The Isle of Wight must be one of the most romantic places in the UK to visit at anytime of the year but particularly during the winter months, when it is quieter and wilder. A trip to the Island over Valentines Day is perfect for lovers whatever age.
There are tonnes of stunning beaches and coastal paths to walk along; some of the best restaurants, pubs and bars around for a romantic dinner for two; as well as some beautiful places to stay for the most romantic night of the year!
Here are our picks of what to do with your nearest and dearest this Valentines:
What could be more romantic than a coastal walk along our literary landscape? Wrap up and take the climb up to Tennyson Monument in Freshwater for perhaps one of the best unspoilt views across the Island. Freshwater has a vast cultural heritage with Alfred Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria’s reign, taking up residence at Farringford House in 1853. Recite poetry to your beau or pop into Dimbola for a well deserved rest and a look at the beautiful photography of pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron, friend and peer of Alfred Lord Tennyson. For a walking route and other ideas, visit tasteofthewight.co.uk/sunday-best
Wining & Dining:
The Isle of Wight has an envious selection of eateries meaning you are spoilt for choice when it comes to a great meal for two. To push the boat out for that special occasion, try fine dining at The Royal Hotel in Ventnor. The restaurant here has consistently appeared in every Michelin Good Food Guide since its inception so you know you are good hands. Try the tasting menu to experience the best the chef has to offer. Three Buoys in Ryde has one of the best views on the Island, beautiful by day but perhaps even more spectacular at night when Portsmouth lights up across the water. For more relaxed dining, cosy up in a pub – The Taverners in Godshill offers a roaring fire and consistently good local food. Add in flagstone floors and dogs welcome then you have the perfect place to while away several hours. For more ideas of where to eat, visit tasteofthewight.co.uk who are the Islands leading local guide to food and drink.
Immerse yourself in tranquility for a couple of hours and truly relax with wellness treatments at one of the Isle of Wight’s spas and wellness centres. Try The Westbay Club for the ultimate in indulgence with Liz Earle Naturally Active Mini Retreat complete with lunch. The Lakeside Park Hotel & Spa offers a luxury retreat for two with a full body massage and a two course meal in the Brasserie.
The Island has some of the most beautiful hotels and guesthouses including The George in Yarmouth and The Seaview Hotel. If quirky is more your bag then you have really lucked in by coming to the Isle of Wight. Houseboat Harbourside View offers a unique place to stay just three minutes from the beach moored up at Bembridge Harbour or enjoy a couple of nights cozying up in a vintage airstream caravan with Vintage Vacations. For the outdoor lovers, try a treehouse in the woods! Into the Woods Treehouse is beautifully equipped and the perfect place to get away from it all. Ralph’s Spa Barn offers your own hot tub in the summer house – you might not leave!