Lake District; been there. Cornwall; seen it. Cotswolds; done it. Perhaps you’re ready for something new, something a little more unknown? If so, check out some of these romantic retreats in our hidden gems collections.
Lake District; been there. Cornwall; seen it. Cotswolds; done it. Perhaps you’re ready for something new, something a little more unknown? If so, check out some of these romantic retreats in our hidden gems collections.
We love the cute village of Noss Mayo in South Devon and found a romantic holiday cottage for couples to match it. Coast Barn makes for a perfect romantic retreat in Devon and it’s dog friendly too. With its rustic charm and coastal hints this little bolthole is one not to miss.Opens in a new window
A wonderfully bright and airy apartment in lovely Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, complete with sea views. We love the comfortable but contemporary interiors, calm and cool to reflect the stunning views outside. Escape the mainland and enjoy island life with a romantic break on the Isle of Wight.Opens in a new window
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
Stay in one of these luxury Scandinavian-style hot tub lodges on the fabulous Clowance Estate in Cornwall. Located only 20 minutes from both the North as well as the South coast this is a great base to enjoy a relaxing romantic break in Cornwall.Opens in a new window
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
This is your chance to stay in your very own Scottish castle tower with a hot tub on the rooftop overlooking the stunning Loch Tay. Can it get any more romantic? And best of all, there’s still availability for 2019!Opens in a new window
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
Peace and quiet and a cosy cottage for two . . . The Owlery is a perfect cottage for couples as it is situated in its own surroundings within Dittiscombe Valley. Here guests can unwind and enjoy twenty acres of open space, the ponds, woodland and meadows, and a little bird and wildlife-watching from the cottage garden.
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
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 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.
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. Pet friendly.Opens in a new window
A stunning piece of architecture in a stunning location; this is the Treehouse on the Lake at Clowance Estate. Complete with curved rooms and vaulted ceilings, it combines natural materials and a contemporary design to make this an unforgettable romantic break or holiday in Cornwall.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.
Hot tub luxury in beautiful surroundings… Willow Lodge is set in the South Downs National Park and offers a bright and airy open plan interior, a freestanding bath and a private terrace with hot tub and countryside views. At this location you get the best of both worlds - a national park on your doorstep and the buzz of Brighton and the beach is less than 30 minutes down the road.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
This shepherd’s hut is beautifully designed and crafted with little details to make your stay even more memorable. With the seaside only a short distance away and a fabulous hot tub in your garden, this is a perfect Norfolk romantic retreat for two. Pet friendly.Opens in a new window
Now this is what we call super romantic! How about a gorgeous restored Dutch barge moored at one of Suffolk’s loveliest small towns for your next romantic break? Complete with beautiful bespoke joinery and an open cockpit to relax, this barge has everything for a very special romantic getaway. Dog friendly.
A luxury hot tub lodge on the shores of a stunning lake resort with a private bridge… 1 Miller’s Island ticks all the right boxes for a romantic hot tub break in Cornwall.Opens in a new window
A stunning detached stunning natural stone and turf roofed cottage with views across the Atlantic Ocean. With its wood burning stove, sauna and panoramic views this cottage has everything to give you a very relaxing and romantic break in Scotland. Dog friendly.Opens in a new window
A 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
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
This newly constructed luxury lodge is the perfect way to relax in the new year. With its hot tub, fabulous location in the Lake District and stunning views across the Duddon Valley it makes for a very special romantic break in Cumbria.Opens in a new window
This romantic retreat in Cornwall offers couples the chance to unwind in their own luxury home from home, then step out to explore the south coast and one of England’s most creative towns. Cornish Chough is an ideal hideaway for a pair looking for luxury comfort – and their own crackling log fire – by the sea. Dog friendly.
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.
Always dreamed of having your own off-grid cabin in the woods? Now you can experience it yourself in the romantic Bulworthy Cabin in gorgeous Devon. Heat and warm water comes from the wood burning stove, electricity from solar panels and you can cook over the campfire or on the barbecue. Set in a secluded woodland glade, this is the ultimate ‘getting away from it all’ woodland escape.
Calling all nomadic romantics! This luxuriously styled yurt is set in a private location on a beautiful organic farm at the foot of an ancient castle site. Perfect if you feel the need to slow down and escape the urban rush, Cedar Yurt connects you to the glorious rolling Somerset landscape surrounding you.
Escape to the tranquil northern village of Warkworth for some romance and relaxation by the riverside. Your working life might be hectic but we reckon that a few days in Lane End Cottage will blow all that away. At Lane End Cottage you can wake up in a kingsize bed and enjoy great river views, and the smell of freshly brewing coffee from the cottage’s Gaggia coffee-maker.
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.
Specialising in Romantic breaks this beautiful Georgian Grade II listed building is set in it own private grounds. Close to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath there are endless options of things to see and do. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, proposing to your loved one, or just want to spend some quality time together, Bath with its intimate size and laid back atmosphere is the perfect destination for a romantic break.
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.
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.
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?
This rural retreat offers guests the unique chance to wake up in the tranquil setting of this beautiful farm in the heart of the Devon countryside. Little Links Yurt puts you on the doorstep of the great outdoors with views overlooking the dramatic Dartmoor hills, enjoyed best from your own Scandinavian hot tub, fire pit or secluded garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Nestled between trees, in the grounds of a French castle, the charming Pigeonnier is a two storey haven, with wooden beams and original features, and views over the valley. The owners have lovingly designed the interior as a real getaway spot for romantics, and it’s in a great location too, situated in the beautiful countryside of Montignac-de-Lauzun, between Toulouse and Bordeaux.
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!
Wake up between the lochs and forests of Scotland’s beautiful Trossachs National Park at this retreat – which mixes luxury design with an idyllic natural setting. Strathyre is a fresh air paradise, complete with 720 square miles of forests, along with stunning mountain views, rivers and lochs. Brits have marked out Scotland as the best place in the world for a stunning drive to blow the cobwebs away and you have your pick of them here – along with a thousand walking routes through valleys and along shorelines.
We challenge you not to fall in love with this place. Bathsheba is a romantic Devon shepherd’s hut that will be hard for anyone to beat. Not only is it decorated and furnished to make any heart melt, its remote location with stunning countryside views means you can truly escape from it all.
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 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.
Brightwater Lodge brings the great outdoors indoors. Its private setting on the remote peninsula of Ardnamurchan is enviable and the huge windows bring the spectacular views across Loch Sunart indoors so you can enjoy them from the comfy sofa. And with the abundant wildlife and ever changing weather, the views always captivate. Who needs a TV?
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.
It’s as if time has stood still in the historic Suffolk village of Haughley. The village bakery, established in 1869, is still run by the same family and the local post office is thought to be the oldest in the country. So it’s only right that our latest offering in this village dates back to the 1550’s and boasts a wealth of original features.
Hop out of your hammock and into your own hot tub at this romantic getaway just for two. The Golden Oak Hideaway has so many things to delight couples – including a log burner in the living room and a gas barbecue waiting for you on the decking. And then there’s a large sunken bath in the bathroom. And green woodland views outside. This Norfolk retreat has a whole host of features designed to make your holiday extra special.
Whitsand Bay is one of those stretches of English coastline that feels ancient and unchanged – rugged and naturally romantic through and through. And tucked in the side of the coastline here is the laid back Whirlwind retreat, where you can enjoy views of the sea and a real feeling of escape.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for something extra special? We think there’s no better place to celebrate your anniversary, enjoy your honeymoon, plan a romantic surprise break or even pop the question. Pottergate Tower is a unique holiday cottage, set on the edge of Alnwick and overlooking the medieval town and castle. This is one of Europe’s most special holiday cottages and the couple lucky enough to stay here will likely never forget the experience.
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.
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.
In need of an antidote to everyday life? Just look at those views! This cottage ticks all the right boxes for a relaxing romantic break near Alnwick; lovely country-chic interiors, a wood burning stove and a gorgeous rural location near the beach. And best of all, you can bring your dog to this luxury Northumberland retreat for two.
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.
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.
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.
The most famous of England’s poets made the Lake District their home, and we are confident that one visit will be enough to show you why they loved this unspoilt landscape so much. The Fold is an ideal retreat for exploring, offering an authentic countryside experience, set alongside a 17th century farmhouse at the southern slopes of Hallin Fell. Availability from December 22nd 2018, pet friendly.
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.
Castle Retreat is a pet friendly romantic bolthole for a couple who want a beautiful getaway where they have every modern comfort while being surrounded by the quaint streets and amusements of a bustling historic town. Alnwick Castle is just outside your door, with its towers statues made famous after they featured in Harry Potter, and the beautifully landscaped Alnwick Garden is only a few minutes away – and to top it all, you can be by the sea in 20 minutes.
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.
This gorgeous little hideaway feels like an escape away from everything – nestled on the side of a romantic English garden and a fifteen minute stroll or so from the sea. The owners have lovingly converted this original Hayloft to make it an ideal bolthole for couples. If you’re hoping for fresh sea air and the chance to explore the South English coast on your romantic break in Devon then Windchimes is a great fit.
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.
Looking for a secluded little hideaway overlooking North Devon’s glorious rolling countryside and close to some of the country’s best beaches? Then you’ll love The Beech Hut.
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.
The Retreat Cabin is a fantastic place to enjoy a relaxing romantic break. Located in the Scottish Highlands you can take in the beautiful backdrop of the local mountain Ben y Vrackie from the huge, covered Californian hot tub. Then skip into the outside Canadian Barrel Sauna and enjoy its health benefits, before relaxing on the alfresco deck to take in the sights and sounds of the area. And at night sit back and enjoy some tranquil star gazing.
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…
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.
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.
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 - perfect for a romantic break in The Peak District.
Stones Throw Cottage ticks a lot of boxes; perfect for romantic breaks yet family friendly, in a sweet little village yet with all amenities on the doorstep and a stylish yet fun interior. And above all there is the beach; miles of glorious sandy stretches of it so whether you’re after a romantic walk on a clear winter’s day or a buckets and spades day with the family, Stones Throw Cottage is the place to stay.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
You know you must be in a relaxing place when your toughest decision of the day is which flavour ice cream to choose. That is what it’s like in the historic coastal town of Boscastle, and this luxury fisherman’s cottage, with romantic wood burning stove and peaceful views, is a great place for a romantic retreat. It’s pet friendly too.
This retreat was designed specifically to give couples an experience they wouldn’t find anywhere else – and it shows. Silver Birch at The Mains is a beautiful two storey larchwood retreat, tucked in woodland near Inverness, with panoramic views across to the Moray Firth. If you are searching for an outstanding getaway, we think this five star Highland spot, complete with balcony, romantic wood burner and whirlpool bath overlooking the trees, is a great choice.
Just look at those views! This Northumberland retreat for couples sits right on the side of the beach and would make a great escape for those who love the coast. Anchor Cottage in Cresswell has all the character of a fisherman’s home from way back when, with added modern touches and a seven-mile stretch of beach on the doorstep.
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.
Sheer luxury in some of the most stunning surroundings you can imagine; this is Upper Gelli Lodge. Owners Ros and Gary scoured the country for a retreat offering seclusion, far reaching views and gorgeous sunsets. They found it all at Upper Gelli in the Welsh borders. And now you too can have a slice of this paradise at their five star luxury lodge with hot tub.
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…
A hammock and private hot tub on your deck, a log burner, surrounded by ancient woodlands, pet friendly and located in one of the country’s most beautiful national parks - what more could you want? Golden Oak Lodge at Forest Holidays in Beddgelert, Snowdonia ticks all the right boxes. As just one of 16 luxury lodges dotted around this woodland location, it offers peace, seclusion and relaxation as well as a raft of activities on your doorstep.
Rudding Park is a beautiful, romantic hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Awarded 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.
Nestled in natural woodland and with breathtaking views, The Count House is the kind of place to be if you want tranquility and enjoy the great outdoors. Peaceful, secluded and overlooking the River Tamar, this Grade II-listed former mine captain’s office is a perfect little hideaway for two on the Cornish/Devon border.
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.
If you love The Lake District but aren’t a fan of its crowds then Stanley Ghyll Cottage is the one for you. Set in the romantic Eskdale valley and close to stunning Wastwater, this luxury cottage makes for a perfect ‘get away from it all’ bolthole for two. No wonder then that famous Lakeland writer Alfred Wainwright said about this area that it is a ‘sanctuary of peace and solitude’.
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.
Moon Shadow in Cornwall is only a short hop from the coast so your feet can be in the sand mere minutes after stepping out of your front door. It’s an ideal retreat for anyone who likes to finish their days with romantic walks by the sea. This stylish retreat caught our eye, with its white wooden beams and ocean inspired designs. The cottage has a luxurious and decadent feel, ideal for a relaxing few days away in St. Ives. Dog friendly.
For those in need of a romantic seaside bolthole and a fix of culture, art and fine dining, Blue Moon in St. Ives is bound to deliver on all fronts. We love the stylish interiors - think bohemian beach hut meets boutique hotel - and high end finishes, making this a perfect Cornwall luxury cottage for couples. And it’s pet friendly too so your pampered pooch won’t have to feel left out on your next romantic break in St. Ives.
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.
Don’t be fooled by its chocolate box exterior; this classic Cotswold cottage has been reinvented for 21st century living. Carefully designed for two couples this romantic bolthole features a large open plan dining kitchen space, a cosy snug, a master suite with a copper bath in the room, and a second luxury bedroom with its own en-suite. Oh, and it’s dog friendly too.
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.
We think Little Langdale must surely be one of England’s most beautiful and romantic spots – and Brathay Loft offers guests the opportunity to experience it in style. This self contained luxury apartment forms part of a unique 17th century creation called Hacket Forge, set by the banks of the bubbling River Brathay. The apartment is nestled among gardens and tranquil woodland, a few minutes from the walks and views of Little Langdale – so it’s perfect for couples looking for a weekend of fresh air and unspoiled landscapes. And it’s pet friendly too.
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.
Experience country glamping with some big luxury twists at this unique romantic retreat. The Seren Safari Tent is nestled in the West Wales’ hillside and combines the joys of sunsets, campfires and countryside views with the comforts of a king sized bed, a log burner and the chance to chill out in your own wood-fired hot tub.
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.
Discover the real Lake District; stunning walks, quaint villages, an authentic pub within walking distance and best of all, no large crowds. Described by many of its guests as a hidden gem, The Groom’s Cottage is a perfect hideaway off the beaten track but with easy access to places like Keswick and Cockermouth. Winner of a 2018 Visit England GOLD award and with its cosy interiors and thoughtful little touches this cottage ticks all the boxes for a romantic break in the Lake District.
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.
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.
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 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.
STOP PRESS - Hop Pickers’ has been awarded Best Self Catering 2018 by Visit Worcestershire! Peace and quiet are guaranteed at this lovely hideaway in the unspoilt Teme Valley, on the Worcestershire / Shropshire border. The cottage is only a couple of miles from the historic market town of Tenbury Wells and a ‘stone’s throw’ from Ludlow, with its famous restaurants, markets and cafes. Pet friendly.
And now for something completely different! If you love the idea of camping but are still traumatised by childhood memories of damp and soggy campsites in Blighty then we highly recommend a romantic break in one of these luxury tents in one of the most beautiful - and sun-drenched - spots in Europe. Located on the stunning coastline of the Costa Brava in northern Spain these safari style tents offer a luxury break in the sun and are only a stone’s throw away from the turquoise shores of the Med.
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.
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 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.
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.
Eclectic, with a sense of fun and definitely not your average cottage - this is Y Capel. Lovingly restored by owners Siwan & Jake, this romantic cottage is nestled in the middle of a stunning Welsh valley. With bags of character, a spectacular copper bath, private hot tub and unspoilt surroundings this is the ideal place to unwind and forget all about the fast pace of day to day life.
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 is an ideal romantic retreat if you’re looking for stunning sunsets, fresh air and a great escape. Creagach Cottage, in Waternish, has panoramic views across the Loch and nearby islands, to be enjoyed best, we think, from your own living room with its toasty wood-burning stove. The owners have designed this romantic cottage with a relaxing open plan interior, and it’s perfectly placed to enjoy the beauty of the Isle of Skye.
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.
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.
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.
This chic apartment makes an excellent choice for a romantic break by the sea in Brighton – famed for its arty culture and pebbled beaches. Romantic Londoners can easily escape here for some fresh air, as it’s only a short hop by train from the city, but feels like a world away, with its long shorelines and quaint town full of boutique shops and restaurants.
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.
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.