Whether you’re hoping for a proposal this Valentine’s Day or
you’re taking the leap on 29 February, here’s where to go!
Derwentwater in the Lake District is one of Visit England’s top five places to propose and it’s not hard to see why with its dramatic mountains and beautiful lakes. Hire a boat, row out to a secluded spot and go to The Cottage In The Wood. (Rooms including breakfast start from £115 a night; thecottageinthewood.co.uk.)
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas described Mousehole (pronounced ‘Mowzel’) in Cornwall as “the loveliest village in England”, and we agree. Pack a Champagne picnic for a beachside engagement, then book into Chapel House PZ in Penzance for sea views and design-led decor. (Rooms from £150 per night; chapelhousepz.co.uk.)
Take a day trip to the most northern part of the UK – the Shetland Islands – for a date to remember. Fly to Lerwick and make for a secluded beach like West Voe with its white sands and perhaps only a puffin or two for company. Afterwards, pop into Frankie’s Fish & Chips in Brae – voted 2015 best fish and chips in the UK – before flying home. (Daily fights are via Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Visit shetland.org/plan/how-to-get-here/fight.)
In a survey by Hotels.com, Primrose Hill in London was voted as the most romantic place in the UK. Grab a bench at the top on a clear sunny day and pop the question. Nearby gastropub York & Albany is owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the hotel rooms are ideal for an overnight stay with style. (Double rooms from £150 per night on a room only basis; gordonramsayrestaurants.com/york-and-albany.)