London, July 15 (ANI): A group of partygoers reportedly held an orgy at a masked ball inside an upmarket 17th century hall.
A company hired the picturesque Halswell House, in Goathurst, for 9,000 pounds for the swingers' romp involving 350 well-off guests.omen wore corsets and suspenders and everyone was in masks and capes for the sexy get-together at the Somerset pile.
Owner Grahame Bond, an ex-estate agent, who has spent 2million pounds doing up the house, said that the well-heeled guests swept up the drive to the house in a succession of Porsches, BMWs and Aston Martins.
But at midnight, Bond said that one of the organisers announced: "The moment has come. The spell has begun".
"Within minutes, the entire assembly began kissing and shortly afterwards having sex," the Sun quoted him as saying.
"To say I was shocked was an understatement. It was as if a switch had been flicked on.
"One of my staff came up to me and said, 'you have to see this', and I couldn't believe my eyes.
"I realised it was a swingers party. Everywhere there were couples having sex. Over the banisters alone I counted four couples at it.
"I was very worried for my staff and told them they could go home if they wanted, and two of them, who were only 19-years-old, did so.
"The guests were all public-school types and I jokingly said to one: 'I suppose you are a High Court judge'. He replied: 'You're not far off the mark'.
"Afterwards, I called the police, but they said that as it was a private party, there was nothing illegal about it," Bond added.
On its website, Halswell House is billed as a "glorious grade 1-listed house", and says it hosts parties, weddings and corporate events. (ANI)