There can’t be many places more romantic in the UK for a Valentine’s get away than the New Forest National Park in Hampshire. From cosy little cottages to grand hotels where you can fine dine to your heart’s content, there is something for every taste and budget.
Here are just a few examples of places to woo your beau or belle this February 14…
Enjoy a Fine Romance at the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu
Make this Valentine’s Day the best yet by sweeping your loved one away to the luxurious 17th-century Montagu Arms Hotel, an ivy-clad manor house in the picturesque forest village of Beaulieu. Dinner is in the award-winning Terrace restaurant, where new head chef Matthew Whitfield has created a gourmet tasting menu especially for Valentine’s Day. The Valentine’s Break package starts from £339 per room and includes accommodation in a romantic luxury bedroom, Valentine’s tasting menu, breakfast, complimentary newspaper and use of the SenSpa facilities at Careys Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst. The break is available from 8 – 16 February. Call 01590 624 467 (www.montaguarmshotel.co.uk).
Gourmet Valentine’s Night at the Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst
The iconic Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst – which has recently undergone a multi-million-pound refurbishment – has put together a special Valentine’s night to be enjoyed in its fine-dining Beresfords Restaurant. The dinner costs £55 per person and includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, canapes, six- course-tasting-menu, and a small box of chocolates. There is also the option of wine pairing for each course, for an additional £20 per person. Romancers who would like to stay the night can do so from £99 per room, on a B&B basis. Available from 14-16 February. Call 01590 623 116 (www.balmerlawnhotel.co.uk).
Romance and No Pesky Kids at Burley Manor!
If caring means sharing then you’ll find the perfect dining experience at adult-only Burley Manor, where the Champagne Valentine’s dinner includes tasty Mediterranean sharing dishes cooked to perfection with the help of a wood-fired oven, a glass of Perrier-Jouet champagne, and time well-spent together, for £40 per person. Available from February 11 – 16 for pre-booked tables only. Those wishing to stay can do so from £109 per room, B&B (two sharing). Call 01425 403522 (www.burleymanor.com).
Valentine’s Romance at Cottage Lodge in the New Forest: From £99 per room
This Valentine’s why not treat your loved one to a night of romance and spend the night in the New Forest at Cottage Lodge, a boutique hotel located in Brockenhurst. With 15 individually-designed bedrooms, much of the furniture and beds have been made from fallen New Forest trees. The hotel is the perfect base, with many of the forest’s other attractions, towns and villages, just a short drive or healthy cycle away (there is a large bike hire centre in the village). An overnight stay on Thursday 14 February costs £99, with accommodation in a four-poster bed, including a Bucks Fizz breakfast and late check out (noon). Extra nights from £80 per room. Call 01590 622 296 (www.cottagelodge.co.uk).
For further information about the New Forest visit www.thenewforest.co.uk.