Seeking a British winter bolthole for your romantic getaway? Look no further than these gems, handpicked by the boutique experts at Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Just a stone's throw from London, Stoke Park is a 300-acre private estate that offers cosy bedrooms, three exquisite restaurants and bars, and extensive spa and sports facilities with 11 treatment rooms, 13 tennis courts and hot yoga studios. It's the epitome of luxury, but it's also a haven for romantics too: take a stroll around the lake, famous for the rowing scene in Bridget Jones's Diary, or explore the grand hotel itself, where the Austen-inspired Bollywood flick Bride & Prejudice was filmed.
Once a Victorian country manor house hotel, Brockencote Hall boasts 70 acres of pristine parkland, 21 Shakespearean-style rooms and panoramic views of the majestic Malvern Hills. You and your loved one can gaze at the breathtaking vistas while enjoying local cuisine in The Chaddesley Restaurant, prepared by renowned chef Adam Brown (who has trained in several Michelin-starred eateries across the country), or enjoy hot beverages, cakes and finger sandwiches with a classic afternoon tea in the Colonial Lounge.
Hugged by the beautiful Ashdown Forest, the 19th-century Ashdown Park is a listed country house set in 186 acres of landscaped parkland. Couples can make the most of a chilly winter's day by exploring the secret gardens, woods and lakes around the hotel, or with a round at the hotel's own 18-hole golf course. For active romantics, the hotel grounds are also home to some of the best mountain bike trials in Sussex, as well as the most picturesque. Back at the house, the spa, indoor pool or roaring log fires in the lounge are ideal places to warm up before a gourmet candle-lit dinner in its restaurant, Anderida.
The Bath Priory is simply sublime. Just a short stroll from the historic city centre, the hotel is symbolic of Bath's Georgian heyday, offering elegant rooms and a tranquil spa that even the Romans would envy. But it's the food that places this hotel above the rest: there's the main Michelin Star restaurant which serves superb modern European cuisine under the direction of Michelin-starred chef, Sam Mood or, for a more relaxed, intimate dining experience, tuck into local cuisine at The Pantry.
Once the home of famous poet and author Mary Shelley, this 17th-century mansion could not be further from its Frankenstein horror roots. Today the Alexander House Hotel offers 40 lavish rooms with contemporary décor, two renowned restaurants with à la carte and grill menus and an award winning Greek-inspired spa, providing a bevy of luxurious personalised treatments. Opt for Mark the Occasion - Celebration Break (from £225pp) and you'll be rewarded with a superior suite, champagne, strawberries, full use of the spa facilities, an intimate dinner, a full English breakfast and a treatment each in the Utopia spa.
With an old-world charm, reminiscent of Sense & Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice, Tylney Hall is a grand grade II-listed house in a majestic setting. Indeed, lovers of Austen's works can even visit the author's home, which is only 40 minutes away by car. But if you'd rather stay put, the hotel is perfect for whiling away a winter's day, whether you're wandering around its 66 acres of gardens and tree-lined avenues, or curling up with your loved one in front of a log fire. This quintessentially British retreat also includes indoor (and outdoor) pools, a health suite and an adjacent 18-hole golf course, not to mention exceptional dining options.
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