Best Gay Honeymoon Destinations

From cosmopolitan cities to quiet country villages, Great Britain offers a cocktail of contemporary style, bohemian splendour and ancestral intrigue for honeymooners to discover and enjoy. When you’re choosing a honeymoon destination, you have to make sure the place you choose to stay ticks all your boxes – it’s got to feel truly special, after all this is hopefully something you’ll only do once!

You may want your stay to have every amenity imaginable so that you never have to leave the comfort of its walls, or you may want to choose somewhere that’s got plenty to offer in the local area so that you can get out and explore it together; and, of course, you’ll want great food and drink.

We recommend the following properties:

Prestonfield, Edinburgh: cosseting and decadent, Prestonfield’s a five star destination in every way. It’s rooms and suites (where champagne on ice comes as standard) are incredible, it has beautiful grounds for roaming in (20 acres of gardens and parkland, in fact); a fantastically romantic and award-winning restaurant; gorgeous lounges for lounging in; and is just minutes from the magic and romance of Edinburgh.
Strattons, Swaffham, Norfolk: once you’ve experienced Strattons, you may never want to leave. Set in rural Norfolk, this award-winning boutique hotel run by Les and Vanessa Scott has a fantastic arty feel to it and feels almost like a village-within-a-village: it has amazing rooms (with hotel or self catering options), exquisite food, a lovely neighbouring deli, and is great if you want to explore Breckland, Norwich, King’s Lynn and the coast. It isperfect for that special escape.
The Pavilion, Milborne Wick (Nr Sherborne), Dorset: if you’re looking for the perfect country hideaway, this is it. Daniel Craig and his now wife, Rachel Weisz chose this a their romantic getaway not so long ago, and it’s clear why. Owners Cleo and Andrew have thought of everything. The Pavilion is a gorgeous self catering cottage that’s been lavishly kitted out, but has plenty of rustic appeal. Inside there’s a huge Miele bean-to-cup coffee machine, sauna, cinema system and even a Power Plate; and outside there’s a secluded grotto by the garden stream that’s perfect for candlelit cuddles, a roof terrace and a hot tub overlooking the Dorset countryside. It feels like your very own mini-spa, and is ideal for unwinding and recharging your batteries after the exhausting pace of planning your wedding.
Hazlitt’s, Soho, London: Behind the door of this unassuming Georgian terraced house is one of England’s most luxurious hotels; Hazlitt’s, former home of 18th century writer, William Hazlitt. For your honeymoon, ask for the Duke of Monmouth Suite – it’s the ultimate celebration pad boasting a fridge full of the very finest Champagne, a gorgeous four-poster bed, giant bathtub and roof terrace complete with giant marble stag! Plus, it’s right in the heart of Soho, so all of London’s fine-dining is right on your doorstep.
The Pig, Brockenhurst, Hampshire: a gorgeous shabby chic country house hotel with a laid back atmosphere, beautiful rooms with fantastic views and one of the best restaurants we’ve ever experienced. Set in the heart of the historic New Forest, The Pig is wonderfully romantic, and offers lots of lovely spa treatments for that extra sense indulgence. Go for the Hen House hideaway suite – it’s over two levels and offers amazing views over the New Forest.


(Our review is of the Pig in the Wall (Southampton) but we ate at The Pig in Hampshire and will be adding a stay review of it soon)

Duke of Portland, Lake District, Cumbria: if you’re searching for blissful isolation rather than luxury or opulence, go for this 17th century self-catering boathouse in the Lake District. Waking up to the view over Lake Ullswater is magical. Head up the lake to experience fine dining at the 2 AA Rosette Sharrow Bay Restaurant, or explore the area by car – if you don’t have your own, ask the local lesbian cab firm to take you.

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