Unique Romantic Getaways For Valentine's Day
Celebrate your love with these unique romantic getaway ideas for two. Winter is the perfect time of year to get snuggly with a couples' retreat and our pick of unique romantic getaways will help you plan a holiday with a twist this Valentine's Day.
Fed up of run-of-the-mill hotels? Out to impress with something a little different? You're in luck as our ideas for unique romantic getaways are ideal for a chic and original escape for two.
Whether you're looking for an unforgettable weekend trip from London, or an amazing mini-moon idea, you'll want to keep scrolling for ideas.
If you're looking for something with an edge, you'll be pleased to know that there's a unique romantic getaway to suit all interests and budgets.
You could enjoy a regal retreat in a 12th century castle in West Sussex, where you can take afternoon tea overlooking the ruins, or stroll the 12 acres of glorious grounds. You'll also want to consider soaking up the spoils of a luxury country house hotel that's actually a magnificent oasis in the city of Bath. Or you might like to wake up to wild ponies grazing on the grass of the hotel grounds in the New Forest.
In Oxfordshire, you can tuck into Michelin-starred French fare in a quintessential honey-hued manor, or you might prefer to head up to Edinburgh and step into a fantastical medieval world full of Gothic glamour right next to the city's castle. And, if you're a spa-lover, there's outdoor infinity pools in the Lake District and eco-retreats with cliffside hot tubs in Cornwall.
So grab a cuppa, put your feet up and get planning your unique romantic getaway...
Have A Quirky Country Escape In East Sussex
For a unique romantic getaway that appeals to eclectic tasts, head for the old East Sussex village of Ticehurst where the wonderful Bell awaits. You can hunker down in one of the seven rooms in the main inn, or the oast house-style lodges in the garden - for something straight out of Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree.
This country pub with rooms' eccentric interior includes top hat lamps, giant stacks of books, eagle cuckoo clocks and neon signs.
A Colombian chef brings brilliant South American flavours to the gastropub menu, featuring dishes that change with the seasons. Set on Ticehurst’s high street, a stay at this unique hotel isn't complete without checking out the pretty local arts and crafts shops, or heading to Chapel Down to sample the world-class sparkling wines.
Escape To Two Michelin-starred Foodie Heaven In Oxfordshire
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is one of those rare bucket-list hotel experiences that don't require you to hop on a plane. Here, foodies are in gastronomic heaven at Raymond Blanc's two Michelin-starred restaurant set in a lavender-lined, honey-hued country house.
The marriage of French flavours and produce picked from the hotel's English country garden is perfection. And rooms are luxuriously and distinctly decorated, with inspiration from Raymond's own travels.
We checked into the lovely Lavender room, which we'd thoroughly recommend. Le Manoir offers a unique romantic getaway, where you can hole up together, learn to cook like a Michelin-starred chef at the cookery school and while away hours strolling the romantic Japanese Garden hand in hand.
Stay At A Characterful Inn In Rye
With its cobbled lanes, historic charm and lovely pubs, Rye is a wonderful place to escape for a couples' weekend. For those staying the night, the Mermaid Inn is the perfect spot for lovers, with its four-poster beds, intimate dinners at the two-AA star Linen Fold restaurant and snuggly evenings in the Giant's Fireplace bar.
There's plenty of history here - the 15th century inn has smugglers' tunnels, hidden passageways and secret priest holes. Plus, it's just 10 minutes from Camber Sands so you can experience a pretty medieval town and a sandy beach in one day.
Get Romantic At A Whimsical Georgian Mansion In Norfolk
The Dial House is an eight-bedroom whimsical boutique bolthole, ideal for a unique romantic getaway near the Norfolk coast. Nestled in the sleepy village of Reepham, it's surrounded by beautiful countryside and just half an hour from gorgeous golden beaches.
The Georgian pad boasts luxurious and imaginative decor reflecting the owner's love of travel and adventure. There's even a 'secret' dining room hidden behind a revolving bookcase. How cool is that?
Hole Up In A Hotel With History In Edinburgh
One of the romantic cities in the UK, Edinburgh is just the spot for lovers. On a unique romantic getaway, you can check into the lovely Hotel du Vin, a hotel with a history. Believe it or not, this luxurious address was once a poorhouse and later a science lab. Today, you can hole up in one of the distinctive rooms, which come with sleigh beds, Egyptian cotton bed linen, in-room roll top baths, the works!
If great food is your thing then you must have dinner at the Bistro du Vin, where the dishes are dull of depth and flavour. The low lighting creates an intimate atmosphere for a romantic dinner and you can expect tasty food, including corn-fed chicken Milanese and bouillabaise.
Enjoy A Country House Hotel In The City Of Bath
Combine a luxury country house hotel escape with a city break at The Bath Priory. An upscale and plush Relais & Chateaux hotel, it's perfect for a unique romantic getaway, offering modern country interiors, a state-of-the-art spa, and four acres of glorious gardens.
However, it's actually located in a quiet suburb of Bath, meaning the UNESCO World Heritage city is right on your doorstep. While in this oasis of a bolthole, be sure to enjoy afternoon tea in front of a grand fireplace surrounded by oversized oil paintings, before heading into town to discover delights like the Roman Baths.
Soak Up The Sea Air At A Design Hotel In East Sussex
Famed as one of England's most classic seaside resorts, Eastbourne got a lot cooler in 2021 when The Port Hotel opened. Bringing a Scandi vibe to the delightful beach town, this fun and trendy hotel changes everything you thought you knew about the great British seaside escape. It's set right on the seafront so arm-in-arm coastal walks are essential and the Seven Sisters Cliffs are nearby for couples who really like to get active.
The super-modern hotel has a relaxed vibe (you check in next to the bar of the restaurant) and locals love it, too. Dining at the restaurant is a treat, with its small plates for tapas-style meals. From braised venison to satay crab, the dishes here are beautifully presented and packed with flavour. The rooms are also incredibly chic, with a nod to its name and location around every corner. If you're looking for a unique romantic getaway that makes you feel like you could be at a cool hotel in Berlin or Copenhagen, Port Hotel is worth checking out.
London might not be the first place you think of escaping to a hotel for a home away from home but The Hari offers exactly this. A luxurious boutique hotel in Knightsbridge, this gem of a hotel is perfect for a romantic break. Whether you're a couple looking to explore London for a weekend or you live in the capital but fancy a night or two away, this sleek hotel does comfort just how we like it.
The rooms are designed to be incredibly relaxing, with their banquette seating and marble bathrooms. Opt for a front-facing King Premium and you can spend your days soaking in the gorgeous tub with views overlooking the trees of Belgravia. Then there's the dining at Italian restaurant Il Pampero, where hearty Italian food with excellent cocktails are on the menu. If you're after a London hotel that's understated yet luxurious, cutting-edge yet warm, The Hari is one to have on your list.
Step Into A Fantastical World Right Next To Edinburgh Castle
If you go giddy for luxury Gothic glamour, The Witchery will certainly set pulses racing. This achingly unique romantic getaway is totally theatrical with nine decadent suites, some with views over the Royal Mile.
The 16th century buildings are set around the famous Witchery by the Castle restaurant and are bursting with medieval character.
Velvet-lined walls, grand paintings, wood-panelled walls, and large oak four-poster beds - some even have their own steps to climb in. The indulgent breakfast hamper is a treat and the delights of Edinburgh are literally on the doorstep - that's if you can bring yourself to leave this one-of-a-kind hotel.
Dive Into An Outdoor Pool With Waterside Views In The Lake District
Lodore Falls is one of the oldest hotels in the Lake District - but it's had some very modern updates. The sleek spa boasts an incredible outdoor hydrotherapy pool with underwater loungers and epic views over Lake Derwentwater.
As the hotel sits on 40 acres of land, there's a myriad choice of walks on the doorstep for you to enjoy together. Dogs are also welcome if you want to include them on this unique romantic getaway.
Stay In A Grade II-listed Townhouse In Rural Devon
The name isn't the only quirky thing about the Ginger Peanut in Devon: each room is named after a type of bird, like Duck and Grouse.
The dining and decor are a contemporary surprise for an authentic Georgian coaching inn set in the heart of Devon in the sleepy traditional village of Bampton.
Once you enjoy relaxed yet top-notch fare, you can head straight out into the romantic country lanes to walk it off.
Sleep In A Hotel Built Into The Medieval City Walls Of Southampton
The name gives it away... The Pig - In The Wall is literally situated within the old walls of Southampton. The super-chic deli with rooms offers delicious food mixed with design-led decor (vintage meets modern rustic), with all the luxuries you need for a unqiue romantic getaway - you'll love the freestanding tubs in the bedrooms.
You can soak up the city, but also head into the New Forest for a day, with a complimentary return transfer to the original Pig in Brockenhurst one night for dinner. If you're after a city and country escape, this one is worth checking out.
Hole Up For The Weekend In A Castle In West Sussex
Unique romantic getaways don't get much more exciting than a stay at a veritable 12th century castle, filled with suits of armour, grand fireplaces and original architectural features. Amberley Castle in Arundel is, however, modern where it needs to be, boasting contemporary British cuisine in a grand setting.
There's 12 acres of magnificent grounds to enjoy romantic strolls in, and there's even the ruins of a Great Hall destroyed in the English Civil War.
You can climb the ramparts for stunning views, play tennis or golf on site, and there is also a croquet lawn. With a moat and portcullis over the entrance, what could be grander or more romantic?
Rub Shoulders With The Cool Crowd At A Stylish Hideaway In Brighton
Artist Residence is an incredibly chic boutique hotel that's perfect for relaxed yet style-conscious couples. It's got all the ingredients for a unique romantic getaway and a stylish weekend break in Brighton.
It's just steps to the beach and boats fantastic ocean views, too. Inside, the decor is retro modern, with fun contemporary art pieces dotted around the place and a buzzy cocktail bar creating a gorgeous hub to watch the sunset over the Western Pier. Shopping district The Lanes is also just a few minutes stroll away, in case you needed an excuse to hit the shops...
Dine Al Fresco In A Cornish Cove Hotel
Laidback yet luxe, The Lugger offers a stay in an olde-world inn (Cornwall's only five AA star inn, in fact), in the charming traditional fishing village of Portloe.
Here, you can wake up to the breathtaking beauty of the Roseland Peninsula in your characterful bolthole with sea views. There's a cosy log fire, contemporary rooms, and bracing coastal walks on this historical, romantic escape.
See Wild Ponies From Your Hotel Window In The New Forest
How often do you get to see free-roaming ponies in the hotel garden? At Forest Park Hotel in the New Forest you could be enjoying a cocktail on the terrace or looking out of your window to see the beautiful sight.
The hotel can provide wellies and walking route maps, and there'll be afternoon tea or the bar's own New Forest gin waiting for a post-stroll treat.
Be Pampered At A Beachside Eco-retreat In Cornwall
Everything at The Scarlet is perfection, from the expansive coastal views to the sought-after spa and the cliffside woodfired hot tubs overlooking Mawgan Porth.
This golden-sand beach just happens to be one of the most beautiful in Cornwall, and you can even head down for surf lessons with the hotel's onsite surf school. Padstow, with its top-notch seafood eateries, is just a 15-minute drive away too. Beachside bliss at an adults-only hotel.
Relax On An Adults-only Spa Escape With A Private Cinema In The Cotswolds
Upscale and uplifting, Barnsley House is a high-end unique romantic getaway that you'll fall completely in love with. It boasts famous gardens designed by Rosemary Verey, with a stunningly swish spa nestled within them.
The stylish private cinema offers a really memorable experience, and the adults-only serenity and luxurious rooms are totally divine.