1. The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall
Set in the hills above beautiful Mawgan Porth beach, the adults-only Scarlet Hotel offers an eco-friendly stay like no other. Each bedroom has its own outdoor space with gorgeous views, sumptuous linens and a sense of serenity. The restaurant serves locally sourced, seasonal dishes, with the Atlantic Ocean as its panorama. The Ayurveda spa is an ideal retreat after the madness of your big day – enjoy side-by-side treatments in the couples’ suite, relax in hanging pods, or take a dip in the huge indoor pool. Just leave time for romance, fizz and more ocean views in the cliff-top hot tub.
Rooms from £240
2. Claridge’s, London
With its handsome art deco exterior, tail-coated doormen and Mayfair location, Claridge’s is the epitome of timeless elegance. Step through its impressive lobby and you’ll find bedrooms that are among the largest in London, combining classic design with contemporary touches. Hand-stitched fabrics, antique furniture, marble bathrooms and luxurious details might encourage you not to leave, but the drinking and dining options are irresistible. Davies and Brook serves British seasonal food in a relaxed setting, while the Foyer is the ideal spot for breakfast or afternoon tea. Cocktails and champagne are best taken in Claridge’s bar. Don’t miss the spa and gym, right at the top of the building with fabulous skyline views.
Rooms from £570
3. The Newt, Somerset
Surrounded by beautiful woodlands and gardens, The Newt is an impeccable Georgian country house estate. Restored and remodelled, the main house is now an elegant and tranquil retreat. Food is locally sourced, with a garden-to-table ethos. Sample the hotel’s own cider or explore the wine cellar before supper in the Botanical Rooms. Stay in the main house and you’ll have views of the garden; or there are the Stable Yard rooms, with wood-burning stoves and king-sized beds.
Rooms from £275
4. Barnsley House, Cotswolds
Deep in the Cotswolds countryside, this chocolate-box pretty hotel dates back to the 17th century and makes the perfect place to get away from it all. In a garden setting, the Cotswold Spa offers botanical treatments and an outdoor hydrotherapy pool. There are several room types to choose from: the Stables have been turned into elegant split-level suites with living-room areas, roll-top baths and huge beds; but the real gem is the Potting Shed suite in a secret area of the garden – cosy up in front of the wood burner. Dining options are great too: the Potager serves fabulous garden-to-plate food overlooking the gardens, while there’s hearty seasonal food on offer at the Village Pub restaurant.
Rooms from £239
5. Beaverbrook, Surrey
Beaverbook is a quintessentially English country-house hotel in the Surrey hills. The main house offers 18 elegant bedrooms or there’s the Garden House, offering 11 rooms with woodland views. For full seclusion, choose the Coach House and its botanically inspired bedrooms that can be interconnected. After a day at the spa or walking in the 470-acre estate, order a cocktail at the opulent Sir Frank’s bar before trying the Japanese-inspired menu on the terrace, or enjoying the Italian food served in the Garden House restaurant, with its views of the walled kitchen garden.
Rooms from £385
6. The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath
The Royal Crescent is the centrepiece of Georgian Bath. In the middle of the crescent itself is this Grade I-listed hotel and spa. Forty-five individually decorated suites and rooms – some with four-poster beds – enjoy fine views of the city or the property’s gardens. Pamper yourselves in the award-winning spa, then chill in the Taittinger Spa Garden, before sitting down in the fine-dining Dower House. If you want to explore the city, the kitchen will prepare you a sumptuous picnic for a day’s sightseeing.
Rooms from £330
7. Heckfield Place, Hampshire
This Georgian gem is hidden in 400 acres of beautiful meadows, lakes and gardens. After a lovely restoration, Heckfield Place is all about sustainability and connecting with the land. Its two restaurants rely on locally grown and seasonal dishes. The Moon Bar is the perfect spot for an intimate cocktail, or you can go wine tasting in the Cellar Bar with Heckfield’s sommelier. The Little Bothy Spa has five treatment rooms plus studios for yoga and Pilates. Elegant bedrooms, individually designed, make this an ideal mini-moon sanctuary.
Rooms from £350
8. Dormy House Hotel, Cotswolds
Dormy House deserves its reputation as a special romantic getaway. Within the 400-acre Francombe estate, it offers outstanding dining options – three restaurants serve up sustainable and seasonal food – and an award-winning spa with heated outdoor hot tubs. Choose between the Potting Shed, with its rustic oak bar, the fine-dining Back Garden and the intimate MO restaurant, which serves just 12 and where food is cooked with a flourish in front of diners. Elsewhere, Cotswolds flagstones, open log fires and 38 beautiful bedrooms and suites (with roll-top baths and four-poster beds) make this the perfect place to start married life.
Rooms from £269
9. Hotel Endsleigh, Devon
The rolling hills of Dartmoor are home to the beautiful Hotel Endsleigh. Set in 100 acres of forest and fairytale gardens, this Grade I-listed boutique hotel is a gem. Hang out in front of the open fires in its two cosy drawing rooms; take afternoon tea in the handsome library and enjoy a seasonal supper in the wood-panelled restaurant. After a day of relaxation, retire to one of its elegant rooms: Hotel Endsleigh boasts six suites and 13 rooms with hand-painted wallpapers, antique furniture, roll-top baths and wonderful views. You won’t want to go back to real life.
Rooms from £330
10. The Pig At Combe, Devon
Only eight miles from the coast in the Devonshire hills, The Pig at Combe is part of a 3,500-acre estate. Guests can choose from rooms in the main house, the stable yard or a cottage on the grounds. Wherever you end up, you’ll find four-poster beds, free-standing baths, luxurious linens and pretty views. For dinner, the Kitchen Garden is all about sustainable fish and locally sourced meat and veg, or check out the rustic Folly. On a flagstone terrace, with reclaimed furniture and wood-fired food, this is laidback dining at its best. The Potting Shed spa is a haven of massages and treatments, all using Bamford products.
Rooms from £155
11. Foxhill Manor, Cotswolds
This intimate eight-bedroom hotel in the Cotswolds is the perfect bolthole for a romantic break. Originally a private house, the Grade II-listed Arts & Crafts manor retains its charm and personal service. Day and night, guests can avail themselves of the all-inclusive drinks station and pantry, or chat in the kitchen – the heart of the hotel – with the chefs and request dishes as they desire. A media room with popcorn and bean bags is one spot to chill, but there’s also the sun lounge with sweeping views, or the terrace. Antique pieces and original art sit comfortably in the Danish-inspired interiors, while four-poster beds, freestanding bathtubs and beautiful views make for a cosily luxurious stay.
Rooms from £349
12. Brown’s Hotel, London
Dating back to 1837, Brown’s is London’s oldest hotel. In the heart of Mayfair, it remains a treat for mini-mooners. Luxurious touches can be seen in each of its 115 rooms and suites, where antique furniture sits easily with modern art, giving a unique contemporary feel. After indulgent treatments and relaxation in the spa, head to the Donovan Bar before dinner at its new restaurant, Charlie’s.
Rooms from £520
13. The Wild Rabbit, Cotswolds
In the pretty village of Kingham, the Wild Rabbit is a delightful inn with a boutique-hotel feel. Recently restored, it offers 13 beautiful bedrooms and a welcoming terrace, as well as huge fireplaces, low ceilings, comfortable snugs and cosy nooks to read, drink and relax. The modern dining room has an open kitchen, serving seasonal, locally sourced food. Alongside wines from specialist and independent vineyards, the menus are thoughtful and impressive. Bedrooms are quite distinct, boasting exposed stone, huge beds, oak beams and elegant bathrooms with Bamford products.
Rooms from £135
14. The Gilpin, Lake District
The Lake District is a magical area to visit at any time of the year. The Gilpin Hotel and its separate Lake House share beautiful surroundings, a peaceful ambience and a commitment to great service and incredible food. All 25 hotel bedrooms have delightful views and six come with private cedar-wood hot tubs. Alternatively, there are five spa lodges, each with their own mini spa. There are two restaurants in the main hotel: Michelin-starred HRiSHi serves modern British cuisine, while the laidback Gilpin Spice offers pan-Asian cuisine. Look out too for the Champagne Bar and a Swedish-style spa set into the trees. A mile from the hotel, the Lake House has six bedrooms and offers residents exclusive access to 100 acres of grounds.
Rooms from £295
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