Maybe like me, you're not a pub crawl type of gal. Being a lady of a certain age , I guess I'm past dodgy blow up items and the like.So I was absolutely delighted when my hen's arranged a little retreat at East Bridgford Hill, Nottinghamshire.
A beautiful description from the East Bridgford Hill Blog:
One thing that is lovely about this beautiful old house is the care that went into building it. It took Reverend Beaumont over 20 years to build it in 1760 and the design of the ground floor and the spectacular views across the Trent Valley are wonderful.
The Reverend new that it was a place of peace and beauty. Having a celebration in such a wonderful building makes sense. I think the Reverend enjoyed people because the house is perfect for guests to wonder aimlessly through the rooms while relaxing and talking to new or old friends.In the summer and autumn seasons the sunsets on the horizon and the sky comes alive...if we are lucky we get to enjoy the fireworks when they celebrate in Gunthorpe - village across the river...In the winter and spring the due glistens across the fields and the low mist skims the roof tops resting in the valley. Reverend Beaumont a wealthy land owner at the time had obviously really taken his time to think where was the best place to build his little piece of heaven.
I was sent an invite to my "Hen do" and also my hens let me know that it was a 1920's glam affair, with private dining at a beautiful country house.... of course there were, no doubt other surprises in store I thought to myself! ( They had joked about a male stripper...thank goodness that didn't materialise... I think some of my hens were a little disappointed on this point)
So the excitement had begun.... of course the outfit for such an occasion was key... Never one to shy away from a bit of sparkle, I felt like I'd just landed a part in Great Gatsby.!
I chose a very sparkly number indeed, on fact I believe it was the same dress worn by Chloe Khan entering celebrity big brother ( not that I watch it myself).
I teamed it with equally sparkly jewellery, a fake fur stole and although you can't see it in the photo I had a 1920's headband with my hair pinned into a bob.
The shoes ....
I had the shoes made with a bag to match by the very talented Zoe Monaghan ( who also made me a pair of shoes for my wedding)
Despite having a back injury, I wore my beautiful shoes for photos, then spent the rest of the time barefoot! ( they are a piece of art , truth be told)
On arrival at the house we had a delicious light lunch with produce from the garden made by Emma Robens ,owner and hostess of the house. What a lovely way to start what would be a wonderful weekend.
During the day my hens had arranged a series of games and fun and also the most beautiful spiritual blessing circle, where every hen shared words and poems and gave gifts. It was truly special... and a few tears were shed in the process.
On to the evening.....
My hens looked absolutely stunning in their 1920's outfits and we headed down for pre-dinner cocktails served in the wonderfully quirky "Hat bar". Before entering our beautifully dressed private dining room. We then had the most scrumptious food as created by our own personal chef Simon.
My sister in law tells me that we had the most complicated dietary requirements she's ever had to managed for just 10 people! Non the less Simon delivered the most exquisite food imaginable.
Thankfully not a male stripper in sight, instead we had a young singing duo, sisters who sang all evening whilst we danced and laughed to our hearts content, they were simply amazing.
I think there were some fuzzy heads the next morning as we took breakfast overlooking the rolling hills on the banks of the river Trent, before heading home with fond memories of what was truly and extraordinary Hen party.
Venue: East Bridford Hill
Catering: Fiona Herbert Catering ( chef Simon)
Dress : So Called Love
Shoes & bag: The Zoe Monaghan Collection
Entertainment: Singing duo