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Valentine’s Day 2023: The most romantic hotels in the UK

Valentine’s Day 2023: The most romantic hotels in the UK

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, loved-up staycations are top of the holiday agenda. Romance, of course, means different things to different people, but these UK properties all have a special charm, serving up an unforgettable, romantic stay no matter when you visit. Be it sultry, come-to-bed decor in a slick city hotel, can’t-help-but-fall-in-love-with-me meals at a countryside bolthole, or a seaside spot where you can drink in sunrise over the ocean straight from bed which appeal, these UK hotels offer romance in spades.

The best romantic hotels in the UK are:

Location: Clanfield, Cotswolds

(The Double Red Duke)

This 17th-century coaching inn in Clanfield – close to Bampton, of Downton Abbey fame – brings together step-back-in-time romance, contemporary-cool interiors and seriously good food. A vision in Cotswolds stone, this former merchant’s house is draped in rushes of wisteria, has a pretty lavender-edged lawn dotted with red and white striped parasols out front, and a not-to-be-missed restaurant where Henrik Ritzèn serves elevated pub grub with a cooked-over-fire focus. Foodie couples can pull up a stool at the kitchen counter to wonder at chefs at work, or opt for a banquette in the sociable dining room or the wild-at-heart conservatory to feast on the likes of rump steak and triple-cooked chips, wood-fired celeriac and delica pumpkin pie, followed by sticky toffee pud.

A jigsaw of lounges, all comfy sofas, flickering fires and shelves lined with vintage hardbacks and glinting decanters, mean that bagging a snuggle-down spot for post prandial white negronis is a breeze.

Nineteen bedrooms have a touch of exuberant hedonism, marrying original beams and emperor headboards with flea-market-find furnishings and rolltop baths in look-at-me jade green and vermillion, with wildflower-scented 100 Acres products adding a spoiling touch.