After the big day it’s time for the real fun. The bit that really is just for you. The Honeymoon. Once the ice swans have melted, the carriage has been returned, the champagne gone flat and the last guests have stumbled out into the night, you can look forward to your time away with your new partner. But where to go and what to do? There are the classics like a week on the beach or a 5-star hotel, but if you want something that really matches up to your special day, then you might try a whole new ’moon somewhere truly original. Take a look at some romantic spots which just might eclipse the day itself!
Just the two of you: get away from everything and everyone in perfect isolation.
The Lodge, Cumbria
Enjoy newly-wed bliss as lady and lord of The Lodge in your private corner of the Lake District. It sits alone in a clearing by a wide sweep of woodland on the banks of the River Eamont with perfect sunbathing and paddling opportunities. For the ultimate regal touch horse and cart rides can be arranged or order a Celebratory Hamper with Champagne, flowers and chocolates. The Lodge sleeps 2, from £185 a night.
Woodsman’s Cabin, Dordogne
A rustic cabin in the woods, on its own private lake. On lazy afternoons set off from the jetty in the homemade raft, trailing your toes in the water or lounge on the deck and listen to the sounds of the woods. Pre-arrange Champagne, flowers, or home cooked dinners and even try your hand at that classic couple’s look by hiring a tandem. The Woodsman’s Cabin sleeps 2, from £55 a night.
Rustic & quirky: the unique honeymoon you didn’t know to dream of!
The Roundhouse, Cornwall
It might not be many people’s first thought, but you can’t imagine the romance of sleeping in an Iron Age Roundhouse! On a balmy night, sit around a roaring fire and look up into the Milky Way or take your loved one for a moonlit walk up Mulfra Hill to look across at the legendary St Michael’s Mount set in the silvery waters of Mount’s Bay. The Roundhouse sleeps 2 from £190 a night.
Treat yourself: with a trip to the spa or a little yoga and meditation.
This lovely boat is moored up in Dart Marina and makes a great romantic start for the more nautically minded couple. It has seen time as a fishing boat but now sports some treasures from the HMS Ark Royal. If you find that the slow motion of the waves hasn’t calmed you enough, then you’ll be delighted to know that owner Yvette has arranged for you to use the spa at the fabulous Dart Hotel. Faithful sleeps 2, from £114 a night.
Roulotte Retreats, Scottish Borders
These lovely French gypsy wagons have beenlovingly carved and imported to their meadow home in Scotland. They’re en suite and fabulously comfortable, but the wilderness setting gives you unspoilt skies and rural views. Owner Avril can arrange for all sorts of treatments from Reiki to massage. Roulotte Retreats wagons sleep 2-4, from £95 a night.
Good old fashioned luxury: as swish as a hotel, but just…different
The Treehouse at Harptree Court, Somerset
If you fancy all the creature comforts, with bells on, take a look at the amazing Treehouse at Harptree Court, a spectacular suite in the treetops. Ease the wedding tension out with a soak in the copper bath big enough for two, or sip a cocktail on the veranda as you look back on your special day from this truly special place. The treehouse sleeps 2, from £245 a night.
You can find all these romantic spots and more at Sawday’s Canopy & Stars, an inspected and selected collection of unusual places to stay in the great outdoors: www.canopyandstars.co.uk; 01275 395447.