If you’re looking for a peaceful & fuss-free way to make the most of Valentine’s Day this year, our rural Valentine’s breaks are a convenient excuse to take your first romantic short break of the year – not to mention that a romantic weekend away is also a great way to impress your other half!
As Valentine’s Day falls midweek this year, we’ve come up with the best deals for not only February 14th itself but also the weekends prior to and post this celebration of love.
And is there really anything more romantic than an escape to the countryside? With great value packages available right around the country, our list of rural Valentine’s Breaks make for the perfect getaway…
Holt Lodge, Wrexham
From £80pp for 2 Nights + 1 Dinner
Just across the Welsh border, within easy driving distance of Wrexham and Chester, Holt Lodge is an ideal rural retreat for exploring the borderlands. A great value break, you can dine in the hotel’s popular restaurant, enjoying a three course meal for two from Holt Lodge’s cosy restaurant. This special rural retreat is a great choice when looking for an intimate night in for two this Valentine’s.
Mercure Hotel, Tunbridge Wells
From £47.50pp for 1 Night
Surrounded by pretty Kent countryside, you can explore the Garden of England this Valentine’s Day. If you’re treated to unseasonably warm weather, the Mercure Tunbridge Wells is a stone’s throw from top historically significant attractions like Hever Castle and Chartwell, the former home of Winston Churchill. Just another dreary February weekend? Take advantage of the hotel’s beautiful indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi – or book a beauty treatment for two for the ultimate pampering!
Shillingford Bridge Hotel, Oxfordshire
From £84pp for 2 Nights + 1 Dinner
Set on the pretty River Thames in Oxfordshire, the Shillingford Bridge Hotel is a picturesque Valentine’s destination which is perfect if you’re looking to get away somewhere special with your loved one this year. The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are close by, and you could easily plan a hike or two to see spring begin to rear its head. Fancy staying local? Take a stroll along the riverfront to really take advantage of this hotel’s superb location.
Norfolk Arms Hotel, Arundel
From £115pp for 2 Nights + 1 Dinner
The historic market town of Arundel makes for a charming getaway destination. Home to a medieval castle and an impressive cathedral, this quaint civil parish is surrounded by natural beauty. A fantastic base from which to explore the South Downs – or to head down to Littlehampton for a walk along the coast – The Norfolk Arms Hotel in Arundel is a great choice this Valentine’s Day.
The Priest House Hotel, Castle Donington
From £57.50pp for 1 Night
The Priest House Hotel is a cosy home from home in rural Derbyshire; with a modest exterior, this hotel could fool you into thinking you’re in for a thoroughly rustic experience. In fact, this 4* retreat has a luxurious interior, and each room comes equipped with state of the art technology and luxurious bedding. The hotel’s two on-site restaurants are a great place to relax and unwind together this Valentine’s Day, whether it’s an exquisite fine dining experience you’d prefer, or perhaps a more relaxed meal, there’s something for everyone at The Priest House Hotel!
The Falcon Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon
From £115pp for 2 Nights + 1 Dinner
Though not strictly a rural retreat, a break in gorgeous Stratford-upon-Avon will still get you away from the daily grind and the noise of city life. Birthplace of Shakespeare, there are tonnes of great museums and houses dedicated to the Bard’s life, as well as the brilliant Royal Shakespeare Company. A fantastic choice for a short break any time of year, The Falcon Hotel is an exceptional 4* property, set in a beautiful Tudor building, with a modern interior and a renowned restaurant – the appropriately named Will’s Place.
Gleddoch Hotel & Spa, Renfrewshire
From £55pp for 1 Night + Full Breakfast
The Gleddoch Hotel & Spa is easily one of the best locations for a Valentine’s break in Scotland. Set at this renowned hotel, home to a world-famous Championship Golf Course, prepare yourself for a leisurely getaway – or just a relaxing one – as you take to the course, just pamper yourself in the spa, or indulge in the 19-metre indoor pool. Fancy exploring the beautiful Scottish countryside? Head to the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park nearby. Or, if shopping’s more your thing, head into nearby Glasgow for some high-end retail therapy before travelling home.
Hallmark Hotel, Gloucester
From £86pp for 1 Night + Breakfast + Dinner
A stone’s throw from pretty Gloucester, the Hallmark Hotel Gloucester hotel is a great way to make the most of the Valentine’s period. There’s plenty to do in and around the area too; head into Gloucester, or nearby Cheltenham, or explore The Costwolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Otherwise, head to the inviting spa pool, Finnish sauna or hit the gym or tennis courts. If golf is your thing, you could play the hotel’s 18 hole course together. Silly trousers optional.
Brook Mollington Banastre Hotel, Chester
From £118pp for 2 Nights + 1 Dinner
On the outskirts of pretty Chester, you can really experience the best of both worlds at this terrific 4* hotel. Explore the rolling countryside of Cheshire and North Wales, or choose to head into the centre for some boutique shopping and sightseeing. You’ll also be just a short drive from Chester Zoo – arguably the UK’s finest zoo, you can add tickets on to the end of your booking. For guaranteed quality in an unrivalled location, select this popular hotel for your Valentine’s break.
Buckatree Hall, Ironbridge
From £64.50pp for 1 Night + Breakfast + Dinner
Our final rural hotel is the Buckatree Hall in Ironbridge – and it’s one of our best value offers! Located just a short drive from historic Shrewsbury and also from Chester & the Welsh border, there’s plenty to commend this great value one night Valentine’s break. The hotel’s tranquil location makes it a love-filled escape perfect for two, and you can both celebrate with a delicious dinner in the hotel’s beautiful Lakeside Restaurant.
Off on your own country escape this Valentine’s Weekend? Tell us where you’ll be in our comments section below…