Romantic British breaks for Valentine’s DayRoses are red, bluebells are blue
Whatever 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.