The beautiful lounge area of Dormy House

The top 10 romantic UK getaways: the best places to stay in Great Britain

Have you considered a honeymoon right here in the British Isles? From the gorgeous coast to the picturesque countryside, a staycation in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland could be the perfect romantic getaway for you

Sometimes the most incredible experiences can be right under your nose. There’s often no need to fly half way around the world to have a romantic minimoon moment or to discover something new with your other half. You’ve probably been all over the world, but how often do you actually visit the many wonderful hotels and sights on your own doorstep? We’ve compiled our favourite honeymoon hotels in the UK. With something for every honeymooner and in every country – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – these are the very best of what the British Isles has to offer. Enjoy!

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Here is our list of the most romantic places for a mini-moon around the UK:

Calm coastal interiors of Sandhills
The coastal interiors of romantic Sandhills in the UK
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Sandhills, Bamburgh, Northumberland

Northeast England’s amazing coastal region must be one of the world’s best-kept secrets. With beaches to rival Western Australia such as Bamburgh and Alnmouth with crashing surf and creamy yellow sand, Hadrian’s Roman Wall, the Farne Islands for seal and puffin spotting, pretty castles such as Alnwick (of Harry Potter fame) and the shopping of Newcastle just on the doorstep, you really can’t go wrong.  Sandhills a cute cottage nestled into the dunes next to Bamburgh Castle  (a pebble’s throw from the beach) is remote romance at its very best. Spend your days scaling the impressive sand dunes, swimming in the sea and working your way through the village’s cosy gastro pubs.  Go there: crabtreeandcrabtree.com

A garden inside at the Landmark Hotel
The beautiful inside garden area of the hotel
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Landmark Hotel, London

Head to the capital for an unforgettable honeymoon break. The Landmark London is an iconic hotel in Marylebone that’s perfect for an opulent city stay. We’d suggest checking out afternoon tea in their amazing restaurant and don’t leave without spending time in the beautiful spa. Go there: landmarklondon.co.uk

The Coppa Club interior
The Coppa Club at the Great House at Sonning
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The Great House at Sonning, Berkshire

This riverside bolthole is perfect for couples who love the quiet country life. Each room is unique, with quirky touches like mini smeg fridges and design furniture. Tear yourself away from your new abode for a walk along the river and drinks in the sun-drenched garden. Go there: greathouseatsonning.co.uk

Read more: 7 REASONS TO HONEYMOON AT HOME

The outside of the Victorian coaching inn
The charming and enticing exterior of The Victoria Inn in Holkham
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The Victoria Inn, Holkham, Norfolk

From the stunning Heritage Coastline to the beautiful Broads, there’s plenty to explore on a Norfolk honeymoon. We recommend checking into The Victoria Inn within the grounds of Holkham Hall. All rooms are individually styled with sumptuous fabrics and opulent colours. Holkham Sands are just a walk away and totally stunning. The main reason to ‘moon here, though, is for the gorgeous local food – fresh fish from the Norfolk Coast, fruit from a nearby farm, lamb and pork from the estate’s tenant farmers and venison from the family shoots.  Go there: holkham.co.uk/victoria 

The interior of a suite at The PIG
The quirky interiors at The PIG at Combe
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The PIG at Combe

Head to the dramatic landscape and beautiful beaches of Devon for a spectacular UK honeymoon. Slow the pace right down with long ambling Jurassic Coast cliff walks, trips to the wild and rugged Dartmoor and winding country drives down narrow lanes that open up to stunning sandy beaches. If country house boutique chic is your thing, then The PIG at Combe near Honiton, an elegant estate surrounded by rolling grounds will be your idea of honeymoon heaven. Check into one of the fun suites – we love the quirky Horsebox Suite with its original partition walls or the cosy and romantic Hayloft Suite above. Go there: thepighotel.com/at-combe

Cawdor Estate Cottage
The oh-so-romantic exterior of cute Achneim Cottage
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Achneim, Inverness-shire, Scotland

From the shores of Loch Ness to the beaches of Nairn, Inverness-shire has many honeymoon gems. Achneim is the smallest of several self-catering cottages on the Cawdor Estate. Sweet and secluded, it sits amid arable farmland within walking distance of historic Cawdor Castle, the home of Macbeth. The bedroom boasts a gorgeous art nouveau brass bed with feather duvet, while the kitchen is all mod cons, and the spacious sitting room has an open fire. Outside you’ll find miles of fields teeming with wildlife and birdsong, and the sandy beaches of Nairn is just five miles away. Honeymoon-worthy activities include walking up to the ancient ring cairn in a nearby field, a visit to Cawdor Castle, on-site shiatsu massages and Loch Ness monster spotting! Go there: cawdor.com

Ynyshir Restaurant exterior
It’s all about the food at Ynyshir
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Ynyshir, Powys, Wales

This glorious restaurant with rooms is set in the tranquil Welsh countryside, where you can recharge your wedding planning batteries to a soundtrack of birdsong and crackling open fires. It may be secluded but it’s certainly fit for royalty – it was Queen Victoria’s childhood retreat after all. Spend your days climbing the nearby Cambrian Mountains, strolling along the wild Ynyslas beach or spotting wild cats and birds of prey at the RSPB nature reserve. It’s the Michelin star food that steals the show here, so reserve a table to enjoy one of the 7- or 11-course immersive tasting menus created using Welsh produce. It’s a spectacle for the eyes and nose as well as the tastebuds. Go there: ynyshir.co.uk

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa
Amazing views are guaranteed at this lakeside beauty
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Lakeside Hotel & Spa, Cumbria

At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped onto the set of The Lord of the Rings because the views from the sprawling Lakeside Hotel & Spa are quite simply out of this world. This is the British countryside at its best and when you can tear your eyes from the glittering Lake Windermere you’ll discover a beautiful house full of antique charm and sleek rooms full of mod cons. The Executive Lodge Suite, set away from the house with its own garden is a real get-away-from-it-all option. After a day of fresh air, head straight to your private sauna to warm up in style. Go there: The Lodge from £167.50pp, lakesidehotel.co.uk

The beautiful lounge area of Dormy House
Dormy House hotel in The Cotswolds is perfect for a minimoon
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Dormy House, The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds need no introduction as a honeymoon destination but we’ll list a few of the highlights just incase you’ve never ambled down the honey-coloured cobbled streets and enjoyed an afternoon tea under the exposed beams of a thatched cottage (seriously, where have you been?). For starters there’s the Cotswold Way for some get-your-shiny-new-Hunter-wellies-muddy walks, then there are the many medieval villages with cute boutique shops and delis as well as hundreds of gourmet restaurants to discover. Stay at Dormy House, a 17th century farmhouse in Broadway village, with its modern designer-chic rooms and award-winning spa (think a 16-metre infinity pool and a Veuve Clicquot Nail Parlour). Go there: dormyhouse.co.uk

READ MORE: We stayed at this Cotswolds’ haven 

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The Witchery Edinburgh
One of the sumptuous and dramatic rooms at The Witchery
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The Witchery, Edinburgh

Just minutes from Edinburgh’s impressive castle and buzzing Royal Mile you can feel like royalty in The Witchery’s palatial panelled rooms that ooze ancient glamour. The nine suites with four-posters, beautiful antiques and draped with heavy velvets are like theatre sets – perfect for playing out your honeymoon love story. In summer, make the most of the romantic Secret Garden before enjoying a decadent dinner in the stately restaurant. Go there: Suites from £325 per night, the witchery.com

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