Our Pick of the Perfect Romantic Retreats for this Valentine’s Day
Romantic retreats just made for two
For lovers of the great outdoors, or those seeking a blissful off-grid escape from it all, Kidlandlee’s award-winning luxury cottages are a haven of peace and tranquility where the landscape takes centre stage. Each accommodation has its own quirky touches but they are all blissfully secluded. For a romantic retreat, we recommend The Hemmel. Lovingly rebuilt from its original stone, this luxury lodge is perfect. After a day exploring the beautiful Northumberland countryside, you can return home and relax in front of the log burner before retiring to the four-poster super-king bed, where a picture window allows you to watch both the starry night skies and the sunrise.
Harbottle, Morpeth NE65 7DA
Mill Granary Cottages
Set in the unspoilt countryside of Lower Teesdale, the two converted barns here are ideal for big group getaways, but the Shepherd’s Hut is definitely made for two. Cosy yet luxurious, inside couples will find a home-away-from-home with a wood-burning stove, a king-sized bed and complimentary toiletries from the Sedburgh Soap Company. Our highlight? It has to be the outdoor roll-top cast iron bath which you can fill to enjoy a soak under the stars.
Ingleton, Darlington DL2 3HG
Treat your other half to a romantic stay in an award-winning luxury lodge. With two Pinelodge holiday parks, there are plenty of options to choose from and each park is ideally located for exploring the surrounding Peak District. For a couple’s getaway we can recommend the Spinney Exclusive 1 Spa Lodge. Sleeping two, there is a large king-size bed, luxurious ensuite bathroom with free-standing bath, fully equipped kitchen and cosy lounge, as well as a sauna and outdoor hot tub on the veranda, and the onsite facilities include a swimming pool, gym and spa too.
Loch Awe Boathouse
For couples looking for the ultimate romantic retreat, Loch Awe Boathouse is a stylish and beautifully-presented home in a stunning location on the shore of Loch Awe. At the heart of it all is the open-plan living area with a fully-equipped kitchen and seating area looking out on to the large deck with infinity glass balustrades. The master bedroom is the star of the show here, with a super king-size bed and luxurious ensuite shower room, not to mention the enormous windows that show off the views of the loch, its own wood-burning stove and a roll-top bath on a raised plinth – perfect for relaxing soaks whilst taking in the wonderful scenery.
Loch Awe, Argyll
A beautiful cottage set in a converted farm steading on the outskirts of Alnwick, Bucklaw Cottage has everything you could wish for in a romantic getaway. With high ceilings and modern, stylish furnishings throughout, it offers spacious, light and airy accommodation for two. Finishing touches such as cosy underfloor heating bring luxury to this romantic retreat, while all the attractions of the market town are on the doorstep and the stunning sandy beach at Alnmouth is just a short drive away, making this the perfect base for couples to explore the castles, coast and countryside of Northumberland.
The Garden Shed
In a woodland garden in the village of Sand Hutton near York, this former storehouse has been beautifully transformed into a romantic log house hideaway, just for two. A secluded-yet-romantic bolthole, the open-plan living space has a sofa by the log burner to get cosy, and outside you’ll find sheepskins and a fire pit in your private garden so you can stay toasty while enjoying your surroundings too. Really want to relax? Guests can get homemade meals from the on-site honesty shop, so you don’t even need to cook during your stay!
Sand Hutton, York
In its own private field in the hamlet of Wharton, this stylish shepherd’s hut enjoys stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales while still being well-placed for a day out in the Lakes or Dales. Tastefully designed, yet in a wonderfully rural location, Bullghyll Hut offers an off-grid getaway for two. It has everything you need for escaping the everyday without giving up on luxuries like a king-sized bed and walk-in shower. Inside guests will find an open living and bedroom space, and a kitchenette with breakfast bar, plus a wood-burning stove to keep you toasty. If you’re feeling lazy after a long drive, you can arrange to have a home-cooked supper ready on arrival, or freshly baked sourdough pizzas delivered to the door. Perfect.
Burradon Farm Cottages
This 400-acre working farm is home to 16 luxury self-catering properties, each with a four- or five-star gold rating. For a cosy getaway for two, Rose Cottage is a charming one-bedroom cottage offering a quiet retreat in the countryside, with a characterful beamed living room and comfy king-sized bed. Meanwhile, outside is a pretty rose-strewn walled garden with impressive views of a 14th century pele tower. The farm is surrounded by open fields and footpaths just made for exploring, and guests can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Cheviot Hills in the distance.
Burradon Road, Cramlington NE23 7ND
0191 447 4616
Having recently undergone an impressive renovation, Fisherman’s Cottage is a traditional property with a contemporary touch. On a pretty street in the peaceful village of Cullercoats, it boasts sea views and is just a stone’s throw away from the beach meaning there is so much to see and do when staying here. After a long day exploring, the open-plan living, kitchen and dining area is the ideal spot to relax in front of the log burner, before retiring to the super-king size bed with premium linens and a luxurious ensuite shower room.
Part of a collection of eight Grade II-listed country-coastal cottages, Holly Cottage can be found on the edge of the North York Moors and coast, just a short drive from Scarborough and Whitby. Situated in the grounds of the Thirley Cotes Farm estate, it is a wonderful hideaway for couples seeking a bit of time out. The perfect property for a romantic retreat, the private hot tub on the terrace is the icing on the cake making this the ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries.
Thirley Cotes Farm, Scarborough YO13 0DR
For something unique for your next romantic getaway, why not book the Hidden Hut? While it’s not technically hidden, the location of this cabin changes throughout the year so where you stay and someone else stays may not necessarily be the same. Once you have booked your required dates you will be sent an email giving full directions and a what3words location. Inside, the Hidden Hut has a traditional, rustic feel with pitch pine cladding, but has lots of luxury details including a marble-clad wet room and a wood-burning stove.
This barn conversion set in the idyllic Derbyshire countryside is the perfect pick for a couple seeking a quiet and romantic retreat. Tucked away from the main road down a lengthy private drive, this one-bedroom cottage offers a real home-from-home experience. The open-plan living space is a great spot to settle down in after a day of adventure, made even better with the addition of a wood-burning stove you can get cosy in front of on the sofa, or you can also relax by your own kadai fire pit and take in the views as the sun sets. With the Peak District on your doorstep there is so much to do, or simply travel into one of the local villages where you’ll be spoilt for choice with award-winning country pubs and eateries in abundance.
Holburn Mill Cottage
Grade II-listed Holburn Mill Cottage is an intimate retreat in an idyllic setting. In the grounds of the old Holburn Corn Mill, the building has been completely refurbished to create a romantic cottage for two. The location couldn’t be more peaceful, with the trickling Hetton Burn at the bottom of the garden and beautiful scenery surrounding the property, while inside, fluffy bathrobes and the wood-burning stove offer the perfect mix of hotel luxury with self-catering freedom, all finished with a hint of the rustic Northumbrian charm. The cottage is even filled with guide books for the area, so whether you choose to put your feet up or put those walking boots to good use, a stay here will leave you and your partner relaxed and refreshed.
From heritage castles to the beautiful coastline, Brinkburn is the perfect base for exploring Northumberland, and these six unique holiday cottages are situated in the heart of the Coquet Valley, with glorious countryside walks from the front door of each. Our favourite for a trip away for two has to be Priory Cottage – a romantic bolthole tucked away in a picturesque location within the grounds of the estate. Attached to the recently converted Stables Block, this accommodation offers a home from home, yet with all the luxury of a trip away. From a super king-sized bed with luxury linen to a wood-burning stove in the cosy living room, as well as a complimentary hamper on arrival, what more could you want?
Holiday with a difference in this totally original and unspoiled medieval castle. Each self-catering apartment has its own individual character, and all have period features and are furnished with antiques and works of art. Some rooms have views over the wooded valley whilst others overlook the courtyard and parkland beyond, but don’t worry as guests can explore the whole area with free access to the castle grounds included in the stay. For a romantic retreat we love The Guard Room – a private apartment with its own entry from the Valley Wing courtyard. With a high-beamed living room, kitchen wing and cosy bedroom, it’s all you need for a great getaway for two.
Chillingham, Alnwick NE66 5NJ