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10 Valentine’s Day escapes in Surrey

The annual day of love is here again and whether you loathe or love it, we're happy for any excuse to book a luxury night away. Here is our run down of 10 of the best places in Surrey to spend Valentine's with your loved one.

Beaverbrook, near Leatherhead

This is an eye-poppingly glamorous, boldly luxurious retreat. The former home of press baron Lord Beaverbrook, it’s like stepping into a bygone era of English high society – and indeed past guests include world leaders, Hollywood royalty and literary greats. Set on 470 acres of private unspoilt countryside there are gorgeous gardens, tennis courts, a spa, as well as indoor and outdoor pools, plus plenty of walks. There are two restaurants and 35 boutique rooms spread across the The House, the Garden House and the Coach House. Pre book a table at The Garden House Restaurant for their decadent six-course Valentine’s meal, complete with a glass of Beaverbrook Albury Blanc de Blanc. beaverbrook.co.uk

Warren House, Kingston-Upon-Thames
Warren House is a Grade II-listed Manor House, tucked away on the exclusive Coombe Estate in Kingston-upon-Thames. It might be only a few miles from Kingston town centre, but it feels a million miles away. Elegant and dripping in Victorian splendour, it’s a beautiful back drop for a romantic escape. And – lucky us – this Valentine’s Day, the luxury destination is offering dinner, bed and breakfast with a bottle of Prosecco in one of their beautiful bespoke bedrooms from £169 per room per night. There is also a special Valentine’s dinner menu PLUS a Valentine’s afternoon tea available from February 14-16. Warren House is only a few miles from Richmond Park, Kingston town centre and Wimbledon so there’s plenty to do locally, be it a wander in the park, a spot of shopping or a peruse of Wimbledon village. warrenhouse.com
A boutique hotel and spa without pretension on the banks of the River Thames in Egham. There are two riverside restaurants as well as private riverside dining in pretty glass domes, an award-winning spa with an outdoor pool, and tennis courts. You can also hire a boat and take to the river. Book a deluxe double room and treat yourselves to a luxury treatment in the spa. After relaxing by the pool, head for a Valentine’s dinner at the Leftbank Restaurant for three courses of heaven and a few bottles of something fizzy. Or if you’re feeling flush, book one of the domes for a decadent dinner for two overlooking the river. runnymedehotel.com
Barnett Hill, Guildford
How does a four star luxury country house hotel sound for your Valentine’s getaway? Book yourself a fancy room (or maybe a suite – it is a special occasion, after all) and surprise your loved one with a Utopia spa treatment while you’re at it. The Oak Room restaurant is seriously fancy looking and in addition to gorgeous meals throughout the day, you can also book in for afternoon tea. Yes please! alexanderhotels.co.uk
If you want a romantic stay amongst beautiful grapevines, then you can’t go past the Farmhouse at England’s biggest wine estate in the heart of the Surrey Hills. Set on 265 acres of vineyards with stunning views out over the vines, Box Hill and the North Downs, Denbies has plenty going on for the loved-up couple including winery and vineyard tours and tastings. Stay in one of the 17 boutique bedrooms, and enjoy a full English breakfast For the evening, make a reservation at the fancy Gallery Restaurant to sample their dedicated ‘A Taste of Romance’ experience, complete with music all night long. There’s also a Valentine’s traditional tea dance with afternoon high tea and sparkling rose wine on Sun 16 Feb. denbies.co.uk
With a bright and airy conservatory overlooking the River Thames, scenic dinners don’t get much better than The Bridge Hotel. The pub serves seasonal British food from brunch to supper including classics like beer battered cod and chips to lighter options like the Bridge salad with avocado, lentils, beetroot, kale, quinoa and pomegranate, and has a great selection of drinks – from craft beer and wine, to cocktails and juices. And after all those drinks, it makes total sense to sleep over! With 47 classic and comfortable bedrooms, it’s a quick and easy stagger upstairs. bridgehotelchertsey.com
The Plough Inn, Coldharbour
The Plough Inn is the gift that keeps giving, with its incredible food, cosy rooms and great walking and cycling nearby. Situated off the beaten track in the tiny village of Coldharbour, the inn’s menus offer a selection of great gastropub food from favourites like fish and chips and steaks to panfried skate wing and duck. The six boutique rooms mean you stay a couple of days and really relax, and why not when there’s so much nearby? Leith Hill, RHS Wisley and Denbies are all just a stone’s throw away. ploughinn.com
Exposed beams, timber wall panelling, warm parquet flooring and tartan carpets and a log fire, makes for a cosy visit to The Running Horses. Request a table by the fire on the coldest of day or book a cosy booth. The pub’s dedicated Valentine’s menu is £60 per person and all washed down with a gorgeous glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé. We’ve got our eye on the roasted sea bass, saffron and lemon risotto! After you’ve filled your boots, head out for a wander around Mickleham or for the most active, jump on your bike to explore further afield! therunninghorses.co.uk
The Merry Harriers oozes romance and here’s why! In addition from the sensational pub grub (our order is the Wakelings Butchers sausages), you can book an overnight stay in one of the five shepherd’s huts overlooking a picturesque pond. There’s underfloor heating, a log burner, a wall-mounted TV, a proper bathroom complete with fluffy robes and beauty products, a cosy sleeping area piled high with bright and quirky cushions and a well-equipped mini-kitchen including a fridge. Yes please! Wake up refreshed and head out on a llama trek, because what else could a romantic weekend away possibly need? merryharriers.com
You’ll feel like royalty at this 16th century Elizabethan manor house that’s surrounded by three acres of glorious gardens and an ancient moat. Rooms are glamorous and indulgent – some with four poster beds, free-standing bathtubs, working fireplaces and balconies overlooking the water. It’s the epitome of romance. And then there’s The Mulberry restaurant the elegant dining room where you can book for a Valentine’s Supper or decadent afternoon tea. alexanderhotels.co.uk

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