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Top 3 Romantic Hotels in England

Top 3 Romantic Hotels in England

The UK is replete with beauty – both natural and man made –  from the rolling hills of the new forest and the scenic lake district to the beautiful rugged coastline of Devon and the historic cities at England’s heart, such as London and York. For city-dwellers, England’s countryside is a pleasant change of scenery, while those wanting a taste of city life and a tour of some of the most majestic buildings in the whole of Britain – cities like London provide the perfect setting. Of course there are plenty of hotels to match – some buried deep in the countryside with lakeside views and others soaring high into the skyline. We give you 3 of the most romantic hotels that England has to offer. Enjoy.

Linthwaite House, Windermere

The lake district often seems a little like England’s best kept secret, with its harmonious lakes that blend seamlessly with the rolling hills that frame them, there is no shortage of serenity. Linthwaite House takes advantage of this to the fullest – set on the infamous Lake Windemere and with 14 acres of private gardens – this is perhaps one of the best places to stay in the entire region. Each room is individually designed to luxurious standards; many come with lake views and some even with Hot Tubs to make your evenings extra-special. The hotel boasts in-room treatments, access to a spa in the nearby town of Bowness- on-Windermere and a restaurant that is in the top 150 of the UK. If you want to wake up each morning to the sounds of wildlife, views of the lakes, fragrant flora in the gardens and a fine selection of wines and award winning foods then Linthwaite House is for you.

The Portobello Hotel, London

While plenty of London folk are busy booking weekends away in the country – a savvy few are sticking to the capital where there is more romance than one would think. The Portobello Road hotel has a perfect location, tucked away on a quiet street in the centre of West London’s Notting Hill in a neo-classical mansion – it’s a little bit of serenity in the centre of London, and it’s just moments away from the infamous Portobello antiques market. The rooms on offer are just fabulous – complete with flamboyant decoration, freestanding baths and Juliet balconies looking out onto the pretty tree lined street outside. This is one for those that like good amenities, plenty to do and a quiet retreat after a day of exploring

The Horn of Plenty, Devon

This hotel is set in a beautiful country house amidst perfect rolling hills and not too far away from the port town of Plymouth. It’s a traditional English hotel at its heart – with classic décor and countryside views – some of which come with balconies – perfect for breakfasts. The hotel’s location on the edge of Dartmoor National Park makes it perfect for romantics who want to spend their time hand-in-hand exploring antique villages, old market towns and historic buildings like the nearby Buckland Abbey, though the hotel is home to an award winning restaurant and it offers in-room massages and other beauty treatments too – just in case you prefer to stay a little closer to your perfectly romantic room.

There are plenty more where these come from and some honourable mentions include the beachside Scarlet hotel in Cornwall, and the iconic (owned by Raymond Blanc) Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons in Oxfordshire which is a perfect retreat for foodies too – not just romantics.

Margate: The Original English Day Trip

Margate: The Original English Day Trip

Is there anything more British than sitting by the sea, eating fish and chips and watching the world go by? We think not. Reachable in less than 2 hours by car from London, you’ll find the little seaside town is full of sandy beaches, a European- esque cafe culture, retro shops and world-class art galleries, with the likes of the Turner Contemporary gallery, with its showcases of historical works of art side by side with ultra-modern art including pieces by the local, and internationally recognised artist – Tracey Emin. Margate is a little treasure trove of English curios.

From the galleries you could head to the Harbour Arm, which is home to the Margate Harbour Arm Gallery, as well as several studios positioned right on the arm – so you can see actual artists at work, with a soundtrack of the waves, seagulls and boats afloat in the harbour – it’s a poetic experience. Right next to the studios you’ll find the acclaimed BeBeached cafe and the Lighthouse bar – both of which are perfect spots for a meal or a drink while you take in the ambience of Margate’s harbour, and devour the aforementioned fish and chips.

The old town in Margate is full of cafe’s, chic eateries, galleries, pubs and vintage shops – it’s a nice place to unwind and contemplate the many cultures and contrasts that make up England. If you’re in the mood for something with a little faster pace – then try and visit Margate during the annual Jazz festival or the Margate Masters volleyball competitions over summer. Another great British past time is taking a book and an ice cream to the beach – so hit up one of the many ice cream vans or parlours and take to the beach, lay on the sand or in a traditional deck chair and basque in the south east coasts sunshine. The little town can be a joy to explore and is perfect for day trips – and can be enjoyed to the fullest over a weekend.

If you’re on holiday in the UK, then you’ll no doubt drive from London, when visiting Margate – which is easy if you take the A3211 from London followed by the A2, M2, A299 and finally the A28 to the Marine Terrace in Margate, where you’ll be confronted by the quaint fishing village like ambience of the docks.

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