We've already reached saturation point when it comes to schmaltzy window displays but the potential for weekend breaks is something we'll never tire of. With Valentine's day falling on a Friday this year, there's every excuse to cut loose and hole up in a hotel room with a bottle of bubbly. From the unusual to the romantic and the budget-friendly - and from castles to boats and cosy art studios - here's our pick of top romantic escapes across the UK. Book that train ticket now.
Cotswold House Hotel & Spa
This postcard-perfect Cotswolds hotel promises visiting lovers a bottle of champers, homemade chocolates, a three-course meal and full use of its award-winning spa in the garden orangery.
From £295 per night, bespokehotels.com/cotswoldhouse
The Old Dairy Holly Tree, Somerset
This adorable cottage near Glastonbury sleeps two and is based on a farm just thirty miles from the nearest beach. There's underfloor heating, a wood-burning stove and you can even house your horse (should you have one) in the on-site stabling facilities.
From £300 a week, holidaycottages.co.uk
The Scarlet, Cornwall
Adults-only hotel The Scarlet boasts glorious views of Mawgan Porth and the Atlantic, best enjoyed from one of its log-fired hot tubs with a glass of champagne in hand. For an experience that shouts romance, book in for a candlelit three course dinner, a one hour massage or a two hour massage lesson (to take your skills home), plus either a rhassoul or a seaweed bath.
From £465 per person, scarlethotel.co.uk
Tawstock Castle, Devon
Not many holiday homes come in the form of a Grade II listed castle set within eight acres of private parkland. Visitors here can explore the nearby surfing beaches of Saunton, Woolacombe and Croyde, mooch around the market town of Barnstaple or simply soak in the sublimely regal setting.
From £37 per person per night, ruralretreats.co.uk
Dormy House, the Cotswolds
The Attic suite is one of the most romantic rooms at Dormy House, a picturesque 17th century farmhouse in the beautiful village of Broadway. Accessed via its own staircase, it feels very private and comes with a king-size bed, exposed oak beams and a Nespresso Coffee machine.
From £420, dormyhouse.co.uk
Old Manor Hotel, Bath
Situated on Trowle Common, a Doomsday book site, this Grade II listed hotel is laying on the full works for Valentine's. Guests will be treated to a two night break with in-room tea lights and rose petals, a half bottle of champagne and a four-course sharing dinner cooked by head chef Matthew Briddon, of River café fame.
From £269 per person, oldmanorhotel.com
Weston Park, Shropshire
A truly Downton experience is promised with dinner and an overnight stay at Weston Park, the house that inspired Jeeves creator PG Wodehouse. This stately home only opens its doors on special occasions and its Valentine Dining event allows you to stay in rooms filled with antiques and family heirlooms.
From £350 per couple or £80 per person for dinner only, weston-park.com
Sail away with your partner of choice aboard the Faithful, moored in Darthaven Marina. Breakfast on deck amid passing boats, seabirds and the occasional seal or dolphin, retreat to the double cabin with a king-sized bed or wallow in the hot tub of the nearby Dart Marina Hotel.
From £420 for two people for a three night break, canopyandstars.co.uk
The Lygon Arms, Gloucestershire
A one-time hideaway of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, The Lygon Arms has been welcoming love birds since the 16th Century. Original features include timber and flagstone floors, wood panelling and stone mullions, and its Valentine's package comes with a three course dinner and a bottle of sparkling wine.
From £189 per night, pumahotels.co.uk
The Old Art Studio, Devon
We love the look of this timber-clad studio tucked away in an orchard in the heart of the Devon countryside. The log burner, well-stocked bookshelf and Aga are cosy touches and a nearby stream completes the charm offensive.
From £595 for a 7 night stay, sawdays.co.uk
The Balmoral, Edinburgh
Located bang in the centre of Edinburgh at 1 Princes Street, The Balmoral is a chic hangout with all the delights of Scotland's capital at your fingertips. For an extra dash of romance, get the train up and enjoy chocolates and champagne on arrival.
From £261 per night, roccofortehotels.com
The Chantry, Dorset
17th Century frescoes and an intriguing collection of stone arches and recesses vie for attention in this very unique Vivat Trust enclave in the Dorset town of Bridport. Huddle in front of the log fire with a welcome hamper or cook up a meal in the picturesque kitchen, which is built within an ancient inglenook.
From £697 per week, sawdays.co.uk
Andaz Liverpool Street, London
Dine amid 350 candles at the Grade II listed 1901 restaurant at Andaz Liverpool Street hotel. Guests can enjoy a five course set menu from award-winning gourmand Michael Kreiling in this one-time ballroom, with live string music to complete the effect.
From £330 per night with a five course-set menu from £59 per person, andaz.hyatt.com
Chateau Rhianfa, Anglesey
Chateau Rhianfa castle on the island of Anglesey is something of a fairy tale escape and its Valentine's offer is the very definition of opulence. Enjoy two nights in a suite with a cocktail masterclass, a three course "banquet", a salsa dance class and a black tie Valentine's ball.
From £598 based on two people sharing a double room, amazingvenues.co.uk
Turnberry resort, Ayreshire
Set within 800 acres of estate on the beautiful Ayrshire coast of Scotland, Turnberry - a former railway hotel - promises everything you might need for a secluded weekend getaway. Indulge in style with a bottle of chilled champagne and a bouquet of flowers, use of ESPA spa facilities and breakfast in bed. A wander around will take you to the iconic lighthouse, with views of the island of Ailsa Craig.
From £225 per room per night, turnberryresort.co.uk
A British Pullman train trip
A trip abroad the British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, is pretty special in itself. Up the romance ante by requesting a coupé - a compartment set away from the main carriage - and order champagne, caviar or a bouquet of 12 red roses. Train journeys can be combined with an overnight stay at The Ritz London.
From £420 per person, luxurytrainjourneys.com
The Blencathra camp, Cumbria
The North Lake fells beckon invitingly around this handcrafted shepherd’s hut on the edge of the woods in Cumbia. Cosy sheepskin rugs line the floor and there are soft down duvets and blankets to sink into, with wooden furniture throughout.
From £290 for two people for three nights, canopyandstars.co.uk
This cool yet quirky line of boutique hotels is luring in romantic types with its "Malentines" break. Gorge on chocolate-dipped strawberries, cocktails and a dinner featuring the likes of oysters and smoked salmon. If you book the "Sunday Stopover" on Valentine's weekend, you can get a room for as little as £25 if you spend £98 or more at dinner.
From £218 per night for two people or from £25 for Sunday Stopover malmaison.com
Brown's Hotel, London
The rather lovely Brown's Hotel is offering loved-up couples two nights accommodation in the capital, plus champagne and chocolate truffles.
From £480 per night, roccofortehotels.com
The Gallivant, Camber Sands
This retro seaside escape is just a 90 minute dash from London and its beach-lovers deal covers everything from roses and afternoon tea to a four-course meal in the wonderful Beach Bistro and a Bucks Fizz breakfast. Make sure you have a nose around Camber Sands across the road and the nearby town of Rye.
From £240, thegallivanthotel.com
Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire
If you fancy a hotel that's steeped in history, cut a route to Hartwell House. This magnificent 17th Century National Trust property is celebrating the 200th Anniversary of King Louis XVIII departing its grounds to claim the throne of France. While you mull over that impressive fact, feast on lobster, Aylesbury duck, fillet of beef and strawberry soufflé before retreating to your (no doubt majestic) room.
From £344 per room including dinner and use of spa facilities, hartwell-house.com
Retallack Resort and Spa, Cornwall
Why book a weekend Valentine's break when you can stay for a whole week? This wonderfully secluded set of apartments located within 150 acres of Cornish countryside is offering couples a seven night stay and a six-course tasting menu at the on-site Green Room Restaurant with dishes from Masterchef winner James Nathan.
From £489 for a seven night stay in a one-bedroom apartment, retallackresort.co.uk
Dukes Hotel, London
For the full romantic works check in at Dukes Hotel, a gloriously old-school establishment in the centre of London. Its Valentine's package includes a bottle of champagne, 12 fresh red roses, a box of handmade chocolates, and a three-course feast in the Thirty-Six restaurant with chef Nigel Mendham.
From £880, dukeshotel.com
Wroxton House Hotel, the Cotswolds
Take a wander round the gorgeous Wroxton Abbey Gardens near this thatched manor house, which is offering couples a bargain countryside break with chocolates, a glass of Prosecco and a four course meal from just £184.
£184 per room, bestwestern.co.uk
K West Hotel & Spa, London
If your idea of Valentine's is simply having a quiet night to yourself, book in at K West Hotel & Spa in Shepherd's Bush. The "anti-Valentine" package here includes overnight accommodation for one, dinner with a glass of wine and a free film and popcorn - all for just £99.
From £99, k-west.co.uk