Planning on whisking your other half away for a treat? Sometimes we just need a break from the ordinary to enjoy a change of pace. If you’re on the search for somewhere a little different, then take a look at our hand-picked selection of unusual romantic weekend breaks in the UK.
Location: East Sussex
Best for: Tolkien fans who want to live life like a hobbit for a few days!
Escape to the great outdoors and head over to East Sussex. Here, you’ll find Hobbit House, a quirky yet luxurious cottage that looks like it’s been pulled straight out of Hobbiton. Snuggle up around the cosy wood-burning stove or spend your evenings stargazing at the night sky from the outdoor hot tub.
If you do one thing: Make a visit to Rye and take a walk through the historic and picturesque Mermaid Street.
Location: Isle of Wight
Best for: A romantic break in the countryside.
Relax in a romantic little roundhouse on the Isle of Wight. Bay is a cosy hut equipped with all the essentials you’ll need for a chilled weekend getaway. Bring along a bottle of bubbly and enjoy a glass (or two) from the comfort of your very own hot tub - the perfect way to spend an evening.
If you do one thing: Head over to the seaside town of Ryde and take a stroll along its sandy shores.
Best for: Getting away from the distractions of everyday life.
Anne’s Hut is a quirky shepherd’s hut near Chepstow, offering complete seclusion and tranquillity. On warm evenings, get the fire pit going and enjoy a tasty barbecue together. Sit outside and you’ll be treated to stunning views and the soothing sounds of birdsong - absolute bliss!
If you do one thing: For a romantic meal, visit The Whitebrook. This Michelin-star restaurant serves up beautiful dishes using local and foraged ingredients.
Best for: A romantic retreat in the Norfolk countryside.
Located in the peaceful countryside of Norfolk, Edward the Railway Carriage is a quirky and cosy retreat for two. This former railway goods wagon was once used to transport produce to London and has now been lovingly reimagined into a comfortable cottage. It’s even dog-friendly so you can bring your pup along to enjoy the holiday too!
If you do one thing: Take a relaxing walk through the Earsham Wetland Centre and keep a look-out for its otters and deer along the way.
Best for: Discovering the seaside delights of Cornwall.
Argus Cottage, Pendeen Lighthouse is a quirky retreat with glorious sea views. Situated on the northern coast of Cornwall, you’ll get to experience gorgeous sunsets from the comfort of your cottage. Some guests are even lucky enough to spot seals relaxing about on the headland below.
If you do one thing: Make your way over to Land’s End for breathtaking coastal views - one of the country’s most famous landmarks.
Best for: A sustainable short break in the countryside.
Corndon Pod is an eco-pod in the rural setting of Shropshire. While at first glance it might seem very snug, you’ll find everything you need for a romantic weekend away. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll only need to step outside to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding fields and valleys.
If you do one thing: Take a hike up to the summit of Corndon Hill. From here, you’ll be able to see over to the Severn Valley and Snowdonia National Park.
Best for: A historic retreat on the outskirts of a medieval market town.
If you love exploring historic locations while away, then you might want to take a look at Bluebell Cottage in Warwickshire. This Grade II listed building dates all the way back to the 17th century, with many of its original features retained. From its thatched roof to the traditional walls and fireplace, a stay at this cottage is like taking a step back in time.
If you do one thing: Spend a day exploring the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Best for: Getting back to basics in a unique cottage.
Located in Kent, Hattie the Horse Box offers a very unique holiday experience. Its clever use of space means you’ll find a snug living and dining room inside, as well as a double bed. It’s the ideal location for a cosy couple’s retreat. On sunny mornings, open up the double doors to enjoy breakfast with a view.
If you do one thing: Visit Bedgebury Forest for a peaceful walk in the woodlands. It’s also the perfect spot for mountain biking and horse riding.
Best for: Feeling like royalty in a luxury tower retreat.
The Knoll Tower is a luxurious self-catering property in Staffordshire. This 19th-century tower combines luxury furnishings with a traditional interior, resulting in unique and comfortable accommodation for two. The patio offers a gorgeous space to enjoy alfresco lunches while overlooking the historic Weston Park.
If you do one thing: Finish your weekend off with a tasty Sunday roast at The Fox, a classic Edwardian pub in the nearby village of Chetwynd Aston.
Location: West Sussex
Best for: A weekend holiday by the beach.
The Bow is a bright and unique property in West Sussex. Located just 60 yards from the coast, you can roll out of bed, stick your summer clothes on and have your toes in the soft sand in under five minutes! Or, head over just before sunset for a romantic evening on the coast.
If you do one thing: Make your way over to Arundel Castle for a day of exploring its beautiful gardens.
Best for: Glamping with added luxury.
If you like the idea of camping, but you’re not yet ready to leave all your home comforts behind, then a yurt holiday might be for you. Overlooking a private fishing lake in Gloucestershire, Island Yurt offers a deluxe glamping experience. Enjoy a barbecue on the warming fire pit or soak your cares away in the private hot tub.
If you do one thing: Spend quality time together and enjoy an indulgent spa day in the nearby town of Cheltenham.
Best for: Spending time together with no distractions.
Located in Devon, Rock View Shepherd's Hut is a pretty retreat for two. Surrounded by serene broad-leaf woodland, it offers a welcome break from the bustle of everyday life. On sunny days or warm evenings, get the wood-fired hot tub going and soak up your tranquil surroundings.
If you do one thing: Spend a day having a go at all the outdoor activities on offer at Tamar Trails, from tree surfing to archery classes.
Best for: A luxurious getaway in a historic tower.
The Grade II listed Hen Wrych Hall Tower is a luxury home in Conwy. With its four-poster bed, roaring log burner and slipper bath, it’s the ideal property for a romantic weekend away. The antique furnishings and traditional stone walls make it a unique and memorable place to spend a weekend.
If you do one thing: Take a stroll around the historic Gwrych Castle and its gardens - just a five-minute drive from the cottage.
Best for: Discovering the natural beauty of the Blackdown Hills.
The Old Smithy is a charming thatched cottage, ideally situated in the heart of the Blackdown Hills. Inside, the cottage has been lovingly converted into a bright and modern living space. Enjoy your morning coffee together on the suntrap patio, before heading out and exploring the surrounding area.
If you do one thing: Take a drive over to the Jurassic Coast. A world heritage site, it’s home to some of the most breathtaking and dramatic coastal views in the country.
Best for: A city break with a difference.
If you fancy a city break with a difference, then how about staying on a canal boat? The Liverpool Boat is ideally located in the heart of Liverpool’s centre, so you’ll have plenty of choices for romantic dinner dates. Deceivingly spacious, the boat is well-equipped with all your home comforts and essentials.
If you do one thing: Walk over to the Cains Brewery Village for a huge choice of independent bars and pubs.
Best for: Recharging your batteries in the quiet countryside.
Reconnect with nature at the peaceful Dingle Den. Located in the Herefordshire countryside, you’ll be surrounded by lush green meadows and rolling hills. Enjoy a picnic together in the garden or roast marshmallows on the fire pit once the sun has begun to set. Switch off your phones and enjoy quality time together in total peace and quiet.
If you do one thing: Make your way along the popular Offa’s Dyke Path, where you’ll enjoy beautiful views of verdant valleys and wild woodlands.
Best for: A seaside holiday right by the beach.
Devon is arguably best known for its golden beaches and scenic coastlines. If you’re planning on a seaside holiday, then you’d struggle to find anywhere closer to the beach than Shaldon Beach Hut. This bright and cosy hut is the perfect base for relaxing after a busy day spent along the seaside.
If you do one thing: Visit the nearby Ness Cove Beach for romantic evening strolls along the coast.
Location: North Wales
Best for: Exploring the Welsh countryside.
For spectacular views of the rolling hills and valleys of North Wales, spend a weekend in Cwt Bach. This pretty barn conversion combines traditional Welsh stone cottage features with a modern and plush interior. From here, you’ll be able to explore both the mountains and coast of this popular holiday destination.
If you do one thing: Spend your Sunday afternoon enjoying a drink in a traditional country pub. The Black Lion is a popular inn for both tourists and locals alike.
Best for: A relaxing few days away, complete with stunning rural views.
The Triumphal Arch is certainly not your typical holiday cottage. However, inside the property, you’ll find a luxury retreat for two. Surrounded by gorgeous views and the beautifully maintained Holkham Estate.
If you do one thing: Take a walk around the 300-acres of grounds at Holkham Park.