Valentine's Day Edit: The Most Romantic Hotels In The Southeast
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, look no further than between our digital pages for some romantic inspiration. Be it a contemporary Georgian manor house set in the leafy surroundings of the New Forest, or a boutique hotel in the heart of a buzzing London borough, make it one to remember.
10. The Bingham
Richmond, London, England
The Bingham in Richmond, overlooking the River Thames, is one of London’s most unique boutique hotels. Originally built as two Georgian townhouses, the Bingham’s rich history has shaped the property, creating an elegant setting for modern luxury living with a vintage twist.
Holborn, London, England
Set inside a former 1901 Baptist church, L’Oscar is a unique property, the building’s heritage protection means that original details like the black and white marble floors, mahogany banisters, and romantic fireplaces in every room remain.
Cirencester, Cotswolds, England
Barnsley House is an upmarket hotel and spa featuring luxury deluxe rooms which overlook the beautifully curated gardens laid out by former resident and garden designer Rosemary Verey. Rooms have side-by-side baths and walk-in showers, with The Rosemary Verey suite featuring an enticing private courtyard, conservatory and grotto.
Climping, West Sussex
The county of West Sussex is home to Arundel Castle and boasts a beautiful village among its repertoire of must-visit locales. Not 15 minutes drive away lies the unassuming hamlet of Climping, home to Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa. Should you be looking to stay somewhere luxurious yet homely, historic yet contemporary but most of all, somewhere uniquely it's own, look no further than Bailiffscourt.
Upper Slaughter, Cotswolds, England
Lords of the Manor is a unique hotel set in the beautiful surroundings of the Cotswolds. Situated in the pretty village of Upper Slaughter, the hotel is an ideal central base to explore the surrounding villages. You'd be forgiven, however, if you don't set foot outside the grounds, as the attractive gardens, relaxing lounges and luxury dining options provide all that is required for the perfect getaway.
5. Coworth Park
Ascot, Berkshire, England
Set in 240 acres of stunning parkland, Coworth Park is part of the luxury Dorchester Collection, sister to The Dorchester in London. The hotel offers luxurious guest rooms and suites, polo grounds, stables and a spa.
4. The Lugger
Portloe, Cornwall, England
A great place for a UK coastal getaway, The Lugger Hotel is a scenic spot tucked into the cove and harbour of Portloe – an idyllic fishing village in south Cornwall. The hotel boasts a rich history, having formerly been a 17th-century inn and haunt of local smugglers, and the white buildings perched on the rugged coast make for a unforgettable setting next to the scattering of fishing boats.
3. Lucknam Park
Lucknam Park is a magnificent listed Palladian mansion set in 500 acres of extensive parkland. Dating from 1720, Lucknam Park nestles peacefully in a tranquil corner of southern England just six miles from the World Heritage Site of Bath. Individually designed, the 42 bedrooms, which include 13 suites, provide a luxurious foundation for a truly relaxing retreat.
Exmouth, Devon, England
Exquisitely set in a Grade II-listed Georgian manor house and vineyard on the Exe Estuary in gorgeous Devon, Lympstone Manor is a country house hotel, setting the bar high when it comes to design, dining, style and service. Derived from the vision of Exeter-born Michael Caines MBE, and with a previous reputation of two Michelin stars, he has created a destination unto itself in Lympstone Manor where, inside, delectable dining meets creatively considered interiors and, outside, Devon’s undeniable natural beauty reigns.
1. Lime Wood
New Forest, Hampshire, England
Originally a mediaeval hunting lodge way back in the 13th century, this New Forest manor was reclaimed for royalty by the Duke of Clarence in the 1740s. Since then, Lime Wood hotel has had another extravagant makeover, giving this stately pile a serious air of perfection, with primly landscaped grounds, devotedly designed interiors, a super spa and a tantalising restaurant to prove it.