From the gateway to the wild Sperrin Mountains in Northern Ireland, to the iconic locations used in Pride & Prejudice (2005), Britain is rich with romantic places perfect for a client’s special trip. To mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen, one of the most widely read romance authors in English literature, here are a few ideas inspired by the famous writer.
1) Explore the ancient streets of York
York's city centre is made up of a series of twisting, narrow lanes. At its heart is the Shambles, a cobbled street lined with overhanging timber-framed buildings – the perfect place for clients to enjoy a romantic stroll and shopping.
2) Unwind at The Scarlett Hotel in Cornwall
This luxury, adults-only eco hotel is situated on the cliffs on Cornwall, and features hot tubs with views of the ocean, a deep relaxation room, and an indoor pool.
3) Take in the scenery on Lake Windermere
Clients can discover the landscapes of the Lake District National Park in luxury on a sailing yacht journeying across Lake Windermere.
4) Indulge on a Champagne Tower Tour of Bath Abbey
Clients can enjoy panoramic views of the ancient city of Bath and whilst sipping champagne on the Abbey’s private tower tour. It’s also a popular proposal spot and the city appears in many of Jane Austen's novels.
5) Recreate scenes from Pride & Prejudice at Stourhead Gardens
The Palladian mansion, 18th-century gardens and village of Stourton make up the expansive Stourhead estate. This romantic spot featured in Pride & Prejudice (2005) starring Keira Knightley.
6) Travel back in time at the Manor House country hotel in the Cotswolds
Located in the golden-stone, medieval village of Castle Combe, the Manor House country hotel offers Michelin-starred dining, championship golf and an award-winning stay.
7) See some of the finest views in Scotland
Head to Scotland and discover some of the finest views the landscape has to offer, all from the Jacobite steam train, which glides over the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Inverness-shire.
8) Be surrounded by an Italianate village designed for beauty
Entirely designed by architect Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion is bordered by vast woodland gardens, and features historic cottages and streets sympathetic to the surrounding natural site.
9) Stay at luxurious castle hotel in Fort William, Scotland
Clients can enjoy a stay in one of Scotland's grand luxury hotels, Inverlochy Castle, located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland.
10) Discover the gateway to the wild Sperrin Mountains
Clients can take a trip to Gortin Glen Forest Park in County Tyrone; it lies six miles north of Omagh, and is a gateway to the wild Sperrin Mountains in Northern Ireland.