Find the perfect place to cosy up with a loved one this Valentine’s Day. Or avoid the rush (and high prices) by whisking your dearest away to a romantic UK retreat on one of the other 27 nights in February
Romantic hideaways for two
For privacy, independence and a whole lotta style, these beautiful boltholes are heaven. Base yourselves in postcard-perfect Broadway and hole up in Cotswold’s Place, a cute-as-a-button cottage with roots tracing back to the 17th Century. Or head to the Norfolk Coast to relax at Cartshed Cottages, a quartet of uber-stylish retreats (Starck chairs, four-poster beds). This pair of cosy boutique hideaways in Bridport are superb value. And then there’s the ultimate in romantic escapes at Croft 103 in northern Scotland: gaze through walls of glass at wildly beautiful landscapes of water, mountain and sky.
If the way to your heart is via your stomach, you’ll love these scrumptious retreats. First up is Tudor Farmhouse in the Forest of Dean, where the chef serves an innovative ’20-mile menu’. Of similar calibre is Linthwaite House Hotel, a lovely Lake District retreat where romantic views are dished up alongside delectable small plates and sharing dishes created by Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan. If you’re after a real taste storm on Valentine’s Day, Edinburgh hotel 21212 offers a magical foodie experience, full of surprises… Or for multi-award-winning pub food – think herb-roasted guinea fowl then cocoa pound cake with fennel, caramelised fig and orange blossom ice cream – head to Wiltshire and hole up at the Red Lion & Troutbeckfor the weekend.
Culture and top restaurants on your doorstop; seriously gorgeous rooms for lazy Valentine’s Day lie-ins. Number Thirty Eight, aluxurious B&B in our home town of Bristol, has panoramic city views and delicious breakfasts in bed. Or go for cocktail hour at the fabulously quirky Zetter Townhouse in London. Stroll into central Edinburgh from the Dunstane Houses, where i-escape guests get free champagne when booking a suite, or discover Georgian Bath from The Bird, a flamboyant boutique hotel with private hot tubs in some rooms.
Escape to the country to truly unwind together; the peace will be a balm to your souls. Trewornan Manor in Cornwall is just the ticket; adults only, with 25 acres of garden and woodland. At literally the other end of the UK, Coillabus, a duo of luxurious eco lodges in Scotland, is ridiculously romantic, with incredible wild views and alfresco bathtubs (honeymoon HEAVEN). Tees River Hideaway, County Durham’s best-kept secret, is an unbeatable place for walking and deep relaxation, while wildlife-lovers will adore the birdlife and animal sightings on offer from a shepherd’s hut at Elmley Nature Reserve in Kent.
A romantic night away with your beau needn’t break the bank: these escapes are high on style and impressively low in budget. Buzzy riverside hotel Timbrell’s Yardin Bradford-Upon-Avon has double rooms for under £100 per night; Cotswolds pub The Swanoffers reasonable rates and sub-two-hour access from most of southern England; The Lord Poulett Arms in Somerset has bags of style and incredible prices, and the delightful Grosvenor Arms in pretty Shaftesbury offers a buzzy bar and restaurant and tasteful rooms at great value.
Boutique hotel blowouts
And for classic romance, here are four perfect all-rounder hotels, with beautiful rooms, buzzy bars and great restaurants. Oil paintings adorn the walls and chandeliers hang from ceilings at classy Lime Wood, in the heart of the New Forest. Or try The Rectory, a romantic Cotswolds bolthole with Scandi-chic rooms and a choice of elegant restaurant or buzzy pub for dining. Fabulous Yorkshire bolthole Middleton Lodge has been dubbed ‘Northern England’s Babington House’; come and see if you agree. Art lovers, meanwhile, should book No 131, a chic restaurant with rooms in the heart of elegant Cheltenham, whose walls are home to works by Banksy and David Hockney.