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Ten of the UK's most romantic hotels for an autumn escape

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As the temperatures drop and the nights draw in, there's no better time to escape to the countryside or seaside, and enjoy long walks and a glass of Pinot noir by the log fire.

We've searched high and low and rounded up the best places to stay in the UK.

Longing for some fresh seaside air? Explore the sandy dunes surrounding The Gallivant in East Sussex, and when the sun sets, head to its Scandi-inspired restaurant for a locally-sourced feast.

Or perhaps you're simply after some R&R. In which case, head straight to the Lake District to try out The Jetty Spa at The Gilpin, complete with a Japanese Ofuro hot tub, heated swimming pool and even its own lake.

So, what are you waiting for? Get booking now...

  • The Gallivant, Camber, East Sussex

    If it's seaside views and fine dining you're after, you might want to check out The Gallivant. Its Scandi-inspired restaurant boasts a delicious seasonal menu using fresh, local ingredients sourced within a 10-mile radius. 

    From £115 per night, Thegallivant.co.uk

  • The Ashton, Lancaster, Lancashire

    Feel like one of Jane Austen's characters in this handsome Georgian house, owned by James, a former set decorator for the period drama Lost in Austen. Enjoy theatrical rooms with luxurious silks and suede and candlelit lobbies.

    From £125 per night, Theashtonlancaster.com

  • Hillstone Lodge, Colbost, Isle of Skye

    This luxury guesthouse and B&B offers the perfect escape to relax and take in the shores of Lock Dunvegan and the Isle of Skye's rugged landscape. Enjoy fine dining and long hikes.

    From £110 per night, Hillstonelodge.com

  • Gilpin Hotel, Windermere, Cumbria

    The original Georgian country house is nestled in the beautiful Lake District - ideal if you're after long walks and breathtaking views. The hotel's Jetty Spa is a tour de force of relaxation, boasting its own lake, boat house, cedarwood hot tub, Japanese Ofuro hot tub and heated swimming pool. 

    From £295 per night, Thegilpin.co.uk

  • The Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset

    Embrace your inner tweed-loving Brit in this chic country-house style hotel, set in the quaint 15th-century town of Mells. A long soak in the free-standing bathtub is a must. 

    From £95 per night, Talbotinn.com

  • The Lugger Hotel, Portloe, Cornwall

    Surrounded by beautiful cliffs and headlands, The Lugger Hotel offers glorious seaside views along with a top notch seafood restaurant. If you're after a bit of privacy, you can rent out The Hideaway, a charming two-bedroom self-catering cottage just a stone's throw away.

    From £115 per night, or £255 per night in The Hideaway, Bespokehotels.com/thelugger

  • Hotel Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales

    Reality takes on a whimsical edge in this unique hotel is nestled in the artists' village of Portmeirion, made famous of the cult 1960s TV show The Prisoner. Well worth it for the photo opportunities alone.

    From £130 per night, Portmeirion-village.com

  • Mercure Stratford, Stratford upon Avon

    This traditional Tudor-style hotel is perfect for visiting Shakespeare's birthplace. Think wooden beams, antique four-poster beds and roaring fires.

    From £95 per night, Accorhotels.com

  • Chewton Glen, New Milton, Hampshire

    This country manor in the heart of the New Forest boasts an award-winning spa with a huge hydrotherapy pool, male & female saunas and crystal steam rooms, an outdoor whirlpool and cold drench showers. Should you wish to venture outside of your plush rooms (we won't blame you if you don't), then it's well worth exploring the New Forest and its twee villages, and the lovely seaside town of Bournemouth is just a 20-minute drive away. 

    From £325 per night. Chewtonglen.com

  • Ballygally Castle, Ballygally, Co. Antrim

    You can quite literally indulge your Game of Thrones fan at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland, as the stunning Causeway Coast and Glens scenery surrounding it was used to represent everything from Winterfell to the King’s Road, The Iron Islands to Stormlands.

    And once you're tired of roaming the grounds like the Starks, indulge in the castle's GOT afternoon tea, including Hodor’s Pulled Pork Brioche and Winterfell Jaffa Cake with Stark’s Chocolate Cake Pops. Bliss.

    Cost: From £95 per night. Hastingshotels.com/ballygally-castle

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