11 of the UK’s most romantic hotels

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.

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-back but stylish, with designer touches, soft lighting and rich fabrics complementing dark wood or stone walls. For those close to nature yet resolutely attached to fine interiors, the Farmhouse’s barn is wonderfully suited to intimate weddings. The restaurant serves all manner of excellent food – from confit shoulder of lamb with swede and parsley, to grilled squid with hazelnuts and chilli – 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 for your loved one at the farm shop.

Langdon Court Hotel, Plymouth

With its 16th-century setting, enchanting landscaped garden, South Hams country views and sweet boutique rooms 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 seasonally-changing, perfectly-presented plates at the enchanting, two AA Rosette-awarded restaurant; except dishes such as fried scallops with confit chicken wings, beef braised in shallots, red wine, mushroom and bacon, and charred sirloin with fresh roquette and béarnaise sauce.

Hannah’s, Winchester

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 the delightfully copious afternoon teas, to the 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 home-made granolas and baked goods for breakfast, as well as fresh fruit and yoghurt. Did we mention the bathtubs are big enough for two?

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, Elemis 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.

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 individual 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.

The Dunstane Houses, Edinburgh

Romance and luxury combine with panache at The Dunstane Houses, a four-star charmer set across two heritage buildings in Edinburgh’s beating heart. You’ll find 35 polished and romantic guest rooms here, offering up a lush blend of modern and timeless comforts – from the freestanding copper bathtubs and four-poster beds to plush sofas and pretty feature walls. When you aren’t exploring Edinburgh’s rich and eclectic dining scene, retreat to the Ba’ Bar for one of the city’s widest selections of premium craft spirits, or unwind over a seasonally-changing menu of fine Scottish fare at the restaurant.

No. 15 Great Pulteney, Bath

Combine the slow-paced city of Bath with a well-located boutique retreat, and you’ve perhaps the best combination for a romantic English escape. At No. 15 Great Pulteney, you’ll find 40 intricately-designed guest rooms that blend beautifully soft colour schemes with thoughtful decorative touches, feature wall murals and plenty of cosiness. Bath is known for its thermal waters, which the hotel’s bijou Spa 15 gives you a taste of through its cedar wood hot tub, barrel-shaped sauna and steam area – all set within a character-packed, stone-walled setting. Don’t miss a chance to dine at the on-site restaurant, where Sunday brunch is paired with free-flowing prosecco, and sharing plates are perfect for testing your and your loved one’s tastebuds. Should time allow, kick back over a delightful afternoon tea in the Sitting Room, where the hotel’s individual character shines brightest.

The Grove of Narberth, Wales

This intimate, multi-award-winning five-star retreat is at the top of its game for sophisticated romance-seekers. It offers a refined rural experience deep in the Welsh countryside, overlooking Narberth and the Preseli Mountains, by way of three AA Rosette-awarded fine dining (complete with a lauded wine list), four acres of stunning gardens, elegantly-styled guest rooms, and plenty of original period features that all perfectly complement the peaceful, meadowy surrounds. The accommodation here is located across four unique buildings – from the delightful main house to the 15th-century Bailiff’s Cottage – for a stay that’s guaranteed to suit your taste.

Cliveden House, Berkshire

As the 2015-2016 English AA Hotel of the Year, the five-star 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 (expect dishes such as lightly spiced Dorset crab, shellfish bisque, spice roasted native lobster, and chilled almond velouté).

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 refined fare made with the freshest produce (expect sweetbread veal with confit swede and aubergine, torched sole with scallop and roasted cauliflower, and Himalayan Salt chamber beef with truffle egg yolk), 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 horseback ride, slide into the hotel’s hot tub, glass of champagne in hand, to unwind and admire more breathless vistas.

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 seasonal produce are sliced, cooked and plated to perfection.

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