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Our "Best Loved" locations for romance in the UK and Ireland

We wouldn't live up to our name if we didn't write a Blog article in time for Valentine's Day. But rather than the typical stories of rose petals and chocolate covered strawberries, we want to tell you about some of the most romantic locations in the UK which are well worth a visit all year round.

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

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Star gazing with a loved one is already high on the list of romantic activities, but when you do it in the Brecon Beacons, you are doing so in a place that has been granted special protection as a Dark Sky Reserve.

As well as looking to the stars, the Brecon Beacons National Park also boasts one of the best locations for waterfalls, with dozens being located in what has been named "Waterfall Country". The most popular of these waterfalls is called Sgwd yr Eira, popular because you can actually walk behind it as a show-stopping finale for a romantic day out.

Give yourself somewhere to dry off, and make a night of it with a stay at a Best Loved Hotel near Brecon Beacons National Park.

Cornwall, England

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There are two activities that make Cornwall an extra special place for a romantic day or night out. However if you can do one, you probably will not be able to do the other, as the weather requirements are quite contradictory!

The first is a romantic bonfire on the beach. A top tip from us is that you should use (dry) driftwood on your fire, as it will produce blue and lavender coloured flames. All you need to complete your romantic break is a blanket and a flask of something warm. Please be sure to do your research before setting off, as some beaches have signs requesting that you do not light fires.

The second is not quite so cosy, but certainly will be memorable and unique - it's storm watching. Cornwall is exposed to storms that come in from the Atlantic, and can see gale force winds and huge waves on the coastline. Porthleven, Sennen and Penzance promenade are the best places to watch the storms safely, and of course you'll need warm wet weather gear and a cosy place to retreat when you're finished.

Here are listed our favourite hotels in Cornwall area.

Edinburgh, Scotland

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A romantic break in Edinburgh would not be complete without putting a padlock on Edinburgh's Forth Road Bridge; throwing away the key as a symbol that your love is forever.

Once you've committed your eternal declaration of love, why not walk the "Royal Mile" between Edinburgh Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen's official residence in Scotland) - we recommend that you give yourself time to stop along the way, and enjoy the many significant landmarks in between. The feeling of history and tradition is overwhelming as you walk on the cobbled paths, making this one of the most traditionally romantic ways to spend a day.

When you're ready to retire, we'd love you to try a Best Loved Hotel view our Edinburgh hotels.

Lake District, England

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The Lake District has earned its place on our list due to the influence that the area had on some of England's best-known writers: The Romantic poets of the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Thomas de Quincey and John Ruskin, took great inspiration from the spectacular landscape.

The most romantic activities, which allow you to make the most of the breath-taking views, are boat cruises, steam railways journeys, hot air balloon rides, horse-riding, or why not just simple walk.

When the countryside air makes you ready for a nap, rest your head at any of these Best Loved Hotels in Lake District.

Cotswolds, England

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Of all the regions in England, The Cotswolds are among the most captivating and romantic. Picturesque villages, stately homes, country pubs, market towns and meandering lanes - this is the quintessential picture of England. The famous ancient honey coloured limestone buildings are a delight, as are the captivating views from countryside hikes and trails.

It's no surprise then that the Cotswolds are a popular location for some of our favourite romantic movies, including Bridget Jones' Diary, Pride & Prejudice, Braveheart, The Holiday, and everyone's favourite television series, Downton Abbey! Explore the location where your favourites were filmed, for a uniquely personal romantic day out.

After a day exploring, why not return to a hotel to watch a film and try to spot some of the places you've visited that day. We recommend these hotels in the Cotswolds.


Congratulations to last week's competition winner, Ian Brotherton from West Scrafton who won two nights B&B for two plus dinner on one of the nights at Kilworth House Hotel in Leicestershire - stunning Victorian country house in Leicestershire with acclaimed theatre. 4 AA Red Stars and 2 Rosettes for the excellent restaurant.



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A chic, stylish and sublimely romantic boutique luxury B&B near the centre of Bath. Spend a romantic evening in Bath complete with lovely room, delicious breakfast and bottle of Champagne on arrival.



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