Top 7 romantic breaks in the UK

Coastal, Days out, Romantic breaks

Posted by Clare on 14th January 2017

According to a study by mobile phone provider O2, we now spend more time on our phones than we do with our partner. In fact, the British do not even feature among CNN's top ten romantic nationalities.

This needs to change!

With so many romantic destinations in the UK, we're spoilt for choice, right on our own doorstep. So why not let the romance blossom in 2014 with a getaway in one of our romantic holiday cottages.

To get you inspired, take a look at our top seven romantic breaks in the UK.

1.     North Devon

The beautiful region of North Devon, with its rugged cliffs, golden sandy beaches, windswept moors and cosy pubs will inspire romance in even the coldest of hearts. From long, lazy summer days on the beach to winter walks holding your sweetheart’s gloved hand, North Devon is hard to beat for the wealth of activities on offer for couples.

Take a romantic boat trip from Bideford to the idyllic Lundy Island and revel in the unspoilt beauty of this unique haven for wildlife. Active couples can don their wetsuits and help each other catch a wave in the surf at Croyde or Woolacombe. Alternatively, turn your back on the outside world and cosy up for days in one of our gorgeous North Devon cottages set in some stunning locations.

Romantic holiday cottages in North Devon

 2.     Cerne Giant, Dorset

A visit to a hillside displaying a gigantic chalk depiction of a naked man may not seem like the most romantic outing, but for years the giant has been the focus of hundreds of pilgrimages of love. The muscular male figure is thought by some to be a pagan fertility symbol, while others believe him to be a depiction of the Roman god Hercules.

If you’re not seduced by the giant’s charm, perhaps the Cerne countryside will get the romance blossoming. With stunning views and the aptly named Adonis butterfly a common sight in season, a location with more romantic connotations is hard to find!

Romantic holiday cottages in Dorset

 3.     Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall

A secluded golden cove, only accessible at low tide, Bedruthan Steps is the stuff of legends. Dotted with granite rocks, said to be stepping stones for the giant Bedruthan, this old smugglers haunt is the ideal place to spend time with your darling. Don’t get too carried away in the romance though, as the beach gets cut off with the tide and your love story could soon quite literally be on the rocks.

Romantic holiday cottages in Cornwall

 4.     The Romantic Road, Cotswolds

Though the path of love is said to never run smooth, the ‘Romantic Road’ through the Cotswolds is certainly an exception to the rule. Two leisurely routes wind through the best bits of the region, starting and finishing in the spa town of Cheltenham, a romantic destination in its own right.

The Romantic Road passes through the picturesque villages of Broadway, Chipping Campden and the highest town in the Cotswolds: Stow-on-the-Wold, as well as Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh and Fairford, to name but a few of the jewels you will see on this route.

Romantic holiday cottages in the Cotswolds

 5.     Llanddwyn Island, Wales

Named after St. Dwynwen, the patron saint of lovers and Wales’s own St. Valentine, the island is located at the far end of a long golden beach in Anglesey. Created by an ancient volcanic eruption it is only really an island when it’s cut off from the mainland at high tide.

Romantic, not simply because of its association with love but also because of its windswept dunes and historic buildings, the island is a perfect destination for loved-up couples. If more evidence is needed, Demi Moore’s romantic thriller ‘Half Light’ was even filmed here.

Romantic holiday cottages in Wales

 6.     Loch Lomond, Scotland

The awe-inspiring scenery of Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater body of water in mainland Britain, makes it a wonderful place to enjoy with your partner. Fantastic for couples who love the great outdoors, there are a variety of activities to bond over, from cycling and horse riding to golf and climbing. Let your love flourish in this idyllic setting.

On the lake itself, what could be more romantic than a tranquil champagne cruise? For thrill-seeking duos, there’s always waterskiing or sailing, after which you can retire to the warmth of one of the many fine dining restaurants around the Loch. May your love run as deep as the loch itself (190 metres)!

Romantic holiday cottages in Scotland

 7.     York, Yorkshire

It’s not difficult to see why York is often dubbed the most romantic city in England. Its exquisite architecture, iconic cathedral, top restaurants and network of cobbled streets have featured in many a honeymoon and anniversary photo album. Soak up the romantic atmosphere with a cool glass of bubbly by the River Ouse.

Chocolate, intrinsically linked to romance, is another string to York’s Cupid’s bow. Follow the York Chocolate Trail to discover the city’s chocolate coated past and test out the produce along the way!

Romantic holiday cottages in Yorkshire

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