Cottages for the Valentines weekend

Quaint cottages for a romantic break

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert


Isle of WightFebruary isn’t usually a month for holidaying; with New Year still a vague memory, it’s too early to start thinking about a sunshine break. Just because you can’t book a fortnight’s holiday doesn’t mean you can’t get away in February however. Valentine’s Day provides the perfect opportunity for taking a break and leaving the banality of everyday life behind - if only for a weekend.

Whether you’re planning a romantic city break or are merely seeking an excuse to leave the country, Valentine’s Day is the ideal time. From swish apartments to cosy cottages, HomeAway.co.uk has city rentals and rural retreats all across Europe. Where would you like to be this Valentine’s Day?


 

Valentine’s Day holiday cottages


   

Valentines weekend cottages on Isle of Skye Valentines weekend cottages on Isle of Skye

While some may bemoan the increasing commercialisation of Valentine’s Day, it’s possible to enjoy a romantic weekend that doesn’t feel contrived - despite the best efforts of those pesky ad agencies. There’s nothing wrong with roses, champagne and chocolates, but life’s best moments aren’t unwrapped - they’re discovered. Take your partner for a walk through Skye’s jagged Cuillin mountains before sitting down to sample locally-caught scallops in one of Portree’s harbour-side restaurants.

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Valentines weekend cottages in York Valentines weekend cottages in York

One of Britain’s prettiest cities, York’s historic heart is designed for exploring with your beau by your side. The quaint shops, sloped roofs, shuttered windows and narrow streets are simply magical, with the focal point naturally being York Minster. Northern Europe’s largest Gothic cathedral will ensure you spend vast portions of your weekend gazing skyward at the vertiginous steeples and ornate gargoyles. Entire blocks of York have scarcely changed since the 15th century. This Valentines weekend, why not take a trip back in time?

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Valentines weekend cottages in North Holland Valentines weekend cottages in North Holland

Skulking below sea level, the Netherlands is a country of flowers and waterways; of blossom and sweet aromas. In other words, it’s the sort of place you take your partner for a Valentines weekend. While Amsterdam offers chic city apartments, those seeking solace should head further north. Cycling’s always an option, but if you’d rather conserve your energy for other pursuits, hire a car and drive to Julianadorp aan Zee, where there are some exquisite beachfront holiday cottages.

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Valentines weekend cottages in Austria Valentines weekend cottages in Austria

Though probably best known for its winter sports, Austria is just as appealing in the spring. Arrive in February and there’ll still be snow in the Alps, but even aside from skiing, there’s plenty of excitement in exploring Austria’s towns and villages. Accommodation in Upper Austria is largely made up of ski chalets, but further south there are some cosy cottages to choose from, complete with log fires and flagstone hearths. Take a short trip to Austria this February and revel in the wide open spaces and quiet towns.

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Valentines weekend cottages on Isle of Wight Valentines weekend cottages on Isle of Wight

Just 90 minutes from London, the Isle of Wight is easily accessible and a great way to while away a weekend with your partner. Measuring just 23 x 13 miles, the Isle’s compact size ensures you’ll be able to take in its best walks, beaches and pubs during your stay. Steephill Cove and the adjacent Ventnor Botanic Gardens are beautiful, dreamy places to while away an afternoon, while a stroll along the pier at Sandown is best followed by high tea in one of the quaint beachfront cafes.

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