England's Best Destinations For A Romantic Weekend Getaway

Sometimes you don’t have to travel too far to really escape from it all. England offers some magical destinations for a romantic retreat for two, giving you the chance to indulge yourselves and relax in beautiful surroundings bristling with charm. The idyllic English countryside and quaint, chocolate-box villages are perfect for spending some quality time together while making the most of the slower pace of life. Here are three of the best places in the country to get away for a romantic weekend together:

The New Forest

Once the private deer-hunting preserve of William the Conqueror, The New Forest is now one of the best places for getting back to nature in England.

The historic links have been maintained with ancient customs dating back 900 years helping to preserve the woodland and heaths, making it a true gem for visitors to enjoy today. Cottages and well-equipped camping options mean you can wake up with this woodland paradise right outside your door, while you can also enjoy village life staying in charming spots such as Brockenhurst, Burley or Lyndhurst, all within easy reach of the forest’s natural charms.

A walk through the New Forest can be a magical experience, especially if you catch a glimpse of the famous New Forest ponies which roam freely, while locally grown ingredients flourish too meaning there are plenty of tasty treats to try from specialist delicatessens and farm shops - or for added indulgence sample the local wine at Setley Ridge Vineyard or tuck into artisan chocolates from Beaulieu Chocolate Studio in Brockenhurst; they offer great gift ideas for two of you to stock up on during your visit as well.

The Cotswolds

For the quintessentially English escape, sneak away to the cute villages and lush countryside surrounds of The Cotswolds. Traditional pubs with roaring fires, village greens surrounded by welcoming shops and cafes, rolling hills and rivers to explore and cosy, thatched cottages to stay in make it the perfect escape for getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The historic Roman town of Cirencester boasts unique historic attractions, including Chedworth Roman Villa and a Roman ampitheatre, while the thriving market town of Moreton-in-the-Marsh dates back to Saxon times and has attracted visitors for 1,000 years.

English artist William Morris described Bilbury as the most beautiful village in England back in the 19th century and it has preserved much of that charm to this day nestled alongside the River Coin, while the local stone cottages of Stow-on-the-Wold also make an attractive destination for your weekend away for two.

Cornwall

For the romance of life by the sea, head down to the Cornish coast where you can enjoy long, sunny days in summer, as well as crisp, ocean air during winter, burgeoning wildlife during spring or vibrant colours of the changing seasons during the autumn months. Fresh seafood and local produce mean you will find plenty of chic, fine dining restaurants or cosy, homely eateries to enjoy romantic meals by the sea.

There are plenty of perfect picnic spots too enjoying ocean views - try seeking out one of the more secluded coves away from the main tourist spots for some added romance to your al fresco dining. For a touch of medieval adventure, pay a visit to the 600-year-old St Mawes Castle in Truro, one of the most stunning examples of Henry VIII’s coastal castles.

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