If you feel the need for some sheer indulgence then this is for you; a collection of the ultimate boutique holiday retreats by Romantic Retreats.
If you feel the need for some sheer indulgence then this is for you; a collection of the ultimate boutique holiday retreats by Romantic Retreats.
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.
A boutique bolthole for romantic winter skiing or a luxury summer retreat for alpine walks, outdoor activities and fresh mountain air. La Petite Cabane, located in the fabulous French Alps, is both. The dilemma is just when to go… NEW for 2017 with plenty of availability and an introductory 20% discount.
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.
Moorland View Cottage is a thatched, boutique holiday cottage in the idyllic 13th-century village of North Bovey, in the hills of Dartmoor National Park, Devon. Perfect for romantic breaks, honeymoons and mini moons, this beautiful cottage has an open log fire, oak-beamed rooms, huge copper bath for two, beautiful views from the window seats and a rose garden in summer.
It’s not often we find a romantic retreat which is located right on the beach. So when we came across Bank Top 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.
Hot tub heaven! Located on its own private island and surrounded by 35 acres of lakes, gardens and woodland, Kingfishers is a lodge unlike any other. Accessible across a private footbridge and complete with your own jetty, rowing boat and large hot tub, this romantic bolthole makes for a perfect Devon honeymoon retreat or short break getaway. On top of all this you will be greeted on arrival by Champagne and flowers.
This has to be one of our favourite romantic retreats. Somehow Chobbs barn ticks all the right boxes; a picture perfect character exterior, beautiful interior, private garden and a very warm welcome to one of Suffolk’s hidden gems. Owners Aly and Tim have pulled off something very special here, effortlessly combining old and new.
We love lazy days by the beach and this retreat puts you right on the front of the South English coast. Shaldon Beach Hut, in Shaldon, offers a luxury five star experience while allowing you to make the most of the sea just outside your front door.
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.
Little Derricott is a very romantic holiday cottage for couples in North Devon with some of the best beaches and stunning National Parks on your doorstep. This 17th century bolthole has been lovingly restored and now boasts luxury features such as a roll top bath, hidden flat screen TV and a superb hot tub.
An idyllic, one bedroom, detached, characterful eclectic cottage situated on the owners’ smallholding in the village of Tibthorpe. Stylishly renovated with great care and attention to detail, this romantic bolthole features underfloor heating and a cosy wood-burning stove. Perfect to come back to after a long day cycling, walking, bird watching or exploring the area.Opens in a new window
The Ardnamurchan peninsula has a reputation for being unique, the most westerly point in the UK, it is one of Britain’s last wildernesses and a perfect place to escape for romantics loving peace, quiet and stunning vistas. The peninsula is best reached using the Corran Ferry, only adding to the feeling of ‘getting away from it all’.
This sunny spot is a beautiful place to hideaway and we’ve found a charming little romantic bolthole for couples here. Honey Hedge has woodbeamed ceilings, a woodburner for cosy evenings and great sea views. We think it’s a great place to escape to enjoy Cornwall and some of the best south English coastline.
When you want to get away from it all, come to the Knoll. The Knoll is a luxury B&B which stands in beautiful grounds at the southern tip of Lake Windermere, surrounded by spectacular woodland. The latest addition at The Knoll is The Retreat, a large, self contained suite for 2 people.
A romantic one bed retreat with a modern take on a cottage interior, Abbotsea is ideally suited for those with an active lifestyle, giving you access to a shared swimming pool and tennis court as well as the great outdoors with the Jurassic coast on your doorstep. Dog friendly.Opens in a new window
Step back into time in this lovingly restored 14th century medieval Hall House. Full of charm and boasting many original features such as the huge Inglenook fireplace, panelled walls, oak beams and a fabulous medieval vaulted bed chamber, this romantic cottage close to London is guaranteed to impress. And to complete the whole experience there is a very pretty romantic cottage garden and vegetable patch with herb garden for you to use and enjoy. Pet friendly.
The quintessential Cotswold cottage, but with a difference… Moonstone sleeps 2, making this a very generous and luxury hideaway with features like a large country dining kitchen, private wrap around gardens, and a hotel style master suite with large flat screen TV, fabulous en-suite and his & hers walk-in wardrobes.Opens in a new window
The Penthouse at Darcy Mews is a fabulous luxury apartment for two with views across the river Swale in historic Richmond. Finished to a very high standard and designed with comfort in mind, this really is a 5 star holiday property.
Park House is a luxury Boutique Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the Lancashire Ribble Valley combining Georgian elegance with touches of contemporary style. Overlooking the 11th century Norman Church and its beautiful grounds in the centre of the historic village of Gisburn, Park House is surrounded by a fabulous choice of great pubs and restaurants.
The Retreat has got to be one of our most glamorous escapes. This luxury cottage, on the coast of Yorkshire, near Sandsend, was once the home to an American Vogue editor – and a little look at the pictures will show you why. With stunning gardens and beautiful interiors, the cottage looks like something straight out of the pages of a beauty magazine.
We have fallen in love with this southern escape. The beautiful rooms and maritime heritage of The Cottage in Charlestown have us dreaming of a week by the sea. This pint-sized grade II listed house is only 300 yards from the quayside in an olde worlde village – and a million miles away from modern city living.
With uninterrupted views of the sea loch and mountains beyond, Hill Cottage offers stunning self-catering accommodation in one of the UK’s most breathtaking settings. This is self-catering indulgence at its best and provides you with the highest standard of luxury accommodation. It features two baths – both designed to accommodate two people – one of which is outdoors on the secluded patio area overlooking the sea.
This stunning penthouse apartment is the perfect escape if you are looking for a view to knock your socks off. You can wake up feeling like you are on top of the world – and with the sea from Torbay stretching out beneath you on one side and leafy woodland on the other, you almost will be.
If you are looking for a truly inspiring escape then we think we’ve found the place for you. Treetop House is like nothing you have ever seen before, hand-crafted with a true designer’s eye. It is sat up by a gorge with a tumbling stream and panoramic views of the sea and island vistas of the West Highlands.
We think the Dordogne region of France is one of the most romantic places in the world. With castles, rivers, forests and fine wines around every corner, this sunny spot is a haven for fans of luxurious living. And, for those couples looking for a holiday to remember, we recommend the beautiful Château les Merles. This stylish and modern four star hotel is top notch.
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.
Rudding Park is an award winning romantic hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire. It was voted ‘No 1 Best UK Hotel’ by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2015, 2013, 2011 and 2010. So what makes Rudding Park such a great place for a romantic break away?
Lie back and take in the Cornish seaside sights and sounds from the comfort of your own bed… This harbour fronted bolthole has been meticulously restored with loving care and attention to detail and now offers romance, relaxation and charm to the discerning guest.Opens in a new window
The English Lake District is one of England’s most beautiful and romantic locations – with sublime fells and plunging valleys. Within this landscape is the village of Grasmere, home of the Romantic poets and a truly tranquil haven. You can enjoy your own spot between the daffodils at the luxurious hotel Rothay Garden.
New for 2017 with plenty of availability… The Clock Tower at Barton Court was built in the 18th century by Henry Lambert as part of an elaborate scheme to woo the local heiress. His plan of creating an exquisite property that she could not resist worked. She married him and they and their descendants lived happily at Barton Court for over 100 years.
This romantic cottage for couples is set in one of the greenest spots in England, the beautiful Eden Valley, and within the Yorkshire Dales National Park near the Lake District. This is a little haven of peace, and it makes an ideal romantic getaway. Shepherd’s Cottage has a historic heritage dating back to the 1500s when it was a lowly cattle barn. It has now been lifted to luxury status by award-winning owners. We think it’s got a lovely relaxed vibe, which makes for a laid back break.
New for 2017 with plenty of availability and a 20% introductory discount for stays during June, July and August. One of the most beautiful cottages in one of Suffolk’s prettiest villages; this is Blacksmith’s Cottage in Lavenham. With stylish nods to its industrial heritage, this former Blacksmith’s workshop has been painstakingly restored and effortlessly combines old charm with clean contemporary lines.
There are not many places where you are presented with a wheelbarrow on arrival, but at The Shepherd’s Hide it gives you a taste of the very special romantic break that awaits you. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this shepherd’s hut offers peace, seclusion, wildlife and a touch of luxury only one and a half hour away from the capital. And the wheelbarrow? An ingenious and fitting way to transport your luggage from the farmyard carpark to your shepherd’s hut.
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’.
Soak up the sea breeze and some southern English sun at this tranquil little port spot. The Cabin is a pair of tiny, renovated Grade II listed buildings, with their own courtyard – making it perfect for a week of alfresco eating, resting up, and generally have a grand time.
You can rely on The Cotswolds to produce the most picture perfect romantic cottages and this one is no exception. Daubeneys Stable mixes an eclectic and cosy interior with a gorgeous exterior, all set in a peaceful village location. And to top it all you can bring two well behaved pets with you so they get to enjoy this romantic break with you. Oh, and did we mention the shepherd’s hut? Enjoy!Opens in a new window
Deepwell Barn is the ultimate romantic retreat. With its 2 acres of private gardens, set in gorgeous countryside you have complete privacy to ensure that ‘away from it all’ feeling. Inside the double height open plan living area and mezzanine style bedroom add wow factor while the stylish antique furnishings add a touch of class. Pet friendly luxury.
Voted one of the top 5 most romantic holiday cottages by The Times in 2016, we knew we just had to include Knoydart Hide in our collection. This very special hideaway is a sharp, architect designed lochside holiday cottage with hot tub and infra red sauna, offering the highest levels of luxury and privacy in a breathtaking setting with the most stunning views. The Knoydart peninsula on the west coast of Scotland is reached by fast water taxi, ensuring you will instantly have that ‘getting away from it all’ feeling in what is one of the UK’s last wildernesses.
Heritage meets contemporary luxury in this former pump house. Now beautifully restored and converted with clever nods to its industrial roots, this romantic holiday cottage sits in an enviable position high upon the Yorkshire Moors above trendy Ilkley. No expense has been spared to give you a five star experience; from the Italian marble wet room, solid oak floors & doors, underfloor heating and gorgeous freestanding bath in the bedroom. And did we mention the views from the very private hot tub?
City chic meets country luxury; The Potting Shed offers the best of both worlds. Set in a private 100 acre estate in one of Yorkshire’s prettiest villages this bijou bolthole for two serves up stunning views from its 5 star accommodation. And in case you don’t fancy leaving this little retreat, the owners offer a complementary breakfast and supper service to match. Read on…
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…
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.
This patch of the world is a favourite with romantics. The historic charms of the Cotswolds will win you over with its thatched cottages and charming villages galore. Barnsley House offers a great starting point to wake up in luxury and enjoy it to the full. This country hotel has retained all the character of its 300-year history, and has added modern treats – a top class spa, restaurant and even its own cinema.
Dating back to 1624 and immaculately restored this beautiful little one bedroom boutique cottage simply oozes character. Asphodel Cottage has its own good sized garden and uninterrupted open country views. The cottage is located in the idyllic and peaceful village of Tarlton whilst being close to chic Cirencester and Prince Charles’ Tetbury.
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.
Effortlessly combining new and old, Austin is a chic two bedroom holiday cottage just outside of historic Richmond. Set around a private courtyard and with a gorgeous hot tub boasting countryside views, you can relax in style all year round. Pet friendly.
Perfectly located between the wild Yorkshire Dales and the beautiful Lake District, The Pump House is a perfect romantic bolthole for couples wanting to explore this stunning area. Appleby is a small market town bustling with character and there is so much to see and do in this area. A very cute cottage for couples wanting a cheeky break away.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
Romantic can also be contemporary… How about this pint-sized cottage combining beachside cool and loft style luxury. With a custom built super king bed, dressing room, vaulted ceilings and two flat screen TV’s, this is a perfect designer bolthole. Nestled in the artist town of St. Ives it’s near the turquoise waters and golden beaches as well as trendy bars and boutique shops.Opens in a new window
Country chic meets the good life at the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel in the glorious Wye Valley. With boutique style rooms, freestanding baths under beamed ceilings, culinary delights created with home-grown ingredients and an unstuffy atmosphere, this is a hidden gem not to be missed. Dog friendly.
Amity is a pint-sized, picture perfect hideaway for two and offers the perfect retreat in North Devon. Located in the grounds of the impressive Pickwell Manor with its beautiful gardens and stunning views, this romantic cottage is only a stone’s throw from the beach. What makes it extra special is its seclusion and privacy, ensuring you will have the ‘get away from it all’ feeling during your break.
Plenty of availability for 2017… 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
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.
This tranquil retreat offers a taste of Cotswolds country luxury. Situated in the village of Barnsley, this three bedroom haven is only an hour’s train trip from London, and offers a complete break from the madness of city living. To give you the best of both worlds this cottage is linked with Barnsley House Hotel next door – this way you can enjoy its spa, show-stealing gardens and cinema from the privacy of your separate little nook. This luxury retreat would make a perfect escape for a family.
This is an ideal holiday pick-me-up for couples who want to take some time out together in the countryside. The cheery rooms in Primrose Cottage – with its romantic oak beams and cool white walls – make it a haven for those who crave country simplicity and a little luxury. Its location, in Marnhull Village, in the heart of Dorset’s Blackmore Vale, provide a great southern escape.
Be lulled to sleep by waves and sea breeze at this beautiful harbour retreat in Cornwall. We think The Studio is one of the prettiest seaside escapes you could wish for…This retreat is pint-sized, open plan and beautiful, with wooden rafters across the ceiling and natural white light flooding in through the windows. Wake up in a sumptuous bed for a day of seaside bliss.