Kent’s Romantic Escapes
Discover the enchanting allure of The Garden of England this Valentine’s Day and make it one of the most romantic yet.
As winter begins to come to an end, Kent and all its glorious scenery offers an idyllic backdrop for lovers seeking a dreamy escape. From historic homes to charming seaside retreats, insideKENT’s most romantic selection of places to stay ensures an unforgettable getaway for you and your partner this season.
From safari nights under the stars to reinvigorating spa experiences, you can find it here in Kent. Whether you’re an old romantic seeking the simplicity of a candlelit dinner, or the outdoorsy type that adores a scenic ramble through quaint villages and blustery walks on the beach, get ready to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one. Kent’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty provide the perfect canvas for a romantic retreat, and our roundup guides you to the most captivating places to celebrate love this season!
One for… Romantic Seclusion
Elmley Nature Reserve
The closest you can get to your own private island this side of London, the Isle of Sheppey offers acres of flat grass and marshland that teem with wildlife and offer total escape from the roar of reality. A beautiful quiet stillness descends on the isle, which also consists of sweeping shingle beaches, vast estuaries, meandering rivers and of course, glorious views. Elmley Nature Reserve invites guests to ‘escape into nature’ during their stay as well as having the exclusivity of being the only nature reserve in which one can stay overnight. Describing themselves as a vast wilderness, Elmley’s spectacular landscape, soul-stirring skies and breathtaking wildlife provides a truly inspirational escape for any couple looking to get away and spend time together. Choose from sweet and solid comforting cottages, cosy intimate cabins, or stay in one of the main farmhouse’s exquisitely designed rooms. Each with its own individual character, every place has been created as a retreat so couples can make the most of their time away and utilise the restorative power of nature.
Guests can also enjoy exquisite meals and delectable drinks at Elmley, either at The Kingshill Barn Bar, The Cowshed Café for lunch or breakfast in The Farmhouse. From seasonal, locally sourced food to unforgettable wildlife experiences and huge open skies, expect an extraordinary stay at this serene slice of Kent.
One for… Amorous Adventure
Port Lympne near Hythe
Utterly unique and undoubtedly destined to be a break you will never forget, for ‘stargazing on safari’, stay at The Bubble: an opportunity to get back to nature from the comfort of your very own ‘bubble’. Set on an escarpment in the reserve, this special setting offers panoramic views, which are striking at both nighttime and during the day, providing a wickedly exciting yet romantic getaway. Surrounded by nature, the transparent walls and ceiling offer breathtaking views over the 600-acre reserve.
If The Bubble is not for you, opt to stay in Leopard Creek, a collection of luxury accommodations overlooking the naturalistic leopard enclosure; the secluded Forest Hideaway sheltered by towering pine trees and surrounded by the calls of the wild; or the four-star boutique mansion hotel.
After a day filled with adventures such as safaris and animal experiences, couples can relax with a luxurious bubble bath in freestanding tubs overlooking the natural landscape of the reserve, or simply sink into a sumptuous king-size bed. Complimentary Bamford toiletries and sleep kits are provided to ensure you have a truly relaxing experience. You’ll also find a Nespresso machine, mini bar and high speed Wi-Fi, so all the amenities you could possibly need are provided for. Visit the Garden Room just a short walk away for a truly special meal which is also set under the stars.
One for… Lovers of Luxury
Rowhill Grange, Dartford
Describing itself as ‘an oasis of calm’ Rowhill Grange is an award-winning, four-silver-star hotel and spa, and part of the acclaimed Alexander Hotels Group, priding itself on its pièce de résistance: the Utopia Spa. Crafted from a desire to transport the senses away from the everyday, Utopia is a spa destination like no other. Featuring 19 treatment rooms, including two couple’s treatment rooms, iconic Romanesque split-level pools, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and more, guests are invited to nurture and fortify their bodies with heat, water and scent. Reconnect with your centre and find equilibrium with a range of bio-nutritional therapies from OSKIA of London and deeply aromatic treatments from Temple Spa along with Rowhill’s own unique Utopia rituals.
After your treatments, spend the day unwinding in your soothing, fluffy robe while you enjoy a drink at the bar, delicious dining in the Elements Bar and a wander around the pretty grounds that surround the hotel.
One for… Countryside Escape
THE PIG at Bridge Place
A generous slice of stately grandeur amidst the elegant parkland surrounding Canterbury’s provincial villages, THE PIG at Bridge Place is set in a wing of what was once a historic stately home. Today, THE PIG embraces its countryside setting and combines it with timeless elegance – picture heavy oaken beams, intricately carved staircases, huge brick fireplaces and Persian rugs strewn amongst squashy sofas and patterned chairs.
The restaurant prides itself on its 25-mile menu, which uses the finest local and seasonal ingredients in an array of divine dishes and desserts and embraces a kitchen-garden theme. There are seven characterful bedrooms in the main house, 12 light and spacious rooms in the Coach House, and two family friendly lodges as well as The Barn, a rustic and romantic two-storey hideaway in the old stables. The textures of each interior is quintessentially English with soft velvet fabrics and rich colours.
One for… Ocean Dreamers
Cabü by the Sea
There’s no place like the ocean for romance. Whether you’re craving sunsets over the sea, stolen kisses among the waves or serene strolls along the seafront, Cabü and its beautiful location are certain to provide. Lying on a natural stretch of privately owned grassland next to the seafront between the wondrous Romney Marsh and the English Channel, this intimate retreat has immediate access to the beach with miles of coastline to explore.
For couples looking for a surreal staycation, select to stay in the Writer’s Cabin, which is formed perfectly for two. Designed for all seasons, guests can snuggle up by the log burner in winter or lounge in a deck chair in summer. When braving the sea doesn’t take your fancy, relax in the seasonal heated pool, hot tubs or sauna. The pool area is open from the end of March all through the summer and ideal for lounging and enjoying a cocktail or two together. The Sitooterie is also a great place for entertainment and alfresco dining. Consisting of a superb outdoor kitchen with barbeque and pizza oven alongside griddle tables to keep you and your food warm, expect brilliant balmy summer evenings that turn into long nights under the stars spent here.
For Sultry Sophistication…
Boys Hall, Ashford
Boutique at its best, each meticulously designed bedroom here is furnished with ultimate luxury and style: drench showers, roll top baths and dreamy Hypnos beds. Explore the charm and intrigue of the house and gardens, or sink into an armchair in front of a roaring fire. Lose yourself in the wild country garden and enjoy the finest ingredients this diverse Garden of England has to offer in the stunning orangery restaurant space.
One for… Arty Inspiration and Seaside Charm with Pets…
The Pink House, Margate
A two-suite, adult-only B&B, The Pink House has been heralded by The Times as ‘a fusion of impeccable style and warm service’. Expect an enchanting vintage vibe that entangles itself beautifully with Margate’s thriving arts scene and iconic chintzy seaside-town history. Pets are also welcome at this spectacularly renovated Grade II listed Georgian townhouse on the seafront.
One for… Foodies
Updown Farmhouse, Deal
Along with Gardener’s Cottage, Updown Farmhouse has been lovingly updated to provide five luxuriously appointed rooms, a terrace restaurant and farmhouse kitchen. There are four rooms in the house, two with king-size beds and two with super-king beds, all boasting lovely countryside views across the treetops and down into the rambling garden.
One for… Elegance in The Garden of England
The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells
Six beautifully designed and luxuriously renovated bedrooms in an elegant country house. As well as the main manor house, guests can also stay in The Summer House, which perches just below the house on the edge of Happy Valley, providing stunning views across the Kent countryside.
In the gardens of The Beacon sit three beautiful Victorian spring-fed lakes, providing yet more gorgeous scenery. Each bedroom within the main house is inspired by the surrounding beauty of nature, as well as art that implements the historical references of The Beacon throughout. Each room has been individually designed to reflect the character of the building, combining vintage pieces with stylish décor and modern furnishings.
When it comes to food, enjoy two different yet equally exquisite dining experiences: the relaxed Garden Bar and the elegant Hearth Restaurant, alongside private dining rooms.
One for… The Ultra-Stylish…
More than just a hotel, Cave has a glamorous persona that is sought after by those that love bags of style alongside a sumptuous stay. This en vogue identity has extended itself into every corner of the hotel and restaurant. With 41 opulent guest rooms, spa facilities, the Firepit restaurant, decadent cocktail lounge and a 6,591 yard golf course, a stay at Cave is promised to be a luxury experience.
Expect a truly indulgent stay, with rooms that boast the likes of huge wraparound balconies, stand alone UFO baths, rainfall showers and plush super-king beds. With mattresses provided by the same brand appointed to royalty, 65-inch television screens, coffee makers, fluffy cotton robes, super high-tech features and adjustable mood lighting that even includes a ‘romance’ setting, all guests are sure to succumb to Cave’s hypnotic splendour during their stay. If the rooms alone were not enough indulgence and relaxation, guests can immerse themselves in the saline hydrotherapy pool, 12-seater jacuzzi or the warmth of the sauna.