Romantic Getaways: British Short Breaks For Valentine’s Day


Friday 12th January, 2024

Romantic Getaways: British Short Breaks For Valentine’s Day

Are you planning a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day? A short break in a cosy holiday cottage can be the perfect alternative to flowers and chocolates – and you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime…

Whether you’re planning your perfect retreat together or want to surprise your loved one with a holiday, take a look at our suggestions for romantic Valentine’s breaks.

Choosing the Perfect Romantic Cottage

What makes a place romantic? An open fire tops many of our guests’ wishlists. A real fire or log burner is especially welcome for a Valentine’s Day break, when the British weather is seldom balmy! Four poster beds or traditional box beds add an extra romantic feel, as do neat little dining tables for two.

While plenty of space feels luxurious, many guests choose to downsize for a romantic break, choosing cute one-bedroom cottages or even cosy cabins. Instead, couples look out for luxurious features, such as private hot tubs. Many of the hot tubs are outdoors but under cover and some even have fire pits close by for extra warmth. Pour a glass of something sparkly and sink into the bubbles, gazing out at the stars.

Cosy Log Cabins and Shepherd’s Huts

Unsurprisingly, our luxury lodges are popular for those seeking out a romantic retreat. Shepherd’s huts for two combine traditional aesthetics with modern comforts: look out for features such as outdoor hot tubs, mini wood burners and cosily curtained box beds.

We have a selection of inviting cabins in wonderfully remote woodland and rural locations (more about these in a moment). Alternatively, choose a cabin that’s located in a resort or in hotel grounds. This gives you the option of luxurious onsite features such as swimming pools, spa facilities and onsite restaurants – the best of both worlds.

Romantic Rural Locations

For a real feeling of escape, take a look at our collection of secluded and remote cottages. These hidden gems are tucked away in coves or down narrow lanes, or have fairytale woodland settings.

Escape to a cottage by a loch or on a Cornish cliff top, or take a place on a Cumbrian farm as a base for a walking holiday. A holiday cottage with sweeping rural or coastal views enhances that feeling of being the only couple in the world…

Exploring Britain’s romantic towns and cities

Not all couples want to vanish for Valentine’s Day and a city or town break can be just as romantic. If you love visiting attractions together or are planning a Valentine’s meal out, we have a great choice of luxury holiday cottages in or just outside town centres.

The Bronte Bobbin is a characterful apartment for two in the middle of famous Haworth (coincidentally, the Bronte sister’s mother Maria was born on the street where Abbey Stables now stands!). If you love the romantic Georgian streets of Bath, try the beautiful Victorian Annexe close to the city.

The Best Places for Romantic Dinners

Traditional romantics will no doubt also be planning their candlelit dinner for Valentine’s Day. When you’re choosing your romantic cottage, take a look at the restaurants in the area – is there somewhere special close to your accommodation?

If your taste is for hearty British ingredients cooked well, explore the old inns of the Cotswolds, where you’ll enjoy fantastic local produce served in front of a roaring fire or in a cosy old nook. Cornwall has developed a reputation as the UK’s top foodie destination: this luxury property in St Ives is close to some of the county’s best restaurants. To be honest, wherever you stay, you’re bound to be close to an excellent restaurant, as Britain is a superb destination for fine dining and exceptional local food.

Find your Perfect Romantic Retreat with Handpicked Cottages

Feeling inspired? Browse our collection of luxury romantic cottages – you’ll easily find the perfect place for your Valentine’s celebration. If you’d like to discuss any of our lovely romantic properties or arrange a special romantic treat for your partner, please drop us a line at Handpicked Cottages.

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