Whether you are planning your honeymoon, want to bask in the afterglow of the royal wedding, or just need some time with your love, here are five of the most romantic, private UK getaways.
1. supernova, scottish highlands
On the Isle of Skye in Scottish Highlands, overlooking Loch Harport and majestic Cullin Mountains, you will find Supernova. This self-catering cottage has an upstairs living room that really capitalises on the views. During the day, explore the surrounding lands and at night, take a peek into the resident telescope for stargazing. Great spots to wander through include Rubh’ an Dùnain outcrop, a visit to the famous Talisker Distillery and 80 km of serene water.
2. the abbey gatehouse, tewkebury
The Abbey Gatehouse, a romantic converted stone cottage, has guarded the entrance to the Tewkesbury Abbey since 1500. The apartment boasts a cosy hearth and double bed located in the small gallery above, making it perfect for an intimate holiday. For outings, visit the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and picturesque, historic villages – all conveniently located close to the Gatehouse. It is also a great place for foodies: the Cotswolds’ agrarian heritage shines through in its food. From Gloucester cheese to Gloucestershire Old Spot pork, trout and fresh produce. All this can be founs at The Feathered Nest Inn, which offers both pub grub and fine-dining fare – all with a view.
3. the lookout at the pig on the beach hotel, devon
The Lookout at the Pig on the Beach Hotel in Devon is a double-storey dovecote overlooking the hotel’s vast kitchen garden and the coast. The room has a double bed, freestanding bath and monsoon shower. The restaurant takes pride in local microseasonal food, with a menu that includes savoury delights such as haunch of Purbeck venison, crispy Jurassic Coast gurnard and braised pork cheek, as well as chocolate gingerbread and smoked chilli-chocolate sauce. There’s an impressive wine list, too. With breathtaking landscapes, picturesque little villages and lovely inns, the UK provides a wonderful backdrop for a couples’ retreat.
4. love in the round, cornwall
On the edge of a vast meadow, filled with wild flowers, you’ll find Love in the Round. This copper-roofed roundhouse is straight out of a fairy tale. Nearby is a shepherd’s hut with a shower for two, a fire pit for barbecues, and a stream for cooling wine from the honesty basket. If you are looking for simplicity and seclusion, you’ll find all that and more here. You have four hectares of flora and fauna as company and, at night, glow-worms and stars create a magical atmosphere.
5. one aldwych, london
If you want to bask in the energy of one of the greatest cities in the world, One Aldwych hotel in Covent Garden, London, is for you. It’s close to the buzzing metropolis’ theatre district, the Victoria Embankment and Waterloo Bridge, ideal for romantic outings and strolls. The hotel itself is filled with incredible art and several restaurants, making it an ideal city getaway.