Whether itâ€™s a new romance, or time to celebrate an anniversary, a weekend away can do wonders when it comes to fuelling the flames of love. Check out our pick of just some of Best Westernâ€™s most romantic hotels, from a favourite spot of Henry VIIIâ€™s to a magical castle with four-poster beds.
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Moor Hall Hotel & Spa, Birmingham, West Midlands
The 16th-century sunken garden, often visited by Henry VIII, is the perfect place for illicit meetings â€“ and makes a great backdrop for weddings, too. Thereâ€™s a gorgeous magnolia tree at the entrance and a magical enclosed area with a fountain in the middle, and a curved stone staircase that leads you and your loved one off into the shadowy woods. A fantastic place for a proposal.
The sweet summerhouse in front of the hotel lends itself to a secret tryst â€“ you can hide out in there and no one will see you. Thereâ€™s not a bride in Kendal who hasnâ€™t been photographed in front of it.
BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle, Darlington, County Durham
Itâ€™s a castle â€“ so effortlessly romantic. But private dining in Hansardâ€™s Library in the oldest turret is pretty special, as are the rooms with four-poster beds. Thereâ€™s a dungeon here too (with vaulted ceilings) â€“ guests can ask to be let inâ€¦ People often get engaged under the gazebo in the garden, and once a groom serenaded his bride with bagpipes from the parapets.
BEST WESTERN Red Lion Hotel, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Built in 1220, itâ€™s the oldest purpose-built hotel in Europe, there are lots of private corners in the Vine restaurant. Some rooms have antique four-posters (you need a ladder to climb up, and they have curtains).
BEST WESTERN PLUS Blunsdon House Hotel, Swindon, Wiltshire
With a gorgeous location on the edge of the Cotswolds, this has to be the most romantic hotel of all â€“ for staff at least. Fifteen couples who work here have fallen in love and work together. Must be something in the waterâ€¦
To book these hotels call 0845 263 7407 or visit www.bestwestern.co.uk