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.
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!
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!
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.
I also fell in love with that Ken Spencer painting, I have my eye on his work now ;)
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 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 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…
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 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…
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 ;)
This isn’t a sponsored post, however I did receive a complimentary stay. Regardless, everything I’ve written is true – I loved it!