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The honeymoon destination of 2009: Great Britain

In Honeymoon on March 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm
The Brecon Beacons kicks the ass of some tropical honeymoon destinations

The Brecon Beacons kicks the ass of some tropical honeymoon destinations

Imagine yourself on under an umbrella on an exotic beach, sipping a cocktail as the palms waft in the breeze. Mild-mannered, uniformed flunkies hover about, eager to serve you watermelon slices or obscure cocktails. However, there’s just one nagging thought that keeps floating into your honeymoon nirvana. Oh yes, you’ve just remembered you’re in The Biggest Recession of Your Lifetime, have another round of redundancies due on your return and a rather large hotel bill to pay. All of a sudden, your exotic dream honeymoon seems like financial self-harming.

And all of another sudden, a honeymoon in the UK seems like a far less stressful plan. There’s absolutely no chance of getting in-flight thrombosis, very little chance of catching a tropical disease or having your passport stolen and only a small chance of Grade I sunburn.

Here’s some UK honeymoon ideas fit for an eco-friendly cash-strapped bride:

Purton Green, an isolated Landmark Trust property in the heart of the Suffolk countryside

Purton Green, an isolated Landmark Trust property in the heart of the Suffolk countryside

1. Hire a historical property in the country. The Landmark Trust has an amazing bank of heritage properties in remote corners of the British Isles. If you’re looking to really get away from it all or are secretly hermits, try The Landmark Trust’s cottages on Lundy Island, off the Devon Coast.

2. A week in a Scottish castle – For less than cost of two tickets to the Maldives, you could create a week of gastronomic excess without a mosquito bite in sight.

3. Walk the Dales.If your guests look askance when you say you’re off walk the Yorkshire Dales or cycle round the Lakes, then you should look them back askance. Only a philistine would be incapable of appreciating the beauty of Beatrix Potter country just because it doesn’t have an all-inclusive bar.

Camping doesnt have to be about sodden grass and mouldy canvas

Camping doesn't have to be about sodden grass and mouldy canvas

4. Go camping. Some find it hard to compute that a couple really could need nothing but each other, a pair of Millets sleeping bags and a nylon tent to be entirely content. Guests may give you that funny look again. It’s ok, you’ll have a fabulous time. A hoot no less.

Cosy up on a camper van honeymoon

Cosy up on a camper van honeymoon

5. Hire a VW and take a tour of Cornwall’s beaches. Hire a board in Bude and ride some tubes.

6. Last minute honeymoons. Take the same approach you might with a last minute break and just go where the cheap flight takes you. Try lastminute.com and also the late availability section of Mr & Mrs Smith and on The Landmark Trust. A little bit of spontaneity amongst all that wedding planning can be a good thing.

The Tigerlily, Edinburgh

The Tigerlily, Edinburgh

7. A city break in a boutique hotel. There’s something terribly classy and understated about vacationing in Bath, Brighton, Edinburgh or London. Mr & Mrs Smith have some eye-wateringly cool boutique hotels.

8. Boating. The Norfolk Broads is calling you. You know it makes sense.

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  1. We’re having a week in a cottage and then a week in a yurt. All in Cornwall. I can’t wait!

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