Top 5 Romantic Places

With Valentine’s Day exactly two weeks away, what better time to write about some of our favourite romantic places?

We love to be romantic every day of the year, with luxurious hotels, great restaurants, and tranquil spas aplenty in our collection, plus – it’s in our name, everything we do is Best Loved! However, it’s not only about the evening fare and a great night’s sleep – it’s also about what you’ve done in the day to spend some quality time as a pair. That’s why we have created this list of the top five romantic days out in the UK and Ireland.

London – for those who love a fast paced life

There’s so much to do in London that it’s well worth more than one visit, but we’ve picked out a few lesser known days out for a date with a difference: View the whole of the city from the top of the Shard, take a speedboat ride on the Thames, or try the ultimate sightseeing tour on a helicopter. Click here to visit the official Visit London website >>
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What we Best Loved… The activities listed above all come with a price tag, but there are so many free ways to spend the day, including posing for a selfie at the Love Lane sign.

Best Loved Hotels in London… include The Arch, just steps from Oxford Street, Draycott Hotel in Cadogan Gardens, and The Milestone Hotel & Apartments, which overlook Kensington Gardens.

Northumberland – slow things down for a day

Sometimes you need to slow down, relax, and take time for just the two of you. We feel that there are few better places to do this than Northumberland, not least because the coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Choose between a walk on the beach, or a trip to a historic castle, but whatever you do, relaxation is guaranteed!  Click here to visit the official Northumberland Tourism website >>

What we Best Loved… We love Afternoon Tea on any day, but it’s extra special at the former home of Earl Grey himself, Howick Hall – a great place to stop on your travels.

Hotels in Northumberland… include Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa, located halfway between Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle, the 17th century Eshot Hall, and the Grade II listed Guyzance Hall.

Corfe Castle, Dorset – fall in love with history

What is more romantic than the dramatic ruins of a historic castle? Not least for the photo opportunities! If you want a deeper knowledge of this stunning attraction, the castle was rebuilt in the latter half of the 11th century by William the Conqueror, and is now preserved by the National Trust.  Click here to visit the Castle Corfe website >>

What we Best Loved… The village of Corfe is keen for visitors to note that there is more to the village than just the castle. With a range of independent shops, pubs, restaurants and tearooms, you can spend a full day immersed in this quaint Dorset Village.

Hotels in Dorset… include Mortons House Hotel, which is located in the village of Corfe itself and boasts a 2 AA Rosette restaurant. Plus both Cliff House Hotel, and the Urban Beach Hotel are approximately 50 minutes drive from Corfe, but benefit from being just 5 minutes from a beach for a romantic evening stroll.

Edinburgh – culture at your leisure

There’s so much to see and do in Edinburgh, from trendy bars, cafes and restaurants, to tandem bicycle rides. We highly recommend taking some time to walk and talk with your loved one by visiting one (or more) of the National Galleries of Scotland.  Click here to visit their website >>

What we Best Loved… Admission is, free and between the three galleries you can see some of the best collections of fine art in the world.

Hotels in Edinburgh… include the Old Waverley Hotel in an enviable location opposite the Scott Monument. Dalhousie Castle is a 13th century castle with a state-of-the-art spa, or Channings is situated on the cobbled streets of “old” Edinburgh.

The Heights of Abraham, Peak District

The Heights of Abraham offers a variety of activities for an oh-so different day out. If you’re trying to impress – this is definitely a unique way to spend the day. With Cable Cars to show off the views of the area, to underground tours through Great Masson and Rutland Caverns, we can see why this is one of the Peak Districts most popular destinations.  Click here to visit their website >>

What we Best Loved… The T’owd Gardener – an insight into the upkeep of this magnificent attraction. Hotels in the Peak District include four on the Chatsworth Estate; The Devonshire Arms at Beeley, The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley, the Cavendish Hotel, and The Maynard.