Wow your valentine this year with our pick of romantic retreats.
by Dinah Hatch (January 2016)
Here we are again; it’s approaching Valentine’s Day and you haven’t planned a thing yet. Don’t worry! We’ve gone all Cupid and picked out our favourite spots to enjoy a touch of romance with your partner this February.
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Ah, the Lakes. You simply can’t go wrong if you book a little mini break (as hopelessly romantic love-seeker Bridget Jones might say) in the Lake District with your loved one. I suggest slinging a hamper a deux in the boot with your best pair of pyjamas and nosing the motor to the Wordsworth Hotel and Spa in Grasmere, a tranquil little haven boasting exposed beams and vistas to die for. Bag one of the Gingerbread rooms which have mountain and village views that will make it hard to leave. When you do manage to extricate yourself, meander off through the daffodils to visit Wordsworth’s beloved Dove Cottage – who said you had to wander lonely as a cloud round here?
43/44 Marine Parade, Brighton
Look, Brighton may have gone all cool and sophisticated in the last decade but the locals still know how to do fun, fun, fun so if you and your other half fancy a sharp injection of sea air, edgy clubs and the best salty chips this side of Crawley, jump on the train (don’t even think about bringing the car, the parking’s DIRE) and alight at Party Central. Drop your bags off at deeply hip Drakes (it’s just left of the Palace Pier but you may need to ask a local directions as its sign is so terribly discreet) and hit the town. Cocktails at Twisted Lemon in the South Laines, dinner at must-eat-at restaurant The Set (tucked away in oh-so-Brighton Regency Square) and then iconic nightspot Coalition in the Kings Road Arches. When you wake up a little jaded in your million-thread cotton sheets in Brighton’s chi chicest hotel where they will treat you like royalty, you’ll thank us for the tip.
North Bovey, Dartmoor
Now if you’re really serious about this romance lark than you should be considering the seriously soppy Bovey Castle in the rolling moorlands of Dartmoor National Park. Whether you’re into Hunter-ing up for heather-strewn walks amongst the gorse or sipping mojitos in your Manolos (and suede brogues please, gents), this divine country retreat does lovey-doveydum in spades (or should I say hearts?). The hotel is offering a Valentine’s break of a two-night stay with breakfast each morning, a bottle of Champagne and a red rose on arrival (delightfully old skool), a couples’ spa treatment, a six-course Valentine’s menu in the Great Western restaurant on one evening and dinner in Smith’s Brasserie the other night, all for £750.
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
My final suggestion takes the romantic concept to its ultimate conclusion – a place to propose. Plus it has the bonus of being in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Edinburgh. Here’s the plan: sneak the ring and a bottle of fizz in your bag and suggest a stroll around the historic Stockbridge area of the city. Tucked behind New Town, this spot seems untouched by modern life – particularly as you stroll amongst the birdlife by the Water of Leith. When you arrive at the crumbling 18th century well (a popular spot for romantic fools like yourself), whip out your bag’s contents and pop the question, in the hope your love will be so entranced by the natural beauty that they will immediately agree. Now toast your future together and head off to walk possibly one of the loveliest roads I know, the Royal Mile, at the top of which is your entrancing hotel, The Witchery. Nothing touches this oak panelled, tapestry-strewn 17th century gem for romance. Think Jacobean tavern owned by hedonistic millionaire. Think red leather upholstery, theatrical swags and candle-lit murmurings. Got it? You’re welcome.
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