Escape The City: 5 Romantic Retreats To Visit With Your Valentine
Escape the city with your beau and be captivated by lush surroundings this Valentines day. We've rounded up 5 spots in the UK that will make for a swoon-worthy, unforgettable trip
Valentine’s day is approaching soon and it's not too late to plan a getaway with your beloved. Avoid other couples by escaping your usual city or better yet if you're single, grab some buddies and avoid all the couples together!
Do: Escape into literary love in Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit the birthplace of the famous English poet and playwright and other locations such as Hall’s Croft, home of his daughter and Nash’s house and new place, where he spent the majority of his later years.
Eat & Drink: Wet your whistle at Stratford’s oldest pub The Garrick Inn, the old timber building dates back to the 1400s and has endured many a fire and plague yet still survived, just as your love will after this trip!
Sleep: Try ‘The Church Street Townhouse’, a boutique hotel, housed in a 400-year-old grade II listed building and located directly opposite Shakespeare's school.
Route: Stratford-upon-Avon is 104 miles northwest of London via the M4, M25. M40 and A46 roads. It takes 2 hours 15 minutes to drive.
#2 Warwick Castle
Do: Court them medieval style with a trip to one of Britain's best castles. Dating back to the 12th Century Warwick castle, the castle is one of the most visited stately homes in the UK. Warwick Castle is named one of Britain’s Top 10 historic houses and monuments in 2001 by the British Tourist Authority, the tourist board of Great Britain.
Eat & Drink: Climbing to the top of the tallest tower Warwick castle has to offer (Caesar’s Tower, by the way, which is as tall as 10 double decker buses!) will set your appetite (and hopefully love) on fire. Try Tailor's on Market Place, recommended in the Good Food Guide 2016. Owned by Chef friends Dan Cavell and Mark Fry, who decided on the name for the restaurant after learning the building was formerly a Gentleman's tailors shop in the mid-1800s. If you’re celebrating (or ignoring) V-day with friends try The Hatton Arms, its laid back location directly next to the canal make it the perfect pit stop after castle exploring.
Sleep: If you’re planning on turning this into a weekend break to explore the rest of Warwickshire we recommend the Warwick Arms Hotel.
Route: From London and the south east M40, exit at Junction 13 for Warwick.
#3 The Lake District
Do: The furthest journey on our list is by all means the most captivating one. If you’re looking for awe-inspiring landscapes and breathtaking scenery, the Lake District makes for unforgettable Valentine's trip. Derwentwater, Catbells Lakeland Walk, Lake Windermere all offer swoon-worthy backdrops which are bound to score you some serious points if you're better half is an LOTR or Game of Thrones fan.
Eat & Drink: After exploring Keswick, try settling in Cartmel, a village close to the River Eea, home to gastronomic restaurant L'Enclume (also offers limited sleeping space). The restaurant’s head chef, Simon Rogan, is dubbed as Cumbria’s Heston so the dinner menu will set you back £120 but his innovative take on modern British cuisine has earned him a Michelin star. For a more budget-friendly option try, Drunken Duck Inn, Lake District’s original gastropub.
Sleep: Lodore Falls Hotel, located in Derwentwater, has its very own waterfall on the hotel grounds!
Route: The distance makes this break into a road-trip and the driving routes provide a number of scenic (and deserted, remember that selfie stick!) pit stops. Depending on where you rent a car, approximately 4 hours from London, but shorter from Birmingham, Leeds & a mere 1 hour and 25 minutes from Liverpool.
Do: Everyone know’s this trip! It’s easy, and more about the destination at the end. Just two hours down the road from the bright lights of London is the easy breezy seaside town of Brighton. A stay in this neck of the woods will make the city of London feel a distant world away. Visit the Royal Pavilion, a dazzling exotic palace located in the centre of Brighton or walk along Brighton’s famous pier for a nostalgic Valentines day trip.
Eat & Drink: While we all enjoy fish ‘n’ chips, perhaps a more romantic fare would be The Little Fish Market, a cash-only former fishmonger serving just 20 covers a night. If you’d rather the food stay by the seafront try The Set Restaurant.
Sleep: Blanch House, Brighton's boutique hotel or, for something a little different, try the Artist Residence Brighton hotel. Artist Residence does small, quirky, eccentric yet incredibly inviting hotels and Brighton’s Artist Residence, located on historic Regency Square certainly fits that
Route: London to Brighton is an easy drive, approximately 50 miles, taking about 90 minutes. Take the A23/M23 south until you reach Brighton.
Do: Once home to the romantic Jane Austen (two of her six published novels were set in Bath) a trip to bath would not be complete without a visit to the town’s famous Roman Baths. For warm temperatures to rival the caribbean sea, head to Thermae Bath Spa, original natural thermal spa. Go for a stroll Royal Victoria Park and in the evening, catch a show at Royal Theatre Bath.
Route: Bath is ten miles from junction 18 off the M4 motorway, which runs from London and Heathrow Airport. You can also rent a car directly from Heathrow Airport now with RideLink's new 'Airport Delivery' Service. Bath also great motorway links from the north, Devon and Cornwall via the M5 motorway.