Renting an entire cottage or apartment is a fantastic way to spend your first few days as a married couple, or even as a little minimoon break before the big day. From little cottages to modern apartments, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites from the Scottish Highlands down to the Cornish coast. With so many different options available, you really are spoilt for choice.
There are many benefits to a self-catering honeymoon. Many of these are secluded so you won’t be near other people and you’re not restricted to any schedules. You can dine when you want, cook what you both fancy and if you feel like it, do nothing at all. The choice is completely yours!
The Apple Rooms, Hampshire
In the heart of the Test Valley in Hampshire, sits The Apple Rooms. These were once dormant cowsheds on the grounds of the historic house, Houghton Lodge, have been lovingly refurbished into luxury accommodation. In the gardens sits The Apple Rooms, quaint individually designed boutique en-suite bedrooms with kitchen diners. All of which feature beautiful furniture which has been carefully selected, many of which are over 300 years old.
From your little luxury haven, you’ll have access to the gardens during your stay. Ideal for romantic walks in the walled garden and along the lawns. The adjacent tearooms sell freshly baked bread, sandwiches, hot pies and other seasonal hot dishes for lunch. You can also have a breakfast, lunch and supper hamper delivered directly to your room.
For further information, visit houghtonlodge.co.uk
Shepherd’s Huts at The Fish Hotel, Worcestershire
For a quaint little escape that brings you back to nature in the Cotswolds, the beautiful Shepherd’s Huts at The Fish Hotel is the perfect place to spend some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Set in the hillside with beautiful views of the surrounding area, your very own luxury hut is your home-away-from-home for your honeymoon.
Whether you go for the Hilly Huts, Hideaway Huts or even Boaty McBoatface (no joke), you’ll be in for a luxurious treat. Each hut features underfloor heating, the latest tech such as WiFi and a TV, minibar and Nespresso coffee machine. The Hilly Huts have outdoor hot tubs whilst the Hideaway Huts and Boaty McBoatface have private baths out on the deck.
For further information, visit thefishhotel.co.uk
Ossington Street, London
Thinking of a honeymoon in London but with your own private space? Renting a house is the perfect way to be able to spend the days however you wish. Ossington Street is located in vibrant Notting Hill. Only a short distance from Kensington Palace and many London Underground stations, this is the perfect place for a London adventure.
The house is brimming with Scandinavian style. A brand new modern kitchen is the place you’ll want to be, perfect for couples that love to cook! On a sunny day, open the doors straight into the garden for a tranquil place to relax. The decor has a vibrant retro vibe throughout, adding to the unique feel to this house.
For further information, visit onefinestay.com
Shepherds Cottage, Scottish Highlands
If you want to escape from everything, this is the place to go. The newly refurbished Shepherds Cottage will be opening on the private Scottish island of Eilean Shona on the west coast of Scotland. This remote cottage is off-grid and gives you the perfect chance to unwind and relax, away from modern life. You’re on your own time here, and you can spend it how you wish! Why not go crabbing, swimming, painting or even sit around a campfire long into the evening.
This single-storey, one bedroom apartment has been fully restored with a stylish interior. Featuring tongue and groove panelling throughout, with natural light flooding in. Beautiful pieces of furniture and a luxurious Victorian roll top bath. Yes, you may be off-grid, but the cottage has everything you need. The cooker and fridge are run on gas, heating and hot water are run from the sitting room stove and fresh water is provided by a nearby spring. The cottage is lit by quaint wall-mounted gas lamps. Don’t worry, if you do need WiFi and phone signal, you can head to the island’s village hall nearby.
For further information, visit eileanshona.com
Chalet Saunton, Devon
For an unmissable view of the beach, Chalet Saunton is the place for you. This purpose-built exclusive apart-hotel is home to six three-bedroom luxury holiday apartments and a two-bedroom top floor penthouse with private balcony. The apartments are ultra modern with the latest technology and open plan living areas, offering stunning views across the beach.
Situated only a few minutes walk from the beach, you won’t be far from romantic evening walks along the shore. If you’re feeling active, there’s plenty of activities to do locally from cycling, surfing, golf and many more. After spending the day however you wish, head back to your apartment and watch the ever-changing view from the large windows whilst sipping a glass of your favourite drink.
For further information, visit chaletsaunton.com
The Cider Shed, Gloucestershire
Spend time with your loved one and your four-legged best friend in the spectacular rolling Cotswold valley. The Cider Shed is a luxury barn, featuring large windows flooding in natural daylight. The shed has a contemporary design and modern fixtures and fittings. The best place to be is on your very own private deck. Simply slide open the large doors and you can bring the outside in.
The Cider Shed features one super king size bed with a large ensuite and walk-in shower room. The living room and kitchen diner is open plan, so you can enjoy cooking your favourite meals whilst being in the company of your partner. Of course, the best place to be on a summer’s day is outside on the deck. From it’s elevated position, you can see for miles along the valley.
For further information, visit mulberrycottages.com
The Limit, Cornwall
Cornwall is an extremely popular place for a UK staycation! In the golden dunes of Holywell Bay are a pair of twin beach huts from the 1930s. The Limit is one of the best places to relax and view the sea, even from your very own hot tub. The luxurious interior makes this one of the most unique beach huts I have ever seen. Soft fabrics, natural materials and views to adore.
The well-equipped kitchen is ideal for preparing a romantic meal for two. Dine on the spacious decking area whilst watching the sunset across the horizon. If you don’t fancy cooking, there are some lovely pubs within walking distance offering traditional pub food.
For further information, visit uniquehomestays.com
The Windmill, Suffolk
Now, this is somewhat different! The Windmill dates back to 1891 but after an incredible restoration, this is the perfect adults-only place to unwind. The stunning POD on the fourth floor offers views across the Suffolk countryside. On the ground floor, you’ll find the fully fitted kitchen with everything you need to create the perfect dish or late brunches. Push open the bi-fold doors and bring the outside in.
Heading to the upper floors, you’ll find two bedrooms, both oozes with luxurious decor. There’s also a stunning bathroom, finished with marble and mosaic shell. Lastly, the POD on the fourth floor is possibly the best space. Featuring two comfy sofas, a large TV and of course, the stunning viewing deck. This is a view which you won’t forget!
For further information, visit hostunusual.com
Treehouse on the Lake, Cornwall
If you’ve always dreamt of spending a night in a treehouse, this is the perfect place to do it. The Clowance resort is home to The Treehouse, an elegant and luxurious treehouse which is ideal for an indulgent getaway. Expertly crafted, nature is echoed throughout the interior. The open plan living area benefits from natural light and there’s also a fully equipped kitchen.
Spend your evenings relaxing out on the timber terrace that wraps around the building, or take a dip in the beautiful outdoor copper bathtub. What could be better than spending the evening with the sights and sounds of the forest? When it’s time to retire to bed, you’ll fall in love with the comfortable Hypnos beds and enjoy the views through the many windows.
For further information, visit luxurylodges.com
Meadow Cottage, Discoed
Nestled in three acres of flower meadows and orchards is the lovely Meadow Cottage. With views across the valley, this is the perfect location to bring you back to nature. Inside the cottage, you’ll find three bedrooms, a lounge area, a well-equipped kitchen and a bathroom.
The cottage sits next to the kitchen garden where produce is grown for you to help yourselves to. Perfect for preparing dinner in the evening. Whether you go in the summer where you can enjoy strolling through the meadows or in the winter, where you can snuggle up in front of the roaring wood burner, this is the ultimate countryside escape.
For further information, visit wildmeadow.co