The mini-moon - a few days of post-nuptial rest – is becoming ever more popular and with Hand Picked Hotels, there is a wealth of options to suit every couple.

Weddings can be very expensive, which is probably why so many brides and grooms postpone their honeymoon for at least a few months. In fact, according to research carried out by online travel agent, only a quarter of newlyweds head off on their honeymoon in the immediate days that follow their wedding. The issue of budget (and for some time constraints) has led to the rise of the mini-moon, which is a closer-to-home romantic getaway lasting no more than a few days. 

Mini-moons serves as a memorable prelude to a longer, traditional honeymoon in the future and is a great excuse to spend time doing what you love together most as a couple. With 20 country house hotels across the UK, a mini-moon with Hand Picked Hotels gives you every option you could possibly ask for. 

If you are looking for an island getaway – without the associated cost or long haul flights – then the Channel Islands are perfect, with a year-round mild climate, gorgeous sandy beaches and great food. Whether you book your mini-moon at L'Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa or Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa in Jersey or St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort in Guernsey, they are all equally delightful. 

If a city is more your preferred destination for a mini-moon we have fabulous country house hotels outside of Bath (Bailbrook House) and Edinburgh (Norton House Hotel & Spa). Whether you decide to visit the capital city of Scotland or the largest city in the county of Somerset, both are as equally unique and manage to combine vibrant contemporary culture with a rich history and heritage. 

Nestled in the beautiful Kent countryside, Chilston Park Hotel is the perfect mini-moon destination for those who love the great outdoors. Otherwise known as the Garden of England, it offers 4000 exhilarating foot and cycle trails, which are some of the best ways to experience Kent’s spectacular countryside and 350 miles of coastline.

Another picturesque English county of rolling hills and market towns is Warwickshire, making Ettington Park Hotel another contender for a mini-moon. It is also situated six miles from Stratford-upon-Avon – where one can follow the well-trodden Shakespeare trail or takes a cruise along the River Avon.

For some the indulgence of a spa makes for the perfect post-wedding break, and with ten of our country house hotels offering spa facilities you are spoilt for choice. Deep in the Cheshire countryside is our award winning signature spa at Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa, built in the original stable block of the estate. Alternatively, Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa, in Northamptonshire, featuring an outdoor heated hydrotherapy pool, also offers the perfect environment for wellbeing and relaxation. 

A mini-moon can be just as memorable as a honeymoon, and whether you are into relaxing on the beach, walking in the wilderness, exploring historic cities or indulging in spa treatments, with Hand Picked Hotels it is easy to start your happily ever after.