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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Romantic can also be contemporary… How about this pint-sized cottage combining beachside cool and loft style luxury. With a custom built super king bed, dressing room, vaulted ceilings and two flat screen TV’s, this is a perfect designer bolthole. Nestled in the artist town of St. Ives it’s near the turquoise waters and golden beaches as well as trendy bars and boutique shops.Opens in a new window
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.
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.
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
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…
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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
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
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 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.
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’re delighted to give our dear friends Tristan & Christelle’s teardrop trailer a plug on Romantic Retreats. Brand new and custom built, it is a great way to explore the West Country in a romantic vintage style. A teardrop trailer is a pint-sized caravan with a kitchen compartment at the back. It comes with a comfy double bed and all the paraphernalia you can image. You’ll even be able to enjoy this great little camper if you don’t have a tow bar - Tristan offers a drop off and set up service anywhere within a 30 mile radius of St. Austell. Now with plenty of availability and introductory discount…Opens in a new window
￼Unwind and get a taste of the good life at this unique retreat overlooking the Black Mountains. Little Trewern must be the smallest country house hotel we have come across; there is just one room sleeping two people. But it’s not just its size which makes this romantic getaway on the Welsh Borders so unique. Owners Simon & Rhiannon also use this retreat as a base for their inspirational woodworking and cookery courses. On top of that, all 3 course gourmet meals are home cooked and the ingredients are organically grown on site or locally sourced. And best of all, when you book a two night romantic break, they are included in the price of your stay.
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!
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.
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.
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.
‘Far from the madding crowd’ really describes this idyllic luxury cottage. Tucked away along a very quiet country lane and surrounded by stunning scenery, Bluebell Cottage is a wonderful place to stay for a blissfully quiet escape to the country. Dog friendly.
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.
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.
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
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.
Lie back and take in the Cornish seaside sights and sounds from the comfort of your own bed… This harbour fronted bolthole has been meticulously restored with loving care and attention to detail and now offers romance, relaxation and charm to the discerning guest.Opens in a new window
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.
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.
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.
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 and we love the star gazing tower with its cosy wood burner (as seen on Channel4’s Amazing Spaces) - perfect for those romantic clear nights. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Location, location, location… Surrounded by lush countryside and pretty villages, yet only 10 minutes away from Bath, this cottage for couples is a perfect base to relax and enjoy the rural delights or take in the sights and sounds of this historic and very romantic city. At Friary Coach House, you really do get the best of both worlds.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
New for 2017 with last minute availability! Just imagine waking up to these views… The Glade at Avington really is glamping at its best. A secluded setting in private woodlands, no neighbours, a beautiful pod and a view to die for. Leave the daily grind behind and enter the magical world of The Glade.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Country chic meets the good life at the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel in the glorious Wye Valley. With boutique style rooms, freestanding baths under beamed ceilings, culinary delights created with home-grown ingredients and an unstuffy atmosphere, this is a hidden gem not to be missed. Dog friendly.
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.
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.
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.
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
City chic meets country luxury; The Potting Shed offers the best of both worlds. Set in a private 100 acre estate in one of Yorkshire’s prettiest villages this bijou bolthole for two serves up stunning views from its 5 star accommodation. And in case you don’t fancy leaving this little retreat, the owners offer a complementary breakfast and supper service to match. Read on…
The Spa Uniq 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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
New for 2017 with plenty of availability… The Clock Tower at Barton Court was built in the 18th century by Henry Lambert as part of an elaborate scheme to woo the local heiress. His plan of creating an exquisite property that she could not resist worked. She married him and they and their descendants lived happily at Barton Court for over 100 years.
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.
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
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.
A boutique bolthole for romantic winter skiing or a luxury summer retreat for alpine walks, outdoor activities and fresh mountain air. La Petite Cabane, located in the fabulous French Alps, is both. The dilemma is just when to go… NEW for 2017 with plenty of availability and an introductory 20% discount.