Britain's most romantic getaways

Caroline Cassidy

When it comes to romance the UK has plenty to offer. From Emily Bronte to Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen, novelists have surrounded their romantic heroes and heroines with the beautiful British countryside for centuries.


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So if you're planning a weekend break for two, why not get all starry-eyed in one of these romantic locations...

There is no denying the romance of the Scottish countryside and the Highlands provide some of the country's most breath-taking views.

With horse riding, dolphin-watching, castles and the glorious surroundings to share, romance is never far away. And there's no need to worry yourself about the chilly weather either - the world's only Malt Whisky Trail will ensure that you both exude a warm glow.

Meanwhile the City of Edinburgh oozes romance from its very core - view the castle at sunset, take in the galleries and museums or sample some fine dining cuisine at top class restaurants.

For the ultimate romantic trip, try the five-star Howard Hotel situated in the centre of Edinburgh. Not only will you get a full traditional Scottish breakfast each morning and a six course tasting menu for dinner, rose petals scattered on the bed and a personal butler add that extra special touch.

If you hanker after the rugged romance of Cathy and Heathcliff's Yorkshire moors, there are plenty of stunning hotels, bed and breakfasts and country cottages to choose from. Ideally you'll want to curl up in front of a log fire for a sanctuary after the wilds of the surrounding moorlands.

The Lake District is, of course, a walker's paradise but if the lakes and mountain scenery don't bring out the romantic in you, nothing will! The area now boasts its first four-star hotel, the Waterhead at Ambleside, but you might prefer a cottage for two from which to explore the charming villages and majestic mountains.

Further south, Bath provides romance and luxury in spades. Horse-drawn carriages, a spot of pampering at the spa or weather permitting, a champagne hot air balloon ride over the city. For sumptuous luxury the Georgian Royal Crescent Hotel in the heart of the city is the epitome of extravagance. A master suite provides floor to ceiling windows with stunning views and even a Victorian clawfoot bath. It's not for those watching their wallet but is perfect for splashing out - and there are plenty of jewellers in the city should the urge to propose arise.

In 2008, the Cornwall coast between St Ives and St Just was named one of Britain's most romantic spots. And it's easy to see why, particularly should you take in a sunset over the sea. Perfect for out-of-season lovers looking to avoid the usual hoards of tourists.

Fancy something out of the ordinary? How about living amongst the trees with your lover? A treehouse for two on the edge of Snowdonia National Park is sure to make for an unforgettably romantic experience. A woodburning stove, retro furniture and year-round cosiness - all accessed via a rope bridge. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until May 2011 to book one.

These are just a few of the hidden gems throughout the UK - take the time to discover one together.