The sunny South West, with its secluded coves, golden bays, coastal tracks and countryside trails, is the ideal setting for a romantic break and an irresistible target for Cupid’s arrows.
Find yourselves strolling hand in hand across sweeping foreshores, gazing upon a glorious sunset, making plans over a candlelit dinner or enjoying starry nights snug by the fire… all in a day’s work when love is in the fresh West Country air!
Why not whisk your valentine away for an intimate getaway in the South West. Here are twelve romantic destinations that are sure to have you smitten…
12 of UK’s Most Romantic Holiday Destinations
The seaside town of Salcombe is one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the UK. From luxurious hillside apartments to cosy cottages by the harbour, Toad Hall Cottages’ impressive list of Salcombe holiday cottages will make your heart sing. Make a date with this beautiful corner of South Devon, the perfect setting for a couple’s retreat.
Hope Cove, Devon
This charming coastal enclave remains one of the country’s most romantic settings. Surrounded by undulating coastal paths, secluded coves and rolling farmer’s fields, you’ll enjoy nothing but blissful days and quiet starry nights. Our collection of Hope Cove holiday cottages will set your hearts aflutter. Where better to enjoy a memorable long weekend with your significant other.
Noss Mayo, Devon
You’ll struggle to find a more picturesque setting than Noss Mayo. Tucked away on the banks of Newton Creek, the waterside village ranks as one of Toad Hall’s most scenic hideaways. Smuggle yourselves away to the heart of the South Hams to enjoy a dulcet pace of life where the sailing boats bob on the incoming tide and the seabirds glide on the gentle backwaters. Our Noss Mayo holiday cottages are full of delightful features, from sunlit patios and open verandahs, to inglenook fire places and stylish kitchen diners. What’s more, some of the most breathtaking coastal walks in the region can be discovered from your doorstep.
The historic port town of Looe lies on the slopes of a pretty wooded valley on the coastal stretches of South East Cornwall. Once home to an industrious fishing fleet, Looe’s strong maritime traditions are still thriving today. The Victorian’s once called Looe ‘the playground of Plymouth’ such was its popularity as a sparkling seaside setting. Treat your valentine to a quintessential Cornish experience when you book a romantic retreat in this enchanting seaside town.
Peace and quiet reigns in the picture-postcard fishing village of Polperro, found nestled into the south east coast of Cornwall. Overlooking an old stone harbour and the meandering River Pol, this much-loved village is steeped in history and riddled in smugglers’ tales and sea shanties. Artists and their easels are a common sight along the pretty, narrow streets, while the locals have earned a reputation for not only their warmth and friendliness towards wayfarers, but also their delectable seafood recipes – handed down from generation to generation. This delightful Cornish haunt makes for the perfect perch for a couple of lovebirds.
Talland Bay, Cornwall
Once a moonlit landing site for lovable rogues and grizzled smugglers, the shingle beaches of Talland Bay are today enjoyed by those seeking fresh sea air and spectacular ocean views. Follow the South West Coast Path as it hugs the stunning Cornish headlands and enjoy the hearty hospitality of the handsome local pubs along the way. Treat your special someone to a Cornish escape when you book a bolthole in the beautiful Talland Bay.
Burley, New Forest
Time appears to have forgotten the delightful New Forest village of Burley, such is its dulcet and gentle pace. Here, along these quiet country lanes, rush hour is but a gaggle of ducks crossing the green or a handful of cattle stopping to munch on the hedgerow. If you’re seeking a taste of the countryside idyll, look no further than this quaint and secluded village, home to an impressive array of our most popular holiday cottages.
Beaulieu, New Forest
Encompassed by ancient woodland, leafy tracks and wildflower meadows, it seems only apt that the name Beaulieu means ‘fair or beautiful place’. This charming corner of the New Forest plays host to a selection of gorgeous holiday cottages, the ideal base from which to branch out and explore the rest of this fascinating county. Discover the impressive 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the fascinating British Transport Museum, or just while away the hours with a woodland walk and a picnic in a sun-dappled glade.
Brockenhurst, New Forest
It’s been declared ‘Britain’s Most Beautiful Place to Live’ and continues to attract glowing reviews from all our guests who venture there. Brockenhurst, ‘the heart of the New Forest’, lies within a designated Heritage Area and boasts attractions like the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive where the redwoods tower magnificently and the huge flowering rhododendrons are a sight to behold in springtime. Let your romance blossom when you book one of Toad Hall Cottages’ cosy holiday cottages in Brockenhurst.
Lyme Regis, Dorset
Known as ‘the Pearl of Dorset’, the sunny seaside town of Lyme Regis remains one of Toad Hall Cottages’ most popular destinations for couples. Whether you’re in search of a lovely long weekend for two or a week’s worth of intimate itineraries, Lyme Regis is the perfect setting for a memorable escape on the Dorset coast. Head to the beaches and search for fossils, walk along the iconic Cobb harbour wall and take in the sights and sounds of the sea, and share a delicious seafood feast in one of Lyme’s many restaurants.
Taste the highlife when you book a stay in one of the UK’s most desirable holiday locations. Sandbanks is the fourth most expensive place to reside in the world and has been dubbed Britain’s answer to Palm Beach. This exclusive stretch of sandy peninsula plays host to a selection of some of Toad Hall Cottages’ most luxurious holiday properties; from stylish seaside apartments to lavish beach houses, if you’re looking to push the boat out and impress your special someone, then take a look at some of our luxury holiday properties in Sandbanks.
Set on the banks of the River Char, the historic streets of the coastal town of Charmouth are lined by regency houses, anicent inns, artisan stores, stylish boutiques, delectable delicatessens and tempting tearooms. Surrounded by breathtaking coastal walks that weave along the incredible Jurassic Coast, you’ll love this friendly and characterful West Country town that’s bound by time-honoured traditions and steeped in history. You’ll be swept off your feet when you book a Toad Hall holiday cottage in Charmouth.
Fall head over heels in love with Toad Hall’s long list of holiday cottages ideal for couples, tucked away in some of the UK’s most romantic destinations.