heatworld’s Hen do help-sheet: A luxury spa retreat

treat yo'self (and the bride-to-be, of course)

Down Hall

by Ruby Norris |
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Stuck on what hen do party to plan for your mate? Obvs, you're going to want it to be super memorable and fun (and a little touch of luxury, never hurt nobody). Look no further than heatworld's hen do help-sheet, 'cause we've got it all covered.

We've tried and tested a whole HEAP of weird, wonderful and GLAM AF hen do activities all in the name of journalism (it's a hard life). And now, we're bringing you our reviews for the very best hen do experiences in the UK.

If your pal's a bit of a diva (we all know a few), whose idea of fun usually requires re-mortgaging your flat and flogging all your worldly possessions on eBay, we've got the perfect taste of luxury for their hen weekend.

Sometimes you just have to be a bit extra and treat the bride-to-be to the finer things in life, and Down Hall's the perfect place to do just that (without having to fork out your life's savings).

The location: Down Hall Hotel & Spa, Hatfield Heath

Just 45 minutes outside of London, Down Hall is located in Hatfield Heath, near Bishop’s Stortford on the Hertfordshire and Essex border.

Luxury Level: 4 out of 5

Down Hall
©Down Hall

As soon as you spot the ginormous manor house from the long drive, you know you're going to be in for a bit of a treat. There's definitely a reason Down Hall Hotel is considered one of England’s most established country house hotels.

From the sprawling gardens and attentive staff, to the fine-dining and elegant rooms, you'll feel like a celeb from the moment you check in at Down Hall.

Relaxation rating: 5 out of 5

A luxury retreat just isn't a luxury retreat without a top-notch spa, right? And Down Hall definitely doesn't disappoint in that department.

Boasting four treatment rooms, the hotel's Eden Spa is the perfect place to shut off from the world and indulge in some ESPA spa treatments.

The sauna, steam room and jacuzzi are also ideal spots to discuss wedding plans with the rest of the bridal party.

Down Hall
©Eden Spa

Food Factor: 4 out of 5

After a hard days work enduring a deep tissue massage and facial at the spa, you'll probably be feeling a bit peckish.

Book into the hotel's Grill Room and tuck into a range of delicious modern English dishes, made from ingredients from the hotel's own vegetable garden.

Round off your luxury hen weekend with a spot of afternoon tea in the Lounge or Ibbetson's Tea Lounge. Or if you're paying a visit in the summer, the hotel can organise a quaint pic-nic in the hotel grounds for your party. Sublime, tbh.

If you want to go all out for the hen (and she's got a lot of mates) Down Hall also has 18 suites available for private dining.

Down Hall
©Down Hall

Unique selling point: AMAZING grounds

Ft. a GIANT chess board!

Have we mentioned the incredible grounds? OK, sorry, but they are pretty bloody fab.

110 acres of woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens surround that country house and there's even a life-size chess board. Very Harry Potter-esque, if that's your thing.

Overall experience: 4 out of 5

A relaxing and luxurious retreat in an idyllic setting. Perfect or a bridal party looking to escape the stresses of wedding planning and to treat the bride to some much needed 'me-time'.

Perhaps not the perfect escape for the party-animal bride-to-be. If that's more her bag. there's always Vegas....

For more information and to book your stay at Down Hall, click here.

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