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12 Of The Most Romantic Mini Moon Cottage Stays In The UK

Published date: 3rd November 2020 | Author: Lucy Dodsworth


If you’re looking to spend a few days relaxing after your wedding but don’t want to travel far, why not escape to the coast or the countryside on a UK mini moon? Our 12 specially selected cottages feature a selection of properties perfect for mini moons, from historic thatched cottages to fairytale towers. So you’re sure to find your perfect romantic bolthole, where you can unwind in tranquil surroundings, spoil yourselves and spend time together.

1. The Water Tower, Cornwall

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Channel your inner Rapunzel with a mini moon stay at a castle-like tower in Cornwall.

Originally built as a Victorian water tower, it’s been converted into a romantic bolthole, with rooms spread over four storeys connected by a spiral staircase.

Its Gothic windows and circular rooms give it plenty of character. And it’s part of the National Trust’s Trelissick Estate so you have acres of woodland, gardens and the Fal River Estuary on your doorstep.

2. The Sea Rose, Cornwall

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With wide-reaching sea views across Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, The Sea Rose is a luxury coastal hideaway which has been a haven for couples for over 350 years.

This thatched fisherman’s cottage sits on the cliff edge, with a wildflower-lined path leading down to the beach.

Unwind inside with a soak in the clawfoot bathtub, cook a romantic meal in the handcrafted kitchen, curl up on the sofa for a movie night or just sink into the king-sized bed.

3. Asphodel Cottage, Cotswolds

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Cuddle up together on a countryside break at the picture-perfect thatched Asphodel Cottage in the Cotswolds.

Set in the peaceful village of Tarlton, the cottage dates back to 1600s and has been beautifully restored, with original beamed ceilings, an inglenook fireplace and freestanding bath looking out over the gardens.

It’s dog-friendly too so you can bring your pooch along for country walks to the local pub, just over a mile away.

4. The Chapel, Shropshire

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You might think a chapel’s more for a wedding than a honeymoon, but this historic building on the Walcot Hall Estate in Shopshire has been converted into a romantic retreat.

The antique-filled self-catering property has kept the original stained-glass windows and organ, and added an open-plan living room, decadently deep Turkish bath and a kitchen with an Aga to keep you warm and toasty before you climb the spiral staircase to one of two bedrooms connected by an suspended bridge.

5. Old Mill Cottage, Herefordshire

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Tucked away in the idyllic Herefordshire countryside, the National Trust’s Old Mill Cottage makes for a romantic rural mini moon.

This chocolate-box 15th-century property is set among woodland on the Brockhampton Estate, and is so secluded it’s only accessible by crossing a wooden footbridge over a stream.

It’s packed with character, from the red front door draped with roses to the interiors with their rustic beamed ceilings, wood-burning stove, antique furniture and cosy bedrooms.

6. The Secret Mill, Carmarthenshire

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The charming Secret Mill cottage is the perfect place for a relaxing UK mini moon, surrounded by the picturesque scenery of Wales’ Brecon Beacons.

This 18th-century former wool mill has been beautifully restored, with rustic whitewashed interiors that have bags of romantic charm.

The cottage is pet-friendly and surrounded by gardens, with your own wood-fired hot tub in the grounds where you can soak away under the stars while you listen to the River Gwenlais bubbling past.

7. Tiger Lodge, Kent

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If you’re looking for a unique mini moon break, Tiger Lodge at Port Lympne wildlife park in Kent ticks all the boxes – as long as you don’t mind sharing your honeymoon with some big cats.

The two luxurious cottages have high-end creature comforts inside, including a log burner, Nespresso machine and 4K TV.

They also have giant panoramic windows looking out over the tiger enclosure, so you can get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures, as well as getting exclusive access to the reserve outside normal opening hours.

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You can’t get much closer to the water than staying in a lighthouse, and The Link is a quirky property near Cromer on the North Norfolk coast which makes an ideal romantic break by the sea.

The octagonal bedroom and en-suite bathroom sit in the base of the lighthouse, with a lounge and kitchen-diner upstairs.

Outside you have a private terrace overlooking the sea, perfect for morning coffee or nights under the stars, and golf-lovers can test their handicap at the neighbouring 18-hole golf course.

9. The Cow Shed, Yorkshire

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The bijou Cow Shed is a couples’ love nest on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, surrounded by tranquil countryside with a babbling stream running past.

The interiors have been stylishly renovated, with an open-plan living room and kitchen, a luxurious en-suite bedroom which includes a blissful four-poster bed, and folding doors opening out onto the terrace where you can sink into the hot tub and enjoy the views with a glass of wine.

10. Bramblewick, Lake District

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Set in three acres of landscaped gardens near Lake Windermere, Bramblewick is a contemporary cottage in a romantic secluded location.

The light and spacious open-plan lounge/kitchen has a woodburner and picture windows to make the most of those Lake District views, and a sumptuous bedroom.

The property comes with indulgent touches to make your holiday extra special, with couples’ spa treatments and a private chef available for hire and a pool and sauna on site.

11. The Blackhouse Cottage, Isle of Skye

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Get away from everything with a romantic UK mini moon on the ruggedly beautiful Isle of Skye in Scotland.

The Blackhouse is a traditional Hebridean crofters’ cottage overlooking Loch Snizort. Inside it’s been restored and renovated to create a luxury modern interior with hand-crafted kitchens and designer bathrooms.

Metre-thick stone walls and a roaring fire will keep you warm whatever the weather and the remote location offers the perfect one-to-one escape from the world.

12. Blue Reef Cottages, Isle of Harris

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Enjoy a decadent holiday in the Outer Hebrides with a stay at one of the Blue Reef Cottages.

These eco-friendly self-catering cottages are designed to blend unobtrusively into the landscape with their traditional grass roofs. Cook a candlelit meal in the fully equipped kitchen, snuggle up next to the peat stove, soak in the jacuzzi bath or enjoy your own private sauna.

Giant windows bring the scenery of the Outer Hebrides to you – and if you’re lucky you might even see the Northern Lights.

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Written by

Lucy Dodsworth

Lucy is a travel writer based in the Cotswolds who’s been running her award-winning travel blog On the Luce since 2011. She is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, has a MSc in sustainable tourism and has been featured by the BBC, Stylist, Marie Claire and Forbes. She loves train travel, walks, log fires, a good glass…

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