Whether you're planning mid-week getaway for Valentine's Day or a weekend break for a special anniversary, take a short trip from Southampton and you're surrounded by gorgeous old manor houses or cosy little spots to help you create a romantic escape. Here are 5 spots to stay that are perfect for couples, as well as a rundown of some of the other activities you can enjoy while you're on your mini-break.
Careys Manor is a country house and spa hidden away in the New Forest. It's about a 20-minute drive from Southampton. As well as a range of luxurious rooms, Careys Manor also has a fully equipped Thai spa where you can choose from facials, massages, body treatments and a special mud treatment. After your spa treatment, you can also relax in the SenSpa pool, sauna or jacuzzi.
If you're feeling a little more adventurous, you can always head outdoors and explore some of the New Forest walking tracks, or you can just bundle yourselves away inside your room. There are three restaurants located at the manor, but the nearby port town of Lymington is also work exploring. It's a quaint and charming town, so finding somewhere to relax together won't be hard.
Lainston House is a gorgeous old country house surrounded by sprawling gardens. There are suites, junior suites and bedrooms to choose from - some embrace the house's period style while others suit more modern tastes. You can expect beautiful views of the gardens, luxurious linens, and bathrooms you won't want to leave.
Of course, the rooms are beautiful but they aren't the only perk. As well as in-house bars and restaurants where you can enjoy everything from a few cocktails, to afternoon tea, to a multi-course meal, Lainston House is also home to the Season Cookery School. If you enjoy cooking, then one of their full or half day cooking lessons is the perfect activity for a romantic weekend away. You can also try your hand at shooting or fly fishing if you're after something a little more outdoorsy, or you can just take a relaxing stroll through the grounds and enjoy a picnic under a shady spot.
Lainston House is about a 30-minute drive from Southampton.
Lime Wood Hotel & Spa combines the best of both worlds, offering top dining and a hands-on cooking school for those interested in food, and a full spa for those who are just after a bit of relaxation. Their rooms start from cosy but very comfortable rooms, up to spacious lodges. You can pick and choose to find your perfect room, whether you'd prefer green forest views or an inviting free standing bath you can soak in all day.
Sprawling manor homes might dominate this list, but you don't necessarily need to go big to have a romantic weekend for two. Tiny Homes Holidays are located on the Isle of Wight, and they currently have three cosy little homes that are perfect for couples to relax and unwind. This a-frame is Silva, it's Latin for woodland and it's a well-suited name to this tiny home surrounded by lush green trees.
Inside the decor is quite 70s inspired. There's a loft bed the two of you can sneak up to if you want to completely escape the world, but otherwise, you can explore a little further on nearby walking or cycling trails through the woodland.
Perhaps one of the grandest buildings on the list, Tynley Hall is just outside Basingstoke about 40 minutes from Southampton. The rooms are all decked out in comfortable country style, but make sure you leave your room at some point to go explore the rest of the hotel. Afternoon tea is served across the hotel's period lounges, so you'll be able to find a beautiful room and a comfy spot to sit down and enjoy some sweets and sandwiches together.
Other activities around the hotel include an indoor and outdoor pool, bikes that can be hired to cycle around the grounds, and croquet and tennis are on offer as well. There's also a day spa offering massages and treatments for when you both really need to unwind.
Whether you're interested in a luxurious weekend or a more low-key cosy escape, there's a romantic escape to suit every couple on this list. Spend your weekend curled up in bed together, or get adventurous and head out on a hike. If you've got another favourite romantic escape let us know where in Hampshire you'd choose.