Love is in the Air: The Best Hotels For Popping The Question

Looking for some inspiration for a stunning location to pop the question? Mark Southern rounds up some of the UK’s most romantic spots for getting that knee muddy. Just don’t blame us if you hear the word “no”.

As originally published in The Kensington and Chelsea Review, 2015

Ynyshir Hall, Mid-Wales

Nestled in the Cambrian Mountains, amid a sparse fairytale landscape, chef Gareth Ward has created a stunning menu worth building the romance before the big moment, in a contemporary hotel that both embraces and defies its surroundings.

Recently awarded his first Michelin Star, Ward’s eleven course tasting menu combines delicate locally-sourced flavours with bold choices, amid a highly innovative presentation, that brings theatrical flair to his strong-willed culinary creations, and creates a perfect setting to spring a ring out of your pocket.

Whilst the food delivers a sensational experience, the beautifully appointed hotel provides a classically luxurious backdrop. Blending modern sharp lines with authentic local materials, the relaxing setting is perfect for a weekend away, with the homely service both personal and charming.


Hartwell House, Aylesbury

Tucked away in the majestic surroundings of the 1,800 acre Hartwell estate, this Buckinghamshire retreat is perfect for romantic getaways and proposal weekends.

The country house hotel as a fascinating history, and this scent of bygone days is embedded deep in the essence of the hotel, alongside a delightful blend of high-end modern luxury, with guests are caught up in a heady mix of mahogany-infused comfort.

The traditional ambience is accentuated with a range of dining options, with the quaint afternoon tea in front of the log fire a must for surprising your significant other with the big question, with the splendour of the spectacular views framing the backdrop.

Headland Hotel, Newquay

The electrifying stimulation of waves crashing into the North Cornish coastline is a staple of romantic fiction, and a clifftop proposal at the stunning Headland Hotel, with the glorious Fistral Beach beneath offers a breath-taking moment for your beau.

Set on the tip of the peninsula, with the Atlantic Ocean enveloping three sides of the hotel, the old-school glamour delight and relax, with a quite unique ambience of laidback Cornish welcome blended with nicely formal courtesy.

The food is outstanding, and sourced locally, and to glide your partner down the sweeping central staircase, and out into the windswept beachside will dramatically increase your chances of an affirmative response.


South Lodge, Sussex

There’s something about British country houses that bring out the love in even the coldest hearted cynic, but there is something extra special about South Lodge, which creates a perfect setting to give a proposal of a lifetime.

Set in the rolling West Sussex hills, and with acres of beautiful countryside to stroll in, the contemporary decor and exquisite food takes the wonderful classic architecture to new heights, and offers a slice of true romance for couples.

Rooms are beautifully appointed, with sharp lines, and elegant bathrooms, but its the mysterious and soulful rope swing pods that should be the location for the special moment, with nothing but lakes and greenery around you to witness the moment you close your eyes and hope to hear “yes”.


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