Time together as a couple is a vital to stay connected. Sometimes we get busy with the day to day and we lose sight of our loved ones. There are phases when it’s like you’re dancing around each. Checking in with your partner requires time and commitment, especially, when children make up part of your unit. I know from personal experience, it’s tricky getting romantic when the kids are climbing on top of you. Hubby and I have mastered the day-time midweek date. At times, it feels like we’re cheating because the kids would be jealous if they knew. When it’s just us two, it feels like we are courting again. Once we even managed a one-day getaway to Guernsey . It was so magical! Whether it’s a daycation or a weekend, here’s my top five destinations in England and Wales for Valentinte’s getaways.
When hubby and I were dating, our first romantic weekend away was to Canterbury. It was a dream exploring the historic city. Humanities student to core, I had to visit Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. Drove to Dover Castel then back to dinner The Old Weaver’s. After all what’s more romantic than dining by the river. We’ve been back since having kids for a walkabout and shopping.
In Canterbury, you are spoilt for choice of things to do, whether it’s a romantic coastal walk, a vineyard tour , woodland art trail or retail therapy to purchase that special gift. There’s accommodation to fit every pocket.
Since the Covid pandemic hit, many of us are look for destinations where we can spread out and/or be close to nature. There’s no better time like during the romantic season of Valentines to take to the woods. As a family we’ve had two winter breaks in Gloucestershire and always we feel rejuvenated at the end of it. It’s perfect for a couples getaway, picture it; roaring fire in a cosy English cottage, hot tub maybe … glamping even. Each town has its own charm and history.
If you feel the city life calling to you, Gloucester City offers designer brand shopping and harbour views at Gloucester Quays .
To do it right, it’s got to be Isle of Wight. This channel island getaway is paradise. On the Isle of Wight, you have woodland and coastal walks. Take the paths of literary greats to experience panoramic views of lands and sea. Visit the holiday destination of royalty. If you have a head for heights, then the cable cars at The Needles Landmark Attraction is a must. Even if you don’t have the head for it, what better ‘excuse’ to hold your love tighter… not that you needed an excuse anyway.
After Cambridge, Bath, in Somerset has a special place in my heart, it is the home of Jane Austen after all. Boutique shopping, museums and river boat rides will fill your days. To chillax, The Thermal Bath might be just the ticket to reset after the Christmas shenanigans. Frome is an enchanting quintessential English market town that dates back to the Domesday Book! Market days are Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. There’s also a wide range of independent shops and a contemporary art scene. Looking for something different, off the beaten tracks how about another historic market town, Crewkerne.
When have I not sung the praises of Wales. As a family we normally the vacation in the south, but the North has its own charm. From Wrexham the large market town, to Portmeiron with its Italianate style village, Llangollen is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site along eleven miles of canal and Clwydian Range known for its beautiful hillsides and forests, perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding.
Retreat to the hills and stay in an eco-friendly roundhouse that over looks the Clwydian Range and has garden views as well. Every window has a charming view. Perfect love nest for two. Mid Wales offers the opportunity to go wild swimming and on nature walks. Warm up in front of a log fire, sexy! Stay at The Boatshed. Space for two but if your more of a Galentine’s kinda lady, this spot could be for you.
Have you already booked a getaway for Valentine’s? Where are you going? Comment below I would love to hear from you.
Photo Credit: feature image and lodge photos courtesy The Wanderlist