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St Valentine┬Ès Day falls on a Saturday this year, so what better way to celebrate than to wake up in a romantic cottage in the Cotswolds?
Choose from a host of idyllic properties and locations and treat your loved one to a truly special celebration. A number of romantic holiday properties are available for a 3 night stay from Friday 13th February, many for under £300. Stock up on your favourite meals and snuggle down for the weekend, or visit a local pub for fine food and drink. Enjoy a picturesque walk (or some shopping!) then unwind together in gorgeous surroundings. Sound appealing? What┬Ès more, there┬Ès also chocolate!
Some suggested areas to visit on your romantic break in the Cotswolds include:
Take in the beauty of the 12th Century Abbey or embark upon the 2 mile riverside stroll that is the Malmesbury Circular Walk. Afterwards, enjoy the thriving town centre, with a range of individual stores and then kick back £ there are plenty of cafes, bistros and restaurants. You can pick up the ingredients for a romantic meal from a number of local butchers and grocers and then snuggle in for the night! Visit here for more local information.
Cottages nearby perfect for a romantic break include: Wagon House in Little Somerford, with an excellent village store in the nearby village of Great Somerford and a recently restored pub (The Somerford Arms) a short walk away.
The delightful towns of Tetbury and Cirencester are also only a short drive away.
This wonderful Cotswolds location is a true mix of town and country, with bustling market days and a whole range of shops on offer. Popular for its antiques, you can also browse an eclectic mix of modern furnishings, wine and food specialists, beauty salons and vintage clothing stores, all set in Stow┬Ès wonderful historic architecture and ancient market square.
Perfect for Valentine┬Ès Day – Stow is also home to The Cotswold Sweet Company. Choose his and her favourites from an amazing range of the most delicious hand-made fudges, chocolates and sweets and hand-picked hampers.
Manor Cottages offers a number of properties in Stow and the surrounding area. Suggestions include: Old Forge Cottage in Stow Old Forge and 5 Bells Garden Cottage in Bledington (well worth a visit is the local pub the Kings Head in Bledington) 5 Bells.
The Stables is a delightful conversion of the old outbuildings at Widdenham Farm. The farm itself is located about a mile from the absolutely beautiful Cotswold village of Colerne. The village has a shop, two pubs and is a sleepy spot in a truly rural setting. The cottage is tucked down an idyllic valley in complete peace and quiet, with nothing except the local wildlife to interrupt – how romantic is that? The Stables.
Yew Trees Cottage, Cusop is situated in the 'Golden Valley', Herefordshire. The Golden Valley has stunning scenery and countryside and offers excellent hill walking, with popular spots such as the Black Mountains and the Beacons National Park nearby.
Hay-on-Wye, the second hand book centre of the world is 3 miles to the west, with a choice of places to eat and drink and relax.
For more ideas on making the most of a long weekend in the Cotswolds throughout the year and booking a romantic break, call the Manor Cottages team on 01993 824252 or visit our website: Manor Cottages.