I remember a time, not so long ago, when it was absolutely the done thing to wing your way off to extremely tropical destinations for your honeymoon. The most common response when asking where a honeymoon was going to be spent, seemed to be ‘Mauritius for a couple of weeks’ or ‘Sri Lanka followed by a week in a beach bungalow in the Maldives’. And while this lust for a paradise location for your honeymoon can be overwhelming, the thought of a gorgeous mini moon bolt hole to run away to with your newly betrothed certainly appeals to us here at The Budget Bride Company! The romance lies with getting away with your new husband and not necessarily having to take out a £10k loan to do it. The mini moon boom is on and with beautiful locations to get away to in the UK for a snip of the price of an overseas trip; it’s a great time to look into the options available to you.
We caught up with Lucy of Boutique and Breakfast - www.boutiqueandbreakfast.com - an online guide to the finest, boutique-style bed and breakfast accommodation in the UK and she explains why B&Bs can make great honeymoon destinations and even wedding venues...
“The good old-fashioned British B&B is something of an institution, but they’ve come a long way since the days of dodgy decor, badly-cooked breakfasts and shared bathrooms. The best 21st century B&Bs have stylish decor, sumptuous fittings and fixtures, luxurious finishing touches and fabulous food rivalling anything that a boutique hotel could offer. They tend to have an air of exclusivity and a more personalised level of customer service than larger hotels. That’s why a stay at a boutique bed and breakfast makes a great option for newly-weds looking for peace, quiet and privacy, not to mention a little pampering and luxury. Boutique B&Bs are also a much more affordable honeymoon option, which is a major consideration in these credit crunchy times, when more and more couples are opting to spend their honeymoons in the UK”.
“At Boutique and Breakfast, you’ll find a carefully hand-picked selection of bed and breakfasts, guest houses and restaurants with rooms. Scattered the length and breadth of the UK, they offer such a high standard of accommodation that you may find that you struggle to leave the comfort of your room. Four poster beds; huge, free-standing baths; swimming pools; saunas; Jacuzzis; spa and beauty treatments; and evening meals made with the finest, locally-sourced ingredients are just some of the extras provided by properties featured on the Boutique and Breakfast website”.
“As well as being able to search by geographical location, we’ve also categorised our B&BS according to the style of the property and their decor. This means that, if you want to make like a heroine in a Bronte novel and tuck yourself away in a romantic Georgian house surrounded by rugged Yorkshire moorland just a stone’s throw from where the famous literary sisters were brought up, you can!”
“If you’d prefer to lounge by the pool at a super-glamorous, coastal retreat that wouldn’t look out of place in a Bond film, we can fix that for you too!”
“The options are endless and the very best British B&Bs offer a truly unique and memorable honeymoon experience. Whether you’d prefer a sleek, modern city pad full of whizzy gadgets and with plenty of bars, restaurants and attractions on your doorstep; a rustic, rural retreat where you can snuggle up by an open fire and won’t bump into another soul; or a stylish, contemporary take on the traditional seaside guesthouse, there’s a boutique-style B&B out there that’s just perfect for you and your new spouse.”
“Some of our featured properties are even licensed to hold wedding ceremonies and can host your reception too. They make a great option for those planning an intimate and relaxed wedding with a handful of close family and friends. We have a range of stunning wedding venues for you to choose from, including a windmill by the sea and award-winning restaurants with rooms. Simply select the ‘Wedding venue’ and ‘Licensed to hold civil weddings’ options on the advanced search box to find inspiration for your special day.”
Thanks so much Lucy and good luck to all you brides to be with finding your ideal mini moon! Let us know where you choose to go…