Valentine's Day is just around the corner, making the perfect excuse for a mini staycation. Just want to jump in the car and head off to a romantic rural retreat in Yorkshire or chic country house hotel in the Lake District? No problem. I-escape has handily revealed its top UK boltholes for Valentine's Day for a blissful boutique getaway. Love is in the (fresh, country) air...
Discover i-escape's top UK boltholes for Valentine's Day
1. TIMBRELL'S YARD, BRADFORD-ON-AVON, WILTSHIRE
Right in the heart of this historic town, overlooking the river, Timbrell’s Yard offers 17 elegant, Scandi-style bedrooms, a cosy bar and a popular restaurant with open kitchen and menu by Tom Blake, formerly of River Cottage. The town boasts riverside walks, boutique shops and galleries, gourmet dining, and Bath- one of the UK's most beautiful and romantic cities - just 10 minutes’ away by train. What more could you need?
Price: i-escape (www.i-escape.com; 0117 946 7072) can offer two nights (14th and 15th February) from £360, based on two sharing on bed and breakfast basis.
2. ANOTHER PLACE, ULLSWATER, LAKE DISTRICT
Top UK boltholes for Valentine's Day don't get much more romantic than this. On the shores of Ullswater, this restored country house hotel sits within 18 acres of waterfront land with equipment to borrow for fun on and off the lake, including sailing, paddle boarding, canoeing and more. For indulgence and relaxation, there's an excellent spa and two restaurants with an emphasis on local produce ensuring a real taste of the Lake District.
Price: i-escape (www.i-escape.com; 0117 946 7072) can offer two nights (14th and 15th February) from £560, based on two sharing on bed and breakfast basis.
3. BRIDPORT HIDEAWAYS, BRIDPORT, DORSET
Two one-bedroom apartments perfectly located in the centre of this bustling market town, within easy reach of West Bay and the Jurassic Coast. Stylish and simple, these two apartments are hidden boltholes ideal for lovers of antique shops, foodie hotspots and blustery coastal walks.
Price: i-escape (www.i-escape.com; 0117 946 7072) can offer two nights (14th and 15th February) from £200, based on two sharing on self-catering basis.
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4. THE HUT B&B, DARLINGTON, COUNTY DURHAM/NORTH YORKSHIRE
Experience romantic rural bliss at this B&B with a difference within striking distance of the North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales. Two picture-perfect shepherds’ huts are elegantly furnished with king-sized beds, claw foot baths, log-burners and high-quality furnishings, like tiny romantic houses. The views are incredible and indulgent breakfast or evening hampers can be delivered to the door from the neighbouring farmhouse.
Price: i-escape (www.i-escape.com; 0117 946 7072) can offer two nights (14th and 15th February) from £290, based on two sharing on bed & breakfast basis.
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Ruth Doherty is an experienced digital writer and editor specializing in interiors, travel and lifestyle. With 20 years of writing for national sites under her belt, she’s worked for the likes of Livingetc.com, Standard, Ideal Home, Stylist and Marie Claire as well as Homes & Gardens.
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