You don’t have to fly to have a fabulous honeymoon. Here are five beautiful British breaks, perfect for celebrating the start of your life together.
If you dream of playing lord and lady of the manor, Combe House, hidden within 3,500 acres of countryside, is the perfect honeymoon getaway.
Guests enter this grand Elizabethan home through the Great Hall, complete with blazing fire and crystal chandeliers, then climb a stunning staircase to one of the 15 enormous bedrooms.
If you can tear yourself away from the house you are just a stone’s throw from the seaside.
Rates from £199 per room, bed and breakfast
Looking for a honeymoon with a little buzz? It has to be the capital. But being surrounded by bustling theatres, restaurants and historic sites doesn’t mean you can’t relax in luxury.
The Goring Hotel is celebrating 100 years of five-star service and in May it will unveil a brand-new Presidential Suite running the entire length of the hotel’s fifth floor and complete with baby grand piano. Each of the hotel’s other 71 rooms is individually designed, filled with sumptuous fabrics to make any newlywed feel like a princess.
Rates from £370 per night for a Queen room
For old-fashioned romance and a slower pace of life, head to the tiny village of Portmeirion. Designed and built in 1925, in the style of an Italian village, it has gorgeous gardens and piazzas filled with exotic flowers and gently flowing water features.
Although it is popular with day visitors, the entire village reverts to a sleepy slice of times-gone-by when the tourists leave.
Stroll through the cobbled streets and then return to your room at the magical four star Hotel Portmeirion.
Rates from £95 per night, bed and breakfast
Dream of total isolation? Rated as one of the most romantic hideaways in the UK, Pool House is an idyllic highlands retreat. No cold minimalism here, just warm fabrics, well-chosen antiques and hand-painted interiors.
Sip a drink in the Victorian library, or dine in a room decorated with hundreds of hand-painted stars.
There are five suites and two rooms to choose from; the spectacular HMS Opportune features an antique two poster bed, a private entrance — and it’s just 15ft from the sea.
Rates from £250 per night, bed and breakfast
Set in one of the loveliest corners of England, the Lake District really is as romantic as it gets. Linthwaite Country House makes the most of its spectacular setting, with views over Lake Windermere, 14 acres of private gardens and a luxury honeymoon suite.
After a day spent walking in the rolling mountainside, have a soothing aromatherapy spa treatment in your room and sip champagne as you watch the sun set over the mountains.
Rates from £137 per person per night, including dinner, room and breakfast