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Nine unique staycation honeymoon destinations in the UK

Posted by Danielle Harvey on 3 December 2020

couple with dog on beach Celebrate your honeymoon together with a delightful staycation right here in the UK. While tropical temperatures aren't guaranteed, there's still so much to see here. From the quintessentially English countryside to the dramatic landscapes of Scotland and Wales, you'll find lots of gorgeous holiday cottages to make your honeymoon break extra special.
Whether you're looking for a grand manor to celebrate in style or perhaps a cosy cottage to snuggle up in the countryside, Big Cottages offer plenty of wonderful homes, absolutely perfect for a staycation honeymoon.

lake hills aerial view

1. Lake District

Spend your honeymoon together in the stunning Lake District. Renowned for its glacial lakes, rugged peaks, and enchanting woodlands; whether you're planning on taking it easy in one of its charming market towns or exploring its wonderful wilderness, there is so much to see. During the summer months, you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through the Ambleside, a lovely way to see this popular town together! Lake cruises from Windermere are also a nice way to make the most of your scenic surroundings. After a busy day, cosy up in front of a toasty log burner with a well-earned drink in hand!

fields and gate with trees and brick wall sunny day

2. Yorkshire

Steeped in history, the northern county of Yorkshire is another fantastic location. Especially wonderful for couples who love nothing more than a good hike, you'll find both the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales national parks here. From winding woodlands to heather-carpeted heathlands, there is so much waiting to be explored.Book a secluded cottage in the peaceful Yorkshire countryside for an ultimate romantic retreat. We'd recommend you choose ones with private patios and hot tubs for an evening of uninterrupted stargazing together - the night skies out in the country are absolutely breathtaking.

cottage at the nd of gravel path and gardens

3. Cotswolds

With rolling countryside and charming chocolate-box villages, there's little wonder why the Cotswolds holds its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty title. For newlyweds in search of a slower pace of life to unwind after the big day, the Cotswolds holds the answer. Wander through historic villages with their cute thatched cottages, which somehow appear frozen in time from centuries long gone by. Spend quality time together while exploring the delightful woodlands, riversides and meadows of this gorgeous region. Stop in the traditional inns and cafes dotted along the way - or make your way to the Cotswolds Distillery to sample some delicious Cotswold Cream Liqueur!

valleys at sunset with road passing through them

4. Peak District

Yet another stunning national park, the Peak District is a popular destination among keen walkers; and those who simply want to sit back and relax in picturesque surroundings! For couples who spend their time together by scrambling up mountains and hiking along hillsides, the Peak District is the perfect playground.Scale the peaks of Grasmoor, or take it easy with a local craft ale in one of the many traditional pubs. You could even book a pet-friendly cottage and bring your four-legged friend along for the honeymoon! You'd be hard-pressed to find a better location for quality 'walkies' than the Peaks...

field with two horses

5. New Forest

The wild and wonderful New Forest is located in the south-eastern county of Hampshire. A lovely area to unwind after the celebrations of your big day, the gorgeous forests and heathlands provide a scenic backdrop for a secluded and romantic honeymoon break. Once the hunting grounds of William the Conqueror, this national park is excellent for walking and cycling, or even horse riding. The area is also known for its quaint villages and traditional pubs, where you can sit back with a pint of locally-brewed cider before returning back to your cosy New Forest cottage.

fells in Scotland at sunset

6. Scotland

From its dramatic mountain landscapes to breathtaking coastlines, Scotland has plenty to offer any honeymooners visiting the country. Even if you don't fancy getting out and exploring its wilder regions, you can enjoy an incredible break in the bustling capital of Edinburgh. Its historic streets, lined with an excellent choice of bars, fine dining restaurants and boutique shops are sure to keep you both entertained!If you are eager to explore the natural beauty of Scotland, then be sure to take on the challenge of Ben Nevis. Standing at 1,345m above sea level, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks from the top.

castle on a lake in autumn

7. Sussex

Home to both coast and countryside, Sussex is a wonderful destination for those who want to enjoy the best of both worlds. While the South Downs National Park is a delight to explore, you'll find lots of beautiful hidden gems all over the county. If you'd prefer to spend your honeymoon near one of its bustling towns or cities, there's lots of choice. From the historic town of Hastings to the busy beaches of Brighton, you're bound to find somewhere you both love.

wooden bridge pointing to hills

8. Wales

Much like Sussex, Wales is an excellent location for those who love both coast and country. A popular region among thrill-seekers as well as those who want a quiet rural escape, Wales is an excellent choice for newlyweds. Take on the challenge of the world's fastest zip line together in the heart of Snowdonia or book a coastal retreat by one of Wales' many beaches, the choice is all yours. Be sure to spend one of your mornings at a traditional Welsh cafe, complete with some tasty Welsh rarebit or fruity bara brith!

sandy cover with ragged rocks and sea

9. Cornwall

For a honeymoon by the seaside, there's arguably no better place than Cornwall. Well-known for having its own subtropical micro-climate, who needs to fly anywhere when we've got our own little paradise right here in the UK? With local delicacies including the famed Cornish pasty and indulgent cream tea - Cornwall certainly has lots to offer!
Book a beachside cottage for an ultra-relaxed week of sunbathing and swimming. Surfing and paddle-boarding lessons are also in abundance along the coast, so be sure to give them a try!

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