VALENTINE’S Day is the most romantic day of the year when people pop the question, profess their love to their partners, or reveal their feelings to a secret crush.
Buying the perfect present is arguably the biggest problem. No matter how well you know your loved one, you want to make sure you get them a present that is really special and show how much they mean to you.
A romantic break away from home is a really special treat so why not splash out this year and give your loved one a gift to remember.
Many hotels have special Valentine stays which could include a bottle of Champagne or bouquet of flowers waiting for your loved one in the hotel room.
Here are a selection to help you find the perfect stay for you and your partner.
WENTBRIDGE HOUSE – WEST YORKSHIRE
AWARD-winning hotel, Wentbridge House, is launching an exclusive Romantic Valentine’s break offering couples an indulgent escape in a truly romantic setting.
Nestled in the stunning Went Valley in West Yorkshire, the country retreat offers sumptuous bedrooms and spectacular food in tranquil surroundings for an unforgettable Valentine’s experience.
Available throughout February, the Romantic Valentine’s Break includes dinner, overnight stay in a superior bedroom, full Yorkshire breakfast and some extra personal touches.
Guests will be welcomed with chilled Champagne and handmade chocolates to enjoy in their luxurious bedroom with superior bedrooms at Wentbridge House all individually decorated featuring LCD televisions, Molton Brown bathroom products, CD players with iPod connection and internet access, providing guests with a home away from home.
After an afternoon spent relaxing or exploring the Yorkshire countryside, guests can choose to dine in either The Wentbridge Brasserie or The Fleur De Lys Restaurant, which holds two AA Rosettes.
Following a restful night a morning newspaper will be delivered to your door and guests wanting to make the most of the break can enjoy breakfast in bed.
For further information call 01977 620444 or log on to the website at www.wentbridgehouse.co.uk
THE SWAN – LAVENHAM
Spoil the special person in your life with two nights of luxurious romance at the 15th century Swan in Lavenham in the heart of Suffolk’s beautiful countryside.
The iconic, half-timbered hotel with its ancient oak beans and crackling log fires is offering a two-night Valentine’s package during February with dinner by candlelight both evenings in the incredibly romantic AA two rosette Gallery restaurant and full Suffolk breakfast each morning served at your table.
A bottle of chilled champagne, handmade Swan chocolates and pampering toiletries from Temple Spa will also await your arrival in the bedroom. Steeped in history, the Swan is a charming, quintessentially English hotel. Ancient oak beams and open inglenook fireplaces blend effortlessly with the mix of rich classic and contemporary furnishings creating a timeless and tranquil atmosphere, sure to set the mood for love.
Prices for the two-night Valentine’s package start from £570 for two sharing a classic room. To book call 01787 247477 quoting Valentine’s, email email@example.com or for more details visit www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk
SAUNTON SANDS HOTEL – DEVON
The iconic, art deco Saunton Sands Hotel in north Devon has all the ingredients for a perfect, Valentine’s break.
Indulge in good food and wine in the hotel’s AA Rosette restaurant and enjoy a treatment in the luxurious, new therapy suites.
Sea-facing rooms are available priced £170 per couple for a stay on February 14. The rate includes bed, breakfast and dinner.
For more information log on to the website at www.brend-hotels.co.uk
STOKE PARK – BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Set among 350-acres of parkland, lakes, historic gardens and monuments, Stoke Park is one of Europe’s leading five star Country Club, Spa and Hotels.
The 210-year old building is one of the most romantic setting and is sure to exude romance and luxury throughout your stay.
Voted as having the ‘The most romantic hotel room in the UK’ by The Sunday Times Magazine, each of the 49 bedrooms and suites are individually decorated with sumptuous antiques and paintings, offering offer both traditional and contemporary styles to suit all tastes.
Not only does it make a picture perfect setting for Valentine’s Day, but with a 27-hole Championship golf course, 13 tennis courts, a state-of-the-art gym, beautiful heritage walk, an award-winning spa and three restaurants, including the supremely romantic fine dining restaurant, Humphry’s, there is plenty to explore at Stoke Park.
Stoke park offers a tailored Valentine Package which includes an overnight stay, full English breakfast, three course St Valentine’s menu in Humphry’s fine dining restaurant, and a bottle of Champagne and a box of heart shaped chocolates in the room on arrival.
CARLYON BAY – CORNWALL
Another hotel in the award-winning Brend group, The Carlyon Bay in Cornwall, is offering a Valentine mini-break special for a two-night stay of February 15 and 16. The weekend package includes a five-course dinner, 20 per cent discount on spa treatments, cream tea, bottle of pink, sparkling wine, golf and evening entertainment. Prices start from £69 per person per night.
For more information log on to the website at www.brend-hotels.co.uk.
LONGUEVILLE MANOR – JERSEY
Old stones, modern comforts and 14th century splendour make Longueville Manor a dream getaway — perfectly inviting for a romantic Valentine indulgence, or a treat any time you fancy.
In a secluded location on the edge of St Saviour, Longueville Manor with attention to detail, fine food and wine and understated service are just a few of its hallmarks.
Because two nights are never quite enough, the Indulgent Break package is priced from £440 with two sharing and includes three nights’ accommodation in a luxury double room.
Champagne on arrival, a group one hire car for the duration, full English breakfast each day, one traditional afternoon tea and one à la carte dinner are also included, and executive head chef Andrew Baird will give you with a personally signed copy of his book, Recipes from the Sea, as a memento designed for the home cook to recreate the taste of Jersey.
TORAVAIG HOUSE – ISLE OF SKYE
Voted one of Europe’s most intimate getaways by readers of The Times but there is no doubt there is an extra special atmosphere at Toravaig House at the most romantic time of the year.
The contemporary Hebridean Gem is situated in a peaceful location with views over the ruins of Knock Castle is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Toravaig House also has views over the Atlantic Waters known as the Sound of Sleat, which separates Skye from mainland Scotland.
A two-night Valentine Break includes chilled Champagne on ice in your room on arrival, two-course supper on the first evening, the choice of breakfast in bed or a Bucks Fizz breakfast on the first morning and full Scottish breakfast on the morning you leave, a Valentine’s gourmet feast on the second evening plus a delicious afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream at any point during your stay.
Price start, per person for two nights, from £300 based on two people sharing. Well, it wouldn’t be the same if there was only one! To book your break call the hotel on 01471 820200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.skyehotel.co.uk
TITCHWELL MANOR – NORTH NORFOLK
WHISK your loved one away for a Valentine’s night of romance at Titchwell Manor, a boutique coastal hotel near Brancaster, North Norfolk where a special four-course dinner and bed and breakfast stay is on the menu of love.
Begin your evening with a sparkling Pink Fizz cocktail before dining by candlelight in the elegant AA three rosette Conservatory restaurant overlooking the walled garden For a special treat book a seaview room or the Potting Shed (pictured), an individually designed wooden house with views overlooking the garden, in-room slipper bath and remote-controlled stove.
Romantic extras include fresh flowers, handmade chocolates, chilled champagne and breakfast served in your room with a late check out. A stay on Thursday, February 14 is available from £90 per person. Additional nights can be booked from £115.
To book your Valentine treat call 01485 210221 or log on to the website at www.titchwellmanor.com