Glamping: The Perfect Hen Getaway

Not everyone’s idea of the perfect hen do includes sticky dance floors and sweaty clubs, and if that sounds like your worst nightmare we may just have a solution for you. Now I’m not saying that this is the only solution, not at all, in fact I’m actually planning a number of posts on some great hen do ideas so keep your eyes peeled! However I am going to get the hen ball rolling with something that personally I have always wanted to have a go at… glamping!

Home Farm Clamping | Clarke and Wedgewood

Home Farm Glamping | Clarke and Wedgewood

 Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not the roughing it type, like at all. I start the day with a long hot shower, dry my hair and put on my make up. I need a good night’s sleep with a cosy bed and even cosier pyjamas. Camping? Camping doesn’t offer any of those things. Well, not in my experience anyway. A majority of my camping experiences have come from either festivals or Duke of Edinburgh trips and they have all been horrendous, admittedly for different reasons but hideous all the same. It’s either been mid-heatwave at Glastonbury or mid-downpour on a windy hill in the Herefordshire countryside; safe to say my camping experiences have left a lot to be desired and certainly haven’t lived up to the hype. I think I may be swayed a little however if my next camping experience is a glam one…

Picture the scene – a warm hazy weekend set in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside surrounded by your very closest ladies, you have a bbq right outside your bedroom and an afternoon yoga session on the cards. Tomorrow you have a ukulele-playing lesson followed by wine tasting, in-between enjoying a delicious slap up meal in the open air. Sounds pretty idyllic doesn’t it? I know if someone was selling me this idea I’d be picturing a 5-star countryside retreat and probably not the bell tents and yurts where this is actually on offer. It’s time to introduce Home Farm Glamping where all of this is a reality.

Home Farm Clamping | Clarke and Wedgewood

Home Farm Clamping is run by Jess Allen-Back and can cater for both small and large groups with three yurts and nine bell tents. This isn’t any old camping experience though, forget little camping stoves and instead expect BBQs and campfires, or if you’re feeling really indulgent there is even the offer of fine dining! Talk about swish! This really is a wellies and Prosecco event, with plenty of time to catch up with your girls and spend some quality time together. There’s even the opportunity to arrange a caterer with long trestle tables in the party tent, or if rustic boho is more your style set-up in the barn for a relaxed evening of good food and drinks.

Home Farm Clamping | Clarke and Wedgewood

Hen do’s can quickly get expensive so a great way of keeping the costs down is getting yourselves around a campfire or barbecue and cooking up a feast (without any other halves thinking they know best!), and the best thing is that there’s no need for sneaking around hiding sausages in handbags or vegetable skewers under your coat, Home Farm Glamping welcome hen’s to bring their own food and make the event as private and undisrupted as wanted! However, if you would actually like a little more structure to your trip then there’s all sorts that can be organised to make your weekend one you’ll never forget. It’s close proximity to London means that a whole host of companies are more than happy to travel to you and run activities from the farm, so you can stay in the rural retreat but enjoy all the fun of the big city. Just some of the recent activities that have been enjoyed include yoga, dance classes, ukulele lessons and flower garland marking just to name a few… the possibilities are endless! They also have an Indian tent you can hire if you need it so if the weather does take a turn for the worst you can still enjoy any activities you have planned. If you would prefer a simpler, more relaxing weekend why not organise a manicure or massage for each member of the bridal party instead, or maybe you want to go out and explore the local area instead of organised activities? There’s lots to do right on the doorstep with great pubs, a lovely farm shop and tea rooms nearby, there are spas you could visit, golf clubs, Go Ape and even a country park where you can visit the petting farm and feed the baby animals! And for those Rowling fans, how about making a trip to Harry Potter World? Home Farm really does have it all, and makes for a fantastic base for the perfect hen weekend.

If this hasn’t made you even consider the idea of glamping for your hen do, then I don’t know what will! It is worth noting that you can take part in a spot of glamping pretty much all over the country nowadays so if Hertfordshire isn’t close enough there is sure to be an alternative much closer to your doorstep. What I think sets Home Farm aside from the rest however is just how flexible they are and how much they have to offer in such close proximity to London – perfect if you want to mix a rural retreat with an day shopping in the big city! I’m a total convert, now I just need an excuse to visit…

Home Farm Clamping | Clarke and Wedgewood


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