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10 Cotswold cottages for countryside hen dos

Gather together your best girls and head to the Cotswolds for a weekend of hen do fun, with SoGlosWeddings unveiling 10 magical cottages for hosting the perfect send off in the heart of the countryside.

Offering a peaceful countryside setting, glorious sights, and attractions galore, the Cotswolds remain a sought-after hen-do destination – and SoGlosWeddings has selected 10 picture-perfect properties to complete a quintessential stay, in this hot list sponsored by Owlpen Manor.

Ranging from cosy cottages and rustic lodges, to characterful country houses, hen parties of all sizes and preferences are catered for, whether you’re seeking party rooms, active escapes, deluxe hot tubs, or simply a tranquil retreat with friends.

For more information about Owlpen Manor visit owlpen.com directly.


1. Owlpen Manor

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Having been hailed as ‘the most beautiful place in England’, Owlpen Manor is nestled in a Cotswold valley and provides an unforgettable escape for hen parties, offering nine self-catering cottages, enchanting gardens, and a beautiful Cyder House restaurant.

Able to accommodate 36 people in total, Owlpen Manor is home to nine boutique cottages that promise a luxurious stay. Encompassing cosy barns, modern farmhouses, and charming garden buildings, guests have a range of stunning listed buildings to choose from.

What’s more, the atmospheric Cyder Barn is perfect for delicious dining and drinks in the centre of the Owlpen estate, offering a menu that champions bistro-style cooking and uses seasonal produce from the estate, as well as boasting a great selection of wines.


2. The Moreton’s Vacation Houses

The Moreton's Vacation Houses

Situated on the outskirts of Bredon village, The Moreton’s Vacation Houses has a number of accommodation options for hen parties, offering a picturesque, rural setting, and modern amenities including two heated swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and a sauna.

Happy hens can choose from a number of cosy houses, with The Moreton’s majestic farmhouse sleeping 10 and seating up to 20 in the dining room, while there are also a number of smaller cottages, sleeping between two and six people. And with a wealth of activities available, from boat trips paint balling, to cookery classes and craft workshops, there’s something to please every party.


3. Upper Court

Upper Court Kemerton

Home to five stylish cottages set within 15 acres of glorious grounds, Upper Court Kemerton welcomes hen parties with open arms, offering fabulous facilities including a seasonal swimming pool, croquet lawn, tennis court, and a pottery studio where ladies can enjoy a creative class.

Spanning the Coach House, Stables, Courtyard Cottage, Garden Flat, and The Dovecote, the cottages sleep between two and 11 people, with the option to interconnect three of the houses around the courtyard for larger parties of up to 22.


4. Hardwick House

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An impressive county house nestled in the Cotswold Hills, Hardwick House near Bredon combines comfort and luxury, boasting five acres of private parklands, an outdoor swimming pool during spring and summer months, local country pub within walking distance, and more modern facilities.

Aside from offering stylish accommodation, the venue offers an exclusive self-catering package, allowing hen parties to hire the entire house – complete with drawing room, dining room, and games room – for up to 26 guests.


5. Mucky Cottages

Mucky Cottage

Tucked away in the peaceful village of Naunton, Mucky Cottages provide unique accommodation within a beautiful countryside setting, with a number of pretty properties catering for intimate and larger parties alike, which all offer luxury and comfort in abundance.

Suitable for between six and 14 people, and with the choice to take more than one of the neighbouring cottages, happy hens can expect a stylish setting with a choice of light and airy or cosy rooms, in addition to a range of great facilities such as hot tubs, barbecues, and alfresco dining areas in certain properties.


6. Middle Stanley


Perfect for private escapes in the Cotswolds, Middle Stanley offers a haven for hen parties in Stanley Pontlarge. Surrounding by woodlands and pasturelands for peaceful walks, neighbouring pubs, and activities ranging from pampering to sports, the retreat caters for a diversity of groups.

Sleeping up to 30 guests in its characterful accommodation, Middle Stanley is also home to a Havana Club. With seating and a dancing area, surround sound music system, bar area, and plasma screen for quiet DVD nights, the venue acts as an exclusive club.


7. Whitminster House Cottages


Offering complete flexibility for various group sizes, Whitminster House Cottages provide self-catering accommodation on the Cotswold Edge, with its country location ideal for tranquil hen parties, and with plenty of attractions close by.

With seven cottages sleeping between three and 54, including a number of combinations to suit all-size parties, there is plenty of choice, whether it’s the rambling Walk Farmhouse, grand West Wing Apartment, attractive Old Stables Cottage, or any of the other buildings. Meanwhile a party room extension is also available for celebrating in style.


8. The Cotswold Manor Estate


Located in Oxfordshire within close proximity to historic villages such as Burford and Bampton, The Cotswold Manor Estate offers a beautiful country setting, with a number of attractions nearby, including dedicated hen party activities.

From The Manor Vineyard which sleeps up to 10 guests, to The Manor Hall which sleeps up to 28, hen parties can choose from a number of wonderful buildings, each offering a rustic yet luxurious setting. Meanwhile in addition to acres of rolling parklands, the site is also home to a shared games and leisure barn complete with pool and football tables, games equipment, and more.


9. Arden Hill Farm


A luxury holiday farmhouse at the edge of the Cotswolds near Stratford-upon-Avon, Arden Hill Farm provides deluxe accommodation within a historic market town, with modern facilities including a snooker room, Jacuzzi hot tub, and extensive gardens.

Able to sleep up to 16 people, the property lies within walking distance of numerous pubs and restaurants, while also offering the tranquillity of the countryside and panoramic views to boot.


10. Fosse Farmhouse

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Offering award-winning self-catered accommodation near Castle Combe in Wiltshire, Fosse Farmhouse provides a great base for exploring the Cotswolds, boasting three character properties which exude country charm with timber beams, vaulted ceilings and cobbled stone floors.

Entitled Garden House, Dovecote, and The Stables, the three cottages can sleep up to 16 people collectively, offering a gorgeous setting for a night in with the girls. Alternatively, ladies can venture out to one of three village pubs, which are conveniently within walking distance. Meanwhile the venue also offers vintage Hen Tea Parties in the glorious garden, for a quintessential experience.


By Kathryn Purvis

© SoGlosWeddings
Monday 27 November 2017

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