It’s not often we find a romantic retreat which is located right on the beach. So when we came across Top Bank Cottage, we just knew we had feature it as part of our collection. Not only does it have the most fabulous sea views from its living room and private terrace, it is also located on one of the UK’s finest white sandy beaches, Druridge Bay in Northumberland. All in all a picture perfect honeymoon retreat.
This snug little hideaway is an ideal retreat for couples who are seeking a sea breeze and all the amenities of a seaside town. A spectacular sunrise can be sought from the nature reserve a few minutes walk from the cottage. And a spectacular sunset can be enjoyed at Kimmeridge Bay. Rumpus Cottage, in South East Dorset, is a calm and cosy retreat with oak beams and a nostalgic feel – perfect for a quiet getaway.
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.
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.
Take in the great outdoors from the sublime indoors. With its unique barrel shaped roof and huge windows the lines between inside and out are blurred in this one-off architect designed holiday cottage. This theme continues with the fab outdoors freestanding bath, large enough for two to soak up the views.
A stunning detached stunning natural stone and turf roofed cottage with views across the Atlantic Ocean. With its wood burning stove, sauna and panoramic views this cottage has everything to give you a very relaxing and romantic break in Scotland. Dog friendly.Opens in a new window
A boutique retreat of the highest degree. Hatchway Lodge combines luxurious materials, classic furniture and immaculate taste to create one of the most sumptuous boltholes we’ve seen. Sink into the massive carved bed, relax in front of the wood burning stove or take in the stunning countryside views from your patio, this place has it all. Dog friendly.Opens in a new window
A beautifully restored former cart lodge, this cottage combines modern comforts and stunning open plan living with character features such as a wood burning stove, beamed vaulted ceilings and original flooring. Set in a secluded position with lovely views through the huge sliding doors this romantic bolthole offers everything for a perfect getaway in Sussex. Dog friendly.Opens in a new window
We think this must be one of the most idyllic places to stay for a romantic break in the pretty Lincolnshire Wolds. Hill Farm Cottage is a boutique retreat tucked away in a pretty village between rolling hills and surrounded by fields, country cottages, historic churches and some of the best beaches in the UK, making it a perfect honeymoon cottage in Lincolnshire.
This is one of the most charismatic retreats we know and will provide you with a luxury break to remember. Set among the stunning scenery of the Island of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, Beach Bay Cottage is a really beautiful retreat stepped just back from the white sands of Uig Bay.
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.
Malt Cottage is a unique 15h century hall house oozing charm and character. Owners Sara and Kevin have put their heart and soul into this gorgeous bolthole in historic Nayland on the banks of the pretty river Stour - and it shows!
This is a gorgeous, snug retreat for couples who want their own little space away from the world, in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside. The Bastle is a Grade II listed, fortified farmhouse built in Tudor times, with a whole bunch of character and no luxury spared. You can find it close to the market town of Hexham, and Newcastle, Carlisle, some stunning coastline or even the Lake District are all within easy reach.
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.
In the heart of the Sussex High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the depths of a lovely garden sits this tranquil old cottage. Completely self contained, it allows you to relax in its peaceful surroundings in considerable comfort. The owners have done everything to combine many of the luxuries of a top hotel with the charm and freedom of your own country cottage.
Wake up to this! 1 Coedyrhygen is a beautifully converted former stable in open countryside, on the owner’s stud farm, overlooking the lake of Trawsfynydd. Here you truly are in the heart of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park and this romantic cottage offers the opportunity to really get away from it all.
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.
Oak Tree Barn certainly knows how to impress. Its double height ceilings and open plan layout give it a wonderful light and airy feel and the contemporary interior with oak flooring and kitchen only add to this sense of luxury. Light floods in from the two sky lights and from your bed you can enjoy views over the surrounding countryside.
What can be more romantic than the English garden; roses, topiary, a riot of colour. We headed south to the Kent / Sussex border to visit some of the UK’s most romantic gardens. The area has some very romantic vistas with picture perfect cottages, grand estates, rolling countryside and has managed to somehow keep its rural feel, despite being relatively close to the capital.
A cute Cotswold cottage? Or a rugged retreat? What works for our romantic roving reporter? Read Helen’s post on her ideal romantic honeymoon cottage.