10 utterly romantic hotels to stay in the UK

Monday 20 February 2017

Whether your idea of romance is a 4-poster bed, romantic seclusion or following in the footsteps of famous lovers and romantic writers, there’s a hotel in Britain to set your heart aflutter. Selected by the Good Hotel Guide, these hotels have all the essential ingredients for seduction – from spas to knee-trembling views.

Burgh Island Hotel, Devon

Burgh Island Hotel dining room

It’s hard to pin down Burgh Island’s most romantic quality. There’s its tidal island location, the faded 1930s’ glamour, the art deco, and the star-studded rollcall of famous guests like King Edward VIII, Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and pioneering aviator Amy Johnson. Surprise a book-loving beau with a stay in the Beach House; it’s where Christie wrote 2 of her novels, and is one of the hotel’s most pulse-racing rooms.

Calcot Manor, Cotswolds

Calcot Manor hotel, Cotswolds

Calcot Manor is the place to go if you can’t take time off from the kiddies. There’s an crèche and 2 play areas to keep the little ones happy while you 2 make a beeline for the spa for a soak in the lavender-lined outdoor hot tub, a pampering massage or to simply read a book uninterrupted. In the evening, make use of the baby-listening or baby-sitting services while you take your time over dinner. 

Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire

Langar Hall hotel, Nottinghamshire

The apricot-coloured Georgian Langar Hall glows in beautiful gardens in the picturesque Vale of Belvoir. Fans of romantic fiction writer Dame Barbara Cartland should book the Cartland room, where ‘the Queen of Romance’ used to stay on her way to Scotland. The other 11 rooms of the country house hotel are individually designed, and the huge 4-poster bed of the Bohemia room is just made for seduction.

The Portobello Hotel, London

The Portobello Hotel, London

This flamboyant Notting Hill hotel has a rock ‘n’ roll heritage that can’t fail to seduce. It has cradled the likes of The Rolling Stones and Patti Smith. One of the rooms has an antique 4-poster bed so high you need steps to climb in, while room 16 has a freestanding Victorian bathing machine in which Alice Cooper is said to have kept snakes, and where Kate Moss and Johnny Depp bathed in champagne. 

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath

The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, Bath

The Royal Crescent Hotel is a match made in heaven for the deeply romantic city of Bath Spa, with its honey-coloured Georgian crescents, Jane Austen connections and spa culture. Its prime location at the heart of the Instagram-worthy Royal Crescent means the views are magical, and it’s easy to imagine Austen’s heroines promenading outside. Inside, there’s a secluded walled garden, a fine-dining restaurant and an award-winning state-of-the-art spa. 

The Cavendish, Peak District

The Cavendish hotel, Peak District

Stay at this traditional hotel owned by the Duke of Devonshire and get a taste of the high life as you lie in bed looking out across the glorious Chatsworth Estate. The large inn and superior bedrooms are the most historic in the hotel, but for the most romantic views splash out on the Hartington Junior Suite, which also has a 4-poster bed.

The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

The Witchery hotel, Edinburgh

Ambling through 16th- and 17th-century buildings by the gates of Edinburgh Castle, The Witchery’s dramatic rooms are draped in antique velvet drapes and gold-laced brocade. If an oak-panelled bathroom, stags’ antlers and exceptional views across Edinburgh appeal, book the Turret Suite. The theatre continues in the atmospheric dining room, where Scottish menus are served alongside tapestries, antique candlesticks and a suit of armour, and breakfasts are candlelit – the pinnacle of gothic romance! 

Knockinaam Lodge, Scotland

Knockinaam Lodge, Scotland

This secluded 19th-century hunting lodge hotel edged by a private beach is so far off the beaten path that Churchill and Eisenhower met here in secret while planning the D-Day landings. The Churchill Suite is where the UK’s former prime minister stayed – the original fireplace and 100-year-old enamelled bath in which he soaked are still there; the super-king-size sleigh bed, walk-in shower and seating area are newer. 

Scarista House, Scotland

Scarista House, Scotland

Strip it back to what’s important at far-flung Scarista House, one of the remotest hotels that features in the Good Hotel Guide. The whitewashed, centuries-old manse on the edge of the Isle of Harris has vistas of mountains and a 3-mile (5km)-long beach washed by the Atlantic. Inside you’ll find wooden floors, comfy sofas, log fires, a library, and the restaurant. It’s the perfect place to escape to with the one you love.

Gliffaes Country House Hotel, Powys, Wales

Gliffaes Country House Hotel, Wales

The casual grandeur makes Gliffaes one of the most romantic hotels around; think period features, pheasants roaming the lawns, a posh home-from-home informality, and a 19th-century arboretum. Gliffaes also happens to be one of the best fishing hotels in the UK, so couples who bond over the technicalities of bait and lure can cuddle up in one of the lavish rooms after a day spent casting into the River Usk.

This selection of hotels is taken from the Good Hotel Guide’s Romantic Hotels.

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