We’ve handpicked some of the most romantic hotels and holiday cottages in the South of England. From a rustic cottage in Sussex to a luxury spa hotel in Devon; you’ll find them here.
We’ve handpicked some of the most romantic hotels and holiday cottages in the South of England. From a rustic cottage in Sussex to a luxury spa hotel in Devon; you’ll find them here.
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.
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.
A stunning piece of architecture in a stunning location; this is the Treehouse on the Lake at Clowance Estate. Complete with curved rooms and vaulted ceilings, it combines natural materials and a contemporary design to make this an unforgettable romantic break or holiday in Cornwall.Opens in a new window
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
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
A wonderfully bright and airy apartment in lovely Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, complete with sea views. We love the comfortable but contemporary interiors, calm and cool to reflect the stunning views outside. Escape the mainland and enjoy island life with a romantic break on the Isle of Wight.Opens in a new window
This romantic retreat in Cornwall offers couples the chance to unwind in their own luxury home from home, then step out to explore the south coast and one of England’s most creative towns. Cornish Chough is an ideal hideaway for a pair looking for luxury comfort – and their own crackling log fire – by the sea. Dog friendly.
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
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
Stay in one of these luxury Scandinavian-style hot tub lodges on the fabulous Clowance Estate in Cornwall. Located only 20 minutes from both the North as well as the South coast this is a great base to enjoy a relaxing romantic break in Cornwall.Opens in a new window
A luxury hot tub lodge on the shores of a stunning lake resort with a private bridge… 1 Miller’s Island ticks all the right boxes for a romantic hot tub break in Cornwall.Opens in a new window
A boutique retreat of the highest degree. Hatchway Lodge combines luxurious materials, classic furniture and immaculate taste to create one of the most sumptuous boltholes we’ve seen. Sink into the massive carved bed, relax in front of the wood burning stove or take in the stunning countryside views from your patio, this place has it all. Dog friendly.Opens in a new window
Plenty of availability for 2017… A beautifully restored former cart lodge, this cottage combines modern comforts and stunning open plan living with character features such as a wood burning stove, beamed vaulted ceilings and original flooring. Set in a secluded position with lovely views through the huge sliding doors this romantic bolthole offers everything for a perfect getaway in Sussex. Dog friendly.Opens in a new window
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
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.
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 challenge you not to fall in love with this place. Bathsheba is a romantic Devon shepherd’s hut that will be hard for anyone to beat. Not only is it decorated and furnished to make any heart melt, its remote location with stunning countryside views means you can truly escape from it all.
If you’re looking for a room with a view then this retreat will spoil you. With its windows pointing out across pretty Camel Estuary, Bijou is the perfect place to sit back and relax, watching boats and paddle boarders on the Padstow waters from the comfort of your own bespoke apartment. Pet friendly.
Be lulled to sleep by waves and sea breeze at this beautiful harbour retreat in Cornwall. We think The Studio is one of the prettiest seaside escapes you could wish for…This retreat is pint-sized, open plan and beautiful, with wooden rafters across the ceiling and natural white light flooding in through the windows. Wake up in a sumptuous bed for a day of seaside bliss.
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…
We love lazy days by the beach and this retreat puts you right on the front of the South English coast. Shaldon Beach Hut, in Shaldon, offers a luxury five star experience while allowing you to make the most of the sea just outside your front door.
For those in need of a romantic seaside bolthole and a fix of culture, art and fine dining, Blue Moon in St. Ives is bound to deliver on all fronts. We love the stylish interiors - think bohemian beach hut meets boutique hotel - and high end finishes, making this a perfect Cornwall luxury cottage for couples. And it’s pet friendly too so your pampered pooch won’t have to feel left out on your next romantic break in St. Ives.
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.
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.
This snug little hideaway is an ideal retreat for couples who are seeking a sea breeze and all the amenities of a seaside town. A spectacular sunrise can be sought from the nature reserve a few minutes walk from the cottage. And a spectacular sunset can be enjoyed at Kimmeridge Bay. Rumpus Cottage, in South East Dorset, is a calm and cosy retreat with oak beams and a nostalgic feel – perfect for a quiet getaway.
Soak up the sea breeze and some southern English sun at this tranquil little port spot. The Cabin is a pair of tiny, renovated Grade II listed buildings, with their own courtyard – making it perfect for a week of alfresco eating, resting up, and generally have a grand time.
This rural retreat offers guests the unique chance to wake up in the tranquil setting of this beautiful farm in the heart of the Devon countryside. Little Links Yurt puts you on the doorstep of the great outdoors with views overlooking the dramatic Dartmoor hills, enjoyed best from your own Scandinavian hot tub, fire pit or secluded garden.
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.
We definitely approve of the countryside sunsets you can enjoy from Apple Loft – they look stunning. From this little corner of Devon, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the county’s quirky little market towns. This open plan apartment is a relaxed place to run away to, and is the perfect size for two people.
This is a breath-taking retreat where you can wake up with the birds singing right outside your window. The Hideaway is a luxury treehouse, perched up in the tree tops in the tranquil East Woods, with views over to the coast and Devon’s Hartland Point.
E.M. Forster wanted A Room with a View – well Forster, we’ve found you the one! This romantic Devon retreat earns its name from its outlook. From the living room you can sit back and admire a beautiful 32-acre estate with fishing lakes.
This cosy cabin for two is hidden off the beaten track, beside one of Cornwall’s most romantic bays. The Lobster Pot is tucked by the tiny coastal village of Porthcothan and offers guests a true retreat, and an ideal location for exploring the many hidden coves and sandy stretches of the southern shoreline.
This sunny spot is a beautiful place to hideaway and we’ve found a charming little romantic bolthole for couples here. Honey Hedge has woodbeamed ceilings, a woodburner for cosy evenings and great sea views. We think it’s a great place to escape to enjoy Cornwall and some of the best south English coastline.
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.
You know you must be in a relaxing place when your toughest decision of the day is which flavour ice cream to choose. That is what it’s like in the historic coastal town of Boscastle, and this luxury fisherman’s cottage, with romantic wood burning stove and peaceful views, is a great place for a romantic retreat. It’s pet friendly too.
This romantic 18th Century thatched cottage is situated opposite the church in the picturesque Portman Estate village of Durweston, in the heart of Dorset within an area of “Outstanding Natural Beauty”. Lovingly restored in 2009, No 53 Durweston is a luxury holiday cottage that boasts a huge traditional Inglenook, oak flooring, cob walls and beams.
Little Owl Cottage is a grade II listed romantic thatched cottage in Devon, with its own private hot tub in a garden overlooking the beautiful surrounding countryside. The cottage is hidden away in the small village of Knowstone, near Exmoor. The area’s Michelin Starred Pub, The Masons Arms (Michelin Pub of the Year 2010), is just stone’s throw away. Exmoor is an ideal place for a short break with plenty of activities available such as horse-riding, walking, visiting local villages and sampling the essential Devon cream teas! Little Owl cottage is close by the Two Moors Way.
Tucked away in the unspoilt village of Tywardreath this romantic detached stonebuilt hideaway for two was once the robing room of the landed gentry for the beautiful village church next door. Tastefully modernized and equipped to a high standard the cottage is close by some lovely local beaches and is in the heart of “Daphne du Maurier” country.
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.
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.
There’s something quite idyllic about the idea of sleeping up above the ground and waking up with fields and fields rolling out like a map beneath you – and if this sparks your imagination too then you will love The Loft. This luxury woodland getaway is handcrafted from larch and pine and designed as a romantic experience in Devon, especially for couples.
Rafe Hall Coach House is like staying in a luxury boutique hotel but with all the comforts of home, plus space and privacy. No wonder it gets rave reviews from previous guests; it is set in 7 acres of gorgeous gardens and is beautifully designed with no expenses spared. So we reckon it’s pretty much the perfect place to come and enjoy a romantic luxury break in the Essex countryside.
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.
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.
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.
Perfect for romantic cottage breaks, honeymoons and mini moons, Moorland View has a cosy log fire, beautiful boutique décor, oak-beamed rooms, a huge copper bath for two, beautiful views and a romantic rose garden.
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.
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.
Whitsand Bay is one of those stretches of English coastline that feels ancient and unchanged – rugged and naturally romantic through and through. And tucked in the side of the coastline here is the laid back Whirlwind retreat, where you can enjoy views of the sea and a real feeling of escape.
We have fallen in love with this southern escape. The beautiful rooms and maritime heritage of The Cottage in Charlestown have us dreaming of a week by the sea. This pint-sized grade II listed house is only 300 yards from the quayside in an olde worlde village – and a million miles away from modern city living.
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.
Always dreamed of having your own off-grid cabin in the woods? Now you can experience it yourself in the romantic Bulworthy Cabin in gorgeous Devon. Heat and warm water comes from the wood burning stove, electricity from solar panels and you can cook over the campfire or on the barbecue. Set in a secluded woodland glade, this is the ultimate ‘getting away from it all’ woodland escape.
Rose Cottage is a romantic 18th century boutique hideaway with 21st century luxuries. The cottage oozes character with its wonky walls and beams, but has been lovingly updated in a French shabby chic style with Farrow and Ball paints and luxury wallpapers. Perfect for romantics fancying a luxury break in Devon it boasts an amazing double copper bath and large private hot tub in the garden.
Ice creams, golden beaches and cream teas. Or walks across Exmoor and a drive along rugged cliffs? Devon has it all, so it’s little wonder that it still is one of the country’s favourite holiday destinations. And for that special romantic break in Devon we have found a lovely little spot with glorious countryside views and an outdoor jacuzzi spa pool.