20/03/2017

Oaklands is the ideal setting for a hen weekend

I just wanted to share with you all the incredible, fantastic place that I spent my hen weekend last weekend.

Honest to God, it's one of the most amazing houses I have ever been to/in.


When we arrived we were just blown away. It looks exactly like the pictures, which is always a good thing. Everything was really clean and tidy when we arrived and there was soooo much space - every room is huge. 

It's decorated beautifully, each bedroom (of which there are seven) is decorated in its own unique style and is just beautiful. The bathrooms are all decorated really nicely as well, as are all the rooms downstairs. 

The kitchen is just amazing - with a huge range cooker, loads of cupboard space, and the centrepiece of the room - the large circle table.


There's a little room with a small sofa and fire, which looks directly out onto the gorgeous views of Holmfirth.


As well as a super cosy room right at the bottom with a big TV in and a fire.



At the other end of the house is another seating area with a cocktail bar in the corner. This was great fun.



And right at the end was a smaller room with more seating and another television. There was also a karaoke machine in here (a good distance away from the other end of the house if you want to relax!)


And then, outside, there was a hot tub which was b-e-a-utiful! There was seating and a little terrace but, unfortunately, the weather wasn't kind enough to us to be able to sit outside. The hot tub was under cover, though, which was brilliant and meant we could still enjoy it even in the wet Yorkshire weather.


As well as the house being incredible, the company who we organised it through (Celebration Cottages) were amazing. They run all sorts of different packages which offer a chef to come and cook you a three course meal, afternoon tea, canap├ęs, drink receptions - anything you can think of, they can do.

We had three activities included during our weekend stay, all of which were organised by the amazing staff at Celebration Cottages who took care of everything.

Friday night we started with a cocktail class, Saturday morning we enjoyed beauty treatments, and Saturday evening we were joined by a butler in the buff.

The cocktail class was fab - even if that is where I start to forget parts of the evening - and the beauty treatments were amazing. I had a back massage, which is up there as one of the best back massages I think I have ever had. The girls were amazing!! I was also treated to an extra treatment, as one of my friends couldn't come at the last minute, so they gave me a facial as well. It was so thorough, so relaxing and just incredible.

I felt totally relaxed and wished I could book them in for every hangover!

Then there was the butler in the buff who was just fab! He was so friendly, so funny and just really lovely. He joined us for tea and became an honorary hen for the two hours he was with us.

Everything came to us at the house, which was great as it meant we didn't have to go anywhere!


The whole setting was perfect. It was intimate, but we weren't all on top of each other, and it was so, so relaxing. I wanted somewhere where my friends and family of all ages could go and enjoy the weekend all together. A big night out is all well and good, but I knew my mum, mother-in-law etc. wouldn't enjoy that the same, and I wouldn't enjoy it knowing they weren't there. This place was just ideal, there was something for everyone.

We chose to take all our own food, even though we could have got Celebration Cottages to provide it either as afternoon tea, with a chef, or with a delivery of pizzas. The fridge and freezer was really big, with so much room to store everything, and there were loads of plates/bowls/cutlery etc. There was also a dishwasher - lifesaver when there's 13 of you!

I took loads of plastic glasses and champagne flutes, but there was loads of glasses provided - both glass and plastic - so I didn't need to be so organised.

There was also plenty of cleaning products, dishwasher tablets, kitchen roll, toilet roll and all the other essentials. Bedding and towels were included, but we had to take our own towels for the hot tub (or we could've hired them, if we were tight on space in our bags.)

In the bigger TV room was a selection of DVDs - some proper classics like The Princess Diaries, 13 Going on 30 and Pretty Woman. I had planned to take some DVDs with me, but had totally forgotten, so these were a great addition.

It was easy to feel so relaxed while there because everything beforehand had been so simple and easy. If we had any queries about anything all I had to do was drop Andrew or Faye an email and they responded so promptly. They were both so friendly and made the whole process really easy.

We all had an absolutely amazing time and are already trying to find another event/celebration/excuse to re-visit and return.

Thank you so much to everyone behind Oaklands Spa Retreat at Holmfirth for the most amazing, special setting for the perfect weekend.

To find out more about where we stayed, follow this link.




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