Hen Party Houses: The Ultimate Staycation Guide

Are you looking for something a little more low key than the traditional raucous hen party affair? Want to ditch sashes and penis paraphernalia in exchange of boozy dinners and wine tasting? The rise in renting houses for hen parties is becoming increasingly popular as a more sophisticated twist to a night on the tiles.

hen party house court house farmMagnolia Manor[1]

What we love most about renting a hen party[2] house is the freedom to do more than you would do if you had a one-night hen out on the town. If there’s the possibility to extend your hen over the course of a weekend (or even longer) then we’re fully in support. This way, you can get in even more activities and hilarious games.

“We’ve noticed a rise in the number of hen parties at Magnolia Manor as it’s within a great distance of London, close to the coast and we have enough space to accommodate a large group Says Helen Hunt, Manager at Magnolia Manor.

There’s something really appealing about a weekend away in the English countryside with your favourite people. The rustic escape of a country house and warm open fire in the winter months or dining out in the garden on long summer days. It’s sophisticated luxury. The same applies to beach houses on the coast- picturesque escapes that feel more indulgent than rowdy.

Hen party activities

We love the idea of an intimate dinner with your girls. Hire a private chef to cook you restaurant standard food without having to venture out. Keep the costs down by supplying all your own booze and keep things exciting by playing a selection of table games and quizzes.

hen party pampering secret spaCredit: Secret Spa

Make the most of the outdoors by playing a selection of garden games and challenges. Hire in some professionals[3] for a wine tasting class or cocktail making lessons. Alternatively, why not consider a full day of pampering? Secret Spa cater to all your beauty needs in and around Greater London so if you’re near enough, they’ll come to you.

If you really want to get temperatures rising, consider a life drawing class or a cabaret show[4].

How much should you budget?

“For the accommodation alone we would recommend a £200-250 per person budget for the full weekend,” Says Helen.

When booking, keep in mind travel costs, booze and food allowance and of course decorations! Any venue can be stylised to suit your hen- think fringe curtain backdrops and bathtubs filled with balloons.

You can save on games and activities by downloading a load of our printable hen party games.

When should you book?

As soon as possible. Experience has taught us that the sooner you act, the better. Staycations are popular among all Brits, not just those on hen weekends. Additionally, not all venues will allow hen parties so those that do are often snapped up quickly.

If you’re planning on having your hen party over a bank holiday, then you need to get in as far ahead as you can.


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  1. ^ Magnolia Manor (www.courthousefarm.com)
  2. ^ hen party (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ professionals (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ cabaret show (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  7. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

UK’s most popular holiday destination REVEALED

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Staycations are on the rise! With so many beautiful places to see in the UK, it’s no surprise that more and more of us are choosing to holiday – and even honeymoon – at home. But can you guess which location came in as the most popular?

Whether it’s the Cornish coastline, quintessentially English cottages in the Cotswolds or rugged fells of the Lake District – the lure of our beautiful isles has persuaded millions to stay closer to home for their holidays.New research from Sykes Holiday Cottages has unveiled the most popular destinations in the UK for a staycation. Analysing its booking data from the entirety of last year, the following destinations came out on top:

  1. Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
  2. Whitby, North Yorkshire
  3. Filey, North Yorkshire
  4. Falmouth, Cornwall
  5. Windermere, Cumbria
  6. Scarborough, North Yorkshire
  7. Pickering, North Yorkshire
  8. Benllech, North Wales
  9. Beadnell, Northumberland
  10. Llandudno, North Wales

The added bonus of holidaying at home is that you get to bring your pets with you! Bookings for luxury and pet-friendly accommodation have risen 26% in the past year, with other enticing features including a hot tub or swimming pool. In 2017 the typical cottage booking was a luxury, pet-friendly three-bed property with an open fire, garden, off-road parking and wifi. The average staycation length is six days, with the most popular day for booking a break being 10 January – something to lift those post-Christmas blues! And while Devon and Cornwall remain the most booked destinations, new towns and resorts are rising the ranks, such as Whitby in Yorkshire and Llandudno in Wales.

A huge 74% are set to holiday closer to home this year – an increase of 18% since 2017. True, staying in the UK can sometimes be more expensive than a package deal to the Med, and we all know that the weather can never be guaranteed, but over half say staying in the UK is easier than braving airport security, with 46% saying there’s no need to travel elsewhere when there’s enough beautiful destinations at home.


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  1. ^ sykescottages.co.uk (www.sykescottages.co.uk)
  2. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Minimoons: 5 of the Best Great British Getaways For Newlyweds

Forget the fuss of flying and make your first stop as newlyweds at one of these unforgettable destinations in the UK!

There’s nothing mini about these minimoons. Whether you want to max out on spa, sea or city, we’ve found the perfect place for you to escape to after the big day.

We track down the very best places for minimoons to make planning your own simple, whether you want to max out on spa, sea or city on a UK staycation...Canopy & Stars – The Treehouse at Harptree Court

Stargaze in Somerset

Country just got seriously chic. Stay at The Treehouse at Harptree Court[1] and you’ll enjoy your own secluded treetop retreat, complete with a cosy log burner and wrap-around stargazing deck, plus one of the dreamiest copper bathtubs (with a view!) we’ve ever seen.

RELATED: Take the Minimoon Quiz![2]

We track down the very best places for minimoons to make planning your own simple, whether you want to max out on spa, sea or city on a UK staycation...Stobo Castle Health Spa

Say spa-aaah in Scotland

On the shores of a loch in the Scottish Borders stands Stobo Castle Health Spa[3] – and we’ll warn you now, it ticks pretty much every minimoon box out there. Four-poster bed? Check. Decadent three-course dinners? Check. State of the art spa? Check, check, check! Book the Cashmere Suite for an incomparably sumptuous stay at this romantic castle.

We track down the very best places for minimoons to make planning your own simple, whether you want to max out on spa, sea or city on a UK staycation...Cary Arms & Spa

Cuddle up on the Devon coast

Does a luxury boutique hotel, perched beside Devon’s dreamy Babbacombe Bay, sound like bliss to you? How about if we throw in a seaside spa, a gastro menu that changes as often as the tides and stunning accommodation that redefines the meaning of beach huts, without scrimping on charm? Cary Arms & Spa[4] is home to all of this and more. All the more reason to make it your first choice for minimoons.

RELATED: 4 reasons you should choose a minimoon.[5]

We track down the very best places for minimoons to make planning your own simple, whether you want to max out on spa, sea or city on a UK staycation...Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

Love luxury in London

Boasting unbeatable views and an iconic location in its own right, the Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard[6] is one of the most sought-after spots for minimoons in the capital. We recommend the exclusive Signature Suites. Check into one of these and you can enjoy London’s landmarks from your ultra comfy, body-contouring bed, while your personal butler keeps your Champagne flute filled.

We track down the very best places for minimoons to make planning your own simple, whether you want to max out on spa, sea or city on a UK staycation...Paul Wilkinson Photography, The Crazy Bear Beaconsfield

Cue all things quirky in Beaconsfield

If you’re bored of one-size-fits-all hotels, then the only place you should be checking into is The Crazy Bear Beaconsfield[7]. Nothing is what it seems at this 15th-century coaching inn, where a charming façade leads into a mind-bogglingly marvellous collection of opulent and eclectic interiors.

Where are your favourite spots for minimoons or romantic getaways?


  1. ^ The Treehouse at Harptree Court (canopyandstars.co.uk)
  2. ^ RELATED: Take the Minimoon Quiz! (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ Stobo Castle Health Spa (stobocastle.co.uk)
  4. ^ Cary Arms & Spa (caryarms.co.uk)
  5. ^ RELATED: 4 reasons you should choose a minimoon. (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard (shangri-la.com)
  7. ^ The Crazy Bear Beaconsfield (crazybeargroup.co.uk)