We’ve handpicked some of the most romantic hotels and cottages in England’s Midshires. From a rustic cottage in the hidden gem of Rutland to a luxury spa hotel in the Cotswolds; you’ll find them here.
We’ve handpicked some of the most romantic hotels and cottages in England’s Midshires. From a rustic cottage in the hidden gem of Rutland to a luxury spa hotel in the Cotswolds; you’ll find them here.
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.
A cosy luxury lodge with private hot tub in the pretty Somerset countryside, Amber Lodge will appeal to those who prefer a classic decor. With its comfy sofas, generous kitchen, huge walk-in shower and of course the hot tub it has everything to make you feel spoiled and relaxed.Opens in a new window
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’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 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 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.
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
A fabulous luxury lodge with private hot tub in the pretty Somerset countryside, Pomegranate has everything for you to relax and rejuvenate. From the huge Band & Olufsen television to the cutting edge decor and of course the private hot tub.Opens in a new window
How about this luxury hot tub lodge for couples near Cheddar, Somerset? You’ll love contemporary decor, luxury touches, rural setting and of course that fabulous hot tub from where you can enjoy some spectacular sunsets.Opens in a new window
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.
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
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.
This handcrafted little hideaway provides an ideal escape for couples searching for luxury near Lincoln. The Bothy, in the quiet village of Martin, is part of a converted stable with country oak beams and cosy corners. It is run by owners who are clearly keen to share their passion for local and organic produce. The Bothy is a special place for that perfect break away. And now your pet can enjoy it too!
This gorgeous pet friendly barn is tucked by the trees of the Suffolk countryside and makes a great retreat for a couple seeking luxury – especially with its private outdoor hot tub. Deben Barn is named after the river which winds its way through Suffolk, all the way to the sea, which is just a half hour away.
Calling all nomadic romantics! This luxuriously styled yurt is for couples only and 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, Larch Yurt connects you to the glorious rolling Somerset landscape surrounding you.
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.
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.
This elegant retreat is a perfect pick for a couple searching for days exploring some of the most beautiful parts of south England, followed by relaxed evenings in their own private hot tub. Batcombe Hollow has been specially designed to offer a modern sophisticated eco space for a pair to enjoy, between an orchard and a host of walking routes, set in the quiet grounds of Strawberryfield Park. The lodge is an ideal choice for those searching for time away in the fresh west country air.
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.
Just look at that bed! This is a romantic luxury cottage with direct access to Tunstall Forest leading to Snape and the Arts & Music Centre there and onwards to the seaside at Aldeburgh. This luxury cottage will appeal to pet owners who want a more luxurious cottage and love authentic character, antique furnishings and great walks. The cottage also benefits from a bath and a cosy log burning stove.
Head to this retreat if you want to really wind down in luxury, in peaceful surroundings. Alde Barn Cottage is full of the little – and large – extras that make a holiday special. It includes a huge private hot tub, built in its own indoor-outdoor garden room, just for you, as well as your own log burning fire, a romantic mezzanine bedroom, a nice big garden for you to enjoy, and even a Nespresso coffee machine.
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.
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.
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.
Oak Tree Barn certainly knows how to impress. Its double height ceilings and open plan layout give it a wonderful light and airy feel and the contemporary interior with oak flooring and kitchen only add to this sense of luxury. Light floods in from the two sky lights and from your bed you can enjoy views over the surrounding countryside.
We think you will love this romantic retreat in Somerset. The Birdhouse is a secluded ‘treehouse’ that looks like an enormous - you guessed it - birdhouse on stilts. It has a playful feel to it with modern, bright and airy interiors and quirky windows that frame the views perfectly. The setting is magical; this romanic cottage for couples is located on an organic farm surrounded by rolling countryside and tucked away in a private woodland clearing. Complete with woodland hot tub, large balcony, fire pit and outside mood lighting, this is glamping at its very best.
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.
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.
Inspired by the other traditional yurts on the site, this wooden roundhouse offers all the charm of glamping with all the luxuries you’d expect from a five star holiday cottage. With a twist on the standard hot tub, this cottage offers a quirky outside bath big enough for two in its own bath house! Privately tucked away on a gorgeous organic farm in Somerset, it offers the perfect tonic for the stresses from every day living.
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.
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.
Stour Barn is a beautifully designed Suffolk hot tub cottage with vaulted ceilings, massive oak beams and wood flooring. With its eclectic mix of antique and modern furnishing, this single storey barn offers a perfect hot tub break for two in a very relaxed setting just outside the little Suffolk village of Stonham Aspal. And it’s pet friendly too!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beautifully designed with vaulted ceilings, massive oak beams and flooring, an eclectic mix of antique and modern furnishing and a mezzanine style bedroom, Orwell Woodfarm Barn offers a romantic break for two in a very relaxed setting down a pretty country lane just outside the little Suffolk village of Stonham Aspal. Oh, and did we mention it’s got a luxurious extra large private hot tub to boot?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A rural and thoroughly romantic retreat, the Hayloft is an eco-friendly yet luxurious 18th century stable conversion. Situated close to the Wolds, Lincolnshire coast and the Fens this is a rural escape for those seeking peace and tranquillity.
“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.
It’s not often that you find the perfect combination of boutique city chic and real country living. We think the owners of Stone Cottage have just nailed it - set in rural Herefordshire with far-reaching views this romantic bolthole for couples has an immaculate contemporary interior with open plan living, vaulted ceilings and boutique hotel style touches, making it the perfect honeymoon cottage. And on top of that you can bring your four legged friend with you on your romantic break; this Herefordshire retreat is dog friendly.
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.