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

Seaside Retreat With Stunning Sea Views

'High Tide' is a delightful three bedroomed seaside home with loggia and decked terrace, overlooking the Solent. Located in the charming seaside village of Seaview, on the Island's east coast, the cottage is an ideal retreat for a family beach h...

Seaside village, Sandgate, Kent- Beach House

Seagull cottage has been comfortably furnished to provide a second home for us but we enjoy sharing this delightful property. The cottage’s main attraction is the proximity to the sea. Few cottages can offer a beach as the garden! There is shingle...

Romantic cottages in the heart of English countryside

Honeysuckle Cottage and The Mouse House are 2 cottages nestling in the lea of the Quantock Hills. They have fabulous views of the surrounding countryside, including the Vale of Taunton, Exmoor and the Black down hills. This is a designated area of...

Hinton Lodge - Quaint Victorian four star cottage in a quiet rural location.

Hinton Lodge is a 100 year old colonial style self-catering cottage, which has been fully restored and furnished to the highest standards. Hinton Lodge is a detached rural cottage situated on a small rise in the middle of a picturesque valley. It ...

Old Codgers Cottage in the heart of Windermere ( pet friendly )

Situated right in the centre of Windermere village in the heart of the Lake District National Park, close to all the shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and local amenities. Old Codgers pet friendly Cottage offers home from home comforts for your perf...