Hen parties, hen do's, hen nights out, bachelorette parties, bridal showers….whatever you want to call them, these events are always celebrations in honour of the bride-to-be.
Who invented the hen do?
The hen do is thought to have derived from Ancient Greek wedding traditions, where the bride would be spending time at her home, preparing for the ceremony with her mother, other female relatives, friends and slaves. It was the first of three events to prepare for marriage and it included offering gifts and asking protection from the goddess of childbirth, Artemis.
In the late 90’s, hen parties were seen almost as an essential prerequisite to getting married, and we saw a boom in fancy dress costumes, stretched limousines, and sports activities. The millennium saw a surge in parties taken abroad to destinations such as Ibiza, Las Vegas or European cities (Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona).
However, with Covid restrictions and a lot of hassle for any foreign trips, bridal tribes are looking at various staycation options to celebrate in style with friends and family this special girls' escape.
Here, at Corralea we can offer you a unique Hen weekend spa retreat adapted to your needs.
We have 4 self-catering cottages nestling in a 16 acre forest on the shores of Lough Macnean. So we can accommodate from the smallest party of 6 up to 21 hens.
Each cottage sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms and has its own kitchen, lounge and bathroom. A larger cottage (pinetree cottage) sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, has 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen with dishwasher, a utility room and is wheelchair friendly.
Groups over 16 will have the whole site to themselves and are welcome to organise music entertainment on site, in cottages or outdoors.
Each cottage has a BBQ, fire pit, picnic table and garden chairs.
We also have a new BBQ Hut ideal for groups of 12-15. The Hut includes charcoal and logs. We can provide wooden plates and cutlery if you wish to have a BBQ (you cook your own meat). Or it is just a lovely focal point if you want to have a drink and a chat, a nice relaxing way to start your weekend.
Includes 2 nights accommodation in our self-catering cottages and activities on Saturday with Corralea Activity Centre Ltd. You can try your skills at Archery, scale the face of our outdoor climbing wall, enjoy an outdoor yoga session with Shauna from Aurora Yoga Studio NI or opt to take to the water with canoe or SUP hire (weather permitting). In the afternoon, take your time & chill out in the unique Forest Eco Spa. Our Lough swing is also there for you to relax at anytime of the day.
The Forest Eco Spa
You have exclusive use of the Forest Eco Spa for the afternoon as part of your package.
The Eco spa is hidden in the forest on the edge of the lake. It is unique with its wood fired hot tub and its Nordic sauna with a panoramic window offering amazing views of Thur Mountain and the hills of Co. Leitrim. The relaxation pod has tea-making facilities and a small fridge to keep your drinks cool.
Revel and cocoon in the heat of our exceptional sauna and soak in the atmosphere in our Hot tub surrounded by trees & relax in our wooden loungers. Then, why not cool down with a dip in the lake! The waters of Lough Macnean are safe for swimming and are pristine. You can totally unwind in this secluded spot!
What better place to catch up with friends and family, take that unique instagram shot and make lasting memories.
Best of all, don’t worry about splitting the cost of the Bride-to-be, Hen goes FREE for groups of 14+
This year we've seen a surge of hen weekend bookings, with great support from staycationsni.co.uk. Thank you Michelle! Check out their blog featuring us as a destination for post-lockdown hen parties.
But don’t take our word for it, this is what previous hens have said:
And we want to thank our customers for their fantastic reviews. They mean a lot to us!
Tripadvisor Corralea cottages
liz m wrote a review 1 Jun (Belfast)
A group of 12 of us visited for a hen party and stayed in three cottages. The cottages were spotless, spacious and very homely. All equipped with everything you could need including barbecues and outside dining. All the staff were so helpful from the first telephone call to the moment we reluctantly packed up our bags. A weekend was just too short. The grounds were immaculate and the scenery was just breath taking. We arrived on the Friday and had arranged for a two piece band. Maurius, who was an absolute gem, was straight on the ball and had a gazebo set up to accommodate the band in case the weather changed. We enjoyed this then some of the party went down to the teepee that Maurius had set up with lights, seating and rugs. On Saturday morning some of the group were led by Maurius's son, (who I believe was called Brian) who took us canoeing whilst the others went paddle boarding with Maurius. We then all met up in the middle of the lake and had a really enjoyable morning on the lake. Later in the afternoon we had the most amazing spa day at the sauna and hot tub. The photos of the scenery here do not do it justice. There was also a relaxation hut equipped with a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and deck chairs. The staff laid on beautiful pastries and prosecco for us, we were speechless. Talk about luxury, it was hospitality at its finest. In the evening we travelled into a local bar in Belcoo, Maguires. We all had a fantastic end to our day with a meal and a few drinks. Sadly the weekend ended too soon. I would really like to thank all the staff for making it such a memorable weekend for us all. I would highly recommend Corralea for groups, families and couples. It really ticks all the boxes
Date of stay: May 2021
Rebeccam9 wrote a review 3 Jun (Newcastle upon Tyne)
My friends and family surprised me with a trip here for my hen party and I couldn't have dreamed for a better place to have it. The cottages were immaculate, so spacious and well equipped. The hosts were absolutely perfect, couldn't go out of their way more! So friendly and accommodating. The views were amazing, can't describe how beautiful the lake looked from both the cottages and the spa area. The facilities couldn't have been better! That spa area is unbelievable, felt like you were abroad. The tipi was so fun, such a great idea. I would recommend the water sports, some of the group did kayaking and some were on paddle boards and we had a fab time. I would 100% recommend this place to anyone and will definitely be back ASAP!
We stayed here two nights for a hen party and had a great time. The instructors made the activities very fun and competitive for us. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and even set up a gazebo for us when there was rain forecast for our BBQ. We would highly recommend it.
Was here for a hen party. Had the best time! All the staff were amazing and so helpful! Would definitely recommend this activity centre.
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