Anybody who knows me will know that I’m not really one for big nights out and drinking until the early hours. When it comes to going out I’m more of a nice meal and a few tasty cocktails kind of girl. So when it came to planning my hen do I wanted to go with something low key. Somewhere my friends and I could relax and unwind while having a good old catch up over a few chilled glasses of Prosecco.
After a recommendation from a friend I decided to book us a couple of lodges at Brompton Lakes in Richmond, North Yorkshire. It wasn’t too far to travel, and the pictures on the website looked tranquil and stylish. One of the lodges also had a hot tub, perfect for a relaxing, girly weekend!
When we arrived at Brompton Lakes we made our way to the ‘Jules’ lodge which would be our base for the weekend. This is one of two hot tub lodges on the site, and sleeps up to six people. We were all so impressed by the way the lodge was presented, it was finished to a very high standard which beautiful interiors and all the amenities you could want. Each lodge has its own individual style, so it’s difficult to choose which one to stay in as they are all so beautiful.
As there were twelve of us, we also hired out the ‘Florence’ lodge just next door. This is a lakeside lodge with a decking area overlooking the water. Both lodges boasted beautiful open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas, perfect for socialising with a large group.
Friday night was spent eating yummy food, drinking Prosecco cocktails in the hot tub and catching up with my girls. I created a Prosecco and sweetie table which seemed to be a hit with the group. This included my favourite macarons from Le Mini Macaron (check out their amazing range of flavours) and delicious cake pops from Cocoa Cabana.
Before we knew it it was 1am (we had a lot to talk about, obviously), so we called it a night as we had an early start the next day.
Saturday morning came and we all had a lovely breakfast together to set us up for the day ahead before getting ready for shopping and afternoon tea. At 10am the minibus arrived to pick us up and take us into Harrogate. When we arrived we had a couple of hours to kill before we went for food, so naturally we opted for retail therapy. I absolutely love the shops in Harrogate, and ended up treating myself to some Jo Malone perfumes and a beautiful yellow coat from Jules.
I had originally planned to book afternoon tea at Betty’s, however it was fully booked that day and so we instead headed to Hotel Du Vin. We were shown to a stunning private dining room all set up ready for us. All we had to do was choose which tea we would like to accompany our food (not easy as there were so many great ones to choose from). I was expecting your usual afternoon tea with a few finger sandwiches, scones and sweet treats on a cake stand but what we got was far better. For only £20 a head we were presented with two large platters of savoury nibbles, including salmon and cream cheese bagels, cheese and ham croissants and savoury tarts. This was followed by a fantastic dessert platter, complete with candy floss on sticks (a real show stopper) and freshly baked mini scones with jam and clotted cream! They even brought out gin and tonic flavoured sorbet as a palate cleanser, which was a huge hit with the gin fans in the group. I have to admit this was by far the nicest and most interesting afternoon tea I have ever had, and for the price we couldn’t have asked for more! There was so much food we even had to get them to box some of it up for us so we could take it back to the lodge with us!! It was too nice to waste.
After recovering from all the food, we all met up again at the lodge on Saturday evening for more cocktails and some hen party games, organised by my sister. We started off with pin the bouquet on the bride, followed by a Mr & Mrs style quiz (luckily I got most of the questions right), a ‘who said that’ quiz and, of course, a loo roll wedding dress competition! I was modelling one of the dresses and we had so much fun as the girls dressed me up in a toilet paper train and veil! We had such a good night that again, we totally lost track of time and before we knew it we were into the early hours!!
Unfortunately on Sunday morning we had to pack up, say goodbye to our lodges and hand the keys back to the lovely staff at reception. We were all very sad to leave!
I couldn’t have asked for a better hen weekend, we had so many giggles that I won’t forget. We couldn’t have picked a better location for it and we have all agreed we need to book Brompton Lakes again for our next girly getaway!