Planning a wedding and a honeymoon at the same time can be all too overwhelming, not to mention the expense. This is where the humble mini moon steps in. It’s becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional honeymoon and a great way to explore more of the UK. It’s just a couple of romantic nights away together so you can finally relax and bask in that newlywedded bliss. So to help you on your way to finding the perfect destination, I have put together this little guide to 5 of the best mini moon destinations in the UK.
1.The Pig in the South Downs: Madehurst, West Sussex
Cosily tucked within the South Downs National Park, The Pig in the South Downs is the perfect spot for year-round mini mooning. The Pig hotels pride themselves on their 25 Mile Menu. Every meal is exquisitely prepared using only the finest local produce and seasonal fruit and vegetables that are grown in their very own kitchen gardens.
The hotel itself has a warm interior, with a beautiful bar situated within its fire lit lounges. It also has a range of characterful rooms and luxury garden wagons for you to spend your nights. A bright botanical, conservatory style restaurant provides a romantic setting for evening meals, where you can dress as relaxed or as fancily as you please.
There is also plenty to explore in the nearby historical towns of Petworth and Arundel. Alternatively, you can spend the days curled up by the fireside with a plate of Piggy Fours.
2. Foxhill Manor: Broadway, The Cotswolds
For couples looking for something a little more bespoke, Foxhill Manor offers a truly unique experience. There are no rules or restrictive menus, meaning you can eat, drink and do whatever you like, when you like.
You will be provided with your own personal host, who will be on hand to ensure you have everything you need throughout your stay. The Manor chef will also meet with you to design your own bespoke menu. This ensures you have the perfect culinary experience with food that really tickles your taste buds.
The Manor itself boasts a range of luxurious rooms and suites, each uniquely designed with a contemporary feel. It also has its very own cinema room, wine cellar and pantry for you to enjoy throughout your stay.
For the rest of the day, why not explore the 400-acre private estate in which the manor is nestled. With breath-taking views, there are multiple hikes of varying lengths for those wanting to put on their wellies and explore. Alternatively, you can mosey on up to Dormy House, Foxhills sister hotel on the estate, where you will have full access to the beautiful spa and swimming pool.
Overall, Foxhill offers a highly personalised and intimate mini moon, ideal for couples who like things just so.
3. The Hudnells Hideout: St Briavels, Gloucestershire
For those wanting to get back to nature, Hudnells Hideout is the romantic treehouse getaway you have been searching for. This secluded, adult only treehouse is set within a 2 acre, private woodland and is fully equipped with all the modern luxuries you need.
With its Scandi-Lux inspired interior, mezzanine bedroom with floor to ceiling views, outdoor bath tubs and huge wrap around deck, Hudnells is a true paradise in the trees.
You will also have access to an outdoor firepit and woodfired oven so you can eat out under the stars. Alternatively, you can book a private chef to come to the treehouse, or eat at some of the local, award winning restaurants.
By day, exploring the ancient Forest of Dean and Wye Valley will further quench your thirst for nature. For another layer of indulgence, private massages, treatments and yoga sessions can all be privately arranged.
Hudnells Hideout is the destination for newlyweds who want to properly unwind in the tranquillity of nature.
4. The Fife Arms: Braemar, Scotland
An iconic Braemar Landmark, The Fife Arms is a 19th century hotel full of historical charm. The hotel has 46 enchanting rooms and suites. Each room is inspired by the hotels noblest visitors that frequented its walls throughout history. Furnished with elaborate antiques, period wallpaper and artworks, The Fife Arms is the epitome of cosy-luxury. Many rooms are also dog and family friendly, perfect if you are brining fury friends or little ones on your mini moon adventure.
When it comes to dining you are spoilt for choice. The Clunie Dining Room offers formal meals showcasing the most delicious seasonal Scottish produce. For those who like a more relaxed dining experience, you can cosy up in the Fondue Room and tuck into delicious cheesy delights made using both local and Swiss cheeses.
There is also a glamorous art deco inspired cocktail bar, and a whisky bar for you to sample many a Scottish tipple. As well as the bars, there is a grand drawing room to enjoy traditional afternoon tea by the fire.
The hotel also has a beautifully landscaped garden which acts as an extension of the Scottish landscape surrounding the hotel. Overlooking the River Clunie, and with an abundance of native trees, it provides a romantic setting to sit and take in the mountain landscape.
5. Beaverbrook: Leatherhead, Surrey
A quintessentially English country hotel, Beaverbrook is the perfect mini moon spot for modern couples who don’t want to travel too far from the city. It’s a house of history and character, with glorious gardens, and a plethora of elegant bars and dining spaces.
This grand 470 acre estate overlooks the breath-taking views of the Surrey Hills. Why not explore some of its woodlands and stunning scenery by venturing on a walking trail? Alternatively, you can enjoy a classic film in the hotels private cinema, or partake in a game of tennis or croquet during the summer months.
Beaverbrook also has both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and spa, which is designed with nature and wellness at its heart. Gorgeous stained glass ceilings provide a bright and colourful place to relax and nurture your body and mind.
In the main house there are 18 light and airy bedrooms that are charmingly decorated with antiques and country pastels. Alternatively, you can opt for a room in the Garden House which is nestled within the hotels walled garden, or, the whimsical coach house which provide a tranquil place to sleep.
So when it comes to choosing your mini moon spot, there are plenty of unique and wonderful options across the UK. This select few is just a sprinkling of some of the best hotels offering a relaxing experience for couples in beautiful locations. You may even find your chosen venue offers a night’s stay, proving you don’t have to travel far to have a little holiday before you set off on that bigger honeymoon adventure.
As a celebrant, I am always here to help couples with choosing or giving advice on wedding venues and mini moon destinations. Just like your ceremony, it’s important that these locations are just so you! Please feel free to drop me a message should you have any questions, or you are interested in having a celebrant ceremony on you big day.