As summer draws to a close and colder temperatures are on the horizon, rounding off summer with a romantic staycation is a great way to spend some quality time together, beat the crowds and make memories to cherish.
But where are the best UK areas for the perfect post-summer romantic staycation? Below, experts at holiday lettings company, holidaycottages.co.uk, have revealed the five best romantic UK staycations to enjoy across the country, whether that be taking in the beautiful British scenery or journeying into the UK’s magical history.
1. Lake District
- Best for: outdoorsy couples looking for breathtaking views
- Things to do include: Windemere, Old Man of Coniston Walk
There are little other areas in the UK than can show off the breathtaking landscapes England has to offer like the Lake District. Idyllic, emotive, and all-round spectacular, the Cumbrian landscape makes the ideal setting for a romantic getaway. Even the poets agree!
Take a walk around the stretching walking trails and explore the beautiful fauna, or marvel under the glittering Lake District skies with a spot of stargazing. Just make to fill up your flask with a warm beverage to keep each other cosy!
- Best for: couples looking for history, culture and nightlife
- Things to do include: York Minister, Shambles
For those couples who prefer the buzz of a city break but are looking for something a little quainter and intimate – the North Yorkshire city of York is ideal! Sprawling with cobbled streets that lead you on a path to some of North Yorkshire’s most wonderful bars and eateries, York will instantly capture your heart.
Explore the city’s ancient relics and timeless Tudor architecture or visit one of the many quirky shops. Make sure to grab a taste of Yorkshire and tuck into a Yorkshire pudding wrap on the Shambles!
3. North Devon
- Best for: laid back couples who love the sea
- Things to do include: Exmoor National Park, Appledore
Romantic beach walks don’t have to be exclusive to summer, and if you’re looking to take a sandy stroll with your partner the picturesque sands of North Devon can hardly be beaten. With an array of areas to pick your stay, from the pretty coastal village of Appledore, to the glorious beach destinations of Croyde and Woolacombe, where will you choose to watch the sun set?
For dog-parents do not worry, as the area is full of dog-friendly beaches to wander with your pooch as you reminisce on the nostalgia of the summer.
4. Isle of Skye
- Best for: adventurous couples looking for top scenery and wildlife
- Top things to do include: Dunvegan Castle, The Old Man of Storr
Enchanting and magical, the Isle of Skye is a mesmerizing backdrop for your end of summer romantic stay. The ultimate location to escape the reality of everyday life, the fairytale island is a perfect stay for couples with a thirst for adventure. Discover captivating wildlife such as dolphins or puffins and view awe-inspiring scenery from Dunvegan Castle to The Old Man of Storr.
Along with its wild rugged landscapes, there are plenty of gourmet delights and cracking distilleries to enjoy some downtime with your partner. The Isle of Skye will be an amorous adventure you will never forget.
5. Gower Peninsula
- Best for: adrenaline chasing couples
- Top things to do include: Rhossili Bay, Three Cliffs Bay
Just a short drive from Swansea, Gower Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that will be a glistening way to round off summer fun. Perfect for adrenaline chasing couples, there are plenty of beautiful areas for coasteering – and if you fancy braving the temperatures for surfing the beaches get some of the most spectacular waves in Britain.
Commenting on the UK’s best romantic post-summer staycations, a spokesperson at holidaycottages.co.uk says: “As summer draws to a close, planning a romantic break with your partner can be the perfect way to see the summer out and enjoy some quality time together. What’s more, these spots are a great chance to fall in love the stunning range of scenery and unique activities that the UK has to offer!”