Believe it or not, honeymoons date back to the 5th century and didn’t exactly start out with weddings or expensive holidays. Traditionally, the term “honeymoon” emerged out of the cycles of the moon and a traditional, aphrodisiac-inspired drink called mead (or honey). With those notions combined, honeymoons began as a time to practice intimacy, seek privacy, and “get to know each other”.
But things changed over the centuries. Whilst, today, most couples travel to take some time out together without all those day to day interferences, it wasn’t always that way. Couples in 19th century Britain used their honeymoon to go on a bridal tour. The newlywed pair traveled to visit friends and family who could not attend the wedding ceremony.
That said, in modern times, Granny Mouse Country House and Spa is the perfect place to enjoy your honeymoon. The peace and quiet of the beautiful Midlands countryside, no matter the season, is the perfect home away from home before you have to return to the hum drum of everyday life.
Here are some tips from Sean Granger, GM of Granny Mouse, when it comes to making the most of your honeymoon:
For starters, we at Granny Mouse will definitely do something special for you if we know it’s your honeymoon – giving you something extra special like flowers, a bottle of champagne or chocolates in the room on your arrival. It’s an easy way to feel special and extra cared for on your trip, so it’s definitely worth reaching out and giving us the heads up!
Probably the most common honeymoon lament we hear is: “I wish we’d spent just a little more and stayed in a really nice room.” Because we have such beautiful rooms at Granny Mouse, there’s never a need to skimp on your accommodation. Maybe on other trips but never on your honeymoon!
Even if you think you won’t spend much time in your room, you’ll be sorry if your accommodation is not special. It’s the first thing you see every morning and the last thing you see at night. A beautiful bathroom means you can enjoy romantic bubble baths. It is also where you are likely to hang out if there’s a rainy day.
Truly unplug. If you are using the camera on your phone, keep the data turned off. The entire point of a honeymoon is to connect with each other and not the rest of the digital world! The weeks and months leading up to the wedding are a rush of responsibilities to other people, deadlines and pressures. The honeymoon is a precious time to do nothing but focus on your new spouse.
Indulge a little! While many brides stick to strict nutritional fitness or lifestyle regimes in preparation for their big day, be sure to relax and live a little while on honeymoon. At Granny Mouse our culinary artists create meal masterpieces, so do enjoy and savour the flavours.
Indulge in our exquisite wines, enjoy a luxurious spa treatment or two, ditch the alarms and schedules and really just let it all go and enjoy yourselves as much as you can.
Also enjoy the tranquility and take in a sunrise and sunset. Yes, sure sunrise can mean an alarm clock going off, but on vacation getting up early to catch a magical sunrise will form part of your memories. We will have the coffee ready. If you, as a couple, are not early morning peeps, then swop that for a sunset and cozy up with some wine while watching the sun go down with your new spouse.
Of course another important one is take tons of photos, so snap those pictures while being present in the moment. These memories will go on to be shared for years and generations to come, so create that memory book upon your return home.