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.
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
We all love to be beside the seaside! And Dorset offers some of the best seaside escapes with stunning beaches, idyllic countryside and some rather upmarket towns with excellent watering holes and eateries. Our partner Dorset Hideaways still has a few fantastic last minute holiday cottages in Dorset on offer - click here for more information.Opens in a new window
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.
Are you looking for a last minute romantic and rural holiday cottage? Our partner Rural Retreats still has over 100 romantic properties with late availability in some of the best places in the UK to get your much needed holiday or romantic fix. Click here to see their availability now.Opens in a new window
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 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
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
How cute is this romantic cottage? With its sea views, beamed ceilings, handcrafted kitchen and relaxed furniture we think it’s the perfect place to have a romantic break. You’ll love Polperro; a true Cornish fishing village frozen in time with lots to see and do. Park your car on the edge of the village, walk down to the pub or shop and feel your shoulders relax… And bring your pooch - this cottage is dog friendly too.Opens in a new window
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.
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.
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.
Where better to go in summer than beautiful Cornwall? This rugged county is still the nation’s favourite when it comes to a beach holiday with a touch of class. And our partner Cornwall Hideaways still have some Cornish cottages with late availability - click here to see their properties.Opens in a new window
For a quirky yet stylish hideaway in rural Devon, check out Bothy. Dating back to the 16th century it is set alongside the owner’s home down an unmade track in a romantic 4 acre wild garden. Inside, you’ll find character and history everywhere you look, along with an impressive collection of books adding to the bohemian feel. Upstairs this theme continues with the vaulted bedroom boasting original art and antiques. And best of all, this romantic bolthole is dog friendly.Opens in a new window
We think that pretty much everyone is desperate for a holiday or romantic break right now so you can relax and forget about everyday life for a while (we know we certainly are!). And since trying to find that perfect cottage with availability when you need it may seem like finding a needle in a haystack, we thought we’d share with you this link to our partner HolidayCottages.co.uk showing their late availability week by week - click here for more info.
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.
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.
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.
It doesn’t take long to fall for the charms of Hillside Cottage in the South Hams village of Ashprington. This getaway has so many things going for it – with luxury inside, coupled with fresh countryside on the doorstep, and its close proximity to world renowned wine estate Sharphams as well as the hugely popular Riverford Farm. Get over here in a flash with fast trains from London Paddington to Totnes, just three miles from the cottage, or fly in from the north to Exeter airport.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This lovingly-renovated stone cottage is the kind of place that we dream of when the phones are ringing or we are stuck in traffic. The Stables at The Rookery offers a true break from the busy working world and is the perfect size for a couple. Its location, on the edge of the historic town of Malmesbury, in Wiltshire, offers guests the chance to explore the Cotswolds together from their own little romantic hideaway. Includes a Master Cancel 100% refund policy and flexible cancellation until 2 days before arrival for your peace of mind.
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.
This romantic hideaway is perfect if you want your own spot of luxury in some of the ‘most English’ countryside in England. No 1 Rose Cottage is found among the rolling hills of South Lakeland, just four miles from the renowned Lake Windermere. This is famous writer territory – with no less than children’s writer Beatrix Potter and poet William Wordsworth inspired by the area – and when you arrive you will understand why.
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.
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 sleepy romantic cottage by the babbling River Tees is a sweet spot for a romantic break in County Durham. You’ll find this little luxury getaway on the gateway to Teesdale near Barnard Castle, one of the most picturesque parts of Northern England, with its waterfalls, castles, cycle routes and rolling hills leading on to the Pennines.
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.
We think Constance would be an ideal retreat choice for a couple who want a romantic break and have a couple of kids along with them too. You’re set in a rather grand location, within the tenth century Pickwell Manor, in peaceful grounds including an Italian Garden and rose arches, and also with the benefits of six acres of space to play, with beaches and rock pools just a 20 minute stroll away.
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.
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.
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.
Broadoaks Country House is nestled in the leafy Troutbeck valley which meanders its way to Lake Windermere. Set far enough off the beaten track to feel a million miles away but within a few 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.
This multi award winning, 5* romantic hideaway sits between two superb pubs (one of which is Gin Pub of The Year and has also been winner of The Best Rural Pub in Britain) and yet, despite its superb location it feels like a secret escape from the world. With copper hot tub style bath!
When city living gets too much we know where we would love to escape. Lovejoys is a romantic wood-beamed home-away-from-home and is only 90 minutes from London. Leave the office at closing time and you could make it in time for tea. This Essex hideaway offers a spacious setting with famous connections. Remember the 1990’s BBC series Lovejoy? Well, its charming village scenes were filmed a only few metres from the front door.
This 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.
This romantic retreat is a picture postcard place to tuck yourselves away, and a great hideaway from which to explore cliff top walks and the sandy beaches of England’s coastline. Liberty is a calming first floor apartment in the grounds of the lovely Pickwell Manor, in the quaint Devon village of Georgeham.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
Peek inside this rural retreat and prepare to be stunned. Inside has the sort of sophisticated luxury feel you might expect from an urban design show. Outside, you can enjoy the gorgeous wooden hot tub in the Somerset fresh air, surrounded by the folds of a 260-acre organic farm. You can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Some of the most romantic countryside in the world can surely be found in the picturesque Cotswolds – and this beautiful thatched cottage puts you in a great place to explore all the area has to offer. Bells Cottage is a historic pet friendly hideaway – perfect for couples with their pooch – with enough charm to knock you over. It’s full of modern comfort, with a huge four-poster bed and swish kitchen perfect for time away, all twinned with 500 years of character and a gorgeous English garden.
“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.
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.
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.
This North Yorkshire retreat is an ideal place to step back in time a little and live the country life for a few days. The Forge is a comfortable spacious hideaway, newly refurbished by owners Denise and Nigel. The inglenook fireplace is still there, but now there’s a modern kitchen, a swish en-suite shower room plus a separate bathroom, and hidden treats ranging from local cake to Masham’s famous Theakston’s beer.
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.
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. Visit England and AA COVID safe accreditation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With views across the River Tees and countryside, this five star gold rated romantic retreat has a lovely light and airy feeling. Cheeseborough House is a grade two-listed weaver’s cottage located in Thorngate, in historic Barnard Castle. While its history stems from centuries past, the cottage has been transformed inside, to give you a spot of luxury while you’re 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.
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.
We love the Cornish coast, with its altogether holiday vibes – and weather! Juliot Cottage puts you right in the midst of the harbours, sandy beaches and quaint cobbled streets of St Ives. It’s a wonderful place for a romantic retreat – with its miles of sandy coastline, facing all the sunsets, its walking opportunities in unspoilt countryside, a trendy art scene including the Tate, and even a chance to try your hand at surfing. Dog friendly, Visit England 5 star rating, Gold award and Green award.
Forge Cottage is the perfect combination of a historic character property and all the modern comforts you could think of. Set on Broadgate Farm Cottages with its pretty brick buildings under clay tile roofs and surrounded by acres of glorious farmland, this really is a perfect escape from your busy everyday lives. This part of Yorkshire is a hidden gem with the gorgeous market town of Beverley on your doorstep. Perfect for pooches too with a safely enclosed large garden and lots of walks from your doorstep.
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.
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.
This romantic retreat is tucked into the grounds of a rather grand country manor – so you can get away to your own corner of luxury in North Devon. Find yourself among six acres of historic luxury – with Italian gardens, rose arches and country views all around. And you’re just a 20-minute stroll from the sandy beach of Putsborough. Sounds good to us.