A Fool's Guide to Romantic Weekend Breaks!

At this time of year, our thoughts turn from post-Christmas credit card bills and tax returns to Valentine's Day treats, and the possibility of a romantic weekend break with our loved one. But what exactly are the ingredients that make up that perfect romantic weekend break for two? Let's be honest, every couple needs to get away to somewhere special on their own from time to time, but it's not always all about champagne, room service and chocolates on pillows. Sometimes, all we need is to get back to basics and spend some quality time together somewhere different.

I live in a city and spend quite a lot of time in a cramped office, so I like to remove myself from the crowds and bustle and have a chance to breathe – that goes for my partner, too. She loves a luxury boutique hotel, but is equally happy exploring the countryside or wandering along a coastal path. And secretly so am I, so long as there is a welcoming pub somewhere along the way. So in the spirit of cooperation, we discussed our priorities, and came up with the following ten top ingredients for a romantic weekend break.

1. A different place: try to avoid going to somewhere you've been before. Choose a place that stretches your imagination and is a decent distance from where you live – makes it feel more like an adventure.

2. Comfort: there's nothing wrong with remote, but shivering in a cold damp cottage is definitely not romantic. So mod-cons please, including comfy beds, sofas, fully equipped kitchens and some modern technology (can't read books all the time!).

3. Civilisation: being away from it all is fabulous, but it helps to be within driving distance of a decent pub or restaurant, and/or a shop that sells a range of food and drink.

4. Scenery: part of the magic of going away is discovering a region you've never visited before – the more dramatic, the better. Mountains, coastlines and rolling countryside make the experience that much more exhilarating and rewarding.

5. Roaring fire: a cliché perhaps, but you can't beat sitting around the glowing embers of a fire snuggling with a bottle of wine.

6. The sea: it doesn't get much better than walking along a deserted beach or a coastal path, even in winter – cliché number two?

7. Top food and drink: go on, splash out – cheese and pickle sandwiches just won't do the trick. Alternatively, book yourself into a great gastropub with rooms that serves local produce.

8. Music: why not create a 'romantic weekend break' playlist? These days, most properties offer sound systems and speakers.

9. Dress up: it's fine to tramp around during the day in old sweaters and wellies, but come the evening, make a bit of an effort.

10. Relax: the point of a romantic weekend break is in the title, so don't check your email, ring the office or constantly scroll through Instagram. Just chill out and enjoy the silence – and each other.

If you're looking to book a romantic break away, check out our guides, ranging from cottages for couples, spa hotels and adults-only retreats to foodie stays, remote properties and country house hotels. Already set on an area? Head to our destinations page.

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