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The UK's Best Places For a Babymoon

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Call it the Kate & Wills effect, but ever since the Royals rented out a Mustique villa for a pre-baby break in 2012, babymoons – a pampering break before the baby arrives – have rocketed in popularity. If you're a mum-to-be looking to de-stress, relax and unwind with your other half, we've narrowed down the best UK-based places to do so at before the new addition arrives, and imminent joy and chaos ensues...

Soho Farmhouse

For a relaxing retreat in the Oxfordshire countryside, you can’t get better than an escape to Soho Farmhouse. An exclusive oasis – and popular haunt amongst the A-listers – Soho Farmhouse is set in 100 acres of sprawling countryside. The Farmhouse is a heady mix of rustic charm with stylish modern touches. With an elegant and charming feel, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind, particularly when there are personal butlers on hand to attend to your every whim. There’s also a mini village made up of 40 quaintly decorated log cabins – think thick wooden beams and cosy woodburners. Although the weather might be verging on the chilly side, there’s an outdoor pool to take a dip, cycles to explore the surrounding countryside and the signature Cowshed Spa to indulge in a much-needed pamper session. A blissful babymoon you’ll never want to end. 




The Wild Rabbit

Escape to the Cotswold countryside for a charming foodie getaway at The Wild Rabbit. This 18th century pub serves up the very best in gourmet pub cuisine, with fresh, locally-sourced produce from nearby farmers and artisan producers. Expect scrumptious, seasonal classics including quail with Morteau sausage and smoked shallot, mackerel with Yorkshire rhubarb and hay-baked celeriac truffle risotto with duck egg yolk, pickles and Parmesan. We guarantee to you’ll want to eat the contents of the entire menu, so we recommend an overnight stay in one of the pub’s delightful rooms. Or if you want complete privacy, there’s a separate cottage a short walk away from the pub in the nearby village of Kingham, that you can cosy up in instead. 



Barnsley House 

This super-stylish and effortlessly chic hotel comes surrounded by an 11-acre world famous garden (designed by Rosemary Verey in the '50s) and an outstanding spa. The gorgeous rooms are all completely different and have traditional stone fireplaces, wooden floors and beams. Tuck in at The Potager Restaurant, which serves delicious, unfussy Italian-influenced dishes using home-grown produce. The three-bedroom Home Farm Cottage, just down the road, is perfect if you want total privacy.  



Calcot Manor

Dating back to the 14th century and set in 220 acres of meadows, you won't find a much more tranquil hotel than this gorgeous country house. The food is superb – you can choose between fine dining in The Conservatory or pub meals in The Gumstool. Also check the website for events before you arrive – they've hosted meet-the-author lunches and pop-up chefs in the past.



Dormy House

Boutique hotel Dormy House is a stone's throw from the picturesque Cotswold-stone villages of Broadway, Chipping Camden and Moreton-in-Marsh. The hotel isn't new but a £10m renovation to transform the 17th century farmhouse has resulted in it being one of the UK's most appealing country hotels, no matter what the occasion. Each of the 40 rooms and suites are individual, luxurious and cosy.



Foxhill Manor

Little sister and near-neighbour of boutique hotel Dormy House, Foxhill Manor has over 400 acres to play in, a kitchen at your beck and call and a sprinkling of rock star style. Book into one of eight rooms and pamper yourself pre-baby with a bucket-load of privacy, rolling valley views and faultless service. 



Limewood Hotel

Popular for it's anything-but-average approach to pampering, New Forest-based Lime Wood is ideal for those who want to relax outside of the box. From yoga sessions on the herb garden roof to double-space treatment rooms for couples wanting to unwind and revive together, Lime Wood has it all. Plus, the massive sauna with unique forest views is a must-do. 



Lucknam Park

Based just outside Bath, Lucknam Park is one of England's finest five-star country house hotels, and has a lot more to offer babymooners than just an afternoon in the spa. Boasting 42 luxurious rooms and suites, a cookery school and a wellness centre, it even has its own restaurant that's been awarded a Michelin star. The setting, like something out of a Jane Austen novel, isnt bad either. 



Scarlet Hotel

This high-end, adults-only hotel is close to Newquay and Padstow and boasts guest rooms with chic, contemporary furnishings and private courtyards, terraces or balconies with ocean views. Head straight to the spa with indoor and outdoor pools, clifftop hot tubs, a steam room and relaxation areas. All you need now is a glass of bubbly (or a non-alcoholic cocktail, as the case may be)...



The Pig at Brockenhurst 

This hip country house hotel is tucked away in the New Forest, just five minutes from Brockenhurst train station. With it's distinctive shabby-chic vibe, en-suite rain shower bathrooms and cosy suites (complete with fireplaces, claw-foot tubs and original timber framing), it's a guaranteed chill-out break. During your babymoon be sure to dine in the rustic restaurant, housed in a lush Victorian greenhouse, which serves food grown on the grounds or foraged nearby. There's even a spa treatment room, housed in an original garden shed. Quirky...



The Gilpin

The award-winning Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in Windermere has everything needed for a relaxing, romantic country break. Once you’ve finished exploring the beautiful lakes and fells, you can wind down in the hotel's cedar wood hot tub, and cuddle up in front of the open log fire. If that’s not enough, you can also book in-room spa treatments.



Belmond British Pullman

It’s full steam ahead on the Belmond’s collection of luxury train carriages. Whether you want a day trip with dinner – celebrity chefs and Michelin-starred menus feature on these extravagant steam engines – or you fancy whisking yourselves off to the Highlands on their Royal Scotsman sleeper train, the Belmond is the way to travel. With breathtaking, romantic views of the rolling British countryside and award-winning fare, you’ll be hard-pushed to find something more unique to do before the bundle of joy arrives.



Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Set in a 15th century Oxfordshire manor house, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons –  Raymond Blanc's famed two Michelin star restaurant – is a mecca for foodies. It’s pretty pricey – usually around £1,700 for the whole weekend – but for a special occasion, it’s really worth splurging on. An unforgettable gastronomical experience you’ll savour forever, with tours around the sprawling, perfectly landscaped gardens, a decadent nine-course dinner and an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s quaintly decorated bedrooms, it's babymooning at its very best.



Little Bear

This charming woodland retreat, nestled in the heart of the Weald Downlands in West Sussex, would make the perfect backdrop to a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale – dreamy cabin tucked away in the woods for you and your loved one to relax and unwind in. Prepare for pure tranquility in this heavenly hideaway complete with hot tub, sheepskin furs and a kitsch country kitchen Kirstie Allsopp would go nuts for. Take a walk through the wildflower meadows or curl up on the rug in front of the wood burning stove.



Coworth Park

Boasting 240 acres of parkland, Coworth Park’s spa is surrounded by beautiful woodland landscapes, stretching as far as the eye can see. There’s an indoor swimming pool that has underwater music and a bespoke series of massages on offer for during and after pregnancy, so go on and treat yourself.



The Retreat

True to its name, The Retreat is a quaint Cornish cottage tucked away in a tiny village near Boscastle. Romantic and intimate, the cottage is just a stone’s throw from the nearby coastal villages of Tintagel, Boscastle and Crackington Haven. It’s surrounded by beautiful countryside, so there’s plenty of opportunity for coastal, and village walks, as well as a suntrap decking area where you can eat al fresco or simply relax and catch a few rays. The perfect hideaway for a romantic couples escape.



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