Lovebirds, rejoice: with so many hotels offering up mounds of comfort and sophisticated seclusion, you’ll be spoiled for choice on your next romantic break. Whether you’re after secret gardens, bold views or a very plush bed to hide away in all day, we’ve picked out some of the country’s top spots – working our way up from Plymouth to Scotland‘s lovely lochs.
Barnsley House, Gloucestershire
An upgraded home away from home, the finely furnished Barnsley House ticks all boxes for an indulgent stay. Set in the Cotswold village of Barnsley and surrounded by landscaped gardens, this delicate domain is home to calming and character-packed rooms and suites, as well as a farm cottage you’ll want to snatch up for yourself. You’ll love the spa and skincare centre – just a winding path away from the main building – where fluffy robes, Aromatherapy Associates treatments, an exquisite hydrotherapy pool and contemporary facilities steal the show. The hotel’s gem? A temple, tucked away in the verdant garden and overlooking a small lake, for more intimate occasions.
Langdon Court Hotel, Plymouth
With its 16-century setting, enchanting landscaped garden, South Hams country views and sweet boutique rooms – each adorned with floral patterns and pastel hues – Devon‘s Langdon Court Hotel is quite the lovebird’s nest. It’s as much a treat to the eyes as it is to the palate. Freshly-baked high tea pastries and cakes will whet your appetite for dinner – during which you can try perfectly-presented plates at the AA Rosette-awarded, MasterChef-headed restaurant; dishes off the tasting menu include foie gras with a celeriac velouté, hand-dived scallops with parsnip and white chocolate, and artichoke cheesecake with banana and passion fruit.
Number Thirty Eight, Bristol
For a cool and contemporary twist, make for Number Thirty Eight hotel in Clifton – Bristol’s scenic suburb, home to an imposing suspension bridge and stacks of colourful houses. Despite its unassuming exterior, this new townhouse hides ten seriously stylish rooms as well as panoramic views over the Clifton Downs. The rooms are simple yet tastefully-decorated, and feature mid-century furnishings in a display of Mad Men-meets-seaside-chic design. Lovely in-room touches include waffle dressing gowns and REN bathroom products, while breakfast is a treat to wake up to (opt for scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, or keep it light with fresh fruit and granola).
Cliveden House, Berkshire
The 2015-2016 English AA Hotel of the Year Cliveden House gives romance an elegant new name, and is a must-visit for those seeking once-in-a-lifetime opulence. Set in Berkshire’s beautiful countryside, this 350-year-old property offers an escape amongst 376 acres of Grade I-listed gardens and parkland, and fine hospitality alongside exquisitely-furnished rooms. Sip champagne and watch the sun set as you ride down the River Thames on a restored vintage boat, and make your way back indoors for a refined dinner at the award-winning restaurant (think grilled mutton cutlet, salt-cured duck liver, and warm date and walnut cake with wine for dessert).
The Samling, Windermere
Spread across 67 verdant acres by the gorgeous Lake Windermere, The Samling has all the traditional staples for a quintessentially English stay – from a delectable afternoon tea, to Michelin-starred fare made from the freshest produce, to atmospheric Victorian-themed rooms with views over the gardens, surrounding woodlands and lake. After a day strolling around pretty villages, taking on the Lake District‘s walking trails or saddling up for a scenic horseback ride, slide into the hotel’s hot tub with a glass of champagne in hand, to unwind and admire more breathless vistas.
Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire
Split into a cottage, main house and cabins, the modern yet timeless Soho Farmhouse puts a chic spin on rural living. The rooms are pared-down but stylish, with designer touches, soft lighting and rich fabrics complementing dark wood or stone walls. For those close to nature yet attached to fine interiors, the Farmhouse’s barn is wonderfully suited to intimate weddings. The restaurant serves all manner of excellent food – from vegan flatbread with chickpea dip to tiger prawns with grilled fennel – and the Cowshed Spa offers treatments, cycling classes and grooming services, as well as an irresistible indoor-outdoor pool, steam room and sauna. Don’t forget to pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers and wine at the farm shop upon check-out.
No. 131, Cheltenham
Set in a restored Georgian Grade II listed villa, the homely No. 131 in Cheltenham is a fail-safe for lovers and lovers of beautiful design. After a pampering bath in a tub that dates back to 1875, slide under Egyptian cotton linens and marvel at the finest details that make up your room – from David Hockney artworks and velvet sofas to sleek lamps and antique radiators. Should you ever want to leave your room, a formidable culinary experience awaits in the restaurant, where local and organic produce are sliced, cooked and plated to perfection.
The Lodge on Loch Goil, Argyll
With its incredible loch views, a restaurant serving seasonal Scottish fare, and unique accommodation to suit every mood, The Lodge on Loch Goil certainly lives up to its five-star rating. No venue will make you feel more special: made for exclusive use and ideal for intimate weddings and get-togethers, this property is a real treat – whether you’re staying in the Lodge’s vintage-inspired rooms, the more intimate Summerhouse or the quaint Carrick Castle. Available for private dining, its secluded and rustic Treehouse is the cherry on the cake. The Lodge is approximately an hour’s drive from Glasgow International airport – though you can also reach it by train, boat or seaplane.
This lovingly-restored B&B and former livery is a thing of dreams: set off Winchester’s high street and just over an hour’s drive from the South Downs National Park, it features attentively-designed interiors throughout – from the warm and welcoming honesty bar, to its three individually-designed rooms brought to life with floral touches, cosy linens, soft lighting and pastel hues. After a restful night, you’ll get to enjoy freshly-made fruit juice, home-cooked bacon, sausages and eggs, and specially-blended teas and coffees. Did we mention the bathtubs are big enough for two?
The Zetter Townhouse, London
Stepping into this hip Georgian townhouse is not unlike wandering into a modern-day scene out of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Its 24 guest rooms are bold, vibrant and filled with eccentric British-themed style, while the red-walled Seymour’s Parlour bursts with kooky charm. It’s an ideal getaway for those seeking a truly distinctive stay in the heart of London – and best of all, the entire hotel is available for private hire should you wish to pull out all the stops. Set in Marylebone, it’s only moments from the area’s boutique shops and pubs.
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