KENILWORTH may not be on anyone’s ‘must-visit’ list, but it has one secret that ought to be shared – The Kenilworth Hotel.
Named by The Independent newspaper as one of the top 50 trendy hang-outs in 2011, this boutique hotel is a great place for a long weekend that involves not a lot more than cosy days in bed and cocktails by night.
Vintage meets modern in this 16th-century building that houses 11 individually-designed en suite bedrooms with everything that a bride and bridegroom’s hearts could desire – huge beds, designer furniture, plasma screen TVs, deluge showers with Molton Brown toiletries, iPod docking stations – but for the ultimate indulgence, check out the loft room with exposed beams and a spiral staircase which leads up to a mezzanine bathroom, complete with an oak bath made for two, or room 6 that has its own patio for summer time and a 20ft wetroom with double shower.
When you decide the surface, dress up in your finest and head downstairs to the lounge, where you can kick back and relax to the swing sounds for a cocktail or three.
For more information, log on to www.thekenilworth.co.uk
For those who prefer a little more solitude, in the great outdoors, then the latest offering in the glamping trend might be for you.
We’ve had campervans, teepees and yurts but new for this year is a showman’s wagon.
Set in the Mendip Hills, Somerset, Mollycroft is a beautifully restored wagon that was originally owned by a family operating a fairground coconut shy.
Built in Dagenham in 1949, it still retains much of its original mahogany interior but a few modern additions, such as a shower room and an outside deck area, make it that much more fun.
This is the perfect way to relive your younger days and play house together.
With a wood-burning stove inside, and an open firepit outside, you can cosy up as the nights draw in, whether you’re gazing at the stars or into each others eyes.
For more information, log on to www.croftcottage-holiday. co.uk
If rural is what you like, but you had a few more home comforts in mind, the likes of Tigh Beg Croft on the banks Loch Feochan, in the wilds of Oban could be for you.
It is the ultimate Highland hideaway, with only the open land, sea and the odd passing otter to keep you company.
The croft and this part of the coastline were used in the 1968 film of Ring of Bright Water, and more recently in the final scenes of Enigma, based on the Robert Harris thriller.
The lounge has a modern entertainment system, but with comfy sofas looking out through the large windows it will be hard to tear yourself away from the view across the loch.
And if you’re honeymooning in winter, there is no better way to spend the afternoon than in front of the log fire, with a bottle open, watching the snow falling outside and talking about your plans for the future.
More information can be found at www.lagnakeil.co.uk
For absolute decadence, head to the Lake District’s Aphrodites Lodge, where each of the themed suites has an outdoor hottub on a private deck or within a secluded garden, and some have sunken massage bathtubs for two, four-poster beds, entertainment systems and open fires.
To find out more about the Bowness-on-Windermere hotel, visit www.aphrodites lodge.co.uk