The annual day of romance is just around the corner, but there’s no need to panic yet – we’ve picked out 10 spoiling stays that still have availability on 14 February (and beat any corner-shop bouquet hands down!). And remember, like romance, these top retreats aren’t just for Valentine’s Day – they’d make excellent escapes à deux at any time of the year.
Love has been poured into this charming pub with rooms. Tucked into the rural heart of the Somerset Levels, it’s a step above the standard country inn – think in-room claw-foot bathtubs, lovely Bramley toiletries, and an incredible display of West Country produce on the superlative menu. It’s a great-value excuse to disappear into the countryside for a secluded V-Day.
If you’re looking for complete privacy and a peaceful seaside setting, these petite house rentals in the pretty Cornish village of Charlestown could be just the thing. Olivia’s Cottage and The Cabin are hidden in the gardens of Marine Villa and would make particularly blissful nests for weekending couples. They’re all equipped with kitchens, and owner Antonia can deliver homemade dishes if you’re feeling lazy.
If you’d prefer to escape to the city (or hide away in another part of it), book into this dreamy and elegant hotel in one of London’s smartest quarters. Simple and unpretentious but exquisitely stylish, it provides a hint of ornate France in central London. With charming touches such as sleep mist for pillows and handmade chocolates at turndown, you’ll wake up feeling extremely reluctant to leave.
Norfolk is peppered with boutique gems that offer a base for exploring this beautiful county. One of our favourites is this quartet of self-catering cottages for 2-4, set near the glorious coastline in the tiny hamlet of Sharrington. Guests are spoilt with stylish interiors, wood-burning stoves and pampering touches (scented candles, Ren toiletries, and wine waiting on arrival for those who book through i-escape). And with the Norfolk Broads and sweeping beaches nearby, there are plenty of opportunities for romantic walks.
It’s not just the peaceful setting and spoiling rooms that guarantee a good night’s sleep at this Somerset hideaway; the no-kids policy also ensures a stay that’s conducive to romance and relaxation. This 15th-century manor house wears its imposing history proudly on its sleeve, with flagstoned halls, roaring fires and cracked beams. But that’s not to say that more modern comforts are absent – expect crisp linen on four-poster beds, underfloor heating, and fantastic local food cooked by owner Olly.
This boutique B&B in the charming Welsh market town of Dolgellau provides a quiet and stylish springboard into the stunning Snowdonia National Park. It’s perfect for those with a love of the outdoors – as well as those who would rather huddle up inside, breaking away only to sink into the alfresco hot tub. Whatever your inclination, you can be sure of a warm welcome and a cosy stay.
Where better to spend a romantic few days than these sleek self-catering eco-lodges, set amid the wilds of the Inner Hebrides? They overlook the stunning Oa peninsula on Islay and have private hot tubs and saunas for a back-to-nature experience with none of the hardship. Perfect for some uninterrupted time alone – you’ll never want to leave.
Glamorous and with a hint of ostentatiousness, this West End hotel lives up to the glitz of its Theatreland setting. Its impressive Regency façade is matched by the opulence inside: oak floors, Louis XVI chairs and a ribald, vivid colour scheme. Venture down to the subterranean swimming pool and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning pewter bar, gold Chesterfields and a pink light show. It’s a playful but indulgent pad for those wanting to explore the bright city lights.
A wave-lapped terrace, tranquil harbour views and faultless service: all the ingredients for a romantic seaside weekend are present in force at The Idle Rocks. The hotel is a nautical-themed triumph (without being remotely kitsch) and benefits from a fantastic location in pretty St Mawes – a stylish fishing village with plenty of Cornish charm. If you can, grab room #15 up on the 2nd floor – you’ll feel as if you’re in your own tower, with grand sea views and an open tub.
Red Lion & Troutbeck is a resounding triumph of country charm and gastronomic prowess. Expect a warm welcome and Michelin-starred food in the pretty thatched pub, and spacious, super-comfy rooms in the nearby guesthouse (2 minutes’ walk away). Both buildings are full of character and unique features (hangover cures by your bed, homemade biscuits and cordial in your room, complimentary Buck’s Fizz at breakfast!), and the serene setting beside the beautiful River Avon is perfect for rural romance.