Planning your minimoon?
There are lots of reasons why a newly-married couple might not step onto a plane for a distant, exotic honeymoon the moment they are Mr and Mrs. Instead many are opting for a short break, or minimoon, either in the UK or abroad.
Save time and money
Travel companies are reporting that newlyweds are still keen on the idea of a big holiday to celebrate their marriage but sometimes it is delayed for months or even years after the big day. It could be that the wedding has taken priority and the expense of a honeymoon needs to wait. Sometimes the problem is having enough time – the two weeks of relaxation has to be delayed until they’re less busy at work, or the children can be taken care of by relatives.
Of course, a shorter romantic holiday would still be very welcome, as Tabitha Symonds of One Off Places [www.oneoffplaces.co.uk] explains,
“Increasingly, newlyweds may not have time to take a long honeymoon immediately after their wedding. Step forward the minimoon – the perfect opportunity for an indulgent post-wedding break for those who are short of time. If minimooners think outside the box, then they can find some fabulous short stay deals in a whole range of luxurious places, but which don’t break the bank.”
One Off Places lists a variety of mainly self-catering properties, which are self-indulgent and luxurious, as well as being more or less quirky! Tabitha has chosen the following love-nests, which she believes are ideal for a romantic get away, and she hopes to inspire you when planning your own. Here are her recommendations:
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and with a hamper of tasty goodies awaiting you, the Beach House is in a stunning spot in a private cove in Cornwall. Sit and listen to the crashing waves, do a spot of beach combing and return to luxuriate in the hot tub together. From £525 for 2 nights.
How about a half tester bed in a modern setting? Whisk your loved one away to this lochside contemporary bolthole, Knoydart Hide on the edge of Loch Nevis, Scotland - From £450 for 2 nights.
After your fairytale wedding, what could be more fitting than living the life of a real princess in Haldon Belvedere your private castle for two in Devon with panoramic views - From £325 for 2 nights.
If you’re an active couple and history appeals, head for Yorkshire with its wonderful walks, intriguing museums and a 15th century Bolton Percy Gatehouse retreat, just for two. From £93 per night (min stay 3 nights).
With budget flights, these Forest Treehouses in Catalonia are not only unique, they’re also affordable. They’re located in the grounds of a 14th century country house. Perfect for nature lovers, romantics and adventurers.From £86 per night (min stay 2 nights)
If your wedding had a retro theme, this Vintage Airstream Caravan continues in the same vein and is just the place for you. Here you’re surrounded by nature, yet Marbella and the stylish coastal bars and shops are just a short trip away. From £80 per night (min stay 2 nights).
We hope Tabitha’s suggestions help to plan your minimoon escape, once the excitement of the perfect wedding day is over.
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If you would appreciate some expert guidance with planning your wedding, please get in touch with us at Clevedon Hall and we’d be delighted to assist.
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