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Top 10 Hotels for Romantics

by Dinah Hatch

Valentine’s Day is on the horizon again and the perfect excuse to whisk a loved one away for a cosy night a deux. Book one of these sumptuous hidden gems and you’ll be a gazillion brownie points to the good with your other half.


Showing below are all 9 records in "Top 10 Hotels for Romantics"

The Petersham Hotel (Hotel)

Nightingale Lane, Richmond

The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, Surrey

For couples who want the attractions of the city but the beauty of the country, the Petersham ticks both boxes. Just a quick tube ride into the glamour of the central London, the hotel itself overlooks the Thames and is surrounded by meadows. A Portland stone staircase and marble tiled floors set the elegant tone of this Victorian beauty and the intimate dining room makes for a perfect romantic night in. Grab a room overlooking stunning Surrey countryside, order up some champers on room service and then spend Sunday walking hand in hand and admiring the deer in Richmond Park.

Atlantic Hotel (Hotel)

Dane Road, Newquay

Atlantic Hotel, Dane Road, Newquay, Cornwall

Calling all surfer couples (or those who just like the thought of being one!). Check into the Atlantic and you are just a relaxed stroll away from the centre of Newquay and minutes from some of the best surf beaches in the country. Once you’re done shooting the curl, head upstairs to clean up, avail yourselves of the roll top bath (if you can drag yourself from your gorgeous sea view) and then head down to Silks Bistro where small candle-lit tables are tucked under giant palm trees and the vibe is elegant but relaxed. Extra romance points here for the heated pool and hot tub with vistas across the Atlantic.

Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa (Hotel)

Climping Street, Climping

Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, Climping Street, Climping, West Sussex

Bailiffscourt is not all that it seems. To the untrained eye, it appears to be a medieval building with all the trimmings of buildings of that period. In fact, it was built as a love letter by Lord Moyne (Water Guinness of brewing fame) to Lady Moyne in 1927 in the style of the period because that’s what she loved. Now, if that’s not a romantic start I don’t know what is. High society swanned about amongst its antiques and stunning architecture until it became a hotel in 1948. These days think oak four poster beds, roaring fireplaces, tennis courts, your own beach, 30 acres of woodland walks and outdoor heated infinity pool. And a rose garden to propose in. Yes, we thought you’d like it.

The Dunstane Houses (Hotel)

4 West Coates/5 Hampton Terrace, Haymarket, Edinburgh

The Dunstane Houses, 4 West Coates/5 Hampton Terrace, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

Oh, who doesn’t adore the dark and brooding drama of Edinburgh’s landscape? A ten-minute stroll into The Haymarket, this high-Victorian mansion is set in two gorgeous houses across the street from each other and the design is true boutique. We are truly and wholly in love with the bold, dramatic colours and prints, oriental rugs and historic art and photographs that echo the owners’ family connections with both Edinburgh and Orkney. We are also hopelessly smitten with the roll-top copper bath with sweeping views at the window in the Dunstane suite. We don’t believe you will make it out of the luxury of your room but if you do, all-day Scottish dining and some of the finest spirits you’ll find in the city await you in the Ba’ Bar. Haggis bonbons, anyone?

Soar Mill Cove Hotel & Self Catering (Hotel)

Soar Mill Cove, Marlborough, Salcombe

Soar Mill Cove Hotel & Self Catering, Soar Mill Cove, Salcombe, Devon

Once you’ve been to Soarmill, you kind of always want to return. Is it the flower-festooned valley that it sits in? The fact you can stroll through this to the hotel’s own beach? Or the ridiculously romantic views out to sea? Hiking couples will adore this spot on the South West Coast Path but even if you’re more Miu Miu than mintcake, Soarmill will still enchant you. Think rockpooling, shallow sea swimming or curling up with afternoon tea at the picture windows. Want to take Fido with you? There’s even a small kitchenette where you can prepare your pooch’s meals before heading off for West Country Rib Eye of Cornish hake in the floor-to-ceiling seaview windowed dining room. Cheers!

Gliffaes Hotel (Hotel)

Gliffaes Road, Crickhowell

Gliffaes Hotel, Gliffaes Road, Crickhowell, Powys

Oh, there’s a soothing beauty about this South Wales stunner amidst the moody Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons. Built by a Victorian clergyman back in 1885, Gliffaes sits in 33 acres of grounds and woodlands and overlooks the River Usk. Take a stroll along the water, browse the hotel’s own arboretum or get stuck into some serious game fishing (the hotel has five fishing beats to boast about). Or maybe just borrow the hotel’s tandem and take a loved-up journey through this lush countryside. If its sunny, bag a spot to cuddle up in on the gorgeous terrace – if Welsh rain takes over, make the most of Gliffaes’ roaring log fire. Rooms have four-posters, arboretum and country views and impressive period features.

The Elms Hotel (Hotel)

Stockton Road, Abberley

The Elms Hotel, Stockton Road, Abberley, Worcestershire

Halfway between Worcester and Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire, this Queen Anne corker has the feel of an exceptionally welcoming country house where they really don’t mind muddy wellies and soaking wet dogs. Flop down in giant leather armchairs to read the papers, take lunch on the terrace overlooking 10 acres of gardens or have a soak in the outdoor hydrotherapy pool – no one really gives two hoots what you get up to. Come nightfall, Brookes Restaurant has a relaxed feel that does not compromise the fabulous quality of the menu. Spa-loving couples should avail themselves of the thermal suite featuring ice fountain and cedar-clad sauna.

Audleys Wood Hotel (Hotel)

Alton Road, Basingstoke

Audleys Wood Hotel, Alton Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Dave and Davinia may well welcome you to Audley’s Wood with a loud cry and a friendly peck – well, guinea fowl can be like that. The hotel’s avian residents set the tone for Audley’s - smart, proud and very friendly. Think beautifully carved fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, excellent service and really good food and you have it about right here. We love the gilded mirrors and the dinner gong which really shout country house. If you really want to push the boat out, book the luxurious Jane Austen suite which boasts a large lounge with stunning oriental coffee table and bureau, its own fireplace and pretty lovely four poster. Fancy getting out and about? Take a nosey around Jane Austen’s house at Chawton to complete the Regency theme.

Airds Hotel & Restaurant, Port Appin, Appin, Argyll & Bute

Look. It does not get much more soppy and romantic than a night looking out over the shores of Loch Linnhe as the stars twinkle above you in this remotest of spots. We are suckers for the antlers on the wall and roaring fire in the hearth and Airds will certainly not let you down here. But it’s the glorious outside that is the real draw – spectacular red sunsets, the water lapping at the shore as you drift off to sleep and the wonderful cycling and biking routes around make this an idyllic spot for adventurous but luxury-loving couples. All 11 bedrooms in this one-time ferry inn are unique and well thought out – perhaps because the owners were once regular guests who simply fell in love with the place. Just like you will.

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