5 Reasons to Visit Greenside Cottage on Your Honeymoon

Looking for a UK-based honeymoon? Greenside Cottage[1] is a stunning 400-year-old thatched cottage from Boutique Retreats, situated in the picturesque countryside of the Cotswolds.

5 Reasons to Visit Greenside Cottage on Your Honeymoon

5 reasons to visit Greenside Cottage on your honeymoon

Greenside Cottage, with its unique original features, landscaped surroundings and super convenient location, is a sublime hideaway for honeymooners.

Here at Wedding Ideas, we’ve outlined some of the reasons to fall in love with this boutique thatched cottage…

The decor

5 Reasons to Visit Greenside Cottage on Your Honeymoon

This 400-year-old hidden gem displays its original features proudly, from its exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings to its spectacular wood-burning stove.

But of course, this is not a love nest that could ever be described as ‘old fashioned’; stylish, contemporary touches can be discovered throughout, from underfloor heating to super-luxe beds and fabulously deep, plump sofa.

The dual-aspect living area is a cosy, light space that’s perfect for curling up in on an evening, lined with a gorgeous Persian rug and wide oak floorboards. In the daytime, cosy up in the armchair next to the window, where you can enjoy a cup of tea as you gaze across the verdant village green. So blissful!

The sleep space

5 Reasons to Visit Greenside Cottage on Your Honeymoon

Sleep is one thing you’ll get plenty of here, especially when you feel this relaxed. The cottage houses two spacious bedrooms, including a grand master bedroom with a vaulted beamed ceiling and beautiful views.

Doze peacefully in the king-sized ‘Margot’ bed, with its sumptuous pillow-top mattress that guarantees a wonderful night’s sleep.

Planning to bring a couple of guests? The second bedroom is just as delightful, with a wrought-iron double bed, ornate oak furniture and a striking beamed vaulted ceiling.

The kitchen

5 Reasons to Visit Greenside Cottage on Your Honeymoon

With its handmade terracotta tiled floor, rustic vintage Welsh dresser and Victorian dining table, you’ll feel truly at home in this relaxed, country-style kitchen.

We adore the solid wooden work surfaces and elegant blue cabinets, combined with the Smeg induction range cooker and all the modern equipment you need to rustle up tasty dishes.

The outdoor space

5 Reasons to Visit Greenside Cottage on Your Honeymoon

Summer days are simply glorious here; enjoy al fresco meals on the sunny terrace, where you’ll find a large table, benches and chairs, as well as a barbecue.

Better yet, because the cottage is dog-friendly, there’s more than enough space for your furry friends to burn off any energy, too. Here’s to kicking back in the sunshine with a G&T and a good book…

The surroundings

5 Reasons to Visit Greenside Cottage on Your Honeymoon

The Cotswolds is of course famed for its stunning scenery, and around the cottage you’ll find there’s plenty of beautiful ground to cover.

Take a stroll across the Cherwell Valley, where there’s numerous footpaths that are perfect for long romantic walks. Or why not head into Oxford for the day? There’s museums, shops and some fabulous market places, not to mention the iconic colleges.

Less than two hours from London, Greenside Cottage is also easily reachable by car and train. So, what are you waiting for? Book in your visit now…

From £777 for a long weekend or a mid-week break. Find out more about Greenside Cottage at boutique-retreats.co.uk[2]

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References

  1. ^ Greenside Cottage (boutique-retreats.co.uk)
  2. ^ boutique-retreats.co.uk (boutique-retreats.co.uk)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Escape to the Country With Little Coombe Cedar Yurts

Little Combe Cedar Yurts exterior Little Combe Cedar Yurts

Escape to the Country With Little Coombe Cedar Yurts

Perched on the slope of a sun-dappled, tranquil wooded valley near the pretty waterside village of Dittisham, Devon, Little Coombe Cedar Yurts are an irresistible blend of back-to-nature relaxation and cool, stylish luxury (each with their very own private hot tub!).

On arrival, unload your luggage onto one of the handy wheelbarrows and head to your hideaway, which is just along the pathway through the trees. All four charming yurts are positioned for the upmost privacy from each other and have huge decks, perfect for barbecuing, dining al fresco and taking in the jaw-droppingly beautiful views across the tree-tops to the valley below.

Little Coombe Cedar Yurts hot tub Little Coombe Cedar YurtsEach yurt comes with its own outdoor hot tub

Step inside of the aptly-named Owl[1]Pheasant[2]Buzzard [3]or Woodpecker [4]Cedar Yurt (you may well spot these birds along with other wildlife, including the occasional deer!) and you will not be disappointed. The entrance leads into either the main, larger yurt (an incredible eight metres in diameter!) or the smaller yurt (four metres from side-to-side). The main yurt cleverly houses the living-area, sleeping-area (with king-size bed!) and en suite shower-room. There is a wonderfully well-equipped kitchen with an electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge and microwave, along with a washing-machine, WiFi, wood-burner (ideal for creating that cosy, romantic atmosphere) and even under-floor heating! Not to mention a TV with Blu-ray/DVD player – perfect for a night-in after a dip in the hot tub – and a Bluetooth sound-system, so you can listen to your favourite tunes until your heart’s content. The adjoining baby yurt houses triple bunk-beds and another en suite shower-room.

Little Coombe Cedar Yurts interior Little Coombe Cedar YurtsInside the yurt

If you can bear to tear yourself away, there’s plenty to see and do nearby. Dittisham, less than a mile away, has two pubs, an excellent seafood café, post office, village store and foot ferry to the Greenway Estate [5](owned by the National Trust and once the holiday home of author Agatha Christie). At high tide, the stretch of river from Dittisham to Galmpton is perfect for sailing (you can hire a boat locally). Totnes and Dartmouth are well worth a visit, with shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. Mountain bike hire can be arranged locally, surfing is available at Bantham beach (around an hour away) and Blackpool Sands, a stunning, privately-owned beach with a great organic cafe, is just ten minutes away.

Little Coombe Cedar Yurts surrounding countryside Little Coombe Cedar YurtsThe idyllic scenery

All in all, if you’re looking for a get-away-from-it-all romantic escape where you can switch off from everyday life and enjoy the great outdoors without letting go of life’s luxuries, look no further than Little Coombe Cedar Yurts.

Prices from £590 for seven night, classic.co.uk[6]

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References

  1. ^ Owl (www.classicglamping.co.uk)
  2. ^ Pheasant (www.classicglamping.co.uk)
  3. ^ Buzzard  (www.classicglamping.co.uk)
  4. ^ Woodpecker  (www.classicglamping.co.uk)
  5. ^ Greenway Estate  (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)
  6. ^ Prices from £590 for seven night, classic.co.uk (www.classic.co.uk)

6 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations to Visit in 2019

Escape the obvious with Exsus Travel[1]’s hand-picked luxury honeymoons, which offer more than just a regular fly and flop. Centred around experiences tailored to you and your partner, these are once-in-a-lifetime holidays; the kind that will turn into lifelong memories.

Croatia honeymoon

Romantic honeymoon destinations to visit in 2019

Whatever your taste, there is something for everyone – from a cloud forest retreat in Costa Rica and a sun-kissed getaway to Greece and Croatia, to a Zimbabwean safari and a super luxurious escape to the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Greece and Croatia

Greece honeymoon

Greece and Croatia[2] are a winning combination when it comes to honeymoons. Inspired by Mamma Mia, this trip takes you to the countries’ main hotspots: Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, Dubrovnik, Korcula and Hvar.

Stay in a hotel built within reformed 17th-century houses carved into the cliffs in romantic Santorini, get a bird’s eye view of Dubrovnik’s red-roofed Old Town, and finish off in Croatia’s sunniest spot, Hvar, which boasts a glamorous yacht scene.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica honeymoon

Costa Rica’s[3] lush green jungle setting and pristine beaches might be just the place to start your new life together.

Go hiking in the Volcano Valley with a guide and see monkeys, sloths and frogs, stay at an eco-luxury retreat within 500 acres of tropical cloud forest, and get an authentic hacienda experience in the coffee region, finishing off on the immaculate Pacific coastline.

Iceland

Iceland honeymoonCredit: Shutterstock

Some newlyweds dream of sun, sea and lazy days doing nothing, but we believe that trying new experiences together brings you closer. If adventure is what you’re after, look no further than the Land of Fire and Ice for a romantic mini-moon[4], with a healthy dose of wilderness adventure.

You’ll be surrounded by lava fields, gushing geysers and waterfalls. Moreover, you can also dive between tectonic plates and, weather permitting, see the Northern Lights. Catch your breath with a blissful dip in the Blue Lagoon.

Zimbabwe

Safari honeymoonCredit: Shutterstock

A Zimbabwe safari[5] is the ideal honeymoon for wildlife lovers wishing to get up close and personal with the Big Five. Start off in Hwange – the country’s biggest national park – where you can see lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes.

Afterwards, head to Victoria Falls, which you can explore with a scenic helicopter ride. You can also go white-water rafting, try zip-lining, explore the Chobe National Park and have a romantic dining experience on board a steam train.

Fiji, California and Hong Kong

Fiji honeymoon

An idyllic holiday to Fiji, bookended by California and Hong Kong[6] is perfect for couples who just can’t narrow their destination down to one. Experience the blissful paradise setting of Fiji and stay in a traditional wooden bure, surrounded by crystalline blue waters.

The buzz of Santa Monica and vibrant Hong Kong add some action and adventure; a great contrast to a mellow and sublime island retreat.

Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Maldives honeymoon

Experience undiluted barefoot luxury in the Maldives[7], combined with a cultural trip to Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle and Kandy. Take in the archaeological sites of Anuradhapura, stay in a stilted hideaway above green wetlands and rice paddies with views of the Sigiriya rock fortress and stroll through the tea plantations of the Norwood Tea Estate.

The perfect end to an action-packed Sri Lankan escapade, the eco-friendly Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives offers a slice of paradise, with picture-perfect beaches, a wellness philosophy, an open-air jungle cinema and school of manta rays.

To find out more, visit exsus.com[8]


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References

  1. ^ Exsus Travel (www.exsus.com)
  2. ^ Greece and Croatia (www.exsus.com)
  3. ^ Costa Rica’s (www.exsus.com)
  4. ^ Land of Fire and Ice for a romantic mini-moon (www.exsus.com)
  5. ^ Zimbabwe safari (www.exsus.com)
  6. ^ Fiji, bookended by California and Hong Kong (www.exsus.com)
  7. ^ Maldives (www.exsus.com)
  8. ^ exsus.com (www.exsus.com)
  9. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  10. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Best Christmas Markets in Europe for 2018

Wedding Ideas highlights the best Christmas markets in Europe for 2018, including where to go, what to buy and where to stay this December…

Best Christmas Markets

Best Christmas Markets in Europe for 2018

Berlin Christmas Market

Berlin Christmas marketBerlin Christmas market

Like timekeeping and pretzels, celebrating the festive season is something Germany excels at. So where better to go for seasonal feel-good vibes than the capital’s famous Christmas market?

From the end of November, the air’s thick with the scent of mulled wine and fresh waffles, and honeymooners will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Christkindlmarkt.

Where to Stay in Berlin

Just a stone’s throw from the major sights, the Regent Berlin has the added bonus of overlooking the legendary Weihnachtszauber market.

And with jaw-dropping chandeliers and oil paintings throughout, the hotel has an appropriately romantic feel.

READ MORE: Christmas wedding ideas – planning the most magical winter wedding on a budget[1]


Paris Christmas Market

The streets of Paris are always filled with sparkling lights and bright decorations at this time of year, as the French capital plays host to several Christmas markets throughout the festive season.

Head to Jardin des Tuileries this December, where rows upon rows of wooden huts will be serving up mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and delicious helpings of sausages and cheese. There’s plenty of stalls for arts and crafts, regional food specialities and handmade gifts, too.

Where to Stay in Paris

Stay in the centre of the Christmas festivities at the four-star Meliá París La Défense[2]. The hotel’s impressive rooftop bar provides incredible views over the market, stretching to the Eiffel Tower and beyond.


Vienna Christmas Market

Best Christmas Markets Vienna

Expect to find a huge array of delectable treats and seasonal gifts at Vienna’s Advent Markets, with most opening their doors at the start of December through to Boxing Day.

For a traditional market experience, check out Christmas Village Maria-Theresien Platz, situated between the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art, where you’ll find a vast range of culinary delights and decorated market stalls.

Where to Stay in Vienna

Stay at the outstanding five-star Melia Vienna[3], located in the city’s tallest skyscraper designed by the prestigious architect Dominique Perrault, affording guests with unrivalled views of Vienna’s Christmas lights. It’s prime location allows spectacular views of the city and Danube River at Christmas.


Ghent Christmas Market

Best Christmas Markets Ghent

This increasingly Instagram-worthy Belgian hotspot comes into its own in December with a winter-wonderland makeover.

The Stadshal plays host to an impressive ice-skating rink, while retail therapy’s on offer at the BoterMarkt’s wooden huts. By night, ride the ferris wheel in front of St Bavo’s Cathedral for twinkling views of the city.

Where to Stay in Ghent

Located in the top floors of the city’s historic post office building, 1898 The Post offers guests the best views of Ghent. Newlyweds should book the octagonal Tower Suite high in the medieval turret.


Zurich Christmas Market

Best Christmas Markets Zurich

As November closes, Zurich comes alive with the sounds, lights and smells of Christmas markets. There are many to choose from in this Swiss city, including the train station’s festive fair – the largest in Europe.

For something a bit different, try Wienachtsdorf, with its upcycled gifts and ice rink, or Wiehnachtsmart, which is home to a ‘singing’ Christmas tree.

Where to Stay in Zurich

Renowned for its grand charm, Baur au Lac is an ideal base for exploring Zurich, as well as a handy stopover if you also plan to spend time on the slopes. Treat yourselves to Michelin-starred dining at its Pavillon restaurant.


Helsinki Christmas Market

Best Christmas Markets Helsinki Credit: Jussi Hellsten

Much like its Scandinavian counterparts, the Finnish capital is at its loveliest in winter; adorned in fairylights and perfumed with glögi, a spiced wine with almonds, raisins and an (optional) dash of vodka.

Soak up the atmosphere at the city’s 120-stall market and traditional Lucia Day processions; all olde-worlde touches that add to this destination’s romance.

Where to Stay in Helsinki

Continue the past-times theme with a stay at Katajanokka, a characterful converted prison with modern guest rooms that bely its former use.


Bath Christmas Market

Best Christmas Markets Bath

With its swoonsome Georgian architecture, this closer-to-home city is even more winsome come wintertime, when the quaint streets between the Bath Abbey and Roman Baths are transformed into a festive fantasy.

Get your skates on at Bath on Ice, before indulging in cocoa – or something a little stronger – at Abbey Hotel’s Après-Ski Bar or The Bird’s Winter Wonderland.

Where to Stay in Bath

Tucked away in the old town, Eight[4] is a boutique hotel with eight bedrooms and eight (there’s a running theme here) seasonal dishes.

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References

  1. ^ READ MORE: Christmas wedding ideas – planning the most magical winter wedding on a budget (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ Meliá París La Défense (www.melia.com)
  3. ^ Melia Vienna (www.melia.com)
  4. ^ Eight (eightinbath.co.uk)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  7. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

Renaissance Tuscany launches the ultimate honeymoon package for newlyweds

Credit Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path picturesque place for a romantic minimoon, Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa[1] have just launched the ultimate honeymoon package for newlyweds.

In the heart of Tuscany, the Serchio Valley is exactly what you would picture central Italy to feel like. From the surrounding local wineries and medieval towns, including the picturesque Barga and authentic restaurants abound, the Serchio Valley reflects Italy’s true essence.

Tuscany honeymoon package Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & SpaCredit Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa

The just-launched honeymoon package at Renaissance Tuscany[2] includes a complimentary bottle of prosecco in on arrival and an indulgent couple’s spa treatment of choice.

And of course, a trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the delicious food and wine so this package offers a culinary experience with the head chef and a wine tasting session at the local bio-dynamic winery.

MarriottToscany honeymoon spa packageCredit Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa

The new honeymoon package includes: 

  • Free upgrade in Junior Suite
  • Free room service
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • 1 Culinary experience per stay for two persons
  • 1 Wine tasting per stay for two persons
  • 1 Couple’s treatment at the Spa, per stay for two persons
  • 1 Bottle of Prosecco at the arrival
  • Transfer from/to airport of Pisa
  • 1 Touristic kit provided by our navigator

The honeymoon package is available from €442 per room, per night. 

READ MORE: Real weddings: A beautiful celebration in Tuscany [3]

Honeymoon Tuscany viewCredit Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa

In addition to the new honeymoon package for couples, the hotel can arrange wedding ceremonies anywhere within the vast estate property, whether you want to get married on the terrace overlooking the rolling hills and vineyards or in the grounds surrounded by greenery. The wedding party will be catered by the on-site culinary team who can create the perfect Tuscan feast for the menu.

For more information or to book a stay, visit: renaissancetuscany.com[4].


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References

  1. ^ Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa (www.renaissancetuscany.com)
  2. ^ Renaissance Tuscany (www.renaissancetuscany.com)
  3. ^ Real weddings: A beautiful celebration in Tuscany  (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ renaissancetuscany.com (www.renaissancetuscany.com)
  5. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Win a minimoon to the Scottish Highlands

Shieldaig Lodge in the Scottish HighlandsShieldaig Lodge

Bag yourself a luxury stay at the beautiful Shieldaig Lodge[1] in Gairloch

Celebrated for its stunning scenery, delicious locally-sourced food and close proximity to some of the most exhilarating outdoor pursuits in the country, Shieldaig Lodge is the ultimate rural escape. Situated in the picturesque village of Gairloch, this former 19th century hunting lodge has been lovingly transformed into a hotel, set within an impressive 26,000-acre estate. 

Those in need of some post-wedding R&R can kick back in a newly renovated suite and take in the spectacular loch-side views. The restaurant and bar serve local game, fresh seafood and more than 300 different whiskies, and the lodge’s spacious relaxation areas are perfect for curling up with a good book in front of the fire, playing board games or admiring the views with a tipple in hand.

READ MORE: Five of the best British getaways for newleyweds[2]

Alternatively, thrill-seeking couples can take on a range of activities from pony trekking and hiking to falconry, fishing and archery – not to mention sailing around the area’s magnificent local beaches. And for those looking to extend their stay in the region, why not take advantage of Shieldaig Lodge’s location on the North Coast 500 Route and enjoy a scenic 516-mile drive around the far north of Scotland?

Enter now and you could win an amazing two-night break for two people, including:

• Two nights in a suite with a roll-top bath and waterfront views.
• Full English breakfast for two on both mornings.
• His and hers whisky and gin flights.
• Three-course dinner for two on both evenings.
• Rose petal service and an in-room bottle of champagne on arrival.

References

  1. ^ Shieldaig Lodge (www.shieldaiglodge.com)
  2. ^ READ MORE: Five of the best British getaways for newleyweds (www.weddingideasmag.com)

Win a luxury trip to Edinburgh

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Bag yourself a luxury two-night stay courtesy of the Cairn Group and DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh – Queensferry Crossing

Whether it’s to celebrate your engagement, a luxurious minimoon or you simply just want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life on a romantic getaway, a two-night stay in a brand-new King Junior Suite at the DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh – Queensferry Crossing could be yours.

Located just nine miles from the city centre, just outside the historic village of North Queensferry and in between the iconic Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing, the stylish hotel reopened its doors last year after a multimillion-pound renovation. The ungraded spaces include chic new dining options, a 24-hour fitness centre and several function rooms that are perfect for weddings and private celebrations. 

Savour excellent seafood and succulent steaks at the hotel’s Shore Grill and Fish House restaurant, before heading for a nightcap in The Forth Bar. The surrounding 10 acres of parkland and panoramic river views make this an indulgent spot to chill-out pre- or post-wedding, or, if it’s a Scottish adventure you’re after, the hotel enjoys excellent road and rail links to the likes of Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and Fife coastal path – and Edinburgh Airport is only 15 minutes’ drive away for those wanting to jet off to warmer climes the following day.

Enter now for your chance to win:
• Two nights in a luxury King Junior Suite
• Dinner on both evenings in the Shore Grill and Fish House restaurant
• Afternoon tea for two 

cairnhotelgroup.com [1]

Terms and conditions: Booking is subject to availability. Prize is redeemable until June 2019. Date exclusions include 1-31 August 2018; 25 December 2018-2 January 2019; 1-2 February 2019; 9-10 February 2019; 14-17 February 2019; 23-24 February 2019; 9-10 March 2019’ 16 March 2019. The rules run in conjunction with our full terms and conditions which can be found at weddingideasmag.com

References

  1. ^ cairnhotelgroup.com (www.cairnhotelgroup.com)

Cosy Up In Cornwall At Landal Gwel An Mor

Struggling to decide between a rustic yurt wedding, couple’s photos on the beach and a glamorous marquee reception? You don’t need to choose! Becci Clubb finds out that Landal[1] Gwel an Mor[2] has it all, and more…

From hen party to wedding day and minimoon, Cornwall's Gwel An Mor is a hidden gem of luxury, with sea views, stunning lodges and unbeatable entertainment

Say “I do” beside the sea

On first glance, the wedding venue at Landal Gwel an Mor appears to be a small yurt, but step inside and you will soon realise that its size is deceiving. Easily seating up to 89, the yurt is perfect for both intimate and larger wedding ceremonies. Get cosy and say I do in front of a roaring log burner in the cooler months, or leave the doors open on a warm summer’s day.

The styling limits are endless, from a bohemian festival theme with brightly coloured ribbons wound around the internal beams to a more floral affair with fluffy white flowers springing out of every nook and foliage hanging from the ceiling.

From hen party to wedding day and minimoon, Cornwall's Gwel An Mor is a hidden gem of luxury, with sea views, stunning lodges and unbeatable entertainment

After the ceremony guests can mingle in the yurt or in the private courtyard garden, before you surprise them with one of Landal Gwel an Mor’s best kept secrets – the wedding barn. From the outside the structure looks like any other barn, but the interior is decorated in a marquee style, with white drapes covering the ceiling and the walls and sparkling chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Both the barn and the yurt create the perfect blank canvas for you to put your own stamp on for your big day.

Seating up to 150 guests for your wedding breakfast and up to 250 for your evening reception, you can invite as many or as few guests as you like. When it comes to your wedding breakfast, you can work with the chefs to choose a totally bespoke menu. A formal sit-down meal, a vintage afternoon tea or a delicious picnic – the choice is yours. This relaxed approach continues through the rest of your day, from timings to styling, meaning every wedding at Landal Gwel an Mor is personal and unique.

From hen party to wedding day and minimoon, Cornwall's Gwel An Mor is a hidden gem of luxury, with sea views, stunning lodges and unbeatable entertainment

Special touches to make your wedding unique

The surprises don’t stop there. A 15-minute walk leads you through a wooded valley to Portreath beach and harbour, with plenty of pretty stops for romantic couple’s portraits along the way – a little bridge in the woods, a large pond and by the Cornish fishing harbour just to name a few.

The best surprise of all? The Feadon Farm! Pose with reindeer in your photographs, take a few minutes of calm with your new husband, away from the wedding party, to meet the foxes (you might even get a kiss from them!) or have a barn owl fly down the aisle delivering your wedding rings! It’s all possible here.

From hen party to wedding day and minimoon, Cornwall's Gwel An Mor is a hidden gem of luxury, with sea views, stunning lodges and unbeatable entertainment

From hen party to wedding day and minimoon, Cornwall's Gwel An Mor is a hidden gem of luxury, with sea views, stunning lodges and unbeatable entertainment

Stay in luxury for your wedding weekend

Landal Gwel an Mor also boasts a range of luxury accommodation, so you can make a weekend of your wedding with your nearest and dearest. During your stay, be sure to enjoy the beach and join a wildlife walk.

Fast-forward to the morning of the big day, while the bridal party gets ready, the groom and his groomsmen can enjoy a memorable round of golf or a spot of fishing to calm pre-wedding jitters. If you’d rather stay just for one night, the resort are building one-bedroom studio lodges. The studio lodges are tucked away in a quiet corner of the resort, positioned in front of the picturesque fishing lake – the perfect romantic spot for your first night as newlyweds.

From hen party to wedding day and minimoon, Cornwall's Gwel An Mor is a hidden gem of luxury, with sea views, stunning lodges and unbeatable entertainment

Minimoon on the Cornish coast

You could head down to Cornwall for your minimoon too. Choose from Tragea Lodge, Lowena Lodge or a Residence Lodge. We were lucky enough to recently stay in one of the Residence Lodges. I have stayed at the cliff-top retreat before too, and fell in love with the resort instantly, so we were very excited to return! 

All of the Residence Lodges have sea views, a spacious lawn and a hot tub with a sea view. The open-plan living area includes a log burner to cosy up in front of. Proving that sustainability and luxury can go hand in hand, a whole host of mod-cons await inside the eco lodges.

Both the Scandinavian Lodges and the Residences are fully equipped for self-catering, but if you don’t feel like cooking, try The Terrace Restaurant on site. There’s even a takeaway menu if you’d prefer to chill out in the comfort of your lodge!

From hen party to wedding day and minimoon, Cornwall's Gwel An Mor is a hidden gem of luxury, with sea views, stunning lodges and unbeatable entertainment

Hen parties

The resort accept hen parties too! Pop the bubbles in the hot tub with your girls, indulge in a pre-wedding pamper at the resort’s spa, unwind with a luxury spa treatment and relax by the indoor pool (complete with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room).

You can also take part in one of the brand new hen party workshops, which include fun activities like flower arranging and jewellery making.

Whether you visit for a romantic weekend escape from wedmin, for your hen party, your wedding day or for your minimoon, you can while away the days with long coastal walks, picnics on the beach and indulgence at the spa. A stay a Landal Gwel an Mor will leave you with hundreds of wonderful memories. Find out more and book your visit here[3].

References

  1. ^ Landal (www.gwelanmor.com)
  2. ^ Gwel an Mor (www.gwelanmor.com)
  3. ^ here (www.gwelanmor.com)

Check Out This Luxe London Minimoon At The Royal Lancaster London

Becci Clubb enjoyed a taste of the high life in London when she visited the Royal Lancaster London[1]

From sightseeing and shopping to a stunning wedding for 1,000 guests, find out why the Royal Lancaster London is a luxe minimoon destination and venue...

With views looking out across Hyde Park and the city skyline, the Royal Lancaster London is set in prime position for a romantic minimoon in the capital. Walking into the lobby, the modern lighting, marble staircase and semi-circle glass frontage were just a taster of the beautiful interiors to come. Having recently undergone an £80-million renovation, the hotel is modern, inviting and fabulously luxurious.

From sightseeing and shopping to a stunning wedding for 1,000 guests, find out why the Royal Lancaster London is a luxe minimoon destination and venue...

From sightseeing and shopping to a stunning wedding for 1,000 guests, find out why the Royal Lancaster London is a luxe minimoon destination and venue...

We were lucky enough to be staying in a Park Suite. Here, your private retreat begins with a huge lounge, complete with panoramic views of Hyde Park, leading through a corridor that is home to a huge wardrobe, before you reach the bedroom. And what a bedroom, with a king-sized bed and those incredible views to wake to!

From sightseeing and shopping to a stunning wedding for 1,000 guests, find out why the Royal Lancaster London is a luxe minimoon destination and venue...

If you can bring yourself to leave the suite, there is so much to see and do. A 10-minute walk delivers you to Oxford Street for some serious retail therapy, or you can wander out through Hyde Park to reach the V&A, Science and Natural History Museums, as well as the Royal Albert Hall and Harrods.

From sightseeing and shopping to a stunning wedding for 1,000 guests, find out why the Royal Lancaster London is a luxe minimoon destination and venue...

Back at the hotel, we dined in the Island Grill restaurant and the quality of food and service made us very glad we did. I can highly recommend the duck breast served with wild mushrooms, kale and red wine jus, and you simply must try the mouthwatering side of garlic mash! The hotel also houses the award-winning restaurant, Nipa Thai, serves a stunning afternoon tea and lays on a buffet banquet every breakfast time.

Glimmering chandeliers, spacious ballrooms and world-class cuisine all make a wedding reception here something special, whether you’re planning an intimate meal or a huge party for 1,000 guests. Their dedicated wedding team will help you with everything, from sourcing suppliers to previewing your wedding day in the Senses Room. An attention to detail like this ensures that every wedding here will be nothing short of spectacular.

What is your favourite feature of the Royal Lancaster London?

References

  1. ^ Royal Lancaster London (www.royallancaster.com)

Hip Meets Hygge For This Copenhagen Honeymoon

A Copenhagen honeymoon is where all things hip meet hygge, as Lauren Fraser finds out…

Not just a great city break, we bring you some seriously indulgent reasons why a Copenhagen honeymoon is the perfect choice for culture buffs and foodies...

First impressions

Touching down into the capital city of a country celebrated for pastries, fairytales and happiness, it’s fair to say we were looking forward to a long weekend in Denmark. But how would the cosiness, candlelight and contemporary cool that epitomise Copenhagen all come together? We hailed a taxi and mulled it over for another 20 minutes on the drive to the hotel.

Pulling up at The Andersen Hotel[1], located in Vesterbro, an area busy reinventing itself as one of the hippest places to be, the city’s secrets started to reveal themselves. Characterful architecture and painted properties give the city an old-world charm, but you need only peek indoors to slide effortlessly back into the 21st century.

This was certainly true of our home for the weekend. The Andersen’s lobby alone is a vibrant, inviting space of old-meets-new transparent, wing-backed armchairs and watercolour cushions.

Not just a great city break, we bring you some seriously indulgent reasons why a Copenhagen honeymoon is the perfect choice for culture buffs and foodies...The Andersen Hotel

A room with a view…

Inside and out. Stepping into our Wonderful room after a rewarding walk up the stairs (seriously – there’s a treat left for you at each level if you give the lift a miss), a splash of fuchsia pink wallpaper greeted us from behind the roomy bed, scattered with throws and cushions, which can be tailored exactly to your sleeping habits thanks to the hotel’s indulgent pillow menu. The rest of the finishes combined glass, pale grain wood effects and black statement lighting. The result? A room that felt bold and contemporary without compromising on cosiness.

Not just a great city break, we bring you some seriously indulgent reasons why a Copenhagen honeymoon is the perfect choice for culture buffs and foodies...The Andersen Hotel

But the positives don’t stop there. The Andersen is also home to a daily free wine hour, offers speciality tea and coffee on tap and even gives guests the gift of 24-hour check in, so you can enjoy your room for the full time, whenever you arrive.

And then there’s breakfast, which, like almost every aspect of life in this city, is accompanied by candlelight. Picture an organic feast of pastries, rice pudding, pancakes, yoghurt, fruit, cold meats, cheese, salads and even matcha tea lemonade and you know you’re in for a nourishing treat.

Not just a great city break, we bring you some seriously indulgent reasons why a Copenhagen honeymoon is the perfect choice for culture buffs and foodies...The Andersen Hotel

What The Andersen lacks in a restaurant for dinner it makes up for with its location on the doorstep of Meatpacking. This area is arguably one of the best places in the city for atmospheric restaurants and bars.

Danish delights

We brought the ‘when in Rome’ attitude to Denmark (why should Rome get all the fun?), so while our waistlines may have grown over the weekend, we returned home with an excellent flavour for Danish cuisine and no regrets at all.

Almost every cafe leaves blankets and sheepskins to snuggle up with on outdoor seats. Even in the balmy single figures of our February visit, we were willing to embrace the alfresco approach – the perfect chance to get our daily dose of hygge.

Not just a great city break, we bring you some seriously indulgent reasons why a Copenhagen honeymoon is the perfect choice for culture buffs and foodies...

Let’s start with the classics. Although you’ll pass plenty of bakeries as you wander the city, it’s worth the walk (or cycle – bikes are free from the hotel) to reach Conditori La Glace. Tucked away in Copenhagen’s ultra-romantic Latin Quarter, this is one of the oldest patisseries in the city with a reputation and menu as incredible as its history.

Call in for a cup of coffee and a slice of freshly baked cake to get your feel-good fix within a warren of wood-panelled interiors and marble-topped tables. We recommend the Werners Valsetærte for a rhubarb, almond and vanilla, gooey-with-a-crunch delight.

Fancy something authentically Danish but savoury? Let me introduce you to smørrebrød, the traditional open sandwich served on rye bread that is anything but, if you’re new to the country. Not knowing what to expect, we found a restaurant in colourful, riverfront Nyhavn (a must visit with or without food and the former home of fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen) and ordered smørrebrød topped with potatoes, chives, smoked cheese and avocado mousse. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it, but my goodness it was good.

Not just a great city break, we bring you some seriously indulgent reasons why a Copenhagen honeymoon is the perfect choice for culture buffs and foodies...Mielcke & Hurtigkarl

Gastronomic greatness

Despite all this indulgence, our foodie experience was headed for even greater heights. We enjoyed the tasting menu at Mielcke & Hurtigkarl[2], and there is only one word to describe it: flawless.

Not just a great city break, we bring you some seriously indulgent reasons why a Copenhagen honeymoon is the perfect choice for culture buffs and foodies...Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, photography by Marie Louise Munkegaard

After our coats, scarves and hats were whisked seamlessly out of sight, we joined the exclusive group of diners that evening and took our seats at a table for two. The charismatic manager and expert sommelier, Thomas, would be our host for the night, introducing first Champagne and then wines as the near-15 courses flowed with perfect timing from the kitchen.

Not just a great city break, we bring you some seriously indulgent reasons why a Copenhagen honeymoon is the perfect choice for culture buffs and foodies...Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, photography by Marie Louise Munkegaard

It’s safe to say it was a true culinary adventure. The Japanese-inspired, Danish dishes surprised and delighted us with every new arrival. The service was impeccable, with the chefs coming to the tables themselves to introduce and enthuse about each course and theatrically serve sauces. They even highlighted the fact that the head chef himself had caught the duck and goose that we were about to taste in the charcuterie course. We’re willing to bet you’ll find a provenance like that near-impossible to beat.

Not just a great city break, we bring you some seriously indulgent reasons why a Copenhagen honeymoon is the perfect choice for culture buffs and foodies...Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, photography by Marie Louise Munkegaard

Mielcke & Hurtigkarl is a restaurant powered by passion, by a commitment to brilliance on every level – from the stunning botanical-inspired interior to the intriguing dishes they create and the care taken to pair them with nothing short of exceptional wines. “We hold nothing sacred, except pleasure,” the restaurant proudly proclaims, and it’s true.

If you want to really indulge on your honeymoon and taste food in combinations you never imagined possible – green strawberries and scallops, for example, which by the way is irresistibly delicious – I can’t recommend dinner here highly enough. When food is the way to the heart, one gourmet experience here will leave you loved up for life. What more could honeymooners want?

Let’s go!

The Andersen Hotel, B&B, is priced from 1145 DKK (around £130) per room, per night. andersen-hotel.dk [3][4]

The Daily Experience at Mielcke & Hurtigkarl is priced at 800 DKK (around £95) per person. mhcph.com[5][6]

What appeals to you about a Copenhagen honeymoon?

References

  1. ^ The Andersen Hotel (www.andersen-hotel.dk)
  2. ^ Mielcke & Hurtigkarl (www.mhcph.com)
  3. ^ The Andersen Hotel (www.andersen-hotel.dk)
  4. ^ andersen-hotel.dk  (www.andersen-hotel.dk)
  5. ^ Mielcke & Hurtigkarl (www.mhcph.com)
  6. ^ mhcph.com (www.mhcph.com)