January 10, 2017
If you fancy the idea of getting away from it all with your loved one for Valentine’s Day this year, the urge to go overseas may be great, but to do so would be to miss out on some utterly charming, truly romantic spots right here, at home in Great Britain.
Here are just six excellent examples…
The Scarlet Hotel
Cornwall is an utterly gorgeous part of Britain, as proved by the location of this eco-friendly destination that overlooks Mawgan Porth Beach. Not only does it offer spectacular views of the beach and the blue, blue Atlantic Ocean beyond, but – perfect for loved up couples – there’s also a natural, reed-filtered swimming pool, pampering to die for via a holistic spa and, yes, clifftop hot tubs.
Red Kite Tree Tent
Glamping; it’s what everybody’s doing nowadays, isn’t it – or at least what everyone would like to be doing. And here’s maybe the ultimate glamping experience – the UK’s first ever ‘tree tent’. It’s a lightweight, three-metre-wide sphere that hangs among the trees in this forest in the heart of the Welsh countryside. Inside, you’ll find a double bed that folds up to become a day-sofa; outside, a running-water sink, a shower cubicle, toilet, gas camping stove, barbecue and fire pit. What more could you want, honestly?
Castle Cottage Treehouse
Another foliage-themed locale, this time slap-bang in the centre of a Sussex wood, yet the difference being it’s a genuine tree house with a thatched roof, in which you can while away your Valentine’s short-break – what could be more romantic than that? Set between the branches of a huge sweet chestnut tree, it’s as comfortable as it is cosy, thanks to containing a double bed, a glass-roofed shower space and a glorious balcony area complete with swing seats. Clothed appropriately for this wooded adventure (dress sensibly, for sure – how about in women’s ankle boots from Mr Shoes?), you’ll feel like Maid Marian – or Robin Hood – tucked away in your own Sherwood Forest retreat.
Off up to Scotland now and, with so much spectacular country to check out there, why be tied down to one single patch of land? Sure, this offering may be a little eclectic, a little off the beaten track (as it were), but for those couples who love tootling about the place, it could be in exactly their gear. That’s because The Beermoth is, in fact, a 1956 Commer Q4 fire truck converted into a mobile-home (with a Victorian double bed, wood burner and an oak parquet floor). Located in the idyllic surrounds of the Inshriach Estate in Aviemore, it makes for an ideal outdoorsy break, complete with fishing, river-swimming and, for when you do want to spoil yourself, a sauna in a hut elsewhere on the estate. If you’re the type who likes to sample all-things vintage (such as vintage clothing UK on trips away) then this could be the break for you!
For those who maybe prefer their getaways a little more traditional and salubrious, this refurbished hotel that overlooks Devon’s stunning Salcombe Estuary may be more their speed. Boasting 50 bedrooms, private balconies with terrific views, a spa complex and excellent dining in its restaurant (with a charismatically named ‘Crustacean Bar’), it’s the place to head to if a coastal-set and seafood-based short-break floats your boat.
Finally, it’s back to Cornwall – and why not? – for this serene retreat from the hustle-bustle of your corner of the UK (or beyond, of course), with its secluded, paradisiacal white-sand beach, which is met second after second by waves of turquoise sea. A beautiful bay in the south-east corner of the nation’s most southerly county, it features boutique cottages for two just a hop, skip and jump away from the shore. Pure bliss.