Gay honeymoon hotspots in England

Gay honeymoon hotspots in England

In celebration of the first same-sex weddings taking place last month, VisitEngland has rounded up the best “I do” hotspots for LGBTs from around the UK

Blanch House, Brighton

Often referred to as the UK's gay capital, Brighton & Hove's first same-sex marriage ceremony took place just after midnight on 29 March 2014 at the Royal Pavilion, as soon as the law allowed. VisitEngland's top honeymooning tip for future same-sex couples is to relax in style at Blanch House, Brighton's original boutique hotel. Already a popular venue for civil ceremonies, Blanch House is only a short walk from the centre of Brighton and the city's Regency seafront.

Prices range from £75-£219p/n (including breakfast) and each of the rooms has been individually styled by owners, Kerry and Jeremy. Priding themselves on always providing a personal touch, every guest gets to sample one of Kerry's homemade biscuits on arrival too.

Seagate Cottage, Hastings

Unknown to most, Hastings offers a smattering of properties owned by gay couples on the South Coast. Seagate Cottage, a charming 1640s whitewashed self-catering property, provides the perfect honeymoon destination for newlyweds wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of England's big cities. This Jacobean retreat is in the heart of the Old Town and just a stone's throw from the famously curious shops that make Hastings so special. Bristol-based owners, Susie and Gemma, consider the cottage a home-from-home and escape to Hastings as often as they can.

Available to rent from £525-£725p/w. Short stays are also available from £105-£175p/n. Email seagatecottage@gmail.com.

Huntsham Court, near Exeter, Devon

For those who are looking for a wedding venue and honeymoon destination wrapped up in one, Huntsham Court has to be the property of choice. This grand Baronial mansion, nestled in the rolling Devonshire countryside, sleeps up to 80 guests in 31 bedrooms, most of which are en-suite, and can seat up to 120 guests for weddings and banquets. The idea of purchasing Huntsham Court began when now owners, Damian and Chris were searching for a suitable venue for their own civil partnership in 2011. Since then, Damian and Chris have worked tirelessly to achieve their vision for the venue: to lovingly restore the property - in keeping with its unique history and character - to its original grandeur, but with modern touches. They wanted to create a relaxed and comfortable 'country home-from-home' for guests to enjoy in complete privacy.

Weekend two-night hire from £9,300 (for 19 bedrooms) to £13,800 (for all 31 bedrooms). 

The Old House B&B, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire

With a wide oak front door, beautiful wooden beams and traditional leaded windows overlooking the medieval market square of Higham Ferrers, The Old House B&B is steeped in history. Dating back to 1580, once a merchant's house and a bakery, The Old House now offers guests an elegant and traditional, yet homely retreat. Higham Ferrers is brimming with buildings no less than 250 years old and makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. It boasts independent shops, boutiques and eateries, as well as being popular for the monthly farmer's market. Always providing a warm welcome, the property is owned by shoe designer William and his partner Simon, who works in catering and hospitality.

Double rooms available from £65p/n, including breakfast.

For LGBT travel advice from the FCO, see www.gov.uk

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Image courtesy of VisitEngland.

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