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A Classic English Honeymoon

Published: 01 Jun 2011 - in honeymoon articles
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After a traditional English wedding you don’t have to jet off to a far-flung destination for your honeymoon. Why not continue your traditional theme with a classic, romantic break in England? Here are five of the very best.

A Castle Built for Two

A genuine hideaway for two, with country charm in abundance, The Watchtower provides a quintessentially English honeymoon.

The Watchtower

Nestled alongside the River Taw, this gorgeous little turret offers panoramic views across the water and Tarka country – the heart of Northern Devon.

This fairytale retreat is Grade II listed and retains many original features as well as contemporary décor, a lawned garden and a BBQ. Located in a beautiful part of the country, The Watchtower is surrounded by beaches just a short drive away and for a taste of authentic local life, the pub is within walking distance.

The Watchtower sleeps two and prices start at £199.

Beside the Seaside

Built in 1862 as a seaside retreat for stylish Londoners, The Grand Hotel takes centre-stage on Brighton’s bustling promenade and is one of the town’s most iconic landmarks. With stunning views and a luxurious interior, including a 123-step sweeping staircase, The Grand boasts contemporary style and Victorian chic.

The Grand, Brighton

There are four fabulous suites, each with a sea view, and you can kick-off your stay with a decadent breakfast of fresh strawberries and champagne in bed.

Within walking distance of the hotel you can visit the Lanes, crammed with antique jewellery, designer boutiques and curiosity shops, the cosmopolitan Brighton Marina, and an eclectic mix of restaurants. For something truly spectacular, charter your own private yacht for the evening and see Brighton from a truly unforgettable perspective.

Contact The Grand Brighton for prices and availability.

Romance in the City

Gracing the banks of the River Thames, The Royal Horseguards is the ultimate city location with unparalleled views of the River Thames and London Eye. Winner of the prestigious AA London Hotel of the Year 2010–2011, this opulent five star venue is a relaxing haven in the heart of London.

Royal Houseguards

It has 281 luxurious bedrooms, including a choice of suites and an apartment — and a prestigious Whitehall address.

The hotel’s One Twenty One Two restaurant attracts diners from around the world and the Equus bar serves a range of contemporary cocktails named after famous former guests, including George Bernard Shaw, Lord Kitchener, Winston Churchill and William Gladstone. If you do decide to venture out, Central London’s tourist attractions, art galleries, restaurants and bars are within easy reach.

A ‘Romance Package’ at The Royal Horseguards starts at £269 including one night’s accommodation, champagne in your room, a turn down and breakfast in bed.

Village Vogue

A coaching-inn-turned-boutique-hotel, The Black Swan in Helmsley, one of Yorkshire’s prettiest villages, has a rich history dating back to the 15th Century. Blending antiques with contemporary design, the hotel has an award-winning tearoom and patisserie – and a reputation for superb, locally-sourced food.

Black Swan

It also boasts a junior hotel suite in the oldest part of the hotel, which dates back to Tudor times.

A refuge from everyday life, honeymooning couples at this venue can discover the beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, wander around the village shops and galleries, journey to historic Whitby and the surrounding coast, and visit local landmarks like York Minster, Castle Howard and Rievaulx Abbey. Couples can also take advantage of private rooms, fireside lounges and the tranquil walled garden.

Double rooms at The Black Swan Hotel start at £188 per night including dinner and full English breakfast.

Love in the Country

Tucked away amongst the scenic landscape of the Tarka Trail, the Fox and Hounds country hotel gives you the perfect base for enjoying the great outdoors. From romantic strolls in the surrounding forest to classic country sports on the doorstep (including clay shooting, fly fishing and horse riding) you can really enjoy the English countryside here.

Fox and Hounds

There are six acres of grounds to explore and you can even savour some quiet time on the two-seater swing overlooking the lake.

Once you’ve kicked off your walking boots, you can relax and enjoy local produce prepared by award-winning chefs. And honeymooners can take advantage of an ‘Indulgence Break’ where bubbles and chocolates will be waiting in their four poster suite, followed by some pampering courtesy of the hotel’s on-site beauty experts.

The Fox and hounds Indulgence Break starts at £90 per person per night, including a three course dinner, bed and breakfast.

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