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January 7, 2019

Romantic surprise getaways

Booking a surprise valentine break or romantic adventure in the UK is easier than ever with our self-catering cottages and apartments.

No need to worry about passports and sun cream – Just convince your loved one to pack a bag with the essentials and some warm clothes then jump in the car.  Here are some ideas of places to stay for couples where you will have more privacy than in a hotel and can explore some of the less frequented nooks and crannies of the UK. With a self catering midweek break you decide whether to eat in or out, go and create your own beautiful memories…..

Little Egret holiday apartment

Little Egret romantic apartment bedroom






Located in Milford on Sea in Hampshire the Little Egret Holiday Apartment has availability over Valentines day and is the perfect little escape that sleeps 2.  With towels and bed linen included its even easier to book a surprise break in this seaside village. Within a 10-minute stroll you are on the seafront where you can enjoy the views across to the Isle of Wight while having a romantic lunch at the beachside café.   A nice walk along Hurst Spit to Hurst Castle is recommended but if you would prefer to take the boat then the Hurst Castle Ferries run a 20-minute shuttle service from the quayside in Keyhaven (First boat of the day is 10.15am), taking you along the Keyhaven river up to Hurst Castle at the end of Hurst Spit (Please note that entrance to the castle itself is only available from March 29th to 31st Oct). Many people choose to take the ferry one way and walk the other – this way you get to enjoy the best of both worlds and see the scenery on both sides of the spit.

Hurst Castle in Hampshire

You can also take a ferry across from Lymington to the Isle of Wight and spend a day bus hopping around this lovely island.  It takes just 40 minutes and is the fastest car ferry to get across to the island. Travelling with your car with set you back around £50 for two passengers, depending on the time of day.  If you are going on foot the price is about £34 for two people.  Find out more about the ferry from Lymington here.


Bedroom at Number 5 Chipping CampdenThe natural beauty of the Cotswolds

Our next choice of romantic retreat is in the Cotswolds, such a beautiful historic location for a short winter break and you can enjoy being right in the middle of the action at our next property – Number Five is a cosy mid-terraced cottage in the heart of Chipping Campden just off the main road. Built originally in 1901 and totally refurbished in September 2017 to an exceptional standard which includes underfloor heating and a walk in shower.  Its the perfect venue for a midweek valentine break. Twin sinks in Number 5 Bathroom

Chipping Campden has a thriving high street to enjoy with numerous shops, cafes and places to eat.  The independent range of shops is fantastic, everything from ‘Goody Lou’s Shoes’ to the ‘Cotswold Cashmere Company’.    The Market Hall is just one of the fascinating historical features of the high street.

If you fancy a swim or a gym workout the leisure centre offers lots of adult only sessions from just £3.60 – check out their timetable here.




Romantic luxury holiday cottage

A perfect hideaway

The Granary barn is our next featured romantic property and is a unique find, especially if you would like to get away from it all and spend quality time together wrapped up by the wood burner, reeling in the beauty of this 300 year old property.   You can even bring your four-legged friend if you don’t mind sharing the attention.


  • Fully fitted galley kitchen
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Exposed timbers throughout
  • Vaulted bedroom ceiling
  • Log burning fire
  • Very large enclosed garden
  • Stunning views across farmland

Granary Barn Wood Burner


  • Scrummy breakfast basket
  • Free Wifi
  • TV/ DVD/ iPod Dock
  • Bedding & Towels


  • Luxury Deli Hamper
  • Champagne & Suffolk Chocolates
  • Beauty treatments

Book one of the optional treats and make it a valentine’s day full of wonderful memories. The midweek break (4 nights) for the Valentine week is currently available, click here to find out more and enquire.


We have loads of romantic valentines breaks to choose from, browse our selection from Norfolk, Northumberland, Cornwall, Wales, Gloucestershire, Kent, Devon, Dorset, Yorkshire, Scotland and city breaks in London.