A review of The Ducket : a unique UK honeymoon idea

If you’re looking for a unique UK honeymoon idea, somewhere different to anywhere you’ve ever stayed before… then let me suggest The Ducket. Situated in Northumberland this five star, five storey tower has been cleverly transformed into a luxurious hideaway for two.

The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea
The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea
The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea
The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea

Me and my fiancé visited on a mild weekend in September and even the approach to the place was exciting enough. I definitely let out a ‘wow’ as the tower came into view. Practically in the middle of nowhere with flat fields all around, it’s an impressive structure. And the isolation of the place makes it all the more romantic as it really is just the two of you!

The owners of The Ducket have put a lot of thought into making this a wonderful home away from home, with practically everything you can thing of; there’s even a washing machine in the entrance hall and a retractable washing line over the bath!

The bathroom

Situated on the ground floor the bathroom’s kitted out with both a shower and bath. There are even bathrobes: an essential for the perfect honeymoon. You should probably just wear these for your entire stay!

The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea

The bedroom

On the second floor is a cosy bedroom. The underfloor heating is particularly welcome in this room and there’s even a wall mounted television to entertain you whilst eating breakfast in bed.

The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea

I also fell in love with that Ken Spencer painting, I have my eye on his work now ;)

The kitchen

The kitchen really impressed me. On the third floor they had even less space to work with than the two lower levels, and yet they’ve included everything I could wish for in a kitchen!

There’s a fridge, freezer, cupboards full of all the utensils and crockery you could need, an iron and ironing board, there’s even another telly. And, not shown in the photos, is a cute booth-like seating area and table for two. Anybody building a tiny house should come and stay here for inspiration on how to cram a lot into a little space!

The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea

The lounge

The fourth floor hosts the lounge; a sweet little space with a cleverly curved sofa, armchair, another television(!) with DVD player and a cosy electric fire. A full length window makes the most of the beautiful view…

The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea

The top of the tower

For nature lovers and readers, the top of the tower comes with binoculars and a lot of books. It’s a tiny space but it’s big enough to cosy up with a cuppa and a good read whilst watching the sun go down…

The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea

Things to do

There are plenty of things to do surrounding The Ducket. We counted 7 castles nearby!

We took a trip to Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island: an island you can only reach in low tide – make sure you check the tide times before visiting so you don’t get stuck out there!

The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea

The town of Alnwick is only a twenty minute drive with several shops and restaurants. I’ve also heard The Alnwick Garden and its Treehouse Restaurant are well worth a visit.

Personally, I really enjoyed the sanctuary of the tower. After a visit from the friendly caretaker just after we arrived, we didn’t see anybody for our entire stay and I didn’t even notice any traffic. After the busyness of planning a wedding The Ducket would make a wonderfully peaceful retreat for your honeymoon.

If you do a big grocery shop on your way to The Ducket with enough food for the duration of your stay (including plenty of treats such as wine and chocolate of course) you won’t even need to leave! I’d love to go back in winter as I imagine it’d be even cosier then. We enjoyed eating freshly baked pain au chocolats for breakfast and completing a jigsaw during our stay…

The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea

Honeymoon or holiday

Of course, The Ducket isn’t just a honeymoon destination. Any occasion to celebrate will do. An anniversary, a birthday or just becasue you want a romantic weekend away. The important thing to note is that The Ducket is a place for celebrating the two of you, no children allowed (it really isn’t child friendly with all the exposed staircases!) So go before the kids come along, or find yourself a good babysitter if they’re already here.

If you would love to visit the area but the tower isn’t for you then make sure you check out the rest of the Outchester and Ross Cottages. I’ll warn you though The Ducket is situated only a short distance away and once you spy it, rising up into the sky, I’m betting you’ll want to stay there ;)

The Ducket - Unique UK Honeymoon Idea

Debs

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This isn’t a sponsored post, however I did receive a complimentary stay. Regardless, everything I’ve written is true – I loved it!

Wedding trend : winding table snakes

I don’t really know if I’d call this a trend as such, and table snakes are just my name for this wedding table arrangement, but I’m starting to see it crop up more and more in wedding world…

It’s actually a really practical alternative to straight long tables as you can fit more people in a smaller space by arranging the tables in winding curves.

And I also like the cosiness of it. Rather than one long table where you can only see the people across and next to you, this arrangement allows you to see much more of the wedding party. For big events with a lot of people to sit it’s a bloomin’ good choice!

Wedding Trend - Winding Table Snakes

Awesome image credit: Delbarr Moradi via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Trend - Winding Table Snakes

Awesome image credit: Louisa Bailey Weddings

Wedding Trend - Winding Table Snakes

Awesome image credit: Gia Canali via Style Me Pretty

The last photo, especially, shows how winding tables can be a great way to make the most out of a tricky reception venue!

Debs

The new range from Classic Wedding Invitations

This will be the third time I’ve featured Classic Wedding Invitations. That’s because they keep coming up with fantastic wedding stationery designs!

I’ve recently bought a laser cutter myself (so exciting!) so I love seeing what it can do through the awesome work of others.

There are five new designs that are bang on trend with the inclusion of an Art Deco & Great Gatsby suite. I think the adorable heart may just be my favourite though…

Baroque

Classic Wedding Invitations - Baroque Lace

Love Birds

Classic Wedding Invitations - Love Birds

Art Deco

Classic Wedding Invitations - Art Deco

Lettered Heart

Classic Wedding Invitations - Lettered Heart

Great Gatsby

Classic Wedding Invitations - Great Gatsby

To see more of their gorgeous stationery range you can visit my other posts here and here or just skip along to the Classic Wedding Invitations website.

Debs

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Cake decorating and the Craftsy big Fall sale

Starting today and ending on Monday, Craftsy are holding a big Fall (or Autumn for us UK kids) sale, with all classes up to 50% off! In case you don’t even know what Craftsy is, it’s an awesome online resource of crafty courses to help you acquire new skills in making stuff with your hands. I love it!

I’m actually thinking about getting one of the courses myself as there’s a strong possibility I may end up making my own wedding cake at the moment! Whether that’s wise I’m not entirely sure, but if I do decide to go for it I’ll be opting for a super simple cake: to minimise stress and maximise the likelihood of it actually looking OK!

What I would like however, is to add interest with some sort of embellishment on the cake, such as a sugar flower or some modern stripes, and Craftsy have plenty of courses that could help me (and you!) do just that…

Craftsy Cake Classes

For all the courses Craftsy have to offer just click the link. But if you’re thinking of enrolling on one do it before Monday! You have lifetime access once you buy, so there’s no harm buying now even if you’re not quite ready to start just yet.

Happy crafting!

Debs

Angelina & Brad & the most amazing wedding dress

So not only have (probably) the most famous Hollywood couple finally married after nearly a decade of dating, but Angelina incorporated their children in the proceedings in the most wonderful way… by letting them scribble all over her wedding dress! Well, sort of. Their 6 children’s drawings were actually embroidered into the gorgeous gown.

The result is a lovely way to show that their marriage isn’t just about the two of them; it’s about their family…

Angelina and Brad Get Married

And I’m off to buy my copy of Hello! magazine now, because I want to see more :D

Debs
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