We’re delighted to give our dear friends Tristan & Christelle’s teardrop trailer a plug on Romantic Retreats. Brand new and custom built, it is a great way to explore the West Country in a romantic vintage style. A teardrop trailer is a pint-sized caravan with a kitchen compartment at the back. It comes with a comfy double bed and all the paraphernalia you can image. You’ll even be able to enjoy this great little camper if you don’t have a tow bar - Tristan offers a drop off and set up service anywhere within a 30 mile radius of St. Austell.Opens in a new window
￼Unwind and get a taste of the good life at this unique retreat overlooking the Black Mountains. Little Trewern must be the smallest country house hotel we have come across; there is just one room sleeping two people. But it’s not just its size which makes this romantic getaway on the Welsh Borders so unique. Owners Simon & Rhiannon also use this retreat as a base for their inspirational woodworking and cookery courses. On top of that, all 3 course gourmet meals are home cooked and the ingredients are organically grown on site or locally sourced. And best of all, when you book a two night romantic break, they are included in the price of your stay.
When city living gets too much we know where we would love to escape. Lovejoys is a romantic wood-beamed home-away-from-home and is only 90 minutes from London. Leave the office at closing time and you could make it in time for tea. This Essex hideaway offers a spacious setting with famous connections. Remember the 1990’s BBC series Lovejoy? Well, its charming village scenes were filmed a only few metres from the front door.
The South of France is pretty irresistible if you are a fan of relaxed living, fine food and some easy going sunshine. That’s partly why we are sure The Gatehouse will be popular – its location, on the side of a country lake, in the beautiful châteaux-peppered region of Dordogne, makes it ideal for romantic couples. And then, there are a few other things we think you will like about this retreat too…
This quaint cottage has bags of cheery charm and its size makes it perfect for a loved-up couple. Dovenby Cottage, in the quiet Wiltshire village of Nettleton, is surrounded by country walking opportunities and the thatched cottages of the Cotswolds.
The Owlery is a perfect cottage for couples as it is situated in its own area of valley at Dittiscombe, with lovely views over the orchard and valley and close to South Devon’s finest beaches. This cottage is just 15 miles from majestic Dartmoor and some of the outstanding film locations for War Horse including Haytor Down.
Hideaway Cottage is a dog friendly Yorkshire country retreat located near the bustling small market town of Masham with many local attractions on your doorstep. This makes it perfect for a romantic break in Nidderdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty next door to the Yorkshire Dales National Park with plenty of walks, historic houses, cute villages, local individual shops and of course lots of great food and drink for you to enjoy.
A very special romantic retreat within the North York Moors National Park and only 10 minutes from the coast – Lavender Cottage is a beautifully appointed period property completely and tastefully refurbished, combining vintage finds, seaside paintings, local antiques and lots of luxurious fabrics. As featured in the December 2016 issue of ‘25 Beautiful Homes’.
It’s the little things that make all the difference. And Jenny and Owain of The Coach House at The Rookery have certainly got all those little things right. For instance the warm welcome including a tray laden with home-made cakes fresh from the Aga, a variety of of local produce and a bottle of wine from the nearby Bow-in-the-Cloud vineyard. Or the fluffy thick towels and extra-long bathrobes from The White Company, a free entry pass to the world-class Westonbirt Arboretum and even a babysitter service.
Dunsley is a romantic cottage for couples, in the pretty fishing port of Staithes. Completely renovated in 2011, it is bright and spacious over three floors, with an open fire, free WiFi, original artwork and a private front yard. Featured on Channel4’s Homes by the Sea (series 2, episode 2), Dunsley has a visitors’ book and in-house diary that proclaims, page after page, “We love Dunsley and Staithes, and we will return!” Little surprise then that this cottage has over fifty 5 star reviews on Tripadvisor and has been awarded their Certificate of Excellence.
This lovingly-renovated stone cottage is the kind of place that we dream of when the phones are ringing or we are stuck in traffic. The Stables at The Rookery offers a true break from the busy working world and is the perfect size for a couple. Its location, on the edge of the historic town of Malmesbury, in Wiltshire, offers guests the chance to explore the Cotswolds together from their own little romantic hideaway.
Once the home to the head gardener of Bewerley Hall, and dating back to the 1800’s, this romantic cottage bolt hole is all you need when staying in Nidderdale, Yorkshire. Overlooking the pretty green of Bewerley, hugged by a row of cherry trees and a classic red phone box, you really can have the best of both worlds staying here - enjoy the peace and quiet of this small village but then just be a five minute walk from Pateley Bridge, the main Dales town of Nidderdale.
This romantic 18th Century thatched cottage is situated opposite the church in the picturesque Portman Estate village of Durweston, in the heart of Dorset within an area of “Outstanding Natural Beauty”. Lovingly restored in 2009, No 53 Durweston is a luxury holiday cottage that boasts a huge traditional Inglenook, oak flooring, cob walls and beams.
If you have a creative streak then the large bright rooms in The Lovejoy Studio make this an inspiring place to be. The country landscapes around Belchamp Walter have attracted artists who live there as well as the popular TV series Lovejoy. Within an hour and a half from London, The Lovejoy Studio is a place to escape the hustle and bustle and find your feet again.
If you have ever dreamed of waking up in a Shepherds Hut in a wildflower meadow, tucked away beside a picturesque Mere with woodland around you and just birdsong and the rustling of leaves to listen to as your neighbours; then this lovely place is a real treat for you.
Rose Cottage is a romantic 18th century boutique hideaway with 21st century luxuries. The cottage oozes character with its wonky walls and beams, but has been lovingly updated in a French shabby chic style with Farrow and Ball paints and luxury wallpapers. Perfect for romantics fancying a luxury break in Devon it boasts an amazing double copper bath and large private hot tub in the garden.
Tucked by trees and a little pond, Gipping Barn is an oasis with a luxurious Hot Tub, just for couples, in sunny Suffolk. This romantic retreat is beautifully designed with huge oak beams, antique mixed with modern furnishings and a relaxing atmosphere. The barn is named after the river Gipping, which winds its way through the nearby countryside. From the outside, the traditional English barn has a country feel, with weatherboarding and massive oak trusses, beams and flooring on the inside.
We aren’t allowed to have favourites, but this retreat pulled our heartstrings. The Granary Barn is a gingerbread house-style getaway in rural Suffolk with bags of country charm making it a wonderful place to escape to with your partner. From the outside it looks like something straight out of Little Red Riding Hood – with wooden cladding and a peaked little roof. Situated just outside the village, down a country lane, it is sheltered in its own peaceful patch.
Beautifully designed with vaulted ceilings, massive oak beams and flooring, an eclectic mix of antique and modern furnishing and a mezzanine style bedroom, Orwell Woodfarm Barn offers a romantic break for two in a very relaxed setting down a pretty country lane just outside the little Suffolk village of Stonham Aspal. Oh, and did we mention it’s got a luxurious extra large private hot tub to boot?
Little Owl Cottage is a grade II listed romantic thatched cottage in Devon, with its own private hot tub in a garden overlooking the beautiful surrounding countryside. The cottage is hidden away in the small village of Knowstone, near Exmoor. The area’s Michelin Starred Pub, The Masons Arms (Michelin Pub of the Year 2010), is just stone’s throw away. Exmoor is an ideal place for a short break with plenty of activities available such as horse-riding, walking, visiting local villages and sampling the essential Devon cream teas! Little Owl cottage is close by the Two Moors Way.