You can’t fail the warm tingly glow of love at our pick of the best romantic getaways in the UK…
THE SECLUDED CABIN
The remote and rugged location of the Black Shed in Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye looks like the setting for a classic romance novel. With free-range chickens and Hebridean sheep roaming around outside and Loch Dunvegan lapping on the shore nearby, this self-catering cabin is the perfect place to get away from it all. Its stylish, contemporary living space doesn’t compromise on cosiness, so snuggle up with your loved one in front of the log burner, watch the storm pass overhead or sit out on the deck and lose yourself in the view. Or why not treat yourself by ordering in Champagne and flowers from hosts Blair and Tim and retreat to the wrought iron king-size bed instead!
From £85 per night (sleeps 2) / 0117 204 7830
THE LUXURY TREEHOUSE
Get back to nature with all the luxury of a five-star hotel in one of the Treehouse Suites at Chewton Glen in Hampshire. Each has a king-size bed, a large outdoor terrace with hot tub, as well as sitting and dining areas and a compact kitchenette, not to mention the unrivalled tree canopy views. You don’t even have to leave your treetop hideaway for breakfast as you can arrange for a hamper to be delivered through a secret hatch every morning. With the New Forest and the sea on your doorstep, it’s little wonder that Chewton Glen has been named as one of the World’s Best Hotels.
Suites from £800 per night / 01425 282212
THE COUNTRY MANOR
The spectacular stately home of Cowley Manor near Cheltenham, built in beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone, is the winner of numerous awards and regularly appears in lists of top spas and countryside retreats. It’s easy to see why. Set in 55 acres of parkland, woods and meadows, and with gardens that feature a series of lakes, natural springs and Victorian cascades, author Lewis Carroll is said to have been inspired to write Alice in Wonderland here. In fact, there’s no better way to enjoy the grounds at Cowley Manor than with a romantic picnic, which you can order the previous day and enjoy at numerous beauty spots throughout the grounds.
Double room from £195 per night / 01242 870900
THE BOHO HIDEAWAY
This lovingly converted Bedford Panorama Bus, powered by the sun, sits in a beautiful little spot near the historic market town of Hay-on-Wye. The Majestic Bus in Herefordshire is tucked away in a garden teaming with flowers overlooking rolling green hills as far as the eye can see. Explore the nearby wooded valleys and quiet country lanes on foot before enjoying a long soak in the purpose-built wooden bath house decorated with tealights a few metres from the bus. Then snuggle up together in front of the log burner and whip up a romantic dinner in the well appointed handcrafted kitchen.
From £90 per night (price based on 2 people) / 01497 831 733
THE LUXURY SPA
If your idea of romance is full-on his and hers pampering, then the beautiful five-star Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey, is for you. Awarded Best Luxury Spa 2015 at The Good Spa Guide Awards, their 45,000sq ft spa features 21 treatment rooms, eight swimming pools (one with underwater music no less!), a thermal haven heat experience, hydrotherapy pools and outdoor hot tubs. And after all that relaxation, you can retire to the two Michelin-starred restaurant for dinner à deux. Set in 123 acres of parkland, this country house hotel is wall-to-wall luxury and with the likes of Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman among its past guests, you may even be able to do some celebrity spotting while you’re there.
Doubles from £235 per night / 01276 486156
THE COASTAL DOVECOTE
This shabby chic style country house hotel enjoys beautiful views over the long sandy stretches of coast on its doorstep, but you’ll find the real pièce de résistance at The Pig Hotel in Studland Bay, Dorset, tucked away in the kitchen garden. For a truly private and romantic setting, book into one of the two pretty thatched converted dovecotes – The Bothy and The Lookout – which each feature a four-poster bed and freestanding bath. Once there, you can enjoy the greenhouse restaurant, which uses fresh produce from the kitchen garden, or book in for a relaxing massage in the shepherd huts-turned-treatment rooms.
Prices from £219 (The Bothy) and £229 (The Lookout) per night / 01929 450288
THE BEACHSIDE YURT
Tucked away in woodland, just a minute’s walk from a gorgeous private beach, this glorious yurt is a popular honeymoon destination. 52 Beach View on the Isle of Wight is romantically decorated with soft muted colours, shabby chic furniture and even a pretty little writing desk, as well as a deck surrounded by trees that can be reached through French doors. Guests can use the pool and tennis courts at The Priory Bay Hotel, where breakfast is also served. If you’re feeling flush, charter the hotel yacht and cruise around the bay.
From £200 per night (sleeps 2) / 0117 204 7830