Hampton Manor, West Midlands
This family-run hotel was made for foodies. In the village of Hampton in Arden – just a ten-minute drive from Birmingham International station – the hotel is surrounded by 45 acres of woodland and specialises in two-night stays where couples can enjoy the best of British fare. There are 15 rooms in the main house, plus another four in a cottage for groups, all of which have William Morris wallpaper, plush velvet furniture, and beautiful property features like mullion windows and marble fireplaces. Hampton Manor is also home to Michelin-starred Peel’s Restaurant, with its grand country-style dining room, as well as Smoke for informal wood-fired feasts, and an on-site bakery. At the end of February, Hampton Manor will open Grace & Saviour in its walled garden where guests can enjoy immersive dining – think 15-course tasting menus in the on-site cookery school.
Rooms from £395 for two-night stays.
The Rose, Deal
One of the most affordable options on this list, The Rose is a quirky hotel in Deal on the Kent coast. Eight rooms feature an eclectic mix of vintage patterns, bold colours and kitsch fabrics, as well as luxurious touches like hallway bars filled with treats. For a romantic staycation, book Room Four which has a super-king bed, large walk-in shower, freestanding roll-top bath, and a record player with a cool selection of vinyl. Couples can enjoy breakfast (you’re encouraged to order as much as you like) and dinner in the chic restaurant or pretty courtyard, which serves British comfort food made using quality local ingredients – think glazed cod with melted onions and pine nuts. Once you’ve explored Deal high street, hire a couple of vintage bikes from the hotel to cycle along the seafront.
Rooms from £100 per night.
No.1 By GuestHouse, York
This only opened last month and has already established itself as a favourite among influencers and the fashion set. Set in a Grade II-listed townhouse in the stylish Clifton area of York, the hotel has 39 bedrooms to choose from, including three suites, all of which have antique furniture and pastel-hued interiors. Couples should book a Bootham Suite, which has a beautiful four-poster bed, a freestanding bath and lovely city views. Guests can help themselves to complimentary treats in the pantry on each floor, book couples treatments at the spa in the cellar, and dine in the all-day restaurant. Champagne afternoon tea is always a good idea, too.
Rooms from £130 per night.
The Harper, Norfolk
The Harper is in the quaint village of Langham, just a mile inland from the coast at Blakeney. Set in an old glass blowing factory, the hotel has embraced its history by adding bespoke glass features throughout and embracing an artfully mismatched design aesthetic. No two bedrooms are the same and with categories like ‘Big’, ‘Bigger’ and ‘Biggest’ there’s something for all budgets. Book treatments at the luxury spa, cosy up by the fire in the living room, and enjoy dinner at Stanley’s – a restaurant with a menu celebrating the best of local produce. The hotel also has its own bikes and for keen ramblers, the hotel has devised its own walking routes that take in the very best of Norfolk’s beautiful landscape.
Rooms from £175 per night.
The Tawny, Staffordshire
One of our favourite openings of 2021, The Tawny is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway. It’s easily reached via a 90-minute train journey from London to Stoke-on-Trent, followed by a short drive to Staffordshire – you can arrange for the hotel to pick you up in its Land Rover if you prefer. Set on 70 acres of land, there are currently 55 shepherd’s huts, boathouses, treehouses and retreats to choose from, with further options due to open later this year; book a Lookout cabin or Boathouse to enjoy stunning woodland views, complete with an outdoor bath and shower. Couples can also borrow wellies from the hotel to explore the grounds, take a dip in the outdoor heated pool and eat at The Plumicorn Restaurant. Ask for a map of the grounds and beyond from reception to discover the many nearby National Trust properties and gardens.
Rooms from £275 per night.
Pan Pacific, London
Looking for a hotel in the capital? Pan Pacific has everything you need for a romantic stay for two. In Bishopsgate Plaza opposite Liverpool Street station, there are 237 bedrooms and suites, most of which come with impressive city views. Guests can ask the hotel to arrange champagne on arrival, and special occasion dinners in Straits Kitchen, which specialises in Singaporean cuisine. Afternoon tea (both traditional and Asian-inspired) is served in the stylish Orchid Lounge, while the Ginger Lily bar has a buzzing atmosphere during the evenings. Deluxe City View Rooms have spacious marble en-suites with rainfall showers and bathtubs, as well as a well-stocked mini bar with champagne, Diptyque candles, and ‘intimacy kits’ for couples. Make sure to visit the wellness floor with its 18.5m infinity pool, gong therapy room, and steam rooms and saunas in the changing areas.
Rooms from £325 per night.
Glebe House, Devon
Glebe House was made for couples looking to escape busy city life. In the small East Devon town of Colyton, the hotel is set on a 15-acre estate, with five beautiful bedrooms featuring dreamy interiors and plush furnishings. The Old Kitchen Room has pretty pink pastels, an indoor wood burner and a freestanding bath behind a chic rattan divider. Glebe House also has a tennis court, swimming pool and casual dining restaurant promising to serve you some of the best Devonshire food. With far-reaching views over the rolling Coly Valley, and just a short drive from the Jurassic coast, think of this as a foodie retreat and stylish hotspot in the West Country.
Rooms from £220 per night.
Dormy House, Cotswolds
Dormy House more than lives up to its reputation as a special romantic getaway. Within the 400-acre Francombe estate, it offers excellent dining options – three restaurants serve sustainable and seasonal food – and has 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, where 12 lucky diners can watch chefs cook. Elsewhere, Cotswold flagstones, open log fires and comfy sofas make the property feel extra cosy. Of the 38 bedrooms and suites (all with roll-top baths and four-poster beds), the Farmyard Suites are some of the most inviting, complete with a separate living area and spacious bathroom.
Rooms from £269 per night.
Fife Arms, Scottish Highlands
If you’re looking for some serious escapism, look no further than the beautiful Fife Arms in the majestic mountains of Cairngorms National Park. Ideal for couples, the property feels incredibly romantic with its open fireplaces, beautiful suites and indulgent spa. Inside, the flamboyant interiors are filled with over 14,000 pieces of art and antiques, commissioned by Hauser & Wirth. For stunning views of the mountains, book one of the Nature & Poetry rooms inspired by Scottish poets or opt for one of the Royal Suites, which have grand four-poster beds, spacious living areas and copper roll-top baths. The hotel also offers an extensive range of activities, from fishing and nature walks to whisky tasting and foraging for your own dinner. Enjoy an aperitif at the glamorous bar Elsa’s, then sample delicious Scottish fare at the Flying Stag restaurant.
Rooms from £250 per night.
A reported favourite of celebs like Cate Blanchett, Drakes is right on Brighton’s seafront. Ideal for romantic staycations by the sea, the boutique hotel is spread across two Georgian townhouses with art-deco flair throughout. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, king or queen-sized beds, and the largest offer freestanding baths overlooking the seafront. There’s a cocktail bar and restaurant on the ground floor, and the staff can recommend the best new openings in the area. For a romantic trip, you can request everything from a couple’s massage and rose petals in the bath, to hampers filled with adult essentials. Brighton Pier and Royal Pavilion are just a ten-minute walk away, as are some of the city’s best restaurants.
Rooms from £98 per night.
The Bradley Hare, Wiltshire
Created by a former design director of Soho House, the Bradley Hare oozes glamour, with beautiful interiors, a laid-back atmosphere and delicious food. In the village of Maiden Bradley in southwest Wiltshire, the property has 12 bedrooms spread across two houses, with all the luxury extras you’d expect, including Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down duvets and organic bath products. The main hub of the hotel is the cosy countryside pub which serves dishes made with local and seasonal produce, like cod with butter shrimp, and steak and chips with romesco sauce. On the grounds of Bradley Park, just a short walk away, guests can indulge in an organic beauty treatment at the Potting Shed – the ideal place to unwind.
Rooms from £135 per night.