Since the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, some couples may be thinking of making their own romantic proposal.
Here’s a round-up of five unique places in the UK perfect for popping the question – from a fairy-tale treehouse to hidden forests that inspired the greatest legendary lovers.
1. A fairy-tale treehouse overlooking the shores of Loch Goil
For a magical moment you want a truly memorable location, and you certainly won't forget The Lodge's enchanting treehouse overlooking a Scottish lake as the backdrop of your proposal. Enjoy a private candlelit dinner for two before the main event and then retreat to The Lodge itself – an intimate five-star venue popular with weddings and fashion shoots, located about an hour and 30 minutes' drive from Glasgow. The treehouse even has a marriage licence, so you can come back and get married in the place where you proposed!
2. A bespoke proposal looking over London
Twice the height of any other vantage point in the city, The Shard offers breath-taking views of London and is fast becoming known as one of the capital's most romantic destinations, especially when you add a spectacular sunset and a glass of champagne into the mix. The View from the Shard has a dedicated concierge service to help make your proposal unforgettable, with everything from exclusive use of the viewing gallery after hours and personalised music, to candles, petals and champagne - or, if you're thinking of something really different, they also work closely with dedicated romantic event planners, The Proposers.
3. On the beach at sunset
If you're ready to ask for your beloved's hand in marriage, the British coast makes an ideal backdrop. The sand at Bamburgh Beach turns a pinky hue at sunset, so pack a champagne picnic, pick a sand dune for privacy and ask the question that's been burning a hole in your pocket all day. Or you could opt for Rhossili Bay in south Wales, which is regularly voted as one of the world's top beaches and best picnic spots. And it's little wonder – the water is refreshing and clean and there's a cute property you can stay in, The Old Rectory, located right on the beach with uninterrupted views of the sea; it is one of the National Trust's most popular holiday cottages.
4. At the foot of a waterfall in the Lake District
With its mountain peaks and glistenng lakes, there is nowhere else quite like the Lake District. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the most popular places to propose in the UK, but you can still find an isolated part of this idyllic landscape for your own romantic moment. Derwent Water is a stunning body of shimmering tranquillity, perfect for a private little boat trip proposal, or how about going down on one knee at the foot of a waterfall? Sitting in the 40-acre grounds of Lodore Falls Hotel, overlooking Derwent Water, are the Lodore Falls. The hotel takes real enjoyment in helping guests make their proposals as special as possible, followed by an overnight stay in the romantic Lake View bedroom.
5. Live out your own great literary love
Follow in the footsteps of great lovers in history and literature and head into Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire if you're a budding Robin Hood or Maid Marian; the pair are said to have been married in Edwinstowe Church, and there's a statue marking the site of the event. Fans of Robin Hood Prince of Thieves should make a pilgrimage to Hadrian's Wall (the section of wall in Northumberland), where they'll see the solitary tree immortalised in the film, which also makes a nice proposal spot.
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