'Tis the season to party
9 DECEMBER 2016
At this time of year, which is all about entertaining family and friends, a home really comes into its own. There has been a noticeable shift away from formal entertaining with drawing and dining rooms to a multi-functioning casual space. Nowadays, it is all much more informal with a huge breakfast/kitchen/sitting room all in one.
Having said that, much depends on the house and the clients. I have come across dining rooms that can comfortably seat 60 people with a fully functioning commercial kitchen to cater for the guests. Or proper ballrooms with room to seat 200 for a formal dinner.
The party barn is a pretty standard feature of a country property, particularly if you are spending north of £3m. This houses anything and everything – a bar in the house might be considered a tad unfashionable but works well in the party barn and the more naff the better if you wish to amuse your guests.
We’ve moved on from the standard disco ball – the party barn will have serious mixing decks, sprung dance floors and maybe even a pole. The quality of wine storage is crucial with red, white and champagne all housed at the optimum temperature. A standard fridge won’t cut it – serious hosts have temperature-controlled rooms.
As it is Christmas, you can’t ignore the children – party barns designed for the offspring can be fairly astonishing, housing scaled-back Peppa Pig worlds or Dora the Explorer kingdoms. The children will no longer make do with a swing and slide but zip wires both indoors and out, often ending up in a ball pit.