This 1650’s cottage is very special luxurious retreat for a couple, as you see it is 5 Star luxury but with a very special feature of having its own lovely 17th Century Walled Garden to close out the world and its own wildflower meadow with nut and fruit trees and an ancient thatched Summer House where you can completely cocoon yourself in a wildlife sanctuary and gaze at the stars at night and keeping warm with cheerful pot bellied BBQ. Special indeed!
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.
We love quaint harbour hideaways and fresh walks by the sea – and this romantic retreat offers the best of both worlds. The Abbey Stables is tucked away in a quiet conservation area, a stone’s throw from the harbour-side in atmospheric Penzance, yet only a couple of minutes walk to Chapel Street, with its electic mix of shops, galleries, pubs, restaurants and cafes. If you fancy a car free holiday, it is a 5 minute walk to the train and bus station too.
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.
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.
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.
We love the West coast of Scotland and in particular the magical area around Ardfern, so we were delighted to find this romantic holiday cottage for two just a stone’s throw away from this village. This area between Lochgilphead and Oban is made up of a stunning mix of sheltered coves, rugged mountains, cute villages and breathtaking sea views across the inner hebrides. Can we start packing our bags please?
Peek inside this rural retreat and prepare to be stunned. Inside has the sort of sophisticated luxury feel you might expect from an urban design show. The Old Workshop is, in fact, in the Somerset fresh air, surrounded by the folds of a 260-acre organic farm. You can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Beautifully designed with vaulted ceilings throughout, massive Oak beams and flooring, an eclectic mix of antique and modern furnishing, this single storey 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.
We love the rolling Peak District hills and this is the pampered way to experience them. Douglas’s Barn is a five star romantic retreat, full of rural charm and contemporary luxury. This charismatic limestone bolthole is ideal for a couple seeking a peaceful escape, in the quaint setting of Orchard Farm, in Derbyshire.
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.
Well your writer here at Romantic Retreats is from Derbyshire and so her eyes lit up when this beautiful hideaway appeared. Candlelight Cottage is a relaxed home from home overlooking the sweet little village of Litton. It’s a lovely location and a close hop from Peak District towns like Bakewell and Buxton and famous sights like Chatsworth House.
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.
Groom’s Cottage is a luxurious romantic retreat set in a beautiful and peaceful location on the edge of Northumberland National Park. The cottage has been graded Four Star and awarded a Gold Award.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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 at Llansantffraed, Llanon in West Wales. This picture perfect cottage has been decorated and furnished with great care and attention to detail including walls clad in painted pine tongue & groove boards and a lovely roll top bath, making it a beautiful and cosy seaside retreat. Outside you’ll find a private hot tub with country views - no wonder it was voted as one of the Sunday Times Top 100 UK Cottages in 2010!
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.
Shakespeare had all the best lines – and his home county has some of the most romantic retreats. We love Boat Cottage for its tranquil river jetty, its quaint little thatched roof, and its luxury kingsize bed. We’d write you a sonnet if we could, but it might be best if you just take a peek for yourself.
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.
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
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’.
We definitely approve of the countryside sunsets you can enjoy from Apple Loft – they look stunning. From this little corner of Devon, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the county’s quirky little market towns. This open plan apartment is a relaxed place to run away to, and is the perfect size for two people.
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.
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.
This pint sized studio knows how to pack a punch. Offering bags of character, the owners have put lots of thought into creating the perfect space for couples wanting a romantic break in fabulous Ludlow. The central town centre location (with off road parking as a bonus) means you’ve got the best of Ludlow with its great pubs and restaurants right on your doorstep.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.
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 could be the one. It would certainly make an ideal mini-moon destination. We were won over by the views from this former shepherd’s bothy, with Scotland’s most famous mountains nearby and a whole lot of countryside to explore. Yes please.
This retreat is ideal if you want to feel pampered. It has incredible views, underfloor heating, a super king-sized bed, and if you are partial to a long soak in the bath you are in for a treat. Pauntley Court’s self catering escape is a bolthole created to help recharge your batteries in the countryside of Pauntley, on the edge of the Cotswolds.
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.
This is an ideal retreat for couples hoping for a super southern getaway in the Devon sunshine. Springfield Cottage is a luxury retreat near Bovey Tracey, on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. Its gardens are beautiful and its rooms are sumptuous – take a peek.
We think this is the ideal place to surprise and spoil your partner – it has a look of complete relaxed luxury. Water Cottage has all the history, and wooden beams, to take you back to the past, and it’s set in one of South England’s most beautiful villages. Kersey, a favourite subject for artist’s, will win you over in a moment. It’s a great retreat for Londoners, as it’s only 90 minutes away.
Head to the heart of the romantic Bronte countryside to discover a hideaway which mixes wild Yorkshire moors with luxury. Higher Scholes Cottage, next to the quaint town of Haworth, has its own hot tub, log fire and gorgeous four poster bed. The cottage has great views over the countryside that inspired the classic novel Wuthering Heights.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
Swinside Lodge is a small, owner run country house with stunning views of the Lake District Fells. Ideally situated for exploring the northern Lake District, Swinside Lodge has a great reputation for food and hospitality and has recently been voted in the top three Fine Dining restaurants in Cumbria. The seven bedrooms all have wonderful views of the surrounding fells and fields.
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.
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
Ice creams, golden beaches and cream teas. Or walks across Exmoor and a drive along rugged cliffs? Devon has it all, so it’s little wonder that it still is one of the country’s favourite holiday destinations. And for that special romantic break in Devon we have found a lovely little spot with glorious countryside views and an outdoor jacuzzi spa pool.
An idyllic, one bedroomed detached cottage set in unspoilt countryside, perfect for exploring the Cornish landscape with your canine friends. French doors open onto the large sun soaked patio with great views. Prepare to relax and unwind in this romantic getaway in Cornwall.Opens in a new window
The Coach House is a romantic Grade II listed holiday cottage which is receiving fabulous reviews from previous guests. No wonder, since this comfortable holiday cottage is bursting with character and charm making it a perfect base for a relaxing holiday or romantic honeymoon in Wales. The Coach House is completely self contained and is set amongst 3 acres of beautiful grounds with its own private sun terrace.
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.
Broadoaks boutique country house is nestled in the leafy Troutbeck valley which meanders it’s way to Lake Windermere. Set far enough off the beaten track to feel a million miles away but within 10 minutes of Windermere and Ambleside, this hotel offers easy access to all the Lakes has to offer but provides you with the peace and quiet you need to really relax.
Originally built to provide power to Ellary Estate, the Turbine House has recently been converted to provide luxury accommodation for couples in a romantic setting. Relax on the comfy sofas in the open plan lounge / kitchen with large patio doors or take in the scenery from a spacious decking area with views of the stream and the Loch in the distance. There is a comfortable bedroom and high spec bathroom giving this cottage a real sense of luxury.
Tucked away in it’s own hidden valley this romantic getaway is a stunning blend of both contemporary and rustic features including a hand made oak “tree bed”, cosy wood burner and indulgently sized wet room. With a mountain stream running past the front door and a Jacuzzi bubbling away in the private garden behind, this lovingly renovated stable is a slice of heaven in the heart of Mid Wales.
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
This beautiful new studio would make an ideal spot for a couple’s escape to the county. The Little Barn is hidden away in the rural Sussex hamlet of Piltdown, set between the trees near to the Ouse Valley Way. It’s a modern luxury retreat with a fresh feel – great for Londoners seeking a complete break, an easy hop from the capital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As runaway destinations go, this has got to be one of the best. The Isle of Scalpay is a peaceful Scottish island and, right on the beach, just 20 metres from the sea, is the lovely Keepers Cottage.
Cosy and luxurious, this is the kind of English cottage that makes you feel at home in an instant. Situated in the rolling countryside of the Peak District, a couple of miles from the pretty market town of Ashbourne, Swallows Cottage is a peaceful spot, ideal for a couple seeking an escape from the craziness of everyday life.
This is exactly the kind of cottage we like – a characterful retreat with a luxury feel and great access to nearby countryside and towns. Lilac Lodge, in the Norfolk village of Swanton Abbot, has been lovingly converted into a holiday escape for couples.
Situated among the rolling valleys and peaks of Derbyshire, Memorial Cottage is a cosy nook and is perfect if you’re looking for fresh air and fine walks. This hideaway is just a few minutes’ stroll from the centre of Eyam - a tranquil village with babbling brooks and quiet country scenes.
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
Headswood Cottage is set amidst beautiful wooded countryside with stunning views of the local fells and Lake Windermere. The cottage is a traditional Lakeland cottage with a fully equipped contemporary interior adjoining the owner’s fine home.
The great indoors set in the great outdoors. Linthwaite House is magically situated in over 14 acres of wooded hilltop gardens 400 feet above Lake Windermere. The conservatory and terrace look West so the sun sets when you’re having your pre dinner drinks, it really is a place to relax and unwind.
Brook Farm, a farmstead dating from around 1650 amid the lovely Welsh Marches countryside, sits in its own little valley - the farmhouse and its outbuildings are surrounded by woodland, a babbling brook, wild meadows and a lovely chaotic garden which owners Sarah and William started in 2003.
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.
We think this place is pretty special. The Isle of Scalpay is a Scottish island, home to two families and one of our favourite romantic retreats. If you like waking up to a view of the sea then this could be an ideal destination for your break, set just back from the shoreline. Garden Cottage is a hideaway with a long stretching view of the water and a warming atmosphere inside, all set in peaceful gardens.
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.
Tucked away in the Yorkshire Dales is the beautiful village of Austwick – and tucked inside this is the quaint Spoutscroft Cottage. This romantic retreat is off the beaten track and located in some of the nicest countryside around – with Malham Cove and the Settle peaks just next door.
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.
A rural and thoroughly romantic retreat, the Hayloft is an eco-friendly yet luxurious 18th century stable conversion. Situated close to the Wolds, Lincolnshire coast and the Fens this is a rural escape for those seeking peace and tranquillity.
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.
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…
We would drive to the East coast simply for the fresh sea air and the world’s best fish and chips. Now, we’ve found a great place to stay too. The Byre, in the popular village of Ruswarp, is less than three miles from the coast at Whitby. It’s a light, modern style retreat with an unstuffy feel to it. We think it’s a winner.
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.
Two chapel lane is a stone-built grade II listed cottage. Located in the heart of a pretty quintessential English village, it makes an ideal romantic retreat. There is a wood burner in the sitting room and kingsize bed in the main bedroom. The walled garden is ideal for al fresco dining with the lit church spire providing a stunning backdrop at night.
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.
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?
Tucked away in the unspoilt village of Tywardreath this romantic detached stonebuilt hideaway for two was once the robing room of the landed gentry for the beautiful village church next door. Tastefully modernized and equipped to a high standard the cottage is close by some lovely local beaches and is in the heart of “Daphne du Maurier” country.
This cosy cottage is set in one of the greenest spots in England. A Corner of Eden 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.
There is something about the countryside that is naturally romantic – on a sunny day it beats all the chocolates and red wine put together. If you love it like we do then you will love rural Herefordshire, and Goose Cotts is a great hideaway to share a fresh air break - with fantastic walks in the Brecon Beacons right from the doorstep. SUMMER OFFER - Now 10% off all remaining summer stays.
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.
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.
The Rose and Crown is an 18th century coaching inn set on the middle of three village greens in the picture postcard village of Romalkirk in the picturesque Teesdale valley. The Rose and Crown is, as The Sunday Telegraph phrased it, ‘seriously snug’ with its panelled walls, cosy sitting room, plenty of books and magazines, old prints and a crackling fire in the dog grate.
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.
Updown Cottage is a restored 16th century cottage in one of the most photographed and picturesque locations in Britain, literally half way up and half way down Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Otherwise known as ‘Hovis’ Hill, it was the location for one of the most famous advertisements - Ridley Scott’s ‘Boy on a Bicycle’ filmed in the 1970s.
Set high in the Derbyshire hills is an oak-beamed retreat with a sumptuous feel. Candle Cottage, set next to the quaint village of Winster, offers you the chance to explore the best of the Peak District from a romantic converted farm building.
If you feel the need for peace and quiet, clean air, green fields, old woodlands and sparkling seas then Penyrallt Fach is the ideal place for you to get away from the hectic pace of daily life.
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.
Head down a quiet country lane to a countryside break in beautiful grounds in the Royal Forest of Dean. This converted barn caught our eye with its striking light and sophisticated look, and its excellent location. It’s an ideal romantic nook to enjoy some of England’s most beautiful towns and natural wonders.
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.
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.
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
When it comes to romantic destinations Lavenham in Suffolk is the village of dreams; narrow cobbled streets lined with quirky timber framed cottages, all beautifully preserved and surrounded by glorious rolling countryside. And if quirky is your kind of thing then we would certainly recommend The Odd Cottage; a very cute and very quirky romantic bolthole for two. Pet friendly.
This romantic retreat is a true story of ugly duckling turned to beautiful swan. We just can’t get over the fact it used to be a cow shed. Now, Meadow Byre is a luxury escape for those seeking the charms of the countryside with no luxury spared.
Just look at that bed! This is a romantic luxury cottage with direct access to Tunstall Forest leading to Snape and the Arts & Music Centre there and onwards to the seaside at Aldeburgh. This luxury cottage will appeal to pet owners who want a more luxurious cottage and love authentic character, antique furnishings and great walks. The cottage also benefits from a bath and a cosy log burning stove.
English countryside lovers will fall for this place. And romantics will feel right at home. The Cotswold House Hotel and Spa is a boutique style affair, set in the heart of Chipping Campden, in Gloucestershire. It is an ideal escape for couples visiting the thatched chocolate box villages of the Cotswolds, and who enjoy being pampered in a hotel offering tranquillity, comfort, exceptional food and a stunning spa.
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.
This handcrafted little hideaway provides an ideal escape for couples searching for luxury near Lincoln. The Bothy, in the quiet village of Martin, is part of a converted stable with country oak beams and cosy corners. It is run by owners who are clearly keen to share their passion for local and organic produce. The Bothy is a special place for that perfect break away. And now your pet can enjoy it too!
This area is so romantic that the Romantic poets picked homes around here – but we bet they never found anywhere as luxurious as this. Idle Mill has floor-to-ceiling views of the Lake District and its Ambleside location puts you in the heart of the most beautiful landscapes in England – at least we think so!
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.
Our Honeymooners Favourite. Since 1720 The Bakery provided bread for the old Grove Farm, now it is converted into an extremely cosy self-contained cottage. It has a very cosy open fire which you can sink back into the comfy sofa and watch as the ducks in the Orchard peck at the French doors for bread.
Escape to one of the country’s most beautiful villages. The gabled cottages and cobbled streets of Lavenham in Suffolk have a rare charm. For the romantics – that’s us - the Grade 1 listed cottage The Tryst is a bit of a dream.
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?
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.
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.
This cosy little number won us over with its fresh air country feel. Garden Cottage is squirreled away from the busy world, tucked in the peaceful Norfolk countryside near Rookery Farm in West Beckham. The retreat has been carefully renovated to retain its original character – so it’s contemporary with a rustic vibe.
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!
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’.
Oakleys is a fabulous 15th Century half Hall House easily sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms and a large Suffolk Landing with a unique Built in Breton bed. Situated in the tiny hamlet of Foxearth just up the hill from Long Melford, one of Suffolk’s famous Medieval villages with many interesting shops, pubs, restaurants and stately homes to visit.
The beautiful city of Edinburgh is one of our favourites and for a romantic break Holyrood Cottage makes an ideal retreat. This pintsized little sanctuary is nestled by Holyrood Park, in a quiet spot where you can relax. And when you’re ready to see the sights and check out the restaurants, the city’s Royal Mile is just a stone’s throw away.
This gorgeous wood-beamed retreat has a real feel of relaxed luxury. We can’t think of many better places to wind up for the weekend. Meddlars Cottage has kept the charisma from its 1600’s origins, while the owners have upgraded the rooms to offer a modern luxury feel. The result is that you have gorgeous ceilings and marble floors, mixed with an upgraded kitchen and a swish bathroom.
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.
This is an elegant and romantic cottage for a couple who want to explore Mersea Islands wonderful Nature reserves and enjoy a beautiful cottage with a cosy fire - you are on a farm that stretches down to the salt marsh nature reserves where seals bask.
If you want to give your partner a romantic surprise then Tom’s Barn is the way to do it. From the outside, this rural Midlands retreat still resembles an 18th century cowshed – but inside it’s a whole different story. Watch, with a grin, as your loved one steps from farmyard to five star.
We think Hare Cottage is a great choice if you are looking for a place to unwind. This North Yorkshire retreat has an easy-going charm about it, coupled with great views and a luxury hot tub. It would be an excellent choice if you want a break away in the country with the creature comforts all ready and waiting.
Mint Cottage is a fabulous old Weavers Cottage in a beautiful tiny village. It sleeps a couple in luxury. The Historic Building dates from the 16th century and is located in the tiny historic village of Lavenham. This village is a truly amazing place to visit and is probably the last unspoilt medieval village in England. Mint Cottage has many period features – beautiful broad oak floor boards, ancient beamed arched rooms and old brickwork.
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.
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 charismatic rural retreat is a great place for couples to escape the working drag and enjoy a bit of the real life. Monks Cottage is a handsome Grade II listed cottage, with bags of charm, set in the peaceful village of Threshfield, just seven miles away from the popular market town of Skipton.
Peace and quiet are guaranteed at this lovely hideaway in the unspoilt Teme Valley close to Ludlow. Owners Sarah and William have thought everything: from a welcome pack of local goodies (enough for a relaxed breakfast or two) to a well stocked kitchen, local soap and natural toiletries.
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.
E.M. Forster wanted A Room with a View – well Forster, we’ve found you the one! This romantic Devon retreat earns its name from its outlook. From the living room you can sit back and admire a beautiful 32-acre estate with fishing lakes.