9 of the best mini-moon destinations in the UK

9 of the best mini-moon destinations in the UK
Andy Murray's Cromlix Hotel in Perthshire makes for a wonderful mini-moon destination (Photo: Contributed)

Organising a dream wedding can be exhausting and expensive.

Once money has been spent on a venue, ceremony, dress, photographer and cake there can be little leftover for the happy couple to spend on a relaxing and romantic honeymoon.

For many the mini-moon can serve as a solution to a dearth of capital and time.

Deputy editor of online wedding magazine One Fab Day, Celina Murphy, explains the rise in the pint-sized, post-nuptial getaway.

“A minimoon is a short holiday taken by newlyweds immediately after their wedding, often in a location near their wedding venue,” she says. “They’ve become really popular in the last ten years as weddings grow increasingly elaborate and honeymoon destinations grow increasingly far-flung.

“The prospect of getting on a long-haul flight after a weekend of partying and weeks of intense wedding preparation is offputting for many couples, yet they still want a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, so the most popular solution is to postpone the honeymoon and bridge the gap with a short break somewhere close by.

“Mini-moons are usually laid-back affairs, full of relaxation, pampering and down time.”

Sound appealing? Then one of the following romantic staycations in the UK might be of interest to you.

The Torridon Resort, Wester Ross

Situated above the banks of Upper Loch Torridon, The Torridon resort is situated in one of the UK’s most spectacular and idyllic locations.

Married guests can opt to unwind and admire the remarkable views of the one-of-a-kind mountainscape, dining out at the resorts fine dinning restaurant the 1887.

Alternatively guests can tap into their sense of adventure and explore the surrounding lochs, Munros and glens, via kayak, mountain bike or simply by foot.

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The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath

There are few better places to revitalise and relax oneself in the UK than in one of Bath’s many spa retreats.

The Somerset city has been a playground for both the Romans and Georgians and today picturesque Bath continues to draw visitors looking to rejuvenate.

The Gainsborough Spa is just one spot in the city where couples can reflect on their big day and forget about the last minute stresses. The luxury hotel is centred around the Bath Spa Village and has unique access to the thermal and mineral rich waters.

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Cromlix Hotel, Perthshire

Andy Murray’s career as a tennis player is coming to a close, but his life as a hotelier is still alive and kicking.

The two-time Wimbledon champion acquired and transformed Cromlix Hotel into a five-star retreat just five years ago, but the Victorian house has quickly become a must-visit escape in Scotland.

The tennis star’s establishment boasts a Chez Roux restaurant, elegantly designed suites and a wonderful setting in the Scottish highlands.

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Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa, Suffolk

Located in Newmarket – commonly regarded as the home of horse racing – the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa serves as a wonderful base for exploring the picture perfect English towns of Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds.

Alternatively newlyweds can confine themselves to the hotel’s gorgeous grounds and take advantage of the plethora of spa treatments on offer to temporary residents.

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The Arden Hotel, Stratford Upon Avon

Romantics and bibliophiles can visit the home of Romeo and Juliet creator William Shakespeare, Stratford Upon Avon and soak up the town’s fascinating literary past.

The Arden Hotel is conveniently located opposite the Royal Shakepeare Company Theatres with performances of Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet all planned for 2019.

The hotel itself possesses luxurious accommodation as well as an all-weather terrace, cosy afternoon tea lounge and award-winning Waterside Brasserie.

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Tullyglass Hotel, Antrim

As well as being a popular wedding venue, the Tullyglass Hotel is an ideal romantic escape for couples old and new.

Situated in peaceful wooded grounds, the residence is also in touching distance of the fairytale-like Antrim Glens and under an hour’s drive from UNESCO heritage site the Giant’s Causeway.

The hotel offers a range of accommodation options, the pick of which is a stylish and spacious penthouse suite.

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Three Ways House Hotel, The Cotswolds

If you and your partner are certified foodies, then the Three Ways House Hotel in the heart of the rolling Cotswolds might be the place for you.

Each of the charming English hotel’s suites take their name from a classic pudding from the Sticky Toffee Room to the Chocolate Suite.

The 48-bedroom hotel boasts a AA Rosette award winning restaurant, serving up delicious seasonal and local cuisine.

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Chateau Rhianfa, Anglesey

Newlyweds wanting to live out their very own fairytale would struggle to find a better setting than the Chateau Rhianfa in the heart of Anglesey.

The hotel hosts guests in both contemporary and classic accommodation, each room enjoying its own distinctive charm.

Guests can also take in the gorgeous Anglesey countryside and sample the legendary cuisine of fine dining restaurant Le Dragon Rouge.

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Easegill Cottage, Cumbria

Looking for a honeymoon with a difference? Then why not visit the beautiful and isolated Easegill Cottage.

Once featured on BBC show Lambing Live, the cottage owners now allow guests and visitors to muck in with a rewarding shift of sheep farming.

After a long day on the farm couples can simmer away in the cottage’s unique wood-fired hot tub and stare at the constellation populated Cumbrian sky.

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