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Recently voted the 2nd Best Alternative Hen Party Venue in Ireland by Lovin.ie


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 and give her an experience she’ll remember forever (for all the right reasons!) Coolanowle Country House can sleep from 16-25 guests. There is extra capacity in our self catering accommodation which can be rented on a B&B basis for hen numbers greater than 25. In total we can sleep up to 38 hens.


 We custom create hen weekends individually for all our groups so if you’re interested in having a hen party at Coolanowle please contact us to let us know what interests you from the activities outlined below 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 the perfect place for your hen party then please view some of our trip advisor reviews for alternative hens!



Suggested Activities


pineapple_vintage_011p31-brown-soda-bread-ck-lWhy not kick off your hen with an afternoon tea & prosecco party on arrival with our eclectic mix of vintage china. Guaranteed to make you all feel very sophisticated indeed! If you prefer to have lunch on arrival please see our sample lunch menu.


dancing henImage result for hen party hair and makeup masterclassOur converted barn is the ideal activity venue where we can organise lots of fun activities. Why not try a fun and energetic dance classor a hair &/ or makeup master classHere the bride to be gets her hair and makeup done professionally while the rest of the hens get expert tuition in applying their own makeup like a pro. Hens can also learn a new upstyle; the perfect prelude activity for a glam night on the town!


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Another activity we offer is a wine tasting evening. This is an great  pre-dinner activity for ladies looking to educate their palates, whilst also having lots of fun!


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For Bohemian/ Vintage themed hen parties we can organize a Flower Arrangement Class or a Floral Crown Workshop with the expert tuition of Fleuration Florists. Here each hen learns to make either a flower arrangement or their own floral crown with either fresh or silk flowers to bring home and keep as a memento of the occasion. 



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.



Image result for foragingWe also host wild food foraging workshops with WILD FOOD MARY. The foraging happens on Coolanowles Organic Farm and when the hens have finished foraging Mary gives a workshop educating the hens on the fruits of their labour. She gives plenty of ideas of lunch & dinner recipes in which to use the ingredients foraged whilst also educating the hens re: herbal remedies and herbal oil infusions for massage to try out at home on their loved ones! This alternative activity is perfect for the outdoorsy food loving hen and is a sure fire way to whet the appetite for a hearty Organic Lunch, Afternoon Tea Party or Evening Meal afterwards. 


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 Castlecomer Discovery Park is an exciting outdoor pursuits activity location just a 20 minute drive away. The park offers Tree-Top Walk, Climbing Wall, Zipline, Octagon, Boats, Canoeing, Archery, Orienteering, Walking Trails, Raft Building, Team Challenges and much more. The perfect activity for the adrenaline seeking hen!


Image result for cycling on the river barrowAlternatively a half day or a full days bicycle hire to cycle along the picturesque barrow way towpath is ideal for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors and serene rural life . There are also lots of designated walks locally that we can recommend.




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




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 our 4 course fine dining organic evening meal experience. Please see our sample evening meal menu. For a more casual option we can also offer our Hot Buffet Menu or BBQ menu options.  Minimum numbers of 25 hens apply for the Hot Buffet and BBQ option 1 menus. Please note: Vegetarians, vegans and those with other special dietary requirements can be 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 or even enjoy some Karaoke and a few drinks from our bar.

Alternatively play a few hen party games or reminisce on the old days with a slideshow of photographs of the hen before heading out on the town to sample some of Carlows reputable night life. Carlow town is just a short 10 minute taxi drive. We can organise a taxi bus with taxi fares at just €5 per person. We can also organise a reserved seating area in The Barracks Bar in Carlow town with complimentary prosecco on arrival for the hen party and concessionary passes to The Foundry night club if desired. The Barracks bar have music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night with a late bar on Saturday nights.