Feature: Top romantic boutique breaks - close to home

11 November 2011 15:39

Planning a romantic getaway in a luxurious boutique hotel with your significant other? Yes?! Good! Then you have come to the right place for inspiration. We have compiled our top romantic getaways in some of the most luxurious and beautiful places across the UK. Forget about Paris, Rome and Prague, the British Isles offer a true base for a couples retreat. Focusing on ambience, style and hospitality, our top boutique hotels offer the perfect backdrop for a special romantic break.

The dark winter months are definitely the ideal time to whisk your loved one away on a romantic break for two. Candlelit dinners, couples spa treatments and breakfast in bed. We have done everything to find you the best places to give you that top-of-the-world feeling. Valentine’s Day may be several months away, but remember romance isn’t just for Valentine’s Day!

Hotel du Vin, York
Taking the first steps towards the ultimate romantic getaway, York offers a beautiful setting for couples looking for some one-on-one time with each other. Big, boundless and packed with scenic attractions, Yorkshire is home to two glorious national parks and a maze of underground caves, and beautiful and historic York of course. And don’t forget to bring your coat and walking boots – there’s no shortage of hills to climb and valleys to walk.

York is the latest opening for this award-winning chain, Hotel du Vin, with a lie-back-and-do-nothing atmosphere. The stylish hotel follows the same attractive format, turn a distinctive building – in this case, a Grade II-listed property dating back to the early nineteenth century – into a relaxing den with leather sofas, enormous beds and immaculate bathrooms. The ideal check-in if you’re feeling light-hearted and in love. The bistro serves comfort food, great for the cold winter nights. Every room is named after a wine house and they all have hot tubs. The big suite has a large walk-in shower and an eight-foot wide bed, perfect for those lazy days in bed with your loved one.

The Dial House Hotel, Bourton-on-the-Water
Amid the rolling hills and honey-coloured villages lies an intimate hotel to suit the romantics amongst us, the ultimate romantic retreat! If your idea of romance starts with sinking into a sofa in front of a lively fire and cradling a glass of Pinot Grigio, The Dial House Hotel is the perfect place for you and your loved one. Slap in the middle of Bourton-on-the-Water, the hotel is set in a village made to grace postcard covers. Originally a seventeenth-century country house, the property has been converted into an intimate, contemporary hotel.

Yes, it’s cute! Yes, it’s cosy! But the rooms strike a beautiful balance between urban boutique hotel and rural getaway. But food is definitely the biggest selling point here. The modern European cooking is both delicious and unfussy, and the produce is locally sourced. After a stroll around the lovely garden, exploring the beautiful village is a cosy and relaxing experience. Who says romance is dead?!

Whatley Manor, Wiltshire
Whether a hot tub made for two or a couples’ spa treatment is your idea of bliss, treating your beloved to a getaway they will never forget is exactly what is in store at Whatley Manor. This is not your average romantic boutique break! When it comes to stripping off, the hammams of Marrakech are not for the faint-hearted. The traditional bathing ritual comprises a good hour of scrubbing while you lay on a stone slap, followed by muddy unguents. It is an invigorating experience!

Closer to home, in Wiltshire, loved-up couples can book a rasul or hammam treatment in Whatley Manor’s award-winning spa. The naked clay rubbing in the private heated chamber is a unique and hot-and-steamy experience. Claiming to set new standards in ‘comfort, elegance and relaxation’, the exclusive hotel is a beautifully restored Cotswold manor.

The Lazy Fish, Cumbria
A beautiful setting, privacy and elegance, The Lazy Fish is located in the heart of the northern Lake District – giving you all the walking possibilities you could ever wish for. This converted barn is filled with thrilling contemporary touches – an oval bath, separate wet room and oversized beds. The kitchen has black granite work tops and bar chairs for two, and if you are feeling in need of more than emotional sustenance a private chef can be engaged to create the ultimate romantic menu.

Not everyone is in the first flush of love but if you are, this is the perfect place to enjoy each other’s company without interference from anyone. The Lazy Fish offers ultimate privacy. It offers seclusion. And it offers a romantic setting.

Island of Jura, Scotland
Size won’t matter for couples heading to the remote Scottish island of Jura for the ultimate romantic retreat. The 30-mile long island has a spectacular coastline, awe-inspiring mountain range and long beaches. With just one road, one pub, one shop and scarce mobile reception, it’s one secluded spot where you won’t be disturbed. This is a true love nest far away from the bustle of everyday life.

The island boasts a five-bedroom, designer, luxury lodge, which is available for couples for long weekends in real seclusion. The lodge offers an eccentric display of stylish and atmospheric touches. The spectacular setting and stunning views from the lodge is the ideal setting for romance to blossom.

The Drawing Room, Powys, Wales
Judging by the chocolate-box countryside combined with cutting-edge furnishings, this boutique hotel, The Drawing Room is a cosy and relaxing retreat. The Georgian country house has two atmospheric laid-back sitting rooms, both with open fires. An eclectic range of second-hand volumes line the bookcases, and are ideal for browsing before you head upstairs for a soak in posh bubbles from Penhaligon’s.

Dressed with crisp Laura Ashley linen, firm bolsters and a soft mohair throw, the bed invites romantics to stay in bed for days. With the breakfast menu alone offering scrambled eggs with Avruga caviar, omelette Arnold Bennett or sauté of wild mushrooms on toast, you will have the perfect start to the morning.

Whether you look for ideas for next year’s Valentine’s break, a sexy weekend, a special anniversary celebration or a place to pop the big question, Britain’s many luxurious boutique hotels offer the perfect romantic getaways for couples. With all this choice available in the UK, are you ready to treat your loved one to a romantic getaway yet?


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