The sun is shining here in London and there’s no doubt that spring is in full swing.  I’m in a truly fabulous mood and it feels like the good weather is a reflection of how I’m feeling.  I’m convinced that the weekend I’ve just had is the reason for the spring in my step today.  You see I’ve just got back from my best friend’s hen party weekend in the Cotswolds and boy did we have a spectacular time.

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Now, I’ll spare you the gory details of the hen do itself.  What happens in the Cotswolds stays in the Cotswolds after all.  However, there are some bits and pieces I just had to share with you.  The first of which is the accommodation.  We stayed at the Cotswold Park Barns just outside of Cirencester and honestly, I cannot recommend the place highly enough.  The barns sleep up to 20 or so people and are hired for exclusive use only. I’ve travelled more than the average Joe and I can genuinely say I’ve never stayed anywhere quite as beautiful.   Their website says they are situated within 195 acres of private land. Well as we had such an action-packed weekend planned for our bride-to-be,  I didn’t get much chance to explore the private land but I know if took a good 5 minutes to drive from the private entrance gate to the front door.

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With only two nights in which to enjoy this exceptional accommodation, my fellow bridesmaids and I decided to arrange food and entertainment in the barn on both Friday and Saturday night.  Cooking for 17 excited hens should be difficult but with 3 ovens, 7 hobs and fridges everywhere, it was a breeze.  The kitchen is so well stocked with everything you could possibly need or want.  As a former caterer I was in culinary heaven!

Upstairs there’s a huge lounge with big french doors that open out onto the grassland and meadows.  After dinner we made our way up there to dance the night away.  (There’s bluetooth speakers everywhere).

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I lost count at the amount of sofas and seats the lounge had but put it this way, no one was squashed or sat on the floor.  We danced to the 1980’s finest songs until the early hours of the morning.  We all drifted off to our rooms as and when we wanted to and all slept well assisted by several cocktails, wine, champagne and lovely cotton sheets.   Each bedroom is ensuite and can be made up as a double or a twin.

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With Cheltenham and Cirencester town’s both only a few miles away there’s lots to keep you entertained during the day.  We certainly had fun and got back to the barn in time to get ready for Saturday’s night of fun.  We had hair and make up done by professional artists and then sat down to a 7-course feast prepared by The Real Catering Company  who had travelled down to us from Shropshire.   I’m sure they had a field day in the fab kitchen and the food was exquisite.  By the time the second desert came out I was completely stuffed, it didn’t stop me wolfing it down though.

After another late night/early morning of merriment and a quick breakfast we packed up and said a sad farewell to the barns. The weekend had one more special offering for this group of weary hens.  We headed to the gorgeous Chapel Spa in Cheltenham for some well deserved R and R.  After 3 hours of relaxation we parted and went our separate ways.  The bride-to-be was and still is smiling from ear-to-ear.  Next stop is hen do part 2 – The Ibiza Leg.  Just 2 1/2 weeks to recover before then. It can’t come soon enough!