Are you tying the knot this year? As more couples are discovering, you don’t need a lengthy, expensive honeymoon straight after your wedding. Mini-moons are a wonderful way to get away from it all, enjoy some well-earned relaxation, and make the most of those first few nights of married bliss.
And if there’s one thing better than a mini-moon, it’s a totally unique mini-moon in an amazing place you’ll remember for a lifetime. So here are our top picks!
StarBed Hideaways: Buckland Abbey, Devon
Enjoy an indulgent start to marital life at StarBed Hideaways. Oozing luxury worthy of a boutique 5-star hotel, these two bespoke, utterly gorgeous shepherd’s hutsin the Tamar Valley feature all you need to feel thoroughly pampered – including an up-lit roll-top bath, a tempting Larder Menu, and even visiting spa treatments. And for pure romance, how about curling up and gazing at the stars together through the glass ceiling over your bed? Heaven!
Knoydart Hide: Inverie, The Highlands
What better end to your wedding than the romance and luxury of Knoydart Hide? Winner of Lux Magazine’s ‘Best Honeymoon and Romantic Getaways 2017′, this lovingly crafted sanctuary for twosits on the secluded Knoydart Peninsula, and features every extravagance for a very special mini-moon – including a hot tub, sauna, and an antique super-king canopy bed – not to mention the chance to makewishes together beneath the Northern Lights…
The Little Barn: Richmond, North Yorkshire
Escape to the country for post-wedding bliss at The Little Barn – a beautifully restored stone cottage for twoon the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Blending rustic style with contemporary luxury, it’s the perfect spot for couples who love the great outdoors or cuddling beside roaring log fires in country pubs. Or,of course, you could just soak up those sensational views from the cosybedroom, which was clearly built for snuggling!
Fallen Angel: Mousehole, Cornwall
Fly away to Fallen Angel for a heaven-sent mini-moon. This perfect hideaway offers incredible architecture, sensational interiors,a sub-tropical garden and sea views across to Mounts Bay. It’s so tucked away, you’ll hardly notice you’re in the heart of one of Cornwall’s most desirable villages. Relax in the roll-top stainless steel bath with garden views, curl up in front of the egg-shaped woodburner, or arrange a sumptuous celebratory feast prepared by a private chef.
Kinlochlaich Treehouse: Appin, Argyll
Who says you need to come back down to earth after your wedding? Continue the celebrations in Kinlochlaich Treehouse, an award-winning, octagonal, eco-treehouse.Set in an 18th-century orchard beside a babbling woodland burn, you andyour spouse can enjoy total privacy and panoramic views in this West Highlands hideaway – complete with totally dreamy bespoke interiors, arched windows and a wraparound deck.
The Dovecote: Penallt, Monmouthshire
With breathtaking views of the Wye Valley, The Dovecote offers an unforgettable sanctuary for lovebirds. This romantic round tower,spread across four levels, has all the makings of a fairytale mini-moon- including a roll-top bath, opulent décor, a brass-framed double bed and even a drawbridge! Look out for wild deer in the surrounding ancientwoodland, and be sure to share some local Penallt perry and cider during your stay.
Thehuteyam: Eyam, Derbyshire
Relax and rejuvenate after the pre-wedding madness at Thehuteyam, an incredibly romantic bolthole in the Peak District. This sensational Plankbridge shepherd’s hutis the perfect place to get away from it all, where your only connection to the outside world is a DAB radio! Start the day with a magnificent breakfast delivered to your door, and end it under the plushgoose-down duvet in the wonderfully cosy double bed – pure bliss.
The Green House: Glenelg, Ross-shire
Windswept romance waits on the West Scotland coast, where The Green House welcomes mini-mooners for a lavish start to married life. Voted ‘The Number One Beach Housein the UK’ by The Times, prepare to be indulged with a hand-crafted four-poster bed, a concealed double-ended bath for sumptuous soaks, and stunning views across to the Isle of Skye – best enjoyed from the Finnish cedar hot tub!
Hen Wrych Hall Tower: Abergele, County Conwy
Curl up in front of the log fire in Hen Wrych Hall Tower for an idyllic start to your new lives together. In this historic castellated gate tower,set in the original boundary wall of Gwyrch Castle, you and your loved one can enjoy perfect privacy across three floors in this unforgettable setting. And don’t forget the Elizabethan-style, four-poster bed at the top of the hand-carved mahogany staircase – utter romance for a happy couple.
If this little lot has got you in the romantic mood, in our dedicated inspiriation category you can discover lots more unique and unusual mini-moon destinations.