Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations
Published: Thursday 3rd Apr 2014
Written by: The Original Cottages Team
Honeymoon destinations, like weddings, have to be perfect. But what does perfect mean? Beautiful scenery? Fine wine and good food? Two pairs of muddy boots drying by the fire? The truth is that honeymoon destinations can be as different as the couples that choose them; that’s why we’ve picked ten of our favourites to suit everyone from the outdoorsy couples to those who live a life of luxury.
Roseland, Cornwall: for the couple that loves the coast
In southern Cornwall is the Roseland Heritage Coast, a wild and beautiful 54km stretch of Heritage Coast. Amid the rugged cliffs and heathland you’ll find secluded bays and beaches with white sand and crystal waters. As coastal honeymoon destinations go, Roseland is about as close as you can get to paradise.
The North York Moors, Yorkshire: for the couple that loves to be alone
Honeymoon destinations don’t have to be glamorous; there’s something soulful about spending your first week as a married couple roaming a remote landscape like Yorkshire's North York Moors. With moorland swathed in purple heather, deep valleys that fill with daffodils in spring, and 2,300km of paths to explore, there’s plenty of romance in this lonely place.
Snowdonia National Park, Wales: for the couple that loves to be active
Do you and your partner spend most of your free time cycling, taking on a challenging hike or planning your next big outdoor adventure? Then of all the honeymoon destinations, Snowdonia in Wales could be the one for you. This stunning, majestic mountain range will keep you doing what you love, together.
The Ribble Valley, Lancashire: for the couple that loves food
With no less than twenty-two award-winning restaurants and pubs to its name, Lancashire’s Ribble Valley is the ultimate in foodie honeymoon destinations. And whether you’re dining at the Michelin-starred restaurant in the famous Northcote Hotel, or savouring lunch at the Three Fishes Pub, Lancashire’s beautiful landscape will always make the experience extra special.
The Norfolk Broads: for the couple that loves to relax
Norfolk’s famous broads are one of the most tranquil honeymoon destinations in the UK. Imagine sailing along smooth waters in your own rented boat, enjoying the rich landscape and wildlife, drinking in the peace and quiet, mooring up at a broadside pub for a lazy lunch or in a quiet spot under a starlit sky. Sound like heaven?
The Suffolk Coast: for the couple that loves culture
Despite being on the eastern edge of the country, the Suffolk coast has a cultural calendar that even London would be proud of. The world famous Aldeburgh Music Festival, Latitude Festival, Snape Proms, SPILL Festival of Performance, and Aldeburgh’s Poetry, Literary and Documentary festivals to name but a few, this is without doubt as cultural as honeymoon destinations get.
Rural Dorset: for the couple that loves the countryside
There are few honeymoon destinations that have featured in as many films as rural Dorset, whose pretty market towns and rolling green hills have made it the apple of many a filmmaker’s eye. Here you can explore verdant countryside and picturesque villages that haven’t changed since the time Thomas Hardy roamed through them, settings so atmospheric you’ll be able to forget the 21st century altogether.
The South Downs: for the couple that loves adrenaline
As well as being exceptionally beautiful, the South Downs is the mother of all honeymoon destinations for thrill-seeking couples. With hang-gliding, paragliding, zorbing, mountain boarding and hot air ballooning on offer, you can spend your honeymoon feeling as high as kites.
Sevenoaks, Kent: for the couple that loves good old-fashioned romance
Kent is known as the Garden of England, and nowhere is this nickname more fitting than in the west of the county. Surrounding Sevenoaks you’ll find stunning castles to explore, flower gardens to lose yourselves in, and Echo Mount near Knole Park, which has been pinpointed by the National Trust as an excellent place for stargazing. Hopeless romantics: honeymoon destinations don’t get much better than this.
The Doone Valley, Devon: for the couple that loves to walk
There are many honeymoon destinations that attract walkers, but perhaps none so pretty as the Doone Valley in Devon. Known as the setting for ‘Lorna Doone: an Exmoor Romance’ published in 1869, Doone Valley has hardly changed in the last 150 years. Glorious heathland, babbling brooks, little stone bridges and miles of ancient woodland await for days of walking delight.
South East Dorset: for the couple that loves history.
There are 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites in England, but the Jurassic Coast in Dorset is the first natural one. 95 miles long, and displaying 185 million years of the Earth’s history, this stretch of beach with its quiet bays and towering rock formations dates back to a time when dinosaurs lived. Still in the past, but closer to our own time, the ruins of Corfe Castle remain as a reminder of Civil War, and the age of steam still exists on the Swanage Railway.