Valentine Getaways


From fairy-tale towers and snug woodland cabins, to rustic coastal hideaways and chocolate box cottages, the National Trust has hundreds of romantic retreats to choose from across the UK. As Valentine's Day approaches, Q & C is here with some of the best on offer.

A break at a National Trust property not only guarantees an enchanting break, but each stay supports the Trust’s vital conservation work in caring for special places for years to come. Here are some of the best places Queen and Country magazine recommends for a romantic escape, either over Valentine’s or the weekend either side:

Fairy-tale hideaways

Old Mill CottageHerefordshire Sleeps 3 and 1 dog
Sitting pretty in a romantic woodland garden, accessed only by a wooden footbridge over a stream, is this dreamy chocolate box cottage. With its rose-clad walls and small peeping windows, Old Mill Cottage feels like a fairy-tale hideaway.
Dating back to the 15th-century it retains many original features inside. Stepping through its red wooden door guests will be greeted with a warming inglenook fireplace, rustic exposed beams and old quarry tiling. There are two bedrooms upstairs that feel exceptionally cosy with their small peeping windows. Located on Brockhampton Estate guests can explore miles of parkland footpaths.
Price: example price for two nights from Sat 10 Feb £354.
Booking: visit or call 0344 800 2070.

The Water Tower, Cornwall Sleeps 2
For the ultimate couple’s escape this fairy-tale tower has to be top of the list. First used as a reservoir in the 1860s, The Water Tower has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind holiday cottage. Climb the narrow spiral staircase to discover circular rooms with gothic-style, arched windows. At the top of the tower, the kitchen overlooks the meandering paths of Trelissick Garden. Exploring the expansive waterside meadows and deep-wooded valleys will help guests unwind and feel rejuvenated.
Price: example price for two nights Tues 13 Feb £439.
Booking: visit or call 0344 800 2070.

Coastal dream

Gordon's Cabin, Devon, Sleeps 2 and 1 dog
In a tiny village on north Devon’s rugged coastline, this old farm building has been beautifully restored to provide a bright, coastal escape for two. Inside, the open-plan living space has been decorated in a light, bright, coastal contemporary style. Located on the edge of the hilltop settlement of Mortehoe, guests can stroll into the village for a romantic meal at one of the traditional pubs, or join the South West Coast Path to blow away the cobwebs for adventures along Mortehoe Point and the rest of north Devon’s rugged coastline.
Price: example price for two nights Tues 13 Feb £329.
Booking: visit or call 0344 800 2070.

Cute cottages

East Lodge, Cheshire, Sleeps 4 and 2 dogs
Surely no location can be more romantic than the setting for one of the most memorable film scenes, ever. Lyme Park was the location for Mr Darcy’s iconic meeting with Miss Bennet, in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Nestled on the eastern boundary of Lyme Park’s 1,400 acre historic deer park is this two-bedroom Edwardian cottage. Inside the sandstone house guests will enjoy spacious rooms that retain some of their original features including a log burner to cosy around in the lounge. Overlooking the moorland of Kinder Scout, East Lodge has nature on its doorstep, just ready
to be explored. Just a 20 minute drive away is the Peak District National Park, a walker’s paradise.
Price: example price for two nights Mon 12 Feb £552.
Booking: visit or call 0344 800 2070.

Barn Owl Loft, Norfolk, Sleeps 2
Barn Owl Loft certainly ticks the cosy, cottage getaway box. Located on the upper floor of a Grade II listed Manor house, this apartment is packed with character. From the exposed beams, heavy wooden doors, to the high pitched roof over the bedroom, Barn Owl Loft is sure to surprise and delight. Painted white throughout, the Loft is light, bright and spacious. Outside it has its own shrub filled garden to unwind in, with views to the meadows and farmland beyond. If a cultural fix is required, the medieval city of Norwich is only 30 minutes away.
Price: example price for two nights Fri 16 Feb £362.
Booking: visit or call 0344 800 2070.



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