At this time of year I am sure some of my readers are hoping to be whisked away by their other half. Or maybe you are the one doing the planning?
Nothing beats a bit of alone time, perhaps cream teas and costal walks, or gyms and spas, maybe even sight-seeing? I’ve been thinking about places I would love to be taken to, whether for Valentines day or not, but I would love a relaxing child free break with my Blokey to be honest. The areas of the country we have spent a lot of time in over the years are Yorkshire, Devon and Cornwall, and of course Gloucestershire where I now live.
If you like “Up North” then Scarborough is ace, I am biased though, as I have a few happy memories from my Grandparents living around there. Ox Pasture hall is a lovely looking cottage-like country house, with ivy growing up the walls outside, and well cared for gardens. This is the sort of place that gets used for engagement parties and weddings. The area has beaches with donkeys and fun fairs, and a few excellent chippies, or you could head to Peasholm park in Scarb town center and go on peddle boats around the lake, or a spot of golf and a more sophisticated lunch back at the hotel.
Or if you prefer the Cotwolds area Bowden Hall hotel is well known in this area. We have been there, as wedding guests. It is a pretty old building, but I remember being more taken with the wildlife than the wedding reception, and was stomping about in muddy ground following some ducks – wearing heels. I’m unusual it seems, as the majority of my photos were of wildlife, and weird lighting outdoors than of big dresses and cake.
If you want a traditional Kernow hotel, try The Lugger inn at Portloe. It is a little wonky, stone built fishermans type property, painted in white, and not without cosmetic flaws on the outside, but the real charm is location. It is feet from the sea, honestly, feet away. The address says near Truro, but it’s not really near anything – perfect for a romantic break, and sipping wine from paper cups on the beach at sunset.
Paignton is a great area. Very tourist orientated, but still nice, unless you despise ice cream, local fudge shops, beaches, arcades, pubs and fun. The Palace is a rather large building, near the sea front. It is in an area near a huge play-ground, which whilst you might not think this is romantic, it has a big swing with a circle net seat, so two grown ups that want to act like kids could play and reminisce. Also the whole of this region in Devon is designated a “global Geopark” and is one of only a handful of places in the world to have this status. Be sure to look at any pebbles you find, just incase it is a fossil.
Where do you like to stay in the UK?
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