What’s a mini-moon? Well, A minimoon is when you take just a few days away together – maybe over a long weekend – rather than a full week or fortnight travelling.
Mini-moons have a number of advantages; they’re less expensive than a full-blown honeymoon, they give you a bit of time out together to de-stress and relax and they’re easier to fit in with a full-on work schedule or if you have children that need looking after.
That’s why we’ve found seven of the best budget-friendly minimoon options that the UK has to offer.
Talbot Hotel – Malton, North Yorkshie
Fancy celebrity chef James Martin planning a delicious dinner for you? Then you should stay at the newly refurbished 4-star Talbot Hotel in Malton, a beautiful country hotel built in the 17th Century. Every guest room is different and it’s a dream place to have a romantic break.
Until July 2013 you can both stay for £199 per night which includes a double room, breakfast, dinner and a bottle of Champagne for just £1 extra.
Cadogan Hotel – Knightsbridge, London
Stay at the prestigious Cadogan Hotel in the heart of chic Knightsbridge and you may spot an A-list celebrity as this hotel is a favourite with the stars. The Cadogan was originally owned by Lillie Langtry and became a hotel after she sold it when a frequent guest was Oscar Wilde.
To this day, the hotel has a townhouse atmosphere. After a hard afternoon shopping you can indulge in afternoon tea, then maybe a quick snooze, before dinner in the romantic restaurant, Great Taste. For £297 per couple you can enjoy a luxurious overnight stay, with afternoon tea for two, a facial for the lady and a full English breakfast the following morning.
Trout Inn – Faringdon, Oxfordshire
Do you ever get that Sunday night gloomy feeling at the end of a weekend? Well, treat yourself to an overnight stay here at the Trout Inn with the Sunday Night Special at just £140 per couple. We think it’s very good value as it includes accommodation in this historic inn, dinner and a full English breakfast.
Lords of the Manor Hotel – Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire
If you’re both ‘foodies’ then you can treat yourself to dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant at the Lords of the Manor Hotel in the pretty surroundings of the Cotswolds. The restaurant recently featured in The Sunday Times Top 100 Food List so make sure you’re hungry when you get there.
For £165 a night you can both stay in a country double bedroom. You’ll also get two tickets to Blenheim Palace, where you can build up your appetite with a bit of sight-seeing enjoy a traditional cream tea and then finish the day off with a delicious dinner in the restaurant and full a Cotswold breakfast the following morning. For that price, maybe you should stay more than one night.
K West Hotel and Spa – Richmond, London
How about a mini-moon spa break for the two of you? At the K West Hotel and Spa, a special ‘Love Is’ package includes an hour’s spa treatments for two of 30 minutes dry flotation and 30 minutes massage. There’s also a sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy pool. You’ll arrive in your room to see your super-king sized bed scattered with rose petals and balloons, with chocolate-covered strawberries and Champagne on ice arriving shortly afterwards.
With prices from £379 per couple including English breakfast, this is a romantic getaway not to be missed!
The Witchery by the Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland
Fancy a bit of Gothic glamour? Then you absolutely have to investigate The Witchery by the Castle and check out the Vestry Suite. A lavishly draped bed has a hidden TV and the bathroom has a huge roll-top bath draped in red. This is not chintzy and countryside at all. It’s drama with a capital D. You’ll have a view of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile from your window, a separate dressing room and WC, a hidden private kitchen.
Yours from £325 a night, which includes accommodation for two, chilled Champagne on arrival, newspaper, mineral water and a breakfast hamper.
Peterstone Court – Powys, Wales
If you enjoy walking, then you’ll enjoy the walking paradise that is the Brecon Beacons if you stay at the elegant Peterstone Court. You can also cycle or ride horses and you’ll feel fantastic after a day in the fresh air. Just the thing to blow away those planning stresses. Rates for dinner, bed and breakfast for two start at £175. There’s also a spa with a Jacuzzi, heated indoor pool, steam room and a variety of treatments for you both to enjoy.