Keep your head nice and toasty in a bright coloured beanie, write down all your inspired thoughts or keep a journal of your travels in a fun notebook, don a Jemima Puddleduck necklace as a nod to famous resident Beatrix Potter, take your tea with you in a handy travel flask, and make sure your lips and skin stay in tip top condition despite the cold air and wind with some hydrating lip balm and moisturiser.
Ms Gingham says: Scarves, wellies, sunglasses…. oh how much fun you could have styling it up for the English countryside.
Tropical beach honeymoons can be lots of fun, but if you’re looking for something a little more cosy and romantic, you should consider England’s Lake District. With sweeping green mountains, big reflective lakes and that crisp, fresh English air, you’ll be absolutely captivated and inspired by this place. William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, both notable residents of the area, were… so who knows? You might just happen upon Peter Rabbit hopping along one of the windy paths that lead down to the lakes!
We did our homework and found a stunning place for you to stay on your honeymoon – Gilpin Lake House. Owned by the Cunliffe family, the Lake House sits on the banks of the Knipe Tarn, in 80 acres of breathtaking grounds. Within the grounds there’s a viewpoint called ‘Cat’s Crag’ that has 360-degree Lakeland views with a herd of wild deer living nearby. Can it get any more English than that? It also offers peace and quiet (you won’t hear any traffic or loud parties), pristine views, fabulous food, fresh flowers and a fireplace to cuddle up by. Besides the private gardens to meander around, there’s also a swimming pool, sauna and cedar wood hot tub to relax in.
There are six different suites to choose from (Harriet, Gerties, Maud, Beatrice, Ethel and Adgie – named after the Cunliffe sisters) and they’re all beautifully designed to the highest standard. We were particularly taken with the Harriet suite, which is pictured below. All suites are open plan with the bedroom and lounge room, and they include an ensuite bathroom. But the Harriet suite has something extra special. The magnificent view of Knipe Tarn and surrounding woodland is let in with 25 feet of wall-to-wall, floor to ceiling glass windows. Winter or summer, it would be divine to curl up in an armchair with a cup of tea and take it all in, don’t you think?
When you feel like venturing out of your room, you could pop into the conservatory for some breakfast – even though you’re indoors you’ll feel like you’re sitting amongst nature. You might even be able to spot some wild birds and red squirrels while you eat.
There’s also the lounge where you can chill out, grab a book to read, warm yourself by the fire and chat with other guests. When you’re ready for dinner, a chauffer will come and pick you up (how’s that for luxury… it is your honeymoon after all!) and take you up to the neighbouring Gilpin Hotel where a feast will await you.
We highly recommend exploring the Lake District as well. There are so many pretty spots not to be missed and your camera is sure to get a work out. Why not…
Head on up to Dove Cottage and get a guided tour of the house where William Wordsworth wrote his most inspired poetry.
Honeymoons should be about relaxing, talking, being awed by your surroundings, eating delicious food, pampering, and just soaking up that one-on-one time with your new husband or wife while you’re away from the rest of the world. So the Lake District has to be one of the top places to achieve all this!
What do you think, Dotties? Is this your ultimate honeymoon destination? Or do you have somewhere else in mind? We’d love to hear what you think, or if you have suggestions on what other places you’d like to see featured on Honeymoons, please leave a comment and we’ll do our best to find out everything you need to know.
When you marry a teacher in the middle of a school term, a long honeymoon is never on the cards. Our 8-day honeymoon needed to be somewhere close, but far enough away not to feel like ‘home’. After getting engaged in Koh Samui 18 months earlier, we knew we wanted somewhere different but still needed that tropical feel. Enter a 4 hour flight to Vanuatu!
We stayed at Iririki Island Resort, which is a short ferry ride from the mainland in Port Vila. On the way to our resort, we discovered a few things; Vanuatuans’ drive on the other side of the road, there was no time difference between Vanuatu and home, they speak French (most signs and newspapers are in French and English) and all the rumours that I’d heard about Vanuatu being the friendliest country on earth were true.
The first three days of our honeymoon were spent doing a whole lot of nothing. Eating a lot, drinking cocktails, reading, swimming and napping (mainly napping)! I felt bad about doing nothing after months of checklists and thought that we should be making the most of the trip by exploring the country. My new husband spoke some sense into me and reminded me that we deserved it.
We had a traditional Melanesian dinner on our first night and tried Kava, which is Vanuatu’s favourite drink. It’s made from the root of a plant and has a narcotic affect. In fact, the people of Vanuatu prefer kava over alcohol and it only takes 4 drinks for the average male to feel like a zombie!
I spent one day of our holiday getting pampering for four hours; a hot stone massage, full body scrub, one hour facial and a pedicure. Bliss! We also went on a tour of the island, where we went to one of the local villages and saw how they lived. We were the only two on the tour which meant we were able to ask as many questions as we liked.
We found out that pigs are very important to the country and that in the old days if a man wanted to marry a women he would have to consult the father and the father would request a ‘price’ for his daughter – usually 15 pig tusks which would take about 15 years to grow to full size. The villages still have chiefs and a policeman but mod-cons make communication across villages a lot easier these days.
We learned the background of the Vanuatu flag, where the colour red signifies the blood lost in gaining independence from Britain and France. The colour yellow signifies Christianity and the colour green represents the land in which they live and grow their food. The Y shape on the flag represents the shape of the Vanuatu islands.
Traveling to the Cascade Falls, was a definite highlight! They were the most amazing waterfalls I have ever seen. Breathtaking and so tranquil at the same time. A definite must-do of Vanuatu. The trek only took about 15 minutes and we were very surprised to see the number of older travellers from the cruise ship making the journey.
A disappointment of the trip was the fact that we only discovered the Port Villa casino two days before leaving. Not because we like casinos, but because the bar was on level 9 and had amazing views of the ocean and was a really classy place to have a drink.
The food and culture of Vanuatu is heavily influenced by Australia. Breakfasts were the traditional buffet of hot food and cereals. For lunch, we tended to make our own from supplies bought at the supermarket. Dinners were similar to what we’d have out at home (burgers, pizzas, etc.), and about the same price as well.
The rest of our honeymoon was spent watching the cricket in the air-conditioned room (of course), swimming, eating and drinking!
Photographs from Katie and Tim’s collection.
Ms Gingham says: Beautiful honeymoon to wrap up a beautiful story! Thank you to Katie and Tim for sharing their journey with us!
Katie says: “During the week, I work in HR for a fun and fantastic IT company. On the weekends, I’m exercising, baking, crafting, DIYing and home decorating. My husband makes me smile and I lose track of time when I’m reading a good book! I value loyalty, non-judgement and love and believe that the purpose of life is to live happy!”
Katie wrote about her wedding to Tim on Polka Dot Weddings recently. Read about it here.