That old tradition of the hen party... a chance to get together with all your best girlfriends and spend some quality time together before you get hitched... If you're a group of more discerning ladies and the whole nightclubbing with pink deely boppers, L-plates and sashes scene isn't your thing, then come to Ilbeare - you can bring 14 of your favourite females and relax and have fun in this gorgeous house, surrounded by miles and miles of beautiful Somerset countryside.

Croquet on the lawn, afternoon tea or evening drinks on the patio, chit chat in the hot tub beneath the stars, sit by the stream with a G&T and dangle your feet in the cool water, stay up til the early hours in the BBQ lodge swapping stories, snuggle round the cosy warmth of the woodburner, gather together in your pj's and watch a weepy movie, walks in the woods kicking up leaves... no matter what time of year it is, Ilbeare is a wonderful place to unwind and make memories that will last a lifetime.

If you'd like something a bit different, have a look at our Extras page and book something up - perhaps an indulgent pampering session, or a belly dancing class might appeal. Maybe a life drawing class, some pottery painting, or a craft lesson making vintage bunting or corsages? If you fancy getting outdoors, you're close to the Quantock Hills here so you could get out in the wild on horseback with Quantock Trekking or pack a picnic and climb to the top of Wills Neck for panoramic views. Go and have lunch at one of the friendly country pubs; the Rising Sun at West Bagborough, and the New Inn at Halse and if you go to Bishops Lydeard you have the choice of the Lethbridge Arms or Podshavers Barn Restaurant. Check out our Things To Do pages for more inspiration.

You could catch the steam train on the West Somerset Railway and get off at Blue Anchor or Watchet for a mooch about and have fish and chips on the beach, or visit one of the wonderful historic homes nearby, like Hestercombe House and Gardens or Knightshayes Court near Tiverton.

And at night? You could head into Taunton to one of the many bars and restaurants; Brazz is very good. But why not stay at Ilbeare and have a huge celebratory feast created especially for you by one of our tried and tested local caterers; you could even have your very own bartender to serve you cocktails. Whatever you do, you'll find Ilbeare the perfect escape for a relaxing hen weekend with your besties, and you'll take some wonderful memories away with you.

HIDE