It used to be a night out in the local club with the girls, but in 2020, the trend for taking a trip away for your hen do is showing no signs of stopping.
What is changing, however, is the desire to head abroad for the festivities. In fact, more and more brides-to-be and their ‘maids are realising just how great a UK hen party can be. There’s no luggage limit, no liquid allowance, and no last-minute panic when someone forgets their passport at the airport. Just a single train trip or car journey can grant you access to some of the most beautiful destinations this country has to offer. Booking an Airbnb is the most affordable – and fun! – way to experience them firsthand.
Whether you dream of hot tubs in the forest, glamping in the countryside or a city break with all of the mod cons (and access to the coolest bars, of course), these are the best UK Airbnbs for a hen party we’ve come across so far. With space for up to 30 guests in some instances, no group is too big for the Airbnb life!
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1. Seafront House, Cleveleys near Blackpool - Lancashire
We’ve got two words for you, and those words are Love. Island. Yes, the owners of this seafront house in Cleveleys, just 20 minutes from Blackpool, drew inspiration from everyone’s favourite ITV show for their spectacular outdoor space, which boasts squishy bean bag chairs, string lights galore and, of course, your very own hot tub. Indoors, it’s an equally fun and colourful affair with a pool table and bar area, as well as the mod cons you’d expect throughout. You’ll even get a welcome hamper with a bottle of fizz and some sweet treats on arrival.
2. Victorian Manor in the Chilterns - Buckinghamshire
This luxury manor house is close to the beautiful towns of Marlow and Henley, plus in easy access of Oxford and Bicester Village, so there's plenty of places to head about and about. That's if you can tear yourself away from Instagramming the unique interiors, like the grand galleried entrance with its banquet table and magnificent marble fireplace. You're close to a lovely village with lots of idyllic countryside walks and pubs, although you'll have everything you need to cook in - including a luxury food and wine welcome pack on arrival.
3. Wye Valley Canoes and Bunkhouse - Herefordshire
Yes, that is a slide you spy, and the fun doesn’t stop there – this bunkhouse is right by the water, and you can arrange outdoor activities including canoeing, cycling, Vespa scooters, horse riding and go-karting nearby! The minimalist finish means you can really make it your own for when it comes to decorating, and if you want to make life easy food wise, The River Café next door can cater for all of your dining and picnic needs.
4. Brighton’s Most Central Seaview Regency Townhouse - Brighton
There are few better places to host a group on a Brighton hen party than this gorgeous restored Regency townhouse, located less than five minutes from the seafront. It's within handy proximity to all of the brilliant bars, restaurants and nightlife the city has to offer. Highlights include the truly enormous dining table, which seats 16 with ease, and the dedicated dressing room, complete with exposed brick walls and Hollywood-inspired bulb mirrors (no squabbling over bathroom space here!)
5. Wonderland House - Brighton
However, if you’re in the market for something truly unique and unexpected, check out Wonderland House, which is also in central Brighton. Host Jacqueline has spent years transforming the property into the ultimate Alice in Wonderland-themed residence: think clocks, mirrors, teapots and more. All of the vintage crockery and glassware is included in your stay – perfect if you’re planning on including afternoon tea in your itinerary.
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6. Beautiful Country Retreat With Swimming Pool - Bath
If you’re more about a civilised country escape than L plates and nightclub dancefloors, feast your eyes on this luxurious abode, where you can come over all Jane Austen for a weekend. It’s a great base for exploring the city of Bath, but to be honest, you don’t need to go anywhere – between the heated outdoor pool, games room, fire pit and surrounding four acres of fields to adventure through, there’s more than enough on site to keep you all busy.
7. Linton Church, A House By Sweet Brothers Events - West Yorkshire
This uniquely-decorated house is made for hen parties! Each of the four bedrooms is individually themed (like the jungle one above), plus there's also a cinema room, fab dining room, conservatory with a sauna, steam & whirlpool relaxation bath and a massage chair, hot tub area and outdoor pergola area with a top-of-the-range BBQ and fire pit. Seriously, there's a lot! The house is in the 'Golden Triangle' of Leeds, York and Harrogate and just 20 minutes from each. Don't want to venture so far? There's a village pub right next door. Psst, did we mention it comes equipped with GHD hair straighteners?
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8. The Blue House on the Beach - Camber
Sandy dunes, seafront views, freestanding baths and even Apple TV await you at this stunning Airbnb in Camber. With space for eight guests, this is an ideal high-end option for more intimate hen dos of close groups of friends – picture yourselves toasting to the bride on beachside patio or cooking up a storm in the well-appointed kitchen.
9. Central & Modern 4 Bedroom Apartment in Nightlife District - Liverpool
If the ‘party’ part of the hen party is the priority, feast your eyes on this lovely house, situated in Liverpool’s city centre close to all of the area’s best shops, bars and nightlife. The flat is opposite two bars so you can go straight from pre-drinks to the nearest drinking hole to get your evening started. It'll become your new local over the weekend.
10. Seven-Storey Grade-II Windmill with Outdoor Pool - Stoke Ferry
As long as you don’t mind scaling stairs, this seven-storey converted windmill is a wonderfully quirky destination for your gathering. Across those many floors you’ll find multiple bedrooms (including a master suite with a four-poster bed and en-suite), a huge kitchen, a glamorous dining area and even a games barn, and that’s all before you get to the heated outdoor pool. Watching the sun go down from the panoramic views of the top floor will be a moment you’ll all remember forever.
11. Barn Conversion, Henley-on-Thames - Oxfordshire
From the open-plan living space to the in-house billiard table, everything about this barn conversion screams communal living – and celebrating! It’s another property that ticks the private indoor pool box, and we love the high ceilings and exposed wood beams, which offer ample opportunities for hanging balloons and bunting from before the woman of the hour makes her entrance.
12. The Peacock - Manchester
For something slightly larger and still central enough for a city break, check out The Peacock, a beautifully decked out space in Manchester with super comfy beds and its own private courtyard garden. The only downside of a stay here is the fact that all of the homeware is so lovely, going back to your actual house will be quite disappointing by comparison.
13. Converted Milking Barn with Hot Tub - Teesdale
Relaxing rural retreats don’t come much sweeter than this converted milk barn nestled in the village of Romaldkirk. It’s moments away from a great country pub where you can bed down for at least one evening during your stay, but there’s also a lot to be said for simply pulling on your boots and getting out into the fresh air as a group, before returning for a low-key dinner and games in front of the fire.
14. Owlscombe, Porlock Weir - Exmoor
Perfectly positioned with panoramic views across the Bristol channel, Owlscombe is a peaceful and picturesque holiday home that's great for a relaxed weekend away with the girls. If you're a more outdoorsy group who love walking, swimming in the sea, sitting around a fire pit as the night draws in and settling down for the afternoon in the local village pub, this is a great choice for you. You'll have loads of space within the house to play games, celebrate and cook delicious dinners - ideal if a night out clubbing is your worst nightmare.
15. Piper House - Lincolnshire
The owners of Piper House have been welcoming big groups of guests for more than 10 years now, so it’s fair to say that at this point, they’ve got it nailed. It’s a particularly good choice if you want to keep everyone entertained with lots of activities – you can host a movie night in the snug, book tennis lessons on the on-site court, or even book out the adjacent St Medards yoga studio for some collective zen.
16. Tower Bridge 5* Houseboat - London
Bear with us a moment: what if your dream London hen do house… isn’t actually a house? We’ve fallen head over heels for The Harpy, a restored houseboat moored on the Thames by Tower Bridge that’s rammed with old-meets-new features like 1920s oak furniture and a Sonos sound system. In fact, it’s so cool that it’s been featured in films like A Fish Called Wanda, and boasts royalty amongst its previous guests.
17. Brittons Farm - South Gloucestershire
Yep, you read that right, 30! You'll be split between the Jacobean main house and lovely surrounding barns and cottages to sleep which makes it ideal if you've got a mixed hen group. If your mum and auntie want to come as well as all your pals, they can depart from the main house to their cottage when they're ready for bed and you don't have to worry about keeping them up. You'll have the whole 42 acre estate to yourself when you hire Brittons Farm (plus a hot tub with gorgeous courtyard views!). Bath and Castle Combe are nearby for visits.
18. NYC Penthouse - London
If you’re really certain you want to stay on dry land in the capital, this light and airy penthouse apartment in the centre of buzzy Shoreditch is a winner. The style throughout is clean, cool and contemporary, with dozens of thoughtful touches. Once you’ve enjoyed it to the fullest, London’s best dining and drinking opportunities are right on your doorstep.
19. Dairsie Castle - Fife
Aspiring princesses, may we introduce you to Dairsie Castle in Fife, your chance to make all of your regal fantasies come to life – it’s completely charming and characterful, with tons of quirky touches that’ll make it a stay to remember. It’s worth noting that you’ll be fairly secluded in this location, but if you do want to get out and about, St. Andrews is 15 minutes drive away and you can be in Edinburgh in about an hour.
20. The Pink House - Essex
For a truly out of this world hen do Airbnb, Essex’s famous ‘Pink House’, also known as Eaton House Studio, is a must-visit. It’s a totally surreal and uber-creative space where every inch of detail in the décor has been thought out: think glittery walls, flower covered ceilings, neon signs and more. With access to your own hot tub, three separate bar areas, a pool table and more, you won’t need to go anywhere else for the duration of your stay – just crack out the cocktails and let the good times roll.
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