It is well known that weddings can be quite expensive, and with the added cost of having your honeymoon immediately after your wedding, it is no wonder that many newlyweds are now postponing their honeymoons for a while after their wedding. However, a break is surely needed (and well deserved!) after the hard work of planning a wedding, so some newly-married couples are now favouring a short break or weekend away, duly dubbed a ‘mini-moon’. A mini-moon allows the couple to enjoy their first days of married life together away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, whilst also enabling them to save their money to spend on a belated honeymoon, or put towards a new house or whatever they need or want.
Here are some suggestions of places to go for your mini-moon (or to just treat yourself for a short break!) that I have either visited myself or have been recommended to me:
Apsley House Hotel, Bath
Apsley House Hotel is a beautiful Georgian country house, originally built for The Duke of Wellington. Each room has been elegantly decorated in individual ways, and the hotel has a luxurious but very homely feel to it.
There is free parking onsite, with a bus stop out on the main road to take you straight into the city. Alternatively, you can walk into the city in about half an hour. A session in the Thermae Bath Spa is a must if you want to relax, and the Roman Baths are well worth a visit to explore the history of this old city. Architecture lovers will appreciate The Crescent, The Circle and Bath Abbey, whilst Jane Austen fans will enjoy retracing her steps around the city and visiting the Jane Austen Centre on Gay Street.
Hever Castle B&B, Kent
The 5* rooms at Hever Castle are situated in the Astor Wing and Anne Boleyn Wing in the Tudor-style buildings behind the main Castle. They are all en-suite, and offer different features, such as four-poster beds or roll-top baths. All B&B guests have complimentary access to the Castle and gardens during normal opening hours.
The village of Hever is well-situated for guests to be within half an hour’s drive of the spa town of Tunbridge Wells, National Trust properties Ightham Mote and Knole House, and the surrounding market towns of Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.
Langley Castle, Northumberland
There are a variety of 4* rooms at Langley Castle, such as the Feature Rooms and Deluxe Castle Rooms within the Castle itself, as well as the Castle View Rooms in converted listed buildings in the Castle grounds. The rooms are individually decorated and some feature four-poster beds and window seats.
The Cavendish Hotel, Derbyshire
This sumptuous hotel has two main suites, The Redesdale Suite and the Hartington Junior Suite, as well as Standard, Inn and Superior Rooms. The hotel is within the Chatsworth Estate, which you can explore at your leisure, and the main house is a fifteen minute walk across the grounds in front of the hotel.
The Cavendish Hotel is also well-placed to explore the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales, and is within a half hour’s drive of the buzzing city of Sheffield and picturesque market town of Chesterfield.
The Royal Duchy Hotel, Cornwall
The Royal Duchy Hotel is situated by the sea, and has 45 smartly-decorated rooms, some with views across Falmouth Bay or of Pendennis Castle inland. Turndown service is available, and some rooms offer luxury bathrobes and slippers.
There are two beaches within walking distance of the hotel, and it is ideally located for guests to explore Pendennis Castle and the National Maritime Museum, in Falmouth. Cornwall is famous for water sports, and the beaches in the Falmouth area offer a variety of sports, including sailing, kayaking and surfing. The Eden Project, which is a must-see, is within an hour’s drive of the hotel.