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Love it or hate it, you cannot escape Valentine's Day. It’s practically raining Prosecco and rose petals and most convenience stores are pushing chocolate at you with more force than Willy Wonka. Whether you sit alone sobbing into your Merlot while you consume said chocolate, or share a box with your significant other you just can’t avoid it. Love is in the air and there’s no denying it. The one inconvenient thing about Valentine’s Day, aside from it being torturously lonely for singletons, is that it frequently falls on a weekday. This year it’s on a Wednesday, arguably the hardest day of the week to muster up the motivation to even leave the house, let alone get glamorous and amorous. After a long day at work the last thing you want is to cram into a restaurant with all the other lovebirds who are paying a weeks worth of wages for a bit of steak. But if anything, the mania and hustle and bustle of a midweek Valentine’s Day has got us lusting to book our next romantic getaway. We want real romance, intimacy and relaxation without being interrupted by the tell tale ping of a new email notification. A long weekend dedicated to wining and dining, rising late and ambling aimlessly is the perfect remedy to those long cold February weeks. You don’t have to go far to achieve this idyllic dream either. This Valentine’s we’re counting down the most romantic hotels in the UK for the perfect staycation.
The Lime Wood - Hampshire
Checking out of the city and into seclusion couldn’t be easier at the Lime Wood in Hampshire. Located in the heart of the New Forest, Lyndhurst there’s limited phone signal so you won’t even be tempted to check in with the office. Originally a hunting lodge reclaimed by regency in the 1740’s, the hotel sits in meticulously landscaped stately grounds. The grounds are vast, which means that whilst it’s beautiful, the location is particularly isolated. Not that you will have a need to go very far. The hotel has an on site spa and pool, a library full of books and games and the food is certainly worth getting out of bed for. If you do fancy a walk around the expansive grounds, though, don’t let it stop you packing light. A veritable smorgasbord of wellies and waterproofs are available at your disposal.
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As for the decor, Italian marble bathrooms in soft greys and white amp up the romance in many of the rooms. For extra romance, try Rooms 1 and 2 that both boast free standing bath tubs overlooking the grounds and large four poster beds. Choose between their Cozy rooms or their Spacious rooms to tailor a trip to your exact requirements.
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The Bingham, Richmond
This Grade II Georgian building, situated right on the Thames and a stone's throw from Richmond park, has the kind of views that might just prompt a proposal from your other half. Dine out on the terrace, overlooking the flower beds below that form a steady path to the river. It’s easy to forget that you’re a mere 20 minutes train ride away from central London.
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The dining room is particularly spectacular at the Bingham, so if you really are thinking of proposing over a romantic meal, it is worth popping the question where you’ll be proud to show off the pictures. Though pricey, their river rooms boast pretty dreamy decor in autumnal orange hues to match the roll top copper bath that stands in the room.
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Barnsley House Hotel, The Cotswolds
This one is perfect for those city dwellers who can’t get to sleep against the sound of sirens. They don’t come much more rural than Barnsley House Hotel, embedded in the rolling landscape of Barnsley village. You can spend the weekend indoors enjoying the Hotel’s swimming pool, spa and sauna or alternatively walk their sprawling gardens to the cosy pub within the grounds for the local village experience. You can even visit the garden cinema for a Friday evening date night.
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Rooms are decorated in neutral hues in order to help you relax. Greys and creams let you unwind from the abrasive lights of the city. Natural accents come in the form of the buildings’ original wood beams. From the smaller rooms to the suites, Barnsley House carries its simple romanticism throughout all of its decor.
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The Pig Near Bath, Bath
The Pig empire has rapidly expanded from its humble Hampshire beginnings over a few years. Its most divine incarnation might just be The Pig Near Bath. This little piggy boasts a library, a spa and acres of grounds. Its most endearing feature is the kitchen garden and greenhouse, where those with a horticultural hand can clip fresh greens and flowers. Alternatively, if you’re not particularly green fingered there’s a flatscreen TV and DVD player in the room where you can while away the hours.
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From the double bedrooms to the grander suites, all the rooms have a luxurious feel with a cream colour scheme, accented with wood and small pops of colour. For a little more extravagance, try a garden room and experience the romance of a wood burning stove to warm you up after an evening star gazing on your private terrace.
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The Intercontinental @ The O2, London
If you’re keen on a more glamorous weekend away, there’s no place quite like London. In particular The InterContinental couldn’t be closer to the action. A concourse links directly to the main atrium of the famous O2 arena. Coordinate your trip with the weekend your favourite band is in town and go from your bed to the front row in mere minutes. You’ve never seen the bright lights and the big city quite like you’ve seen it from the glass walled eighteenth floor bar at the InterContinental. You’ll finally understand what they mean when they say the city never sleeps.
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Owing to its close proximity to the Thames, the Inter Continental feels loosely nautical in its decor. However, not overwhelmingly so. All the rooms feel modern and glamorous, with an opulent and contemporary feel from the smallest pieces of furniture to the astonishing views out the window.
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