Romantic British breaks for Valentine’s Day

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert

ScotlandWhatever your views on Valentine’s Day, there’s no disputing that the late winter/early spring watershed it occupies is a wonderful time for taking in Britain’s most romantic sights. There are country retreats and city penthouses to choose from, whether you’re craving a romantic hideaway, secluded seduction or just a retreat for enjoying some quality time together.

Strolls through secluded bluebell woods; crisp, clear mornings in the park; a fresh brew in a hidden coffee house. If you’re looking for something with more depth than the average chain restaurant menu, a HomeAway rental gives you the chance to pick your perfect setting.


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Valentine’s Day breaks at Notting Hill Valentine’s Day breaks at Notting Hill

The Hollywood stars who made this London borough famous in the eponymous film may be long gone, but the character that brought them here still prevails. Despite being one of the capital’s most affluent areas, Notting Hill has retained its unique identity - one that reveals traces of a London all but lost. This is evident in the cute communal gardens and on Portobello Road, where the bustling market and proliferation of unique shops present a romantic rabbit-hole of chintz and kitsch.

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Valentine’s Day breaks at Grasmere and Windermere Valentine’s Day breaks at Grasmere and Windermere

England’s most famous romantic poet is synonymous with the tiny village of Grasmere, but in truth, the creative juices of Wordsworth were stirred by the Lake District as a whole. Spend a weekend here and you’ll soon see why. At a short drive from the head of the M6, the Lake District is one of England’s most accessible national parks. Once you arrive, however, its hidden clefts and corners promise stunning scenery like nowhere else in Britain.

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Valentine’s Day breaks at Loch Lomond Valentine’s Day breaks at Loch Lomond

The bonnie banks of Britain’s largest and most famous loch may seem like a cliched destination for a romantic break, but like all cliches this one exists for a reason. This serene, secluded loch is easily accessible from Glasgow and there is an array of charming rentals within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park. As picturesque as the loch itself is, the beautiful Falls of Falloch are the ultimate spot for a peaceful stroll.

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Valentine’s Day breaks at Oxford Valentine’s Day breaks at Oxford

Oxford’s romantic appeal is hard to pin down, but there is an indefinable mystique and an enigmatic passion to this town. Perhaps it is the spectacular architecture or the picturesque river Isis that winds lazily through Oxford perhaps it is the glow of youthful possibility that emanates from the world's oldest university. Then again, perhaps it’s the composite of all these qualities that gives Oxford the sort of heady feeling that seeps from the pages of Thomas Hardy and Evelyn Waugh’s finest novels.

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Valentine’s Day breaks at Gretna Green Valentine’s Day breaks at Gretna Green

While this small Scottish town may court a coloured reputation, thanks to its synonymity with runaway marriages, it’s seen its fair share of happily ever afters. After all, one in six Scottish weddings still take place here. But journey beyond the famed blacksmith’s shop and you’ll find the deeper beauty that south western Scotland has to offer, including Galloway Forest Park and the Solway Coast Heritage Trail.

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UK Cottages for Romantic British breaks for Valentine’s Day

Beautiful Rural 9 Acre Child Friendly Retreat Just 32 Miles From Central London

Hamptons Farmhouse is located in the beautifully rural area between the villages of Plaxtol and West Peckham in Kent, the Garden of England. Amazingly quiet and peaceful, set in 9 acres of land, all that can be seen is rolling countryside, yet we ...

Cook's Cottage Shaldon - Vintage Luxury!

Shaldon has a very close but welcoming community. A tightly woven fabric of small backstreets with lots of small cottages, it remains one of the best kept secrets in Devon. House prices actually reflect this however. It is quintessentially Englis...

Great Burrow Cottage is a lovely, rural retreat with stunning views of Dartmoor

Listed in the Sunday Times '50 Cool Cottages in Britain and Ireland' the cottage sleeps 6: master double bedroom and loft bedroom with 3 single beds, one covering to a double. (some low beams so mind your head!) French doors lead to your own patio...

Two Luxurious Hideaway Cottages with Stunning Views in Rural Location

VICARAGE COTTAGE and The Old Vicarage COACH HOUSE are two, separate, luxury one bedroom cottages set in the tranquil, landscaped gardens of The Old Vicarage, a lovely Victorian house that is an award winning, boutique country house B&B. The COACH ...

Sea views and log burning stoves. The perfect seaside retreat.

Wake in comfort to the sound of the sea, explore the misty brooding Romney Marsh, then warm up in the many atmospheric pubs with intriguing histories, resident ghouls, roaring fireplaces, cracking ales and tasty pub grub, walk along England’s fine...