While chocolates and flowers are always appreciated, surprising your other half with a holiday is a gift they won’t forget. So why not whisk them away for a romantic short break this Valentine’s Day? Here are our top Valentines staycation ideas.
Book a Buckinghamshire cottage and dine at a fancy London restaurant
For those living outside of the city, a weekend in the capital can offer a nice change of pace and scenery. Keep it traditional and treat your partner to a date night at a fancy London restaurant this Valentines. Pied à Terre is a Michelin-starred restaurant in the lively Fitzrovia district. The special Valentine’s Day menu offers six-courses, canapes, and of course, champagne.
Featured cottage: The Stables
Distance: A ten-minute drive away from Chesham Tube station. From here, it’s a 50-minute train journey to central London.
Situated in the scenic surroundings of Buckinghamshire, The Stables is a cosy cottage with plenty of rustic charm and character. It’s ideally located close to the Chesham Tube station, meaning you can be sightseeing in Central London within an hour.
Rent a cosy cabin in the Cotswolds and visit the vibrant Westonbirt Arboretum
It can be difficult to spend time together when you’ve both got busy routines so book off a few days and escape to the countryside for a romantic getaway. The Cotswolds is known for its rolling meadows and valleys, as well as its Westonbirt Arboretum. Take a stroll through the picture-perfect walking trails of this vibrant arboretum, set across a massive 600 acres.
Featured cottage: Daffodil Cottage
Distance: A 20-minute drive from Westonbirt Arboretum.
With its thatched roof and white picket fence, you can’t help but fall in love with this unique property. Daffodil Cottage has a long history – dating all the way back to 1624! The roll-top bath and traditional wood burner make it a wonderful base for a romantic weekend.
Enjoy a seafront stroll from a holiday home in St. Ives
The waters might be too cold to take a dip, and there’s still a wintery chill in the air, but a seaside break can be romantic any time of the year. Cornwall offers some of the most fantastic coastal views, with the town of St. Ives being the ideal location for a romantic break. Walk hand in hand along the pretty Harbour Sand beach while taking in the sights of its glittering coastline.
Featured cottage: Driftwood Heights
Distance: A short stroll from the harbour.
Driftwood Heights is a comfortable, seafront cottage, ideal for a romantic retreat. The balcony is perfect for enjoying a drink in the evening while listening to the waves roll into the shore.
Stay at a Bath cottage and visit the relaxing thermal spa
There are no prizes for guessing how this picturesque Somerset city acquired its name. Bath is home to historic Roman-built baths that span all the way back to 43BC. Nowadays, visitors can bathe in its natural thermal spa, the only one of its kind in the UK.
Featured cottage: The Forge
Distance: 12-minute drive from the thermal baths and city centre.
The Forge is a homely ground-floor cottage, located on the outskirts of Bath in the quaint village of Farmborough. It’s less than a ten-minute drive from the cottage to the nearest park and ride, which will take you straight into the city centre.
Book a traditional Welsh cottage and visit Ynys Llanddwyn on the picturesque Isle of Anglesey
Ynys Llanddwyn is a small island off the coast of Anglesey that’s steeped in history. It was once home to St. Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers. Once you’ve reached the lighthouse, find a comfortable spot to watch the sky light up in gorgeous amber hues as the sun sets over the Irish Sea.
Featured cottage: Rhianfa
Distance: A ten-minute drive from the Newborough Beach car park, then it’s a 30-minute walk across the beach to Ynys Llanddwyn.
Rhianfa is a traditional Welsh cottage, located in the small village of Newborough. It’s also a pet-friendly property, so you can take your faithful friend along to enjoy the beaches of Anglesey too.
Stay at a holiday home in the Peak District and discover its incredible caves
For those who who don’t mind the challenge of a good hike, why not spend your Valentine’s weekend exploring the rolling, verdant hills of the Peak District? You’ll get to spend some quality time together, while also keeping fit! When you’re there, make sure to visit Poole’s Cavern – an impressive limestone cavern dating back over two million years.
Featured cottage: Pail End
Distance: A 30-minute drive from Poole’s Cavern.
Pail End is a great little base for walkers, with fantastic trails right on your doorstep. It’s situated in the peaceful village of Brassington, where you’ll find a couple of pubs to refuel in after a day of exploring the Peak District.
Rent an eco pod on the Isle of Skye to discover its magical Fairy Pools
The world-famous Isle of Skye is located just off the west coast of Scotland. It’s best known for its picturesque villages, dramatic mountainscapes, sea cliffs and fairytale waterfalls. Explore this beautiful region together, before returning to a cosy Scottish cabin.
Featured cottage: Skye Eco Pod
Distance: A 20-minute drive from the Fairy Pools.
Stylish, comfy and surrounded by spectacular scenery, the Skye Eco Pod is a unique place to stay. Just a short drive away are the Fairy Pools, a gorgeous collection of waterfalls and crystal-clear pools that are fit for a romantic day out.
Book an apartment and spend a weekend exploring the Scottish city of Edinburgh
With its winding cobbled streets, historic monuments, secret gardens and an excellent selection of bars and restaurants, Edinburgh is a great place to spend a romantic weekend together. Go without a plan in mind and let yourselves get lost as you explore this Scottish city.
Featured cottage: Spylaw
Distance: 20-minutes from the city centre of Edinburgh.
Set along the riverbank, Spylaw is a comfortable apartment for two. It’s ideally located just outside of Edinburgh, with regular buses taking you to the city centre.