We’ve curated 5 weekend break ideas with rooms fit for a royal…

So this Valentine’s, you can woo and romance to their fluttering heart’s content. And if you haven’t already, be sure to pick up your copy of The Crown: Season Two, out now on DVD.

1) Woodbridge, Suffolk – Seckford Hall Hotel & Spa

If it’s just the two of you…

You’ve rambled around riverside Woodbridge (pictured above) and are well-versed in its history. Now walk the ramparts, Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England here, at Framlingham.

If the kids come along, too…

Framlingham Castle has plenty for the kids, too, but nearby is the English Edwardian country station of Brockford, where a section of the light railway has been restored.

On the red carpet – The Tudor:

The Tudor is truly a room to feel royal in. It offers a very proper level of slumber. A masterpiece of period style for a very modern era, its four poster bed dates back to 1587. This room is thought to have accommodated Queen Elizabeth I during her stay at Seckford Hall. The views (front sweeping lawn) don’t disappoint either. Custom-made for a monarch? It may as well be. Suites converted from the original stables also feature.

2) Durham – Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

If it’s just the two of you…

You’ve seen the Cathedral. But have you seen Ushaw? A Victorian Gothic masterpiece and a must for architecture lovers.

If the kids come along, too…

Hamsterley Forest, in the Durham Dales, features a Riverside Gruffalo sculpture trail and Highway Rat activity trail.

On the red carpet – The Celebration:

The jewel in the crown of suites is perhaps the aptly named Celebration. It is here you may lose yourself in the uncharted luxury
of the emperor bed (7 resplendent feet of cool Egyptian cotton) or the giant freestanding copper bath nuzzled by ESPA amenities.
Settle spoonlike on the Juliet balcony or steal a perfect hour together in the spa’s exclusive-use balcony infinity pool.

3) Lake Vyrnwy Estate, North Wales – Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa

If it’s just the two of you…

You’ve explored the estate. But have you visited the Church of St Melangell? It houses what is reputed to be the oldest Romanesque shrine in Britain.

If the kids come along, too…

Hire a bike (just a 2 minute walk from the Vyrnwy dam) and cycle round the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy. Revolution Bike Park is only 25 minutes away, too.

On the red carpet – The Premier Lake View:

If the Hotel itself is a masterly solo concert, then its location is a soul-swooning symphony – all the right notes sounding a
harmoniously complex backdrop to your romantic weekend away together. You’ve got mirror-like surfaces lit by mountainous skies,
and roads rushing down valleys and up hills. Heck, you’ve even got wildlife sanctuaries. But what if you could have the best of both? Drum roll…

4) Edinburgh – Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

If it’s just the two of you…

You’ve had your fill of heritage and culture for the weekend. Shopping? Kinlock Anderson is something of an institution just 15 minutes from Edinburgh city centre. Find a tartan you both love.

If the kids come along, too…

Festivals aside, there’s a glut of city adventures for mini crusaders here. A City Pass gives you entry to 15 attractions, including Dynamic Earth, and Butterfly and Insect World.

On the red carpet – The Lady Mary:

1,000 acres of wander-worthy parkland. 36 holes of championship-standard golf. Expansive without being overly expensive. That’s the Dalmahoy for you. It comes as little-to-no surprise then that there are suites aplenty. The Lady Mary is our absolute favourite, however. Just look (and again) at those views over the Championship East Course. On a clear day, you can see Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat in the distance. Spot the telescope, too – Lord Morton, the original owner of the house, was a keen astronomer. The room is named after his wife, Lady Mary.

5) Norwich – Maids Head Hotel

If it’s just the two of you…

You’ve made your way over to the Cathedral (just opposite the hotel), now discover the Halls – the most complete medieval friary complex surviving in this country.

If the kids come along, too…

If you’ve a penchant for dinosaurs (we certainly do), then Dinosaur Adventure is 85 roaring acres of lost kingdom waiting to be unearthed. Look out for the Pterodactyl Treehouse.

On the red carpet – The Tudor:

A suite like no other – rest where kings and queens have bed their heads. Rumoured to have been Queen Elizabeth I’s bedroom when she visited the city in 1587, the Queen Elizabeth Suite is located in the original part of the Maids Head Hotel. Features include solid exposed beams, an original feature headboard, 16th Century furniture and lavish fabrics. The individually designed Suite 316, with a large living room, is new for 2019.

Can’t find a suite to your liking? Call us now and we’ll build you one. (Just kidding. Accessible luxury, not elite!) Share this post with your family and friends. Start planning your next Classic British adventure. Stay inspired #TravelSeeker

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