British getaways for next-level romance this Valentine's Day

A chance for loved-up couples, newlyweds and young families to say ‘I love you’ in an unforgettable setting, Valentine’s Day could not be better spent than in one of Britain’s romantic getaways. The land of grand houses nestled in rich woodland, boutique hotels filled with history, and a past steeped in heartfelt literature, there is something to warm the hearts of every couple. Here some of the most atmospheric places to stay in the UK for Valentine’s Day…

Glitz, glam and treehouses: London and south England

1. The Ritz, London

Known across the globe for being the height of class and sophistication, a stay in The Ritz could be the ultimate romantic gesture when staying in London. Walk through 112-years of history, sleep in the bed fit for royalty, or even treat your partner to a massage or beauty treatment, all in the height of luxury.

For the more money-conscious Casanovas, why not enjoy an unforgettable afternoon tea in this world-famous establishment.

The Ritz

2. Scarfes Bar, at the Rosewood Hotel, London

For a taste of the capital’s modern design and delicious cocktails, a stay at The Rosewood hotel has it all. Offering rooms and suites that are both high-end and contemporary, you can either have champagne ordered to your room or slip downstairs for a cocktail or two in Scarfes, their dimly lit romantic hotel bar. Full of cosy corners to cuddle up in, a vast range of drinks and live music to soak up, Scarfes would make a trip to London feel extra romantic.

Scarfes Bar

3. Treehouse Hideaway, Kent

For a romantic trip with an unexpected edge, book a stay in a whimsical wooden treehouse for two. Located near the seaside town of Whitstable in Kent, the Treehouse Hideaway in offers couples the chance to enjoy a romantic getaway with elements of both luxury and a closeness to nature. Perched 20ft above the ground and overlooking a wildlife park, this treetop getaway is brimming with romantic extras, such as a private hot tub, welcome hamper, outdoor chiminea and champagne on arrival.

Treehouse Hideaway

4. Cliveden, Berkshire

Once home to Dukes and Princes, Cliveden House & Spa is a stately home turned five-star hotel. Enriched with over 350 years of history, the rooms and suits are beautifully decorated in both regal to classic modern styles. Clivenden also offers hot tub rooms, Mansion House rooms and a separate Spring Cottage, a more family-friendly option which sleeps up to six.

For a romantic daytime activity on the hotel grounds, hop into a boat and serenely row or cruise across the lake, while tucking into a picnic basket or sipping champagne. Alongside its levels of luxury, this hotel also has family friendly aspects, from children staying free during the school holidays, to their 376-acres of National Trust grounds and estate maze; there are plenty of opportunities for young families to stretch their legs.


Mr Darcy inspiration and woodland retreats: South West England

5. Royal Crescent, Bath

View from a hot air balloon of the Royal Crescent, Bath, England.

Romance inspired literature buffs can recreate their own Mr Darcy-esque moment whilst staying at the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in the Jane Austen favourite, Bath. Made up of two of Bath’s famous Georgian townhouses, this hotel and spa offers 18th century architecture alongside modern luxuries. From extravagant suites to stylish rooms, all include marble bathrooms, robes and slippers.

This stunning hotel also offers spa day retreats and fine dining in their Dower House restaurant, but is perhaps best known for their indulgent afternoon tea – all fantastic day options for Valentine’s Day.

Royal Crescent

6. Summerhouse Cottage on the Tyntesfield Estate, Bristol

Tucked away in rich woodland, this former hunting lodge is nestled next to a stunning 19th century National Trust property, offering a self-catering summerhouse within its impressive estate. With cosy private outdoor space, a traditional open coal fire as well as access to the property’s formal gardens in the evening, Summerhouse Cottage could be one of the most charming getaways this Valentine’s Day.

Summerhouse Cottage

Luxury in the Countryside: Wales

7. The Grove, Narberth

Two men, a gay couple, walking and embracing in the grounds of a small hotel in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Love Is GREAT.

Having been awarded AA Hotel of the Year, Wales 2019/20, guests at The Grove in Narbeth can expect a luxury boutique hotel with ‘the warmest Welsh welcome’. Wake up in an individually designed room, stroll around their eclectic gardens and dine in one of the finest restaurants in Wales, the Fernery . Nestled close to Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park and some of Wales’ most beautiful beaches, The Grove makes an unbeatable base for your romantic countryside retreat in Wales.

The Grove

A day filled with poetry: North England

8. The Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere, Lake District

2020 marks Wordworth’s 250th birthday, so why not make this a Valentine’s Day getaway surrounded by romantic poetry. The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa is a country house hotel in Grasmere, features the poet’s signature on its signage, making it a popular choice among literature lovers. Offering fine dining and a holistic spa, it is a great place for reciting poetry to a significant other this Valentine’s Day.

Wordsworth Hotel and Spa

Valentine’s Day by candlelight: Scotland

9. Prestonfield House, Edinburgh

Prestonfield House is a luxurious five star boutique hotel in Edinburgh. An Arabic couple, man and woman, on the terrace looking out over the gardens.

For couples looking for a romantic escape brimming with five-star opulence, why not soak up some extravagance at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh this Valentine’s day. Expect dramatic rooms and suites, styled with romantic colours, rich fabrics and grand furniture.

Lovers on a budget can still experience this unique atmosphere in their Rhubarb restaurant. Serving the best of Scottish cuisine made with locally sourced produce, their candlelit eatery was made for a Valentine’s Day dinner.

Prestonfield House
27 Mar 2020(last updated)