8 Romantic British Hotels Perfect For A Valentine’s Day Escape 2023
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to think about a ‘l’amour’- inspired weekend away with that special someone. And this year, why not make your romantic break a classic British affair.
From super-luxe suites, roaring log fires, tucked-away terraces with sea views to award-winning cuisine and outdoor saunas we’ve rounded up some of our favourite romantic British hotels perfect for a Valentine’s Day getaway. Plum in the heart of the Cotswold countryside, bristling with honey-hued towns and sleepy meadows, and enjoy the lush and green countryside of Somerset. These classic romantic British hotels brim with history and world-class gastronomy and oozes romance.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
Cotswolds charm meets French flair at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, a Belmond Hotel in Oxfordshire. The passion of Chef Patron Raymond Blanc OBE shines through every detail, from the two-Michelin-starred restaurant to the individually designed suites. Surrounding the honey-coloured manor are 11 flourishing gardens, ranging from a Japanese Tea Garden to organic vegetable plots and heritage orchards. Inspiring classes are hosted at The Raymond Blanc Cookery School and The Raymond Blanc Gardening School. When not indulging in afternoon tea or in-room wellness treatments, guests can enjoy horseriding and cycling, or head out to explore Oxford, the Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace.
Thyme Southrop, Cotswolds
Thyme boutique hotel – 17th-century cottages and refined rooms dotted throughout Southrop Manor’s 150-acre estate – encapsulates a William Blake-penned vision that’s lured London’s fashion set (a certain supermodel proved its pull by holding her nuptials nearby). With an on-site farm and fruitful kitchen garden, the hotel’s cookery school is revered among foodies, too. Love birds can enjoy cookery school, the spa, farm and kitchen gardens, afternoon teas and have a game at the tennis court.
The London Edition, London
A few steps from Oxford Street, the London Edition is most famous for its Jason Atherton restaurant, Berners Tavern – which packs more paintings on the walls than necessary (but looks good) and could not be further from your average taverna (there are elaborate cornice ceilings and chandeliers, for a start). Even the lobby is a special place to sit, with its metallic ball suspended from the ceiling, cozy velvet sofas and fireplace.
Dwell in the lobby for a game of snooker before cocktails (and of course a ladle of punch) in the speakeasy-style Punch Room – and then retire to your sleek, mostly wooden suite.
The Balmoral, Edinburgh
The Balmoral was ranked as the Top Hotel in The U.K. in the Condé Nast Traveler 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. Standing proud since 1902, the historic building’s majestic clock tower still dominates the Edinburgh skyline. The hotel’s dedicated Concierge team can open doors to some of the most unique experiences in Scotland. From tickets to the world-famous Edinburgh Festival events, access to the city’s royal establishments – Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia – to the hotel’s Tartan Butler Clan Tour, you’ll find the best of Scotland at your finger tips.
The perfect marriage of tradition and modernity, each of the 167 rooms and 20 suites has been individually designed by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design Olga Polizzi. Elegant and stylish with unmistakably Scottish accents, the suites at The Balmoral are generous with magnificent views.
Situated in the royal county of Berkshire, on the banks of the River Thames, Cliveden House is a stately 48 bedroom country hotel and home away from home for the city’s fashion set. Just 30 minutes outside London, in the heart of the English countryside, Cliveden has provided a luxurious and romantic setting to rest and retreat since 1666. The property’s rose garden Spa, with the UK’s oldest listed outdoor pool, was the first place to offer Sarah Chapman’s sought-after facials outside London. Her treatments are loved by A-listers looking to relax, from Victoria Beckham and Naomi Campbell to Gigi Hadid and Jourdan Dunn.
The Newt, Somerset
The Newt in Somerset is a working country estate with 23 bedrooms located between Bruton and Castle Cary in Somerset and captures the essence of a Georgian country home. Its bucolic setting inspires a garden-led menu in the restaurant, and garden-scented treatments in the Spa. Guests are encouraged to embrace country living and explore the Estate, while enjoying home comforts and superb service. For the exclusive use of hotel residents, the world-class spa offers international treatments with an English country feel. Treatments include an authentic hammam and mud therapy in a private couples’ chamber, while facilities include an indoor/outdoor pool, halotherapy room and Wild Pool.
The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth
If you enjoy a relaxing, romantic and luxurious spa weekend then The Scarlet Hotel might be just right for you .Overlooking romantic Mawgan Porth beach, this luxury adult-only eco-hotel blurs the boundaries between inside and out, with glass walls, flat roofs covered in sea thrift and infinity pools that seem to reach to the sea.At its heart is the womb-like Ayurvedic spa, with tented pods suspended in the dark for deep relaxation. There’s also an indoor pool and reed-fringed, rock strewn outdoor pool, plus two cliff top hot tubs perched between boulders overlooking the ocean. Bedrooms are in clusters on several levels, soothing, with funky touches, excellent lighting, gorgeous beds and sea and sunset views.
Babington House Somerset
Built in 1705, Babington House is a Grade II-listed manor set in 18 acres of English countryside in the heart of Somerset, 30 minutes from Bath. The Cowshed spa, their first spa began life in an old cow shed tucked away in the grounds at Babington House, offering a range of therapeutic treatments and natural products. 33 bedrooms are spread throughout the grounds at Babington House, from the Main House and Stable Block, to the Coach House and Walled Garden. There’s a number of beautiful eateries, two pools, a spa, a sauna and bikes to take out for a romantic country cycle. A blissful retreat you won’t want to leave.