Congham Hall is all about the power of herbs, harnessed within a luxurious environment (for those of us who are not quite earth mother enough to wade around in the pouring rain). The Secret Garden Spa uses the gorgeous Elemental Herbology product line and the herb garden has been internationally renowned since it became a hotel in the ‘80s. Seeing a theme here? Well it continues with the food where simplicity is key and most ingredients are grown in the hotel grounds… oh yes, we are now feeling wholesome, decadent and virtuous all at the same time.
The food, the history, the architecture… it’s all like something out of a historic novel. At Rudding Park The Clocktower restaurant has a star reputation for using local ingredients and is home to a 400 year old Catalonian olive tree. It’s a very romantic experience for those who fancy a proper treat. Meanwhile, the regency building houses a private cinema for cuddling up on a wet and rainy October evening… bliss!
The spa at The Mount is adults only, and it’s all about peace and quiet. Nestled into the Somerset countryside it’s hard to find a nicer part of the UK to snuggle up in. We’ll snuggle up in a four poster room with someone special we think, and indulge in the Sugar and Shimmer Spa Day complete with a hot drink and a chocolate brownie I think!
The autumn lends itself perfectly to the romance of a fairytale castle, which is just one of the reasons we love Dalhousie Castle just outside the city of Edinburgh. Overlooking the River Esk, the castle dates back to the 13th century – think knights, armour, the whole chabang. It’s tartans, tweeds and twills throughout in true Scottish style… now, where did we put that knight in shining armour?
If you have yet to go to Cirencester you’re in for a treat. This Roman town has stood the test of time and is surrounded by the utterly gorgeous Gloucestershire countryside. Hey, if it’s good enough for Liz Hurley it’s good enough for us! After a day of exploring the nearby area on foot and a spot of shopping in town, it’s time to snuggle up with afternoon tea.
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