Looking to plan one final getaway before the arrival of your new little darling?
While international travel might be off the cards (for now), there are plenty of spots in the UK to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet before the sleepless nights and ceaseless nappy changes accompanying your new addition’s arrival ensue.
Whether planning a babymoon escape in the company of your partner, friend, or relative, our edit of the best UK hotels for mums-to-be is certain to tempt.
The Packing Edit
Cowley Manor, Cheltenham
Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds is an ideal spot for a self-indulgent pre-baby break. Housed in a grand, Italianate mansion near Cheltenham, the hotel’s interiors are contrastingly contemporary. The fuss-free zone is best suited to those seeking a sanctuary that blends mod cons and finery to great affect. To maximise your stay, book Cowley Manor’s luxurious ‘mothers-to-be mid-week package‘, which includes an overnight stay, a 60-minute pregnancy spa treatment from Cowley Manor’s exclusive Pinks Boutique range.
CF Top Tip: Expectant mums should stretch out their spa time and stop by the spa’s dedicated mani/ pedi area to amply soothe those weary feet. Also included in the mothers-to-be package is a £30 credit (per person) towards supper in The Restaurant – we recommend ordering the coconut marinated chicken, followed by a chocolate delice for pud. Come morning, tuck into your continental breakfast from the comfort of your suite.
The Newt, Somerset
The apple never falls far from the tree (as mums-to-be will soon discover). At The Newt, the Georgian country pile of Babylonstoren lineage (South Africa’s eminently stylish farm hotel), the adage rings particularly true. Plotted amidst orchards of apple trees, the bucolic surroundings will have you dreaming of baby bonnets, Peter Pan collars, and other accoutrements suited to a bonnie enfant exploring en plein air. Inside, hotel guests are met by olde-worlde elegance with a stunning contemporary slant – The Newt is truly the perfect blend of all the best things about the West Country.
Lucknam Park Hotel
Lucknam Park Hotel’s Mother-To-Be Collection spa offering has been known to sway many a mama’s vote vis-à-vis where to babymoon. The big-hitting Cotswolds estate is a staycation stalwart, situated on the edge of the classically pretty village of Colerne, near Bath. Still, with so much to do within the 500-acre estate who’d want to leave? A supremely romantic setting (in a classic sense), feed your appetite for old-school glam with canopied four-poster beds, pleated silk lampshades, and open fireplaces in the master bedrooms. If you fancy lounging somewhere new, head down to the daybeds lining the spa’s twenty-metre swimming pool accompanied by your favourite glossy or meditation app.
Located in the Surrey Hills, this lavish Grade II-listed hotel seems to have it all. To illustrate, it boasts a home cinema, a chintzy hotel bar, and an A-grade Japanese restaurant (helmed by ex-Nobu chef Taiji Maruyama). What’s more, it’s easy access from London (journey time is approximately one hour by car) allowing babymooners to really make the most of a weekend away without the added pressures of a lengthy commute. With generously sized bedrooms that are equal parts contemporary and chintz, Beaverbrook delivers on upscale country living. No babymoon at Beaverbrook is complete until an afternoon has been spent at the Coach House (Beaverbrook’s state-of-the-art spa). Unload those pregnancy stresses with one of their specialist treatments, then head back to base in your robe and slippers for some more R&R.
Foxhill Manor, Cotswolds
Dormy House’s little sister Foxhill Manor is a shining example of sisterly love (a comfort to mothers expecting their second little lady, no doubt). Comprised of just eight bedrooms – of which, the ground floor Oak Suite is considered the most romantic thanks to its four-poster and twin clawfoot tubs by the window – the estate, despite its grandeurs, is oh-so laidback. The ‘whatever you fancy, whenever you fancy’ motto invites you to help yourself to anything that takes your liking – cake and non-alcoholic cocktails in the elegant Drawing Room perhaps? Go up a gastronomical gear with a bespoke tasting menu prepared by the chef to suit your own tastes (which, subject to cravings could produce quite the menu). Food coma or otherwise, don’t bypass Dormy Houses’ luxury spa (accessible to Foxhill Manor guests) before your stay comes to a close.
The Pig At Combe, Devon
Quintessentially British with a modern twist, The Pig at Combe in Devon is perfect for a pre-babe getaway. The shabby-chic country house nestled in the Otter Valley offers seclusion and the opportunity for many a memorable meal – with produce sourced from the kitchen garden and a strict 25-mile food-gathering radius. Comfortable beds provide sumptuous quarters in which to cosy down – side note: the Folly serves wood-fired pizza which can be boxed up and eaten in bed. For added R&R, treat yourself to a ‘mum-to-be massage’ (suitable for those in their second and third trimester of pregnancy) at the Potting Shed spa. Tailored to suit the specific needs of pregnant women, the treatment provides a “peaceful and uplifting experience for mother and bump that also relieves fatigue and aches at the same time”.