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Romantic holiday cottages for couples

Looking for a romantic getaway? We’ve handpicked our top holiday cottages for couples. With country havens, waterfront retreats and stylish coastal apartments, there's a holiday to suit every couple.

From turreted towers and listed lodges, to farmhouses, cabins and even a former observatory, we have a wide range of unique holiday accommodation for your romantic break. In locations from Cornwall to Yorkshire, these romantic holiday cottages offer the chance to experience some of the UK’s prettiest coast and countryside.

Not only will you get to enjoy an enchanting break when you stay at one of our romantic holiday cottages, but you're also helping us look after the places we care for.

Fairy-tale hideaways

The exterior of Town Walls Tower, Shropshire

Town Walls Tower 

A retreat in town for two, in the last remaining watchtower on Shrewsbury’s medieval walls.

The exterior of Old Mill Cottage, Brockhampton, Herefordshire

Old Mill Cottage, Herefordshire 

With its rose-covered front, stone walls and white trimmed windows, Old Mill is a storybook cottage. Walking to the cottage is an adventure in itself as you cross over a stream on a wooden footbridge, past trailing willow trees, and along a winding path. Inside this dog-friendly cottage, you'll find a cosy, chocolate box interior.

The exterior of The Water Tower, Trelissick, Cornwall

Trelissick Water Tower, Cornwall 

For the ultimate couple’s escape, how about a weekend away in a fairy-tale tower? First used as a reservoir in the 1860s, Trelissick Water Tower has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind holiday cottage in Cornwall. Climb the spiral staircase to discover circular-shaped rooms with gothic-style, arched windows.

The exterior of Rose Castle Cottage, Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria

Rose Castle Cottage, Cumbria 

If you’re looking for a romantic setting where it’s just you, your loved one, and the great outdoors, then Rose Castle Cottage is the perfect fit. With no neighbours on the horizon and few of the trappings of modern life, it’s ideal for a couple’s weekend in the Lake District. There are miles of peaceful walks right on your doorstep to explore during your stay.

The exterior of Bishop's Gate Lodge, County Londonderry

Bishop's Gate Lodge 

A gothic gate lodge on the coastal estate of Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne.

The exterior of Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire

Kymin Round House 

A little castle for two, with views over Monmouth and far into Wales.

The garden at Dinefwr Deer Lodge, Carmarthenshire

Dinefwr Deer Lodge 

A bolt-hole for two, in the heart of estate parkland and a National Nature Reserve.

Coastal escapes

The exterior of Gordon's Cabin, Woolacombe, Devon

Gordon's Cabin, Devon 

Full of natural light, this dog-friendly country retreat boasts a stylish, open-plan interior. It sits on the edge of the hilltop settlement of Mortehoe which overlooks a wild and remote coastline. Walk along the South West Coast Path to Morte Point to watch the waves or head into the village for a cream tea.

The exterior at Carolina Cottage, Port Quin, Port Issac, Cornwall

Carolina Cellar, Cornwall 

This romantic little hideaway overlooks the quiet inlet of Port Quin. With the slipway running alongside the cottage, you couldn’t be closer to the sea. Inside, there's an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, complete with log-burner for snug evenings in. The double bedroom has views of the bay and out to sea.

The exterior of Boatman's Loft, Yorkshire

Boatman's Loft, North Yorkshire 

Boatman's Loft is perched right on the sea wall in the picturesque 17th-century fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay. Although it’s a one-bedroom loft, it feels spacious inside. With views across the beach you can watch the tide roll in, or walk into the village for a fish and chip dinner for two.

Riverside retreats

The exterior of Cliveden Ferry Cottage

Cliveden Ferry Cottage, Berkshire 

Less than two hours from London, this romantic holiday cottage is perfect for Valentine’s Day breaks. Set on the banks of the Thames, it offers an idyllic location with views over the river. Make the most of the location and head over to Cliveden Estate to explore the stately home and gardens. Guests of the cottage can explore the garden at any time.

The exterior of West Gate Lodge, Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

West Gate Lodge, Yorkshire 

Built using stone from the ruins of the 12th-century Fountains Abbey, West Gate Lodge offers a unique stay for couples. You’ll be on the doorstep of the atmospheric abbey and Georgian water garden, and when all the other visitors have gone home, you’ll have the grounds all to yourself. After a day exploring, return to the cottage to enjoy a drink by the riverbank.

The exterior of Powders, Helston, Cornwall

Powders, Cornwall 

Treat yourself to a romantic break at this stylish, 1930s wooden bungalow. Peeking through pine trees, the dog-friendly cabin sits on the edge of Frenchman’s Creek, on the East coast of Cornwall. The woodland garden has impressive views over the tranquil waters and a path leads down to a private quay.

Country cottages

The exterior of Downpatrick Gate Lodge, County Down

Downpatrick Gate Lodge 

A pretty, tucked-away lodge on the Castle Ward estate, surrounded by wildlife and walks with woodland, meadow and loughside views.

The pretty garden at Wicket Nook Cottage, Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire

Wicket Nook Cottage, Leicestershire 

Wicket Nook is a dog-friendly holiday cottage for couples who’d like to explore the quaint market towns and heather-covered moors of the Midlands. A former gamekeeper's cottage, it’s situated on a quiet lane and overlooks Calke Estate. As a guest at the cottage you can enjoy free entry to Calke Abbey.

The loggia at The Cheese House on Westwood Farm, Dorset

The Cheese House, Dorset 

If you’re looking for romantic holiday cottages with a view, you can’t get much better than The Cheese House. This charming cottage is nestled in idyllic countryside on a working cattle and sheep farm. It is thought to have been used as the dairy for Westwood Farm and has recently been restored as a snug cottage for two.

Exterior of Diston's Cottage, Gloucestershire

Diston`s Cottage, Gloucestershire 

This pretty, end-of-terrace cottage in the Cotswolds boasts a wood burning stove, private garden and old fashioned stable doors. Enjoy a tipple in the traditional village pub, or take a romantic stroll through the gardens of Snowshill Manor just opposite the cottage.

Woodland cabins

The exterior of Durgan Wood Cottage, Cornwall

Durgan Wood Cottage, Cornwall 

Completely secluded, just above the Helford River, Wood Cottage is a great choice for a romantic break. This dog-friendly cottage sits on the edge of a small wood. The tiny, timber-built thatched cabin was once used as an apple store, but after a careful restoration it’s now a cosy one-bedroom nest for two.

The outdoor bath and shower at Cartref, Gwynedd

Cartref, Gwynedd 

Tucked away at the base of Snowdon, this romantic, wooden cabin offers simple accommodation in a spectacular location. It's surrounded by rugged countryside and excellent hiking trails. After a day exploring the great outdoors, retreat to the cottage to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

The exterior of Nant Las, Gwynedd

Nant Las, Gwynedd 

You'll find peace and quiet at this romantic retreat hidden amongst the trees. It was originally built as a 19th-century observatory and as night falls you can sit out together on the veranda and gaze up at the stars. When the sun rises, take for a gentle stroll to Rhaeadr Ddu Falls to see the 60ft waterfall.

The exterior of The Birdcage, Port Isaac, Cornwall

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