There’s romance everywhere in England – the rolling countryside, the history, the art, the literature, the quaint old villages, the hills, the lakes and the fields. English romance is obvious, but sometimes you might be looking for something more romantic. Hotels, inns, cottages and chalets all offer something a little more special, making a getaway to England filled to the brim with love. From four-poster beds and luxury diners to private hot tubs in secluded cabins, there’s plenty to choose from in where to go and what to experience. The only problem is in the choice. So to help you, here is my selection of the most amazing romantic getaways in England.
It’s hard to think of a more romantic location than a beautifully converted farmhouse nestled in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside. Frasers Restaurant, awarded 2 AA Rosettes, is an excellent choice for a romantic meal. And if you want to prolong the feeling of love, a choice of luxury accommodation is available. From rooms in the converted eco-barn to the beautiful original features of the Honeymoon Suite in a converted Oast House, there is a romantic getaway for everyone.
2. The Nest and Hideout, Somerset
The Nest and The Hide are two idyllic roundhouses at The Yurt Retreat in Somerset. Expect chic interiors with everything you need for a romantic getaway, plus rainfall showers and freestanding tubs. Outside, on the terrace, you will find outdoor bathtubs perfect for stargazing, and they will easily fit two. It’s glamping, but up a notch. And these yurts truly live up to their name. They are both the perfect refuge and a place to nest with the one you love.
3. Dazzle Treehouse, Dorset
Dazzle isn’t cheap at almost £500 a night, but it’s a kind of tree house stay you’ll never forget. This striking property is minimalist in its design, but also luxurious. The highlight is the terrace which has a round silver tub big enough for two, a fire pit, pizza oven, covered outdoor kitchen and a deluxe hammock. You’ll never want to leave, and it’s the perfect place to unwind with that special someone.
4. East Thorne Rotundas, Bude
East Thorne offers a range of stunning luxury round homes that sleep two to six people, so you can enjoy your romantic getaway alone or with family. The two-person rotundas have their own private gardens to ensure a romantic getaway. Cynefin offers magnificent views over the valley, a luxurious free-standing bath and a double shower. The Secret Roundhouse has a quirky covered supper kitchen perfect for romantic nights around the campfire. It’s peaceful and calming, and it’s the perfect mix of camping and luxury.
5. Derwent Apartments, Scarborough
The seaside town of Scarborough welcomes guests with the most incredible views of rugged cliffs and a traditional English seaside town. Scarborough’s romance lies both in its history and in its modern outlook on life and love. One of the Bronte sisters is buried atop a cliff and romance in the air swirls around the dramatic landscape. At Derwent Apartments you have the perfect base to explore Scarborough from. These luxury apartments in a Georgian townhouse have everything you need for a comfortable seaside retreat.
Pro Tip: The Derwent Apartments team will be happy to arrange special additions to your stay for a special occasion. Just ask what you want and it will be waiting for you when you arrive. Red roses and champagne, perhaps?
6. Sandy Balls, The New Forest, Hampshire
If you like your romantic getaway with a little extra fun, Sandy Balls might be for you. Located in the New Forest, this is a holiday park with lodges and caravans amongst the trees. You have the option of booking a private lodge with its own hot tub or staying in boutique accommodation with all the luxury amenities you need. This one isn’t for those who want to be completely alone, as there are always other guests at the park, but it’s a good choice for those who like to socialize. The park offers bike rentals, a spa, and restaurants, or you can take a romantic stroll through the woods.
Pro Tip: In high season it is a family park, so you can take the grandchildren. If you want a cozy romantic break, book during term time when the kids are at school, and you’ll find it’s much quieter.
7. Titanic Hotel, Liverpool
Located on Liverpool’s iconic Stanley Dock, Titanic Hotel Liverpool is steeped in history and style, offering spacious rooms with chic industrial-style furnishings, an underground spa, Maya Blue Wellness, the famous Rum Bar and Stanley’s Bar & Grill restaurant. Visitors can indulge in a romantic couple’s massage at the luxury Maya Blue Wellness spa. This relaxing 55-minute treatment takes place in the spa’s double treatment room, allowing them to savor the relaxing experience together, as well as 2 hours of access to the tranquil thermal suit.
8. Storrs Hall, Lake District
There are six lakeside suites at Storrs Hall, providing arguably the largest setting in the entire Lake District, just yards from the shores of Windermere, which is England’s largest lake. Separate from the main house, the room itself, these are self-contained suites with private Lakeland stone decks, Japanese-style cedar wood hot tubs with lake or woods views, glass walls and soothing interiors. If you’re looking to pop the question, you can also choose from a range of thoughtful proposals. The setting is bewitching and the accommodation is simply magnificent.
Pro Tip: For more romance in Windermere, take a rowboat across the lake and enjoy the serenity of the beautiful and inspiring scenery from the water. Famous Lakeland poets, Wordsworth and Coleridge, saw romance in every inch of the land here, and you’ll soon understand why.
9. Doubletree By Hilton, Chester
The Doubletree by Hilton is an elegant 18th century mansion set in 12 acres of landscaped grounds. It’s a regular escape for spa spies and it provides the perfect base for spa and romance. Not only is home to a flagship spa occupying three floors, but contemporary accommodation and a culinary sanctuary at The Garden Room and Terrace, serving a nourishing British menu overlooking the hotel’s beautiful walled gardens. The two-night spa escape includes bed and breakfast accommodation and a three-course dinner in the Garden Room and Terrace. For spa indulgence, you have the choice of a 25-minute treatment from a back, neck and shoulder massage or an essential express facial, and 4 hours of use of the spa facilities in one day.
10. Mondrian Shoreditch London
East London’s new luxury haunt, Mondrian, is the perfect place for rooftop romance. Couples who plan ahead and book the Valentine’s Day package will receive an overnight stay, a romantic four-course dinner for two on the Altitude rooftop, breakfast the following morning, and a few extra treats in the room on arrival, including champagne and chocolate strawberries. An optional couples massage can also be added to the package for those looking for an extra indulgence.
To continue the luxurious romance, go to a champagne bar in the city. Check out 9 fabulous champagne bars in London to enjoy a sip.
11. Randolph Hotel, Oxford
Enjoy a city break by staying at the iconic Randolph Hotel in central Oxford, which reopened in September 2021 after a complete refurbishment. For a little more romance, enjoy a champagne picnic by the river or embark on a day of punting on the river. For those in need of some serious shopping therapy, treat yourself to the ultimate VIP shopping experience at Bicester Village. Receive luxury suite accommodation, a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Brut in your room on arrival, a taxi to and from Bicester Village and a full English breakfast for two at The Alice restaurant. It’s an amazing romantic package in a traditional English town.
Pro Tip: To learn more about the city of Oxford, take a tour of the historic city center, visit the Ashmolean Museum and visit the famous university.
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