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Whether you are still getting to know each other, or have been married for donkey’s years, our romantic retreats have all the right ingredients for a memorable couples' break.

With this in mind, and to celebrate National Couples' Day on 18 August 2021, we’ve handpicked our top 10 wonderfully romantic breaks. Read on to find some inspiration for your next getaway, or click here to see our full collection. We’ve even included some fun activity suggestions to get the sparks flying!

1. Rowan Retreat Shepherds Hut | Cumbria

Romantic breaks: Staycation Holidays, Rowan Retreat Shepherds Hut, The Rowley Estates, Blencowe, Cumbria

What makes it special:
Set on the banks of the River Petteril, in the wild and magical Eden Valley, Rowan Retreat, is perfect for a peaceful romantic getaway. The resident pheasants and hares offer all the entertainment you need while you relax. Tuck into a barbecue meal and sit round the fire pit or take an evening stroll. The welcome pack and the village pub are fabulous too...

Why couples love it:
"It truly was a little piece of heaven. Myself and my husband are both support workers. My husband NHS mental health services and I'm in complex health needs. It been a real challenge during covid but to relax here was like a different world. Thank you for giving us blissful relaxing holiday." - Claire

Three fun couple activities:

  • Explore Penrith on a self-guided Spy Mission themed Treasure Trail
  • Take a walk in ancient woodlands to Aira Force Waterfall
  • Stroll into Greystoke to see the castle and dine out

Find out more >

2. The Garden House | Norfolk

Romantic breaks: Staycation Holidays, The Garden House, Banningham, Norfolk

What makes it special:
In a stunning Norfolk location, The Garden House is an incredible property which combines the privacy of home comfort with the style and luxury of a boutique hotel. Enjoy a glass of fizz in the beautiful garden, a gorgeous rainfall shower for two and then snuggle up in the king size luxury Hypnos bed.

Why couples love it:
"Very picturesque, great location, extremely quiet, very clean and modern with everything you’d need for your stay. The welcome basket was a lovely touch too. Beautiful base to stay and chill out and to explore surrounding Norfolk, would definitely recommend." - Sophie

Three fun couple activities:

  • Take the short stroll to the award winning village pub
  • Enjoy a champagne afternoon tea at Biddy's beautiful vintage tea room in Aylsham
  • Hire a Broads day boat

Find out more >

3. Nant Y Plas | Wales

Romantic breaks: Staycation Holidays, Nant Y Plas, Plas Farm, Pontardawe, Wales

What makes it special:
Exuding history and character, Nant Y Plas is packed with features for the ultimate romantic break. With a gigantic roll top Victorian cast iron bath, a fairy-tale riverside terrace with barbecue, and 120 acres of enchanting private grounds to explore from the doorstep, it’s the ideal place for just the two of you.

Why couples love it:
"Amazing gem of a find. A very warm, spacious and spotlessly clean cottage with underfloor heating and a magnificent roll top bath. Absolute bliss to lie in bed with the window or door open, listening to the river running by and birds tweeting. Great place to chill and relax. Stunning countryside. Lovely walk around the farmland." - Bermuda

Three fun couple activities:

  • Walk behind Henrhyd Falls - aka The Batcave in “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Visit Castell Coch, the ultimate fairytale castle
  • Go dolphin spotting in Cardigan Bay

Find out more >

4. Honeymoon Yurt | Cornwall

Romantic breaks: Staycation Holidays, Glamping at The Fir Hill, Colan, Newquay

What makes it special:
Enjoy a luxury, off-grid glamping experience with your significant other at Honeymoon Yurt. Nestling in a 62 historic estate, just three miles from the lively surf town of Newquay, explore tranquil woodland, enjoy wildlife and glorious views. Then cosy up in front of the fire pit and toast marshmallows – peace and serenity are easy to find here.

Why couples love it:
"The only thing any husband/partner needs to know is that my wife, who won't even go camping in Dubai (and previously ran from a camping site to the nearest hotel!) absolutely loved it and wants to go back next year!" - Graham

Three fun couple activities:

  • Get up close to a vast array of marine life at Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay
  • Have a blast Go Karting around St Eval Kart Circuit
  • Go skate boarding at Mount Hawke Skate Park

Find out more >

5. Love Nest | Peak District

Romantic breaks: Staycation Holidays, Love Nest, Haddon Grove Farm Cottages, Bakewell, Peak District

What makes it special:
Love Nest is a wonderful place to while away hours with your loved one. After days out exploring the Peak District, return to this cosy sanctuary to enjoy a long soak in the slipper bath and a snuggle in front of the roaring wood burner and luxurious 6’ four poster.

Why couples love it:
"Love Nest was perfect! Situated in the heart of the Peak District, with access to a swimming pool and a short walk down to Lathkill Dale for walkers. Would highly recommend!" - Angharad

Three fun couple activities:

  • Explore Chatsworth Estate - the location for Mr Darcy's Pemberley!
  • Stroll along the River Wye at Bakewell to the Love-Lock Bridge
  • Get hearts pumping with a trip to Alton Towers

Find out more >

6. The Bothy | Somerset

Romantic breaks: Staycation Holidays, The Bothy, Tunley, Bath, Somerset

What makes it special:
Enjoy panoramic countryside views from the garden in this cute cottage in the peaceful rural village of Tunley. It’s the perfect place to hole up for a fabulous break ‘à deux’, and a great base for a countryside walk or a trip to Bath - the park and ride is just 5 minutes up the road. The local pub serves excellent food too.

Why couples love it:
"A cute, private cottage with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The Bothy was clean and stylishly decorated with plenty of essentials provided. My partner and I very much enjoyed our stay." - Rebecca

Three fun couple activities:

  • Have a spa day at Thermae Bath Spa
  • Hire a rowboat or a punt on the River Avon
  • Take to the skies in a Hot Air Balloon

Find out more >

7. Campion Lodge | Essex

Romantic breaks: Staycation Holidays, Campion Lodge, Wakes Hall Lodges, Wakes Colne, Essex

What makes it special:
For a cosy couples' experience, bag Campion Lodge, offering 5-star luxury in a beautiful rural location. A special place for couples and their dogs, relax in the warmth of your private hot tub and explore the 500 acres of surrounding private grounds hand in hand - with tranquil woodland, fishing lake and wildlife.

Why couples love it:
"This is our 5th stay here and we love it. Visited Dedham today and had a beautiful walk along the river. So peaceful, so private. We are returning for our honeymoon here next year having got engaged here a year ago. Don't change a thing!!" - Sandy

Three fun couple activities:

  • Hunt for treasure in Coggeshall and Long Melford’s antique shops
  • Enjoy some stargazing from the comfort of your bubbling hot tub
  • Admire the cutest of animals at Colchester Zoo

Find out more >

8. Woodland Cottage | Devon

Romantic breaks: Staycation Holidays, Woodland Cottage, Romansleigh, South Molton, Devon

What makes it special:
This gorgeous stone-built hideaway nestles in over 70 acres of beautiful private grounds with tranquil lake and abundant wildlife in North Devon countryside. Plenty of luxurious touches make Woodland Cottage the perfect bolthole for an unforgettable getaway with your other half.

Why couples love it:
"With high count bed linen, fluffy soft towels, beautiful toiletries and a hamper containing everything you could possibly need on arrival, including a decent bottle of wine, this cottage is definitely a five star experience. The eggs from the owners’ hens were the most delicious I've ever eaten. The cottage is spacious and so tastefully decorated that I'd be happy to move in...permanently." - James

Three fun couple activities:

  • Take a picnic by the lake with a relaxing glass of wine
  • Ride out on a quiet hack around Exmoor
  • Step back in time at The National Trust's Arlington Court

Find out more >

9. Spring Water Barn | Cornwall

Romantic breaks: Staycation Holidays, Spring Water Barn, Bonython Estate, Cury Cross Lanes, Helston, Lizard Peninsula

What makes it special:
With gorgeous interiors, a cosy wood burner and bags of character, Spring Water Barn is 5 star haven where you and your partner can withdraw from the world. Ideally positioned within the 20 acre Bonython Estate Gardens, spend your days exploring the magnificent estate, the renowned local beaches, historic coves and beautiful coastal path.

Why couples love it:
"Spring Water Barn is a fantastic place for couples to get away. A wonderful hamper of treats awaited us, and was very gratefully received after our long journey down. We loved exploring the grounds of Bonython and the surrounding areas of the Lizard Peninsula." - Emma

Three fun couple activities:

  • Visit Cornwall's well beloved Seal Sanctuary in the pretty village of Gweek
  • Go sea kayaking with Lizard Adventure
  • Sample an award winning afternoon tea at Polurrian on The Lizard

Find out more >

10. Apple Blossom Lotus Stargazer Tent | Lincs

Romantic breaks: Staycation Holidays, Apple Blossom Tent, Walcot Hall, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

What makes it special:
There are few who would turn down a romantic glamping experience within the stunning gardens of a country estate. Guests at Apple Blossom, an exclusive gem of a tent, have the freedom to explore the private woodland and parkland at Walcot Hall and relax in the luxurious private hot tub.

Why couples love it:
"We had an amazing stay at Apple Blossom. Everything was perfect! From the comfortable bed to the hot tub with everything you need. So quiet and peaceful, we were feeling totally relaxed when we left. Thanks!!" - Julian

Three fun couple activities:

  • Dine with the sharks at The Deep in Hull
  • Head over to the summer tennis court in the grounds
  • Swing from the trees at Go Ape, Normanby Hall

Find out more >

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