The UK’s best hotels for a romantic weekend away
Whisk your partner away to these lavish locations immediately!
Is love in the air, or are you just looking for a bit of help?
Either way, we’ve rounded up 10 romantic UK boltholes that put the ‘hot’ in hotel, (almost) guaranteed to set your relationship on fire…
The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth
If super-sleek modern design and impeccable eco-credentials stir your passion like nothing else, good for you – you’ll love the Scarlet. As will anyone who can get onboard with the idea of kicking back in a wood-fired cliff-top hot tub, glass of champagne in hand, while looking out across this epic slice of North Cornwall coast. The restaurant’s well worth checking out, too – if you can be dragged out of the hot tub, that is.
21212 Restaurant with Rooms, Edinburgh
212Look past the distinctly unsexy name and 21212 has all the right stuff – Michelin-starred restaurant (check), achingly pretty ancient city location (check and check), and gloriously chilled-out elegance to laze around in (check in, check out of real life). It’s a restaurant with rooms (there are just 4) rather than a full-blown hotel, which means an intimate atmosphere and brilliant service. 21212’s got your number.
The Pig on the Beach, Studland
Once upon a time, Studland – on Dorset’s stunningly wild Isle of Purbeck – was probably best known for its naturist beach. It’s still there (at the north end of the beach, if you’re interested) but these days Studland’s become renowned for belting boutique country-house hotel the Pig on the Beach. Stay in one of the beach-view shepherd’s huts – complete with log-burner and free-standing bath – to ignite a bit of seaside passion.
Royal Crescent, Bath
The Roman (not to mention Romantic) city of Bath is ripe for a saucy weekend, with bucketloads of old-world charm, great pubs and bars and – the clue’s in the name – no shortage of spas in which to soak up some R&R. The Royal Crescent hotel (handily situated in the picture-perfect Royal crescent itself) has one of the best, and impeccable throwback style to go with it.
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere
Book into one of the Gilpin’s new spa lodges and you’ll have your own little wood-clad slice of heaven, complete with outdoor hydrotherapy tub, private en-suite spa, rain shower and mood lighting to get you in the, er, mood. You may never want to leave – we wouldn’t – though you’d have to be stronger than us to ignore the wilds of the Lake District, which loom in the background wherever you are.
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The Franklin Hotel, London
It’s pretty much impossible to stumble upon The Franklin by accident – you have to hunt for the entrance on this quiet Knightsbridge side street, but you’ll be glad you did. Once inside, you’ll find super-sexy dark walls with swathes of copper, brass and glass, and plush velvet seats so delicious-looking you’ll want to eat them. Don’t do that, though – head to the dinky bar instead, for a cocktail in one of the coolest and most intimate bars in the capital.
The Gallivant, Camber Sands
This small-but-perfectly-formed former motel is a proper romantic hideaway, with neat little that rooms packed with seaside cool and a restaurant that serves brilliant seafood (not to mention a breakfast you’ll wish would go on forever). The best bit’s over the road, though, where scrubby dunes give way to the massive expanse of Camber Sands beach – get there in time for a romantic sunset walk and cosy up with a cocktail by the fire when you get back.
Great John Street, Manchester
A former school house might not sound like the most obvious place to go to for fiery passion, but Manchester’s Great John Street is as romantic as they come, with quirky designer flourishes, a cosy rooftop ‘playground’ terrace and the chance to hire out the headmaster’s office. Sadly, the latter’s a corporate meeting room – you may want to book out the boudoir grand if your idea of naughty business involves something other than failing to improve the company’s year-on-year sales figures.
The Grove, Narberth
If you’re after a romantic setting, good luck finding a better one than this beautifully renovated country house surrounded by lush, green meadows and rolling hills. The rooms are modern-meets-classic elegance, but if you’re really rolling out the red carpet check into the Daniel & Elizabeth suite, named after a couple who were once lovers at the Grove. Don’t expect an actual red carpet; do expect a king-size four-poster bed and a walk in monsoon shower.
The Manor House, Castle Combe
The tiny village of Castle Combe is regularly called the prettiest in England, and it isn’t hard to see why. Wandering through the quaint, immaculate streets is like entering a time-warp – and the Manor House hotel, with its gothic, wysteria-covered frontage, fits right in, Inside, though, it’s very much a stylish modern hotel, where old and new combine to create the perfect setting for a romantic weekend escape. If you’re really looking to make an impression, hire out the whole place and tell your other half this is your ancestral country retreat – they’ll never know the difference.