Our Picks Of The Top 10 Perfect Places For A Romantic Weekend Getaway

15 February 2013 by

GALLERY >> Romantic Weekends

If Valentine's Day left you hankering for a romantic weekend getaway, you might find trawling the internet for that perfect location a little bit too daunting. It may look nice in the picture but we all know how deceiving they can be and how can you even be sure that the photo wasn't taken ten years ago? Well, we spoke to our friends over at Mr & Mrs Smith and asked them to help us track down the ten best bedrooms from their collection of luxury and boutique locations right here in the UK. Now all you need to do is persuade that someone special to come along with you. Bring on the romance...

(All prices are per night, for a double, including taxes. Go to Mrandmrssmith.com or call 0845 034 0700 to book)

1. Babington House, Somerset

If Valentine's Day left you hankering for a romantic weekend getaway, you might find trawling the internet for that perfect location a little bit too daunting. It may look nice in the picture but we all know how deceiving they can be and how can you even be sure that the photo wasn't taken ten years ago? Well, we spoke to our friends over at Mr & Mrs Smith and asked them to help us track down the ten best bedrooms from their collection of luxury and boutique locations right here in the UK. Now all you need to do is persuade that someone special to come along with you. Bring on the romance...

(All prices are per night, for a double, including taxes. Go to [a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com">Mrandmrssmith.com[/a] or call 0845 034 0700 to book)

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/babington-house">Babington House, Somerset[/a]

Relaxed country manor with the heart and soul of one of the world's coolest members clubs? You know you're getting an ideal escape for urbanites when it's the rural outpost of the Soho House group that you're signing up for. It's out with stiff upper lips here, and in with wellies and metropolitan savvy. The walled garden is perfect for a romantic afternoon wander, but if you're feeling too lazy even for that, book a slot in the Cowshed spa for nose-to-tail pampering. Book the adults-only Playroom, with its own bar, walk-in shower and tub for two.

Rooms: including 11 in the main house, three in the spa, five family rooms in the Stable Block and the Lodge, a three-bedroom cottage at the top of the drive. From £260.

2. The Wheatsheaf Inn, Cotswolds

Wind up at the Wheatsheaf and you'll find a traditional British coaching inn that's been brought bang up to date. A rustic charmer with regional fare that will please even the most discerning diner: chef Anthony Ely's menu changes daily with a focus on regional produce. The temptation may be to linger in the elegant bedrooms but don't skip the cooked breakfasts; the fresh flavours and the provenance make it the stuff that the most-important-meal-of-the-day adage was coined for. As for a taste of the decor, the look mixes history with pop, blending trend and tradition; right up our street. The Wheatsheaf Inn's Room 1 encourages a bit of a peep show: by opening the grand double doors, the vast copper roll-top tub enjoy views of the adjoining bedroom...

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-wheatsheaf-inn">14 suites from £100 including breakfast[/a]

3. Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk

Quirky watermill, 12 acres of land, swan-speckled mill pond - some of the highlights of this 17th-century Suffolk stay, near Newmarket and Cambridge. If it's absolute privacy you're after, book one of the Loft Suites at this Brecks-borders bolt hole. Craving city-slicker creature comforts? All 15 bedrooms are treated to Bose sound systems and open-plan bathrooms stocked with Elemis products. Interiors may be refreshingly modern, but as you relax in a bathtub big enough for three, remember that you're far from the first folk to hang out here: the original mill was referenced in the Domesday Book.

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/tuddenham-mill">15 rooms from £170, including breakfast[/a]

4. The Peacock at Rowsley

Perfectly placed for windswept wanders around the Peak District and close to the chocolate-box village of Bakewell (home of the tart), the Peacock at Rowsley promises everything a wildy romantic weekend should: swoon-inducing scenery by day, atmospheric fine dining by evening and a sturdy four-poster for the night. This rural hideaway may have once been the dower house of Haddon Hall - one of Derbyshire's finest statelies - but the olde worlde charms of the antique furniture, portrait-lined stairwell and crackling hearth have been given a shot of 21st-century style courtesy of bright contemporary furnishings, fluffy rugs and forward-thinking service. It's a tough one to call, but Room 5 is the most romantic, largely thanks to its dramatic wooden canopy bed.

16 rooms, including six superior doubles and two special rooms

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-peacock-at-rowsley">From £155, including breakfast[/a]

5. The Scarlet, Cornwall

We do like to be beside the seaside. Especially when our luxurious-but-laidback rendezvous is art filled and environmentally friendly. At the Scarlet, gone is the formality of a reception desk – a warm welcome is all that’s needed to invite you to enjoy the gallery, restaurant, spa and outdoor natural swimming pool. Thanks to the cliff-top setting fresh salty air and heart-stirring sea views are a given – especially from the hotel bar and restaurant. Our tip is for room number 19 with its dimmable eco lighting and a luxe bathtub and rainshower-for-two.

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-scarlet">37 rooms from £195, including breakfast [/a]

6. Blakes Hotel, London

Anouska Hempel’s sexy South Kensington luxury boutique hotel is a lesson in attention to detail, inspired by forays into far-off lands such as Russia, India and Turkey. Four-postered beds festooned with rich fabrics, and lavish gold-and-black ensuite bathrooms – what more can you ask from a naughty nighterie? The discreet atmosphere enhances the feeling that you’re the only pair in the house. Even the boudoir-chic restaurant which treats diners to sophisticated Modern European dishes, with eastern influences is pure aphrodisiac. Room 109, the Cardinal Suite, is the most shamelessly romantic: with heavy, textured fabrics, floral artwork and the kind of ornate, crimson-draped four-poster that makes you reach for the smelling salts – it’s an essay in decorative decadence.

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/blakes-hotel">41 rooms, from £263 [/a]

7. Belgraves, London

If you crave a little Manhattan cool in Belgravia, here it is. Exposed brick walls, seductive glass-fronted fireplaces, and an upscale Sloane Square setting. Our favourite door key is to room 803, a corner suite with sweeping views of the capital and a bathtub by the window – so it is suited to voyeurs and exhibitionists alike. A giant Ralph Lauren mirror hangs on the wall and there are glass globe lights, velvet banquettes, super-soft throws and cow hide rugs.

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/belgraves">87 rooms, including seven suites from £191 [/a]

8. Barnsley House, Cotswolds

Chocolate-box countryside, cutting-edge furnishings: this super-stylish country manor is perfectly pitched at weekending lovers. Make sure you book into the field-side Garden Spa at the end of the rolling grounds – its herb-infused holistic treatments and hydrotherapy pool are a dream for couples. As are the two-seat pink leather sofas in the private cinema. Perfectly pitched at weekending lovers, light and airy Room 1 is equipped for an especially dirty pair, thanks to a twinset of freestanding tubs (facing a TV so, if conversation stalls, you can watch while you wash).

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/barnsley-house">18 rooms, including 11 suites from £280, including breakfast[/a]

9. Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh

Channelling Italian glamour amid Edinburgh’s grey grandeur, Hotel Missoni is a resplendent rainbow-toned retreat, a bold and beautiful statement hotel close to the castle, with more shades and shapes to excite the eye than a sweetshop’s supply of pick ’n’ mix. The hotel’s restaurant and drinking den, Cucina and Bar Missoni, are attractions in their own right, providing hip hangouts for weary theatre-goers, bag-laden Princes Street-pilgrims and locals looking for luxury. The D’Argento Suite is the headline act, with views of the Old Town stretching beyond Arthur’s Seat as far as the Firth of Forth, and one-off Missoni-designed furniture, but if it’s old-town Edinburgh that sets your heart racing, ask for a room on the hotel’s 300-year-iold Royal Mile side.

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/hotel-missoni">136 rooms, including seven suites from £152 [/a]

10. The Feversham Arms, North Yorkshire

The middle of the North Yorkshire Moors probably isn’t the first place you’d look for an indulgent spa hotel, but if you’re looking for a warm inn-style welcome, a sexy boudoir, a heated pool and a spot of pampering, the Feversham needs your attention. Twenty minutes from York, the quaint and castle-toting North Yorkshire village of Helmsley is where guests go to hide away from the urban hubbub and ramble the majestic moors. This smart Victorian promises the irresistible combo of cosseting, duck-down-pillowed cosiness inside and wild, wuthering moorland out. Cosy and contemporary Room 21 is dripping with character, with the original beam running along the ceiling and a huge bathroom with a claw-foot tub – check in here for entertainment of one sort or another, whatever the weather.

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrandmrssmith.com/luxury-hotels/the-feversham-arms-hotel-and-verbena-spa">33 rooms, including 22 suites from £120 including breakfast [/a]


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