From First Night honeymoon hotels to chic accommodation to spend a weekend away, you don’t need to travel far from home to experience five-star luxury. So, if you’re planning a minimoon after your wedding before you jet off on a long-haul break later in the year, here’s our pick of the best places to stay in the UK.
Bristol: Thornbury Castle This is no ordinary castle. Built-in 1511 during the reign of Henry VIII, it’s been home to kings, queens, and dukes over the centuries. As a guest, you’ll live the full royal experience. There are six exquisite suites, including King Henry VIII’s bed chamber and the ornate Catherine of Aragon Tower Suite which you can only reach via a spiral staircase. www.thornburycastle.co.uk
London: Inhabit Queen’s Gardens Located in a quaint leafy crescent alongside classic 19th century townhouses, this hotel (opening March 2022) offers a tranquil, restful hideaway where you can switch off and unwind. Fusing Scandi inspiration with Eastern twists, the rooms are a design and architect lover’s dream. There’s also a yoga room and spa treatment rooms, so be sure to book in for some post-wedding pampering, before heading out to enjoy a city break in the capital. www.inhabithotels.com
Peak District: The Tawny Hotel Set within the wonderfully restored wild gardens of Consall Hall Estate The Tawny Hotel is an idyllic green oasis for minimoons. Comprising 55 idyllic shepherds Huts, treehouses, boathouses, retreats and the Lookout – each space offers privacy and peace, in harmony with the nature which surrounds them. Many of the guest lodgings come with their own outdoor bath and shower. However, for a true spa experience, guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool heated to 31 degrees all year round, in addition to a secluded Thatched Cottage offering spa treatments and massages against views of the lakes ahead. www.thetawny.co.uk
Manchester: Leven The hippest new hotel in Manchester, LEVEN is a converted 20th-century warehouse and is a real celebration of the city’s industrial past. Every suite has been lovingly curated with sleek interior touches. Expect high ceilings, exposed brickwork and stand-alone bathtubs; an essential feature for a honeymoon hotel. www.liveleven.com