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.