Long weekends rock. Nothing beats a proper road trip somewhere new to recharge the batteries and explore the country that, according to Visit Britain’s overseas visitors report, nearly 40 million people enjoy visiting each year.
If you’re thinking of venturing somewhere new in the UK, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been doing our research and have found some absolute gems to inspire you when making that all important decision of where to go next. It doesn’t matter where you’re based in the UK either, we’ve tried to feature something for everyone in the article. So here goes, our top alternative UK getaway ideas for couples.
That balcony though 😍
Starting as we mean to go on, in terms of alternativeness, is The Windmill at Mill Farm in Suffolk. A building that would look at home in a Dutch landscape, albeit missing a few blades for generating energy, this relaxing retreat is one of the UK’s most unique and rather luxurious self-catered accommodation. Surrounded by the endless meadows of Suffolk, take time to enjoy the al fresco dining in your private garden and sunset drinks on the fourth floor balcony with some wonderful views.
In season, a weekend stay (three nights for two people) will cost £825 self-catered. Now this isn’t the cheapest option we’ve got on this list but it sure is one of the most spectacular to wake up in. You’ve gotta see their promotional video showing the property and the expansive views of the surrounding area on offer below.
Interested in finding out more? Take a look over at www.thewindmillsuffolk.com
Onto the next…
Peacefulness is bliss.
Next up is a tranquil treat set in stunning grounds. Home to a large sun-terrace overlooking Ormesby Broad and the Norfolk countryside, The Boathouse offers some of the best views of the Broads – dubbed Britain’s Magical Waterland – you’ll want to make the most of these when you visit.
With intimate dining areas and an interior finish that’s very country pub; the exposed brickwork, oak beams and pine floorboards – plus two open fireplaces – will definitely make for a warm and cosy weekend whatever the time of year. The proprietors have comfort as their top priority (big beds, plenty of pillows and deep baths), with value for money coming a close second. You’ll be looking at between £85 – £125 per night depending on the time of year. More information at www.theboathouseormesbybroad.co.uk
Third on our list…
Yup, an actual treehouse.
Like us, you’ve probably dreamed of
living staying in a proper tree house. Now’s your chance. Situated in the picturesque Blackdown Hills in Devon, The Nest is perched a few metres high in a mature English oak tree within an ancient broadleaved wood, basically, a full on forest.
Hosted by Tree Holidays; The Nest provides an experience ideal for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Get out and explore the area with Exeter and Taunton within easy driving distance and the Jurassic Coast isn’t a far drive south-east. In season, you’re looking at around £500 for two people staying three nights in the treehouse, self-catered. Not exactly cheap but absolutely unique at www.treeholidays.co.uk
Hard act to follow this one…
Proper off-grid this time.
As deep Mid Wales as you could probably get, this quirky glamping spot is the ideal getaway for couples who are really looking to escape. Once featured on George Clark’s Amazing Spaces, this stream-side plot that’s hidden amongst tall trees is a must stay for lovers of long country walks in the forest and valleys of Wales.
Located due north of the Brecon Beacons, you’ll have to access the lambswool-lined pod via a small wooden bridge and be greeted with a log burning fire to keep warm throughout your stay. At ground level, you’ll find a decent sized fire pit that’ll be perfect for evenings spent chatting around the fire. At £129 per night in season, you won’t find a more suitable off-grid location surrounded by the stunning landscape of Mid Wales. Get booking at www.sheepskinlife.com
Let’s step it up a gear…
Turbocharged into lakeside luxury.
At £465 a night in season, this isn’t for everyone. My what a treat it is though, that lakeside al fresco dining is seriously special and the sunsets on Lake Windemere are exceptional too. The Lake House at Gilpin’s boutique hotel in the Lake District is “like a decompression chamber for stress – you simply feel your body relax” and you can certainly see why.
The train journey from London Euston to Oxenholme Station (20 minute taxi from the Lake House) is just 2 hours 37 minutes, making this an easily accessible location for long weekends at their most romantic. Housing an exclusive spa in the grounds for guests only means you’ll be at your most relaxed at this unique UK getaway location. More information at www.thegilpin.co.uk
Which one’s your favourite UK getaway for couples?
We’re tied between The Windmill and The Lake House, can’t decide on a winner.
If you’ve got any other ideal UK getaways for couples, that maybe you’ve visited or would like to in the future, then drop a comment below and we’ll add it in to help readers choose their next holiday destination. Thanks a bunch for reading and don’t forget to drop the hint and share this with the special one.