To mark Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up some of the best and most unusual places for a romantic getaway, whether it’s on the day itself, subject to availability, or to buy as a gift for you and your partner on a future date.
5. Treehouses, Ramside Hall Hotel, County Durham
Ramside Hall's treehouses opened last year and have proved a real talking point in the region. There's three in total: Woodpecker, Cuckoo and Peacock and they can be hired as a house or as a suite for couples. Expect pure luxury with sunken hot tubs, copper baths and even the option of a private chef. A special stretch golf buggy will take you to the door of your treehouse which overlooks the hotel's award-winning golf course. Look out for five new treehouses coming soon.
Photo: Stu Norton
6. Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington
Book the Spa Garden at Rockliffe Hall for first class service and panoramic views of the immaculate grounds at this five-star golf and spa hotel in the quiet village of Hurworth, on the edge of the County Durham and North Yorkshire border.
7. The Impeccable Pig, Sedgefield, County Durham
An overnight stay and meal at this restaurant with rooms will leave you feeling as happy as pigs in muck. With so many restaurant openings following decor trends, it’s refreshing to find a venture that’s gone out on a limb and crafted its own colourful personality to set it apart from its contemporaries. Each of the boutique rooms has their own style and charm and come with either copper baths and hot tubs.
8. Hesleyside Huts, near Bellingham, Northumberland
If a picture postcard getaway is what you're after, they don't come much prettier than Hesleyside Huts, a luxury glamping retreat nestled in the 4,000 acre Hesleyside Estate which is located in the heart of the Northumberland National Park. Each of the uniquely designed, luxurious shepherd’s huts and cabins sits within the Capability Brown designed gardens of Hesleyside Hall, home to the Border Reiver Charlton family for over 750 years.
Photo: Photo by Neil Denham