We have already mentioned alternative ideas for Valentine’s Day in the UK so it only seems fair to cover the wonderfully charming events for the more traditional love-birds- just how Cupid intended. Valentine’s Day may be slightly cheesy but who would turn down a delicious meal, gorgeous hotel and gifts galore; not us! Here at Hero & Leander we have put together a selection of our favourite romantic Valentine’s Day events around the UK to sweep your partner off their feet.

The Ampersand Hotel Deluxe Studio

The Ampersand Hotel Deluxe Studio

The Ampersand Hotel Fragrance Experience

The Ampersand Hotel, South Kensington, is inviting guests to discover their perfect scent with a bespoke ‘Fragrance Profile Experience’ in partnership with niche fragrance house Miller Harris. With both brands epitomising British luxury, it’s an enviable collaboration. The chosen scent can be engraved with your loved one’s initials and placed in guests’ rooms ready for your arrival. Guests simply need to fill out the insightful Fragrance Scent Profile before arrival, which probes your personal tastes and calculates your fragrance preferences based on where you live, your ideal holiday destinations and the scents that you wear for specific occasions. Your answers will then determine your corresponding Miller Harris scent. Feeling bold? The Ampersand Hotel will also recommend a ‘wild card’ fragrance. Those looking for the wow-factor should book a Deluxe Studio at The Ampersand Hotel; brimming with botanical references, it comes complete with king size bed, freestanding bath and stunning views of London. It’s the little things that make all the difference, and The Ampersand Hotel ensures you enjoy these special touches throughout your stay.

Available 12th February- 22nd March 2016, Miller Harris Perfume & Engraving from £80. Deluxe rooms from £235, Deluxe Studios from £285.

Visit www.ampersandhotel.com Telephone 020 7589 5895

The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ER

Studio Suite

Studio Suite

Bespoke Jewellery At Belgraves Hotel

Start Valentine’s celebrations with a stay at the 5* boutique Belgraves hotel which is just seconds from Motcomb Street. The luxury hotel has created a unique package with Leading Culture Destinations and also a special Valentine’s menu on offer for dinner on 12th, 13th and 14th February. The hotel will be offering couples the chance to spend three nights in a luxurious suite at the hotel which is in the heart of London’s iconic Belgravia. The package includes a one-on-one session with acclaimed jewellery designer Anabela Chan, where couples will learn how to create a bespoke piece of jewellery. The piece will be made by Anabela’s trusted team of craftsmen, making this the ultimate Valentine’s gift to give the one you love. The specially designed creation will then be completed within two months of the trip and sent to the lucky recipient’s home. Because no Valentine’s Day surprise would be complete without a romantic dinner a deux, couples will also enjoy a sumptuous meal– the perfect end to a starry-eyed trip to the capital.

Included in the package:

  • A stay in a Studio King Suite at the Belgraves Hotel
  • 3h atelier tour and co-creation session with Anabela Chan
  • Private gallery visits and museums tours according to your interests
  • Guided explorations to London’s best shopping destinations
  • Opportunity to meet some of the city’s most exciting emerging and established creative talents
  • Drinks at the most exclusive and vibrant bars
  • Dining at London’s buzziest places

Valentine’s Day packages start from £13,999 for two, including a bespoke piece of jewellery worth £4,000.

To book please contact Leading Culture Destinations on +44 (0) 77950 36525 or bookings@leadingculturedestinations.com or http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/london/belgraves

20 Chesham Place, London, SW1X 8HQ


Romantic Escape At Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Synonymous with romance and special occasions, Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin star restaurant and hotel Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons unveils a brand new ‘Romantic Escape’, perfect for Valentine’s Day or simply an unforgettable treat for a loved one. The ‘Romantic Escape’ includes a selection of delicious patisseries du jour accompanied by Belmond Le Manoir’s own blend of Mariage Frères tea on arrival. After a walk in the gardens or cosy afternoon by the fire, guests can enjoy dinner for two from a choice of menus and luxury overnight accommodation in one of the bedrooms or suites.  The following morning, English breakfast is served with a glass of champagne and then to take home, a gift of four Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons seasonal candles created by Branche d’Olive.

The Romantic Escape costs from £850 per night, based on two guests sharing, and is valid for stays during February 2016.

For further information, visit www.belmond.com/le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons-oxfordshire or call the team on 01844 278881.

Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 7PD



Fairy-tale Romance At Bodiam Castle

This 14th century castle is one of Britain’s most picturesque ancient monuments. Complete with spiral staircases, battlements and an enchanting tower it’s the perfect place to set your imaginations free and dream of fairy-tale romances. With a magical floodlit castle as a backdrop, Valentine’s at Bodiam is sure to be a night to remember. Enjoy a glass of champagne and a talk in the castle after hours.  Couples can then take a romantic stroll down to the Terrace Room beside the river for a three course candlelit dinner.

12th & 13th February, 6pm – 9.30pm, £35 per person

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle or call 01580 831324

Bodiam, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA

Dalhousie Castle

Dalhousie Castle

Give It Some Wellie At Dalhousie Castle

Edinburgh’s Dalhousie Castle, has teamed up with Edinburgh-based heritage-brand Hunter Boots to provide couples with an unforgettable Valentine’s experience. Rather than the usual flowers, couples will be saying it with matched wellington boots. There is a natural synergy between Hunter Boots, which was established in Scotland in 1856, and the historic Dalhousie Castle.  For this reason, on this special leap year Valentine’s Day, both are teaming up to give couples a unique opportunity to explore the romantic setting of Dalhousie Castle’s 10 acres in their new wellies along with a stay at the stunning castle. The two night package, priced at £500 per couple, includes champagne on arrival, two pairs of perfectly matched Hunter Wellington Boots and a Dalhousie umbrella, should the weather require it. They will also enjoy two nights’ accommodation in a themed double room, dinner in the iconic, and romantic, 2 AA Rosette Dungeon Restaurant on the first evening, breakfast each morning and afternoon tea in the Orangery on the second day.

£500 per couple. For further information about the exclusive breaks that Dalhousie Castle offers visit www.dalhousiecastle.co.uk or telephone 01875 825717.

Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH19 3JB

Low lying mist floating over autumn grape vines at Denbies Wine Estate

Low lying mist floating over autumn grape vines at Denbies Wine Estate

Denbies Wine Estate

The flint-clad Chateau-style Visitor Centre hosts two restaurants; the indoor self-service Conservatory and the newly renovated third floor a la carte Gallery Restaurant. Why not start your day with a romantic brunch in The Gallery Restaurant, followed by Denbies Outdoor vineyard train, available for exclusive hire, this includes a bottle of Denbies award winning sparkling wine and a dozen red roses.  The land train will take you to the highest point of the vineyard with sweeping views over box Hill and the North Downs. Alternatively you could stay at the Denbies Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast Accommodation, ETB ‘4 Stars silver’ which is located in the heart of the vineyard with stunning views. Denbies offers a wide range of specialist events and with such idyllic surroundings is the perfect romantic Valentine’s destination.   The highlight of the Valentine’s weekend is the ‘Masquerade Ball’, taking place on Saturday 13th with the hugely popular 15 piece band ‘Perfidia’.  Sparkling wine and chocolate tasting tours will be available in the atmospheric Denbies Cellar throughout the weekend (£16.95 per person).

Denbies outdoor vineyard train-cost for 1 hour – £275 includes brunch, roses, sparkling wine

Romantic Weekend breaks are available from £110 per room including full farmhouse breakfast.

The Gallery Restaurant, offering breath-taking panoramic views over the 265 acre vineyard will be open for dinner on the 12th – 14th February.

For further details on Denbies Wine Estate, visit www.denbies.co.uk or call 01306 876616

London Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA

Sarah Medway Castle Autumn Sunset Mist

Sarah Medway Castle Autumn Sunset Mist

Valentine’s Weekend at Castle View Restaurant – Leeds Castle

Spend a romantic Valentine’s evening with your loved one at Leeds Castle. Enjoy fine food and wine with a view of the Castle lit at night reflecting in the moat. Pre-book a table for two and sample delicious specially created dishes such as pan-fried sea bass or slow roasted pork belly. Each table will receive a beautifully wrapped red rose to take home.

Sunday 14th February – Limited places available, £35 per person

Bookings can be made from 8 weeks in advance. The standard Castle View Restaurant menu is not available on these dates. www.leeds-castle.com/home

Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL



Enjoy A Mr Darcy Moment At Lyme Park

Here at Hero & Leander we are swooning at the idea of being taken to the scene of our favourite famous romantic moment in TV history. Lyme Park in Cheshire, otherwise known as Pemberley is the backdrop to where Mr Darcy, played by Colin Firth, meets Elizabeth in the ever-remembered TV adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Picture the stars and discover this special place together. Enjoy delicious cakes and warming hot chocolate for a Valentine’s treat.

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme-park or call 01663 762023

Disley, Stockport, Cheshire SK12 2NR



Afternoon Tea At Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle, in the beautiful Western Lake District, is offering every aspiring M’lud and M’lady the chance to indulge in a spot of afternoon tea in the 900 year old stately pile. We’re sure you will agree there’s nothing quite like afternoon tea served on fine china, with beautifully dressed tables with crisp white linen, in splendid surroundings. Muncaster Castle’s grand Billiard Room – also known as the ‘Family Dining Room’, is such a place, this elegant room with its feature panelling reclaimed from The Fighting Temeraire, a ship of the line in Lord Nelson’s fleet at the battle of Trafalgar, beautiful hand carved marble fireplace and ornate plaster ceilings overlooks the Castle lawns. Afternoon tea comprises of a selection of hand cut freshly prepared sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with jam and cream, plus a choice of speciality teas or fresh coffee, all served in the Castle. Valentine’s Day tea visitors also receive a glass of Prosecco on arrival in the Castle. Entry to Muncaster is also included in the price so you can make a real day of it.

Available on selected Sundays throughout 2016 including Sunday 14th February (Valentine’s Day). Starts at 2.45pm and costs £29.50 per person.

To find out more visit:www.muncaster.co.uk/special-events/teas_castle or call 01229 717 614

Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ



Valentine’s at Titchwell Manor

If oysters be the food of love, get set for sparks to fly this Valentine’s with Titchwell Manor’s weekend getaway package. For £350 guests can ignite their passion with an oyster masterclass, sensory dinner and overnight stay at one of Norfolk’s most luxurious boutique hotels. Be enchanted by the favourite aphrodisiac, oysters, with a masterclass and tasting covering everything from how to shuck the shell to creating the best flavour combinations to really bring desires alive. For oyster novices, try fried with hot and sour dashi or, for the more experienced connoisseur, appreciate straight from the shell with pink grapefruit and cucumber. Butterflies will continue as couples sit down to a five course sensory menu. Enjoy such dishes as Diver Scallops with caviar and white chocolate or roasted avocado, potato gnocchi and burnt onion. As darkness descends, couples will disappear to their rooms where a hot bath with candles; rose petal strewn bed; and a bottle of champagne will be awaiting each love-struck couple.

Price for package £350, Visit www.titchwellmanor.com or call +44 (0) 1485 210221

Titchwell Manor, Titchwell, Near Brancaster, Norfolk PE31 8BB