An anniversary, birthday or ‘just because’ – love is always worth celebrating. Am I right? Treat your partner to a romantic weekend away at one of these extra special places ‘up north’. (And no, I don’t mean Ramsey.)
There are so many hidden gems in the North of England for an extra-special one-night stay or intimate weekend getaway to rekindle the romance, make new memories, or simply take time away from the rock.
And like the old romantic that Gef is, we’ve pulled together the absolute crème de la crème when it comes to accommodation that is both quirky and indulgent.
All five places are no more than a 2 hour drive from Heysham sea terminal which means you don’t have to worry about stressful airport queues or baggage restrictions. Grab your other half, pack up the car, and get ready to unwind with a weekend of romantic bliss.
Far Boathouse – Ullswater
Drive time: Approx 1 hour 10
From £180 per night
Fall asleep to the gentle lapping of the lake in a fully equipped boathouse situated on the water’s edge of Ullswater. Enjoy spectacular waterfront views, a private mooring and plenty of activities nearby, including amazing walks and cycle routes. The Lake District is an ideal getaway for couples who like a balance of activity and relaxation.
Plus, the beauty of travelling via the Steam Packet Company means you can bring your bikes, walking shoes, paddle boards and any other outdoorsy equipment needed to make the most of your trip.
King Street Townhouse – Manchester
Drive time: Approx 1 hour 15
From £168 per night
Take a dip in a rooftop infinity spa pool at the luxurious King Street Townhouse, located within the upper King Street conservation area of Manchester city centre. Manchester is the ideal location for great shopping, great food and great gigs so it’s perfect for couples who want a weekend packed with entertainment.
You can shop without having to worry about luggage fees when traveling on the ferry – in fact, you could even do your Christmas shopping while you’re there. Two birds and that.
Cheshire Farm Yurts – Tattenhall
Drive time: Approx 1 hour 40
From £120 per night
Stay inside traditional Mongolian-style structures in a romantic hideaway for two. The cosy yurts gives you the feel of camping with the benefits of all the homely comforts because who really wants to sleep on the ground when you could have a king size bed? The nearest village is perfect for an easy wander while Chester is just a 20 minute drive away.
You’ll find it easy to unwind here, plus you can park directly on the site making it easy to load up with ALL the food and booze for the weekend.
Mansio Suites – Leeds
Drive time: Approx 1 hour 45
From £134 per night
Kick back in a spacious, self-contained apartment in central Leeds. The Mansio Suites serviced apartments offer a high quality, contemporary base with up to 50% more floor space than an average hotel bedroom. Leeds has great nightlife, shopping and culture for a fun weekend with your other half.
Foodies will be spoilt for choice with a mix of Michelin-star restaurants, inventive gastro-pubs and worldly street food. With new and exciting things popping up almost daily, Leeds can cater to every taste, every age and every budget.
Acorn Glade Gypsy Caravan – York
Drive time: Approx 2 hours
From: £90 per night
Okay, we confess, this one is a little over the 2 hour mark but it’s worth the extra few minutes in the car to get to this quirky glamping park. Acorn Glade is a wonderful oasis of calm where there’s no children, pets or Wifi. Bring a pack of cards, a board game, an open mind and a sense of adventure.
Emphasising comfortable off-grid eco living, you can cosy up in a gypsy caravan and give yourselves a much-needed digital detox before exploring the fabulous city of York which is a mere 10 miles away.
Consider this list your inspiration to start planning a quick getaway—whether time alone for just the two of you means a weekend of relaxation or an epic adventure.
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