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.
Plenty of availability for 2019… 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
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 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
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
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 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
We think this retreat is a real gem for a couple that want to relax in luxury. The Barn in Cotleigh feels like your own swish spa, with spacious rooms and a vintage bathroom, but there’s no risk of ice rubs and plunge pools here – instead you’ve got beautiful views of the Blackdown Hills from your windows and all the countryside to explore from your doorstep.
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.
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
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 southern seaside cottage has been designed to spoil you – from its heated outdoor hot tub to the champagne, fresh flowers and scattered rose petals you’ll find inside. Lamorna View has great views across the waves and would be an ideal bolthole for a couple that want to get away to the coast for an indulgent break.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This chic apartment makes an excellent choice for a romantic break by the sea in Brighton – famed for its arty culture and pebbled beaches. Romantic Londoners can easily escape here for some fresh air, as it’s only a short hop by train from the city, but feels like a world away, with its long shorelines and quaint town full of boutique shops and restaurants.
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.
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.
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 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.
WITH LATE AVAILABILITY OFFERS - Sink into your very own outdoor hot tub at this luxury holiday cottage. The Shippen has panoramic views across meadows and dale. This is a retreat designed to give couples a taste of luxury in a calming natural setting on Sherway, a former dairy farm in the small East Devon parish of Clyst Hydon. The cottage is on top of a hill, meaning you get beautiful views – sometimes stretching almost 30 miles to Brixhams Parry – along with some great big skies.
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.
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 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.
WITH LATE AVAILABILITY OFFERS - This luxury Devon cottage is a great place to relax in the countryside and take in the scenery from your own private hot tub. Situated on a former dairy farm, The Dairy has a cosy home-away-from-home feel, with wooden beams across the ceilings of elegant rooms, a roll top bath and panoramic views from the terrace across the wildflower meadows and rolling countryside. The retreat is at the top of a south facing hill – so you can enjoy 28-mile views to Brixham’s Berry Head on most days and starry skies at night.
This gorgeous little hideaway feels like an escape away from everything – nestled on the side of a romantic English garden and a fifteen minute stroll or so from the sea. The owners have lovingly converted this original Hayloft to make it an ideal bolthole for couples. If you’re hoping for fresh sea air and the chance to explore the South English coast on your romantic break in Devon then Windchimes is a great fit.
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.
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.
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. Now complete with private hot tub!
WITH LATE AVAILABILITY OFFERS - This romantic retreat is one for the countryside fans. The Coach House is large and spacious and offers a couple the chance to get away from city life and chill out in a holiday cottage with a real luxury feel – and its own extra large outdoor hot tub.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This light and airy romantic retreat is the perfect place to enjoy sea views and relax, tucked away in a hidden corner on the edge of Penzance, in Cornwall. Finger’s Point is a converted barnhouse designed to a luxury standard and perfect just for two. Inside the cosy living area it is full of natural light – and outside there’s a private hot tub with views across the waves to the spectacular small tidal island of St Michael’s Mount.
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.
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.
This contemporary flat is a great bolthole for a couple who want their hideaway close to fun, and to the sea. Norfolk Terrace sits above Brighton’s city centre with all the sights of this arty town at close reach. The apartment is a stylish little gem, with modern furniture sat alongside beautiful stained glass windows.
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.
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.
This is an ideal getaway for a couple seeking complete relaxation, exclusivity, breakfast on their own private balcony and sunsets on the beautiful Devon/Cornish coastline. Church Cottage Studio sits in 18 acres of private land, tucked away from the busy world, but close enough for you to explore the golden sandy beaches and fishing villages of North Devon and Cornwall.
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 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.
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.
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.