It’s almost that time of year again. The time when the leaves start to turn, the days become shorter and cosying up by the fire becomes all the more enticing. I always try to plan a little autumn getaway some time before Christmas, to discover somewhere new while the temperature is still bearable, usually a place with a bit of festive romance. This year however, I’m challenging myself to do a little more discovering of beautiful England. There truly are so many wonderful parts of the country to visit, so I thought I’d share my list of some of the best romantic getaway spots, in collaboration with Classic British Hotels, to inspire both myself and you lovely readers this coming season.
The first romantic getaway spot would of course be the Cotswolds. It’s an obvious place but I myself only visited for the first time last year. Having only a weekend to visit we did try to see as much of the area as possible, but with all the sweet villages to see, we will definitely have to return. The best way to do the Cotswolds is to book a couple of nights in a beautiful cottage-inspired hotel and rent a car so you can visit all the quaint little towns that make up the area. While there you can also make a quick trip to Oxford, a fantastic city full of history and character, and of course, Blenheim Palace, another incredible stately home not to be missed…If you fancy a short trip there with the chance to stay in a traditional manor on a 50-acre estate, the Wyck Hill House & Spa would be an wonderful option.
Second on the list is more of a city trip, which would have to be Edinburgh. Visiting for the first time last year on the final weekend of the Edinburgh Fringe, I fell in love with the place. It’s bursting with character, art and architecture and, of course, lots of bagpipes and kilts. We climbed Arthur’s Seat, the hill outside of the city which gives you stunning views of the entire area. Whilst up there we were lucky enough to experience bagpipe players singing out tunes across the city, it was magical. If I were to return, I would book a beautiful hotel just outside Edinburgh to also have the chance to discover the stunning Scottish landscapes… After research, the Melville Castle Hotel seems to be quite my cup of tea!
Third on the list would be Cornwall, I’ve never been myself but it has been on my mind to visit for a while. For Cornwall I believe you need at least 3 days as it’s quite a journey from London, but totally worth it. If you crave the seaside and love a bit of surfing, it seems that Cornwall is one of the best places in England to go. It’s packed with sweet little seaside villages and rustic beach huts…..I love the look of the Langstone Cliff Hotel set right by the beach with fabulous facilities!
Now since my grandparents are from Derbyshire, I have spent a lot of time in the Peak District, which is one of my favourite parts of the country. Following its name, the Peak District, you can guess it’s a part of the UK full of infinite country roads and idyllic hills of purple heather. Time will pause while you get lost in the towns and villages in the district. I personally love visiting Bakewell, famous for its Bakewell tarts, and Chatsworth house, a stunning country manor home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. If you’re looking for a quaint spot to stay with a stone’s throw away from the area, try the Whiteley Hall Country House Hotel.
The last place on my list which I am yet to visit would have to be in Snowdonia, Wales. The landscape looks like something out of a fairytale, and I can imagine spending the most romantic weekend road-tripping along the endless windy roads, stopping for cosy cups of tea and exploring a little bit more of what Wales has to offer. The weather might not always be on your side in the UK, but with a warm fireplace and a touch of frost you can’t go wrong. The Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa looks unbelievably picturesque and with 23,000 acres of landscape to discover, I’m sure you can find a pretty corner that suits you perfectly!
I hope I’ve given you a little inspiration on romantic getaways for this coming season. I can’t wait to begin planning where I’m going to keep my toes warm and get away from it all…
**This post was in collaboration with www.ClassicBritishHotels.com**