Top Places for a Romantic UK Getaway

When it comes to whisking your partner away for a romantic weekend break, look no further than the UK – not just on Valentine's Day, but all year round. Fancy booking a spontaneous surprise trip for your other half? Or maybe you have a special anniversary coming up? Whatever the reason, here at Cool Places we have oodles of romantic places to stay, including luxury hotels, cottages for couples and boutique B&Bs that are perfect for showing your significant other how much you love them. Browse our top picks and find your own special place!

The Ironmongers, Aylsham

Just the type of boutique accommodation we love, The Ironmongers is situated in an Elizabethan townhouse in the heart of the small North Norfolk market town of Aylsham. Gorgeously refurbished, there's a respectful nod to the past, with beamed and characterful rooms that are stylishly finished and super comfortable. Choose the large Haberdashery room with a four-poster for a truly romantic treat.

The Harrison Chambers of Distinction

Each room at this romantic retreat in Belfast’s Queen’s Quarter is unique, named after a famous creative with a link to the city, and cleverly decorated to match – think deep tones, colourful wallpapers and velvet curtains. Very comfortable and cool, these chambers of distinction are also handily located for visiting some of the area's major attractions, including theatres and the botanic gardens.

The Angel at Abergavenny

Formerly a coaching inn, these days you'll find a contemporary, boutique inn that makes for a romantic place to stay in the historic market town of Abergavenny, Wales. Each of the 31 beautifully designed rooms feature designer fabrics, silky bed linen, and extra fluffy towels, and foodie couples will be in their element: nearby sister property The Walnut Tree is home to Shaun Hill's renowned Michelin-starred restaurant.

Kimberley's Cottage Guernsey

Positioned halfway between the airport and St Peter Port, when you check in to Mango Lodge, a bolthole for two that's ideal for a romantic break in the Channel Islands, you're just 10 minutes’ walk from the nearest beach and less than that to a great restaurant and bar. Located in the garden of a 16th-century house, the style inside is rustic and cosy, with timber-clad walls and faux-fur throws.

Ecotone Cabins

Sitting in a forest clearing overlooking the waters of Loch Broom, these sustainable cabins are surrounded by picturesque scenery that’s typical of the West Coast of Scotland. Choose two-person Red Squirrel and be wowed by slick, contemporary décor, and huge windows in the open-plan living space that let oodles of natural light in – ideal for admiring the glorious views.

The Lock and The Tyne

The latest offering from talented British chef and restauranteur Adam Handling is his contemporary take on a traditional British pub, serving a seasonal menu that's a notch (or two) above most pub grub. Upstairs, there’s a pair of luxurious guest rooms if you fancy making a romantic weekend of it in Old Windsor. One is more like a suite, with a super-king-size bed, a free-standing tub in the living area, and a swanky en-suite.

Losehill House Hotel & Spa

Deep in the heart of the Peak District, Losehill is surrounded by enticing views that beckon you to enjoy the pleasures of the scenic Derbyshire countryside. Named 'Sunday Times Country Hotel of the Year', there are 22 stylish guest rooms and the vibe is traditional, but with modern comforts aplenty. When you're not luxuriating in the spa, check out the two-AA-rosette restaurant.

Jet Black Jewel

Located in the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby, this romantic place to stay is home to one suite and seven rooms – each is individually styled and represents a folklore or historical tale about the area, from exiled Maharajah to Robin Hood, with a stencilled wall drawing setting the scene. Décor-wise, it's all about stripped floors, retro tiling, and heritage-style bathrooms.

Matfen Hall

Arrive at luxury hotel Matfen Hall for a romantic UK break and be greeted by a valet, a concierge that whisks your luggage to your room, and a welcome drink in The Great Hall. Occupying a Gothic mansion in Northumberland, it's the quintessential country house hotel, with all the comfort and opulence that implies, alongside first-rate facilities like a relaxing spa and five places to eat.

Wild Thyme & Honey

This collection of boutique rooms and suites in the Cotswolds just a few miles outside Cirencester has been lovingly restored – think exposed stone walls, natural wood floors, original beams, and soothing colours. If you fancy going all out, book the apartment with a private terrace, hot tub and sauna, plus a free-standing copper tub and a bespoke bed fashioned from silver birch.

The Double Red Duke

This heavenly rural retreat sits in an idyllic corner of Oxfordshire, just an hour or so from London – a 17th-century coaching inn revamped by the owners of The Swan at Ascott-under-Wychwood. A thoroughly contemporary affair, there are 19 lovely bedrooms that come with either super-king-size or huge 'emperor' beds, plus cosy public spaces, a snug, a bar, and a restaurant serving excellent food.

Beadnell Towers

This boutique hotel, restaurant and bar on the Northumberland Coast is housed in an 18th-century building and has been given a complete makeover, with 18 bedrooms boasting a modern, country-house feel – expect original beams, individually designed feature walls, bespoke furniture and stylish bathrooms. Some rooms even have free-standing copper baths ('Muckle House' has two!).

Randy Pike

Picture this: a romantic B&B in Cumbria and the heart of the Lake District with three suites that are simply stunning ensembles, featuring hand-carved beds, huge bathrooms, designer fabrics and rococo touches. A top-notch place that you won't want to leave! But should you get peckish, transfers are offered down to their excellent restaurant, the Jumble Room, where hearty seasonal fare is the order of the day.

Hotel Endsleigh

On the border between Devon and Cornwall, this fairy-tale property is the cousin of waterside Tresanton, both of which are owned by Olga Polizzi, the renowned hotelier. The 18 rooms are artfully decorated with a stylish mix of old and new furniture, roll-top baths and painted wallpapers. Go all out and choose the suite in the former gatekeeper's lodge with a private garden and wood-burning stove.

Magazine Wood

This home-away-from-home on the Norfolk coast is a charming bed and breakfast that also offers the things we love about a boutique hotel, like privacy and a high level of service – the best of both worlds! Just a few miles from the coast, this award-winning property has a trio of luxurious suites that are completely self-contained and is a place to escape from everyday life – perfect for a romantic UK break.

Talbooth House & Spa

With a spa, hot tub and an outdoor pool, Talbooth in Essex has all the facilities you could need for a romantic break. An agreeable country house in 'Constable Country' overlooking the rolling green landscape, it's on the intimate, boutique side of things, with just 12 gorgeously styled guest rooms, each named after a renowned poet – Masefield has its own private terrace.

If you're looking for something other than a romantic hotel, B&B or cottage, check out our array of guides, from dog-friendly cottages and city hotels to seaside B&Bs. We also have a selection of destination guides, including Pembrokeshire, Dorset and the Yorkshire Dales.

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