Honeymoon and travel ideas for couples in the North West

Whether looking for long haul or UK honeymoons, Your North West Wedding has lots of ideas along with essential travel advice.

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Serene Suffolk - county boltholes

Serene Suffolk - county boltholes

Travel company Fish&Pips, founded by best friends Holly Chandler (the 'Fish') and Philippa Hartley (the 'Pips') ten years ago, welcomes new property The Tabernacle, Suffolk – perfect for honeymoon staycationers! This beautiful new waterside one-bedroom cabin is situated on its own little island, with access by rope bridge, and is located within five-thousand acres of pristine parkland. This is the perfect place to spend cosy winter nights, hunkered down next to the log fire or soaking in outdoor hot tub. Reconnect with nature, put your wellies on and stomp through the beautiful Suffolk countryside and nearby breathtaking Heritage coast. Or stay put, and enjoy all the facilities on your doorstep, from tennis courts, to clay pigeon shooting and Pashley bikes. The Tabernacle has everything thing you need for the perfect winter weekend.... read more

Posted: 15 January 2021

Manchester a must-visit minimoon destination

Manchester a must-visit minimoon destination

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, renowned for signature heartfelt service and distinctive design across the globe, opened three new boutique luxury hotels this autumn including: Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester.A magnificent terracotta Grade II listed building with a history dating back to 1890, the grand clock tower at the centre of its striking Victorian architecture is an unmistakable landmark on Manchester's skyline. All 270 loft-style bedrooms, including 11 suites, were designed to make the most of the stunning, double and triple-height ceilings. Other original period features including glazed brick, tile, faience, stained glass and carved wooden staircases, are combined with contemporary fittings and interiors.... read more

Posted: 13 January 2021

Love the Lakes, head to Ullswater

Love the Lakes, head to Ullswater

Located in Ullswater, within the heart of Cumbria's Lake District National Park, the Quiet Site is extremely proud to have won several prestigious awards over the past few months including AA North West Campsite of the Year in March, the Queens Award for Enterprise in April and Visit England Award for Excellence in the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable category in August. Read more here.During the period when the site closed during the national lockdown earlier in the year, the team were busy working on a number of new developments re-landscaping, refurbishments in the holiday cottages and re-wilding much of the park!... read more

Posted: 11 January 2021

Weekend staycations in beautiful Berkshire

Weekend staycations in beautiful Berkshire

On a stunning 4,000-acre estate in Reading, Berkshire Wasing Park, one of the UK's top exclusive-use wedding venues, is, for the first time, welcoming guests for weekend staycations. Stay for the weekend in one of Wasing's stunning grade II listed Old Estate Rooms - The Granary sat atop staddle stones, The Smithy, a former blacksmith's shop now a large beautiful boutique bedroom, or The Dovecote, a very unique, cylindrical two-story building featuring a free-standing copper bath. Visitors to are invited to get out into the fresh air to enjoy walking trails (or bring your bike) through the woods and around the lakes before relaxing by the fireside in the Stables Bar ahead of enjoying a delicious à la carte dinner. And if you have room between the hearty breakfast and dinner, why not try your hand at cooking your own woodfired pizza or firepit-flamed venison burger under the guidance of executive chef, Stuart Tyler, at Wasing's unique Woodlands venue at lunchtime – plus, complimentary tea and homemade cake will be served at 4pm!... read more

Posted: 8 January 2021

Culloden Estate & Spa, Northern Ireland, unveils £750K Spa renovation

Culloden Estate & Spa, Northern Ireland, unveils £750K Spa renovation

Northern Ireland's leading 5-star property, the Culloden Estate & Spa, has completed a £750,000 renovation of its spa and wellness facilities. The extensive investment from Hastings Hotels, which started in January, has seen part of The Spa at the Culloden redesigned with the introduction of both a new linear vitality pool which enables views of the garden through the floor to ceiling windows and a Tylarium, which is a combination of a sauna and steam room. This heat experience operates at a lower temperature, with more humidity than a sauna, which gives a less intense heat, enabling a relaxing and all-round heat experience.... read more

Posted: 6 January 2021

Top Sussex stays for a romantic minimoon

Top Sussex stays for a romantic minimoon

Whilst international honeymoon's might not be possible at the moment, there is nothing more romantic than cosying-up, hunkering down and enjoying life at your own timetable. Cabins and Castles, a handpicked collection of stylish staycation properties based in Sussex have named a few of their top romantic boltholes. From your very own cabin for two and alfresco evenings chatting all night by the fire pit, Cabins and Castle's has personally selected a range of countryside properties that you will never forget.... read more

Posted: 1 January 2021

Eco celebration for Sani Resort

Eco celebration for Sani Resort

Sani Resort, the world renowned family destination in Halkidiki, Greece, is delighted to announce its recent success at the World Travel Awards 2020. Sani Resort has been recognised as number one in the World's Leading Luxury Green Resort category - a win which reflects the resort's commitment to sustainable development with a positive social and environmental impact. The award signifies the unique efforts to sustainable and ethical business practices at a time when luxury destinations are continuously advancing their eco-credentials, and environmentally conscious travelling is at the forefront of many travellers' minds. Sani Resort is proud to be celebrated in this arena at the World Travel Awards and whilst the brand has already implemented a series of successful sustainable practices, the team are committed to developing their current initiatives and introducing new concepts for 2021 and beyond.... read more

Posted: 28 December 2020

Introducing Great Plains, an iconic conservation organisation in Africa

Introducing Great Plains, an iconic conservation organisation in Africa

Great Plains is a leading eco-tourism company with prestigious safari camps in Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe. The conservation tourism organisation was founded in 2006 by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers, conservationists and National Geographic Explorers. Together, the Jouberts have created and operate sixteen stunning owned, and partner, safari properties and the company's charity, The Great Plains Foundation, which strives to preserve and protect landscapes, wildlife, and the communities who rely on them in Africa - meaning honeymooners will be contributing back in to the charity.... read more

Posted: 25 December 2020

King’s Mansion, Goa, reveals Wellness Programmes for 2021 opening

King’s Mansion, Goa, reveals Wellness Programmes for 2021 opening

King's Mansion, the new integrative wellness destination in northern Goa, is delighted to announce details on three of its launch programmes ahead of the property's opening in 2021. The much anticipated opening will herald a new standard of luxury wellness, with programmes combining evidence based, scientific research with Ayurvedic medicine and innovative holistic wellbeing. With Moss Wellness Consultancy behind the wellness concept, a renowned team with extensive experience developing international brands including Clinique la Prairie and Four Seasons, the programmes will be results focused and prioritise immunity and healing. King's Mansion will offer six launch programmes in total, covering areas including Detox, Sports Science & Movement, Medical Aesthetics, Weight Management and Revitalisation.... read more

Posted: 23 December 2020

MarBella Elix: Opening in Spring 2021

MarBella Elix: Opening in Spring 2021

Opening in April 2021, MarBella Elix is an inspirational new 5* property in a previously undiscovered area of Greece. As the third hotel to join the MarBella Collection portfolio and the brand's first property outside of the island of Corfu, MarBella Elix will be perched above the beautiful Karavostasi Beach in the Parga region, looking west towards Corfu and Paxos. An area of astounding natural beauty, the luxurious MarBella Elix sits in unspoilt surroundings where the mountains meet the Ionian Sea. Guests can expect beautiful sea views, 146 spacious and contemporary guest rooms and suites, a beautiful stretch of golden coastline with turquoise, crystal-clear waters and exceptional facilities. The Parga region, where MarBella Elix will be situated, is much-loved holiday destination for locals and the lucky few who have discovered this off-the-radar, picturesque area.... read more

Posted: 21 December 2020

Courmayeur Mont Blanc Announces Brand New Alpine Experiences

Courmayeur Mont Blanc Announces Brand New Alpine Experiences

Courmayeur Mont Blanc is delighted to announce brand new winter experiences unique to The Aosta Valley, designed to bring a bit of magic to this highly-anticipated ski season. Those seeking the long-overdue thrill of the alps can explore one of the most beautiful mountain ranges on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc and enjoy the ultimate winter break, equally suitable for the mountain lover and non-skier alike. New personalised dining and luxury overnight stays will be available at the very foot of the Mont Blanc, exclusive ski butlers will be on hand and adaptive skiing will be available making the resort accessible for every guest.... read more

Posted: 18 December 2020

Marbella Club & El Lodge launch nature-based ski and sea package

Marbella Club & El Lodge launch nature-based ski and sea package

This winter, iconic beachfront resort Marbella Club and sister property, intimate mountain retreat El Lodge Ski & Spa will come together to create 'Sea & Sierra', a new twin-centred programme centred around active explorations and nature-based nurturing in some of Spain's most spectacular landscapes. Available from 27 November 2020, the new programme also promises guests the unique opportunity to experience both ski and sea within just a few hours - which perfect for couples that are looking for relaxing and adventure!... read more

Posted: 16 December 2020

New honeymoon inspiration from the Maldives

New honeymoon inspiration from the Maldives

THE OZEN COLLECTION has launched its second uber-lux resort in the Maldives on 3rd December 2020! OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI makes for a beautiful honeymoon destination, all guests at stay on the uniquely luxurious all-encompassing The Reserve Plan, which is exclusive to the resort. Included within is access to fine dining at speciality restaurants set amongst beautiful island settings, unlimited orders of exclusive champagnes, premium wines, branded spirits, and a selection of aged whiskeys, unlimited use of snorkelling gear and access to non-motorised sports, leisure activities at the gym and wellness centre and a personalised service throughout the stay.... read more

Posted: 14 December 2020

Cosy Christmas Cottages

Cosy Christmas Cottages

Now that December is upon us and we don't have to feel guilty for putting up our Christmas trees already or blasting festive hits at full volume we can also get excited about a potential white Christmas. At the time of writing PaddyPower set the odds at 7/1 for snow cover on Christmas Day at Heathrow, London... and it wouldn't even disrupt our holiday plans this year either! To get us in the mood we have selected a handful of picture perfect Christmas cottages from Norfolk Hideaways (www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk) and Rural Retreats (www.ruralretreats.co.uk) that will be sure to get the mulled wine flowing and the stockings hung to a joyful whistling of "Here Comes Santa Clause".... read more

Posted: 11 December 2020

New openings across the world, from Britain to Bali, Italy to the Indian Ocean

New openings across the world, from Britain to Bali, Italy to the Indian Ocean

With news of a vaccine, and access to it across the globe, this most certainly opens up the opportunities for travel in 2021. Yes, armchair travelling has enabled us to still see the beauty of the world, however, nothing beats the real thing immersing yourself in the history and culture of a country you haven't ventured to before - and what better time to travel than on your honeymoon. Here's a list of top new hotel openings from around the world... read more

Posted: 9 December 2020

UK Christmas Breaks & Experiences for a more cheerful end to 2020

UK Christmas Breaks & Experiences for a more cheerful end to 2020

Looking ahead to Christmas and after months at home, the chance to spend the festive season somewhere different has never been more appealing. Why not skip the stress over cooking the perfect turkey and let the experts do the hard work for you with a festive UK break to remember? Whatever your circumstances, Christmas this year is likely to look a little different, so why not take the chance to relax, recharge and end the year on a happier note- if ever there was a year to ring the changes 2020 is surely it! From take-home cooked turkeys with all the trimmings to magical pop-up winter lodges and even a polar express adventure, here are Grifco PR's top UK Christmas breaks and experiences to book...... read more

Posted: 7 December 2020

Tudor Farmhouse,Forest of Dean, is launching a new experience

Tudor Farmhouse,Forest of Dean, is launching a new experience

Many of us dread the darker, colder months. However, over in the Forest of Dean Tudor Farmhouse is embracing the change in season with the launch of a new and unique outdoors experience, a stargazing safari led by 'star storyteller' Jim Bell which runs directly from the hotel's grounds. He will lead participants on a fascinating two hour star journey to explore the dark skies above the village of Clearwell, home to the hotel. From the hilltop vantage point guests will enjoy observing stars, constellations and planets as the fascinating science and stories behind them are explained.... read more

Posted: 4 December 2020

Nine unique staycation honeymoon destinations in the UK

Nine unique staycation honeymoon destinations in the UK

Celebrate your honeymoon together with a delightful staycation right here in the UK. While tropical temperatures aren't guaranteed, there's still so much to see here. From the quintessentially English countryside to the dramatic landscapes of Scotland and Wales, you'll find lots of gorgeous holiday cottages to make your honeymoon break extra special. Whether you're looking for a grand manor to celebrate in style or perhaps a cosy cottage to snuggle up in the countryside, Big Cottages offer plenty of wonderful homes, absolutely perfect for a staycation honeymoon.... read more

Posted: 3 December 2020

Svart, opening in 2022 in Norway’s Arctic Circle

Svart, opening in 2022 in Norway’s Arctic Circle

Svart, the world's first energy positive hotel, has appointed award-winning Danish designers Space Copenhagen to lead the property's interior design. Svart will be located in Arctic Norway at the base of the Svartisen glacier and will house an indoor-outdoor spa, four restaurants, an education centre and a design laboratory. The glass-fronted, circular property, which will float on stilts above the Holandsfjorden fjord, will open to guests in late 2022. It aims to be fully off-grid, carbon neutral and zero waste within the first five years of operation.... read more

Posted: 30 November 2020

When was the last time your dog had a holiday?

When was the last time your dog had a holiday?

The UK staycation trend is continuing to grow in popularity, and certainly doesn't seem to be dissipating any time soon! And why would it, when you're spoilt for choice when it comes to idyllic beauty spots right here in the UK - what's more, your four-legged furry friend can join you too! Check out these properties which the team here at County Wedding Magazines HQ think are truly pawsome for a pre- or post-wedding getaway ...... read more

Posted: 27 November 2020

2021 year of the minimoon

2021 year of the minimoon

With 290 days of sunshine a year alongside a world-class gastronomy scene, golden beaches, idyllic countryside and picture-perfect cityscapes complete with winding cobblestone streets guaranteed to deliver romance, Lisbon offers newlyweds the ideal location for an unforgettable post-wedding escape. With all of this only a short flight from the UK and so much to see within easy reach of the central metropolitan area, making it ideal for those short on time, couples don't need to travel far from home when planning a romantic 2021 minimoon. What's more, with a reputation for affordability, Lisbon is the ultimate go-to for a romantic trip to remember. Here, the Lisbon Tourism Association highlights the ultimate 'minimoon' experiences to be had in the Portuguese capital...... read more

Posted: 25 November 2020

Winter travel in the UK

Winter travel in the UK

With travel rules and regulations constantly changing, newlyweds and nearlyweds will be looking to the UK to celebrate post-vows, and minimooners will be spoilt for choice when sticking to destinations closer to home and here's two to whet your appetite: Situated deep in the Scottish Highlands, 57 Nord occupies a dramatic position between three ancient sea lochs and surrounded by the majestic Kintail Mountains. With floor to ceiling windows that frame the panoramic views stays here are largely elemental, particularly in the autumn and winter months when the weather is ever more startling.... read more

Posted: 23 November 2020

The best of blighty

The best of blighty

With UK staycations on the rise, it's great to flag up properties perfect for couples who want pure luxury – and little travel time – right here in the UK. Hertfordshire-based Sopwell House is now offering the ultimate in luxury 'bubble holidays' with exclusive-use of the hotel's Mews Suites – set across from the main hotel and accessed through secure gates (and with a private car park), 16 suites await set within beautifully landscaped gardens, each with their own courtyard and a shared communal garden with Hydro Pool.Ideal for a long weekends, a hen weekend or accommodation for a (covid friendly) wedding, the suites can host up to 32 guests.... read more

Posted: 20 November 2020

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa - paradise is Open!

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa - paradise is Open!

The recently refurbished Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa on Mahe is excited to welcome tourists again. The announcement has also seen British Airways relaunch its direct flights to the Seychelles from London - perfect for honeymoons considering this long-haul destination! Travellers from "Special Status" countries can visit the Seychelles after completing a preflight test 72 hours beforehand, undergoing screening on arrival and spending four days in residency at one of the hotels listed by the Seychelles authorities as "authorised accommodation". Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is one of the few luxury hotels approved on the list and its location on the main island of Mahe means guests staying at the hotel can avoid unnecessary further travel to the archipelago's smaller islands.... read more

Posted: 18 November 2020

Country estate offers the ultimate staycation

Country estate offers the ultimate staycation

Set within 300 acres of rolling Hertfordshire countryside, The Grove offers the ultimate five-star retreat for couples, friends and families alike, just 18 miles from central London. The former family seat of the Earls of Clarendon, the estate dates back to the 16th century and retains many of its original features. The property has been lovingly restored to provide 215 luxurious guestrooms, ranging from contemporary and stylish Superior West Wing Rooms to a grand Presidential Suite.... read more

Posted: 16 November 2020

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