Wild moors, windswept beaches, serene lakes and towering mountains. Britain’s beautiful terrain has inspired countless authors, poets and painters to create some of our best-loved romantic pieces of work.
Thoughts of a romantic break might bring to mind destinations such as Paris and Rome. But, with travel restrictions still in place, why not take your opportunity to visit some truly idyllic UK destinations.
Staycations are a fantastic way to explore the country, and if you are sticking to a budget, the perfect solution to satisfy your wanderlust.
Rugged coastal breaks
With the completion of the England Coast Path due in 2021, it’s the perfect time to explore the nation’s stunning coastline. From the sandy banks of Northumberland’s North Sea shoreline to the fossil-rich beaches of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, new hotels, pubs and restaurants have been popping up along the route.
Plot your journey along the path and take in some top sights like Pennsylvania Castle and the Portland Stone Cliffs in Dorset or discover Cornwall’s craggy north coast. Book hotel stays and pub visits along the way and spend a few days walking the trails.
Elegant countryside getaways
If a long weekend of rest and relaxation in glamorous surroundings is your idea of romance, book a stay at an elegant country house hotel. Taking in stunning views of rural Britain, most country house hotels have been upgraded to include pools, spas, saunas and beauty treatments.
Relax in ultimate splendour at Cliveden House, a former residence of Dukes and Viscounts alike. The impressive Palladian-style house overlooks the Chiltern Hills in Berkshire and famously hosted the Duchess of Sussex on the eve of her wedding to Prince Harry.
Relaxing rural retreats
England’s national parks have been inspiring works of art and romantic prose for centuries. From Jane Austen and Walter Scott to Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, the stunning landscapes of the Peak and Lake Districts never fail to provide the perfect backdrop for romance. Hike, bike or simply just picnic along any of the scenic trails in the parks. Stay at a water-side cottage in the Lake District for a total escape from the world. Alternatively, hunker down at the upscale Cavendish House Hotel in the Peak District. Dine at any of their award-winning restaurants and enjoy the location on the Chatsworth Estate, which is in easy reach of the area’s top attractions.