Pucker up, sunshine: if you want to take your loved one somewhere special for a romantic weekend break in the UK, somewhere a little off-beat, somewhere different from the usual romantic weekend getaways, then you’re in the right place.
Be prepared to woo your lover with our 10 sexy suggestions for unusual romantic weekend breaks in the UK that’ll make you dizzy with excitement. Beware: this post does contain wild animals. Grrr.
1. Cosy up on a cliff, Anglesey
Take your love to dizzying new heights with a nerve-jangling secluded cliff-side camping weekend with Gaia Adventures. Choose from either an Afternoon on the Edge or Cliff Camping – sleeping overnight suspended in mid-air as the waves crunch into the rocks beneath you.
Although you do need to have balls of steel, you don’t need previous climbing experience for this unusual romantic getaway. And, according to Gaia Adventures, it is very safe; you’ll be in a controlled environment and safely attached at all times. So a bit like marriage then.
Pic credit: Gaia Adventures
2. Sleep in a lighthouse, Newport
From £165 per room, including breakfast
With romance oozing out of its wedding cake-shaped walls, West Usk Lighthouse could be one of the best smooch spots in the country. Built in 1821 by Scottish architect, James Walker, it’s an elegant B&B with breath-taking views over the Bristol Channel.
The 4 wedge-shaped rooms are nautically decorated and thanks to 3ft thick walls you don’t need to worry about disturbing the neighbours (not that there are any). Secluded and romantic. And for the ultimate dreamy vista, head upstairs to the lantern room to toast one another under the stars. Best of all, a Rolls-Royce can be provided to take you to the local restaurant.
Pic credit: West Usk Lighthouse
3. Chill on your own island, Newquay
From £1,480 for a long weekend or mid-week break
Jutting out of the golden sands of Towan Beach in Newquay, like a giant granite tooth, is a romantic sweet spot known simply as, The Island. This New England-styled cottage is barely visible amongst the palms and only accessible by crossing a suspension footbridge.
By day, families and beachcombers roam below; by night, the sea rolls in cutting you almost entirely off from civilisation – the ideal unusual romantic break. Smooch al fresco on the deck with heart-thumping views of the Atlantic Ocean, then head indoors for dinner in the beautiful dining room – raising the flag in the garden to let passing boats know you’re not to be disturbed.
Pic credit: Boutique Retreats
4. Be sinful in the Devil’s den, Mousehole
Folded into sub-tropical gardens, overlooking the fishing-boat village of Mousehole in Cornwall, is a 1-bedroom romantic bolthole sinful enough to bring the Devil to his knees.
This split-level design masterpiece is as decadent on the inside as any couple could wish for: floor-to-ceiling views across the sea, a sand-blasted oak kitchen (where you can relax as two chefs cook for you), antiquities plucked from the foothills of the Himalayas, original works of art, and a 2-person bathtub that just might be the best in the UK.
Isn’t being bad fun?
Pic credit: The Fallen Angel
5. Feast like kings in Roch Castle, Wales
Make like a prince and princess at the stunning Roch Castle, set on a crag of rock overlooking St. Brides Bay. This 12th-century castle is dramatic outside and spectacular inside, with enough Welsh history etched into its stones to write an anthology.
Today, the castle has six luxury bedrooms, five shiny stars to its name, an exceptional restaurant and lavish designer amenities and decor that’ll send you dizzy.
6. Lock yourselves away in Jail, Oxford
Love locks take on a whole new meaning thanks to Oxford Castle’s Valentine’s Lock-in. £85 gets jailbirds a 3-course meal served behind bars in one of the Castle’s old prison cells (from the 18th-century to the late 1990s the castle was Oxford’s main prison).
Upgraded to a £120 romantic evening and you can have the Castle’s creepy crypt all to yourselves instead, with a bottle of bubbly to steady your nerves.
For added jailhouse rock, stay at the Malmaison – also part of the former prison – where the rooms come complete with barred windows and iron doors.
Pic credit: Oxford Castle
7. Wake up with tigers, Kent
Ok, this is our idea of heaven – waking up nose-to-whisker with tigers. Yup, I kid you not. Book into the Tiger Lodge at Port Lympne Nature Reserve, Kent, and you’ll be sleeping with the big cats – it’s an unusual romantic break that has to be the best of the lot, right?
One side of the lodge looks out into the tiger enclosure, the other looks out to the sea. What’s not to go wild over?
Sleep as they pad past your window and wake as they roar to life each morning. When dusk falls, head upstairs to the balcony and enjoy a gin and the sunset over the sea, with the twinkling lights of France in the distance.
Pic credit: Aspinall Foundation
8. Hideout in a treehouse, Wye Valley
£225 per night (midweek) and £275 (weekend) based on two sharing
The Hudnalls Hideout is a perched paradise made for cooing love birds. Located in two acres of private woodland at St Briavel’s Common near Tintern, on the border of England and Wales, this unique space is the first A-frame waney-edged oak clad treehouse to be built in the UK.
The adults-only hideout boasts almost 40 square metres of beautifully designed open plan living space: including tree top canopy views from the king size handmade loft bed, a Scandi-luxe vibe in the living room with its retro suspended fireplace, and wall-to-ceiling doors opening out onto the dramatic circular raised deck. Trust me, you’ll never want to leave.
Pic credit: Imaging Essence (@ImagingEssence)
9. Snuggle in a 1930s’ Caravan,
Forest of Dean
From £185 in 2-bed van Sybil
Woo your sweetheart with an unusual romantic weekend at the brilliant Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans luxury campsite. Once here, amongst the lush Gloucestershire greenery, you can snuggle down in an eco-friendly, off-grid vintage van, dating from the 1930s.
Each van has its own name and personality – choose from Elsie, Gerty, Sybil, or Monty – and is furnished with everything you need to stay lvoed up: comfy beds, feather duvets and quilts, and woodburners. The incredible sunsets are thrown in for free.
10. Aboard the Titanic, Liverpool
Your heart will go on and on when you hop aboard the incredible Titanic Boat in Liverpool’s Albert Docks!
This unusual houseboat has been specifically designed to resemble the famous Titanic ship, with a few modern day luxuries thrown in: a 52-inch TV with Sky channels, leather sofas, an above-bed mirror (hello) and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Jacks and Roses can simply relax onboard with a glass of fizz or climb off and enjoy the surrounding bars and shops. Luckily, there are no icebergs insight.
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