Valentine’s Day may be a long way off, but love never dies – or so they say. Here are six romantic rooms in the UK worth getting cosy in.
The Angel Inn – South Downs
The Angel Inn, located just a stone’s throw from the centre of Petworth, within the South Downs National Park, has medieval origins. The charming inn offers seven refurbished, luxurious rooms across two properties, with each room named afte a tree. The Angel is reminiscent of a country house hotel and full of character. The Grade II-listed Georgian villa adjacent to The Angel Inn, Ryde house, is available for private hire. The Scots Pine honeymoon suite can be found here. This sumptuous room comes with a grand free-standing bath, separate shower and “his and hers” wash basins. The large velvet sofa and king-size bed are adorned with chic soft furnishings and designer accessories, all of which scream comfort and indulgence. After a day of browsing antiques or strolling through Petworth House and Park, this is the perfect place to call home.
Chapel House – Cornwall
Located close to the harbour of Penzance, Chapel House is a beautiful Georgian townhouse that has been transformed into an elegant boutique hotel. Built in 1790, the property features extensive sea views across Mounts Bay to St Michael’s Mount from its prominent position at the end of historic Chapel Street. The décor takes its lead from the sea, with soft greys, greens and blues, enhanced by the natural light that floods the building. The most romantic of the rooms is Room 6, on the third floor amid the rooftops of Penzance. A huge bath is up in the eaves, with a window that opens so you can bathe under the moonlight and the bright Cornish stars. The bespoke handcrafted bed has a fluffy duvet and kitten-soft alpaca throw, ideal for snuggling under after a walk around the bay to Newlyn.
The Dundas Arms – Berkshire
The Dundas Arms in Kintbury offers riverside country living at its finest. This is a lovely spot, with the pub hotel sitting peacefully on a island in the middle of the canal. There are eight rooms, and nestled on the ground floor of the old stable block where the barge horses from the Kennet & Avon Canal were originally housed, the five ‘With A View Rooms’ have a private terrace overlooking the river. Romantic dinners can be provided in the hotel’s restaurant, where you can continue to watch the water flow by. Inside the quintessentially English pub bar, the countertop is made from old pennies and dates back to none other than Valentine’s Day, 1971.
Hotel 41 – London
Paris may be the 'City of Love', but London has its fair share of romantic spots. If you’re planning a night unlike any other, you can't go wrong with Hotel 41’s penthouse Conservatory Suite. 41 is a bit of a hidden gem overlooking the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and minutes from Victoria Station. The rather spectacular suite features a glass roof that enables you to sleep under the stars – in supreme comfort, of course. Should you tire of the view, electric blinds turn your split-level suite into a private paradise, complete with a marbled bathroom and whirlpool bath. There’s an array of memorable touches to complete the experience, too, including a Champagne flight one evening, served under the stars, or you can pop down to the Leopard Bar for some whiskey and jazz.
Motel One Edinburgh-Royal – Edinburgh
Proving that romance doesn’t have to cost the earth, Motel One Edinburgh-Royal reopened last year following an extensive redesign. The affordable design hotel is situated in Edinburgh’s romantic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in a listed building dating back to the 16th century. The hotel is just a few side streets away from the Royal Mile, making it the perfect base from which to explore the city, from the National Museum of Scotland to the Royal Botanic Garden, the Scott Monument and John Knox House. The hotel itself hosts a photographic collection of Scotland’s rugged landscapes and native wildlife, designed to immerse guests in the raw beauty of the Highlands. If your artistic sensiblities run to more eclectic works, though, check out the sheep sculptures in the One Lounge by artist Marie Talalaeff.
Triumphal Arch – Norfolk
One of the most iconic buildings on the 25,000-acre Holkham Hall Estate in Norfolk, The Triumphal Arch, has been given a romantic makeover. Built in the 18th century, the Grade I listed arch was designed by architect William Kent to impress travellers passing through. It certainly presents a striking picture, with panoramic views along the avenue to the south and north. The accommodation within the arch is spaced over three levels, with an open-plan kitchen and dining area on the ground floor, the stylish shower room on the second floor, and at the top of the spiral staircase, the jewel in the crown, the gorgeous living area with an open fire, and a bedroom with a four-poster king-size bed and a cast-iron roll top bath.