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If you’re tired of the clichéd boozy hen weekend and looking for something with a little more sophistication, you have come to the right place. If not please re-google!

Coolanowle Country House combines 5 star B&B accommodation with excellent home produced organic artisan food and beautiful grounds with lots of entertainment ideas. Let your hen become lady of the manor for the weekend and give her an experience she’ll remember forever (for all the right reasons!)


Suggested Activities


pineapple_vintage_011p31-brown-soda-bread-ck-lWhy not kick off your hen with an afternoon tea & prosecco party with our eclectic mix of vintage china. Guaranteed to make you all feel very sophisticated! If you wish you can firstly learn how to bake Bernadine’s delicious scones and beautifully light brown soda bread and then enjoy them with your afternoon tea! If you prefer to have lunch however please see our sample lunch menu.



dancing henOur converted barn is the ideal venue where we can organise a dance class or an arts and crafts class for your group.  Alternatively what better way to kick off the weekend than doing a relaxing meditation class in the barn to chill the stressed hen after all her wedding planning. It might also benefit the stressed bridesmaids after all their hen planning!

Treasure hunt

For the more active and outdoorsy type we can organise a cryptic treasure hunt around our woodland gardens and ponds. This can be a great icebreaker by putting those who don’t know each other into teams to search for the clues. Alternatively you could do a half day or a full days bicycle hire and cycle along the picturesque barrow way towpath. There are also lots of designated walks locally. Castlecomer Discovery Park is another exciting outdoor pursuits activity location just a 20 minute drive away,


massageIf you prefer something more relaxing then a days pampering at Glosna House; a holistic retreat center is just a 5 minute drive away. Here they carry out a range of therapeutic massage and healing health therapies. They also host group workshops. If the workshop dates don’t suit please contact us to see if we can hold the workshop here in the barn at Coolanowle instead.



As Coolanowle Country House is based on a working organic farm, if your hen desires you can see how the cows are milked and feed the hens.


Evening Dining

For the evening we offer a 4 course organic evening meal. Please see our sample evening meal menu. Vegetarians, vegans and those with other special dietary requirements are also catered for. Please just notify us in advance.

After Dinner Entertainment Suggestions

If you have a musical bunch of friends why not bring along a few instruments and enjoy a good singalong in the lounge with a few drinks or maybe even enjoy some Karaoke. We have a drinks menu which you can choose from.

Alternatively you can use the lounge to play a few hen party games or to reminisce on the old days with a slideshow of photographs before heading out on the town to sample some of Carlows reputable night life. Carlow town is just a short 10 minute taxi drive with reasonable taxi fares from just €5 per person. The town has entertainment to suit all ages and preferences!


Coolanowle Country House can sleep up to 20 ladies. There is extra capacity in our self catering accommodation which can be rented on a B&B basis for hen numbers greater than 20. In total we can sleep up to 35 people.

We custom create hen weekends individually for all our groups so if you’re interested in having a hen weekend at Coolanowle please contact us to let us know what interests you and we will promptly put together a package for you with a price per person. We look forward to hearing from you! If you need something to convince you that Coolanowle is a great place for hen weekends please view some of our trip advisor reviews for alternative hens!