Seven Romantic Breaks in the UK
Romance is alive and well in the UK – if you’re looking for an unforgettable break with your partner, Britain has some of the most incredible experiences in the world. From quaint Cotswolds cottages to gothic hotels in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, there’s endless variety to what you can find here. Read on for seven of the best romantic breaks the UK has to offer.
Spitbank Fort, The Solent
Completed in 1878, Spitbank Fort is one of the three sea forts that sit in the Solent. These forts were constructed in order to provide a line of defence for Portsmouth. In 1982 the fort was considered to be no longer a defence requirement for UK shores and it was sold on to private investors who turned it into a luxury hotel. There are just nine suites which means the fort is always intimate and relaxed – the perfect place for secluded romance. You’ll enjoy stunning 360 degree views of the Solent, dine in the Officer’s Mess restaurant or drink in one of a number of bars.
Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel & Spa, West Sussex
Wickwoods is a beautiful country club and spa hotel that is set across 22 acres of sculpted gardens and woodland. Found in rural West Sussex, couples visiting here will love the heated indoor swimming pool, beauty suites and superbly appointed rooms. With an award-winning restaurant in The Glass House as well as a range of treatment rooms for luxurious spa therapies, this is a truly relaxing place to stay that lends itself to romance.
The Witchery, Edinburgh
If you’ve never experienced the wondrous city of Edinburgh, there’s no better place to do it than from The Witchery by the Castle. This effortlessly stunning gothic hotel is simultaneously grand and elegant – and the lavish baroque design that runs throughout the property in unlike almost anything else in the city. The boutique suites are decked out in splendour; every room is different, providing you with a unique experience. If you’re in Edinburgh but not staying at the hotel, it can be worth visiting the restaurant on its own, which offers indulgent Scottish cuisine in a grand setting.
Cley Windmill, Norfolk
Another unique place to stay is Cley Windmill. Found on the northern coast of Norfolk, this boutique B&B gives you the chance to stay in accommodation brimming over with character and charm. Each room is individually decorated and all provide lovely views of the surrounding countryside. For the most spectacular sights choose the Stone Room or the Wheel Room – the two highest in the windmill. The hotel’s restaurant serves a 3-course set dinner menu that changes every day; it’s definitely worth trying it during your stay.
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Lake District
The Lake District is undoubtedly one of the UK’s ultimate destinations when it comes to romantic getaways. With a backdrop of mountains, fells and forests, it’s home to gorgeous blue expanse of Windermere and a number of other lakes. Sitting only a five minute drive from the shore of Windermere is Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, a quaint former fishing lodge based on its own lake. Tranquil and intimate, there are only 11 rooms, so you can enjoy a very restful stay with your partner here. For an extra special treat, book one of the detached spa lodges which each have their own en suite spas.
Asphodel Cottage, Cotswolds
There is something about a beautiful thatched cottage in a pretty countryside setting that is just perfect for a romantic break with your partner. And Asphodel Cottage is undoubtedly one of the best options in the whole of the UK. This eye-catching one bedroom cottage dates all the way back to 1624 and has been lovingly restored to capture all of the character of the place. Blending home comforts with impressive décor, the cottage is a brilliant choice as a base as you explore the Cotswolds. It’s wonderful to return to this beautiful place after a day wandering around the local attractions.
One of London’s most iconic hotels, Claridge’s also makes for a truly luxurious place to stay during a romantic trip to the capital. A favourite amongst the rich and famous, the hotel has a glamorous reputation for housing everyone from Hollywood A-listers and rock stars to royalty. Michelin-starred restaurant Fera sits on the property and stands out as a truly unforgettable dining experience.
This article was written by Dakota Murphey, a hopeless romantic who loves to travel.