Whether you’re in the midst of wedding planning and in need of a break or you’re looking for a quick trip between your big day and your honeymoon, a minimoon is always a good idea!
When it comes to romantic getaways we find you simply can’t beat a country escape. The lush green and peaceful vistas are unbeatable when it comes to chilling out and forgetting all about wedmin. The beautiful hideaways are also the perfect places to relax post-wedding if you’re delaying your honeymoon for a few weeks or months.
While sinking into an armchair with a good book in front of an open fire is one couple’s idea of hideaway heaven, another’s might be spending the day being pampered in a spa or donning their walking boots and exploring coastal coves. Whatever your romantic getaway style, there’s an escape that’s perfect for you.
After months of planning and a big build up, you’re likely to feel in need of some serious rest and relaxation after the wedding and so we recommend adding ‘book a minimoon resort’ to your wedmin to-do list. Trust us, while it may seem like one extra task to tick off it will all be worth it while you’re kicking back in the county.
Plus, we’ve made it extra easy for you to find the perfect destination. We’ve scoured the country and stayed in some of the best minimoon spots (all in the name of work of course!) to find the ultimate country escapes, just for you.
Country attire at the ready, you’re going to want to set off right away…
Eastwell Manor is a gorgeous 18th-century country house and spa. The main house is full of historical charm, but has been recently refurbished in sumptuous 21st-century style, including romantic shepherd’s huts set in the 62 acres of grounds overlooking the North Downs.
Our suite was a great mix of modern and traditional, with fun touches such as a record player. We loved all the relaxing reception rooms – it was just how a country house should be – with oak-panelled walls and huge fireplaces. The seasonal food in The Manor Restaurant is spectacular, and we particularly enjoyed a glass or two of English sparkling wine, from the local Gusbourne Vineyards. During the day, there’s plenty to do – there’s tennis coaching, a putting green, table tennis, croquet and even falconry. Plus, being a Champneys hotel, the extensive spa is definitely worth a visit.
The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall
Perched on the cliffs overlooking Mawgan Porth in Cornwall, is The Scarlet Hotel – an adults-only eco-chic sanctuary like you’ve never experienced before.
From the food to the views, this hotel is really special. We spent an afternoon lazing in the Ayurvedic spa (the Sarvanga massage was glorious!), hanging from cocoon pods, taking part in a meditation class, and doing gentle laps of the pool (with an incredible floor-to-ceiling vista). Later, we dined on locally-sourced smoked salmon, beef ragu, sea trout and lamb rump, all accompanied by sommelier- recommended wines. Gin and elder flower jelly and a stunning cheese board finished us off nicely! Our huge room, with private balcony, had gorgeous views of the beach, and there’s nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of the waves. The cliff-top hot tub and outdoor sauna is not to be missed – nor is the fabulous breakfast with more of those beautiful Cornish panoramas.
Culloden Estate and Spa, Belfast
Just a 20-minute drive away from the centre of Belfast, this grand country estate is the perfect getaway – combining a city break with country comforts.
The food is a real highlight. An overflowing breakfast buffet is complemented by an à la carte menu to really set you up for the day. For dinner, we recommend heading down the tree-lined path to the quaint Cultra Inn. With its open log fires and delicious, fresh, hearty meals, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the charms of Northern island’s culinary scene. We also loved strolling around the beautiful Belfast Lough (a short walk downhill from the hotel), then hibernating in The Spa at Culloden for the afternoon. The pool area is bright and quiet, while the relaxation room offers the ideal space for a pre-dinner snooze.
Rooms from £125 per person B&B, hastingshotels.com