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.
Stay in a contemporary luxury apartment mixing the old with the new in the prestigious Grade I listed Royal William Yard. With stunning views across the Plymouth Sound, this place is a foodie heaven with no less than seven restaurants within the stylish development along with a number of bars and cafes. And if you fancy some more culture then Plymouth’s historical town is just down the road. Perfect for a romantic food & culture break in Devon.Opens in a new window
Don’t be fooled by the name - this romantic holiday cottage in Devon is one of the most luxurious retreats you could wish for. With its vaulted ceilings, open plan layout, wood burner and high end finishes you couldn’t ask for more. Well, perhaps you could ask for a superb hot tub on the deck and a swimming lake? The Cattle Shed offers it all. Like we said, don’t be fooled by the name.Opens in a new window
Escape to this historic retreat boasting impressive architecture and elegant interiors. Located in the historic centre of gorgeous Richmond, complete with large gardens and stunning views, this romantic retreat offers everything you might want for a romantic break in Yorkshire.
A cosy luxury lodge with private hot tub in the pretty Somerset countryside, Amber Lodge will appeal to those who prefer a classic decor. With its comfy sofas, generous kitchen, huge walk-in shower and of course the hot tub it has everything to make you feel spoiled and relaxed.Opens in a new window
A fabulous luxury lodge with private hot tub in the pretty Somerset countryside, Pomegranate has everything for you to relax and rejuvenate. From the huge Band & Olufsen television to the cutting edge decor and of course the private hot tub.Opens in a new window
This generous period cottage is beautifully designed and furnished, with a very generous kitchen, living room and gorgeous bedroom. And you’ll love the private hot tub in the garden…Opens in a new window
Looking for somewhere different to stay? Then try The Cowshed Barn, a fabulously up-cycled barn conversion. Not only does it have everything to indulge in a true luxury break, its location means you also have some of England’s finest cities and countryside on your doorstep.
How cute is this little cottage? We thought you would love its chocolate box exterior, private gardens with countryside views, open fire and stylish country interiors. And with the market town of Aylsham or the Georgian town of Holt nearby, you’ll be spoit for choice for things to do.Opens in a new window
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…
Are you looking for a last minute romantic and rural holiday cottage? Our partner Rural Retreats still has over 100 romantic properties with late availability in some of the best places in the UK to get your much needed holiday or romantic fix. Click here to see their availability now.Opens in a new window
We all love to be beside the seaside! And Dorset offers some of the best seaside escapes with stunning beaches, idyllic countryside and some rather upmarket towns with excellent watering holes and eateries. Our partner Dorset Hideaways still has a few fantastic last minute holiday cottages in Dorset on offer - click here for more information.Opens in a new window
For a quirky yet stylish hideaway in rural Devon, check out Bothy. Dating back to the 16th century it is set alongside the owner’s home down an unmade track in a romantic 4 acre wild garden. Inside, you’ll find character and history everywhere you look, along with an impressive collection of books adding to the bohemian feel. Upstairs this theme continues with the vaulted bedroom boasting original art and antiques. And best of all, this romantic bolthole is dog friendly.Opens in a new window
Where better to go in summer than beautiful Cornwall? This rugged county is still the nation’s favourite when it comes to a beach holiday with a touch of class. And our partner Cornwall Hideaways still have some Cornish cottages with late availability - click here to see their properties.Opens in a new window
How cute is this romantic cottage? With its sea views, beamed ceilings, handcrafted kitchen and relaxed furniture we think it’s the perfect place to have a romantic break. You’ll love Polperro; a true Cornish fishing village frozen in time with lots to see and do. Park your car on the edge of the village, walk down to the pub or shop and feel your shoulders relax… And bring your pooch - this cottage is dog friendly too.Opens in a new window
For that extra special occasion or just because you desperately need a break away from everyday life; either way The Roundhouse offers a fabulous hot tub break in Cornwall. With bags of character, stylish interiors, a quirky kitchen and of course a wood fired hot tub, this romantic cottage near Bude won’t disappoint.Opens in a new window
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 love Norfolk; with its fantastic beaches, nature reserves, lovely towns and cute cottages, this county is a fantastic destination for a last minute holiday or romantic break. Check out this great selection from our partner Norfolk Hideaways.Opens in a new window
We love the bright and airy seaside vibe of this perfectly formed one bedroomed apartment right in the historic centre of Lymington. Overlooking the bustling Town Quay it has plenty of great places to eat, drink or shop right on your doorstep. Lymington’s location also means you have the best of the coast and the New Forest on your doorstep. Just two and a half hours from London by rail or just over two hours by car, yet a world away…Opens in a new window
We’ve found a very special pint-sized retreat in the most romantic of settings. Earl Grey is part of a stunning Palladian style Georgian model farm, built by the local Earl to remind his wife of her native Italy. Finished to a very high standard and with views of the nearby castle and countryside, it’s like staying in a boutique hotel room but with your own kitchen and wood-fired private hot tub.
We think this retreat is the ideal getaway for a couple that love the coast and are looking for a cosy hideaway which mixes up luxury and home comforts. Swallow Cottage has been designed and converted from a barn, specifically to treat those who want a fresh air break – with quirky interiors, a toasty woodburner for warm nights in, and moorland walks down to the sea or across the North Yorkshire countryside, starting from the doorstep.
We think that pretty much everyone is desperate for a holiday or romantic break right now so you can relax and forget about everyday life for a while (we know we certainly are!). And since trying to find that perfect cottage with availability when you need it may seem like finding a needle in a haystack, we thought we’d share with you this link to our partner HolidayCottages.co.uk showing their late availability week by week - click here for more info.
How about this luxury hot tub lodge for couples near Cheddar, Somerset? You’ll love contemporary decor, luxury touches, rural setting and of course that fabulous hot tub from where you can enjoy some spectacular sunsets.Opens in a new window
This romantic retreat is a picture postcard place to tuck yourselves away, and a great hideaway from which to explore cliff top walks and the sandy beaches of England’s coastline. Liberty is a calming first floor apartment in the grounds of the lovely Pickwell Manor, in the quaint Devon village of Georgeham.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some of the most romantic countryside in the world can surely be found in the picturesque Cotswolds – and this beautiful thatched cottage puts you in a great place to explore all the area has to offer. Bells Cottage is a historic pet friendly hideaway – perfect for couples with their pooch – with enough charm to knock you over. It’s full of modern comfort, with a huge four-poster bed and swish kitchen perfect for time away, all twinned with 500 years of character and a gorgeous English garden.
This elegant retreat is a perfect pick for a couple searching for days exploring some of the most beautiful parts of south England, followed by relaxed evenings in their own private hot tub. Batcombe Hollow has been specially designed to offer a modern sophisticated eco space for a pair to enjoy, between an orchard and a host of walking routes, set in the quiet grounds of Strawberryfield Park. The lodge is an ideal choice for those searching for time away in the fresh west country air.
We think this retreat is a real gem for a couple that want to relax in luxury. The Barn in Cotleigh feels like your own swish spa, with spacious rooms and a vintage bathroom, but there’s no risk of ice rubs and plunge pools here – instead you’ve got beautiful views of the Blackdown Hills from your windows and all the countryside to explore from your doorstep.
This charming hideaway brings luxury to the Lake District – so you can enjoy the best of the English countryside in style. No. 2 Rose Cottage is surrounded by hills and valleys, in the pretty South Lakeland village of Bouth. It has a romantic woodburning stove, luxury king size bed and is only a short drive from a Michelin Restaurant, making it a great location for a romantic getaway.
There’s something quite idyllic about the idea of sleeping up above the ground and waking up with fields and fields rolling out like a map beneath you – and if this sparks your imagination too then you will love The Loft. This luxury woodland getaway is handcrafted from larch and pine and designed as a romantic experience in Devon, especially for couples.
This sleepy romantic cottage by the babbling River Tees is a sweet spot for a romantic break in County Durham. You’ll find this little luxury getaway on the gateway to Teesdale near Barnard Castle, one of the most picturesque parts of Northern England, with its waterfalls, castles, cycle routes and rolling hills leading on to the Pennines.
This romantic retreat is tucked into the grounds of a rather grand country manor – so you can get away to your own corner of luxury in North Devon. Find yourself among six acres of historic luxury – with Italian gardens, rose arches and country views all around. And you’re just a 20-minute stroll from the sandy beach of Putsborough. Sounds good to us.
Angel Barn is the epitome of rural luxury. Combining some of the best craftsmanship, materials and finishes Britain has to offer, there is nothing old fashioned about this barn conversion. The perfect country idyl has been brought into the 21st century with a wood fired hot tub, superfast broadband and a state of the art fridge freezer to mention just a few. Despite all this gadgetry, Angel Barn has managed to retain that special laid back rural atmosphere where walking boots happily sit alongside the champagne cooler.
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.
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.
Village life in some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery, stunning wildlife on your doorstep and deserted golden sandy beaches to die for. The Cabin in Durness combines all this in a unique style of industrial chic in a rustic setting. With its carefully chosen materials, textures and colours, this is a place to relax, unwind and just be yourself. A perfect romantic retreat in Scotland for couples wanting to escape it all.
This is a breath-taking retreat where you can wake up with the birds singing right outside your window. The Hideaway is a luxury treehouse, perched up in the tree tops in the tranquil East Woods, with views over to the coast and Devon’s Hartland Point.
When owners Ron and Sheila ﬁrst saw the dilapidated former gardener’s cottage in the grounds of what was to become their new home, they just knew that this could become the perfect romantic retreat for couples. So they combined the best ingredients from their own travel experiences and set out to create The Invergarry, a stylish yet cosy holiday retreat with hot tub on the edge of The Cairngorms National Park.
It doesn’t take long to fall for the charms of Hillside Cottage in the South Hams village of Ashprington. This getaway has so many things going for it – with luxury inside, coupled with fresh countryside on the doorstep, and its close proximity to world renowned wine estate Sharphams as well as the hugely popular Riverford Farm. Get over here in a flash with fast trains from London Paddington to Totnes, just three miles from the cottage, or fly in from the north to Exeter airport.
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.
Seclusion, privacy and luxury; this is Woodpeckers. Surrounded by 35 acres of lakes, gardens and woodland, you’ll struggle to find a lodge like it. With its large hot tub, whirlpool bath, jacuzzi shower and your very own rowing boat 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.
We think this stylish apartment in the charming town of Woodbridge is a great place for a romantic week away from it all. The Penthouse is a retreat which has been designed to offer couples a taste of luxury – and the panoramic balcony views of boats on the river are reason enough to head here.
A unique setting means you’ll never get bored at this romantic holiday cottage in Essex; there’s a host of boats passing the canal at the front, there are stunning views across the nature reserve at the back and the historic town of Maldon is just around the corner. It’s dog friendly too so you can share this break with your four legged friend.
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.
After reading rave reviews about the food, atmosphere and service at The Baron at Bucknell we knew we just had to include it. And with the newly built Garden Rooms this hidden gem becomes a destination in its own right. Each Garden Room is privately positioned and has its own large hot tub. To top it all off you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the new natural swimming pool - a real show stopper!
Rafe Hall Coach House is like staying in a luxury boutique hotel but with all the comforts of home, plus space and privacy. No wonder it gets rave reviews from previous guests; it is set in 7 acres of gorgeous gardens and is beautifully designed with no expenses spared. So we reckon it’s pretty much the perfect place to come and enjoy a romantic luxury break in the Essex countryside.
It’s not often that you find the perfect combination of boutique city chic and real country living. We think the owners of Stone Cottage have just nailed it - set in rural Herefordshire with far-reaching views this romantic bolthole for couples has an immaculate contemporary interior with open plan living, vaulted ceilings and boutique hotel style touches, making it the perfect honeymoon cottage. And on top of that you can bring your four legged friend with you on your romantic break; this Herefordshire retreat is dog friendly.
“Our stay at The Stables was our dream weekend; we felt completely disconnected and enjoyed every minute of our peaceful retreat.” We think this guest comment really sums up what makes this romantic Essex bolthole so special. Located in a very secluded area with great access to footpaths and quiet lanes you can really escape everyday life and completely chill in these stylish surroundings. Pet friendly.
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 light and airy romantic retreat is the perfect place to enjoy sea views and relax, tucked away in a hidden corner on the edge of Penzance, in Cornwall. Finger’s Point is a converted barnhouse designed to a luxury standard and perfect just for two. Inside the cosy living area it is full of natural light – and outside there’s a private hot tub with views across the waves to the spectacular small tidal island of St Michael’s Mount.
This romantic retreat is a little haven of peace, with gorgeous views over the Sussex countryside. It’s an easy 90 minute hop from London right into an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The owners at Bewl Water View have created this hideaway to offer the ultimate luxury break for couples and an especially attractive sanctuary for anyone hoping for a week of fresh air and country walks.
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. Outside, you can enjoy the gorgeous wooden hot tub in the Somerset fresh air, surrounded by the folds of a 260-acre organic farm. You can enjoy the best of both worlds.
For lovers of luxury and the wild outdoors, we think Knoydart House Studio ticks pretty much every box. The remote location in one of Scotland’s last wildernesses combined with real boutique style furnishings and what has to be the best hot tub view in the Highlands makes this one of our top romantic retreats in Scotland. One well behaved dog welcome.
The Ardnamurchan peninsula has a reputation for being unique. As 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’.
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.
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.
This historic retreat is set in a real romantic hotspot – it’s Grade II listed and full of charm and has been restored to impress couples who are searching for a retreat with a taste of luxury. We think Palmers Lodge is a perfect size and its location is pretty impressive, on the grounds of the 25,000-acre Holkham Estate, which played host to Hollywood film stars Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes for their filming of The Duchess. All in all a perfect pet friendly boutique honeymoon cottage in Norfolk.
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.
If you love the English countryside and want to share it with both your partner and your four-legged friend, then we have found you the perfect pet-friendly romantic bolthole in Yorkshire. And when you return after a bracing walk you can relax in the gorgeous wooden hot tub with views to die for…
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.
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.
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.
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 romantic hideaway is perfect if you want your own spot of luxury in some of the ‘most English’ countryside in England. No 1 Rose Cottage is found among the rolling hills of South Lakeland, just four miles from the renowned Lake Windermere. This is famous writer territory – with no less than children’s writer Beatrix Potter and poet William Wordsworth inspired by the area – and when you arrive you will understand why.
This stylish cottage makes the most of its charming countryside location, set in the woodland and open fields of the quaint Yorkshire village of Hudswell. Woodcroft Cottage mixes its peaceful setting with modern luxuries including finely refurbished rooms and its romantic outdoor hot tub. This is a dog-friendly retreat and a really relaxing spot to start adventures in the north. Pet friendly!
Rudding Park is a beautiful, romantic hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Awarded Independent Hotel of the Year at the Catey Awards (2019) and Best Hotel in England by Visit England’s Award for Excellence (2018), Rudding Park is also the only hotel in the UK to feature in the Tripadvisor 2017 Hall of Fame. It is listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Places to Stay - Best UK Spa Hotel and has an award winning luxury spa.
This cosy cabin for two is hidden off the beaten track, beside one of Cornwall’s most romantic bays. The Lobster Pot is tucked by the tiny coastal village of Porthcothan and offers guests a true retreat, and an ideal location for exploring the many hidden coves and sandy stretches of the southern shoreline.
This unique arch was originally crafted to impress passers-by. More than 200 years after the famous architect William Kent made this stand-out design it’s still got all its charms, and some more have been added now with a redesigned interior to match its eye-catching silhouette. A perfect pet-friendly boutique honeymoon cottage in Norfolk.
If you’re looking for a room with a view then this retreat will spoil you. With its windows pointing out across pretty Camel Estuary, Bijou is the perfect place to sit back and relax, watching boats and paddle boarders on the Padstow waters from the comfort of your own bespoke apartment. Pet friendly.
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.
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.
This tiny former private chapel on the impressive Pickwell Manor estate has been lovingly reformed into a perfect Devon hideaway for two. Hewn out of the local stone and with Gothic arched windows, this romantic cottage is surrounded by glorious gardens with stunning views. And best of all, it’s only a stone’s throw from the beach…
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. In the walled garden there is a fabulous outdoor roll top bath with views over the surrounding fells - a quirky take on a Lake District hot tub cottage. 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.
We think Constance would be an ideal retreat choice for a couple who want a romantic break and have a couple of kids along with them too. You’re set in a rather grand location, within the tenth century Pickwell Manor, in peaceful grounds including an Italian Garden and rose arches, and also with the benefits of six acres of space to play, with beaches and rock pools just a 20 minute stroll away.
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.
This multi award winning, 5* romantic hideaway sits between two superb pubs (one of which is Gin Pub of The Year and has also been winner of The Best Rural Pub in Britain) and yet, despite its superb location it feels like a secret escape from the world. With copper hot tub style bath!
In amongst the Perthshire hills, we have found a romantic retreat fit to impress the most luxurious of couples. Tallavey, in the tiny Hamlet of Enochdhu, is an hour and a half from Edinburgh Airport, and a world away from city life. With its top quality indoor sauna and private outdoor hot tub, we think it’s an ideal spot for some pampering time away.
We love the Cornish coast, with its altogether holiday vibes – and weather! Juliot Cottage puts you right in the midst of the harbours, sandy beaches and quaint cobbled streets of St Ives. It’s a wonderful place for a romantic retreat – with its miles of sandy coastline, facing all the sunsets, its walking opportunities in unspoilt countryside, a trendy art scene including the Tate, and even a chance to try your hand at surfing. Dog friendly, Visit England 5 star rating, Gold award and Green award.