Best Honeymoon Destinations in the UK
By Jane Anderson, editor, 101 Honeymoons
A honeymoon in the UK can be a great way to keep down costs, avoid the hassle of flying and explore some of the most beautiful parts of this country. It’s also handy if you are time-poor, cash-rich. Or even if you’re time-poor, cash-poor!
Scotland is always a romantic destinations whether you’re enjoying the long days of summer or cosying up beside a fire in winter. Check out this 5-night self-drive luxury Scottish honeymoon where you’ll stay at a five-star hotel in Edinburgh, a lodge on the shores of Loch Ness and a private island off the coast of Argyll. It costs from £885 per person and there is an option to upgrade to a classic car such as a Mini Cooper or Austin Healey.
One of my favourite seaside hotels is The Cary Arms in Babbacombe Bay, Devon. Known as The Inn on the Beach, it is a chic and sophisticated hotels owned by Peter de Savary and his wife Lana, its spacious rooms offering luxurious Italian bed linen, bespoke fabrics and stylish bathrooms. The food is excellent whether you are dining al fresco on the terraces or inside around a crackling fire.
Gilpin Lake House in the Lake District is truly stunning – a collection of six suites set in 100 acres of private grounds of a Relais & Châteaux hotel, with a lake, indoor swimming pool and a new lakefront spa.
Close to Bath, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa is a stately home set in 500 acres of elegant grounds. It has just 42 rooms and suites, a world-class spa, equestrian centre and a Michelin-starred restaurant restaurant.
I love Gwel an Mor on the north coast of Cornwall which is set in beautiful countryside and has luxury lodges overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Some even have private hot tubs. The hotel also boasts a spa, heated indoor swimming pool and ocean view restaurant.
In beautiful Snowdonia in North Wales, Pentre Mawr is a gorgeous family-run country house hotel with a twist. As well as conventional rooms, it also has romantic safari-style canvas lodges with underfloor heating, a superking size leather bed, roll top bath and private terrace with a hot tub.
If you’re looking for a budget honeymoon in the UK, you should consider self-catering. For charming cottages in the English countryside, we recommend Rural Retreats. It has romantic retreats across the country, including the seafront Barnacles in Fowey, Cornwall and the charming thatched Field Cottage in the Cotswolds. It also former lighthouse keepers’ cottages, such as this one in Cornwall. See its selection of properties for two , costing around £500 to £1,000 for a week.
If you’re looking for self-catering properties that are a bit different, try Sheepskin which has everything from palatial manor houses to quirky rustic cottages in Wales and Devon. It recommends Tailor’s Cottage and Hilltop in Snowdonia, Hafod Glan Gwy on the banks of the River Wye and Cider House near Abergavenny. See its pick of UK retreats.
How about glamping? Take a look at Sawday’s Canopy & Stars which has cosy love nests from Cornwall to Scotland including yurts, ecopods and romany caravans. Top picks include a luxury treehouse and an Ekopod in Cornwall.
Ireland is just a short ferry or flight away. Stay in stylish country house hotels and enjoy special experiences such as whale watching, whiskey tasting and renting a Classic Car. This Irish Honeymoon combines the beautiful coastline of County Wexford with the lush countryside of County Cork.