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Frequently Asked Questions

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Social Evening Events

What hours are available for Evening Social Events?

The Perry House must close by 10:00 pm on Friday & Saturday and 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday.

What is the maximum number of guests allowed at The Perry House for Social Events?

Your style of service will determine the maximum number of guests as shown below: Roaming Receptions: 140 Buffets: 140 Formal Plated Receptions: 115 Perry House Captain’s Room (inside): 80 seated Outside & Carriage House: 140 seated

What is the difference between the service styles and seating arrangements?

ROAMING RECEPTIONS: The Roaming Reception offers a way for your guests to mingle with each other and enjoy the various areas of the property. The menu is served both butler style and/or experience stations. With this service style you can expect about half of your guests to be seated at any one time. Guest tables with chairs and high cocktail tables are scattered throughout the property. In addition, your guests are welcome to utilize the seating around the fire pit, the arbor and in the upstairs lounge. BUFFETS: Please discuss with your event manager the best use of our venue space for this service style. FORMAL PLATED: A formal plated style of service requires the entire party to be served in the same area. See above for guidelines or ask your Event Manager.

If we choose the Roaming Reception, will our guests get "enough" food?

Yes! The food that is prepared for our Roaming Receptions is actually more than the amount of food served at a plated dinner. It is a “full” meal presented in a fun & unique manner.

What special provisions must we make for a formal plated reception?

Can you tell me more about the VIP Room?

Yes. The VIP room is beautifully furnished and has a private restroom. Having the ability to be kept locked, it is a perfect place to keep your incidentals, gifts or other personal belongings private and secure. We have also found that often older guests really enjoy the availability of a room to sit quietly and relax. The host of the event will be given the code needed to gain access to the VIP Room prior to your event.

What is the facility fee for Social Evening Affairs?

Please call to check on availability/pricing, as pricing may vary depending on time of year and how close your event is.

What services are included in the facility fee?

All evening social events have 6 hours exclusive use of the facility which includes time for set-up and clean-up. Evening events also have use of the private VIP room. Please see the list of amenities on our Corporate & Social webpage for all the inclusions of The Perry House.

What are the menu and beverage selections & pricing?

For evening social & corporate affairs, we offer both all-inclusive catering packages (please see our Catering/Menu Information pages), or we are happy to put together a custom proposal especially for your event. For information on beverages, please go to our Beverage Options Information packet.

Are there any minimums?

Yes, we do have minimum food & beverage booking requirements. Ask your event manager for details.

Are we required to obtain a Certificate of Liability Insurance?

Yes. Per our contract, the client must obtain a Certificate of Insurance in their name for a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence and in the general aggregate for bodily injury and property damage. Your proof of insurance must have this special endorsement on the contract: Cox & Young Ventures, LLC and Cox Holding Company, LLC , their officers, agents, employees, and servants are included as additional insured. Most home owner’s policies provide this for a nominal fee, or just Google “one day event insurance.”

Day Time Business Meetings

What is the maximum number we can have for a meeting at The Perry House?

This number will vary depending on your set-up style and the room you have chosen. Please contact an Event Manager for further details.

What hours are available for business meetings at The Perry House?

What is the facility fee for meetings?

What services are included for the facility fee?

In addition to a beautiful alternative to the usual "boring" meeting room feel, The Perry House is also a private facility, and always includes the following:

What are the meal and beverage choices & pricing for business meetings?

Please see our menu selections offered from our Classic Express division. However, if you do not see what fits your needs, we are happy to create a custom menu for your specific event and budget. The full day flat facility fee does have a $600 food & beverage minimum requirement.

General Information for All Occasions

What is required to reserve The Perry House?

A signed contract and initial deposit of $250 or 20% of your event, whichever is more, is required to reserve The Perry House. The deposit is non-refundable. For events that are booked within 60 days of the event, 50% of the total amount is due to reserve the date. We cannot hold dates without a deposit and contract.

Are there any minimums?

Yes, we do have minimum food & beverage booking requirements. Ask your event manager for details.

Can we bring in our own alcohol?

As an Alcoholic Beverage Licensee, The Perry House is subject to the regulations of the State Alcoholic Beverage Control. With that, our guests are allowed to bring in wine and champagne only (corkage fee applies - please ask your Event Manager for details); beer and distilled spirits must be purchased through The Perry House.  However, our alcohol prices are reasonably priced compared to other venues and in many cases our wines and champagnes are similar in price to what you would find in chain stores, making it a real value when you consider the time involved to shop, purchase and make the necessary arrangements to have delivered to The Perry House. Please see our Beverage Options Packet for further details.

What time do you close the bars?

Last call will be made 30 minutes prior to the end of your contracted event time and no alcoholic drinks will be served within 20 minutes of the scheduled end of your event.

Do you offer any centerpiece options?

Yes, The Perry House offers a complimentary flameless candle centerpiece. Please ask your Event Manager for details or see our Preferred Vendor List for recommendations of Florists.

What are our music options at The Perry House?


Who is in charge of the details of my Event?


Is smoking allowed on the property?

There is a designated smoking area with seating; smoking is not prohibited anywhere else on the property. Guests found to be smoking on the property will be asked to move to the designated smoking area.

Can we add our own decorations at The Perry House?

Yes, however, there are some exceptions. Please see the Decorations section of The Perry House contract for detailed information.

When can we drop off items such as wine or decorations?

Staff will be at The Perry House on the day of your event preparing all the details, and will make themselves available to assist with any drop-offs. However, how much prior to your event they will be available will be determined by the specific needs of your event, and as The Perry House does not have regular open hours, you will need to make arrangements with your Event Manager for any drop-off needs.

Where should we tell our guests to park?

There is ample parking in The Heritage Parking Lot directly across from The Perry House at 470 Scott Street. Like all hotels and facilities in the Monterey area, street parking is limited and paid lots are generally the best bet for convenience. Additionally, we will reserve for you one VIP spot and there is one disabled spot in the small Perry House lot.

Can you tell me what the weather conditions may be during the time of our event?

There are many Internet sites that give you average temperature and precipitation for the Monterey area; one is the Weather Channel. Our coastal town can produce cool days, so it is best to help your guests be prepared by reminding them that they should dress in layers or have a wrap just in case.

What will we do if it rains on the day of our event?

Depending on your number of guests, we can bring the entire party inside and would work quickly to do that.  However, 85 seated guests in the Captain’s Room of the main house is the limit.  We also have a tent option available that covers the arbor and most of the lawn area.  Please ask your Event Manager for more information and pricing on the tent.

Do you know what events might be going on in the area around our event date?

You can Google this to find several sites with this information, but one we are familiar with is the Monterey County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Go to their calendar page and put in your date range.