Countries, UK

Be my British Valentine

Ours was a riverside inn The Miller of Mansfield (it sounds like it should be in the Canterbury Tales) but yours will be special to you, where you ask Be my British Valentine.

For those who know their Britain they’ll think The Miller is in Derbyshire in the English Midlands.

But it’s actually by the Thames in Goring in the Royal County of Berkshire.

And that’s where I took my English rose on our first evening of gridlock (sorry wedlock).

Sip it up: Married life

The Royal County, of course, boasts a host of plush hotels from which to choose.

And many of them I’ve had my nose up to the glass.

They are where you can keep warm and cosy which is I guess why the Stelrad Radiator Group dropped this sample of Valentine Hotel offerings in my inbox.

A Royal welcome

Green for go: English countryside

Cliveden House is just seven miles from the Queen’s pad in Windsor and will treat you like a king or a queen.

On stunning acres of woodland and sprawling verdant countryside there are stunning views for your romantic walks.

While the more adventurous can try clay shooting, archery and art before relaxing in the spas.

A Club Room starts from £445, a Classic Room from £545 and a Hot Tub Room at £845.

Cornish, ooh aye

On the coast: Beautiful Cornwall

Now there is a whole generation of new converts to Cornwall.

Thanks to the second coming of Raaaaas Poldark and Demelza, a favourite of my Dear Old Mum back in the day.

And the Hotel Tresanton in the South Cornish village of St Mawes offers us all a window into that world.

A Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Award Winner 2021 no less, Hotel Tresanton.

Can’t promise you’ll see the dashing, shirtless Ross on your travels.

But your stay will cost from £470 including a candlelit dinner, champagne, flowers, cream tea for two and breakfast in bed.

Every witch way

Four-poster: At the Witchery

Now this one, The Witchery by the Castle, sounds as if it’s sending out the wrong message.

But celebs such as Westlife (mmm) Alexandra Burke, Emma Thompson, Dan Brown and Christopher Lloyd trudge (or are dropped off by limo) at the top of the Royal Mile.

At this Edinburgh institution.

It’s quality, not quantity, in this gothic bolthole which Cosmopolitan cites as one of the seven wonders of the hotel world.

Cotswolds out of this world

Party time: In the Cotswolds

And for the quintessential English Country Garden village then it’s the Cotswolds where you want to go.

And that’s why celeb couples choose this charming spot in Middle England their home.

Barnsley House which is described as classically romantic comes highly recommended for spa breaks (she’s sold) and is located near Cirencester.

Prices start from £399.

So, no excuses, ask the question… Be my British Valentine.




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