February is almost in sight and that means an excuse to get away from it all with a romantic break away! Whether you want to make up for the past few Valentine’s Days or you just want to congratulate yourselves for making it through January, here are a few suggestions of places to stay for a romantic get away.
Perhaps one of the most romantic places in the region is the Exmoor National Park which provides the setting for the epic romance Lorna Doone and has inspired some of the great poets including Percy Bysshe Shelley and Samuel Coolridge. Why not see if it inspires some romance for you and your partner by finding a property near the moor? One option on the edge of the moor surrounded by lush Devonshire countryside is Love North Devon.
This idyllic 53 acre estate in the heart of the countryside has a selection of self catering holiday properties that are perfect for couples. The real draw of the site is the farm itself, not only are you renting a holiday cottage, but you’re also exclusively renting a 53 acre playground.
If you like the idea of being on a farm, where you can really escape every day life and live like a local during your stay, there are loads of options around North Devon including Bampfield Farm Cottages. Set in acres of rolling hills on a working family farm, this tranquil and secluded site is perfect for anyone wanting to hide away together. The farm is just a few moments from Exmoor and the beautiful beaches that this area is famous for, plus the spacious cottages on offer are fully equipped with all the home comforts you could need for a luxurious and relaxing stay. They both feature a wood burner with unlimited logs for those ultimate cosy nights in and with free WiFi available, there are no end to the amount of duvet days you can enjoy to escape the winter weather.
Image: Saunton Sands Hotel
A romantic break isn’t complete without a little luxury – and what better way to let your partner know how much you appreciate them than by treating them to something a little more special? Located on the seafront in the beautiful Saunton area is Saunton Sands Hotel, a flagship of the Brend Hotels. This fabulous art deco hotel is in a world class location overlooking one of the UK’s award winning beaches offering spectacular views, an award winning restaurant and state of the art facilities. The rooms are designed to create comfort and wellbeing and you’ll find sumptuous beds and high quality furnishings and being a luxury hotel, you’ll find everything from relaxing spa treatments to tennis courts, all under one roof.
Speaking of Brend Hotels, if you want to be somewhere a little more central, take a look at what is on offer from the Barnstaple Hotel in North Devon’s largest town of Barnstaple. This luxurious hotel is just a 15 minute walk to the town centre and a short drive to the famous golden beaches offering a convenient location for exploring the wider North Devon area. With a sparkling indoor pool, a heated outdoor pool, complimentary golf at a nearby course and a fabulous leisure club, this is an exquisite and luxurious choice of accommodation.
Highbullen Hotel has been providing high quality accommodation for years and is a wonderful choice for a romantic break. The hotel has a wealth of history hidden behind its Victorian façade – it was previously a family home and it has never lost the atmosphere of being a home from home despites its grand appearance. As well as modern, comfortable rooms, guests can use the facilities including the spa, gym, tennis court and golf course and are welcome to dine in our highly rated eateries, which offers fine dining and a regularly changing menu full of local produce. There is nothing better than a traditional Devon Cream Tea, so make sure to sample one (or two!) during your stay.
Of course, a go to when looking for a romantic break is a traditional North Devon cottage stay. In the picturesque village of Appledore, with its lovely harbour and pastel buildings you’ll find Catboat Cottage, a spacious 200 year old fisherman’s cottage which has been lovingly restored. Retaining much of the original features, which are believed to have come from old ship timbers, the historic atmosphere and old world charm make this a lovely destination for anyone wanting to hide away and enjoy each other’s company. The cottage is just a stone’s throw from the village’s beach and you can enjoy the gentle lapping waves as you drift off to sleep each night.
Like the sound of being near the ocean? Beach Cove Coastal Retreat might be a good option for you. Located along Hele Bay near the foodie haven of Ilfracombe features quirky beach huts, private hot tubs and some amazing views, this has truly established itself as the romance capital of North Devon. Perfect for romantic strolls along the beach or enjoying the sunset from the hot tub, if you’re planning something special, this is the place to be.
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