Left it a little late to plan a Valentine’s weekend away? Fear not. Here’s our pick of five trips across the UK that are big on romance, small on schmaltz, promise rich pickings in the food line, and are still currently available for this weekend.
Herbal Harmony in West Sussex
Rose petals on pillows are so old-hat. At the Goodwood Hotel (main image above), you can book a Herbal Harmony stay and, after enjoying a walk around the estate with the help of the property’s Good Walks map, you’ll be given a generous voucher each to put towards towards an Elemental Herbology treatment at the hotel’s spa. Dinner at the Richmond Arms, the hotel’s dining pub, isn’t included but you’ll want to book in anyway for its four-course Valentine’s menu.
Star-crossed in Somerset
Just re-opened after its annual January break, Cross Lane House in Somerset is offering three nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast for the price of two over Valentine’s weekend. With just four bedrooms and an atmospheric restaurant this ultra-boutique hotel the epitomy of a subtle romantic getaway. Stroll on the local beach, relax with a glass of fizz by the drawing room’s log burner and then feast on citrus-cured salmon and local beef fillet.
Baby Comes Too in Cornwall
It’s hard to make time for romance when you’re forever being run into by Thomas the Tank Engine or bounced on by Peppa Pig. For a getaway that combines family fun (heated swimming pool, children’s teas) with a bit of grown-up glamour once the kids are in bed – and dinners a bit more special than fishfingers and peas – Cornwall’s The Rosevine ticks lots of boxes.
Go retro on the Isle of Wight
If you prefer Austin Powers to chocolate box when it comes to cottages, retro love nest Little Chert on the Isle of Wight will come up trumps. Stay in and self-cater or venture out and take your pick from the island’s gastro hotspots; Hillside is close by for the likes of island-grown mushroom risotto and daube of bouef bourguignon.
Cooking & pampering in Gloucestershire
Can’t decide who should rustle up that Valentine’s supper? Do it together on a Valentine’s Day Getaway at Daylesford in Gloucestershire. There’s space for one more couple on this day-long retreat. Sign up and, after a champagne breakfast, you can spend a morning being pummelled in the complex’s Hay Barn spa before spending a hefty voucher in one of the on-site shops. In the afternoon it’s time to get down to business with a couple’s cookery course – participants will cook and eat a three-course meal using seasonal produce from the Daylesford garden and farm.