Adults-only weekend breaks

We love children at Cool Places – of course we do! – but let's talk about you-time and how to concentrate on grown-up pleasures. Here are some of our favourite hotels, B&Bs and self-catering options around Britain that are almost entirely child-free zones. Aaah, now that's bliss... 

Number Thirty Eight, Bristol

This elegant Clifton townhouse is a lovely weekend retreat, with just 10 bedrooms in a good location for some of the city’s best restaurants. The terrace is a dream in summertime and there's a the roaring fire and style magazines to keep you entertained in winter. It’s definitely for those who want a touch of luxury: there are Ren products in the shower, waffle dressing gowns, and the owners can arrange spa breaks for you in tandem with the chi-chi Clifton Lido.

The Scarlet, Cornwall

An adults-only yet pet-friendly sustainable hotel that blends in with the coastal environment and makes the very best of its views. It has all sorts of wow-factor facilities, such as a solar-heated pool, a state-of-the-art spa and a swanky restaurant serving only the freshest local produce, and the rooms are superb, with private hot-tubs on the decking, 

The Old Quay House, Cornwall

This chic and sophisticated hotel nudging the River Fowey is architect-designed, with classically elegant décor, and boasts great views from the river-facing rooms. It also serves great food in its Q Restaurant. For an extra spend, the Penthouse offers the best views in the building with floor to ceiling windows – a real treat in this scenic spot. 

The Cormorant Hotel, Cornwall

Just upriver from Fowey, this is a perfect place to escape the coastal crowds and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the estuary, with rooms that have amazing views of the river (try to get one with a balcony) and truly excellent food. There's also a decent sized indoor pool and hot tub, with an outdoor terrace and similarly fabulous views.

Blue Hayes Private Hotel, Cornwall

One of the nicest places to stay just outside St Ives, with six sumptuous rooms, plump furnishings, posh toiletries and body-jet showers, not to mention sea views, a balcony overlooking the bay and landscaped gardens. 

Victoria House, Devon

An elegant Edwardian B&B above Grunta Beach, where glorious sea views come as standard, whether in the two double en-suites or the snug beach house with its own large deck. Dusty dove grey and cream colours, Clarins smellies in chic bathrooms and a no-toddlers policy makes for a relaxing adult stay, with a beach practically on your doorstep.

The Witchery Suites, Edinburgh

Sister to a well-known swanky nearby restaurant, this has nine indulgent overnight suites in the upper reaches of Edinburgh's Old Town. Couples will enjoy the xxtravagant Gothic decor, antique furniture, four-poster beds, velvet drapes and roll-top baths with room for two.

The Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight

As if the Walt Disney design team had got together with a few bottles of champagne to create a magical set for the next production of 'My little princess goes away for a romantic weekend break' – a unique property adorned with dolphins, cherubs and angels in a celebration of all that is chocolate-box romantic. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if you are looking for a unique romantic break or want to celebrate an anniversary, it's a whole heap of fun.

Five Bells, Kent

Almost the perfect country pub, with four beautiful guest rooms that are eccentric, luxurious, witty and welcoming, packed with vintage pieces, old paperbacks and fresh flowers and offering comfort and style in equal measure. And with fabulous food served downstairs.

The Reading Rooms, Kent

Occupying a handsome Georgian townhouse just a few minutes’ walk from Margate’s funky Old Town and beach, this has three huge boutique guest rooms with enormous bathrooms. In short, a grown-up, romantic destination where grown-up romantics can unwind in tranquil luxury. The perfect spot for an indulgent weekend.

Yellow Submarine, Liverpool

Contrary to the immortal words of The Beatles, we don't all live in a yellow submarine.  But if you head to Liverpool, you can at least stay in one temporarily – after a hard day's night of course. With three bedrooms, each with huge 3D TVs, stereos, computers and wifi,  it's the ultimate indulge-all-your-fantasies hotel break, and a sure must for any Beatlemaniac

Millgate House, North Yorkshire

A Georgian townhouse of lavish, theatrical elegance sitting above a magical, sheltered walled garden with views down to the River Swale and its waterfalls. It's won almost every award going, with visitors charmed and amazed in equal measure by the beautiful gardens and a house that is positively stuffed with antiques and art.

Roulotte Retreat, Scottish Borders

This is an ideal adults-only getaway for two, with seven sumptuous roulottes (traditional French wooden caravans), each immaculately hand finished and boasting bags of character. There are just enough creature comforts, like a proper en-suite shower and toilet, but no TV, leaving you free to focus on relaxing in your cosy hideaway in a wildflower-strewn meadow and getting to know each other a little better.