Step back into time with our collection of romantic retreats with a history of note. Some of our holiday cottages and romantic hotels go back as far as the 1500’s giving them bag fulls of character and a perfect start to your romantic weekend away.
Step back into time with our collection of romantic retreats with a history of note. Some of our holiday cottages and romantic hotels go back as far as the 1500’s giving them bag fulls of character and a perfect start to your romantic weekend away.
This romantic hideaway feels like a secret escape from the world, with its huge windows offering stunning views, roaring log burner, copper bath and gorgeous hideaway mezzanine floor with nothing but a White Company clad king-size bed, set beneath two large skylights. Here, you can drift off to sleep listening to the crackle of the fire while looking at the stars. It’s no wonder this place has seen over 30 marriage proposals plus!
We think this is the ideal place to surprise and spoil your partner – it has a look of complete relaxed luxury. Water Cottage has all the history, and wooden beams, to take you back to the past, and it’s set in one of South England’s most beautiful villages. Kersey, a favourite subject for artist’s, will win you over in a moment. It’s a great retreat for Londoners, as it’s only 90 minutes away.
This gorgeous wood-beamed retreat has a real feel of relaxed luxury. We can’t think of many better places to wind up for the weekend. Meddlars Cottage has kept the charisma from its 1600’s origins, while the owners have upgraded the rooms to offer a modern luxury feel. The result is that you have gorgeous ceilings and marble floors, mixed with an upgraded kitchen and a swish bathroom.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
We think the Cotswolds is one of England’s most charming destinations and this retreat is just the right combination of authentic thatched rural cottage and luxury modern hideaway. Yarrow Cottage sleeps up to four, so it’s a spacious place for a couple, and also suitable for a small family. The log burning stove downstairs, the giant copper roll top bathtub upstairs and the rolling hills outside all make this a memorable place to stay. It’s an easy hop from London, Oxford or Bristol by train, and if you are looking for a break from a city then this is a great choice. Dog friendly.
We’ve found a hidden gem! Set in the glorious Shropshire countryside and with far reaching views, this hot tub retreat has been lovingly restored with plenty of character and comfort. Perfect for a romantic break or honeymoon cottage in Shropshire and with plenty of availability for 2019.Opens in a new window
“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.
LATE AVAILABILITY! Well your writer here at Romantic Retreats is from Derbyshire and so her eyes lit up when this beautiful hideaway appeared. Candlelight Cottage is a relaxed home from home overlooking the sweet little village of Litton. It’s a lovely location and a close hop from Peak District towns like Bakewell and Buxton and famous sights like Chatsworth House.
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.
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.
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.
Our Honeymooners Favourite. Since 1720 The Bakery provided bread for the old Grove Farm, now it is converted into an extremely cosy self-contained cottage. It has a very cosy open fire which you can sink back into the comfy sofa and watch as the ducks in the Orchard peck at the French doors for bread.
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.
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.
This gorgeous Georgian hideaway looks just like the sort of place we can imagine a writer living – it’s got that romantic charm we love, with inglenook fireplaces in the living room and at the end of the bedroom too, and lovely wandering routes to the winding River Aln close by and the sandy beaches at Warkworth. Throstle Cottage is just yards from one of the best pubs in Northumberland, The Coach Inn, and plenty of walks and coastal sights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a rare gem for those couples who like a touch of historical class. Rashleigh’s Cottage was once a dressing room for landed gentry. Now, its owners have lovingly created this cottage to make it into a perfect retreat for a couple, adding modern comforts and creative touches.
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.
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.
This pet friendly romantic retreat has certainly got the wow-factor and is a great place to get away and explore the North. You’re almost touching Hadrian’s Wall here, and Orchard House Barn is close to the stunning town of Hexham and the coast and castles that give the whole of England its historic reputation. The barn is tucked in the pretty hamlet of Sandhoe, in the Tyne Valley, and offers a taste of luxury, out in the country, just a half hour hop from Newcastle.
Hideaway Cottage is a dog friendly Yorkshire country retreat located near the bustling small market town of Masham with many local attractions on your doorstep. This makes it perfect for a romantic break in Nidderdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty next door to the Yorkshire Dales National Park with plenty of walks, historic houses, cute villages, local individual shops and of course lots of great food and drink for you to enjoy.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Coach House is a beautiful Award Winning, romantic Grade II listed holiday cottage which is receiving fabulous 5*reviews from previous guests. Close to Zip World, Portmeirion numerous beautiful beaches and the Ffestiniog Steam Railway, it is a perfect base for a relaxing holiday or romantic honeymoon in Wales. Completely self-contained, it is set amongst 3 acres of beautiful grounds with its own private sun terrace and just 10 minutes’ walk from two great pubs.
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.
With Late Availability Offer! Updown Cottage is a restored 16th century cottage in one of the most photographed and picturesque locations in Britain, literally half way up and half way down Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Otherwise known as ‘Hovis’ Hill, it was the location for one of the most famous advertisements - Ridley Scott’s ‘Boy on a Bicycle’ filmed in the 1970s.
Mint Cottage is a fabulous old Weavers Cottage in a beautiful tiny village. It sleeps a couple in luxury. The Historic Building dates from the 16th century and is located in the tiny historic village of Lavenham. This village is a truly amazing place to visit and is probably the last unspoilt medieval village in England. Mint Cottage has many period features – beautiful broad oak floor boards, ancient beamed arched rooms and old brickwork. On top of that Mint Cottage has just been awarded the Coveted Rose Award for going ‘that Extra Mile’ to provide excellent customer service.
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.
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.
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.
Heritage meets contemporary luxury in this former pump house. Now beautifully restored and converted with clever nods to its industrial roots, this romantic holiday cottage sits in an enviable position high upon the Yorkshire Moors above trendy Ilkley. No expense has been spared to give you a five star experience; from the Italian marble wet room, solid oak floors & doors, underfloor heating and gorgeous freestanding bath in the bedroom. And did we mention the views from the very private hot tub?
This 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.
We aren’t allowed to have favourites, but this retreat pulled our heartstrings. The Granary Barn is a gingerbread house-style getaway in rural Suffolk with bags of country charm making it a wonderful place to escape to with your partner. From the outside it looks like something straight out of Little Red Riding Hood – with wooden cladding and a peaked little roof. Situated just outside the village, down a country lane, it is sheltered in its own peaceful patch.
If you 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’.
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.
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.
Broadoaks boutique country house is nestled in the leafy Troutbeck valley which meanders it’s way to Lake Windermere. Set far enough off the beaten track to feel a million miles away but within 10 minutes of Windermere and Ambleside, this hotel offers easy access to all the Lakes has to offer but provides you with the peace and quiet you need to really relax.
There is something about the countryside that is naturally romantic – on a sunny day it beats all the chocolates and red wine put together. If you love it like we do then you will love rural Herefordshire, and Goose Cotts is a great hideaway to share a fresh air break - with fantastic walks in the Brecon Beacons right from the doorstep. SUMMER OFFER - Now 10% off all remaining summer stays.
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…
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
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.
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 retreat would make the perfect venue for a couple who want to explore South England – as you’ll find Hen House right on the edge of Worcestershire, Shropshire and Hereford. In a previous life this romantic cottages used to be the home for dozens of happy chickens, and now it has been lovingly recreated as a cosy coop for couples. It’s right in the countryside, so come prepared for some great views and laid back country sunsets.
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.