UK minimoons continue to rise in popularity, both amongst couples who want to keep their whole honeymoon local, and those taking take a shorter break straight after tying the knot ahead of a longer trip of a lifetime later on.
After the rollercoaster of planning a wedding together, taking a break that's just the two of you is so important, and the four corners of the UK provide plenty of opportunity to build a trip that feels entirely tailored to your favourite things. From cosy countryside retreats to beautiful coastal cabins and even the odd woodland treehouse, there are so many idyllic places to stay, the hardest part of planning your UK minimoon will be selecting just one!
To help you out, we’ve edited the list down to the most beautiful and unusual locations we’ve encountered so far, with something to suit all budgets and interests. If you want to follow the happiest day of your lives with the happiest staycation of your lives, you’ve come to the right place.
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1. Heckfield Place, Hampshire
Voted the Hotel of the Year by The Times, a minimoon at the luxury Heckfield Place near Hook will be unforgettable. Nestled in 400 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside, there’s plenty to see and explore including a working farm, the Little Bothy spa, and the hotel’s private cinema. Two restaurants directed by chef Skye Gyngell make this a mecca for foodie-loving couples.
Each of the 46 chic bedrooms has been beautifully finished in soft earthy tones, with cosy touches, plenty of character and stunning views. The Long Room is their most enormous and exclusive – perfect for a truly special stay.
2. Chewton Glen, Hampshire
Staying in your own luxurious treehouse sounds quite tempting, doesn’t it? There are a choice of four treehouses available at Chewton Glen, each with its own private hot tub and views over the 130 acres of private New Forest grounds.
If you want to splash out on the luxurious mini-moon of a lifetime, you can enjoy two nights in a treehouse suite with a breakfast hamper delivered to you and shuttles that drop you back at the hotel to make full use of the award-winning spa. Alternatively, the hotel itself has a selection of sumptuous suites and rooms to pick from. What a perfect way to start married life!
3. The Bell in Ticehurst, East Sussex
Looking for a romantic getaway with lots of quirky charm? You’re going to fall head over heels in love with The Bell in Ticehurst.
There are seven bedrooms, each with their own story and their own tree (you have to see them!). There are also three lodges and a Love Nest in the garden, complete with a freestanding copper bath, a wood burner, private roof terrace and a large shower with a waterfall setting.
4. Cary Arms Beach Hut, Devon
If you don’t think of it as being a break unless you’re by the sea, check out the Cary Arms. This five-star boutique hotel and spa on the beach in Torquay boasts six chic beach huts and two beautiful beach suites with sea views.
Each hut is close to the water’s edge and features a terrace, sitting room, a wet bar, a feature fire and a bedroom and bathroom. If you want to venture out of your room, you can enjoy the amazing spa facilities, complete with glass-fronted pool and the sunbathing deck with stunning views.
5. The Chateau, Lincolnshire
The Chateau looks like a traditional French chateau but is actually found in Lincolnshire – it’s a petite model of one, which offers views over the beautiful River Trent.
It’s close to a number of local attractions, including Lincoln Castle, and boasts a roaring fire to snuggle up in front of, and an elegant bedroom to relax in, following a day of sight-seeing. The beautiful building dates back to the mid-1700s, making it the ideal retreat for those who want a glimpse of Georgian life.
6. The Old Railway Station, West Sussex
This quirky place to stay is perfect for train-loving couples or those who just want somewhere unusual to celebrate the beginning of their married life.
You can stay in the Old Railway Station itself, but we recommend cosying up in one of the restored Pullman Carriages, so you can really experience the Golden Age of the railway, brought back to life.
7. Supernova, Isle of Skye
If you want your minimoon accommodation to feel like a sanctuary, consider this converted chapel on the far-flung Isle of Skye off the West coast of Scotland. Supernova comes with a sauna and a spa bath and gorgeous views across Loch Harport and the mountains beyond.
The Isle of Skye was recently voted the fourth best island in the world by the National Geographic so if you’re looking for an amazing island getaway that’s easily accessible, this could be perfect. Skye has beaches that look straight out the Caribbean, fantastic restaurants, distilleries and breweries, incredible walking routes and - on the right night - you might even be able to catch the Northern Lights.
8. Eastbury Hotel & Spa, Dorset
Set within its own award-winning walled gardens, Georgian country house hotel The Eastbury is ideal for a tranquil post-wedding getaway. It was first designed as a gentleman’s residence in the 18th century, so every room has its own charm, but for a minimoon we’d suggest the Victorian Potting Shed Garden suites, with en-suite wet rooms and their own private terraces.
The Eastbury is also remarkably dog-friendly, so if you want to travel with a four-legged friend in tow, you’d be hard pressed to find a warmer welcome for them.
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9. The Fish Hotel, The Cotswolds
The Fish Hotel’s hideaway huts are Insta-famous for a reason – small yet perfectly formed for two, they have all of the amenities you could dream of, including a private bath for you to share on the deck.
If you have a little more budget to play with, you could also consider the Boaty McBoatface cabin (no, seriously), which includes use of a paddle boat which you can use to navigate your own private lake, or the seriously dreamy and slightly more contemporary treehouses: think Nespresso machines, underfloor heating and a very well-stocked minibar.
10. The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall
An adults-only hotel is always preferable when it comes to a minimoon, and The Scarlet is often cited as one of the best in the country. It also upholds itself to the highest eco-friendly credentials, so if that’s a priority for you both, this seaside spot should shoot straight to the top of your list.
If you can bear to drag yourselves away from your room (which is guaranteed to have a seriously spectacular coastal view), you can feast on locally sourced seafood in the restaurant, indulge in a spot of pampering in the couple’s suite at the Ayurvedic spa or unwind in the clifftop hot tub. Bliss.
11. Babington House, Somerset
Spending a night or two in the country splendour of Babington House is a dream neither of you will want to wake up from. Set in 18 acres of stunning Somerset scenery, it combines traditional touches with Soho House’s signature laid back cool, with amenities including a Cowshed spa, tennis courts, cricket pitches and even a private screening room.
Those who love the Soho House style but want something a bit more London-adjacent could also try Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, but unlike Babington, you will need to be a member to make a booking (maybe something to add to the wedding gift list?).
12. Hudnall’s Hideout, Gloucestershire
When glamping looks this good, it’s definitely minimoon-worthy. Hudnall’s Hideout is an adults-only treehouse getaway that’s been designed in partnership with MADE.com – and the interiors are as on point as you’d expect.
Berber rugs and velvet sofas aside, it’s also tucked away in the most stunning, secluded location – you really will feel like it’s just the two of you in your own bubble. The only downside? Only one couple can stay at a time, so it gets booked up quickly – give yourself plenty of notice to arrange your visit.
13. The Pig near Bath, Somerset
Whatever type of couple you are, there’s a Pig Hotel in the UK that you’ll love – from shoreside huts in Dorset to the original New Forest location. But for the ultimate in cosy rural wonder, our money is on the multi-award-winning Pig near Bath, tucked away in the Mendip Hills, and equipped with wide, luxurious beds and freestanding baths aplenty.
Not only is it home to the biggest of the Pig’s kitchen gardens, making each meal a delight, this 29-bedroom hotel is a brilliant base for exploring nearby Bath or Bristol. But if you’d prefer to stay put, the Potting Shed spa treatments and sundowners in the bar will keep you busy too.
14. The Pigsty, Winchester
Speaking of pigs (although they bear no relation), Winchester’s quirky, contemporary Pigsty is the minimoon Airbnb of dreams. Since it opened in 2018, The Pigsty cabin on Vale Farm has been a hidden gem in seriously high demand – and with good reason.
A stay in this remote cabin represents quality time at its finest, whether you spend your stay soaking in the freestanding tub, playing board games and drinking wine on the exclusive patio, or making the most of your proximity to town’s myriad tourist attractions. It’s also remarkably budget-friendly when compared with many of the higher-end hotels.
15. The Goring Hotel, London
Who says a minimoon can’t be a city break? Certainly not us – and our capital is full of hotels that will fit the bill. The Duchess of Cambridge spent the night before her wedding at The Goring, so if you’re planning a big day fit for royalty, perhaps you’d like to follow in her footsteps for the afterparty?
It goes without saying that the service is impeccable, but you’ll feel like royalty even when you’re alone in your suite. And when you’re ready to venture out, London’s fanciest corners, including Belgravia, Mayfair and Knightsbridge, are right on your doorstep.
16. The Hoxton, London
For a more relaxed London experience, we’d suggest checking out the Hoxton – this hip boutique chain has three outposts in the city, including Southwark and Holborn, but it’s the original, in the East end of Shoreditch, which really has our hearts.
Book one of the concept rooms (each individually designed by a local artist, and totally unique from the others) or spread out in a ‘Roomy’, the Hoxton’s equivalent of a suite. There are tons of cool shops and museums in the vicinity to fill your days with, and it’s also a foodie paradise, with an array of amazing dining and bar options both in the building and the surrounding area.
17. At the Chapel, Somerset
Going to The Chapel, and we’ve – er – just got ma-a-arried… As the name indicates, this romantic Grade II-listed residence was once a 17th century chapel. Fast forward to present day and it’s a beautiful boutique destination that really makes the most of its original features (hello, high ceilings and elegant arched windows).
Outside of the rooms, after you’ve had your fill of that wonderfully deep marble bathtub, there’s a restaurant, bakery and wine store on site to enjoy. In fact, every reservation includes a breakfast of freshly baked croissants as standard.
18. Carbis Bay Hotel, Cornwall
For a UK stay that actually feels like you’re abroad, head to Carbis Bay immediately. Not only are you on the golden shores of a 25-acre private Blue Flag beach, everywhere you look there’s captivating views of the coastline (which can be marvelled at from the outdoor sun loungers and infinity pool or while having a massage in the spa, by the way).
Take your pick between the main house, with an abundance of modern-meets-time-honoured touches, or a beach lodge, where floor-to-ceiling windows, a private sundeck and your very own hot tub await.
19. Artist’s Residence, London
When you say Artist’s Residence, most people think Brighton (and if you’re headed in that direction, definitely check that branch out). However, what you might not know is there’s also an AR bolthole in the centre of the capital in Pimlico, and it’s every inch as opulent and worthy of your minimoon fund.
The guest list is kept small, with only 10 bedrooms total, and decked out in the group’s trademark shabby-chic décor. Take a leisurely soak in the clawfoot tub and enjoy brunch at the much-loved Cambridge Street Kitchen, which sits underneath, before heading out to explore.
20. Cabu By The Sea, Kent
Cabu’s luxe accommodation, built on a patch of peaceful private grassland by the English Channel, ranges from an intimate writer’s studio to a dog-friendly beach hut, all beautifully decorated, and almost all designed specifically with stays for two in mind.
They’re all centred around the Cabu House general store, where you can pick up groceries or even arrange your own personal picnic. Oh, and that outdoor pool is heated, so you can take a dip all year round.
21. Pennyhill Park, Surrey
So you want a spectacular spa break for your minimoon? Say hello to Pennyhill Park. With Michelin-starred dining, a fully-equipped gym, activities from archery to croquet and, of course, the genuinely showstopping spa itself, you’ll have precisely zero reason to go anywhere else for the duration of your stay.
Indoor and outdoor pools join 23 treatment rooms, hot tubs and even a nail bar in the line-up of options you can spoil yourselves with. Then, when you get back to the room, it’s characterful design, sumptuously soft beds and walk-in showers all the way.
22. Killiehuntly Farmhouse, Scottish Highlands
Killiehuntly is a gorgeous guesthouse which offers both hotel rooms and self-catering cottages, so you can shape your stay to fit the way you like to holiday. Rest safe in the knowledge that whichever option you pick, it’ll be truly exquisite.
The minimal Nordic décor sets the scene for total relaxation, but you can up the adrenaline if you like – activities on offer include pony picnics, 4x4 tours and wild swimming. And as it’s part of a working farm in Cairngorm National Park, it’s worth making a reservation for the freshly-sourced food alone.
23. The Ned, London
Okay, so it’s another London location, but we simply couldn’t bear to leave out the Art Deco extravagance of The Ned, a 250-room hotel and member’s club that’s also home to 10 different restaurants. Well, just look at how glamorous it is.
Once you’re through the incredible – not the mention highly photogenic – entryway, you’ll spend your first few days as newlyweds with access to the rooftop and basement pools, a fully kitted-out Cowshed Spa (yep, we’re back in Soho House territory again), endless dining options and, of course, one of the most lavish bedrooms in town. In short, it’s a booking you’ll never regret.
24. Beaverbrook, Surrey
Head for the Surrey hills and you’ll discover Beaverbrook, a quintessentially English estate with the option of spending your visit in the equally-stylish main house, the Garden House or the Coach House. In fact, every room you enter feels special, with unique touches and artwork that really set the space apart.
Before you go ahead and book, check out its specially curated packages – you'll find lovely treats included in your stay like a welcome bottle of bubbles, complimentary flowers picked from Beaverbrook’s own gardens, and a 60-minute therapeutic treatment per person, plus full use of the spa.
25. The Balmoral, Edinburgh
A riot of ‘Hebridean blues, heather hues and classic Scottish art’, The Balmoral boasts views of Edinburgh Castle, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a selection of 500 malts of whisky. In short, it’s a flawless example of what a Scottish minimoon should look like.
For a one-of-a-kind souvenir of your stay that you’ll both treasure forever, take advantage of Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, the Gaelic poet in residence, who can be booked to develop a bespoke ode to commemorate any special occasion.
26. Swinton Park, Yorkshire
Swinton Park proudly flies its flag as the best rated hotel in Yorkshire, and it needs just the merest glimpse at the imposing building, with its fairytale turrets and climbing ivy, to see why. The inside is an equally grand affair, with four-poster beds, open fireplaces and a restaurant with a gold-leaf ceiling.
There’s a cookery school, country club and spa and plenty of outdoor pursuits at your fingertips (everything from mountain biking to falconry and fishing). In fact, if you really want to commit to the fresh air lifestyle, check out the estate’s meadow yurts, a cool alternative to the palatial grounds of the main hotel.
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27. Number 38 Clifton, Bristol
Bristol is a buzzy, energetic place with access to great nightlife and a thriving food scene, but also quieter, more rural spots where you can get back in touch with nature. Those seeking the best of both worlds would be well placed to arrange a minimoon at Number 38 Clifton – in our books, the prettiest hotel in the city.
There are 10 bedrooms in the townhouse, each of which are kitted out with Roberts radios, Ren toiletries and soft, snuggly waffle robes, and the breakfast menu is second to none.
28. Reading Rooms, Kent
Opened in 2009 to rave reviews, The Reading Rooms has sustained its cult reputation as Margate’s hottest property – and each of the rooms in this Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse occupies an entire floor, so get ready to spread out.
Once you’ve soaked up the splendour of the exposed wood beams, antique chandeliers, hand-carved beds and cast-iron roll top bath, the seaside is five minutes from your front door. We can almost hear the waves crashing from here.
29. Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
Minimoons should always be built around experiences you’ll remember for the rest of your lives together – and a stay at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir is certainly one of those.
It goes without saying that everything from the gardens to the sprawling suites are thoughtfully considered and tastefully appointed, but unsurprisingly, the real star of the show is the food. Book a seven-course tasting menu in the two Michelin starred restaurant and you’re guaranteed one of the best dining experiences of your marriage. And in this case, there’s no such thing as to peaking too soon.
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