Here at the National Trust we’re coming over all romantic. With the January blues becoming a faint memory, February’s wet and cold weather needn’t stop our hearts warming and our cheeks blushing.
Now there’s only one time of year we can rightly feel soppy and weep softly as we watch every chick-flick going. That’s right; Valentine’s Day is upon us!
You might be a single lady or gent who couldn’t care less about this ill-appointed day, or a couple so hopelessly in love that you spend every moment of every day staring into one another’s eyes, either way we have something to make you love life this February 14th.
Nothing inspires romance like ruby red jam and rich clotted cream smothered on a scone! Why not go down the traditional route and have a sumptuous afternoon tea for two at one of our beautiful cafes. We recommend Basildon Park, West Berkshire where you can enjoy oodles of delicate sandwiches, dainty cakes and tantalising teas. Also to be enjoyed with friends; who needs love when you can have a slice of cake as big as your face!
If you’re one for frolicking in the rain in a frilly white shirt, how about going all Wuthering Heights and taking a stroll along one of our stunning coastal paths. Weather permitting, if you take the Silverdale Coastal Walk, Lancashire in the evening you can cuddle up and see amazing sunsets over the MorecambeBay. Alternatively, the area is great for dog walking, so why not take man’s best friend for a much needed cliff-top ramble!
Cosy Country Pubs
Don’t fancy frizzy hair on Valentine’s? Get out of the rain and find yourself a cosy fireside spot for two at one of our country pubs. Grab a pint of real ale at the acclaimed Spread Eagle Inn or Red Lion Inn at Stourhead, Wiltshire. The pubs are also renowned for serving a selection of delicious locally sourced dishes!
Follow in the footsteps of some of the most epic romances at our special places. Visit the honeymoon destination of Queen Elizabeth II’s parents and fall in love at Polesden Lacy, Surrey. Or sympathise with a sad love-story and discover the tragic passion of Rex Whistler and his unrequited love for Caroline Paget at Plas Newydd, Anglesey.
Why not lavish that number one person in your life with a unique, handcrafted gift from one of our shops. The Courts Garden, Wiltshire you can purchase anything from garden gifts, local artwork and even one of a kind jewellery. Even if you’re going solo this Valentine’s, the beauty of shopping is that you don’t need an excuse to treat yourself to something fabulous!
So here’s to celebrating all the lovely relationships in your life this Valentine’s Day. Have an experience to remember with the National Trust!