Staycations, minimoons, whatever you like to call them: having your honeymoon in the UK is making a comeback. And why shouldn’t it? The UK boasts some of the most incredible rural landscapes, exciting tourist attractions and Michelin star dining experiences. You just need to know where to look.
Having a UK honeymoon has its benefits. There’s no scramble to get your currency changed before you leave, no jet lag and your other half can’t forget the passports - even though it was definitely their job to pack them. Choosing a staycation can often be cheaper, and it could be considered the eco-friendlier option by eschewing air travel.
So, get ready to swap Monaco for Margate, trade up the Amalfi coast for the Jurassic and if you squint hard enough the Shard almost looks like the Burj Khalifa anyway, right? Here are our favourite UK honeymoon destinations:
HOTEL DU VIN, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
A Rock My Wedding recommended supplier, Hotel Du Vin has 19 different locations and offers a range of romantic packages, perfect for a UK honeymoon wherever you are! Whether you want a seaside destination, city break or a countryside jaunt, Hotel Du Vin offers traditional luxury with a modern edge. Each of their boutique hotels hosts incredibly sleek décor with unique bedrooms that exude charm. Great for foodies; their incredible knowledge of wine and spirits, paired with classic French cuisine, is second to none. Who needs the Eurostar?
MIDDLETON LODGE, NORTH YORKSHIRE
Another of our recommended suppliers, Middleton Lodge is a gorgeous Georgian country estate and family home. Nestled in 200 acres of the Yorkshire countryside, the main house is giving us serious Bridgerton vibes! Take a leisurely promenade around the lush garden grounds, or hop on one of the estate bicycles to take it all in – it’s where most of the kitchen produce is sourced from. After choosing from a range of relaxing treatments or fun activities; like exploring nearby Aysgarth waterfall for example, sneak down to the hotel’s late night cellar bar to toast your newfound love of Yorkshire.
THE NED, LONDON
If rolling hills and country walks aren't your vibe, iconic London location The Ned will unquestionably be for you. It's smack bang in the middle of the city centre yet offers a comfortable, calm and secluded feel. Their elegant Studio Suites offer open plan living and sleeping space to stretch out after a day of sightseeing. Think plush velvet, dark wooden features, and deep, earthy colour schemes.
THE HONEYMOONERS HIDEAWAY, DUNDEE
The name says it all really! The Honeymooners offers all the extravagance of a five-star hotel, with the solitude and scenic views of private accommodation. This modern eco lodge with under floor heating is powered by renewable energy, for those after a sustainable UK honeymoon. Indulge yourselves with their dedicated honeymoon package, while taking in views of the Scottish countryside from the comfort of your private hot tub.
LITTLE COTTAGE, RYE
On the contrary, bigger doesn’t always mean better and Little Cottage in Rye proves it! The epitome of a ‘minimoon’, it’s cosy, rustic and just big enough for two. The perfect spot to enjoy seaside walks for an intimate and slowed-down approach to UK honeymooning. Blink twice and you could just miss this whimsical hideaway.
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THE SCARLET HOTEL, CORNWALL
The Scarlet Hotel is a luxury eco hotel ‘just for grown ups’. A haven of tranquillity, the biggest decision you’ll have to make is opting for views of gardens, cliffs, beaches or sea. Whether you embrace the Cornish elements, or opt for quiet contemplation at the Ayurvedic inspired spa, the Scarlet is the perfect UK honeymoon destination to decompress after your big day.
BURGH ISLAND, DEVON
Any Agatha Christie fans out there? This iconic Art Deco landmark (on its own tidal island!) featured in not one but two of the murder mystery writer’s novels. Spectacularly glamourous, Burgh Island is a step back in time to the fabulous 1930s. A location steeped in history and legendary guests, the hotel offers panoramic sea views plus luxurious suites and a whole raft of water-based activities.
LAKE VYRNWY, WALES
If you're looking for a hidden UK honeymoon gem, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa is quite something. The extraordinary views of Lake Vyrnwy and the Berwyn Mountains look like they’ve been plucked straight from Canada. The Victorian building is one of timeless style, with plenty of tranquil activities and offerings to help you unwind from a day of exploring the surrounding market towns, castles and coast lines. They also offer a one-night romantic ‘Cwtch’ package (cwtch being Welsh for hug), how cute it that?
LIME WOOD HOTEL, HAMPSHIRE
The Lime Wood Hotel has something for everyone. Whether you want a cosy experience or all the bells and whistles, this New Forest retreat is pure laid-back luxury. With a particular focus on fresh and locally sourced produce, they offer a cookery school experience with their kitchen team! The Lime Wood offers a huge range of natural spa treatments and health and fitness experiences to encourage everyone to take time for meditation and well-being. What else is a honeymoon for?
See? Having your honeymoon in the UK can be just as breath taking as overseas! Altogether one of the main benefits of opting for a minimoon in the UK is that you can find some really unique hideaways, from log cabins to cave hotels (yep, we have those!). Take some time to brush up on our breathtaking National Parks, look up the best UK beach spots and stake out the venues serving a Michelin star Sunday Roast for the ultimate staycation honeymoon experience.