We review the best, most stylish and romantic luxury holidays across Britain for you and your partner to have a relaxing break this Spring.
Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire
You can stay in the Stourhead B&B situated just outside the gates to the renowned gardens. Whilst Stourhead is magnificent throughout the seasons, Spring is truly the best time to visit. With a overabundance of blossoms of a multitude of vibrant and pastel colours weighing down many of the plants and trees, the sun reflecting off the water, and viewing the newly born ducklings and cygnets, it is the perfect visual representation of moving out of Winter. The Temple of Apollo, which has magnificent views across the entire lake and garden, and Palladian Bridge were used as locations for Mr Darcy’s initial unsuccessful proposal to Elizabeth in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, perhaps the novel most associated with romance.
Stay in the luxurious Dormy House situated above the village, which has fantastic far-reaching views across the ever-glorious Cotswolds. This is the perfect rural romantic retreat, that can act alone or as a base to explore the stunning surrounding area replete with historical buildings and stunning landscapes and gardens. Its impeccable choice of décor is in keeping with the Nordic origins of the family, combining clean lines and subdued colours with traditional stone fireplaces and floors harking back to the original 17th century farmhouse. Food ranges from twists on classics to sumptuous afternoon tea, but the spa steals the show. From a candlelit indoor infinity pool, Hot Juniper Finnish cabin, Salt Steam room, to a Lavender Infusion sauna, the experience is truly a delight for the senses.
The local lavender for the sauna is sourced from the nearby Cotswold Lavender fields provides a wonderfully unique viewing opportunity, particularly in the summer months. A walk away is Broadway Tower, Cotswolds highest tower, designed by the celebrated Capability Brown. And a short drive brings you to the 15th century Sudeley Castle, the resting place of Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII; and the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway has a lavender maze and sculpture trail, perfect for a romantic stroll.
Constable Country, Suffolk
Stay in the Maison Talbooth with its Garden Room restaurant that enjoys views spanning over the Dedham Vale, or visit the award-winning Le Talbooth restaurant minutes’ drive in a courtesy Range Rover. With a pool area complete with hot tub and log burning fire, tennis court and day spa, this provides a truly immersive relaxing experience for you and your partner. Exploring Constable Country by foot or boat is a must, it being the picturesque home of the celebrated painter John Constable, who found inspiration from the setting surrounding the River Stour. In nearby Flatford you can venture into the White Cottage which was the setting of Constable’s famous painting The Hay Wain. There are several places along the River Stour to rent a rowing boat for a romantic and secluded excursion that submerses you within the stunning landscape.
Oban, Argyll, Scotland
For a rural romantic trip, stay in the Bed in Breakfast at Argyll’s only ancient castle, Barcaldine, originally built in 1609 and restored in 1897, this location offers a stunningly remote setting. Set on the shores of Loch Creran with awe-inspiring views of the snowy mountains of Glencoe in early Spring to Autumnal oranges, this is a true getaway in the traditional sense.
This luxurious B&B has five rooms, each varying in style, from mahogany antiques and a roll-top bath, to antique furniture strewn with velvet and mohair throws. With local toiletries, soft robes, free Wi-Fi and spellbinding views, all the necessary items on the perfect getaway checklist are present. Walk along the shores of Loch Crenan or one of the many other breath-taking routes, take advantage of the “the Sea Kayaking Capital of Europe”, wander around castles from the 13th century, or tour around Oban Distillary, one of Scotland’s oldest, and taste some vintage whisky.
Hyde Park, London
With all the hustle and bustle of London, it can be hard to find a space that feels romantic. However, the scenic green parkland of Hyde Park and its surroundings is full of activities that can make your day feel like a proper getaway. Stay in the gorgeous five-star Grade II Listed Milestone Hotel with its luxury rooms with antique touches, sauna and pool and a myriad of added extras to make your stay extra special. Of the wide range of activities to participate in, the Serpentine Gallery offers a great deal of artistic food for thought, the Hyde Park Stables offers horseriding to sightsee several famous landmarks via a charming mode of transportation, and the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen possesses a fantastic view over the lake. Try wood-fired pizzas, fish and chips or seasonal salads in the magnificent surroundings whilst enjoying the glorious views in the Spring weather. A stroll through the adjacent park or visit to the nearby Royal Albert Hall for an evening concert will make this a getaway to remember.