Romantic ideas for Valentine’s Day in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 15:02 29 January 2018

The Woodsman's Treehouse - a romantic bolt hole set in the branches of a veteran oak tree

The Woodsman's Treehouse - a romantic bolt hole set in the branches of a veteran oak tree


Inspired by Valentine’s Day Visit Dorset share some gloriously romantic ideas to whisk the love of your life off on a date to remember

Romantic bolt holes

From a cliff-top folly overlooking Kimmeridge Bay to a cosy thatched cottage in the Wessex landscape that inspired Thomas Hardy – it’s easy to find a romantic bolt hole for a long weekend or mid-week break in Dorset.

If you’re looking for something a little different, maybe featuring romantic nights under starry skies, then try a luxury camping break. The Stock Gaylard Estate near Sturminster Newton offers luxury glamping accommodation set within its 1,800 acres of glorious north Dorset countryside. Their traditional style Mongolian Ger, a type of yurt, come with comfy double beds and a blissful location, there’s even an outdoor bath heated by a wood-fired boiler.

Tempted by a tryst in a treehouse? The multi-award winning Crafty Camping at Holditch offers adult-only luxury glamping in quiet private woodland in West Dorset. King-sized beds, ‘tree showers’ and sauna-in-a-yurt all add to the magical experience described as - ‘like Avatar in summer and Narnia in winter’. There are a number of leafy options including yurt, tipi, bell tent and shepherd’s hut or opt for the Woodsman’s Treehouse, set in the branches of a veteran oak, it comes with a double-ended copper bath, pizza oven and private sauna!

Pedalling the road to romance

Get out and about with your loved one and discover the spectacular landscapes of West Dorset together on a relaxing electric bike guided tour run by award-winning local business Jurassic Electric. The electric bike makes cycling an absolute breeze and the fascinating tours reveal the vibrant history of the area. 

Seaside suppers for lovers

‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food’ said George Bernard Shaw, so no doubt he would be delighted to discover that Dorset provides the perfect larder for any foodie. How about a Champagne afternoon tea or a leisurely lunch featuring local produce in a lovely location, such as the award-winning Symondsbury Kitchen near Bridport?

For a romantic supper by the sea book a table at one of the many fantastic restaurants overlooking Dorset’s spectacular coast, such as Mark Hix’s Oyster & Fish House with its panormaic views of the Cobb in Lyme Regis. It’s a famously romantic location which features in Jane Austen’s Persuasion and John Fowles’ French Lieutenant’s Woman. 

Spa breaks for couples

Looking for a special treat for your Valentine? Book them in for a spot of pampering at one of Dorset’s finest spa hotels, followed by a delicious three course dinner for two at their award-winning restaurant.

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa at Evershot, near Dorchester, recently won Best Hotel Restaurant at the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards. It also has a fabulous spa and indoor pool. Their ‘Romantic Hideaway’ package comes with thoughtful touches including a bottle of Champagne, dinner and a romantic turndown with rose petals.

If you fancy strolling hand-in-hand with your beloved along a deserted sandy beach then book in to Studland’s Knoll House. Situated adjacent to one of Dorset’s most beautiful beaches it offers spa treatments, sea air and sensational food.

Will you marry me?

If you’re looking for a romantic setting to get down on one knee and pop the question, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Dorset. There’s the glorious Jurassic Coast, hill forts offering splendid views, grand country houses with award-winning gardens and pretty seaside towns. Without doubt there are some truly magical locations where you can ask that special someone to spend the rest of their life with you.

The county also offers a wonderful array of venues for weddings, to suit every taste and budget. From romantic castle to rustic barn, beach hut to stylish hotel, vineyard to art gallery - there will be a special Dorset setting where you can create your own everlasting romantic memories.

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