We need no encouragement to book a weekend away - but, if you're after an excuse, this month is definitely it. From seashore to city escape, we've rounded up some of the best hotels in the country for a romantic retreat... perfect for two.
A T T H E C H A P E L
Nestled in the town of Bruton you'll find At the Chapel, a Grade II Listed, 17th-century former chapel turned beautifully converted contemporary hotel. Elegantly tranquil and understated in design, bed down in one of the 8 individually decorated rooms, all with adjoined marble-wrapped bathrooms, then scrub up for dinner at the hotel's stylish restaurant, complete with a cascading chandelier and delectable West Country cuisine. Your prayers of a hint of modern romance, answered.
K E T T N E R ' S T O W N H O U S E
Restored by the Soho House empire, Kettner's Townhouse now boasts 33 vintage-inspired rooms along with it's infamous restaurant (where Oscar Wilde and later Agatha Christie were counted among regulars) and two intimate bars (one dedicated entirely to champagne - cheers), combining just the right amount of old age glamour with a welcoming new finish and fresh amenities.
C H E W T O N G L E N
With private terraces, real wood burners, underfloor heating and floor-to-ceiling windows providing enchanting woodland views, the luxury "treehouse" hideaways at Chewton Glen are ideal for a weekend retreat that's well above the ordinary (literally). A short buggy ride from the five star hotel's main building and its award-winning spa, you can be tucked away amongst the trees of the New Forest and left well alone to soak under the stars in an outdoor hot tub...
G R E A T J O H N S T R E E T H O T E L
A former Victorian schoolhouse, Great John Street Hotel has been transformed into a boutique townhouse with enviable interiors, exposed brickwork, rustic wood floors, well-stacked minibars and rainforest showers. Only a stone's throw from Manchester's most exclusive shopping areas, restaurants and theatres, after exploring the area venture up to the hotel's rooftop lounge and 'Playground' for date night cocktails and glittering cityscape views.
N U M B E R 3 8
Who says you have to escape to the country for romance? Perched on the edge of the Clifton Downs at the top of one of Bristol’s highest hills, Number Thirty Eight is the ultimate city hideaway for two. The 10 bedrooms in this elegant Georgian townhouse are dark, masculine and alluring - as though they were designed by Tom Ford. The detailing is understated - from copper roll top baths to intriguing works of art. All topped off with panoramic rooftop views and one of the best breakfasts in Bristol.
T H E P I G O N T H E B E A C H
There are now five little piggies in the Pig empire (with more due to open in West Sussex, Kent and Cornwall this year) and they are redefining the country house hotel. This one is a quirky, revamped 16th Century manor house in a stunning seaside setting. Ask for one of the thatched follies overlooking the kitchen garden (the produce is put to excellent use in the Pigs’ now-legendary local menu) or the converted shepherd’s hut tucked amongst green trees.
I S L E O F E R I S K A H O T E L
What could possibly be more romantic than a hotel set on a private island? It’s traditional – in the best possible way. Imagine you’ve been invited to stay in a grand country house with an award winning Michelin star restaurant and staff happy to cater to your every whim - leaving you free to gaze into your beloved’s eyes. Or not! And the setting? Idyllic.
T H E G R O V E O F N A R B E T H
A recently renovated mansion in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, The Grove is probably the prettiest hotel in Wales. Outside, it’s classic gorgeous country house; inside, it’s regal luxury with a hint of decadence (big carved beds – some rooms have four-posters, cast-iron baths, Asian artwork, silk curtains…). Stroll in the grounds, hole up in the library, and end your day in one of the panelled snugs, sipping wine by candlelight.
L I M E W O O D
Lime Wood manages to achieve the rare feat of being luxurious, but relaxed; grand in scale but not in pretension. The spa – with its rooftop pool and hot tub – is peerless. The hotel – set amidst rolling grounds – is so gorgeously styled it’s an Instagram dream. Expect open fires, perfectly placed armchairs, roll top baths and vast, laze-inducing beds.
T H E S C A R L E T
Perched on a cliff top overlooking the bay at Mawgan Porth, the strikingly modern Scarlet is a fabulous proposition: a truly luxurious, grown-ups only eco hotel. Vast glass windows (most of the rooms have outdoor space) mean the cool interior merges with the stunning views. There’s an Ayurvedic spa with tented treatment pods and – the romantic tour de force – outdoor wood-fired hot tubs, the perfect spot for champagne at sunset.
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