Top romantic places
Romance is in the air in our February issue where we reveal some of the best places for a St Valentine’s Day proposal
Here are our top places to spend time with the one you love…
York’s Chocolate Story, King’s Square, York. Don’t just give a box of chocolates – dedicate a whole day to the sweet stuff! Find out about the history of York’s chocolate while sampling choccy delights, master the art of chocolate tasting, try making chocolate lollies and then settle down in The Chocolate Bar for a chocolate fondue for two by candlelight.
Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen, Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. Not somewhere you’d naturally think of as a romantic venue, but look out for the 150-year-old wooden elephant, originally from a palace in Rajasthan – tradition is that couples who touch the elephant will live a long and happy life together.
Dewsall Court, Hereford. TV chef Valentine Warner will host a Romantic Supper Club at the Grade II-listed country house where he will design and cook a mouth-watering four-course menu for guests to enjoy. And you can stay over.
Gothic Temple, Painshill, Surrey. This is just one of the follies within the 158-acre garden – said to be one of the finest examples of Georgian landscaped parks – and boasts romantic views over the beautiful Serpentine Lake.
Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth. This iconic 17m tall viewing tower offers spectacular panoramic views over the historic harbour, the Solent and across to the Isle of Wight – and you can enjoy a romantic High Tea with optional bubbly at the Cafe in the Clouds.
Polesden Lacey, Surrey. This National Trust property was where King George VI and the Queen Mother spent their honeymoon in 1923. Set the mood by recreating this picture of them walking down the steps and then pop the question!
Roulotte Retreat, Melrose, Scotland. Escape the humdrum of everyday life and reconnect with nature in a hand-crafted wooden Romany-style caravan made for two. Set in a landscaped meadow, you can enjoy a different pace of life with reading, bird watching and star gazing or cycling, walking and painting.
Grecian Temple, Newby Bridge Hotel, Cumbria. Inspired by a ruined Temple of Vesta, its classical looks include Corinthian columns, a circular skylight and trompe l’oeil work But this all hides some of the latest technology, including mood lighting and great acoustics for your music. And you get great views of Lake Windermere.
Weston Park, Shropshire. Step back in time at this stately 17th century home set in 1,000 acres of parkland and where the attentions of the butler and house staff will make you feel you’re on the set of your own period drama.
Rose Cottage, Devon. From its inglenook fireplace (where marshmallows are left for toasting on the log-burner), through to the ‘boudoir’ (boasting a huge copper slipper bath), this luxury getaway even features a huge beachcomber hot tub in a secluded garden.
Tailor’s Cottage, Snowdonia, Wales. This pet-friendly cottage mixes traditional features with urban style and is equipped with all the modern comforts and facilities. Couples can relax in front of a glowing fire in the log burner, explore the surrounding Snowdonia countryside, stock up on local produce at the Rhug farm shop or enjoy a meal at one of the great pubs and restaurants in Betws y Coed, just eight miles away.
The Ampersand Hotel, Kensington, London. Built in 1888, this is one of the capital’s original Victorian boutique hotels, right on the doorstep of Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. If you want to push the boat out, the 4th and 5th floor rooms boast fabulous views of London skyline from their floor-to ceiling windows. Dine in the underground vaults of Apero with its Mediterranean-influenced menu or take tea (or Champagne!) in the comfort of The Drawing Rooms.