Hen Parties - Cornwall
Innovative hen party ideas
Wed investigates the best hen party hangouts and crazes in Cornwall...
The modern hen party isn't what it used to be. Remember the days when a hen do meant parading around your local town with a flashing veil and a programme of ritual humiliation mapped out for the evening? How times have changed.
The modern hen wakes up the morning after with so much more than a sore head, a truckload of phallic paraphernalia and a set of cringe-inducingly awful photos on Facebook - she might emerge in her very own hip hideaway with a fledgling passion for a new hobby or a creation made by her very own hands (though we don't discount the very real possibility that the former may feature somewhere).
Check out these seriously cool hen party haunts...
For house-party hens...
Fancy a generous dose of private and exclusive luxury for some kick back time? Polpier House sits within two acres of enclosed, landscaped gardens, presenting uninterrupted views over the ancient fishing harbour of Mevagissey on Cornwall's south coast. Comprising two beautiful houses, Polpier (which sleeps 16) and Penpol (which sleeps 10), a large number of hens can join you in lapping up the style and comfort of this picturesque location.
Polpier boasts its own private suite, tennis court and garden pool. Meanwhile, Penpol takes the fine form of a glorious Garden House. Active hens might enjoy the likes of sailing, fishing, golf and clay shooting, which are all available nearby, or you can arrange your own in-house table tennis or snooker tournaments. For a day of sheer indulgence, schedule a massage and lounge by the pool followed by a wine tasting session and professionally cooked meal washed down with cocktails; round off the celebrations by staging an in-house private disco. A fun and sophisticated seaside hen weekend starts here.
Lower Barn is an award winning boutique guest house in the heart of the
Cornish countryside, close to the sea, where you will enjoy being
thoroughly spoiled. Offering relaxing hen breaks with sumptuous rooms, great
food and holistic therapies, indulge yourself and your gal pals with some very dreamy downtime.
The Treatment room, Chill out lounge and
teepee tent are set in peaceful surroundings in the garden and are all
used for therapies. Bubble away in the Hot Tub set on their wooden decking
with views over Cornwall's glorious countryside and gaze up at pinpricks of stars in a black velvety sky. Divine.
01726 844881 www.bosue.co.ukLOVELANE CARAVANS
fabulous quirky accommodation, unspoilt beaches, local characters, good
food and a brilliant lack of distracting mod-cons as you relish quality time together playing games and
having fun. This unique collection of classic buses, vintage
caravans and tin chapels form a circle around a fire on Roskilly's Organic Ice-cream
Farm and can accommodate
between 10-20 friends for the exclusive use of the site. For extra fun, they can help you arrange a vintage makeup session, riding, surfing or
boating excursions, or put you in touch with some vintage fairground
games hire to help create your own mini festival or fairground. Bikes
can also be delivered to the site for those wanting to be car free. See their website for details www.lovelanecaravans.com
ST MICHAELS HOTEL AND SPA
Nestled amidst lush sub-tropical gardens on Falmouth's picturesque sea
front, St Michael's Hotel is a contemporary sanctuary, combining marine
inspired design with a laidback ambience. The hotel facilities include an
indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and gym alongside a full range
of spa and beauty treatments using products from Espa and Spiezia. In short, a
range of pamper packages have been designed to leave hens
looking and feeling their indulged best.
standard of cuisine comes courtesy of St Michael's AA Rosette awarded
restaurant, The Flying Fish, which is renowned for its delectable dishes
utilising fresh Cornish produce. So whether you wish to take sanctuary with food and spa spoils, or whip out into Falmouth for its renowned night life or adrenalised coastal activities, St Michael's makes a brilliant waterside bolthole.
01326 312707 www.stmichaelshotel.co.uk For spa heaven and city sophistication...
BATH BOUTIQUE STAYS
Offering a collection of beautiful boutique style properties scattered throughout the cobbled streets of Bath, hens can take their pick from Bath Boutique Stays' selection of first rate accommodation for a very fabulous hen weekend. Gravitas House, for example, can house up to ten people, presenting super chic and comfy surrounds. A converted Georgian shop, it boasts a snug lounge, a fully equipped modern kitchen and four beautifully styled bedrooms piled with Egyptian cotton linen. A peaceful spot with the excellent gastro pub The Chequers and the nostalgic charms of Bea's Vintage Tea Rooms on the doorstep - not to mention the centre of Bath, Thermae Bath Spa and the famous Royal Crescent just a short walk away - the location couldn't be better to take advantage of the city's alluring variety of scenes. www.bathboutiquestays.co.uk For fun-filled days and spoilsome nights...
Retallack Resort sits in over 100 acres of gorgeous Cornish countryside near Newquay, affording a bevy of opportunities for hens of all tastes. From the resort's FlowRider Cornwall (Cornwall's only wave simulator) to all manner of outdoor pursuits available nearby, from coasteering, abseiling, surfing and kite surfing to zorbing, raft building and assault courses, thrill-seeking hens will delight in their stay. Alternatively, foodies will chomp at the bit to sample goodies from the innovative menu at The Green Room restaurant - home to Executive Chef and MasterChef winner, James Nathan. Kick back in the resort's luxurious five-star self-catering accommodation - complete with hot tubs and sumptuous interiors - and treat yourself to a day of indulgence at Retreat Spa, which offers a glorious variety of treatments alongside an indoor heated pool, sauna and steam room.www.retallackresort.co.uk For quirky-cool surrounds in the country...
For escapist and eco-friendly living, take your gal pals for a stay in the sublime setting of Bosinver. Nestled in a secluded corner of Cornish countryside, gorgeous eco-house, Lowen, provides coolly designed accommodation complete with all mod cons including a private hot tub - not to mention green credentials that'll sweeten your conscience. Utterly self-sufficient and carbon neutral, Lowen's luxury house uses PV panels and a ground source heat pump to provide electricity, heating and hot water. Boasting 30 acres of land, Bosinver's stunning setting features woodland, a lake and wildflower meadows in which to freely roam, providing plenty of beautiful space to enjoy everything from cycling and walking to fishing and adventure activities (archery, high ropes, coasteering, sailing, rock climbing...the list goes on); or simply chill out in stylish surrounds for some wonderfully dreamy downtime.www.bosinver.co.uk
HATS AND CHAT
Milliner Holly Young's passion for contemporary and period design and eye for beautiful detail is reminiscent in her elegant range of hats, fascinators and bridal headpieces. Holly's workshops allow groups of hens to try their hand at crafting equally stylish, vintage inspired fascinators to wear on a night out or on the wedding day itself.
You'll be able to make a headpiece using a pre-made circular base as a starting point (so you can get straight to the fun part), choosing the design of the all the decorative trimmings. All materials, from feathers, ribbons, silks, buttons and beads to netting and trimmings, are included. Holly can either come to you or arrange a studio space in Truro.
Alternatively if you can choose from a selection of craft-it-yourself sewing kits to make at home, including silk and lace brooches & dip dye fascinators. A great option if your party isn't being held in the southwest. All of the kits come with full instructions and a link to an online video tutorial so you can make them at your own pace.
Workshops cost £35 per person for three hours tuition with the
bride-to-be attending for free with larger groups. And craft-it-yourself
kits are between £10-20 per person.
For more details visit www.hollyyoungboutique.com/workshops
Going wild on your hen do needn't be confined to a booze-fuelled night out of debauchery. Instead, opt for a unique experience in a beautiful corner of South Devon and reconnect with your inner earth mother by spending some time downtime with your nearest, dearest - and nature.
Become a 'bushcraft babe' courtesy of Babes In The Wood where you get to enjoy some 'woodland lounging' whilst acquiring a host of skills as you learn to make your own seasonal item, Ray Mears style. Whether you handcraft a spoon, some woodland jam or a hedgerow massage oil or ointment using wild herbs, the whole weekend is tailored to the season and you for a memorable pre-wedding party.
The ancient bushcraft and survival skills on offer may include making a shelter, creating fire or campfire cooking where you'll be foraging in the stunning woodland surrounds for an al fresco dining experience like no other.
Weekends start from £195 per person
Babes in the Woods
07850 401759 www.babesinthewoods.co.uk
words Rebecca Matthews
Copyright WED Magazine 2014