10 utterly romantic hotels to stay in the UK

by Emma Field for Good Hotel Guide
Thursday 01 January 1970

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. First there's the 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 want a romantic getaway but also have kids in tow. There’s a crèche and 2 play areas to keep the little ones entertained while while the grown-ups 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. They even have baby-sitting services so you can take full advantage of the rest of the amentities like afternoon tea or delectable farm-to-table meal. 

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. This Grade II listed country house has 11 other rooms that are individually designed, and the huge 4-poster bed of the Bohemia room is just made for seduction. Whichever room you're in, you'll never be too far from the bar where they have an extensive and delicious cocktail list!

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. Book a room here and you can live large with your partner like your favorite rock duo! 

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, 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. Go from a relaxing spa day full of saunas and massages to a delicious dinner overlooking the hotel's gardens. 

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 hotel dates back to the 1700s and the large inn and superior bedrooms are the most historic in the hotel. However, if you're looking for the most romantic room, the Hartington Junior Suite has a classic 4-poster bed and stunning views.

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 adorned in antique velvet drapes and gold-laced brocade. If an oak-panelled bathroom, stags’ antlers and exceptional views across Scotland's capital city make your heart skip a beat, book the Turret Suite. Each one of the hotel's 9 suites has its own style and unique charm which you and your beau are sure to fall in love with! The theatrics continue 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.  Woo your history-loving partner by booking the Churchill Suite, 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. There are 9 other luxurious rooms to book including dog-friendly rooms so you can bring your favorite furry friend!

Scarista House, Scotland

Scarista House, Scotland

Strip life back to what’s most important at far-flung Scarista House, one of the most remote 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 for the couple who has always wanted to get away from it all.

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. Nature lovers will find themselves at peace staying in a room here in the middle of the Brecon Beacons National Park. 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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