The perfect, romantic mini-moon
Growing popular due to couples taking the time to save some cash for their extravagant honeymoon in South East Asia or road tripping around the US, mini-moons are fast becoming a crucial element of a wedding ....
A short weekend break immediately after the wedding 'a mini-moon' means there's still that opportunity of escapism and precious time just the two of you after the madness of the big day.
Here, we discover a selection of hidden gems where you can unwind, relax and enjoy time together in the most unique of locations ...
Cuddle up in the Cotswolds at Rushy Meadows, Oxfordshire
These three snug huts sit on the edge of the water, secluded from each other by lovely wilderness. Inside, find a wood burner, a retro radio and a double bed piled high with pretty cushions, perfect for cosying up. There may be nothing lovelier than taking ‘Peggy Sue’ the rowing boat for a punt around the pond. Wedded bliss.
Soak in a tub for two at Badger's Bower, Buckinghamshire
This wonderful tabernacle on the edge of an ancient forest was christened Badger’s Bower after the shady spot in which it sits, surrounded by bluebells and resident badgers. It’s a perfect hideout for couples seeking an unusual space to unwind. Beyond huge church doors the space is thoughtfully designed throughout, but it’s the double-ended bath which takes centre stage, promising indulgent soaks with lush views of the private woodlands.
Romance with a roll top at Sapperton Yurt, Gloucestershire
Sapperton Yurt is a very special woodland retreat for two – complete with double bed, wood-burner, beautiful rugs and a remarkable roll top bath in a converted horse trailer. Outside, doze in the hammock and explore 70 acres before dining on a private decking terrace or under the fairy-lit tree. Look out over the glade while soaking in style in a roll top bath before drifting to sleep counting stars through the canopy above the bed. A dreamy start to married life.
Pick an activity and pop the fizz at Treehouse at Deer Park, Devon
Climb a spiral staircase into the oak trees of a Georgian manor house and sleep under thatched turrets; if a treehouse was a love letter, this is what it would look like. Champagne waits on ice, pour a glass and sink deeply into the roll top tub whilst you make up your mind about which activity to do: 4×4 off-roading, fly fishing, archery or an in-room spa treatment are all on offer! Explore the hotel’s Italian renaissance-style gardens, and tuck into a three course candlelit dinner at its fabulous restaurant.
Get starry eyed below the Dark Sky Reserve at Holly at Hesleyside, Northumberland
This chapel on wheels with church doors and a tree trunk chandelier provides a lovely base for a couples’ escape. The telescope and stargazing kit are a nod to the Kielder observatory down the road; what could be more romantic than witnessing the Northern Lights and studying the rings of Saturn! This gold tier Dark Sky Reserve’s skies are so clear in fact that you can see the Milky Way whilst soaking up suds in the big copper bathtub.
Float with the clouds from your bed at The Sleepout, Powys
Down a rough track and through wonderful wilderness, you’ll find The Sleepout. Other than a bunch of sweet peas, a welcome basket and a pile of logs for the wood burner, there are no knick-knacks to crowd up the sleeping space; just a bed, pale wool throws, and the stars. Without neighbours close by, the windows are naked, giving the feeling of staring into the Milky Way, or floating along with the clouds together.
Take a mini-moon of massages and mod-cons at La Réserve des Prés Verts, Côte-d’Or, France
Everything here emanates luxury and relaxation with the scent of Baobab candles and the sound of the super modern, zen sound system all around. Take in the views from the private hot tub and ease aching muscles with the onsite masseuse (who can be called upon at any time). Breakfast is ordered through the iPad provided and choose from the room service menu or ask the hosts to book you a table at one of the excellent local restaurants in the evening.
Find your idyllic mini-moon location
Dreamy locations, right? All of the mini-moon locations we have discovered are courtesy of Sawday’s …
Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is Sawday’s glamping offshoot; a wonderful collection of beautiful, quirky and special places to stay in the great outdoors; across Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. From humble beginnings back in 2010 they have grown to more than 500 places; everything from treehouses, yurts, and converted horsetrucks, to cabins, Gypsy caravans, a boat with a thatched roof and even an Iron Age roundhouse or two. So, if you like what you see and fancy making one of the above places your mini moon destination get in touch with them to discuss your requirements further.