Seven months to go in our wedding planning journey and our attention is turning to how we might celebrate after the biggest day of our lives, just the two of us. Due to Phil’s work commitments, we won’t be able to take our honeymoon straight away and so have been trying to engineer a few days away as a mini-moon so that we don’t miss out on that important time together to draw breath, reset and marvel at being ‘Mr and Mrs’.
I’ve been scouring the internet for the ideal mini-moon destination. Do we want luxury hotel? Boutique getaway? Off-the-grid isolation? A glamping adventure? So many options! I’ve gathered together a few of my favourites to share here, but I’m not going to give away the secret of where we are planning to head off to quite yet!
The Luxury Hotel in the Country
If you follow me on Instagram you may remember the snaps from our time at The Pig on the Beach when we celebrated my Dad’s 60th birthday just before Christmas. We had a private dining room and enjoyed filling ourselves with the scrummiest food straight from the kitchen garden and wonderful carefully selected wines. The Pig Hotels are a great option for a mini-moon. My sister and her husband stayed at The Pig (the original!) in Brockenhurst after their wedding and had the use of a beautiful cottage in the grounds. They’ve got several hotels now, I can vouch for the relaxed effortless luxury, outstanding service and that feeling of being in a home from home, albeit a very special one! You can currently find them in the New Forest, Southampton, Bath and Devon. Watch this space for West Sussex, Cornwall and Kent…they’re expanding! I’m particularly excited about The South Downs Pig as it is in one of my favourite spots, Madehurst just outside Arundel. The ideal mini-moon break if you want to be within easy distance of London.
The City Break
There are so many fantastic cities to explore in the UK, for a mini-moon I’d seek out somewhere with plenty to explore, romantic and beautiful. I love Scotland and Edinburgh is one heck of a pretty city. It has so much to explore, from the castle to the Royal Mile. You can walk miles mooching around the streets, popping in and out of cafes or cocktail bars! If you want to see more of Scotland then there are lots of places within easy reach of Edinburgh that will give you a true taste of Scottish hospitality. The Balmoral Hotel provides the ideal luxury base to explore the city with its stunning rooms that promise to be a memorable place to stay. Make sure you book in for Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court at the hotel, I promise it is a truly special experience.
The Boutique Getaway
Having lived in Chichester I can promise that it is the perfect spot for a mini-moon. It is a unique country market town with art galleries, great restaurants and a gorgeous harbour to spend some romantic time together mooching around. If you find yourself down in Chichester Harbour then don’t forget to pop by and try out The Boathouse in Chichester Marina, their food is delicious and it has a really warm Scandi vibe. The Chichester Harbour Hotel has been transformed in recent years to provide a beautiful 4* hotel right in the city centre and perfectly located for the theatre, galleries and bars. It even has its own micro-spa (one that I hope to try soon!) to help you relax post-wedding.
After the chaos, excitement and giddyness of a wedding, I can’t quite imagine anything better than to have some downtime completely alone with my new husband. Suffolk is a county that I have grown up visiting as my Dad’s family are from there and it has some really beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty. The Wilderness Reserve is a restored private estate that actually only started life 20 years ago. With 5000 acres to explore on their Pashley bikes (yes please!), a tennis court and even a naturally filtered swimming pool to keep you busy, there are all sorts of places to stay but the stunning Hex Cottage stands out to me. This little cottage for two doesn’t have electricity and overlooks its own meadow. The interiors are impeccably tasteful, the kind of spot where you nest in and refuse to ever leave!
A Glamping Adventure
We love camping! I so enjoy wrapping up warm, sipping tea and looking out at the countryside. Perfect. Glamping offers a touch of luxury to a camping trip that makes it such a lovely way to spend a few nights as newlyweds. A glamping mini-moon could be the break you really need, a great way to switch off and reconnect with the world and celebrate with a few bottles of bubbly! There are so many lovely yurts, safari tents and shepherds’ huts tucked in gorgeous spots up and down the country but I’ve spotted this particularly pretty shepherd’s hut in Devon. It’s called Little Poro (how sweet?) and there is even a Swedish hot tub ready and waiting for you. If you visit in Autumn you can also press apples in the Cider House, that has got to be a pretty unique offer!
How about something totally different? I’ve nursed a desire to stay in a Lighthouse ever since I read The Famous Five as a child (I LOVE those books!). Trinity House is the organisation that looks after the UK’s lighthouses and they have several cottages that can be rented for a short break that would make the perfect coastal retreat for a mini-moon. I’ve spotted Argus Cottage at Pendeen Lighthouse in Cornwall. It’s in a stunning location and the light, bright, Scandi interiors are very pretty. Cornwall is full of great walks, coastal villages to explore and a host of great romantic spots to while away your time together.
So there you are, my list of spots that I think would make amazing mini-moon destinations. We are still working out when we will be able to squeeze a break in just after the wedding but I can’t wait to get something booked and then dream of those long lie-ins and romantic walks!
Where would you choose to stay for a mini-moon? Town or Country?