The United Kingdom has no lack of wonderfully atmospheric hotels where history, legend and style have been carefully combined to offer the ideal backdrop for a romantic getaway. Many of England’s most romantic inns are set in ancient historic buildings which were once home of royalty. Today, visitors are invited to step inside and enjoy all the trappings of a right royal experience. While a few of the best choices are located in London, the majority of these romantic inns are situated in rural locations, surrounded by historic villages, beautiful landscapes or extensive private estates. Most of them feature great dining facilities and many have private Spas where you can relax and unwind. Country-style activities like hiking, horse-back riding, archery and clay-pigeon shooting are often available. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham
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Ellenborough Park is set on a typical 15th century English Country Estate located on the edge of the picturesque Cotswolds. Although the magnificent buildings are steeped in history, the luxurious rooms and suites are the epitome of modern luxury, perfectly combining character and style. The hotel’s suites are particularly romantic, many featuring antique four-poster beds, historic architectural features and wonderful views. After a busy day exploring beautiful Cheltenham and some of the quaint Cotswolds villages you can indulge in a relaxing massage or other pampering treatment at the Spa. Round off your day with an impeccably presented fine-dining meal served in The Restaurant.
Ellenborough Park, Southam Rd, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3NJ, UK, Phone: +44-12-42-54-54-54
2.Kaywana Hall, Kingswear/Dartmouth
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Designed to offer guests the utmost comfort and privacy, Kaywana Hall is a wonderful choice for a romantic getaway. Kaywana is a luxury bed and breakfast which is peacefully situated on a private 12 acres surrounded by woodlands. Although you are a little removed from the bustle of touristy Dartmouth, you can easily reach the ferry and the River Dart on foot from Kaywana Hall. Each of the four luxury suites is set apart from the main house to ensure guest privacy, and the most recently constructed room, The Roundhouse, boasts its own private rooftop terrace. The suites are modern and feature lots of glass and natural light.
Kaywana Hall, Higher Contour Rd, Kingswear, Devon TQ6 0AY, UK, Phone: +44-18-03-75-22-00
3.One Aldwych, London
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One Aldwych offers guests an oasis of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of Convent Garden in London. The rooms and suites of this luxury hotel have been designed to showcase an impeccable sense of style and understated luxury. Even the Classic (standard) rooms have luxury bathrooms with walk-in rainforest showers, fine bed linen, daily fresh flowers and complimentary Wi-Fi. For the ultimate romantic weekend you can book one of their sumptuous suites which take luxury and service to the next level. All guests have access to the hotel’s private lounge and the health club where you can book a couple’s pampering session. One Aldwych is ideally placed for visitors wanting to see all the delights that London has to offer.
One Aldwych, 1 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BZ, UK, Phone: +44-20-73-00-10-00
4.Armathwaite Hall, Keswick, Cumbria
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At Armathwaite Hall in the famous Lake District you can enjoy the ultimate romantic weekend as you play Lord and Lady of the Manor in a stately building dating back to 1500. After many centuries of additions and improvements, the current Armathwaite Hall operates as a luxury hotel and spa overlooking tranquil Lake Bassenthwaite, near Keswick. The beautifully appointed rooms and suites are the last word in romance and the cherry on the top would be an exclusive couple’s treatment at the Spa. If you can tear yourselves away from the comfortable cocoon of the Hall you can enjoy outdoor pursuits including walking, kayaking, archery, clay-pigeon shooting, animal encounters and fishing.
Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa, Lake Bassenthwaite, Cumbria CA12 4RE, UK, Phone: +44-17-68-77-65-51
5.Blackaddie Country House Hotel, Dumfries
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Located approximately half-way between Dumfries and Glasgow, Blackaddie Country House Hotel is one of Scotland’s most romantic inns. Each of the individually-decorated rooms (which are named after local birds) has a large comfortable bed, seating area and lovely views. If you would like a romantic whirlpool bath and rainforest shower you can request their lovely Ptarmigan Room. Blackaddie Hotel has a fabulous award-winning restaurant where you can enjoy farm-fresh local produce from an ever changing seasonal menu. Here you can enjoy a 4-course Fine-Dining menu or their 6 or 8-course Tasting Menu accompanied by your favorite wine. The surrounding countryside offers a variety of enjoyable activities and attractions.
Blackaddie Country House Hotel, Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway, DG4 6JJ, UK, Phone: +44-1-65-95-02-70
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Stately Bovey Castle is an early 20th century stately home situated on the edge of the spectacular Dartmoor National Park. The elegant “castle” is the ideal destination for a romantic weekend or special celebration. In addition to enjoying beautifully appointed rooms fit for royalty, you can indulge in a range of traditional English country activities including horse-back riding, archery, clay-pigeon shooting, croquet and crolf (a combination of croquet and golf). Golfers can tee-off on the 18-hole championship course and a Spa pampering is the ideal way to round off your weekend. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in a decadent High Tea and a romantic dinner for two in Smith’s Brasserie.
Bovey Castle, North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, TQ13 8RE, UK, Phone: +44-16-47-44-50-00
7.Burgh Island Hotel, Bigbury-on-Sea
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Exuding classic 1930’s glamour and style, the art deco Burgh Island Hotel is uniquely situated on its very own tidal island, offering all visitors a very special experience. The hotel is surrounded by golden beaches and shimmering ocean, all of which you can enjoy in relative privacy. A romantic sunset walk around the perimeter of the island takes around twenty minutes and offers the opportunity to see a variety of marine birds and other wildlife. Dining in the Grand Ballroom is equally romantic and guests are definitely expected to don their glad-rags for the occasion. Excellent informal dining is available in the Nettlefold restaurant if you prefer a more casual atmosphere and great coastal views.
Burgh Island Hotel, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon TQ7 4BG, Phone: +44-15-48-81-05-14
8.Calcot & Spa, Cotswolds
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Set in the heart of 220 acres of stunning Cotswolds countryside, Calcot and Spa is an obvious choice for couples seeking a romantic getaway in one of the most scenic parts of England. The rooms at this inn range from cozy and comfy to generous, but all are beautifully appointed and feature modern luxury bathrooms. At the heart of the inn you will find an idyllic Spa where both of you can shrug off your cares and enjoy a hedonistic pampering. Once you have worked up an appetite you can choose to dine “foodie” style at the Conservatory or Gastro-pub style at The Gumstool.
Calcot & Spa, Tetbury, GL8 8YJ, UK, Phone: +44-16-66-89-03-91
Peacefully nestled in the Scottish Borders, Carfraemill perfectly combines a fine restaurant and romantic country lodgings, just 30min drive from Edinburgh. There are 10 stylishly appointed country-lodge rooms where you can settle in to enjoy a romantic country weekend. Each of the rooms has been individually decorated to offer elegance, charm and comfort. At the end of a busy day exploring Edinburgh or the Border towns, you can look forward to returning to a fabulous, locally sourced farm-to fork dinner in the friendly, informal restaurant. The inn offers special “Romantic Packages” which include dinner, bed and breakfast and bubbles on arrival.
Carfraemill, Lauder, Scotland TD2 6RA, UK, Phone: +44-15-78-75-07-50
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10.Hotel Gotham, Manchester
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If you think you need to escape the city to find your next romantic getaway, you have obviously not yet experienced The Gotham in Manchester. This classic city hotel is housed in what was once the city bank, an impressive structure built in 1935. The Gotham believes in offering every guest an unforgettable luxury experience. Expect to find decadent sultry touches like free-standing copper baths, monsoon showers and sensory textures at each turn. Start your evening with cocktails in Club Brass, before moving on to dine at Honey Restaurant (2 AA Rosettes), where decadent fine-dining is the flavor of the day. Complete your experience by booking a private chauffeur-driven tour of the local sights.
Hotel Gotham, 100 King Street, Manchester, M2 4WU, UK, Phone: +44-16-14-13-00-00
11.Langar Hall Hotel and Restaurant, Nottingham
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Once a distinguished private residence which was built in the 17th century, Langar Hall has been transformed into a popular boutique hotel, ideal for a romantic getaway. All the rooms and suites are individually decorated, many retaining their original four-poster beds dressed with traditional English chintz fabrics. Budget-conscious visitors can book one of two quirky wooden Yurts on the croquet lawn, which are en-suite, cozy and very private. You can enjoy a craft cocktail or glass of bubbles in the Langer Hall Bar before you move on to the Langer Hall Restaurant for a delicious dinner of local specialties. Choose from the 3-course dinner menu or titillate your taste-buds with the tasting menu (on the last Friday of each month).
Langar Hall Hotel and Restaurant, Church Ln, Nottingham, MG13 9HG, Phone: +44-19-49-86-05-59
12.Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa, Bedfordshire
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At Luton Hoo, located on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, you can enjoy a luxury getaway fit for royalty. The elegant Luton Hoo Mansion House was built in the 18th century and the grounds and gardens are the work of famous British landscaper Capability Brown. The original ambiance of the rooms and suites has been maintained but you will be surrounded thoroughly modern necessities including luxury toiletries, fluffy robes, Nespresso machine and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a selection of eateries – Wernher Restaurant is a stylish fine-dining venue while Adam’s Brasserie offers a less formal option. There is a wonderful on-site spa for pampering and an immaculate 18-hole golf course.
Luton Hoo, The Mansion House, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3TQ, UK, Phone: +44-15-82-73-44-37
13.MacDonald Bear Hotel, Oxfordshire
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A romantic ivy-clad stone façade greets guests at the MacDonald Bear Hotel in Woodstock, close to the university city of Oxford. The hotel is set in what was once a 13th century coaching inn and oozes history and charm, making it an ideal choice for a romantic getaway. To further enhance the ambiance couples can book a suite or a super deluxe room, both of which feature antique four-poster beds. All the rooms and suites have luxury bathrooms and large comfy beds. The traditionally-styled restaurant (2 AA Rosettes) serves fine British fare and a range of good wines. You can explore the historic area, (which includes Blenheim Palace and Woodstock) on foot or by bicycle.
MacDonald Bear Hotel, Park Street, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SZ, UK, Phone: +44-8-79-91-43
14.Bedford Hotel, London
The Bedford Hotel is another of London’s hidden gems, located in Bloomsbury, one of the city’s most convenient locations, close to the British Museum, Covent Garden and Theatreland. One of the most attractive features of this hotel is the secluded garden area, a rare treat in the center of London. Here you can enjoy a drink, snack or light meal from the adjacent Bloom and Willow restaurant. The Bedford offers a variety of attractive contemporary rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi. The garden, location and relatively spacious rooms make this hotel a great romantic getaway option for budget-conscious visitors.
Bedford Hotel, 83-95 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HD, Phone: +44-20-76-36-78-22
15.The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow
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Scenically nestled in England’s beautiful Peak District, the Cavendish Hotel in Baslow is an excellent choice for a romantic getaway. If you enjoy walking, cycling, sightseeing and history the area offers a wide variety of outdoor activities to keep you busy during the daytime. After a busy day of exploration you can look forward to returning to a haven of stylish tranquility and a fabulous dinner in the 3 AA Rosette Gallery Restaurant. The lovely rooms and suites are filled with antiques and original artwork and some of the rooms feature classic canopied four-poster beds. Alongside the old-style charm you will find all the modern conveniences you require.
The Cavendish Hotel, Church Lane, Baslow, Bakewell DE45 1SP, UK, Phone: +44-12-46-58-23-11
16.Noel Arms Hotel, Chipping Campden
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Set in the heart of the picture-perfect Cotswolds, the Noel Arms hotel is steeped in history and old-world charm. A traditional façade of pale Cotswolds stone fronts the inn which has a lovely old English Bar, a restaurant, sunny outdoor Patio area and 28 en-suite bedrooms. If you love an authentic atmosphere you should book their charming and traditional 1657 four-poster room. If you are in need of rest and relaxation you can spend a few hours enjoying the tranquility and the pampering treatments of the Spa at Cotswold House (directly across the road). You can enjoy dinner in the Noel Arms Restaurant or the relaxed Dover Bar.
Noel Arms Hotel, Lower High St, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AT, Phone: +44-13-86-84-03-17
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17.The Portobello Hotel, London
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Taking its inspiration from the famous bohemian culture of Notting Hill, the Portobello Hotel has cultivated a reputation for intrigue and romance. As you step inside you will be struck by the ambiance which has made it a favorite haunt of elite musicians and other celebrities. Inspired by music, fashion and film, each room in this delightful boutique hotel simply oozes style and charm. All the rooms are designed for comfort and relaxation but if you want something a little out of the ordinary request Room 16, which has a decadent circular bed or one of the Royal Four-Poster rooms. The hotel is ideally placed for exploring all London has to offer.
The Portobello Hotel, 22 Stanley Gardens, Notting Hill, London, W11 2NG, Phone: +44-20-77-27-27-77
18.The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, Bath
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As you step through the imposing Georgian doors of the Royal Crescent Hotel you will immediately notice the welcoming ambiance of this very special luxury inn. Throughout the hotel modern style and traditional charm have been perfectly combined to offer guests an exceptional stay. Each of the contemporary luxury rooms and suites has been individually decorated and each one offers a wonderful view of either the gardens or the Royal Crescent Lawns. After a busy day of exploring all the charm and elegance of Bath you can look forward to winding down you day at the relaxing Spa. There is a wonderful golf course on site and the Dower House Restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner for two.
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS, Phone: +44-12-25-82-33-33
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19.The Spread Eagle Hotel, West Sussex
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If you are looking for a sense of history and old-world charm, you will find a good measure of both at the Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst. The inn dates back to 1430 and was one of England’s oldest coaching inns. Today you will find 39 beautifully appointed rooms, each of which has been carefully designed to maintain some of their old-world features while offering all modern necessities. For many visitors the modern on-site Spa is one of the main draw-cards; here you can relax and enjoy soothing treatments or mindful yoga sessions. Exploring the surrounding forests is a great way to reconnect with nature.
The Spread Eagle Hotel, South Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9NH, Phone: +44-17-30-81-69-11
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20.The Townhouse, Stratford upon Avon
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Located in the heart of the enchanting Cotswolds, The Townhouse has long been a prominent landmark in Stratford upon Avon. The inn is housed in a 400 year-old building directly across the road from Shakespeare’s school, the perfect location for exploring all the romance, history and culture of this unique town. Continuing the romantic theme, The Townhouse has 12 lovely en-suite rooms, all of which offer exceptionally comfy beds, Nespresso makers and luxury spa toiletries. You can enjoy your favorite tipple at the pub before enjoying a delicious dinner in the restaurant. A special pre-theatre dinner is available if you are going to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
The Townhouse, 16 Church St, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB, Phone: +44-17-89-26-22-22
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21.The Traddock, Austwick
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Beautifully located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Traddock is an excellent choice for couples planning a romantic country escape. Expect your romantic room to feature a king-size bed, luxury fabrics and textures, antique furnishings and modern luxury bathrooms. The lovely stone building is surrounded by beautiful gardens where you can relax and perhaps enjoy a traditional afternoon High Tea. If you can bear to leave this tranquil cocoon you will find a host of near-by attractions and activities including beautiful walks and hikes. After a busy outdoor day you can look forward to enjoying a fine-dining menu at the 2 AA Rosette restaurant.
The Traddock, Austwick, Settle, Yorkshire Dales, LA2 8BY, Phone: +44-15-24-25-12-24
22.The Woburn Hotel, Bedfordshire
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The Woburn Hotel is located on the impressive Woburn Abbey Estate, which is the ancestral home of the 15th Duke of Bedford. The superb estate boasts a brilliant 18-hole golf course, 3000 acres of deer park, a safari park and fabulous gardens. Your Romantic Break at the Woburn Hotel starts with fresh flowers, chocolates and bubbles to welcome you to your room, suite or cottage. Luxury features in many of the rooms include in-room baths, crisp Egyptian linens, sumptuous fabrics and great attention to detail. You can choose fine-dining fare in Oliver’s Restaurant, while the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of the Repton Room is perfect for lunch and breakfast.
The Woburn Hotel, 1 George St, Woburn, Milton Keynes, MK17 9PX, Phone: +44-15-25-29-04-41
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23.Woolacombe Bay Hotel
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Superbly nestled between the beach and the moors, the Woolacombe Bay Hotel is a well-loved Devon landmark. The hotel has all the right ingredients for a wonderful romantic getaway including stylish rooms with bespoke bathrooms and beach views, outdoor heated pool, Salt Gym, the Alchemist Spa and even a private cinema. If you are celebrating a special occasion you can book one of their luxury rooms or suites, all of which feature extra little details to enhance your experience. If you love fine dining you can celebrate in style at Doyle’s Restaurant, while the Bay Brasserie offers casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere.
Woolacombe Bay Hotel, North Devon, EX34 7BN, Phone: +44-12-71-87-03-88
24.Two Bridges Hotel, Devon
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Nestled in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, the Two Bridges Hotel offers a very special ambiance. Each of the lovely rooms is furnished with timeless antiques (several have canopied four-poster beds), rich colors and sumptuous bathrooms, creating the ideal atmosphere for your romantic getaway. If you enjoy walking/hiking you can look forward to exploring miles of wonderful trails surrounded by nature at its best. On your return you can indulge in a classic Devon Cream Tea or Afternoon High Tea. Evenings start with a drink in the bustling bar before you move on to enjoy a fine-dining menu designed to showcase fresh local produce.
Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor National Park, Devon PL20 6SW, Phone: +44-18-22-89-23-00
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24 Best Romantic Inns in England
- Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham, Photo: Ellenborough Park
- Kaywana Hall, Kingswear/Dartmouth, Photo: Kaywana Hall
- One Aldwych, London, Photo: One Aldwych
- Armathwaite Hall, Keswick, Cumbria, Photo: Armathwaite Hall
- Blackaddie Country House Hotel, Dumfries, Photo: Blackaddie Country House Hotel
- Bovey Castle, Photo: Bovey Castle
- Burgh Island Hotel, Bigbury-on-Sea, Photo: Burgh Island Hotel
- Calcot & Spa, Cotswolds, Photo: Calcot & Spa
- Carfraemill, Scotland, Photo: Carfraemill
- Hotel Gotham, Manchester, Photo: Hotel Gotham
- Langar Hall Hotel and Restaurant, Nottingham, Photo: Langar Hall Hotel and Restaurant
- Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa, Bedfordshire, Photo: Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa
- MacDonald Bear Hotel, Oxfordshire, Photo: MacDonald Bear Hotel
- Bedford Hotel, London, Photo: hitdelight/stock.adobe.com
- The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow, Photo: The Cavendish Hotel
- Noel Arms Hotel, Chipping Campden, Photo: Noel Arms Hotel
- The Portobello Hotel, London, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, Bath, Photo: The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa
- The Spread Eagle Hotel, West Sussex, Photo: The Spread Eagle Hotel
- The Townhouse, Stratford upon Avon, Photo: The Townhouse
- The Traddock, Austwick, Photo: The Traddock
- The Woburn Hotel, Bedfordshire, Photo: Mariia Korneeva/stock.adobe.com
- Woolacombe Bay Hotel, Photo: Woolacombe Bay Hotel
- Two Bridges Hotel, Devon, Photo: Two Bridges Hotel
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