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30 romantic weekend breaks for £300 or less

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Nicola Rachel Colyer
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Studies have shown that sharing new experiences is the key to a passionate and enduring relationship and there sure is nothing sweeter than escaping away for a few days with your other half. While romance often equates to extravagance, an amorous retreat for two does not have to mean blowing big bucks. 

From sleek boutique hotels in London's South Kensington to chocolate-box cottages in rural Wales, we have scoured the country and rounded up the UK's most romantic weekend breaks for no more than £300 a go. Enjoy!

  • Duchray Castle

    Aberfoyle, Scotland

    Located in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Forest, this 500-year-old tower house is the picture-perfect spot for a secluded weekend away. With rooms boasting views over the river and distant mountains, fireside sofas and a cosy vaulted dining room, it's got all the ingredients you'll need for a break a deux.

    Double rooms available from £280 for a Friday to Sunday stay. 

    duchraycastle.com

  • Wriggly Tin

    Hambledon, Hampshire

    For a weekend without distraction, settle down in one of the small but chic shepherd's huts at Wriggly Tin. Set in a secluded meadow, surrounded by ancient woodland in the South Downs National Park, the vintage-inspired huts boast a wood-burning stove to keep you warm and have a fire-pit outside for an evening curled under a blanket roasting marshmallows. 

    Huts available from £210 for a Friday to Sunday stay. 

    Something extra?  Order a first night supper ready for your arrival and a breakfast basket for the morning.

    wrigglytinhuts.co.uk

  • The Churchill Hotel

    York, Yorkshire

    Whisk your sweetheart off to York for a weekend and stay in the stylish Grade II listed Churchill Hotel. Make an entrance on the sweeping staircase before enjoying an evening at the 2 AA Rosette restaurant, Dewsnaps.

    Double rooms available from £275 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    Something extra?  Upgrade to a luxury room for a four poster bed and roll top bath or, for a night of true decadence, plump for the Prince of Wales suite.

    churchillhotel.com

  • Thatched cottage

    Carmarthenshire, Wales

    This chocolate-box cottage in rural Carmarthenshire provides the perfect pad for a weekend spent lounging in front of an open fire or walking in the twenty acres of private grounds. With a bed nestled high in the eaves, it's a readymade love nest.

    The cottage is available from £229 for a Friday to Monday stay.

    airbnb.co.uk

  • The Yurt, Lower Gockett Farm

    Monmouth, Wales

    In the heart of this working farm sits a secret garden in which you will find the Yurt, a romantic home for two. With award-winning pubs, canoeing on the River Wye or climbing and caving in the nearby forest all on offer, there's no shortage of things to do.

    The Yurt is available from £230 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    Something extra?  Bring a bottle of red and pop into the farm to buy some artisan cheese made on site.

    lowergockettfarm.co.uk

  • The Ampersand Hotel

    South Kensington, London

    This elegantly refurbished Victorian hotel will provide much needed respite after a busy day exploring the local museums. For an extra-special stay, the Deluxe Studio, which features a king size bed with a luxurious velvet headboard, a freestanding bath and stunning views of London, provides the perfect patch for romance. 

    Double rooms available from £199 per night and the Deluxe Studio from £286 per night on weekends.  

    Something extra?  Book a champagne afternoon tea for two. 

    ampersandhotel.com

     

  • Quiet of Stars

    Pelynt, Cornwall

    This self-catering cabin is a delightful retreat for two. Arrive to homemade brownies, light the wood burner and settle into the window seat for a cosy afternoon or head out to the beach which is only five minutes away. 

    The cabin is available from £218 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    canopyandstars.co.uk

  • The Pig in the Wall

    Southampton, Hampshire

    A boutique hotel nestled within Southampton's medieval walls, boasting cosy, shabby chic rooms. In-room larders provide snacks a-plenty and the deli offers light bites, but if you fancy a heartier meal you can take a complimentary trip in the Land Rover to sister restaurant, The Pig, for a sumptuous dinner for two in the New Forest.

    Double rooms available from £300 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    Something extra?  Order a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne ready for your arrival.

    thepighotel.com

  • The Workshop

    Tavistock, Devon

    A country walk followed by a soak in a double-ended bath, an evening spent curled up on the sofa in front of the wood burner and a four poster to sleep in...arriving at this cottage will be just the beginning of a delightful weekend in Devon.

    Cottage available from £195 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    airbnb.co.uk

  • Tree Sparrow House

    Helston, Cornwall

    A stay in this treehouse has the monopoly when it comes to creating a unique weekend away. It's all about getting back to basics here, so enjoy the sunset views and fall asleep to the rustling leaves before spending a day at the beach.

    The treehouse is available from £229 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    airbnb.co.uk

  • Home Orchard Cabin

    Ashley, Wiltshire

    You might find it hard to decide where best to spend your time in this cabin, with cosy nooks inside and out. We recommend lighting the outdoor stove for an evening spent under the stars after a day exploring the nearby city of Bath.

    The cabin is available from £265 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    Something extra?  Email your hosts to request extras such as champagne and rose petals.

    homeorchardcabin.com

  • Traditional Welsh cottage

    Pembrokeshire, Wales

    A pretty pink cottage under a blanket of stars, it's the night-time views that set this place apart. That's not to say you won't enjoy the daylight hours, with both coast and country on your doorstep.

    The cottage is available from £257 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    airbnb.co.uk

  • No. 5 The Lawn

    St Leonards, East Sussex

    A private bolthole for two, this Georgian villa is the ideal spot for a secluded stay that will have you feeling like royalty. You'll live in luxury for the weekend with everything from a marble, heated pool and a romantically lit patio with fresh water jacuzzi to your very own cinema.

    The property is available from £275 per night on weekends. 

    Something extra?  Arrange for a private chef to cook a meal for two.

    5thelawn.com

  • The Black Hole

    Winchester, Hampshire

    Steeped in history, Winchester is a wonderful weekend destination and The Black Hole provides a lovely spot to rest your head. Pop up to the roof terrace for sweeping views over the city before crossing the road to sister restaurant, the Michelin-starred Black Rat, for a dinner for two.

    A double room costs £200 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    theblackholebb.co.uk

  • The Majestic Bus

    Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire 

    Forget four walls, this getaway is all about four wheels. Parked up in the rolling hills of Herefordshire, the converted bus provides a surprisingly roomy weekend hideaway. With a cosy double bed and a wood burning stove, the solar-powered ride comes with a purpose built-bath house and plenty of tealights.

    The bus is available from £230 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    majesticbus.co.uk

     

  • The Green House

    Bournemouth, Dorset

    Stay at this elegant eco-hotel on the Dorset coast and indulge in a sustainable manner. Seeing as you're doing your bit for planet Earth, why not treat yourself to a large double room which comes with a reclaimed Victorian roll top bath. 

    Double rooms available from £238 for a Friday to Sunday stay. 

    Something extra?  Make your stay extra-romantic with rose petals on the bed and champagne in your room on arrival or reserve a luxury picnic hamper and head to the beach for an evening by the sea.

    thegreenhousehotel.co.uk

  • The Wheatsheaf Inn

    Northleach, Gloucestershire

    This gastro-pub in the Cotswolds has recently been renovated, with calming grey hues throughout. Boasting comfortable beds, big baths and power showers, this is the place to go when you want to do nothing at all.

    Double rooms available from £280 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    cotswoldswheatsheaf.com

     

  • Church Street Townhouse

    Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire

    Romance and Shakespeare go hand-in-hand so why not whisk yourselves away for a weekend in the Bard's hometown. Stay in this 400 year old, Grade II listed building opposite Shakespeare's school and soak yourself in the claw-footed bathtub as your loved one reads you sonnets.

    Double rooms available from £265 for a Friday to Saturday stay.

    churchst-th.co.uk

  • The Rectory Hotel

    Malmesbury, Wiltshire

    The individually decorated rooms at this country retreat are a feast for the eyes, with his and hers sinks and little window seats. The chef aims to delight your taste buds with local, organic and foraged produce in the restaurant.

    Double rooms available from £230 for a Friday to Sunday stay. 

    therectoryhotel.com

  • The Crown

    Amersham, Buckinghamshire

    Boasting a seasonal menu and contemporary rooms, a stay here is a treat indeed. For an extra-luxurious edge, upgrade to a Courtyard Suite which features a four-poster bed and a roll top bath, and opens directly onto the cobbled courtyard.

    Double rooms available from £239 for a Friday to Sunday stay. A Courtyard Suite is available from £225 per night at weekends. 

    thecrownamersham.com

  • Weeke Barton

    Dartmoor, Devon

    This guesthouse in Dartmoor National Park is set in the rolling hills of the Teign Valley and provides a beautiful base for a weekend of outdoor adventures. Wild swimming, walking and cycling are all on the agenda and when you return feeling weary your hosts wills serve up a seasonal, local menu for dinner.

    Double rooms available from £220 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    weekebarton.com

  • Penally Abbey

    Pembrokeshire, Wales

    With stunning scenery at every turn and a restaurant that offers candlelit dining with sea views, this hotel has the go-to formula for a romantic weekend away. Upgrade to a room with a balcony to enjoy the views over a glass of wine, just the two of you. 

    Double rooms available from £290 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    Something extra?  For the ultimate indulgence, book an in-room spa treatment for two.

    penally-abbey.com

  • Blakes Hotel

    South Kensington, London

    The winner of Mr and Mrs Smith's 'Sexiest Bedroom' Award, Blakes Hotel is a go-to destination when love is in the air. The individually-designed rooms are elegant and romantic and once you are through the hotel doors, you will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of London.

    Double rooms available for £285.60 per night at weekends. 

    Something extra?  Opt for the 'Lovebirds' package, which includes a bottle of chilled champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, two long stem roses and a candle lit turn-down, from £378 per night.

    blakeshotels.com

  • Wingrove House

    Alfriston, East Sussex

    In the picturesque village of Alfriston in the South Downs National Park, this colonial-style house provides old-school charm with a modern touch. With Glyndebourne Opera House nearby, make it a weekend to remember with tickets to a performance, which provides a perfect excuse to get dressed up after a day spent in the surrounding countryside. 

    Double rooms available from £240 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    wingrovehousealfriston.com

  • Welsh Gate House

    Monmouthshire, Wales

    A truly statement venue, play at royalty for the weekend in this medieval hideaway. Spend your weekend soaking in the history of the place, built in the time of Edward I (around 1270). 

    The Gate House is available from £250 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    welshgatehouse.com

  • Ffynnon Town House

    Gwynedd, Wales

    This converted gothic Victorian rectory nestled at the foot of Cader Idris in Snowdonia National Park is a romantic retreat like no other. Relax in your room with a soak in the deep bath, curl up in front of a fire or arrange for an in-room spa treatment. 

    Double rooms available from £300 for a Friday to Sunday stay. 

    Something extra?   Add an extra-romantic touch with chocolates and a hand-tied bouquet in the room or book an exclusive hot-tub session complete with prosecco for two. 

    ffynnontownhouse.com

  • The Linen Shed

    Faversham, Kent

    This boho-chic guesthouse is set amidst the rolling downs and fruit orchards that surround the picturesque village of Boughton-under-Blean in Kent. Vintage glamour and French-inspired design set the low-key tone. 

    Double rooms available from £170 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    Something extra?  Ask owner and gourmet chef, Vickie, to whip you up a picnic basket (complete with ring burner to cook your own crab cakes) to take to the beach.

    thelinenshed.com

  • Blue Door Barns

    Lewes, East Sussex

    These glorious barns surround a candle-lit courtyard and provide a stylish sojourn by the sea. Explore the historic market town of Lewes, take a walk on Brighton's pier or wander the South Downs Way before retreating to your snug abode.

    Barns available from £260 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    Something extra?  Pre-order a welcome hamper to enjoy a delicious breakfast for two in the comfort of your cottage.

    bluedoorbarns.com

  • The Greenbank Hotel

    Falmouth, Cornwall

    Nestled on the water's edge, the best rooms in this coastal hotel offer breathtaking harbour views. A romantic location that is rumoured to have inspired Wind in the Willows, it is sure to provide a great starting point to your adventures.

    Double rooms available from £238 for a Friday to Sunday stay.

    Something extra?  Champagne, chocolates and flowers can all be provided ready for your arrival.

    greenbank-hotel.co.uk

  • Ruby the Glampervan

    This 1980s refurbished ambulance provides a room on the road for a romantic weekend adventure. You have the option to stay at an approved location or take Ruby to a destination of your choice. 

    Ruby is available to hire from £298 for a Friday and Saturday night trip. 

    Something extra?  Arrange for the bar to come fully stocked with food, fresh juices and pre-mixed cocktails.

    canopyandstars.co.uk

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Nicola Colyer is a freelance writer and ex-corporate girl. A francophile and relapsing sugar-free graduate, she'll often be found seeking out the best places for brunch or struggling to choose between a green juice and a G&T.

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