Romantic breaks for Valentine’s Day

By Charlotte Winterbourne

Revel in the romance of Valentine’s Day with a break from some of Custard Communications’ clients.

Over £300

The vernacular of Valentine’s – from £344.50pp at The Grand, York  
Romanticism becomes reality in the realms of opulence at five-star hotel, The Grand, York, this Valentine’s Day. Turn up the heat and reach new heights of intimate collaboration with a full-day Sensational Spanish cookery class for two at the hotel’s brand-new Cookery School. An authentic taste of Spain is coming to the heart of Yorkshire in an explosion of flavour and passion with a twist of innovation. Feliz festivities begin at £171.50pp (two sharing) for an overnight stay including breakfast and a full day cookery class. Visit www.thegrandyork.co.uk or call 01904 380038.

Cosy up in the countryside – from £365pp at Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens, Hampshire
On Thursday 14 February, Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens’ award-winning Oak Room restaurant will host a special Valentine’s dinner for couples. As the resident pianist provides the musical backdrop to the evening, guests will enjoy an indulgent three-course meal by candlelight, with romantic sharing dishes available. Fully immerse yourselves in opulent interiors and first-class service, with an overnight stay, surrounded by stunning Hampshire countryside. A one-night stay including the Valentine’s dinner and breakfast the next day is from £365pp (based on two sharing). Call Tylney Hall on 01256 764881, www.tylneyhall.com

Under £250

Love in five-star luxury – from £225pp at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, Herts/Beds border
Just 30 minutes from central London, yet a world away from the hustle and bustle, Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa is the ideal place to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. For the most luxurious experience, dine at the five-star hotel’s 2 AA Rosette Wernher Restaurant and enjoy a Champagne and canapés reception, before indulging in a five-course candlelit dinner with paired wines, created by award-winning chef Ruth Hansom. The one-night stay is from £225pp (based on two sharing) including the dinner, breakfast and use of the hotel’s spa and leisure facilities. Call Luton Hoo on 01582 698888, www.lutonhoo.co.uk

Valentine’s weekend escape – from £162pp at Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, East Sussex
Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club in East Sussex has acres of forested landscape, neo-gothic architecture and a relaxing ambiance in which to enjoy some time away, just the two of you. Celebrate the day of love on Saturday 16 February and begin the evening with a luxurious drinks and canapé reception, then be seated for a sumptuous four-course dinner, including a bottle of wine per couple and coffee with petit fours. The one-night Valentine’s weekend break is from £162pp (based on two sharing), including the four-course dinner and breakfast the next day. Call Ashdown Park on 01342 824988, www.ashdownpark.com

A grand romance – from £132pp at The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne
The majestic five-star Grand Hotel invites diners to enjoy a south coast escape with a romantic meal at the hotel’s Garden restaurant on Valentine’s Day. From 6.30pm on Thursday 14 February, guests will arrive to the soothing sounds of harpist Fiona Horsford, before a four-course meal in the elegant surroundings. An overnight stay will complete the visit to The Grand, waking up to the sights and sounds of the seaside. The one-night stay with Valentine’s meal is from £132pp (based on two sharing). Price for the four-course meal only is £49pp. Call The Grand on 01323 412345, www.grandeastbourne.com

Burning Love – from £119pp at Aztec Hotel and Spa, Bristol
Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2019 with friends, family or your loved one at Aztec Hotel and Spa’s Elvis Tribute Night, for an evening of good tunes, great food and lots of dancing on Friday 15 February. The evening will begin with welcome drinks, before a two-course meal with a glass of house wine, as the tribute act takes to the stage. Sing along to the Graceland star’s top tracks and put on your dancing shoes when the DJ takes to the floor. A one-night stay with tickets to the Elvis Tribute Night is from £119pp (based on two sharing) with breakfast and 25-minute spa treatment. Visit www.aztecbristol.co.uk or call 01454 201090.

Follow your heart to the Highlands – from £112.50pp at The Torridon, Wester Ross
Escape with your lover to the romantic Scottish Highlands and stay at The Torridon, offering an abundance of breathtaking moments to bond over. Get your heart beating faster with an exhilarating drive down the NC500 in a classic Morgan 4/4, or book a bespoke stargazing experience with local astronomer Stephen Mackintosh. Embark on the ‘Follow Your Heart’ walk, a 15km picturesque route in the shape of a heart, perfect for reconnecting. Morgan hire from £125pp, stargazing experience from £250pp, accommodation from £112.50pp (two sharing), including breakfast. Call The Torridon, tel: 01445 791242, www.thetorridon.com

Under £100

Will love conquer all? – from £99pp at North Lakes Hotel and Spa, Penrith
On Friday 15 February, North Lakes Hotel and Spa offers guests a different way to celebrate the season of love, a Moulin Rouge! murder mystery evening. A tale of love, drama and music, the event will be a real treat for all the senses – but will you be able to crack the mystery? Whilst the drama unfolds around you, be spoiled with a delicious three-course meal. Complete the evening with an overnight stay from £99pp (two sharing), including the murder mystery event, breakfast and use of the spa. Visit www.northlakeshotel.co.ukor call 01768 868111.

Twilight spa treat – from £65pp at Solent Hotel and Spa, Fareham
There’s no better way to pause, relax and spend time with your partner this Valentine’s Day than to indulge in some pampering. At Solent Hotel and Spa couples can indulge in the Couple’s Twilight Sensation package at the hotel’s newly-refurbished spa. The ideal setting in which to unwind, the package includes a luxurious 55-minute treatment in a double treatment room, bathrobe and slippers, use of the private hot tub and a refreshing G&T. The Couple’s Twilight Sensation package is available 5pm-8pm, from £65pp. Visit www.solenthotel.co.uk or call 01489 880000.