Great British romantic breaks
PUBLISHED: 17:02 11 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:17 20 February 2013
Far-off climes may offer sea, sun and sand but it's fast becoming more fashionable to have a romantic break at home. Here's our pick of the most luxurious and romantic destinations the UK has to offer
COSY IN THE COTSWOLDS
Where to stay: Whatley Manor, Malmesbury. Surrounded by 12 acres of English country house gardens complete with rose garden, woodland and wildflower meadows, this restored manor house may be in a setting all on its own, but has a cosy, welcoming charm.
The suites are beautifully presented highly sophisticated, yet soft and contemporary and even have toasty warm under floor heating.
Whatley Manors The Dining Room restaurant has two Michelin-stars and appeared in the 2009 Good Food
Guide. Sample either the A La Carte or Tasting Menu.
Aquarias, the hotels award-winning spa offers exclusive pampering, just for two.
Costs: From 295 for a standard room to 855 for the Grand Suite.
While youre there:
Visit beautiful Bath, just 20 miles away. The Thermae Bath Spa in the city has a twilight session where you can relax in the warm, mineral rich waters and look out over the citys skyline.
Tel. 0844 8880844
Take a drive out to Tetbury (six miles), a thriving market town built around its outstanding 17th century Market Hall.
Fly up, up and away on your own hot air balloon champagne flight. Leaving from Cirencester, theres no better way
to celebrate just getting hitched.
Tel. 01453 753221.
Contact: Whatley Manor, Easton Grey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 0RB
01666 822888. www.whatleymanor.com
BONNY IN SCOTLAND
Where to stay: For the perfect honeymoon retreat in the Highlands, Pool House is eccentric, dramatic, passionate and homely all at the same time. This boutique hotel is renowned for its food, wine and dcor, which have become a vocation for the family who have literally scoured the earth to furnish their hotel. There are seven suites all with views of the loch. Particularly special is Diadem extremely intimate with its very own fireplace. You can even request an in-room massage.
Food is served in North by North West (restaurant) and is a seven-course modern Scottish supper.
Cost: Prices range from 190 to 400, which includes full Scottish breakfast, tea and sherry.
While youre there: You dont have to even leave the hotel for entertainment. The owners can organise a guided walk of the area or even a marine cruise from Gairloch to spot Minke whales, dolphins, seals or porpoise. Hawking at Kinlochewe can also be arranged.
Just over a mile away is the famous Inverewe Garden. Famed for its exotic plants but surrounded by craggy hillsides this garden has an air of tranquillity perfect for a romantic Sunday stroll. Tel. 0844 493 2225
Contact: Pool House, By Inverewe Garden, Highland, Poolewe, Ross-shire IV22 2LD Scotland. 0845 034 0700. www.mrandmrssmith.com
CRAZY FOR CORNWALL
Where to stay: If its stunning views and seaside treats youre after take a trip to Cornwall and stay at the Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes. Their coastal themed rooms have their own terrace and sea views. Enjoy a candlelit dinner in the Mediterranean-inspired dining room, where for 42 (three courses) you can enjoy their delicious, locally caught seafood.
Cost: From 240 to 325 (high season)
While youre there: The hotel has its own 48ft classic yacht and from Easter through to September their skipper can take you sailing around Falmouth Bay taking in the Helford and the Fal rivers. A days sailing costs about 550.
Explore the coastal paths, including a lovely stroll past St Mawes Castle.
The Eden project is also a short car journey away in St Austell.
Contact: Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes, Cornwall TR2 5DR. 01326 270055
YEARNING FOR YORKSHIRE
Where to stay: Moorland, woodland, dales and coast the North Yorkshire Moors has a little bit of everything. In the picturesque market town of Helmsley is the glorious Feversham Arms Hotel voted AA Hotel of the Year for England.
The Feversham Arms has a Mini-Mooners package and includes two nights stay in a beautiful room or suite with champagne and strawberries on arrival and an in-room Yorkshire breakfast each morning.
Couples can enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner, including the popular six-course Tasting Menu, which will be served on the first evening, and a three-course dinner on the second evening.
Your days can be spent exploring Yorkshire or relaxing at The Verbena Spa. Cosy up in the relaxation area or take some time to unwind in the heated outdoor pool or melt into the hot tub.
Cost: Prices start at 550 per couple for two nights.
While youre there: You couldnt leave Yorkshire without visiting York itself, just 23 miles away from the hotel. Perfect for a day of shopping or just t o explore the narrow cobbled streets, steeped in history, that twist and turn through York. Make sure you see The Yorvik Centre, Castle Museum, Cliffords Tower, The York Dungeon and the stunning cathedral, York Minster. Yorkshire is renowned for its castles. The best include the spooky Castle Howard, Pickering Castle and of course, Helmsley Castle.
Contact: The Feversham Arms Hotel, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AG. 01439 770766. www.fevershamarmshotel.co.uk
FLIRTY IN JERSEY
Where to stay: The Club Hotel & Spa, Jerseys newest luxury boutique property offers exclusive accommodation, a sublime spa with indoor and outdoor pools, plus Michelin-starred bar and restaurant, Bohemia.
Choose from one of the hotels three, four or five-night spa breaks, which includes a glass of bubbly, continental breakfast every morning and a 50 voucher per person to use in the spa.
Costs: Flights from Stansted to Jersey are priced from 140. A spa break costs from 299 to 899 depending on room choice and length of stay.
While youre there: Feeling adventurous? Try scuba diving Jersey has 45 miles of coastal landscapes waiting to be explored. Contact T&T Divers, tel. 07797 722697.
Visit La Mare Wine Estate in St Mary and enjoy a wine tasting session before lunching in their fabulous restaurant www.lamarewineestate.com
Climb the battlements of Elizabeth Castle and discover the history of Sir Walter Raleighs visit and King Charles IIs story of refuge.
Contact: The Club Hotel & Spa, Green Street, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands JE2 4UH. 01534 876500. www.theclubjersey.com
LOVED-UP IN THE LAKES
Where to stay: No 1 Silverbank, a beautiful five-star cottage, is situated on the side of a mountain, just a five-minute walk to the village of Coniston. It is a 10-minute walk to the lake where you can take a boat trip to Ruskins Brantwood. The cottage has an enclosed private walled garden with amazing views of the fell with the Old Man Mountain, old coppermines, waterfalls and bluebell wood on the doorstep.
There is also a concierge service which can help organise a reservation at any of the local restaurants; spa days at The Lakeside Hotel; beauty treatments at the cottage itself and luxury private yacht trips.
Costs: From 475 for a weekend break to 1,250 for seven nights.
While youre there: Take a steam gondola trip on Lake Coniston. Visit the pretty village of Grasmere and sample Sarah Nelsons gingerbread.
Go hiking up any of the Lakes many mountain ranges or take in the serenity of the lakes themselves over a picnic.
Try Lucys restaurant in Ambleside for a cosy, romantic dinner for two. Lucys has been featured in all the national press and is a must to visit. She can even deliver hampers of delicious deli-style food to the cottage if you want a cosy night in by the fire.
01539 4 31191.
Contact: No 1 Silverbank, Coniston, Lake District. 020 7704 9071. www.no1silverbank.com