Love me the green way - Our Valentine Getaways
That season of love is soon upon us, filled with its sweet whispers of affection, those quiet evenings by the fire and that occasional ‘oh no I’d completely forgotten!’
Whether you’re looking for a quiet bolthole that will leave you comfortable and undisturbed, a short break by train to a romantic city or a wild landscape, or simply an excuse to take that longer holiday you and your partner having been needing for a while, here are our green ways to say those magic three words...
- Love Nests: Snug, warm and alone. Well, almost alone. Escape from the world this Valentine's in these cosy and comforting homes were you can nestle away in beautiful countryside.
Delphi Mountain Resort, Connemara, Galway, Ireland
Wrap yourselves up in the magical Connemara forst that surrounds this sophisticated and down-to-earth resort. Warm, natural and as cosy as it can be, this location with design echoing its landscape, offers a gastronomic restaurant, spa with mountain views and, most importantly, sumptuous white linen beds.
Take advantage for their special valentine offer or perhaps plan to pop the big question…
Price: Romantic Valentines Escape from €269pps for two nights
For the full listing and booking details: Delphi Mountain Resort, Connemara, Galway, Ireland
Mungo's Den, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Wrap yourselves up in your own snug den with this warm hideaway on the Isle of Sky. A haven of indulgent comfort, it is surrounded by rich wildlife and stunning scenery. Perfect for those long baths and restful days. Pillow forts are allowed.
Price: Weekly price between £525 - £725. Short breaks offered in low season at 70% of weekly rate.
For the full listing and booking details: Mungo's Den, Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Scarlet, Cornwall, UK
Simmer down slowly at the Scarlet with its indulgent and generous hospitality. Sample scrumptious locally sourced food and discover the world's best Ayurvedic spa in this wonderful welcoming hotel.
Price: Prices from £270 (just right room), £290 (generous room), £340 (unique room), £340 (Spacious) and £395 (indulgent room)
Roulotte Retreat, Scottish Borders, Scotland
A touch of France in Scotland, held together with some magical Gypsy romance, these roulottes offer not only a cosy retreat, but a unique place to reconnect with campfires, yoga sessions, lochan swimming and beauty treatments all on offer. Perfect mix of indoor comfort and outdoor pampering.
Price: From £255 for 3 nights or £296 for 4 nights.
For the full listing and booking details: Roulotte Retreat, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Annie's Cabin, Shropshire, England
An authentic log cabin provides the perfect atmosphere to step outside the world, into a warm woody smell and spend the evening just talking. Or switch the lights off to better watch the stars while the nightingales sing. Or have a cook off in the well equipped kitchen then wile the day away playing boardgames or relaxing in front of the wood pellet stove.
Price: £375 - £695 per week
For the full listing and booking details: Annie's Cabin, Shropshire, England
Ty'r Gof, Llangrannog, Wales
Rustic and romantic define this cottage perfectly, hidden away as it is in a tiny hamlet in West Wales's beautiful and solitary countryside. Named by the Guardian as one of the top five 'Lovenests' in the UK, Ty'r Gof is a small and simple place, within easy access of the Blue Flag award beaches and lovely country walks right on the doorstep.
Price: from £199 per week, or £149 Mon-Fri (based on 2 sharing)
For the full listing and booking details: Ty'r Gof, Llangrannog, Wales
City break on the Left Bank, Paris
Paris, the proverbial capital of love. Its romantic allure hardly needs mentioning, it is certainly hard to forget, and this break into the Parisian atmosphere will certainly fulfil any need to visit, explore and experience this city of love and beautiful sunsets. Better still, there’s no need to run the tourist rat race to experience the romance this city has to offer: just sit on a terrace watching the city flow by.
Price: £308 for 2 nights (includes travel).
Stay between the 12-26 Feb 2011 and for 3 nights booked and stay a 4th night free (£387 total)
- Loving the streets: Sometimes a city says it better than you ever could: its smells, bustle and streets covering everything in that romantic mood where every café, every corner, has that slightly magical feel. So whether its Paris, Florence or Athens, the memories are unforgettable.
Day Tour: Walking Athens, Greece
Fall for Cupid’s arrow by the Mediterranean sea in this tour of the city’s great sights and sites. The Syntagma Square wiith its royal place and beautiful white stone will set the romantic mood. Sip Ouzo then take to the fragrant markets before settling down to an evening meal of olive oil, warm bread and feta cheese.
Duration: 3 hours
Day Tour: Budapest Sights & Spas, Hungary
Enjoy Hungairan hosptality on this tour of not only Budapest’s bustling down-town but its historic Széchenyi baths whose healing waters, sourced from over 125 hill springs are sure to other the relaxation and comfort that a loving getaway should. Wander through the city’s quaint Jewish district and experience for yourselves the city’s mosaic beauty.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Day Tour: The Medici Family in Florence, Italy
A trip in Italy is a holiday to remember. And a valentine’s in Florence… A valentine’s in Florence, with its palazzi and wonderful elegant streets, is unforgettable. Stroll hand in hand through its graceful, busting atmosphere on this cultural day tour learn about this hub for the Italian Renaissance by hearing the Medici Family’s secrets and their wide-reaching influence.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
- Travelling Romance: Some experiences are meant to be shared and exploring unknown cities and distant lands are definitely one of them. Go on an adventure to some of Europe’s most picturesque cities and stunning landscapes and travel without hassle or worry, seeing the cities at your own pace and staying in the most snug and welcoming accommodations.
Bruges and Brussels by Train
Bruges has been described as a fairytale and it’s easy to see why with its quaint streets, winding canals and alcoves. So take in the town’s medieval splendour as a pair and see the place’s elegance and romantic atmosphere on this holiday that combines quaint Bruges with dynamic Brussels. And chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate.
Price: from £269 including rail and hotel accommodation (based on 2 people sharing)
Duration: 5 days
For the full listing and booking details: Bruges and Brussels by Train
Florence, Siena & Lucca via the Alps by Train
If just seeing one of Italy’s beautiful cities is not enough for you, travel by train to see more of this most romantic country, stop of at the capitals of Renaissance heritage, art and architecture. Stray from the crowd in Siena to see the city’s surrounding olive groves and its fine Romanesque architecture then see Lucca’s San Martino, a magnificent cathedral, as well as its Guinigi Tower. Throughout this wonderful trip, enjoy fine Italian cuisine and the country’s warm hospitality.
Price: from £959 including rail and hotel accommodation (based on two people sharing)
Duration: 9 days
For the full listing and booking details: Florence, Siena & Lucca via the Alps by Train
3 Day Tour to the Isle of Skye
A long weekend away to walk through the remote romanticism of the Isle of Skye, where you can soak up the landscape’s mystical atmosphere. Explore as a couple this landscape’s harsh beauty and discover its dramatic and mystical sights such as the Loch Ness and the Eilean Donan Castle. Check out also our 2 day tour of the Loch Ness and the Inverness Highland.
Price: From £105 per person
Duration: 3 days
For the full listing and booking details: 3 Day Tour to the Isle of Skye