Whether it’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 Western’s most romantic hotels, from a favourite spot of Henry VIII’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 – and makes a great backdrop for weddings, too. There’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 – you can hide out in there and no one will see you. There’s not a bride in Kendal who hasn’t been photographed in front of it.
BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle, Darlington, County Durham
It’s a castle – so effortlessly romantic. But private dining in Hansard’s Library in the oldest turret is pretty special, as are the rooms with four-poster beds. There’s a dungeon here too (with vaulted ceilings) – guests can ask to be let in… 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, it’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 – for staff at least. Fifteen couples who work here have fallen in love and work together. Must be something in the water…
To book these hotels call 0845 263 7407 or visit www.bestwestern.co.uk