romantic retreats ~ a handpicked selection

Welcome to Romantic Retreats ~ a handpicked selection of the most romantic hotels and luxury holiday cottages in the UK

We're kicking off July with an old favourite - we're really pleased to welcome back the highly acclaimed Moorland View, a romantic cottage on Dartmoor that takes luxury to a new level. New in Sussex is the very cute Little Barn in Piltdown, only an hour and a half from London's city center. A little further north we have added Candlelight Cottage, a perfect base for exploring the romantic Peak District.

If you are the kind of couple who want a really dramatic escape, and a place that will stay with you, then Cuil Moss Cottage near Fort William could be the one. Set in stunning scenery this former shepherd's bothy offers a perfect romantic break in Scotland.

We have also found the beautiful Water Cottage, in one of South England’s most beautiful villages - Kersey, a favourite subject for artists. And how about The Tryst - in the stunning Suffolk village of Lavenham or Little Priory in Blythburgh, just a few miles from the sea.

Add to that two new properies in Yorkshire. Firstly The Hayloft is situated in the grounds of the beautiful Partick Brompton Hall - a stunning conversion fusing the old with the new. Secondly The Byre is a fresh and contemporary escape near the coast at Whitby.

Head South to Cornwall and you'll love Honey Hedge, a charming little bolthole for couples in a magical location near the sea. In Norfolk we found Lilac Lodge, a perfectly formed cottage for two perfectly located near the Norfolk Broads.

In June, we found Rothay Garden, one of the finest hotels in The Lake District with fabulous food served in the stunning new Garden Restaurant as well as a the brand new spa. If you prefer to head south then try the newly converted Apple Loft - a perfectly formed luxury cottage in Devon with a very romantic free standing bath...

We are romantics at heart and here are our latest getaways for couples. In May we found Brambles, a super luxury hideaway by tranquil woodland in the Royal Forest of Dean. We also welcomed Monks Cottage, a historic cottage getaway for romantics in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. And we found a stunning Scottish retreat Treetop House with some of the most beautiful rooms - and one of the best views - we have ever seen. Finally there's a real little slice of luxury joining our team too, at Springfield Cottage, in Devon. 

Meanwhile, in April we treated ourselves to a romantic break in Suffolk and were warmly welcomed by Aly and Tim of Chobbs Barn which we have now added to the site - we highly recommend it. 

For a well deserved romantic weekend break in Devon we suggest you give Lake View a try; located on the beautiful 32-acre Millbrook estate near Barnstaple. Other newcomers for April were Cotwolds luxury hotel Barnsley House and nearby Home Farm Cottage; a beautifully appointed luxury cottage in The Cotswolds. Both offer superiour accommodation in some of England's most romantic countryside.

In April we found the Shepherd's Hut, luxury on a tranquil Shropshire farm. This escape will impress anyone who craves a countryside break. For a romantic  escape in the city, head to Edinburgh where Holyrood Cottage puts you right on the cusp of this city's great atmosphere. Or, if you want to completely unwind in the country we recommend The Old Workshop, with its light, airy and contemporary feel, or Shepherd's Watch - one of the nicest Shepherd's huts we've come across. Both are set on a peaceful organic farm in the pretty Somerset countryside.

In February we found Garden Cottage, a luxury rural retreat with a lovely rustic vibe near the tranquil Norfolk coastline. We also found The Retreat, in Yorkshire, and it's got to be one of our most glamorous escapes. It was once the home to an American Vogue editor – and a little look at the pictures will show you why. 

On one of our walks in the area we discovered a picture perfect little hideaway with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. A warm welcome to Church Brow Cottage in the trendy Cumbrian town of Kirkby Lonsdale!

This one is a real find; The Count House at Okeltor mine on the borders of Cornwall and Devon has everything for that much needed 'get away from it all' feeling. For some sumptuous luxury and style we think you'd struggle to do better than Pauntley Court Holiday Let, part of an enchanting country house on the edge of The Cotswolds. If you want a fresh air break then take a peek at the rustic Cumbrian retreat Harry's Barn, in the unspoiled oasis of the Eden Valley. Or, how about these three gorgeous romantic cottages in rural Suffolk; Woodfarm House is a generous farmhouse brimming with character and great for a break with friends or family. Alde Barn is a perfect retreat for two, combining huge oak beams and antiques mixed with modern furnishings and a relaxing atmosphere. And the Granary Barn is every romantic's dream - a gingerbread house-style retreat with bags of country charm and a bedroom to die for...

Also new for 2014 are Spoutscroft Cottage, tucked away in the Yorkshire Dales, in the beautiful village of Austwick. Then there is Cat’s Cradle - a lovely Suffolk farm worker's cottage in the heart of the Stour Valley, less than 90 minutes from London. And take a peek at Lavenham house with 15th century charm and all the romance of inglenook fireplaces and market village views.

In December, we found a beautiful retreat in the blustery country landscape that inspired Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte. Romantics, check out Higher Scholes Cottage in Haworth, Yorkshire. In November we fell in love with The Cottage in Charlestown, Cornwall - it had us dreaming of a week by the sea. We also found a true gem in Hampshire. 62 Middlebridge Street is a charismatic town house on the edge of the New Forest.

In October we welcomed Goose Cotts - a Hereforshire retreat with a warming woodburner and stunning country walks right from the doorstep. We have also found The Stables at the Rookery - a luxury five star Gold Award cottage in the romantic Cotswold countryside. Next we met Combe Thatch House, a picture-postcard retreat with grand countryside grounds in Devon. We found the sumptuous Candle Cottage, set in the Derbyshire hills near the quaint village of Winster. We were also very impressed by the sophisticated Montpellier Apartment, looking out across the beautiful Montpellier Gardens in Cheltenham. For couples looking for a peaceful bolthole, we also found The Garden Flat nearby. And we welcomed The Bothy, a luxury eco-retreat in the heart of rural Lincolnshire - which will particularly tickle your tastebuds if you like good food.

We started September of with an absolute show stopper - The Garden Rooms at Fasque House, which must be one of the most luxurious places in our collection; ideal for a romantic honeymoon in Scotland. The Cotswolds are still proving to be one of the most popular romantic destinations so we were pleased to welcome Dovenby Cottage to our website - a newly converted cottage with good availability and a special offer. For a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of our capital we think it doesn't get any better than Brook Cottage in idyllic Dedham - one of the prettiest villages in Essex. For those who prefer pictoresque Ironbridge we've spotted The Look Out - a cute bolthole for two with a very reasonable pricetag. If you fancy a retreat near the rugged coastline of Cornwall we can recommend Abbey Stables - lovingly restored in the historic and vibrant seaside town of Penzance. Check out Tom’s Barn, in the peaceful Derbyshire countryside. From outside, this rural Midlands retreat still resembles an 18th century cowshed but inside it’s a five star. And, next door, it the equally luxurious Douglas's Barn, ideal for a couple seeking a peaceful escape. Rumpus Cottage is another luxury cottage for two in beautiful Dorset - we're sure you could easily make up an excuse to go and stay...

This August, we found four spectacular retreats for couples. We said hello to Primrose Cottage, a luxury oak-beamed retreat in the Dorset countryside, ideal for two. We also found the gorgeous riverside escape Boat Cottage, near Shakespeare's home, in Welford-on-Avon. Take a peek at its tranquil river jetty, its quant little thatched roof, and its luxury kingsize bed. And, for fans of the countryside, there's the artist's dream The Lovejoy Studio, in Essex. Or, if you love English villages and fresh air, we also teamed up with the beautiful wood-beamed Lovejoys next door - so pretty that they filmed the Lovejoys TV series in the village.

In July, we welcomed the Shaldon Beach Hut, on England's south coast, offers a luxury five star experience while allowing you to make the most of the sea just outside your front door. We have also found the luxury apartment The Lighthouse, a romantic Torquay retreat with panoramic views across Torbay. Or how about a boutique holiday cottage in Somerset, only 2 hours away from London and soon to be featured in the glossy magazine '25 Beautiful Homes'. And to tempt you even more we've even got you an exclusive 10% off for early bookings. READ MORE »

During May and June we added tranquil Cornish hideaway The Cabin and gorgeous coastal escape The Cottage in Rye to our colection of luxury holiday cottages for couples. We also welcomed the beautiful Dovecote Cottage, a three storey roundtower tucked away in the Wye Valley. New to Romantic Retreats is Gesail Barn, a spectacular hideaway in the rugged countryside of the Cwm Cywarch Valley, in Welsh Snowdonia. And joining our family of romantic escapes is The Studio, in the tranquil harbour of Charlestown, in Cornwall - a beauty spot on the very southern coast of England. Last but not least: the historic Argyll Coach House to our team, with its unique interior and great location for exploring Cirencester and the Cotswolds.

We were busy in April! First we welcomed Memorial Cottage, a very romantic cottage in the lovely village of Eyam near Bakewell in the Peak District. We're also proud to feature The Orangery at Frampton Court, a breathtaking historic building on the edge of the Cotswolds, as well as the very special Framton Court B&B itself. This might seem impossible to match but how about this fabulous Rapunzel's dream in the stunning scenery of Wales' Gower Peninsula. Then there's Lane End Cottage, another irresistible hideaway in the romantic town of Warkworth, Northumbria, as well as many others to come... I think we might need a break ourselves!

In March we added Hill Cottage, a spectacular cottage in a breathtaking position near Cape Wrath in the Northern tip of Scotland. Read more »

If you fancy heading south to the lovely Devon countryside try Westcott Cottage; perfect for couples who would like to replace the sound of ringing phones and car traffic for birdsong and a babbling brook.

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. Nestled in a picturesque village just 5 miles from Cambridge, Blackbird Cottage is a 17th century, grade II listed, thatched cottage - perfect for a romantic getaway in Cambridgeshire.

High House Cottage is a country retreat in The Cotswolds. Inside: bright and airy with lots of original artwork, outside: impressive landscaped gardens and Grade II listed character. Borleymere shepherds hut is a very, very romantic glamping holiday in an incredibly idyllic setting by the side of your own lake - perfect in every way. Just newly available so with plenty of availability!

We've discovered a gem of a boutique B&B in some of Lancashire's most beautiful countryside. Park House in the pretty historic village of Gisburn oozes charm and luxury and is centrally located for the market towns of Skipton and Clitheroe, with plenty to do and see. Read more »

If you're a fan of windy country lanes, gently rolling countryside, incredibly pretty villages and character properties then check out our latest two entries from Suffolk. Stour Barn is a perfect combination of new meets old and makes an ideal romantic cottage for couples. Oakleys is a generously proportioned 15th century long hall in the pretty village of Long Melfort and comes with bags of character and the latest in technology - a perfect luxury cottage in Suffolk if you'd like to bring the kids or other family members.

Foxton Locks Lodges is an idyllic retreat tucked away in the heart of rural Leicestershire. Badger’s Set is a romantic one-bedroom cabin designed with its own private hot tub and large veranda with country views - Read more »

Bailbrook Lodge is a beautiful Georgian Grade II listed building is set in it own private grounds and close to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath. Bailbrook Lodge specialises in romantic breaks in Bath and there are endless options of things to see and do. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, proposing to your loved one, or just want to spend some quality time together, Bath with its intimate size and laid back atmosphere is the perfect destination for a romantic break - Read more »

Escape to an enchanted valley in South Wales, awaken to river views, and explore the bluebell woods which surround this converted Watermill. Enjoy a BBQ in the cosy BBQ hut or swim all year round in the Swim4Spa. New on the site: Carders Corner at Godremamog Watermill - Read more »

A new arrival from West Wales - Awel-For means sea breeze in Welsh; a well chosen name as this very cute little fisherman's cottage is located only 150 yards from the beach near Aberaeron. This picture perfect cottage has been decorated and furnished with great care and attention to detail making it a beautiful and cosy seaside retreat. No wonder it was voted as one of the Sunday Times Top 100 UK Cottages in 2010! Read more »

Now on Romantic Retreats; a romantic hideaway, tucked away in a beautiful part of The Lake District with plenty of breathtaking walks from the doorstep, yet only minutes away from bustling Keswick - award winning Swinside Lodge Hotel combines the best of both worlds. Also on the site: something very unusual and cosy - a lovingly restored romantic Romany bow top gypsy wagon in the beautiful Welsh countryside, complete with log cabin for additional living space. Perfect for a romantic break with a difference! Read more »

This week's latest arrival is Rose Cottage in Devon - 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 as a honeymoon cottage or for romantics fancying a luxury break in Devon as it boasts an amazing double copper bath and large private hot tub in the garden. Read more »

Recently added to the site: The Cottage in the Garden must be one of the most idyllic cottages in Sussex with a picture perfect interior and some of the best views in the county. Ivydene House is a gorgeous B&B on the border of Gloucestershire and Worcesteshire where owners Rosemary & Peter offer fantastic hospitality in luxury surroundings. For a romantic and truly relaxing rural retreat we recommend Penyrallt Fach Cottage, set in the beautiful Welsh countryside with hundreds of miles of walking paths to explore from your doorstep. Darzona at Pencuke Farm, a beautifully appointed and generous luxury holiday cottage for two near Bude in Cornwall. Also new is The Retreat at The Knoll is one of the best luxury hideaways in the beautiful Lake District, close to the shores of Lake Windermere - Read more »

With the Yorkshire Dales being a firm favourite among the visitors on this site, we are excited to welcome two fabulous cottages by Yorkshire Boltholes on board: Ashknott Cottage near Ripon and Bewerley Hall Cottage near Pateley Bridge - both equally gorgeous so it's hard to choose!

New on the site: Roxbro House, winner of the Tripadvisor 2012 Traveller's Choice Awards and listed best hotel in Northumberland on the same site. Read all about it »

We're also listing another romantic cottage for couples in the most fabulous location - The Owlery at Dittiscombe is located near some of Devon's best beaches and has access to over twenty acres of private open space with ponds, woodland and meadows. Read more »

We're now listing our first luxury holiday cottage in Lincolnshire that also happens to take its eco credentials very seriously. Read more about the Hayloft, a luxury barn conversion in Lincolnshire »

We welcome a new arrival in some of Devon's most spectacular scenery; Little Shotts is a unique B&B / holiday cottage oozing charm and set in between the sea and Dartmoor National Park. Read more »

We have our first arrival on the site from Somerset! Court Farm Cottage is a stunning cottage in a fabulous setting and we have an exclusive introductory offer for you: 10% discount on all bookings made before the end of January 2012 - click here for more info »

We've also updated our listing for Rudding Park - it was voted 'No 1 Best UK Hotel' by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2010 and 2011 - click here to read just why!

We'd like to welcome two new arrivals in Snowdonia National Park on our site: Bwthyn y Gilfach - a very romantic cottage set in some of Wales' most breathtaking scenery as well as The Coach House - a perfect retreat which gets fantastic reviews from past guests.

We've just added some great new romantic luxury cottages to our site, this time in what we think is probably the most beautiful part of Scotland: the west coast of Argyll! Most of these hidden gems have plenty of availability too but be quick as they're already proving popular! Click here to view them all »

Added recently to the site: Asphodel Cottage, a picture perfect cottage in the beautiful Cotswolds, Two Hoots, a luxury cottage in Rutland finished to the highest standard, Cobbs Cottage, a quintessentially English chocolate box cottage in a beautiful location, Groom's Cottage, a perfect retreat for a romantic break in Northumberland, a page dedicated to holiday cottages with special offers, an interactive map, 53 Durweston - a luxury cottage in Dorset, two very romantic cottages in Suffolk; Primrose Cottage (sleeps 2) is a charming 16th Century Cottage in the heart of Suffolks prettiest Hamlet; Kersey. And The Coach House (sleeps 2) is very special luxury retreat for couples - it has a very special feature of having its own lovely 17th Century Walled Garden - special indeed!

Recently added to the site: Updown Cottage, set in one of England's most iconic picture settings; 2 Chapel Lane, a beautifully finished luxury cottage in Rutland; Lavender Cottage near Whitby and finally a host of romantic luxury cottages in the Cotswolds.

We're proud to annouce the arrival of Combe House and Combe Cottage at Romantic Retreats! Combe House is voted one of the world's top hotels and perfect for that extra special romantic retreat. Combe Cottage has got to be one of the most luxurious self catering cottages in the UK with impeccable styling and beautiful features such as a copper roll top bath!

About us

Romantic Retreats was founded in 2007 by husband and wife team Konrad and Claire.

After spending many frustrating hours of trawling through brochures and website listings searching for that perfect romantic holiday cottage for our holiday we decided it was time to create our own website with the ultimate handpicked selection of the cutest, most stylish or simply most romantic holiday cottages.

We now have a small but high quality selection of romantic holiday cottages in The Lake District, Devon and Cornwall, the Isle of Wight, Scotland and many other places and will keep adding more and more cottages as time goes by. We are not a booking agency - the cottages listed will give you contact details of the owners or link to their website for more information. Some cottages will link to the availability page of Cottages 4 You and can be booked through them.

If you own a romantic holiday cottage or know someone who does and you would like to see it added to this website then please click here for more information.

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