9 romantic getaways in the UK that’ll sweep them off their feet

All you need is love – and the perfect place to celebrate it.

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Offering picturesque locations, luxury amenities and fine dining restaurants, the UK is home to some incredibly dreamy hotels.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate an anniversary, or a getaway for a Valentine’s Day treat or you’re simply in need of some quality time together, one of these fairytale destinations can help you do that.

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1. Flemings Mayfair, London

Established in 1851, Flemings is one of London’s longest-standing hotels and provides fantastic service to match its excellent reputation. With Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Oxford Street right on your doorstep, you’re well-placed to explore the best of England’s vibrant capital city.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Chocolates on arrival, breakfast in bed, cocktail bar, afternoon tea
  • Why do we love it? Celebrate your love over afternoon tea in the quintessentially British dining room.
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2. Barnsley House Hotel, The Cotswolds

Escape to the country for a spa weekend to this manor house in the idyllic Cotswold National Park. With just a village pub nearby and miles of public footpaths, you can spend plenty of quality time with your special someone.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Garden spa, private gardens, room service, open fireplace, four-poster bed, private cinema
  • Why do we love it? The on-site farm-to-table restaurant cooks only using seasonal produce, most of which you can find growing in the hotel’s vegetable patch.
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3. The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath

What could be more romantic than a hotel set in the heart of England’s original spa town? The Gainsborough Hotel houses genuine Roman baths that have been given a contemporary makeover and are fed by natural thermal waters only.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Three thermal pools, sauna, beauty centre, couples’ massages, marble bathrooms, three AA Rosettes restaurant
  • Why do we love it? Treat yourself to one of the Spa Suites to enjoy a large roll top bath-tub, complete with thermal water taps, fed by the underground springs.
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4. Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Lake District

The Gilpin Hotel is ideal for guests who want the best of both worlds: the serenity of the natural world and the luxury of a comfortable hotel. Spend days exploring the hills and waterfalls of The Lake District National Park before retreating to your private jacuzzi or lakeside spot to watch the sunset.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Outdoor jacuzzi, lakeside dining, indoor pool, open fireplace, private hot tub, sauna, steam room
  • Why do we love it? Experience the Lakes from a different perspective and arrange a day of horseback riding for you and your partner.
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5. Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant, Dorset

Romantic doesn’t have to be flashy, and this rustic hotel on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset proves it. Enjoy ocean views from your hotel room and romantic strolls along Lyme Bay.

  • Star rating: 2 stars
  • Romantic features: Champagne, flowers or chocolate on arrival, spa treatment room, award-winning dining room, lunch on the beach
  • Why do we love it? Celebrate your love over afternoon tea in the quintessentially British dining room.
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6. The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

We can bet our bottom dollar that you’ve never stayed in a hotel like The Witchery before. Set in the heart of the city, this vibrant hotel has just nine uniquely designed guestrooms laden with one-off antiques and bundles of moody coloured silk, all brought to life by hundreds of candles.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Draped four-poster beds, velvet bed throws, award-winning wine list in its dining room, antique features
  • Why do we love it? Illuminated almost solely by candlelight, the fantastic Secret Garden restaurant, hidden in a historic courtyard, makes for a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner.
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7. Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Fort William

Once visited by Queen Victoria and lying in the foothills of Ben Nevis, this 18th century Inverlochy Castle emanates that aristocratic feel. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the Great Hall before your 7-course meal with and after-dinner entertainment in the billiard room.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Open fireplace, Michelin-star dining room, sommelier, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service
  • Why do we love it? If you’re visiting during the winter, head to the nearby Nevis Range and try your hand at skiing or snowboarding.
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8. The Grove, Pembrokeshire

This three-storey Georgian-style hotel is home to a handful of bedrooms so cosy you won’t want to leave your bed in the morning. Perhaps the on-site restaurant, run by a former Michelin starred chef and serving picture-perfect breakfasts, will coax you out.

  • Star rating: 5 stars
  • Romantic features: Outdoor terrace, open fireplace, beauty centre, award-winning wine list, live jazz band at dinner, 26 acres of grounds to explore
  • Why do we love it? The Welsh coast is just a 15-minute drive away, perfect for winter walks or summer sunning.
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9. Hotel Endsleigh, Devon

Built in the early 19th century, this historic property is as perfectly located for exploring the Dartmoor and Bodmin Moors as it is for snuggling up in front of a crackling fire.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Romantic features: Open fireplace, plump sofa, reading room, roll-top baths, Italian restaurant onsite
  • Why do we love it? Tours can be arranged with the head gardener to learn all about the 100 acres of Grade I listed gardens that surround the property.
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Where should I stay in the UK?

From busy cities to the secluded countryside, there’s a place to suit every type of traveller in the UK. Here are a few places that we’d recommend staying at for that ultra-romantic touch:

  • London. Great for sunset walks along Southbank, Michelin-star dining, luxury hotels and perhaps a little engagement ring shopping. Just be prepared for higher prices than most other cities in the UK.
  • The Cotswolds. This is a place where time has stood still, where the rolling hills and undisturbed countryside hides countless limestone villages that are home to boutique stays and spa hotels.
  • Edinburgh. Built in the 12th century, and with much of its historic infrastructure still in play, Edinburgh is considered to be Scotland’s cultural capital. Keep a lookout for hidden pubs and quaint tea rooms whilst exploring the city’s intriguing castles.
  • Bath. Knighted by the Romans as the spa town, Bath has been a place of relaxation and tranquillity for thousands of years. Georgian architecture lines original cobbled streets, home to independent trinket shops and artisanal bakeries.
  • The Lake District. Used as a source of inspiration and creativity for some of England’s most well-known poets and writers, and home to some of the country’s most exclusive spa retreats, it’s no surprise that The Lake District National Park has built up a reputation as a romantic getaway.

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