Inspired by the recent royal proposal we have been seeking out perfect winter destinations to pop the question. And where better than right on our own doorstep? The United Kingdom is full of cosy and romantic hotels just waiting to help you with the ultimate winter proposal. Find out our top picks below…
Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, West Sussex
Set in 30 acres of private parkland, around a rose-filled courtyard, with nothing but the sound of waves breaking on the pebbled beach at Climping, Bailiffscourt is the perfect spot for a winter proposal. With roaring log fires and several cosy spaces tucked away from it all, this is the place for an intimate proposal.
The hotel’s 39 charming rooms & suites are all individually designed, connected by oak panelled passageways. As for the special place to pop the question, the intimate card room or private chapel are just the ticket. Couples should opt for a stay in Baylies – Bailiffscourt’s signature room and the most romantic of all – with a four poster bed, lofty beamed ceiling, its very own wood-burning stove and matching his’n’hers roll-top baths. Couples can spend the rest of their stay exploring the estate, disappearing into the award-winning spa – built in the style of a Sussex barn, for an indulgent treatment or taking a dip in the heated outdoor infinity pool.
For more information please visit www.hshotels.co.uk/bailiffscourt
Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Cornwall
Bedruthan Hotel & Spa is a multi-award winning hotel situated on the hilltop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful, golden sands of Mawgan Porth in North Cornwall. Winter is the most romantic of the seasons by the coast full of bracing beach walks, storm watching and hot chocolates by the fireside. What could be more romantic than a beach proposal? Afterwards couples can relax in the hotel’s indoor sea view spa and discover the benefits of our hydro pool, cedar sauna, eucalyptus steam room and lavender caldarium. In addition, it is the perfect time to take a peaceful cliff-top walk with a flask of tea of coffee and homemade cookies provided by the hotel.
For more information please visit www.bedruthan.com/
Careys Manor Hotel, Hampshire
The beautiful Careys Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst is an 18th century manor house surrounded by 14 acres of landscaped gardens. Accommodation includes the extravagant Roof Terrace suite or Pittefaux Cottage, a luxury holiday home in a quiet corner of the grounds where guests are welcomed with a hamper full of New Forest goodies- either of which would make the perfect setting for a winter proposal. All of these fabulous destinations are in the beautiful New Forest, which is stunning in winter. Its frost-covered ancient heathland, picturesque villages and cosy country pubs makes it an idyllic destination for a romantic winter break – and all this is just an hour and a half from London by train.
Breaks for two at Careys Manor start from £169
For more information please visit www.careysmanor.com/
Ellenborough Park, Cotswolds
Situated right in the heart of the Cotswolds, amongst rolling green hills, sits Ellenborough Park, a beautiful 15th century manor house hotel. With stunning suites including the majestic Istabraq Suite, recognisable by its high ceilings with exposed beams, four poster bed and enormous bathroom, it’s a perfect setting couples seeking the ultimate romantic getaway. After a delicious breakfast, couples can stroll hand-in-hand through the 90-acre estate, exploring the formal lawns and secret wooded areas before joining the Cotswold Way for an energetic uphill walk to Cleeve Hill. The highest point in Gloucestershire, with views over the Malverns, it’s a spectacular setting for a life changing question. Happily engaged, couples can head back to the hotel to relax in the spa’s sauna, steam room and heated outdoor pool and enjoy a couple’s massage. Buoyed up on the events of the day, fiancés can snuggle by the roaring fire and enjoy a drink or two at the hotel’s pub, the Horse Box before heading to The Restaurant where Chef David Williams will whip up a divine dinner using some of the West Country’s best local ingredients.
Stay at Ellenborough Park from £189 per night inclusive of bed and breakfast.
For more information please visit www.ellenboroughpark.com
Eynsham Hall, Oxfordshire
Combining elegant period features with a twist of modern design, Eynsham Hall is the ultimate venue for a winter proposal. Set within 3000 acres of manicured gardens and parkland, the property provides a whimsical blend of elegant period features with a twist of modern furnishings. Living by the motto ‘stately not stuffy’, each of the bedrooms within the property and in the grounds carry their own eclectic design, while the 34 spacious and sumptuous main hall rooms are individually designed with stunning views of the surrounding estate, the perfect backdrop for a picturesque winter proposal. Guests can enjoy dinner in the famous brasserie room, relax in the library room, or settle down for afternoon tea around a roaring fire.
A B&B stay at Eynsham Hall in a main hall room from £127.50 per night. Cosy double in the grounds from £87.50 per night.
For more information please visit www.eynshamhall.com
Farlam Hall, Carlisle
If you are after a quintessentially British country manor then we have just the place. Farlam Hall is set in a 12-acre estate and is intimate in size with only 12 bedrooms. Pop the question by a roaring fire or perhaps by the lake. It is the closest luxury hotel to Gretna Green where guests can get married in a flash after the proposal!
Prices start from £310 per room per night on a half-board basis
For more information please visit www.farlamhall.co.uk
Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire
Tucked away on the breath-taking Ayrshire Coast, Glenapp Castle perches on a 36-acre estate complete with fairytale turrets and crenellations. Couples will find themselves getting lost within the castle’s grounds, or escaping to the majestic Scottish countryside for long walks and beautiful views of renowned Ailsa Craig and Northern Ireland. If you are looking for a proposal with a view then this is your place!
The castle’s regal suites, all with four-poster beds and cosy fires, allow newly engaged couples to snuggle up, whilst looking out onto the calming waters surrounding the Scottish Isles. Spend the evening curled up in front of the fire, with a late night dram of world-class whisky. Alternatively, take a morning boat trip to the Isle of Arran Distillers, one of the last independent distilleries in Scotland!
From £295 per night (B&B)
For more information please visit www.glenappcastle.com
Hotel 41, London
If you were hoping for a stress free proposal then let Hotel 41 take care of everything for you. They are well-equipped to help couples celebrate such a special occasion, offering two packages to make the most of the fantastic suites available with some special touches thrown in for good measure.
A Night Under the Stars: Valid throughout the year, this package capitalises on the Conservatory Suite’s unparalleled vistas. The hotel’s Conservatory Suite sits on the very top of the hotel with a stunning overhead vista of London’s night sky; the perfect place for a special night, made even more so with a romantic proposal. The package includes: a full English breakfast, a flight of Champagne, a ‘Name a Star’ certificate (personalised), Astronomy Star Book and telescope for star-gazing, access to ‘Plunder the Pantry’ (unlimited access to the pantry of treats available in the executive lounge 24 hours a day) and the unforgettable experience of sleeping under a blanket of stars beneath the night sky!
Prices for the package start from £1,358 per room, per night.
A Night to Remember: Valid throughout the year, guests who book with this package will enjoy inclusions such as: a bespoke celebration cake, a hamper of treats (light bites, canapés etc), access to ‘Plunder the Pantry’ (unlimited access to the pantry of treats available in the executive lounge 24 hours a day), a full English breakfast and Champagne upon arrival.
Prices for the package start from £477 based on two sharing an Executive King room (any room upgrades come with an additional rate).
For more information please www.41hotel.com/
Lime Wood, New Forest
Lime Wood is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park which is a romantic draw in itself, but it also has so much more to offer. Inspired by nature, Lime Wood is a picture perfect retreat perfect for popping that all important question. Inspired by its forest surroundings the Herb House naturally invites a sense of calm and serenity offering its guests the ultimate rejuvenating retreat. Soak in the outside hotpool, or warm up in the sauna, before heading to HH&Co for dinner. Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s Luke Holder, with their team, will create locally sourced warming Italian dishes, perfect for those cold evenings.
From £330 per night (room only)
For more information please www.limewoodhotel.co.uk
The Cottage in the Woods, Worcestershire
Seeing snow-dusted gas lamps sparkling in the moonlight in the Malvern Hills moved C.S. Lewis to think: “That would make a very nice opening to a book” and so the writing of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe began. If you are looking for a magical setting for a proposal we think this is ideal! Step into an enchanting world at boutique gem The Cottage in the Wood, tucked away in the tranquil Malvern Hills. The hotel offers magical escapism, sumptuous dining, sophisticated cocktails and Pol Roger Champagne. An aspirational home from home, which is beautifully decorated during the festive season, The Cottage in the Wood prides itself on personalised service, a welcoming atmosphere and sophisticated surroundings. The recently restyled 1919 restaurant & bar affords sweeping views of the Cotswolds and Severn Valley, up there with the best views in the UK.
It is a discrete and refined setting for a proposal, endorsed by the current F&B manager Gianluca who chose the hotel to get engaged, before he worked there. Describing the celebratory occasion, he said “we sat in the window of the restaurant looking out over the hills, it was a very special moment.”
Prices start from £90 for a cosy double room.
For more information please www.cottageinthewood.co.uk/
Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
History buffs will delight in the chance to propose at Warwick Castle. With more than 1,100 years history, Warwick Castle is one of a small number of castles in Britain where the public can stay. Opened in 2014, the Tower Suites are ideal for true romantics. Located in the 14th Century Caesar’s Tower, the two suites each sit on a private floor, with an opulent bed chamber complete with four-poster bed and ensuite. In winter, a stay in the Tower Suites make you feel like the true King (or Queen) of the Castle as it will only be yourselves and your discreet concierge and porter on site, making this a unique private experience in which to pop the question!
An overnight stay includes champagne on arrival, private concierge and porter service (who can help with proposal arrangements if you would like some tips), a private Castle Tour by one of the resident History Team specialists, breakfast served in your Suite or the State Room, two-day priority car parking and two days access to the Castle’s attractions (including the stunning Birds of Prey show) as well as 64 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, shaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, one of the nation’s greatest landscape gardeners.
Warwick Castle’s Tower Suites start from £550 per room per night.
For more information please www.warwick-castle.com
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