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.

Looking across at Boatman's Loft, Robin Hood's Bay

Boatman's Loft, North Yorkshire 

Previously known as The Old Coachman's Station, Boatman's Loft is 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.

Set in the garden of Virginia Woolf's country retreat, Monks House Studio is a calming space

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.

The single storey Peel Bothy sits in miles of rolling countryside

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.

The reception room of Pontbrenmydyr holiday cottage

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 twin bedroom at Rose Cottage, County Fermanagh

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.

The kitchen at Rowthorne Lodge holiday cottage, Hardwick Hall

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.

Looking out onto the garden at Sand Wath holiday cottage

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.

The Watch Tower is built into the curtain wall of Compton Castle, Devon

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.

Looking across at the exterior of The Water Tower, Trelissick

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.

Exterior view of Treledydd Fawr Cottage

Treleddyd Fawr Cottage, St Davids, Pembrokeshire 

Just a couple of miles from both the bustling city of St Davids and the fabulous sandy beach at Whitesands, this lovingly restored detached cottage is situated in the small hamlet of Treleddyd Fawr. A cosy retreat ideal for walkers, a number of footpaths run close by the cottage, including paths linking to the Pembrokeshire coastal path, a real highlight of staying in this area.