Ladies oh ladies, a self-catering weekend away with the girls 'far from the maddening crowd' will be a hen party to remember. Here are some tips to ensure you get the best out of it:
Even with the best intentions you can't do it all, and besides you've got friends to help. So make sure you tell whoever needs to know their duties well in advance, eg responsible for the champagne, wine, breakfast, aspirin, firewood, etc. And double-check they've got it all under control 2 days before the weekend!
The early hen gets the best bed, the earlier you arrive at the property the sooner you can lay claim to the best room / bed. But whatever room you end up with you want to know that it's going to be comfortable and that facilities are in keeping with your own high standards. We would always recommend that is you have any concerns about being away then be prepared, and that means maybe bringing your own pillow (eg if you have allergies), extra blankets if it's forecast to be cold, etc. Shower or Bath early, these self-catering properties are not hotels so there will only be so much hot water and that means, if there's get in before the preening queen.
You are not going to get room service or breakfast when you take on self-catering accommodation so make sure you've got enough rescue supplies to get you going first thing in the morning. For some that means toast, for others coca cola, for others coffee and a Resolve. Just make sure you've got this covered and the mornings will be a lot more manageable
Make sure you've got enough champagne, wine and water. Think of refreshments in 3 parts, the night, the morning and the days. Better to have slightly too much than not enough!
Don't forget the food. Breakfast is mentioned above but what are you going to do for lunch and dinner. Are you going to cook yourself? Is there a bbq on site? What's the cooking kit / crockery / cutlery situation? Who's going to cook? Where will you get the supplies? Are you going to eat out? Is it possible to get caterers in? Remember failing to plan is planning to fail, you don't want a hungry mutiny! And besides the bride-to-be will want to enjoy a memorable hen night dinner with the girls.
In this glorious country of ours the weather often like a stalking ex, catches us by surprise. It may be hotter than Prada fakes or colder than the boss's wife, either way we can't be responsible for the weather and we won't be able to tell nor will we be able to do anything about it on the weekend. Most self-catering properties will not have air conditioning so please do not expect it, and they also will not have the latest in heating so check the forecast and prepare yourselves accordingly.
How are you going to fill the time? What have you got planned? Set yourself up to get the most out of the weekend and you will, forget to plan to do anything and there is potential to undercook what should be an unforgettable weekend. Just let us know how we can help.
If there are any special needs let us know and we'll try to work with them. These self-catering properties are often listed, private residences and that means it's not possible for them to conform to certain requirements that are more easily achieved by city centre hotels. Keep that in mind when you're booking and let us know in advance, if you don't tell us we can't help. Also if anyone has a condition that may impair their enjoyment of the weekend then prepare accordingly, eg if someone's allergic to feathers make sure they bring their own bedding, non-allergenic bedding is not guaranteed.
When you book the weekend you're committed to it, we can't cancel it, so if things look like they're going downhill have an alternate plan ready asap eg use this self-catering weekend for another reason eg go with another 2 couples for a weekend break, take your in-laws away, surprise your man with a romantic weekend.
Obviously good behaviour is expected and we're sure by booking with GoHen you're interested in having a quality time. But you need to be aware you're fully responsible for the property and the immediate environment, for example you'll have to pay for any extra cleaning required or the repair of any damage caused. Plus if you damage the property beyond immediate repair there will be extra financial implications due to loss of business etc. Please also respect house rules eg no smoking, keeping outside noise to a minimum, etc. So to make certain you don't get unfairly saddled with expenses that are not down to you make sure everyone is well aware of their responsibilities. If any issues occur always own up straightaway and it's most quickly and least expensively sorted. And as a last word please be courteous to your hosts and the local population, if you're not you'll only mess it up for other groups and that's not fair.
In a nutshell plan it right and you'll have a ball and enjoy a memorable time, it could be one of the best weekends of your lives. In twenty years you'll still be saying ..."do you remember that time we took the cottage in ..."