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The UK's most romantic places

When it comes to romance, we often think of Paris, Venice, or the white sands of the Seychelles. However, Britain also boasts plenty of romantic spots that are perfect for a short break. In this article, we take a look at some of the best places for romance in this country and suggest a few spas that can make your romantic break extra special.

1. Lake District

Covering more than 900 square miles in the northwest county of Cumbria, the Lake District is an area of spectacular scenery that includes 19 major lakes and reservoirs, as well as forests and mountains (you can find Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, here). The area is a designated National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and, not surprisingly, it remains one of the country’s most visited tourist attractions. Perfect for a romantic break, the area has long inspired artists and writers. It was once home to the English romantic poet, William Wordsworth.

Romantic spas you might like: 

Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa is a luxury hotel and spa located near Bassenthwaite Lake. It’s a perfect base from which to explore the lakes and you can also enjoy the first-rate facilities.

2. Bath 

Listed as a World Heritage Site, Bath in Somerset is a city that retains plenty of historical charm. It is also contemporary, cultural and compact, so provides a wonderful base for a romantic short break. Alternatively, if you want to extend your stay in the area, the city offers easy access to the neighbouring city of Bristol and also the Cotswolds (see below).

Romantic spas you might like: 

Located on a hill-top overlooking Bath, Combe Grove Manor Hotel Spa is a three-mile drive from the city. Set in lovely woodland, this hotel and spa offers the perfect blend of sightseeing and relaxation.

3. Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital city is a hub of history, culture and contemporary style. There is plenty to see and do within the city and surrounding area. Stroll the streets of old town, pay a visit to Edinburgh Castle or take in the many museums, galleries and theatres. If the weather is nice, head to one of the city’s parks and gardens. You are also well-placed for a trip to the lovely port district of Leith.

Romantic spas you might like:

Set in 11 acres of grounds on the banks of the River Esk, Dalhousie Castle offers the chance to stay in historic surroundings close to all the city of Edinburgh has to offer.

4. The Cotswolds

With its rolling hills, glorious farmland and picture-postcard villages, this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in south-central England is another wonderful destination for a romantic getaway. Lose yourselves in the narrow lanes that pass through this stunning part of the world before finding a cosy pub for a spot of lunch.

Romantic spas you might like: 

The De Vere Cotswold Water Park hotel and spa boasts a gorgeous lakeside setting that is perfect for making the most of your time in the Cotswolds.

5. Cambridge

Steeped in history and dominated by the world-renowned university, Cambridge is a city that lends itself to a romantic short break. Take in the quiet backstreets before leaving the hustle and bustle of the city behind and enjoying a stroll along the banks of the River Cam. You could even take a punt down the river, or hire a professional to do the hard work while you lay back and enjoy the sights, including King’s College Chapel and the famous ‘college backs’.

Romantic spas you might like: 

Hallmark Hotel Cambridge offers first-rate accommodation and spa facilities. It is located within easy reach of Cambridge city centre and the surrounding area.

6. Cornwall

Whether or not you’re a fan of Poldark, there’s no denying that this county in the southwest of England is quite special. With its rugged coastline, stunning beaches and picturesque villages, it provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic break. There is so much to do here that it’s best to plan a longer break, so you can see the highlights, which include Newquay, Bude, Penzance and Bodwin Moor.

Romantic spas you might like:

The Headland Hotel and Spa in Newquay offers rooms and holiday cottages. It is situated on a clifftop overlooking Fitral Beach.

7. Bronte Country, West Yorkshire 

Located to the west of Bradford, this area of seemingly endless rolling countryside was where the Bronte sisters called home. A good starting point for exploring the area is the delightful village of Haworth. Then pack a picnic lunch and enjoy romantic walks in the places that inspired the likes of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

Romantic spas you might like: 

Hollins Hall Hotel in Shipley is a magnificent property set in 200 acres of countryside. It offers easy access to the romantic sights of West Yorkshire, with Haworth just a 30-minute drive away.

Of course, there are plenty more places we could add to this list, but we hope this article has given you a few ideas for your next romantic spa break. If we’ve forgotten your favourite, why not let us know by leaving a comment below or getting in touch via social media?

If you’re ready to book, or would like further information, our spa experts are looking forward to helping you plan the perfect romantic getaway.

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