Plan your perfect Valentine's Day

Visitors beside the lake at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

From spending time together in the great outdoors to finding an impressive backdrop to wow your loved one, you'll find everything you need for an extra special Valentine's Day at the places we look after.

From thoughtful gift ideas to romantic events and inspirational stories from history, here are our top tips for a memorable day.

A couple looking at flowers in a garden

Celebrate with a special event 

We care for some of the most beautiful locations in the country, perfect for a romantic day out. Whether you're exploring secret gardens or enjoying a special meal for two, here are some of the best events going on this Valentine’s Day.

odiam Castle, East Sussex, reflected in the moat at dawn

Think about the backdrop 

A memorable day out needs a memorable setting. Be inspired by the grand gardens of Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, set against the backdrop of the French Renaissance-style chateau, wander the extraordinary rock garden, lakeside paths and Pinetum at Cragside, Northumberland, or step into a world of damsels and knights at the moated and semi-ruined Bodiam Castle, Sussex.

Walking along a wooded path at Ickworth, Suffolk

Find a quiet space 

You’ll find peace and tranquility, as well as secluded spots, in many of the parks and areas of countryside in our care, many with beautiful views. Rowallane Garden in County Down has a fabulous winter garden, home to plants from around the world, and Bodnant Garden, Conwy, is renowned for its botanical collections.

A couple walking through a garden

Go for a romantic walk 

There’s nothing more important on Valentine’s Day than spending time together – and what better way than by going for a good long walk. You could spend a day exploring the peninsula at Trelissick, Cornwall, and watching the ever-changing views of the estuary. Or take a walk at Sheringham Park, Norfolk, with its wide open spaces, beautiful gardens designed by Humphry Repton and uninterrupted views of the north Norfolk coastline.

Lighting rigged up outside Montacute House, Somerset, during filming for the 2015 BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall

Re-enact romantic scenes 

Many of the places we look after have been seen in film and TV adaptations of romantic classics. Whether you fancy yourself as Mr Darcy stalking through the grounds of Pemberley, or Anna Karenina living in a grand Russian mansion, there are plenty of places where you can re-enact romantic scenes.

Valentine's Day gifts

Front door of Wicket Nook Cottage, Derbyshire

Make a stay of it 

Book a getaway at one of our romantic holiday cottages. From cosy country retreats to secluded woodland cabins, we have a holiday to suit every couple.

Painting of Lord and Lady Scarsdale of Kedleston, Derbyshire

Uncover stories of love  

Who doesn't like a good love story? Many of the places we care for are brimming over with tales of romance and intrigue, from medieval legends up to more recent decades. Maybe you’ll even find some inspiration for your own love life.