The great British mini-moon: our top picks for a honeymoon at home

With foreign travel off the menu for most due to the Covid-19 pandemic, marrying couples are having to think a little more creatively when choosing their honeymoon destinations.

Indulging in a honeymoon at home makes perfect sense, even if there’s only time for a mini-moon as Truly explains:

“First of all, a shorter getaway closer to home allows the couple to splurge on a more luxurious property, rather than spending the honeymoon on a mediocre resort for two weeks. Also, due to the credit crunch, many couples are seeing their budgets stretched tightly. A more humble honeymoon allows them to still enjoy themselves without putting too much financial stress on their new union.”

As we’ve discovered in the past year or so, the staycation has tons of potential with a whole host of amazing locations just waiting to be enjoyed in the city, out in the countryside and on the coast. Here we reveal our top picks for a great British mini-moon that’ll kick start married life in style.


A romantic city break in Bath is a fabulous option for mini mooning couples. It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and you’ll quickly see why. Its stunning Georgian architecture is particularly easy on the eye, and outside of the bustling city, there’s yet more breath-taking scenery to enjoy.

It’s also the site of the UK’s only natural thermal springs, making Bath the perfect place to indulge in the ultimate spa break.

Whilst there’s plenty to do and see in Bath, it’s compact enough to explore in a day. We’d recommend staying in the surrounding Somerset countryside at St Audrie’s Park to enjoy a mini-break that gives you the very best of both worlds.

Forest of Dean

If you want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the great outdoors together during your mini-moon, then the Forest of Dean may be a more fitting honeymoon destination.

There’s so much to explore in this stunning location, which is one of England’s remaining few ancient forests. As well as ogling its history, culture and magical scenery, there’s plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature, adventure and great food on your trip.

Based in the Forest of Dean, there’s no better place to spend your mini-moon than at multi-award-winning Clearwell Castle. This fairy-tale castle ensures you can return to luxury and romance after a long day’s hiking.

The Essex coast

Whether you’d like to catch some rays at the beach, take in the seaside atmosphere, explore nature in a more secluded spot, or all of the above, the Essex coast provides the ideal stomping ground for you and your new husband or wife.

Essex has some 350 miles of coastline, and a great mix of picturesque pebble beaches, stunning stretches of golden sand, and seaside resorts that are certain to make you nostalgic.

Journey back inland to stay at Leez Priory or Gosfield Hall to add a luxurious twist to your Essex mini-moon.


The county town of Warwick is a fantastic spot to mini-moon. Here you can explore history like never before – Warwick Castle is one of the best-preserved castles in the country! – as well as enjoy a wide range of activities, events and festivals.

History loving couples can hole up in a great historical location by checking into Bourton Hall. Located in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, the estate has a long history dating back to the 15th century as well as 12 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland and parkland to explore.


The city of Cambridge exudes charm and character, and it’s just a stone’s throw away from us. Here at Holmewood Hall, we’re not only known and loved for hosting unforgettable wedding days. We provide a unique opportunity to enjoy an equally unforgettable stay.

Why not extend your wedding celebration by staying a little longer? Explore our mini-breaks and dining experiences, and find all the British mini-moon inspiration you need.



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Katie Davies

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