10 romantic UK hotels for Valentine's Day

From five star spa hotels to horse drawn carriages on car-free islands, royal residences to scandalous affairs, these are the places where romance has bloomed across the centuries, as the Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of the most romantic UK hotels for Valentine's Day


Hartwell House, Aylesbury

A luxury hotel and spa in Buckinghamshire, Hartwell House has an illustrious history and an innate sense of romance. A historic stately home, it sits in 90 acres of grounds on the edge of the Chilterns, and they are pure poetry to behold. Inside, the decor is resplendent with rich colours and intricate details, fine paintings and antique furniture, giving a sense of a bygone era, but with the standards expected of a modern hotel. For a time, the National Trust-owned Grade 1 listed Jacobean and Georgian property, that was home to Louis XVIII, exiled King of France, and today it continues to deliver an experience fit for royalty. From the spa to the bottomless Bellini brunches, it’s a feast for the senses and perfect for Valentine’s Day.



The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock

A luxurious and romantic country house hotel in Devon, the Horn of Plenty sits in a majestic position on the border of Devon and Cornwall, overlooking the famous Tamar Valley. With views stretching towards Kit Hill and Bodmin moor, the four star hotel offers tranquility and indulgence all in one place - roaming the charming gardens, staying in sumptuous style and dining on award-winning local fare. It’s a sensory experience perfect for Valentine’s Day.



Hambleton Hall, Oakham

Comfort, style and a sense of history abound at Hambleton Hall, arguably one of the finest country house hotels in the UK. Filled with antiques and planted in the midst of exquisitely curated gardens, the hotel is just a 2.5 hour drive from London, making it perfect for a weekend escape. Beautifully run and opulently decorated, the grand property also offers a warm welcome that instantly makes you feel at home. It’s little wonder that it’s a favourite for picture perfect weddings, but it’s also got all the hallmarks of a magical proposal destination as well.



The Scarlet, Mawgan Porth

Hailed as one of the leading eco spa hotels in the UK, The Scarlet in Cornwall is also no stranger to luxury and romance. Here, wellbeing and dramatic coastal scenery combine in an adult-only hotel that’s all about quality time together and real feel good factor. The glass surrounded swimming pool with views of the sea is iconic, while a particular favourite for visiting couples is a soak in the clifftop hot tub, perhaps with a glass of Champagne in hand for good measure.



The Goring, London

For classic romance, nowhere is more spectacular than The Goring in London. Five star and flawless, the hotel is in the heart of Victoria, near Buckingham Palace, and has been enchanting guests with its old world charm for more than a century. From its Michelin Star restaurant to its Royal Warrant (the Queen Mother famously enjoyed Eggs Drumkilbo – a lobster and egg dish that remains one of the most popular dishes in The Dining Room), its luxurious rooms and suites to its uniquely tranquil spot in the city. Celebrate romance with a cocktail in hand and surrounded by a history of excellence.



Chewton Glen, New Milton

A five star country house hotel in Hampshire, combined with a celebrated spa that’s a destination in its own right, Chewton Glen is a quintessentially English escape with a few surprises up its sleeves. For example, in addition to the rooms and suites in the main house (all of which offer traditional charm and sumptuous soft furnishings), the hotel has made use of its enchanting New Forest location by introducing treehouse suites in the grounds. Allowing you to wake amongst the treetops in decadent style, watch deer roam in the morning light and enjoy time and space to yourselves, it adds an extra layer of magic to a romantic stay.



La Sablonnerie, Little Sark

On the Channel Island of Little Sark, what could be more romantic than arriving at your hotel by horse drawn carriage? On an island with no cars, La Sablonnerie embodies the elegance of a bygone era, channelling simplicity and style. A rare jewel of a hotel, here you can spend time engrossed in one another’s company and enjoying the bounty of the sea - tuck into Sark’s famous lobsters and freshly caught fish at dinner, roam the beaches by day, and relax listening to the call of wild birds at night.



Cliveden House, Taplow

The litany of famous guests, trysts and liaisons that have taken place at Cliveden House is almost endless. From the role of its walled garden in the Profumo Affair - most recently brought to life again courtesy of the TV drama, The Trial of Christine Keeler, to playing host to Meghan Markle the night before her marriage to Prince Harry. It is little wonder however, that this is somewhere that attracts the good and the great, the extraordinary country house is the pinnacle of luxury and excellence. Five star all the way, it’s located in Berkshire, within easy reach of London, and combines luxury spa facilities with award-winning restaurants. Treatments are inspired by another famous resident of times gone by, Nancy Astor. Who knows, maybe its next great love story will be yours?



Romney Bay House, New Romney

Bringing a sense of silver screen romance to Valentine’s Day, Romney Bay House, perched on a totally unspoilt stretch of coastline facing the English Channel by the Romney Marshes, has a simplicity to it that is utterly enticing. With just 10 bedrooms it’s intimate and inviting, with an Art Deco twist to its design and its own story adding to its charm. Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the property was built in 1929, and was frequented by American actress and journalist, Hedda Hopper as well as Noel Coward, the Astors and a catalogue of other legendary names, all of whom seem to have left their imprint on the feel of the hotel. The result is a sense that you are disappearing, for a little while, into a novel of your own making. True, understated bliss and total escapism.



Seaham Hall, Seaham

This five star spa hotel embodies a pristine white manor house infused with contemporary art installations, modern style and a breathtaking cliff top location in Durham. Alongside its lavish style and hospitality, it is also home to an exceptional spa, an intrinsic part of the experience and the height of modern luxury wellbeing. Great care has been taken here to deliver an uncompromisingly beautiful but relaxed experience, whilst still paying homage to its history as the one time home of that infamously rogue and titan of the romantic poets, Lord Byron.