Do you like your romantic gestures to be grand, full of jaw-dropping surprises and deliciously-wrapped wow moments?
Or do you take pleasure in small, everyday things – being prepared a meal, evening conversations by the fire or long, leisurely walks.
Each of the following cottages have their own romantic flavour. Match your loved one with the one that suits them the most and you could bag yourself some brownie points for the rest of 2017.
Best for…Decadent luxury without any compromises
The ultimate destination for a short break brimming with romance. Stunning views of Bamburgh Castle, luxurious interior, fabulous seafood and restaurants just minutes from the apartment and the beautiful white sands of Bamburgh Beach just around the corner. Add in membership to the nearby private spa, The Ocean Club, and you have all the pampering you need waiting for you.
Best for…Star quality
Add a touch of celebrity to your Valentine’s treat at Skyfall. Named not after the James Bond movie of the same name, but for the amazing night skies, spectacular countryside views and sunsets from the balcony. With the lounge, dining and kitchen areas all on the first floor of the house, you are never too far from a jaw-dropping vista.
Best for…Old fashioned romance
This is classic Jane Austen territory, but in Northumberland, and by the sea. In the winter months you can come together by the log burner with a glass of something warming, while in sunnier climes there is five acres of woodland to explore, along with an orchard and a river. The freestanding oversized bath is a real treat as it’s big enough for two, but if showers are more your thing then this couple’s retreat benefits from the luxury of also having a large walk-in shower – also big enough for two!
Best for…Cosying up together
For a cosy and relaxed break you can’t beat The Forge. This studio cottage is an intimate hideaway which lends itself to home-cooked suppers by the fire beneath the heavy beams of this characterful conversion. It’s the place to reconnect with one another and ideal for those spend most of their days in the city.
Best for…Boutique style in a coastal location
Every detail has been carefully considered at The New Dairy from the luxurious soft fabrics in the bedroom to the toiletries in the bathroom and the well-stocked kitchen. The bedroom with its rich purple colours and feature wall is akin to a boutique-style hotel room, but what makes this even better than a hotel is that you have the whole of this single-storey barn conversion all to yourselves.
All the above Retreats are available for a Valentine’s weekend or midweek break.