Affectionate couples don’t have to wander afar when searching for romantic cottages during this year’s Valentine’s Day if only they would heed the British Airways fairy-tale offerings.
According to the airline, Britain has got so many exquisite places to cater to a variety of tastes, especially those in search of a quirky getaways to treat their fond ones.
British Airways Commercial Manager West Africa Kola Olayinka who proposed some attractive sites in Britain listed five memorable places that could blow customers’ minds if they decide to fly BA to visit these choice sites during the lover’s week. He listed some of these exquisite cottages as:
The Water Tower, Truro-Cornwall. Described as a romantic Victorian Water Tower, Turo is a holiday cottage with a twist – literally. With its turret and distinctive round rooms, this romantic fairytale-style tower looks like it’s straight out of Rapunzel, but was actually built about 1865 to serve as a reservoir for Trelissick House.
The tower has a topsy-turvy layout, with the bedroom on the first floor, living room on the second and kitchen at the top, all linked by a spiral staircase. The tower shares a private garden with the Engine House and is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Falmouth and Truro are nearby and you can use the hop-on, hop-off ferries to reach them by river, as well as exploring the stunning surrounding countryside.
Second is the Island, Newquay. Uniquely perched on its very own island in the sea above Towan Beach in Newquay and approached by a private suspension footbridge, the Island is magical and iconic with unrivalled Atlantic Ocean views. The Towan beach is directly below the Island, just a quick walk across the bridge and 30 seconds later; your feet are in the sand. This beautiful beach is very popular with both families as it is located in the centre of Newquay. It can be lively during the peak summer months. The Blue Reef Aquarium, right by the beach, is well worth a visit. At low tide you can walk all the way across the beach to the traditional Cornish harbor, where you can find an excitement crab sandwich or ice cream. Stylish, elegant and super comfortable best describe the New England styled living room furnished in a cool palette of whites and greys which is open to the beautiful dining area and of course those breathtaking views for you to soak up from every window. The island is equipped with WiFi, in case you need to keep in touch with the outside world. There are ample facilities – washer, dryer, dishwasher, electric hob, electric cooker and coffee maker at the house. One cut and one hair chair are provided.
The third exquisite place is No. 15 Great Pulteney. Situated at the very heart of Bath’s fashionable society, No.15 Great Pulteney is an elegant and vivacious luxury hotel on the very grandest street in Bath. Imagine a place where you can indulge in all the best things in life, from the very finest artisanal food to superlative spa treatments and carefully-curated drinks, and enjoy wonderfully individual, restful spaces with an all-pervading feeling of wit and personality in Bath’s city centre. Bath is famed for its 18th Century Georgian architecture and honey-coloured Bath stone. Behind the hotel’s graceful façade are comfortable, cleverly designed rooms and intriguing, witty contemporary art. It’s known for its afternoon teas and cocktails, and if you and your plus-one fancy being pampered, try Spa15 in the stone vaults below the hotel. Once a cavernous coal-cellar, it now offers spa treatments in front of an open fire.
Next is the Duke of Portland, Lake District. Swooned over this traditional boathouse on Ullswater, the Duke of Portland, Lake District was converted into a hideaway, with double patio doors in the bedroom that open up views of the lake and the mountains. It has oak floors, exposed beams, a wood-burning stove, a slipper-bath and a private jetty. Two hotels nearby offer fine dining: Sharrow Bay in Penrith, and the Another Place Hotel, and traditional Cumbrian pubs offering seasonal, local fare.
Lastly, the Wendy, Cardigan Bay, Wales – one of the most remarkable places to stay in the UK. This converted railway carriage holiday cottage is the perfect holiday for train-lovers or those who want to watch dolphins. Sleeps 5, dogs welcome, and has WIFI too. If you’re looking for a secluded and rather quirky getaway, consider this converted Edwardian railway carriage on a coastal path overlooking the Irish Sea. Guests reported seeing Europe’s biggest pod of bottle-nosed dolphins, as well as several species of whale. While your privacy is assured – guests park 400m from the carriage and carry their luggage from the road – there are many attractions and activities nearby. These include sea kayaking, sailing and cycling. The local villages have a variety of restaurants and pubs, as well as markets selling local produce, including the area’s famous honey. Conde Nast Traveller magazine describes Wendy gateway as ‘best spots to enjoy the British Seaside’ while The Independent named the coastal carriage as “one of the best sites in the UK to spot bottle-nosed dolphins and seals.”