Romantic cottages for two

If you’re planning a romantic break for Valentine’s Day, or want to whisk your loved one away for a birthday or anniversary, our cottages have everything you need for an extra special getaway just for two. From gatehouses to castle watch towers, pretty cottages to cosy bothies, coastal retreats to estate lodges, you’ll find our holiday cottages full of character and charm and surrounded by beautiful views. We’ve picked some of the best places to stay across England, Wales and Northern Ireland below and you can also search for more romantic cottages for two. Every booking supports our work looking after special places for everyone to enjoy.

Double Bedroom in Cromer Lodge, Felbrigg Hall
Everything you need for a brilliant break National Trust Holiday Cottages / David Kirkham

Cromer Lodge, Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

Part of the former Gate Lodge, the Grade II listed Cromer Lodge has the grandeur of the 17th-century Felbrigg Hall in miniature with towering chimneys and a large bay window. Ideal for country lovers, the rolling landscape of the park is on the doorstep while the sandy beaches of West Runton and Cromer are less than a 10-minute drive away.

Set in the garden of Virginia Woolf's country retreat, Monks House Studio is a calming space
Make yourself at home in Virginia Woolf's garden National Trust Holiday Cottages / John Plimmer

Monk’s House Garden Studio, East Sussex

For those interested in literary history, Monk’s House Garden Studio in the garden of Virginia Woolf’s former country retreat is not to be missed. The pretty studio makes the ideal base for exploring the countryside and coastal views of the South Downs or nearby Alfriston Clergy House, the first ever building to come into our care.

Looking across at The Old Coastguard Station, Robin Hood's Bay
A perfect spot for some relaxing National Trust Holiday Cottages / Harry Horton

The Old Coastguard Station, North Yorkshire

Perched right on the sea wall in the picturesque 17th-century fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay near Whitby, this second-floor apartment (above a visitors’ centre) has the feel of an upturned ship with sloping ceilings. Enjoy the stunning sea views, strolls along the Yorkshire Coast and fish suppers just for two.

The reception room of Pontbrenmydyr holiday cottage
Curl up with a book if the weather is against you National Trust Holiday Cottages

Pontbrenmydyr, Aberaeron, Ceredigion

This early 17th-century cottage is made from clom (a mixture of mud and fibrous material), stone and thatch. One for the eco-conscious, the heating and hot water are supplied by a biomass wood pellet boiler and solar panels. Located in the beautiful Aeron Valley, the cottage lies on the edge of the Llanerchaeron estate just a few miles inland from the Ceredigion Coast.

The kitchen at Rowthorne Lodge holiday cottage, Hardwick Hall
Imagine cooking for your family in Rowthorne's contemporary kitchen National Trust Holiday Cottages / Mike Henton

Rowthorne Lodge, Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Located on the edge of the Hardwick Hall estate this former gate house provides cosy but stylish accommodation for two, with the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens, orchards and wider estate after hours. The Hall, once lived in by the notable Bess of Hardwick, isn’t to be missed either. Further afield the Peak District offers unlimited walking and scenic views.

The twin bedroom at Rose Cottage, County Fermanagh
Enjoy the peace and quiet National Trust Holiday Cottages

Rose Cottage, Florence Court, County Fermanagh

This pretty cottage within the walled garden at Florence Court is the ideal hideaway. The estate’s extensive grounds, set against a dramatic backdrop of mountains and forests, offer plenty of opportunities for exploring while the 18th-century house is an architectural delight. Guests staying at Rose Cottage receive complimentary half-day boat hire on Lough Erne at nearby Crom.

Looking out onto the garden at Sand Wath holiday cottage
Explore the garden at Sand Wath National Trust holiday Cottages / Mike Henton

Sand Wath, Acorn Bank, Cumbria

Approached through sweeping parkland which guests can enjoy after hours, Sand Wath offers couples the chance to stay in the west wing of Acorn House, a Grade I listed mansion. A beautiful and spacious apartment boasting original features and antiques, Sand Wath commands views over the grounds from large sash windows complete with window seats.

Looking across at the exterior of The Water Tower, Trelissick
The Water Tower, Trelissick National Trust Holiday Cottages / Mike Henton

The Water Tower, Trelissick, Cornwall

The Water Tower is a real fairytale hideaway, with a conical roof and circular rooms linked by a spiral staircase. The accommodation is laid out to make the most of views over the Trelissick estate with the kitchen at the top, a sitting room below and a double bedroom on the first floor. The bathroom is on the ground floor and is accessed by a separate outside door.

The Watch Tower is built into the curtain wall of Compton Castle, Devon
Play King (or Queen) of the castle at Compton National Trust / Mike Henton

The Watch Tower, Compton Castle, Devon

Built into the curtain wall of Compton Castle, The Watch Tower is a fascinating building full of historical character. Entered through a large wooden door and with rooms arranged over three floors connected by steep and narrow stairs, the Watch Tower has been carefully converted into a comfortable retreat.

The single storey Peel Bothy sits in miles of rolling countryside
You're just a stone's throw from Hadrian's Wall National Trust / Roger Coulam

Peel Bothy, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

Surrounded by the rugged charm of the rolling Northumberland countryside near Hadrian’s Wall, this cosy one-storey cottage dates from the 1850s. The building was once used as a walkers’ bothy and today it has a simple but homely appeal with exposed beams, cream décor and a warming wood-burning stove. A plaque above the door records its reopening by the late Queen Mother.