Life today just seems to get busier and busier, but taking time out of your routine with your significant other is really important. You can get away from domestic duties, really talk to one another and spend some ‘quality time’ remembering what it was that attracted you to one another in the first place. So whether you’re looking for a romantic mini-moon or just want to escape the wedding planning for a few days, here’s our pick of the most romantic getaway locations around the country.
Setting the scene for romance
So where should you go? It all depends on what you like to do as a couple. Some of you may like nothing more than to hole up in a cottage in the countryside – just the two of you with a log fire, a local pub, down the road, serving delicious traditional food, long walks in the countryside and lazy morning lie-ins.
Others might like to push the boat out a bit. Stay in a posh country house hotel with everything laid on. Maybe a spa for a relaxing couple’s massage? Somewhere you can enjoy a round of golf together? Or indulge in a full afternoon tea after a long walk in beautiful countryside?
Combe House Hotel, Devon
Stay at Combe House Hotel in Devon and you can relax together in a six foot round copper tub if you stay in The Linen Suite. You can work up an appetite striding around the 3,500 acres of stunning countryside that surrounds the venue and then indulge yourselves over dinner in the two rosette AA restaurant.
Old Swan and Minster Mill, Oxfordshire
If a four-poster bed sounds perfect to you, then you should investigate the Old Swan and Minster Mill in Oxfordshire. With all the charm of an English country house, you’ll find plenty of activities to enjoy together like fishing, cycling or horse-riding before enjoying a evening in the restaurant browsing over the menu. If you prefer slightly more modern surroundings, then choose one of the hotel’s more contemporary bedrooms, which come complete with a private patio and a firepit. Perfect for late-night discussions under a starlit sky!
Winder Hall, Lake District
If hot tubs are your thing, then visit Winder Hall at Loweswater where you can relax in one with a bottle of wine after a day’s walking. The Hall is set in the most gorgeous location, surrounded by fields and fells just perfect for wild and moody romantic walks. Log fires, snugly sofas, calorific afternoon teas and delicious homemade food complete the picture.
Ann’s Hill, Cumbria
Like cooking? If you’re happy to self cater, then try Ann’s Hill at Bridekirk, which is a 5 star self-catering cottage with log fire, super-king sized bed and a truly sensuous bathroom – painted ruby-red with a slipper bath for two, LCD TV built into the wall and an enormous rain-drop shower.
A generous hamper of luxury items is included and Champagne is there ready chilled for your arrival. If you wish to dine in without the trouble of cooking, restaurant prepared meals may be pre-ordered and delivered straight to your room. In the morning, a light breakfast will be provided to enjoy in the sumptuous bedroom overlooking the countryside.
Romantic wedding venues
Of course, you might be looking for a super-romantic venue to host your actual wedding day. If you love period drama like Downton Abbey then why not investigate somewhere that’s been used as a film setting? Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire has very intimate and beautifully furnished interiors – although, of course, you could make like her Ladyship and plump for a marquee in the garden.
The UK certainly has some very romantic venues to investigate and it really is important to take time out together as a couple – particularly when you’re planning your wedding. So indulge yourself, take a break from planning the big day and organise a romantic getaway you’ll never forget!