Top 5 romantic staycations

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, we’re getting in the mood for love at cottages4you!

We recently carried out some research that told us that exactly half of married couples have honeymooned in the UK – with a further 64 per cent having returned to, or are already planning to revisit, their honeymoon destination to rekindle those magical memories!

If you’re not one of those already planning a romantic break, we’ve got together with our friends at VisitEngland to provide the following guide to ‘five of the best’ activities and places to stay across England on February 14th.

 1. The Peak District – Experience a taste of Pride and Prejudice

Chatsworth in the Peak District stands in for Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice, arguably the most romantic love story of all time!

Where to stay: Orchard Cottage, Holmesfield, Derbyshire (cottages4you ref: QWM)

In a picturesque country location on the edge of the Peak District, this cosy, beamed cottage with its own terrace overlooking orchards, has been meticulously converted from 18th-century stables and furnished in a traditional style.

Price: £272 for a four night self-catering stay arriving Monday, 13th February. This equates to £34 pppn.

2. Norfolk – Visit the romantic final scene from Shakespeare in Love

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays in the film Shakespeare in Love (1998).The romantic final scene was filmed on Holkham Beach in North Norfolk.

Where to stay: Flint Cottage, Fakenham, North Norfolk (cottages4you ref: AD81)

This delightful, tastefully furnished, 19th-century holiday cottage is set in a quiet location and is approximately 10 miles from Holkham Beach.

Price: As part of cottages4you’s Winter Sale, the property was £329, now £284.15 for a four night self-catering stay arriving Monday, 13th February. This equates to £11.84 pppn

3.  The New Forest – What better place to escape to than ‘Lover’ in The New Forest?

What more romantic setting could there be than a place named Lover? This peaceful forest hamlet at the northern tip of the New Forest, is an ideal place for couples to visit, if only to pose by the village sign for an amusing photo opportunity!  The nearby woodlands also provide a lovely spot for a romantic stroll.

Where to stay: The Stable Beaulieu, Beaulieu, Hants. (cottages4yoy ref: DBBD)

The Stable at Beaulieu is set in a peaceful, rural location with direct access to The New Forest. The detached, former stables has been converted to a high standard, whilst its wood-burning stove makes it a perfect holiday retreat on those cold winter nights.

Price: £306 for a four night self-catering stay arriving Monday, 13th February. This equates to £38.25pppn

4. Northumberland – let stargazing put you in the mood for romance!

Kielder Forest is a great location for gazing up at the clearest and least light polluted skies in the country. A perfect destination in which to experience the great outdoors, the magnificent landscape holds ideal conditions for stargazing, with regular star camps allowing amateur astronomers to sleep under the stars.

Where to stay: Bankhouse Farm Cottages – Middle Berry, Guyzance, Northumberland (cottages4you ref: MQS)

One of 12 charming holiday cottages set in a beautiful small development of traditional farmhouse and barn conversions – providing a gateway to the picturesque Northumberland National Park.

Price: £280 for a four night self-catering stay arriving Monday, 13th February. This equates to £17.50 pppn

 5. Cambridge – take a romantic stroll or go punting on the River Cam

Represented by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (otherwise known as Kate and Wills, the world’s most famous newlyweds), Cambridge is the perfect place for a romantic date. Go punting on the River Cam, take a stroll through the history-steeped colleges and have afternoon tea at Grantchester. This riverside village is home to the Orchard Tea Garden, where artists, poets, writers and intellectuals have met for picnics for over a century.

Where to stay: Netherall Manor Lodge, near Ely, Cambridgeshire (cottages4you ref: 50311)

A charming converted stables with clock tower is situated in the grounds of the owner’s house, providing a quietly secluded, idyllic setting.

Price: As part of cottages4you’s Winter Sale, the property was £209, now £191.10 for a four night self-catering stay arriving Monday, 13th February. This equates to £15.93 pppn

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