10 romantic hotels for Valentine’s Day 2018

Romance is sometimes in the grand gestures, but it’s always in the little things - the details that show care and attention and love.  Showcasing all those assets as well as impeccable locations, service and style, here are the Good hotel’s Guide’s most romantic hotels for Valentine’s Day 2018…

The Airds Hotel, Port Appin

On Loch Linnhe, with the Morvern mountains beyond, Relais & Châteaux’s The Airds Hotel is a former ferry inn that takes hospitality to another level.  Spectacular views and a breathtaking drive lead you to this place of culinary excellence and impeccable style, but if you can tear yourself away for a couple of hours, the surrounding environment offers you the chance to walk around Clack Thoull, Loch Laich and Castle Coeffin.


Knockinaam Lodge, Portpatrick

In a horseshoe of wooded hills, Knockinaam Lodge sits next to a private beach and is an idyllic former hunting lodge where guests have frequently praised the professionalism and attention to detail of staff and management.  The Churchill suite, where the former PM stayed while planning the D-Day landings in 1944, retains original features such as a beautiful fireplace and a 100-year-old enamelled bath, while the grounds make for excellent photo opportunities.


Pen-y-Dyffryn, Oswestry

In a gorgeous setting, blending into the hillside just yards from the Welsh border, Miles and Audrey Hunter have run their lovely small hotel for nearly 30 years.  Visitors praise the charming, helpful, friendly staff and the superb food. The 19th-century stone rectory is surrounded by a beautifully kept garden; inside, newspapers, books, notes about local walks and a bowl of fruit are on hand in the lounges.


The Painswick, Painswick

Easy informality pervades in this unspoiled Cotswold village in the green Slad valley.  The Painswick is a welcoming, fun hotel with a glamorous cocktail bar and beautiful views from the sunny terrace.  You can say your ‘I dos’ in The Morley Horder before toasting good health on the terrace and having dinner in the restaurant.  They recommend brides and grooms stay in the George’s suite complete with a Romeo and Juliet balcony.


Driftwood Hotel, Cornwall

Set in a corner of Cornwall, this relaxed and laid back hotel welcomes both families and couples and is every inch a sensory experience thanks to its beautiful views and general seaside charm. 

Key amongst its features is the rather wonderful food prepared by Michelin star chef Chris Eden, who delivers a particular brand of magic with his modern European menu.  Naturally, a good menu is only complete with a wonderful wine list to go with it, carefully selected and tailored to suit the food on offer.


Gliffaes, Wales

Standing proud on the River Usk, Gliffaes defines casual grandeur.  The country house hotel has been in the same family for three generations, offering lazy lunches, beautiful walks and a pair of wellies to borrow if it’s muddy underfoot.  The rooms are all about period features, and if you really want to impress, then splash out on one with a balcony overlooking the lichen-printed stone terrace, the rushing river and the hills beyond.


Gregans Castle Hotel, Co. Clare

In the otherworldly limestone landscape of the Burren, with distant views across valley and mountain to Galway Bay, this18th-century manor house as an absolutely top-rate hotel.  Tables are beautifully set in the dining room for chef David Hurley’s creative modern dishes.  After dinner, retire to one of the voguish bedrooms, each individually decorated in contemporary country house style with antiques and modern artwork.


Burgh Island Hotel, Devon

An Art Deco hotel where you arrive by sea tractor Burgh Island Hotel is famed as a filming location and source of inspiration for Agatha Christie, as well as for its luxurious and unique location.  On a tidal island at the end of Bigbury beach, the location is magical, and dinner has a reputation for excellence.  Breakfast is served with an outstanding view, and at the end of the day what could be better than to walk round the island with a gin and tonic as the sun sets, before sitting by a roaring fire late into the evening.


Old Whyly, Sussex

With a lily-scented terrace in the summer and a log fire in the winter, all is enchanting at this elegant, comfortable Georgian manor house.  Spacious bedrooms overlook the glorious gardens while Irish linens and woollen blankets add to the country house style. Gather with fellow guests for aperitifs in the welcoming drawing room filled with books and paintings; dinner is served in the candlelit dining room or, in balmy weather, under a vine-covered pergola.


The Portobello, London

An antique four-poster bed so high you need steps to get into it, a Victorian steampunk bath, and beautiful communal gardens, The Portobello in London is an elegant, quirky hotel with an intriguing past, having once hosted the likes of the Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper (who kept snakes in the bath).  These days it’s owned by Peter and Jessica Frankopan of the Curious Group of Hotels, and the Notting Hill based abode continues to be THE hotel for those in the know from the world of music, show business and fashion, not to mention those looking to spoil their other half rotten.


From a selection of the Good Hotel Guide's romantic hotels