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National Heritage hen party venues

Posted by Hay Brunsdon on February 5 2014.

Polestars explore national heritage hen party venues. Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time for us to start exploring the gorgeous National Heritage sites nestled amongst the English countryside. Whilst you usually see couples strolling hand in hand down honeysuckle-scented walkways, we thought many of these locations are well worth a visit on your hen weekend. This is perfect for groups of ladies that would much rather settle down amongst a beautiful orangery cafe with an afternoon tea, instead of barely remembering a sweaty haze of poorly-lit pubs and clubs.

National Heritage hen party venues – Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

‘Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.’ Henry VIII married six times, and he happened to wed the lucky survivor at Hampton Court Palace – good omen perhaps? The gorgeous rose garden is a beautiful setting for a fabulous girly day out, especially if you’re all looking to take some pretty pictures with which to gift the bride in a Vintage Scrapbook. You could even arrange a hilarious treasure hunt in the palace’s maze!

National Heritage hen party venues - Hampton court

hen party venues – Hampton court

 

National Heritage hen party venues – Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

Tucked away deep in the Cotswolds, this Gothic Revival Mansion is a splendid setting for history-loving hens. You can take an intriguing private tour around the abandoned site (Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen even sealed it with his signature flourish of approval) and we earnestly trust his love of beautiful design and architecture!

National Heritage hen party venues  -  Woodchester Mansion

National Heritage hen party venues – Woodchester Mansion

 

National Heritage hen party venues – Royal Holloway, Near Windsor

The Founder’s Building was constructed in 1874 as a ‘gift to the nation’ as well as an all-girls college. It now boasts a vast Portrait Gallery full of Victorian Art, a Hogwarts-esque Library and was also used in the filming of Midsomer Murders and Masterchef. Perfect for a summer visit with the girls; grab a Pimms, relax on the extensive lawns in one of the gorgeous twin quadrangles and check out the old stone balconies (perfect for a Romeo and Juliet style wedding!)

National Heritage hen party venues  - Royal Holloway

National Heritage hen party venues – Bourton on the Water, Oxfordshire

Another gem of the Cotswold’s; the quaint little village is packed full of chocolate box cottages and teeny little bridges which snake over the River Windrush. Relax amongst the idyllic village scenes, take in the curious antique shops and mosey around the dear little Miniature Village. You can all enjoy a Ladies’ Lunch at The Chestnut Tree Tearooms afterwards.

National Heritage hen party venues  - Bourton on the Water

National Heritage hen party venues – Villa d’Este, Italy

Our last pick is a truly rare diamond. For hens that happen to be celebrating with a city-break in Rome. You simply must make the short journey to the village of Tivoli – perched on a quiet Italian hillside, this UNESCO World Heritage Site  is an aqua lover’s dream; packed with fountains, water features and falls which trickle around the beautifully manicured Italian Renaissance gardens.

National Heritage hen party venues  - Villa d'Este, Italy

If you loved these gorgeous picks then be sure to check back to read about all the fabulous venues that host Polestars’ parties!

Photo credits:

Hampton Court Palace – Made by Claire

Woodchester Mansion – Visit the Cotswolds

Bourton on the Water – Gary Ballinger

Villa d’Este – Architecureus.com

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