Blimey, research tells us that three out of five British couples are so busy they make an appointment to have sex. Now, we're not sure that's healthy, but if you're going to schedule some romance you'd better make sure you've made plans for Valentine's night. We're not talking life-sized teddies, chocolates or red roses, and we wouldn't be caught dead gazing into each other's eyes in a cheesy restaurant. Instead, why not try something different this Valentine's Day and treat your loved one to somewhere remote, unique, natural and above all incredibly romantic. Our Cool Places authors have come up with the following suggestions.
Two gorgeously situated barns, refurbished with love, style and fabulous attention to detail. Definitely the romantic bolt-hole you've been looking for.
Nothing screams romance like a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan Country Manor encompassed by 3500 acres of gardens and a herd of free roaming Arabian wild horses.
A luxurious gem of a spot to sit and gaze at the world below you, or straight out into the open sky. It's incredibly indulgent, but for something a bit more special, book the private Cross Pool bath all to yourselves.
Hard to imagine a more English retreat in which to enjoy to Valentine's Bed-and-Board with your lover.
Wee adult-only caravans of love for hire in the Scottish Borders.
A place once frequented by Lewis Carroll himself, wacky, idiosyncratic boudoir-style La Rosa is certainly an alternative way to spend this Valentines.
Smart cocktail bar right in Edinburgh's New Town with lots of snug booths for discreet smooching. Great cocktails too.
Treat your loved one to an English afternoon tea or glass of champagne on the lawn at this higgledy-piggledly Elizabethan house.
Proud's burlesque world of jazz, liquor and raunch will cause a stir in even the most fastidious prude, and is best enjoyed with your partner.
It's a pretty safe bet that you won't have stayed in a B&B quite like this one before. An extraordinary Georgian townhouse of lavish, theatrical elegance sitting above a magical, sheltered walled garden.
Not the sort of place you eat at every day, but this Michelin-starred treat is arguably the UK's – let alone Scotland's – ultimate venue for a one-to-one treat.
The rooms at this ivy-swathed old coaching inn are a perfect mix of Georgian elegance and contemporary style, and look out over Bury St Edmunds' abbey ruins. Not only that, they're just a short stumble from the fab restaurant downstairs.
It doesn't get more romantic than this supremely peaceful retreat – no TVs, no children under 8 – where you'll go to bed with the owls and wake up to birdsong.
With its dripping chandeliers, gilt mirrors and purple flock wallpaper, this cocktail bar is the place to feel fabulous and maybe a bit naughty with your special someone.
Embrace your inner Duke or Duchess at this delightful Grade II-listed 17th-century thatched cottage, which has private access to Chatsworth House's 1100 acres of gardens.
A unique and fairly hidden place with an all weather terrace with sensational coastal views – perfect for splashing out on fine wine and treating someone you love.