maximum)

 

Pudding: 

  • Lemon Tart £5.20
  • Chocolate tart, Fruit Crumble or Seasonal Fruit with Ice Cream @ £5.00 per head 
  • Tea/coffee @ £3.50 per head

 

We can serve filtered water or elderflower, which is included in the lunch price, if you wish to supply your own wine there is an additional charge of £2.50 ahead to cover costs for serving and glasses etc. 

Gluten or Dairy Free provision is a £2.50 surcharge per head. 

Other meals (lunches and 3 course meals etc) can be priced on request.

 

Disabled Access: 

Essentially wheelchair access is possible, but not optimal. The Tour is usually given party on the move in the garden and continued within the house on both ground and first floors. The garden & ground floor of the house are accessible, the garden can be accessed via our courtyard and side entrance and we have a disabled access ramp to the rear of the property. Though there is gravel as well as grass so the amount of garden which can be enjoyed depends on the type of wheelchair. Our Ladies loo (which is on the ground floor) has plenty of space and a grab rail. 

Both a completed Booking Form and Deposit for £200.00* are required to secure any booking. Please make your balance payment two weeks in advance of your chosen date. Exact numbers and any dietary requirements must also be finalised and confirmed by this time.

*DEPOSITS ARE NON REFUNDABLE with less than 15 weeks’ notice. 

Coaches:

 

Coaches are welcome to drop off passengers in front of the house.

 

The coach driver should use:

18, Post Street, Godmanchester, for your sat nav purposes. 

  • There is a set down point on the main road outside the house gates. Please ask your coach driver to respect our neighbours by not parking in front of their houses.
  • The coach must then move to Bridge Place for parking this is charged at £10 and MUST be booked 2 weeks in advance at Bridge Place, West Side Common, Godmanchester PE29 2XQ (half a mile from the house).
  • Please telephone Huntingdonshire District Council on 01480 388388 and ask to speak to the Operations Division or you can email: CRM_ops@huntingdonshire.gov.uk (please note there is an underscore after the letters CRM)

Tour Options (2.5 Hours):

Coffee/Tea and Biscuits
A Light Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Evening Visit

EVENTS: PRIVATE PARTIES
(WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS)

Events Hire Brochure                     Events Hire Tariff                          Request an Event Quote

While this is very much a privately owned family house, the Vane Percys are delighted to hire out the principal rooms for Special Events, Celebration Meals, Catered Receptions and Dinner parties (for up to 48), Lectures or Presentations, as well as Drinks Parties and Classical Concerts ( for up to 80).

For an Events Quote please click the link above.  To enquire about a dinner concert, please call us on 01480 459676 or email.

Event Options (Venue Hire):

Croquet Tea
Riverboat Tea
Celebration Afternoon Tea
Celebration Meal
Dinner Concert
Luxury Dinner Concert
Luxury Intimate Dinner
Luxury Intimate Dinner Concert

ABOUT TOURS & EVENTS

Island Hall has been visited by many hundreds of parties and tour groups with general and specialist interest over the years, and the house written up by numerous magazines.  Comments from visitors can be seen on the comments page.  We have hosted some wonderful, special events from Golden Wedding Anniversaries and Christenings to landmark Birthdays and Hen Parties!

Island Hall is very much a family home (and still privately owned) and this is the atmosphere that we try to preserve.  We take immense pride in preserving and restoring this beautiful house, with which our family has been associated since 1804.

The tours give visitors a chance to see the classical detail and panelling in the main rooms, handsome pedimented doorcases, carved overmantels and marble chimneypieces, and the elegant oak staircase.  The tour includes the history of the family who shaped the house - at one time in the 19th century, there were 13 children in one generation of the family raised here and the entrance hall was used as the family's principal drawing room.  Also included are reflections on the story of the recent restoration and revival of the house.

Christopher Vane Percy is also by profession a specialist interior decorator, working on country houses, such as Hagley Hall, and town houses all over the world, including institutions and clubs such as the Garrick, here he has overseen the re-hanging of the club's famous collection of paintings.  He is author of a book, 'The Glass of Lalique', and has been Chairman of the British Interior Design Association.  Christopher has also worked for the Connaught Hotel and Asprey, as well as on the royal and presidential suites of the Le Vendome International in Beirut.

Christopher says: "In restoring and decorating this house, I have always sought to recapture the quality of the early 18th century interior, while making it a comfortable home for my wife, Linda, our three children, and our dogs. Portraits and furniture have been chosen to reflect the interior quality of the house, and include pieces associated with my family and this house, as well as Linda's family, the Grosvenors, and especially her favourite grandmother, Denise Orme, a famous Gaiety girl who married Linda's grandfather Lord Churston in 1907, and who later became Duchess of Leinster.  Linda is also a collector of vintage prams some of which can be seen in the house."

"We have three children, Maxim, who works in property, Grace, who is a busy portrait photographer and took the photographs for this website, and Tryce, our youngest, works in children's fashion.  It has been a dream house to raise a family in, and is always full of family, friends, children's friends and dogs, and it warms to visitors."

Options:

Coffee/Tea and Biscuits
House tour and garden
Coffee or Tea and biscuits

A Light Lunch (up to 48 guests)
House tour and garden
Two course lunch in Hall

Afternoon Tea (up to 48 guests)
House tour
Full Tea (tea, biscuits, finger sandwiches and fresh home-baked cake)
Garden

Evening Visit (from 6.30pm)
House tour and garden *NB time of year depending on light

Croquet Afternoon Tea - weather permitting (up to 20 guests) *NB not all guests can play at once)
Venue Hire, use of house and garden
Champagne or other refreshments can be served on arrival
Full afternoon tea (tea, biscuits, finger sandwiches and fresh locally baked cake)
Croquet

A Riverboat Afternoon Tea (up to 30 guests *NB two boat size options)

Venue Hire, use of house of garden
Full afternoon tea (tea, biscuits, finger sandwiches and locally baked cake)
Served on the river boat or in the garden

Celebration Afternoon Tea (for 20-48 guests)
Venue Hire, use of house and garden
Champagne or other refreshments can be served on arrival
Candlelit in our stone-flagged hall or velvet lined Salon
Full afternoon tea (tea, biscuits, finger sandwiches and locally baked cake)

Celebration Afternoon Meal (for 20-48 guests)

Venue Hire, use of house and garden
Champagne or other refreshments can be served on arrival
Candlelit in our stone-flagged hall or velvet lined Salon
Three course dinner and coffee

Dinner Concert
Venue Hire, use of house and garden
Champagne or other refreshments can be served on arrival
Three course dinner and coffee (up to 48 guests)
Candlelit in our stone-flagged hall
Followed by a private Concert

Luxury Dinner Concert (up to 48 guests)
Venue Hire, use of house and garden
Champagne or other refreshments can be served on arrival
Three course dinner and coffee
Candlelit in our stone-flagged hall
Followed by a private Concert

Intimate Dinner (up to 10 guests)
Venue Hire, use of house and garden
Champagne or other refreshments can be served on arrival
Candlelit in our panelled dining room
Three course dinner and coffee

Luxury Intimate Dinner Concert (up to 10 guests)
Venue Hire, use of house and garden
Champagne or other refreshments can be served on arrival
Candlelit in panelled dining room
Three course dinner
Followed by a private concert

Ladies are kindly asked not to wear stiletto heels during their visit.

Evening meals and concerts:
To book a dinner or concert, please call us 01480 459676 or email.

 

         
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