One guaranteed way to keep the bubble of your wedding going is to ensure you have a romantic mini moon lined up! The knowledgeable Penny from Suitcase Travel is joining us today to give her top 10 options for a romantic getaway without leaving the UK.
Many couples get married in the summer months in the UK but want to go further afield than Europe for their honeymoon, which is totally understandable as it is the most special holiday you will ever go on. Yet, it really is not ideal weather wise to go to a lot of these destinations for the summer months and so Penny from Suitcase Travel has seen a growing trend for people to delay their honeymoon for a few months. The added bonus is that you also get a little more time to save for the big holiday.
It is great that you also have more time to focus on the honeymoon and to plan it all from restaurant reservations to sightseeing and other activities. However, after the craziness of your wedding day and the stress leading up to it, you both deserve a rest for a few days afterwards. This is where Mini Moons are perfect! A few days ranging from three days up to a whole week of just you two enjoying some time together without breaking the bank.
Penny’s most popular destination for a Mini Moon is in fact the UK. It is super affordable and really relaxing plus no early morning starts at the airport a day or two after the wedding. If you are thinking of going on a Mini Moon, Penny has picked out her most popular and highly recommended properties in the UK to help give you some inspiration.
Indulge in a pampered holiday at this romantic retreat where you can enjoy the sauna, relax in the hot tub and snuggle up beside the wood-burning stove.
This is a truly delightful barn conversion in the heart of Suffolk. It is perfect for couples who like to explore the nearby villages and towns. It is located in idyllic countryside and the property is surrounded by gardens and even a jetty to sit on and relax on a warm summer’s evening. What makes this place even more special is that you can treat yourself to have a meal all prepared for you at the property itself – just like you having your very own chef!
This property has breath-taking views right outside the front door. Wooldown Holiday Cottages are a barn conversion in the style of an apartment that comes with a hand crafted bed as well as the picturesque views of the sea. The bathroom is amazing with a spa bath as well as a rainfall shower – you will never want to leave! The cottages are ideally located so that you can discover everything that Cornwall has to offer so you shall never get bored. Plus, if you like to do a bit of surfing (or want to give it a go) the beaches at Bude are only three miles away and are some of the best for surfing.
The School Room at the Ederline Estate is full of charm and original features including the original wooden floor from the gym with the old badminton lines on it. The estate itself is a working farm but do not worry, it is 13,000 acres in total so you will not be expected to help out with the farming at all. The estate has woodlands on site, moors stretching in the distance and 22 lochs in total where you can wander around at your own delight. There is even a castle for you to explore! If you want to travel a little further afield, isles of Arran, Gigha and Islay can be reached by a short ferry journey.
The Darwin Retreat was built in 2017 and is full of luxury with its uber stylish decor. You will feel like you have your very own spa as it comes with a personal sauna and steam room as well as a covered outdoor hot tub. The property is situated near to the Lake District National Park and so is surrounded by the splendour of the Cumbrian countryside. You are also really close to the coast to get some enjoy the fresh sea air – and perhaps some fish and chips by the sea. There is also a restaurant on site, which you can use their take away service if you do not want to leave the comfort of your living room.
There is not much more of a unique way to spend your Mini Moon than in a treehouse. The Treehouse at Woodside Bay is not any treehouse but in fact it is a luxury retreat with all the latest mod-cons including a curved TV screen, a spacious bathroom with a monsoon shower and copper sinks plus your very own private hot tub. It still has plenty of romantic touches such as a wood burner for those cosy nights in. What makes this even more perfect is that it is right on the shores of the Isle of Wight’s coast so you can also enjoy the beautiful beaches the island has to offer.
Enjoy gorgeous sunrises and sunsets at this boutique, cosy beach hut with patio doors that lead to uninterrupted sea views and a hot tub. It is a perfect romantic escape situated in a cove in one of Devon’s most romantic spots and has direct access to the beach. You are also close to the town of Ilfracombe where you can enjoy the many restaurants and pubs that are there. The town of Bude and the Eden Project are also easily accessible from here, so there is plenty to see and do if you can force yourself away from the beautiful views from your beach hut.
Explore the famous Scottish Highlands from this unique, elevated, cruck-frame strawbale house with southerly views over Loch Sunart and a hot tub on the large deck. It is an eco-friendly house and its design and many features are what you would expect to see on ‘Grand Designs’. The property has stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors at the southern end that leads onto the balcony providing you with the ultimate breakfast goals – perfect for your Instagram. There are plenty of places to go walking nearby as well as a whisky distillery, or two!
A spacious lodge just for the two of you in the heart of a peaceful woodland setting. It is a brand new building only built in 2018 ensuring it comes with all the best amenities that you want and need. You are on the grounds of Henlle Hall’s 17 acres where there is the brand-new Henlle Heights including a coffee lounge and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch cream teas and evening meals. Here you have everything is in place for the perfect, indulgent lodge escape! You also get treated to a special pamper pack upon arrival.
For those wanting a cosy log cabin where you feel like you can be in the mountains somewhere in Europe, this is the property for you. The property is full of charm with a lovely four-poster bed and it still comes with a hot tub. The cabin is off the beaten track and tucked away deep in the Staffordshire countryside. Here you can do as much or as little as you like. Unwind in the dreamy luxury of a hot tub, or explore the cocktail of delights in the much-loved surrounding area. It is also a haven for wildlife as well so you will be sure to spot some wildlife during your stay.
Thank you Penny, we can imagine relaxing in all of these suggestions. For more advice speak with Penny at Suitcase Travel.
Have you booked your honeymoon? Tell us in the comments where you are going!
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