We need no encouragement to book a weekend away - but, if you're after an excuse, this month is definitely it. From seashore to city escape, we've rounded up some of the best hotels in the country for a romantic retreat... perfect for two.
Wood panelling, roaring fires, books everywhere, even a garden terrace for Spring days… - The Rookery has Georgian charm in spades. Steps away from St Paul’s Cathedral and the Old Bailey, it’s nestled in the heart of what feels like Dickensian London and it’s your own private urban escape. Book the lavishly decorated Rooks’ Nest on the top floor. Trust us, it’s special.
Who says you have to escape to the country for romance? Perched on the edge of the Clifton Downs at the top of one of Bristol’s highest hills, Number Thirty Eight is the ultimate city hideaway for two. The 10 bedrooms in this elegant Georgian townhouse are dark, masculine and alluring - as though they were designed by Tom Ford. The detailing is understated - from copper roll top baths to intriguing works of art. All topped off with panoramic rooftop views and one of the best breakfasts in Bristol.
There are now five little piggies in the Pig empire (with another due to open in West Sussex this year) and they are redefining the country house hotel. This one is a quirky, revamped 16th Century manor house in a stunning seaside setting. Ask for one of the thatched follies overlooking the kitchen garden (the produce is put to excellent use in the Pigs’ now-legendary local menu) or the converted shepherd’s hut tucked amongst green trees.
What could possibly be more romantic than a hotel set on a private island? It’s traditional – in the best possible way. Imagine you’ve been invited to stay in a grand country house with an award winning Michelin star restaurant and staff happy to cater to your every whim - leaving you free to gaze into your beloved’s eyes. Or not! And the setting? Idyllic.
A recently renovated mansion in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, The Grove is probably the prettiest hotel in Wales. Outside, it’s classic gorgeous country house; inside, it’s regal luxury with a hint of decadence (big carved beds – some rooms have four-posters, cast-iron baths, Asian artwork, silk curtains…). Stroll in the grounds, hole up in the library, and end your day in one of the panelled snugs, sipping wine by candlelight.
Lime Wood manages to achieve the rare feat of being luxurious, but relaxed; grand in scale but not in pretension. The spa – with its rooftop pool and hot tub – is peerless. The hotel – set amidst rolling grounds – is so gorgeously styled it’s an Instagram dream. Expect open fires, perfectly placed armchairs, roll top baths and vast, laze-inducing beds.
Perched on a cliff top overlooking the bay at Mawgan Porth, the strikingly modern Scarlet is a fabulous proposition: a truly luxurious, grown-ups only eco hotel. Vast glass windows (most of the rooms have outdoor space) mean the cool interior merges with the stunning views. There’s an Ayurvedic spa with tented treatment pods and – the romantic tour de force – outdoor wood-fired hot tubs, the perfect spot for champagne at sunset.
With its slick blend of traditional and modern, Gilpin Lodge is a treat in itself, but head to the Lake House for the ultimate in romance. With just six bedrooms, it feels like staying in a private home on the lake – an impeccably stylish one, with perfect service, a sleek spa and an overwhelming sense of peace and relaxation.
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