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UK mini-moons: 7 romantic destinations for the perfect post-wedding break

From luxury glamping to a country retreat, check out our pick of the best places to enjoy a mini-moon across the UK.

Whether you’ve just got engaged, are in the middle of planning your wedding, or are helping someone else with their big day, chances are you’ve come across the idea of a ‘mini-moon’.

Used to describe a growing trend which sees couples take a short two- or three-day (usually UK-based) break straight after their wedding before honeymooning somewhere further afield at a later date, mini-moons have grown increasingly popular over the last year thanks to the uncertainty of everchanging travel restrictions. 

But taking a mini-moon can be beneficial for a number of reasons. Not only does it allow you more time to save for your dream honeymoon – especially if your wedding ends up costing more than you initially expected – but it also gives you time to destress after your big day without the need to take a big chunk of annual leave all at once. 

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And even if you can’t find the time or money to go on a longer honeymoon at a later date, taking a mini-moon is still a great way to make memories and ease yourselves into the flow of married life.

With this in mind, we’ve put together this edit of romantic mini-moon destinations to inspire your post-wedding break. From luxury glamping to a relaxing country retreat, there’s something for everyone on this list.  

Squirrel’s Nest, Powys, Wales 

Cadwollen's Treehouse, Squirrel's Nest
Cadwollen's Treehouse, Squirrel's Nest
Cadwollen's Treehouse, Squirrel's Nest

Get away from the crowds and reconnect with nature with a stay at Squirrel’s Nest. Located in the heart of rural Wales, this luxury glamping site is home to a trio of tailormade treehouses kitted out with everything you need to enjoy a restful and romantic weekend away. 

Cadwollen’s Treehouse – which sleeps two – is the perfect mini-moon option: what better way to mark the start of married life than soaking up uninterrupted views of the Welsh countryside from the comfort of your own private hot tub?  

The Tawny, Consall, Staffordshire 

The Boathouses at The Tawny
The Plumicorn restaurant
The inside of the boathouses

For a natural retreat with a hotel-like feel, take a trip to The Tawny – a “deconstructed hotel” situated on the Consall Gardens Estate in the heart of rural Staffordshire. 

There’s a range of accommodation on offer – including huts, treehouses and the aptly named ‘lookout’ – but we like the look of the boathouses, whose floor to ceiling windows provide panoramic views across a picturesque lake. 

However, The Tawny’s attractions don’t end there – whether you fancy a spot of fine-dining, a dip in an outdoor heated pool or a trip to the spa, there’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay. 

Further Space Glamping at Glenarm Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland 

The view from Glenarm Castle
The inside of a further space pod
The view from inside a Glenarm Castle pod

If glamping is more your style, Further Space’s ocean view ‘pods’ at Glenarm Castle could be just what you’re looking for. 

Set on a hilltop overlooking the sea, these luxury pods come with everything you need to have a restful stay, including a comfy double bed and a romantic private firepit. 

If you can peel yourself away from the incredible views, the site itself is home to plenty of brilliant attractions, including Northern Ireland’s first gelato ice cream factory, The Milk Parlour. And if you feel up for exploring a bit further afield, the world-famous Giants Causeway is located just over an hour’s drive away.  

The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall 

The indoor pool at The Scarlet
The spacious room at The Scarlet
Hot tub at The Scarlet

This eco-hotel and spa located on Cornwall’s northern coast is the perfect spot to relax and rewind together. 

Besides the incredible views and relaxing rooms – each of which has its own outside space to soak in the calming coastal atmosphere – The Scarlet is home to a luxurious eco-spa featuring a natural outdoor reed pool, indoor pool, clifftop wooden sauna and a “restorative steam room” with views across Mawgan Porth beach. 

And once you’re done relaxing, you can enjoy a bite to eat at The Scarlet’s in-house restaurant, which offers a menu bursting with slow-grown, sustainable produce and plenty of delicious seafood. 

Heckfield Place, Hook, Hampshire 

A room at Heckfield Place
The exterior of Heckfield Place
The garden at Heckfield Place

There are few places quite like Heckfield Place – and that’s what makes it such a perfect mini-moon destination. 

A restored Georgian family home located on 400 acres of Hampshire countryside, the hotel is home to a selection of thoughtfully designed rooms, as well as two restaurants, a bar and a luxury spa. 

But it’s not just the main building that makes Heckfield Place so special – there are plenty of experiences to be had around the grounds, too, from wild swimming and boating to yoga and forest bathing.  

The Ned, City of London 

The exterior of The Ned
A room at The Ned
The indoor pool at The Ned

If a city break is more your style, then The Ned could be exactly what you’re looking for. 

Located in the heart of the City of London on the site of a former bank, this iconic hotel is known for its stylish and decadent rooms – all with a nod to 1920s glamour. 

If you don’t fancy leaving the hotel during your stay, you’ll still have plenty to keep you occupied: as well as a selection of restaurants and bars serving everything from American diner-inspired hotdogs to Asian-Pacific-inspired poke bowls, there’s a spa and gym to enjoy.  

Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland 

The outside of Glenapp castle
A room in Glenapp Castle
The outside of Glenapp Castle

Enjoy your very own fairytale with a trip to Glenapp Castle – a luxury five-star hotel located within the walls of a historic Scottish castle. 

Alongside being home to an award-winning restaurant with its own six course gourmet menu and 36 acres of gardens and woodlands, the hotel boasts a range of decadent rooms adorned in period furnishings. 

If you’re happy to spend a little more, we’d recommend going for a room on the first and second floors – from here, you’ll get views across the sea towards the famous volcanic outcrop of Ailsa Craig. 

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Image Credits: Squirrel’s Nest: Kate Sanders, The Tawny: James Andrew Photography/The Tawny, Glenarm Castle: further.space, The Scarlet: The Scarlet, Heckfield Place: Heckfield Place, The Ned: The Ned, Glenapp Castle: Pride Of Britain Hotels.