For a genuinely romantic gesture, retreat to a bolthole built for two! Sup champagne in a cottage coddled between the Lakes and the Dales, plan a lochside love-in or swoon over the South Downs. In honour of Valentine’s Day, we’ve picked out some our favourites below.
Shepherd’s Cottage, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
A heavenly hideaway for couples in a glorious corner of the world, coddled between the Lakes and the Dales. Approach through a charming walled garden, then into the kitchen with its flagged floor, red Aga, lovely beams and glorious view. Snuggle by the wood-burner with your very generous welcome basket: champagne, locally made chocolates, homemade bread and cake, breakfast goodies and a mini honesty bar. Upstairs to your oak beamed bedroom and bathroom where a spoiling ruby red roll top awaits.
Romance factor: Toast to each other with the champagne hamper, just for two.
The Dairy at Streat Place Barn, Ditchling, Sussex
A sweetly renovated cosy little brick and flint Dairy building with views over the orchard and garden. The open-plan sitting room has white walls with a dash of warming red, a comfy sofa, lots of interesting books, an electric wood burner and an antique chair. Arrive to fresh eggs, flowers, fruit and some basics. Breakfast in the east facing courtyard, spend evenings in your own garden with views over the South Downs.
Romance factor: Stroll hand in hand across the South Downs before a well-deserved feast at The Bull in Ditchling.
An Airigh, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Stride over stunning hills, cycle your socks off, fish from the shore – there’s much to do and see from this award-winning architect designed retreat. Inside is equally invigorating: white walls, floor to ceiling windows, a crisply dressed bed, an elephant grey sofa facing the sea and a sleek kitchen. Lovers will feel entwined but there’s a surprisingly spacious feel so you won’t be getting in each other’s way. Sublime.
Romance factor: If casting a net isn’t your thing, have a candlelit tea for two at www.threechimneys.co.uk where the “menus reflect the outstanding variety of Skye’s authentic, natural larder from land and sea.”
Peasecroft, Coniston, Cumbria
An enchanting cabin amid eight acres of woodland, fields and orchard. Painted green with a mossy slate roof, it subtly blends into the sublime Lakes landscape. Inside, cosy sheepskins and merino wool cushions cover sofas and armchairs, while a wood-burner is a central focus in this serene, open-plan living area. Climb the ladder to the snug mezzanine and sleep beneath the twinkly lights. Pampering spa treatments can be arranged in the cabin.
Romance factor: Get lovestruck at the Lakes, take windswept walks and return to spa treatments in the cabin. Swoon over their video here.
Nantwen, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Solar panels, biomass boiler, wood-burner, Welsh wool… You’re as snug as a bug and surrounded by wildlife, yet only five minutes from Newport. Down a pot-holed track on a hillside, overlooking the lush valley, is this big lovely bolthole for two. Inside are two levels of heated wood floors with an open-plan sitting/dining/kitchen space downstairs with a cosy wood-burner and a bedroom upstairs complete with an indulgent claw-foot tub.
Romance factor: If you really want to make a weekend of it, Nantwen is the perfect wedding venue…
Give your better half a trip to remember with our ‘Just for Two’ collection: www.sawdays.co.uk/justfortwo.