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Brits happy to honeymoon at home, new survey reveals

23rd October 2013 Print

The UK may be an increasingly attractive honeymoon option for newly-wed couples, according to a recent survey.

The YouGov poll, commissioned by Sykes Cottages, found that more than six in ten (62%) UK adults would consider having their honeymoon in the UK, with Scotland (26%) and the South-West (24%) named as the most popular destinations overall.

Although saving money was one of the biggest reasons (36%) why respondents would consider honeymooning at home, almost half (45%) of those surveyed said they would consider revisiting or exploring part of the UK with their beloved. An eager 23% said they would honeymoon in the UK to reduce travel time.

When it came to the kinds of honeymoon newlyweds would want to go on in the UK, luxury breaks were a firm favourite, with 42% of respondents desiring an indulgent holiday. Coastal honeymoons were just behind at 41%, followed by a holiday in the countryside (38%). City breaks and spa breaks were also popular choices, with 19% and 14% of the vote respectively.

And when it came to lovemaking, it seems the British reputation for being unadventurous is ill-deserved. While the majority (56%) would keep it traditional in the bedroom on their honeymoon, 32% would venture to the living room, 30% would make love in a hot tub and 29% in the shower. Men tended to be more adventurous than women, with one in five (22%) choosing the rather unconventional lovemaking setting of the stairs, compared to 12% of women.

"The honeymoon traditionally marks the start of a newly-married couple's life together. While many of us still jet off somewhere exotic, it's great to see that so many people consider the UK a viable option - and not just as a way of saving money," said Tom Lowes of Sykes Cottages. "The dramatic landscapes of Scotland were a particularly popular backdrop to this exciting milestone in a new couple's life. Luxury breaks were also very popular - and perhaps made all the more affordable for being UK-based."