Cottages for a Romantic Weekend
The cold, crisp months of January and February are a fine time for cosying up, relaxing and romancing your loved one in a luxury hideaway. And with St Dynwen’s Day in January and St Valentine’s Day in February, the time is certainly right for romance! Here's a selection of 4 cottages that are perfect for a romantic getaway...
1) Often overlooked, the Aeron Valley is one of the most picturesque in Wales with peaceful walks and clean secluded beaches.
It’s hard to imagine a more romantic hideaway than this impeccably restored cottage. Bursting with original features such as wood floors, a romantic roll-top bath, a thatched roof and a fragrant herb garden, this 400-year-old cottage also comes with every modern comfort you can think of such as a plasma TV, music system and a staggeringly well-equipped kitchen. (Bakers will be in seventh heaven!) The two bedrooms are in the attic, which are reached by a short fixed ladder. When it rains, as it sometimes does in Wales, you will be lulled to sleep by the sound of the rain on the thatched roof.
What else: The gardens were designed by a master gardener. Grab a chair, a warm blanket and a hot drink and enjoy the uninterrupted countryside views.
Out and about: The cottage is only a short drive from the historic market and university town of Lampeter. The main street is dotted with family-owned shops (if you like organic food, Mulberry Wholefoods is the place to go) and the farmers' market on Friday mornings is well worth a browse. Set aside a whole day to visit the Georgian seaside town of Aberaeron.
2) If your idea of a good weekend involves a bracing three-hour yomp that ends with a pint and food in a great country pub, you won’t go far wrong here.
Days are spent exploring Snowdonia’s dramatic landscape, the nights at one of Dolgellau’s seriously good pubs. Although it looks every inch the traditional stone cottage, inside Penygroes is surprisingly modern and spacious. Expect comfortable beds, good linens and a high-powered shower. Several rooms, including the aptly named sun room, look out onto the surrounding countryside. The area’s self-guided walks, which range from two to 12 miles, are suitable for all abilities.
Out and about: The town of Dolgellau, with its slate-topped cottages and attractive market square, has some good places to eat and drink. Look out for Snowdonia Ale, brewed by the local award-winning Purple Moose.
3) This luxurious, boutique-style lodge in the Brecon Beacons has style oozing out of every well-designed nook and cranny.
It was revamped several years ago with a calming palette, ultra-high-spec kitchen and bathroom, and sustainable touches like a wood burning stove, solar powered heating and sheep’s wool insulation. Bedrooms are simple and stylish and you will be greeted with a welcome pack of organic, locally-sourced food. Situated in the Brecon Beacons, it has the fabulous views you’d expect. The gorgeous cottage garden attracts all sorts of birds including nuthatches, greenfinches, woodpeckers and red kites.
Out and about: The nearby town of Llandeilo has a clutch of excellent restaurants and delis, as well as a Toast fashion outlet. The Fountain Fine Art Gallery is a one-stop shop for art lovers, with work by a selection of local artisans.
4) The film a ‘Room with a View’ could have inspired the owners to create this blissful mountain hideaway in the middle of Wales’ lushest countryside, and it’s a prime spot for romantic breaks.
Inside this purpose built apartment, it’s all about comfort, style and privacy: expect quality linens, a super comfortable king-size bed and a fabulous sunken bath with picture windows looking out on to bottle green mountains. Catch the sunrise over breakfast on the patio, or enjoy an alfresco meal by candlelight. If you aren’t inclined to leave the four walls, who could blame you, there’s a chef and masseur on speed dial.
Out and about: Powis Castle is a must for its romantic gardens, as well as the arty town of Montgomery for one-off shops and antiques. You can also drive the short distance to the stunning lakes of Vyrnwy and Bala, where you can enjoy a leisurely walk and good lunch.
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