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Secret Cloud House Holidays eco yurt honeymoon

Secret Cloud House Holidays offers luxury yurts hidden away in the Derbyshire countryside that are perfect for a romantic and relaxing honeymoon.  To celebrate our birthday, they are offering a complimentary bottle of chilled champagne on arrival for couples booking a 4 night midweek stay.

Secret Cloud House Holidays eco yurt honeymoon

You can unwind in the wood-fired hot tub, snuggle up in a handmade bed with featherdown bedding, and enjoy candlelit dinners.  There are three yurts each romantically named after the countryside – Blackberry, Rosehip and Elderflower – each with a wood-burning stove to keep you cosy, or for cooking a delicious slow-cooked meal.

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The Natural Wedding Company

Welcome to this week’s Directory Showcase – sharing a selection of the fabulous businesses that you can find on The Natural Wedding Company directory.  If you like what you see and want to search for more, click on the links below or take a look around the directory which can be found at the top right of the webpage in the lovely luggage tag.

Love a Locavore seasonal wedding catering

The lovely Alice of Love a Locavore can cook you a delicious, seasonal and locally sourced wedding feast, even sourcing some ingredients from her kitchen garden in Gloucestershire.  Alice caters for weddings of up to 80 people and can also cook you a wonderful celebratory meal for hen and stag parties.  Visit the directory for a full list of eco-friendly, ethical and seasonal wedding caterers.

Tribes Travel ethical honeymoons

Tribes Travel is the original Fair Trade travel company, offering a wide selection of luxury honeymoons in Africa, South America, India and Jordan.  They can even help to organise wedding ceremonies and vow renewals in a number of the countries they work with.  Tribes Travel also offer a honeymoon gift voucher scheme.  Visit the directory for a full list of ethical and green honeymoon spots.

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romantic eco honeymoon Hungary

Pippins is a romantic self-catering cottage set amongst the lavender fields and vineyards in Hungary.  This pretty honeymoon bolthole has whitewashed wooden clad walls, a private terrace and pool, and is surrounded by unspoilt countryside.

honeymoon cottage in Hungarian countryside

The cottage is set out in an open-plan style with a separate bathroom, and in the winter months you can snuggle up in front of a crackling woodstove.  In the summer Pippins runs 95% on energy produced by the PV panels located on the cottage roof, and in winter its heating and hot water are produced by the log fire.

boho chic honeymoon cottage

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It’s hard to know where to begin telling you about our visit to Cornish Tipi Weddings because you really have to visit to get a feel for what this place is really like.  You need to go and soak it up, all the beautiful photographs will only go so far in showing you what a special place it is.

I’ve supplemented my own photos with those from Cornish Tipi Weddings and Green Photographic as I think that seeing weddings happening on site gives you the best feel for what it would be like, short of visiting yourself.

Following our directions to Cornish Tipi Weddings (also Cornish Tipi Holidays) we pulled off the lane and headed down a bumpy track.  We were greeted by Oggy, the warm and welcoming warden who takes care of the site, before following him down into the woodland towards our tipi.  All the paths were just like this…


Green Photographic

The site is set amongst 16 acres of secret woodland, each tipi nestled amongst its own woodland glade – ours was high up above the lake and aptly named ‘Overlake’.  Cornish Tipi Holidays is just like camping, but you don’t have to take a tent or cooking equipment, these are all provided.  This was our tipi…

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There will be more to come on our weekend at Cornish Tipi Holidays, including what I thought of their wedding venue and what this unusual place has to offer couples looking for an outdoor or woodland wedding.  But for now, I just wanted to share a few photos…

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All of the above things will be possible this weekend, because this is where we’re off to…

If you didn’t know this is Cornish Tipi Holidays – they also run Cornish Tipi Weddings who are listed on the directory.

I also plan to eat lots of clotted cream and scones, go rock-pooling, listen to the Fisherman’s Friends in Port Isaac, trough my way through a dozen pasties, cook a campfire dinner or two, laze about Wind and the Willows style in a wooden rowing boat, and maybe cycle the Camel Trail.

I will be taking lot so snaps (if I’m not too relaxed!) so that I can share with you what this magical sounding place is like.  Perhaps a possible for your honeymoon list, or if you’re looking for a wedding venue this could be your place.  I will be back next week with a full report.

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I am a sucker for anything that brings back memories of childhood, especially when it comes to holidays.  When I read that Tribes Travel, one of the businesses listed on the directory, offer Robinson Crusoe inspired honeymoons my mind conjured up romantic notions of living quietly on an exotic island somewhere.

Often, real life fails to live up to your imagination, but not this time.  Just take a look at these incredible honeymoon islands – the location, the living space, and on top of that they’ve got a strong committment to the environment.

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