With a leap year only occurring roughly once every four years and research indicating that 70% of men like the idea of a woman proposing, there couldn’t be a better excuse for ladies to embrace the age-old tradition of popping the question to their other halves on the 29th February.*

Women looking to get down on one knee for their future fiancés may be surprised at the level of traditions that surround this special event, some of which are listed below:

  • Think of a gesture to replace the traditional engagement ring offered to women when they accept a proposal. Perhaps a nice watch or engraved cufflinks.
  • Should he reject your proposal (hopefully not), it is tradition for the man to give the woman a kiss, a silk dress or twelve pairs of gloves so she can hide her naked ring finger.
  • Traditionally, women looking to ask future husbands for their hand wore a red petticoat to indicate to her intended that she planned to pop the question.

Luckily, the question of where to ask the big question can easily be taken care of. Those looking for a romantic setting for this rare and special occasion, needn’t look further than the stunning array of sumptuous suites available across the Hand Picked Hotels collection. Many of the hotels are former grand country house hotels and are found in tranquil countryside settings, a perfect intimate and secluded backdrop for that all important moment.

Lovers retreat to the New Forest

Munro Suite, Rhinefield House Hotel

Rhinefield House Hotel’s 40 acres of parkland and surrounding forest are perfect for romantic country walks and the hotel’s grounds have an abundance of wildlife, such as deer, right on its doorstep.

The hotel’s Munro Suite is undoubtedly the most romantic setting on offer for a proposal, boasting the very best views of the hotel’s 40 acres of parkland along with a stunning chandelier and an original marble fireplace with intricate wood panelling. For the final touch, guests have the option of rose petals to be distributed on their bed before arrival and for Champagne, red roses and chocolates to be waiting for them.

Hand Picked Hotels is offering spring Heritage breaks at Rhinefield House Hotel from £303 per couple. This price includes one night’s accommodation in the Munro Suite along with a three course dinner for two with a glass of wine and breakfast the following morning.

Romantic city break, Bath

Bailbrook House Hotel i

Home to the Roman Baths, which were voted the most romantic building in Britain in a RIBA poll, Bath oozes romance everywhere you look. Perched upon a hilltop with stunning views across the city, nearby Bailbrook House Hotel offers a stunning location to retreat to and pop that all important question.

The hotel offers a selection of excellent wines and relaxed surroundings to curl up by the fire with loved ones. What’s more, there are a number of glorious suites and feature rooms, including The John Eveleigh suite, which is situated in a secluded area of the hotel, offering a sense of intimacy and privacy. The woodland views also lend to a sense of seclusion whilst the original features such as the fireplace and tall windows give the room a quiet charm. The king sized bed is particularly romantic whilst the free-standing roll-top bath and rain shower offer a sense of indulgence.

Hand Picked Hotels is offering spring Heritage breaks at Bailbrook House Hotel from £379 per couple. This price includes one night’s accommodation in The John Eveleigh Suite along with a three course dinner for two with a glass of wine and breakfast the following morning.

Royal countryside getaway, Yorkshire

Crathorne Exterior

One of the best loved hotels in North Yorkshire, Crathorne Hall Hotel is set in 15 acres of private grounds and is known for its delightful afternoon tea and dining experiences with 4 Red Stars and 2 rosettes. The hotel previously hosted HM The Queen Mother and Prince Charles, offering the perfect setting to make your loved one feel like royalty before asking for their hand. Overlooking the Leven Valley on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, the hotel is a grand former stately home dating back to 1906. The Crathorne Suite, the hotel’s feature room, enjoys wonderful views over the surrounding gardens and Leven Valley along with spacious interiors complete with a living area and dining room table for those wanting to dine in their room for a truly intimate stay.

Hand Picked Hotels is offering spring Heritage breaks at Crathorne Hall Hotel from £222 per couple. This price includes one night’s accommodation in The Crathorne Suite along with a three course dinner for two with a glass of wine and breakfast the following morning.

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