I felt compelled to write to you and tell you about a small paradise I recently found and stayed in over the Christmas period. This is a stunning cottage that is a real slice of Old England. Originally a travelling blacksmiths house, this cottage has been beautifully converted over the past 2 years and I was lucky enough to stay there.
If you are looking for a wonderfully romantic trip to Cornwall then you really can’t go far wrong with this place. The owner lives next door and is hugely friendly so if there is ever anything you want or need all you have to do is pop next door. Padstow is 10 miles down the road, and it’s seafood heaven. With the likes of Rick Stein owning restaurants there you can’t go far wrong. You must try his fish and chips!
I can’t recommend this place enough… visit the website at www.rookysnook.co.uk and check it out for yourself.
Some of my shots….
For all you wine lovers out there I’ve found an amazing trip/break for you. A company called Romantic Wine Tours offer a choice of 4 tours all to do with the romantic side of wine over in Bulgaria. Not only is it a stunning country with fantastic architecture, but you will never taste wines as nice as this!
The tours are incredibly cultural and you will definitely feed those cultural cravings… with a difference! Bulgaria has a huge history which you’ll learn all about, Greek mythology featuring heavily.
Check out the tours here:
A mythological tour
who is Dionysus - the wine’s god
An archaeological tour
how ancient people drank wine
A philosophical tour
how Orpheus organized the tasting in the old times
A historical tour
the oldest gold treasure consists of wine recipients
Suffolk is next on my places to cover for ideas for romantic days out. It’s a beautiful rural county with loads on offer including old market towns, wildlife parks and rolling hills and an amazing coastline.
Here are some date suggestions then:
Bungay Castle – Built in 1165 as a Norman stronghold, the castle offers a stunning setting. There is also a medievil festival to look out for that happens once a year.
Open: 5 Jan-23 Dec, daily, 1000-1600
Tel: +44 (0) 1986 896156
Ickworth House, Park and Gardens – Makes for an extraordinary date! Built by the eccentric 4th Earl of Bristol it’s oval in shape and shows off some stunning paintings and furniture. Now owned by the National Trust check out the website to see what’s going on – normally something!
Open: 22 Mar-2 Nov
Ickworth House, Park and Gardens
Bury St Edmunds
Tel: +44 (0) 1284 735270
Our fourth county is beautiful Essex. Tarnished with a bad brush with the rise of ‘The Chav’ and people like Victoria Beckham, Essex actually has a huge amount to offer in terms of romantic destinations, here are my top five:
Glide3 Hovercraft Experience – I know that this article is all about romantic destinations, but trust me, if you take your date on one of these, emotions will be heightened as well as adrenalin and passion! You can basically fly your own hovercraft and get soaked – you’ll certainly be remembered as a person with a lust for life if anything.
Your experience includes:
• All safety, protective equipment and insurances
• Personalised certificate souvenir
• FREE refreshments and snacks
Tel: 0845 226 0748
Fax: 0870 930 7275
Hedingham Castle – If you’re looking for chivalry, white knights and a romantic day, then you MUST come here. Hedingham Castle is one of the best preserved Norman keeps in England. It was built in 1140 by the famous medieval family the de Veres, Earls of Oxford, and is still owned by their descendents. Visited by King Henry VII, King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I and besieged by King John it possesses four floors including a magnificent Banqueting Hall with fine Minstrels’ Gallery and a splendid Norman arch. It is approached by a lovely Tudor bridge which was built in 1496 to replace the drawbridge. There are peaceful woodland and lakeside walks and the beautifully kept grounds are ideal for romantic picnics. Check out the website for special events like jousting… un-missable.
Open Sunday 2nd April – Sunday 30th September (06)
Prices from £4.50
Tel: +44 (0)1787 460 261
Fax: +44 (0)1787 461 473
Now on to our third county, Kent. These are my top 5 ideas for romantic days in this beautiful county:
Canterbury Tales - If you are looking for an informative and light humorous day out then this place is perfect. Although it’s a popular tourist spot don’t let this put you off, it offers a stunning reconstruction of 14th century England, its just like stepping into the Middle Ages. The place allows you to live some of England’s finest stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer (England’s finest poet).
Open all year
St Margaret’s Street
Tel: +44 (0) 1227 479227
Dover – A popular port to France it also offers one of England’s most famous landmarks ‘The While Cliffs of Dover’. On a good day you can clearly see France. There’s a load to do here including Dover Castle and Secret Wartime Tunnels. If you like a bit of exploration then you must go to the tunnels, they lie deep underground - first dug during the Napoleonic Wars, but strategically useful through the 20th century. There’s even a ghost tour at the castle. The scenery is breathtaking when you get to the rural parts.
Dover Castle and Secret Wartime Tunnels