Finding a hen-do weekend to suit 18 girls based in every corner of the UK, as well as a duo from the US, is one difficult task. Having only one weekend available, budgets, preferences and location makes for a well stocked internet history of options, but with the URLs racking up - we discovered (and fell in love with) Yurtshire in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
In the absolute middle of nowhere, we booked the three private yurts on the land, meaning we had a hot tub and massive field all to ourselves. The yurts come stocked with bedding and towels, and basic cooking tools. For those afraid of real camping (like myself) there's even a flushing toilet and hot shower, although outside, and each yurt comes with its own fire pit and a wood fire inside for the cooler nights.
We brought all the girly essentials to pretty the place up, but as is they were already adorable. They could have done with some solar lights on the outside, I vote fairy lights, but small solar lanterns would have worked, just to guide the way once night falls.
The hen was sent a box of clues the week before, yes, she did guess glamping, but she was in the dark about the rest - and it was a complete hit.
We stocked up with food and ample alcohol for the weekend, so we had all the hen-do essentials. Queue the hot tub parties, relay races, selfie sticks and gathering around the fire and you have a pretty idyllic weekend.
Lucky for us, we were also blessed with glorious weather - aside from a twenty minute downpour - proven by sunburnt shoulders a week before my backless bridesmaid dress. I would say the experience was definitely improved with the weather, but hey, you'll get the real outdoorsy feel if you're blessed with a real Great British summer..!
This weekend couldn't have suited our bride to be more and the real winner was housing all the girls. Plus, it meant I could brag about how nice Yorkshire is, obviously. I'd highly recommend and the owner, Tom, will guide you around the site to make sure you have everything you need while there.
Using a Sat Nav, you'll get to the exact location, but you probably won't realise. The yurts are in a field at the end of a gravel path, on a hill, up the owner's private drive. Lack of signage on the road could have you drive straight by it - taken from personal experience - which is the one and only element I feel the Yurtshire folk should change.
Prices vary between peak and off peak, mid week and weekend, but it's insanely reasonable, especially if there's a large group. We were lucky in that our weekend was available, but the ones leading up to and surrounding were fully booked - so if you're interested, book ahead. There are two locations in Yorkshire and one in Warwickshire, all prepared for a weekend off the grid... There definitely is lack of phone signal. And when a place is so damn Instagrammable it does make you lust for 4G.