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“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway.

Chin, chin to that, sir. With Hemingway’s cautionary words ringing in our ears, thoughts of a romantic weekend away is an exciting albeit slightly faith-led idea.

Whether booking your first romantic break or hoping to find a new favourite getaway, we’ve compiled our list of 10 of the cosiest hotels across the UK for romance and relaxation.

The Pig at Combe, Devon

The Pig at Combe in Devon – the group’s fifth outpost – is arguably the best of the litter. Quintessentially British with a modern twist, Robin Hutson’s shabby-chic country house retreats are heaven sent. Nestled in the Otter Valley, this secluded spot stretches some 3,500 acres. Inside the Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor, flagstone flooring, stained-glass windows and comfortable beds provide sumptuous quarters in which to cosy down. Treat yourself to a “piggy massage” at the Potting Shed spa and follow with dinner at the Folly, a restored dining room with original features serving wood-fired pizza (which can be eaten in bed).

At the Chapel, Somerset

Formerly a 17th-century chapel, this boutique residence consists of eight contemporary bedrooms to squirrel away in. In the morning, fresh croissants are brought straight to your room from the on-site bakery; your nose will preempt the knock at your door. Breakfast aside, the food is plate-scrapingly good across the board, with a relaxed Mediterranean approach to British ingredients. Art lovers should note that the guest house is just five minutes from Hauser & Wirth in Bruton, which supplies the hotel with a rotating selection of art.

Berdoulat & Breakfast, Bath

The former home of 18th-century architect John Wood – famous for Bath’s Royal Circus and Queen Square – Berdoulat & Breakfast is eclecticism personified. Infusing English and Turkish references, the B&B is decked out with Hammam-esque bathrooms and Ottoman rugs, plus a decidedly British library housing a collection of some 5,000 Penguin books. Following a day exploring this Roman city, natural-linen bedding and goose-feather pillows beckon you to bed. In the morning, expect enticing smells wafting up from the galleys thanks to a kitchen that combines Middle Eastern and Persian flavours. Order the “full Turkish” – marinated olives, ewe’s-milk cheese with honey, tomatoes, cucumber, figs and bogrek.

Killiehuntly, Highland

Killiehuntly, a decidedly slick Nordic retreat near Inverness, seems something of an oxymoron. The hybrid design coined as “Scandi-Scot” incorporates minimal Danish with Scottish farmhouse traditions. Located on a working farm, which dates back to around 1850, every inch of the 4,000 acre estate is considered and well-cared for. Located on a working farm, which dates back to around 1850, you can rest assured the food at Killiehuntly is fresh, organic and wholesome.

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  • Killiehuntly Farmhouse & Cottage By Kingussie
    Highland
    PH21 1NZ

No38 The Park, Cheltenham

Part of the Lucky Onion group – other properties include The Wheatsheaf Inn and 131 in Cheltenham’s centre – this Georgian mansion houses one particularly stylish B&B. An art-filled haven, No38 richly coloured wallpaper and stucco ceilings provide the perfect backdrop to prized works by British artists including David Hockney and Sir Peter Blake. Individually decorated bedrooms carry through similar artistic notes and guests can expect cosy quarters plus en suites complete with claw-foot bathtubs. Enjoy a generous breakfast spread in the atrium and grab a green bench seat by the folding glass doors to catch the morning light.

Artist Residence, Oxfordshire

This 16th-century inn has five luxurious bedrooms nestled under its homely thatch. Choose from the “Rabbit Hole” or the spacious “Barn Suite” with all rooms finished with a trademark mix of antiquary and bohemian styling. Downstairs, Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms, designed in collaboration with artists The Connor Brothers, is a welcoming country pub. While we can’t imagine ever wanting to leave this place, Artist Residence is conveniently located near Blenheim Palace, Bicester Village and Daylesford cookery school, should the notion take you.

Beaverbrook, Surrey

Purchased by Lord Beaverbrook – a great friend of Winston Churchill – in 1910, this historic property was sold in 2002 and reopened in 2007 following a £90 million makeover. Located in the heart of the rolling Surrey Hills, Beaverbrook seems to have it all. Complete with home cinema, sleek hotel bar and Japanese restaurant, there is also a real sense of fun about the place. Stately rooms are offset with modern pieces, injecting spontaneity into an otherwise classical aesthetic. Generously sized bedrooms named after illustrious guests such as Ian Fleming and Elizabeth Taylor are pure folly – and the bathrooms are large enough to run laps in.

The Reading Rooms, Margate

Less than five-minutes walk to the beach and Turner Contemporary, it’s no wonder The Reading Rooms is a popular posting among a hip crowd. Margate’s magnetism fluctuates from season to season but this cosy Georgian townhouse is welcoming year-round. Built in the 1760s, the house’s original architectural features have been preserved. The three spacious guest rooms, each covering an entire floor, with windows overlooking the tree-lined Georgian square offer guests sedate surroundings in which to truly unwind. Breakfast is served in-room on a large antique butler tray; eat it in bed or by the window with views over the square.

Blakes Hotel, London

Converted from a set of Victorian townhouses, Blakes is proof that you don’t need to leave London for a romantic getaway. The Chelsea institution, known for its distinctive design and impeccable service, is a wild-card choice for a steamy staycation. Now in its 40th year, Blakes cachet is far-reaching, attracting musicians, actors and the majority of the fashion crowd. From the understated white “Corfu suite” to the Chinoiserie wallpapered lounge, every corner of the hotel is luxuriating. Couples staying for the weekend should make the most of the hotel’s ties to the South Kensington Club and its amenities; massages for two booked and confirmed.

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  • 33 Roland Gardens
    Kensington
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    SW7 3PF

Shepherd House, Kent

The family-run Shepherd House is a beautiful, zanily decorated Georgian townhouse in Faversham. Bold yet tasteful colour combinations overrun the premises; guests are likely to find an assorted palette of delicate pink walls paired with dinosaur etchings, monochrome bath tiles and mandarin-coloured upholstery. For a seaside weekend away, Shepherd House is a solid choice, with the option of an evening walk along the beach at Whitstable followed by a shellfish dinner at the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company.

The Pig at Combe

At the Chapel

Berdoulat & Breakfast

Killiehuntly

No.38 The Park

Artist Residence

Beaverbrook

The Reading Rooms

Blakes

Shepherd House

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