With acres of idyllic countryside and numerous charming and picturesque villages, Cumbria is easily one of England's most romantic counties. Highlights include the historic city of Carlisle and the long stretch of coastline, but the main event is undoubtedly the Lake District, which covers almost 3,000 square kilometres of the county. As it's such a popular holiday destination, Cumbria is home to some spectacular hotels, many of which are perfect for romantic getaways.
Sunsets on the West Coast
Travelling couples are often drawn to the Cumbrian coastline. Being right at the edge of the county has a unique feeling about it, and there's always ample opportunity for a lengthy walk. One of the real charms of Cumbria's long coastline, though, are the sunsets. Looking out to the west, visitors can watch the sun go down over the ocean. As you'd expect, the coast is peppered with fine bars and restaurants, particularly in the popular seaside resorts such as Seascale.
Bailey Ground Lodge gives guests direct access to the beach. The 3-star hotel also offers free WiFi, which makes it easy for couples to plan excursions inland, to explore the famous Lake District.
Romantic Spa Breaks
There's something incredibly romantic about stealing away with a loved one to a tranquil, rural location in search of nothing but total relaxation. That's precisely the kind of holiday had by thousands of couples in the UK each year when they set off for Cumbria.
There's no shortage of spa hotels in Cumbria, providing a whole host of relaxing treatment and therapies, often set in stunning grounds and elegant, period properties.
One of the county's most popular spa hotels is The Wordsworth Hotel, which is located in Ambleside, not far from Lake Grasmere. The hotel houses an organic spa, ideal for chilling out as a pair. There are also plenty of pretty walks nearby.
Fans of history will be drawn into the historic city of Carlisle. The castle and cathedral are obvious highlights, while Hadrian's Wall is just half an hour's drive away. Coupled will rejoice at the plethora of exquisite restaurants in town and the number of welcoming B&Bs near the city centre.