Six Swoon-Worthy UK Boltholes for a Romantic Countryside Escape

Woo and be wooed on an escape to the countryside with our definitive list of the most romantic rentals and rooms in the UK

The perfect romantic winter weekend away? There's nothing quite like an escape based wholly on The Holiday's cosy cottage aesthetic. Forget the film's plotline: that house, those sweaters and that wonderful winter weather are our guiding holy trinity for any romantic rendezvous in the countryside.

Thanks to the storybook looks of much of the UK's rural landscapes, you don't need to travel far to find a suitably romantic retreat à la Amanda and and Graham. Whether you're aiming to impress with a Cornish castle or wanting to hide away in a cosy Norfolk cottage, these six country escapes will leave you swooning.

The most romantic countryside escapes for a UK winter break

The Nook, Stow-on-Wold
Photo credit: Kym Grimshaw

The Nook

Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds

Classic British country style with a streak of urban-industrial chic is how we'd sum up this cosy Cotswolds stay restored using only locally sourced and recycled materials - all honey-hued soft furnishings, exposed original features and rustic wood touches. The owners have squeezed a dinky double bedroom into the eaves of the property, while an open-plan farmhouse kitchen leads onto an under-the-stairs loveseat space, dining area tucked into a cranny and leafy private patio. The welcome hamper lasts the (minimum) three nights' stay, but if you'd rather be cooked for, Stow-on-the-Wold provides: the town's bakeries, restaurants and pubs do a bustling trade. For a date-night dinner, try The Wild Rabbit, in nearby Kingham.

What it costs: From £190 a night

Grace & Savour, West Midlands

Grace & Savour

Hampton-in-Arden, West Midlands

If the way to someone's heart truly is through their stomach, prepare to be utterly infatuated with your other half after a night at Grace & Savour. This five-bed hideaway offers one of the UK's most exciting food experiences - a scoff-and-stay adventure through the menu of one of the best British kitchens going. Following a chef-led garden tour, guests embark upon a 15-course dinner (plates of silky Cornish lobster, butter-tossed chargrilled leeks under butter emulsions, and tart sheep's milk sorbet with caramel, among other dishes). Rooms - masterminded by the estate's interiors guru, Fjona Hill - are tactile and earthy, and reflect (rather than mimic) the forested views framed by large Crittall windows. In the morning, breakfast is another multi-course extravaganza. Bon appetit.

What it costs: Full experience from £360pp. Dinner from £135pp


Shadowbrook Ln, Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull B92 0EN

Spinks Nest, Norfolk

Spinks Nest

Hunworth, Norfolk

Located in a hamlet so ancient it got a mention in the Doomsday Book, this mouse-sized Norfolk stay has something of a gardener's cottage feel to it, thanks to its quirky dimensions and leafy embellishments. Rambling pelargoniums line window sills, patina-flecked mirrors sit crowded by pot plants, and botanically influenced curios hang from rustic, wood-panelled walls. It's all heart-warmingly homely - and dog-friendly, too. The bucolic beauty of the Glaven Valley sits beyond the door - but don't be surprised if you spend the entire weekend playing old-school board games, wrapped up in soft woollen blankets, beside the wood-burning stove.

What it costs: £175 a night, minimum two-night stay

The Bear Inn at Hodnet

The Bear Inn at Hodnet

Market Drayton, Shropshire

Brilliantly British colours sing throughout the guest rooms of the village's newly refurbished Bear Inn, a timeless restaurant with rooms in up-and-coming Shropshire. Racing green, Colman's yellow and bracken orange-brown are just some of the hues put to use by designer Octavia Dickinson in the 12 softly eccentric bedrooms, alongside playful, piglet-pink tongue-and-groove panelling, paisley headboards, school tie-striped lampshades and valance-capped curtains. Home comforts are plentiful (think snuggly woollen blankets, crisp cotton sheets and Haeckels skincare in en-suites). For the kind of romantic rendezvous where you don't want to be disturbed, we'd book the Rowan Suite, a lamp-lit den tucked high in the inn's ancient rafters.

What it costs: From £140 a night


Drayton Rd, Hodnet, Market Drayton TF9 3NH

Glenfeadon Castle, Cornwall

Glenfeadon Castle

Portreath, Cornwall

Calling all pampered princesses (or princes): this castle-like rental makes for a royally luxurious retreat in North Cornwall. Renovated in 2022, the former folly has been given the kind of revamp that makes you wish all buildings were designed like this. Tucked cleverly around an ascending spiral staircase, light-filled rooms are quirkily curved, with exposed stone walls, beautiful wooden floors and - in the kitchen at the top of the tower - lordly views across the coastline. Portreath's sandy shores are just a ten-minute walk away.

What it costs: From £1,625 for seven nights

Wagtail, Greenhead, Northumberland


Greenhead, Northumberland

Seeking celestial confirmation of your compatibility? Hot-foot it up north for a romantic retreat beneath the vast, inky skies of Northumberland. Far removed from light pollution in a certified Dark Sky area, the remote Wagtail shepherd's hut is the perfect spot from which to consult the stars, and comes equipped with a state-of-the-art telescope, a beginner's stargazing guide and big-enough-for-two copper bathtub set beneath a heavenly glass ceiling. Any astrologically influenced arguments can be put to bed by booking a dark skies safari with an astronomer (which involves a midnight picnic), but if your other half's Capricorn tendencies get too much, all 40 hectares of surrounding farmland are yours to explore.

What it costs: From £1,045 for seven nights

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