Far from the Madding Crowd

03 Jul

We all love a summer break especially a romantic one, but does the thought of crowds, people lining up, rambunctious children and animals, loud mobile phone conversations at the adjacent sun lounger all fill you with dread? As much as I love my family life, a peaceful quiet getaway that allows me to gently appreciate my love without constant interruption is utter bliss! Here’s some of my special spots designed to heighten love and romance, quietly. 


Lake Placid Lodge

Head out of the city in the direction of the Adirondacks to this waterside retreat and your very own wood and stone cottage with a four-poster bed crafted out of local wood. Think luxury lodge Americana and you are not far off the mark. The perfect place to kick back in a big chair right on the waters edge with a large glass of red and a little fire crackling away next to you to take the chill off a summer evening in the mountains.

Glenmere Mansion

There are only 18 rooms and suites, it’s adults only, so you’re guaranteed a quiet private retreat deep in the rolling farmlands of the lower Hudson Valley. With a history of hosting royalty and aristocracy, it’s a little touch of European elegance that will transport you and your love to a place of serenity. With wineries on the doorstep, a luxury spa, and I beautiful swimming pool, you’re guaranteed to really escape in this romantic spot not far from the city.

Cambridge Beach Resort

Surprise your love and whisk them away to Bermuda for a long weekend. Just a couple of hours away and you’re in the paradise of pink beaches and turquoise sea. Featured in Architectural Digest as one of the world’s most exquisite rooms with private pools, book one of the cottages to secure seclusion, views and romance.



These are self-catering favourites from Unique Homestays who’s carefully curated collection of luxury romantic retreats for two are superb. Time to pack your favourite champagne, wine or gin an head into total romantic seclusion. Eat at the local pub, pick up bags full of delicious food at the local market, sizzle sausages on your own BBQ, or graze on charcuterie board delicacies pick up at the local market town deli. It’s just the perfect recipe for a love filled getaway.


With sensational views over the Malvern Hills, this rustic yet supremely comfortable spot is guaranteed to bring romance to your escape. You’ll think you’ve stumbled across a tumble-down barn, but step inside and you’ll find luxury abounds right where you need it. Rustic but chic.

Pixie Nook

This really is a little gem of a getaway. Not only gorgeously decorated with a divine king size bed replete with the finest linens, but an outside hot tub with a view to die for. Your private residence on the Cornish Moors that looks like something out of a film. The perfect place to create your very own romantic fairy tale.


Isn’t a sanctuary just what you ordered? This place looks like something out of House and Garden magazine, exquisitely and tastefully designed. Huge deck, hot tub, and bikes to pedal down to the beach. Pop into Lymington for their amazing Georgian market and loads of yummy local produce. You can even bring the doggie too if you like. Heaven.


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