Valentine’s Day for many is the most romantic day of the year, with people showing their affection for their partner, or someone they admire by sending a gift accompanied by a love note. We’ve rounded up four Valentine’s Day packages in the South West for you and your loved one to enjoy. So sit back, relax and let “Hey Mercedes” navigation take you there.
Some believe the origins of Valentine’s Day date back to the Third Century, when Emperor Claudius II reigned. The Emperor had forbidden his soldiers from marrying, but Saint Valentine rebelled and began conducting marriages in secret. He was later punished for his actions by being imprisoned and sentenced to death. During his imprisonment he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and on the 14th February, when he was executed, he sent her a love letter signed “From your Valentine”.
Others associate the day with Venus the goddess of love and the myths surrounding her son, Cupid.
Regardless of whether you’ve just been struck by Cupid’s arrow, or like Saint Valentine, are a romantic at heart, make sure you stand out from the rest this Valentine’s Day. Exchange the enormous bunch of red roses and box of chocolates for a day, or even a weekend, to remember in the South West.
Canonteign Falls, Teign Valley, Devon
Looking for a breath-taking view in a magical paradise? Canonteign Falls boasts England’s highest man-made waterfall. For one night only, they will be transforming their lakeside café into a cosy lovers’ nest with a roaring fire and a Valentine’s feast. Choose from two or three courses with a bottle of Prosecco. Want to go that extra mile for your partner? Reserve a room, wind down and take in the picturesque views all weekend.
Kitley House Hotel, Plymouth, Devon
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Start your fairy tale at the picturesque Kitley House Estate. Kitley House estate is an award-winning historic manor house which overlooks Yealm estuary. Home to six hundred acres of woodland and its very own lake, it’s a stunning venue for any occasion. This Valentine’s Day they are opening the doors of their grand Regency room with bubbles on arrival, so if you want to wine and dine your partner like a royal this is the place to go.
St Michaels Resort, Falmouth, Cornwall
Escape the real world and drive down the coast to St Michaels Resort in Falmouth. Long beach walks and hidden coves, what could be more romantic? Enjoy a relaxing spa experience as this resort possesses Cornwall’s largest hydrothermal pool. Their Feast of Saint Valentine package includes a two-night stay in a beach house, a three-course meal and a three-hour hydrotherapy session for two.
The Castle Hotel, Taunton, Somerset
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Make your Valentine’s Day an unforgettable experience and exceed your partner’s expectations by visiting The Castle Hotel. Take in the beauty of this historic Castle whose origins stretch to over 1,000 years. The castle is within easy driving distance of the Blackdown, Brendon and Quantock Hills, as well as Exmoor National Park. To complete this historical break, the Museum of Somerset is only a stone throw away. Dine like a king with a four-course meal this Valentine’s Day.
Highbullen Hotel, Devon
If you fancy doing something completely different, the remarkable Highbullen Hotel Golf and Country Club are holding a Valentine’s Masquerade Ball. Start your evening with a glass of Prosecco followed by a delicious three-course meal. Search for your soulmate and feel the adrenaline rush as you dance the night away at their evening disco. As the clock strikes 12, be sure to find your carriage and make sure you don’t leave your glass slipper behind. Keep the enchantment alive by booking a room and make certain the magic lasts all weekend.
Are you are still unsure on where you would like to go on Valentine’s Day? Would you prefer a more action packed weekend? Check out our blog post on the best road trips in the South West.
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