Top 10 Valentine’s Break Ideas
Here at Historic UK we’ve put our heads together and come up with a great selection of romantic places to stay for Valentine’s Day.
1. Stable Courtyard Rooms at Leeds Castle, Kent
To start our list, what could be more romantic than the ‘loveliest castle in the world’? Guests enjoy free entry to the 900-year-old castle (subject to availability) and its grounds as part of their stay. Accommodation is on a B&B basis in the Stable Courtyard Bedrooms, just a short stroll from the castle itself.
This stunning 16th century timbered building sits in the centre of Shakespeare‘s Stratford, ideally situated for visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Mary Arden’s House and New Place, especially poignant as last year marked the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.
3. Swinton Park, North Yorkshire
17th Century Country House Hotel
Swinton Park, a Grade II * listed building dating in part from the 1600s, is set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens bordering the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The castle is the ancestral home of the Cunliffe-Lister family.
4. Suite Three, Witton Hall, County Durham
Historic Holiday Cottage
South Lodge was once the gate house for magnificent Witton Hall, where guests (by prior arrangement) have shared use of the leisure facilities including an indoor pool, hot tub, gym, sauna, games room and tennis courts. Beauty treatments and chef by arrangement.
If Suite Three isn’t quite right for you but you like the sound of a holiday with a hot tub, then perhaps we could interest you with our selection of holiday cottages with hot tubs?
5. Legacy Rose and Crown Hotel, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Traditional Riverside Inn
This beautiful 13th century riverside coaching inn boasts superb views of Salisbury Cathedral and is just a short walk from all the shops, sights and sounds of the city. A perfect base for exploring perhaps the most famous prehistoric monument in Britain: Stonehenge!
6. High Trodigal, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Neolithic Style Holiday Cottage
And now for something completely different! Built into the hillside with a turf roof, the style of this stunning cottage for two reflects an ancient neolithic design and enjoys stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. There’s nothing neolithic about the 21st century facilities which include a spa bath and a sauna. Situated near Campletown – once the whisky capital of the world – why not combine your stay with a distillery tour?
7. Groom’s Lodge, Somerset
Thatched Holiday Cottage
This stunning, thatched ‘chocolate-box’ cottage simply oozes character and charm. And with a shop and pub within walking distance, this is a perfect spot for a weekend in the country!
8. The Winchester Royal Hotel, Winchester, Hampshire
9. Bentley Hotel, London
Want timeless elegance and luxury? Head to the 5-star Bentley Hotel in Kensington. Close to Kings Road and only a stroll to Herrods, treat the one you love to a luxurious London break.
10. The Treehouse, Ackergill Tower Castle, Scotland
This has to be the ultimate romantic escape: a treehouse up a sycamore tree in the grounds of a 15th century Scottish castle! Yes, this unusual apartment IS in a tree, and boasts a fully-equipped kitchen, cosy living area and an en-suite bathroom with a large circular bath.
If you prefer a more traditional room within the castle, several rooms boast romantic four-poster beds and some have views over Sinclair’s Bay and the private beach.