5 romantic roadside hotels

5 romantic roadside hotels

Cool Places find the best places to stop off and stay if you fancy a quickie

The Crazy Bear (off the A40) Thames Valley

If your ultimate roadside-quickie fantasy involves opulence and Glam Rock, then you and you're partner will love the shockingly OTT Crazy Bear. Situated just off the A40 at Beaconsfield, the hotel - an offshoot of the London Crazy Bear Member's Club - has a range of high calibre rooms, all housed in a stunning 15th century building with assorted outhouses. It's dark and erotic, even on a summer's day, so perfect for hiding away with your loved one.

Houston House (next to the M8 and Edinburgh Airport) Edinburgh

Trudging along the M8 is a bit of a mood-breaker at the best of times, so it's a good idea to stop off for a bit of alone time with each other. If you do there's only one contender for a romantic roadside stop-offs in this neck of the woods - Houston House, with its decadent four-poster beds, cosy vaulted bar, spa and swimming pool with views out onto the surrounding woodlands.

The Plough (off the M6) Lake District

If you're heading towards the M6 for a romantic break at the Lakes, then chances are you'll want to take a break at this widely renowned roadside inn. The rooms at The Plough are intimate and cosy, with bathrooms - and baths (large roll tops with posh toiletries) - that are perfect for sharing. Sadly, there are only five rooms, so you might want to be sneaky and book in advance, and just pretend it's spontanaeous!

The Old Rectory (off the A12) Suffolk

The beautiful Georgian Old Rectory is as elegant as it gets, and will have you and your partner acting like Mr Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett in no time. Situated just off the busy A12 in the Suffolk village of Campsea Ashe, you'll undoubtedly be inclined to stay for a few days, and together you can roam the impressive gardens, drink tea, converse about modern literature and whatever else you can think of!

Cotswold 88 (off the M5) The Cotswolds

We wouldn't blame you for thinking somewhere as sleek and urban cool as Cotswolds 88 wouldn't exist just off the M5 in the middle of rural Gloucestershire. But exist it does, and it's the perfect place for you and your partner to stop over and treat yourselves to a bit of luxury. There's seventeen individually styled rooms decorated with sumptuous wallpaper and faux-antique furnishings, plus they serve great cocktails in the bar downstairs.

 

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