The Isle of Wight is one of the most romantic places to visit in the UK at any time of the year, but particularly in the colder months as the Island is much quieter and more tranquil, making it the perfect location for those seeking a truly ‘get away from it all’ (but not too far from home) Valentine’s break. And this year, with Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday, lovers can make a real weekend of it.
As soon as you step onto one of our ferries, the feeling of escapism kicks in as you sail away to the scenic Isle of Wight. Plus, the Island has plenty of activities and areas to explore which will suit the interests of all types of couples.
Here are some suggestions for a romantic escape on the Isle of Wight:
An escape for history and literature fans
For those couples who are fans of literature and in particular John Keats, Keats Cottage is ideal place to stay, not only because the romantic poet John Keats once stayed there in the summer of 1819, but also because the cottage is just a five minute walk from the sea. This Valentine’s week, Keats Cottage is offering couples staying for a minimum of two nights between 10th – 15th February a special romantic package. This includes a warm welcome, a comfortable room, cooked breakfasts and a bottle of Prosecco on arrival.
Enjoy a Valentine’s feast with locally sourced ingredients
No trip to the Island is complete without good food and Thompson’s Restaurant is run by the youngest British chef to be awarded a Michelin star, Robert Thompson. A special Valentine’s menu has been curated exclusively for 13th, 14th and 15th February 2020 and includes dishes such as poached & grilled fillet of lemon sole and tournedos of aged beef fillet, with a vegetarian menu also available.
Stay in a coastal retreat hotel with stunning views
The charming Seaview Hotel is in the iconic sailing village of Seaview and this Valentine’s Day is offering a special romantic package for couples. Based just two minutes from the sea front, it’s a great place to stay for couples looking for a casual but still romantic trip. The exclusive Valentine’s Day package includes one night’s accommodation in a standard room, a full English breakfast, a bottle of Prosecco in the room and a 3-course dinner.
Explore the Island’s natural beauty with a romantic stroll
Half of the Isle of Wight is protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making it the ideal location to enjoy some scenic walking routes with a loved one. From rugged coastal paths to enchanting forest trails there are plenty of walks available and you can use our useful guide to walks and decide on the best route for them. The Isle of Wight has also been awarded a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, as it is recognised as one of the best places in the world to explore the sustainable way people interact with their natural environment.
Have a grape to glass experience at Adgestone Vineyard
Enjoy a guided tour around the 10-acre Adgestone Vineyard among the many varieties of vines. You’ll learn all aspects of viticulture, the growing season and some interesting history leading up to the successful modern English Wines. Heading into one of the last remaining subterranean commercial cellars, you’ll see the vast array of fermentation vats and bottling equipment, the grape press and even labelling process.
This 1-hour tour will leave you amazed at the process the vineyard goes through to turn a small plant into an award-winning English Wine, and no doubt full of questions for their experienced staff.
There are plenty of other activities to choose from on the Isle of Wight for romantic weekend, including historic landmarks such as Osborne House, wildlife attractions and adventurous activities. More inspiration can be found with our Wightlink Explorer tool.
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