We've noticed that more and more brides and grooms want a room away from the dancing so that their guests can drink and mingle and not shout to make themselves heard.... A relaxed setting is what is required and many venues do provide excellent ones. A sumptuous sofa, soft lighting, a private members feel with maybe a snuff bar, a games table or perhaps the fabulous Powderpuff Girls (pictured below) who can touch up the your make up and tidy up your hair after you've been dancing wildly to The Arctic Monkeys!
Berwick Lodge near Bristol has a much more refined approach to hen parties and we think they look rather lovely. For just £25 per person you have a champagne afternoon tea where you can take your mother and aunties (and then go out later and get very drunk if you so wish!!). Or even better, they have three other options where you get to learn something, as well as hanging out with your best girlfriends in a beautiful tranquil setting. First of all, there is a wedding craft workshop where you can make vintage style creations to add to that personal touch to your special day. We love that idea of getting your hens to do some (fun) work, at the same time as having a great time.
But if that doesn't sound like your bag, then there are two baking packages - The Great Berwick Bake off or the Cupcake experience. Both sound utterly yummy! Berwick Lodge's gorgeous garden is pictured below.... a perfect spot for a glass of champagne and a piece of your own cake!
This is a personal favourite of ours! And for good reason as we stay here every year when we go to the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival. Not only do they do weddings, but this is a fantastic venue for your Stag or Hen night (and we have seen them in action here!), particularly as it is steeped in history. This stunning building, built in 1839 as the Baskerville's family home, is set in over 130 acres of Welsh countryside overlooking the River Wye and Brecon Beacons. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the book Hound of the Baskervilles, was a lover of this grand property and would return on many occasions. His book was inspired from the time he spent here. You may even catch a glimpse of the 'White Lady' who is regularly
One of our most frequent requests from brides is recommendations for country house hotel weddings. For many of you, it seems, this is the ideal type of wedding venue. We have lots on the site but thought we'd tell you about Stanhill Court Hotel, which is a fantastic country house hotel, surrounded by stunning gardens, ancient woodland and lake. In many ways this is a hidden gem, because it is only four miles from Gatwick airport (not in the flight path either so no noise and great for a quick honeymoon getaway if that's part of you plan) and yet has a beautiful countryside feel to it. They even have deer, sheep and cows grazing peacefully! The hotel has been