Anglophiles in the Isles: Part 1
The United Kingdom is full of whimsy, romance and centuries of history. Anglophiles, lovers of the United Kingdom, flock to Great Britain for any number of reasons, but New Orleans Bride Magazine’s travel editor Becca Hensley focused on Great Britain as the perfect honeymoon location for newlyweds.
“The country’s heaths, hamlets, lakes, mountains, moors and cliff-fringed beaches beguile us too,” says Hensley. “Its diverse realms of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, brim with folklore and history.” Insert clotted cream and scone, pints of beer, colorful characters and Great Britain, Hensley writes, “is an Anglophile’s ultimate honeymoon haven.”
The first stop on her tour of Great Britain is Helen’s Tower in County Down, Northern Ireland. This three-story stone tower is literally something right out of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Though a tad more pops of color than the Starks and the Lanisters see in the show, this spot will have you ensconced in scenic views and romantic interiors.
You’ll feel part of a fairy tale with a stay in Helen’s Tower, a granite edifice that rises above the bucolic terrain in County Down, Northern Ireland. Named for Selina Blackwood, honored in poetry by Tennyson, Rudyard Kipling and Robert Browning, the Rapunzel-worthy building, used as film location for Game of Thrones, stands in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate. With a large bedroom, a rooftop terrace, small kitchen and cozy library (bedecked with time-worn tomes), it’s the stuff of fantasy.