Top places for a romantic Valentine’s meal

Many of our places have tea-rooms, cafes and restaurants – whether you’re looking for a warming soup or the perfect scone, a place to relax with a cuppa or lunch with a view. This Valentine’s Day lots of our places are offering special events and meals, perfect at the end of a great day out with your loved one. Here are some of our favourites.

Bateman's East Sussex National Trust

Bateman's, East Sussex

Let Bateman’s – former home and sanctuary of writer Rudyard Kipling – sweep you off your feet. Explore this 17th century Jacobean house, filled with treasured artefacts and surrounded by a wooded landscape. The English country garden with its manicured lawns and clipped yew hedges is the perfect place for a romantic Valentine’s stroll. Afterwards you can enjoy an afternoon tea of sandwiches, savoury pastries and cake in the Mulberry Tea-room.

Frosty view of Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

This 14th century castle must surely be one of Britain’s most picturesque ancient monuments. Complete with spiral staircases, battlements and an enchanting tower, it’s the perfect setting for a spot of fairy-tale romance! With the magical floodlit castle as a backdrop, Valentine’s at Bodiam is sure to be a night to remember. Enjoy a glass of champagne and an after-hours talk in the castle, then take a romantic stroll down to the Terrace Room beside the river for your candlelit dinner.

Cliveden House from the Fountain of Love

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Surely one of the most romantic places in our care, for more than 300 years Cliveden was home to dukes, earls, viscounts and – for a while – a prince. A glittering hub of society, Cliveden hosted exclusive parties and political gatherings, later becoming infamously associated with the famous Profumo Affair. For those wanting to splash out, you can dine in style this Valentine’s Day and celebrate true love when you book a spectacular ‘his and hers’ eight-course tasting menu at Cliveden. But for those on a tighter budget there are plenty of options for refreshment, with a variety of catering outlets.

A couple walking along the dog path in Coleton Fishacre garden

Coleton Fishacre, Devon

They say jazz is the music of love, so why not come and be inspired by this 1920s Art Deco house, which perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the Jazz Age? Walk around this family home and its gardens, with fantastic views from the coastal viewpoint. Afterwards, warm up and enjoy a hearty lunch in the 1920s-inspired Café Coleton.

Corfe Castle in the mist

Corfe Castle, Dorset

You can’t fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins, with breath-taking views across Purbeck. The castle’s history is full of tales of treachery and treason, but makes for a memorable day out exploring the romantic ruins. Afterwards, enjoy a Valentine’s Day Tea – smoked salmon sandwiches, heart-shaped shortbread, chocolate-dipped strawberries and miniature Victoria sandwich sponge cakes.

 Exterior of Overbeck's

Overbeck’s, Devon

If you’re looking for a secret hideaway to share with that special someone this Valentine’s Day then look no further. This magnificent house and garden with eclectic collections, breath-taking views and exotic plants is a romantic paradise. Inside, select your favourite love song on the polyphon, a melodious giant music box, and see if you can discover the secret room. Afterwards, sweeten up your Valentine with a decadent afternoon tea, including sandwiches, cakes and scones and maybe a glass of Prosecco.

A frosty winter morning at Sheffield Park and Garden

Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex

Enjoy a romantic, fire-lit, three-course supper in the cosy surroundings of Oak Hall on Valentine’s Day. Or simply visit the Coach House tea-room for a warming drink and some seasonal produce after a brisk winter walk through the parkland. This informal landscape garden was originally laid out in the 18th century Capability Brown, and further developed in the early years of the 20th century by its then owner, Arthur Gilstrap Soames.

Looking down the length of the Long Gallery at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire

Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire

Sudbury Hall tells the story of a house designed and built as a showpiece for 17th century craftsmanship and is the result of owner George Vernon’s aspirations to create a perfect new home. It has one of the most surprising, light and beautiful long galleries in England – which was used as the place where Elizabeth set eyes on the painting of Mr Darcy in the BBC’s adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Why not stroll around this beautiful building, then treat your loved one to a romantic meal in our Coach House Restaurant, where there will be a special menu over the Valentine’s Day weekend.

Afternoon tea at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

It has long been said that food is the way to a loved one’s heart, so why not wine and dine your Valentine in style at the stunning Waddesdon Manor? Enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a three-course dinner in the Manor Restaurant. Another perfect way to celebrate on this special day would be with a champagne afternoon tea with delicious pastries and a dainty selection of savouries.