There is something about a road trip that conjures up the notion of a romantic escape. The chance to get away from it all. To discover new places that become your little secret. The memories of which stay with you for years to come, ones to reminisce about into your elderly years.
So let us present you with some of the most romantic spots on the South West 660. Whether you want to impress a new love, kick back and relax with your lifelong companion or just escape the norm of day-to-day life with your partner, you won’t want to miss out on these dreamy stays.
The Pig On The Beach – For Relaxed Luxury. (Route 1 Sandbanks to Weymouth)
Where do we start with the Pig On The Beach? Maybe outside – with its stunning views out to Old Harry Rocks and the Isle Of Wight. It’s beautiful walled kitchen garden, its own path down to the beach, the shepherds hut treatment rooms and even its very own herd of Dorset Horn Sheep. Step inside and you’ll find roaring log fires, a sea-view conservatory restaurant and walk-in monsoon showers. Along with a well-stocked larder in every room, full of locally sourced goodies.
With ‘plot to plate’ menus, written daily depending on what is available from the kitchen garden and local suppliers, you’re unlikely to eat the same meal twice if you’re lucky enough to be able to make a return visit.
Whether you choose to take a stroll on the golden sandy beaches of Studland Bay is up to you, (there is even a naturist section if you and your loved one are into that). But, we wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t leave the grounds of the hotel at all, and instead choose to remain in the peaceful tranquility of this beautiful haven!
The Bull Hotel – for its historic charm. (Route 2 Weymouth to Lyme Regis)
Originally built in 1535 as a coaching inn, the Bull Hotel retains its historic charm and character while offering a stylish stay in one of their 19 boutique bedrooms. You’re perfectly located in the bustling and bohemian market town of Bridport, full of quirky historic nooks and interesting independent traders. Within 10 minutes by car, you’ll reach the charming fishing village and beaches of West Bay.
During your stay see how many references to the past you can spot, such as the Trafalgar Way plaque and the name of the hotel bar (Monmouth, a reference to the Monmouth Rebellion of 1635, also known as the West Country Rebellion). You might even stay in one of the rooms visited in the past by royalty (Princess Victoria and King George VI) although thankfully the décor has been updated since then, now featuring beautiful roll top baths and glamorous signature wallpaper.
Harbour Hotel Salcombe – For A Spa Escape. (Route 5 Dartmouth to Plymouth)
If you and your partner are itching to escape from it all and have some proper ‘you time’ – this is your chance. Here you’ll be able to while away hour after blissful hour in the exclusive spa. With a heated pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna & steam room plus an exquisite array of holistic treatments you’ll leave feeling like the weight of the world has been lifted from your shoulders. Retreat back to the calming and restful rooms, many of which overlook Salcombe Estuary – a dreamy spot to watch the world go by (they even provide binoculars)!
Marazion Hotel – For The View. (Route 7 St Austell to Penzance)
If a certain ‘big question’ is on the cards for you this Valentine’s Day, and you’re looking for the perfect spot, we may have just found it for you. Located in the heart of Cornwall’s beautiful town of Marazion, the hotel looks straight out across to the enchanting tidal island, St Michael’s Mount. The sheer romantic allure that this location holds is really something very special. It’s little wonder it’s considered by many as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown.
Originally a coaching inn built around the 1700s, the hotel has been tastefully restored and presents 11 contemporary rooms plus cosy lounge with log-burner and the airy ‘Cutty Sark’ restaurant.
Hotel Meudon – For A Secret Escape. (Route 7 St Austell to Penzance)
If we were to plonk you straight into the grounds of Hotel Meudon you’d never guess you were in Cornwall. It’s exotic valley gardens feature a stunning array of plants from all over the world. Wander through these sublime sub-tropical gardens and you’ll reach Bream Cove, a private stretch of secluded beach, perfect for a romantic walk or even a cold-water dip. After the exertion of exploring the gorgeous grounds (all nine acres) you won’t have far to go to refuel. Award-winning Restaurant Meudon on site, serves fresh produce, creatively prepared. Dishes feature plenty of fresh fish and seafood as well as locally farmed meat and seasonal game, designed by celebrated head chef David Waters.
And Five More We Also Adore…
Dart Marina – for its peaceful exclusivity. Route 9 St Ives to Padstow. Relax on the banks of the River Dart in this residents only grown-up space.
Talland Bay Hotel – for its love of dogs. Route 6 Plymouth to St Austell. It doesn’t just offer the odd dog-friendly room, it positively welcomes them as part of your break.
Moonfleet Manor – for its beautiful family suites. Route 2 Weymouth to Lyme Regis. A romantic break with the kids in tow is possible with these beautiful suites and super childcare options.
Padstow Town House – for its exclusive eateries. Route 10 Padstow to Clovelly. From the same family as Michelin starred Paul Ainsworth at No.6, café Rojano & The Mariners Public House.
Thanks to Lauren Forecast for her Top 5 Romantic Getaways!