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For outdoors lovers - Romantic retreats for Valentine's Day

It’s that time of year when two simple words strike fear into men across the land - Valentine's Day. but fear not, Cool Camping has it covered.

This year, why not forget all that predictable stuff – the chocolates, the roses, the handcuffs – and whisk the love of your life away on a romantic break they’ll never forget. What could be more memorable than strolling hand-in-hand through magical woodlands or skinny-dipping on your very own deserted beach? And because it’s still a wee bit chilly (yes, maybe forget the skinny dipping fellas) you can spend your Valentine's night cuddled up together in a cosy sleeping bag.

We’ve compiled a list of the finest romantic glamping retreats from across the UK, all of which are sure to score you some serious brownie points. And if your partner doesn't appreciate the great outdoors on this special day, perhaps they're not your perfect match, after all? Just saying...

crafty camping

Holditch, West Dorset

Let’s face it: camping isn’t always sexy; outdoor toilets and bug spray can kill even the most passionate romance. However, a glamping getaway at Crafty Camping makes for the ultimate retreat. With nearby woodlands inhabited by buzzards, foxes, deer, badgers, not to mention a small fishing pond teeming with rainbow trout, it's positively Edenesque. Oh, and did we mention the sauna yurt? And the fact that this particular retreat is 'adults only'? Total bliss for a quiet, relaxing, kid-free weekend.

snowdonia shepherds’ huts

Betws-y-Coed, Conwy

If your partner doesn’t share your love of traditional camping then Valentine's in a tent might not be the greatest idea. However, even the most reluctant camper can’t fail to be tempted by a night in one of these luxurious Shepherds Huts. Inside, there’s a lambs wool mattress, feather duvet and pillows, traditional Welsh blankets and a wood burning stove to cuddle up in front of. The two huts – "the living one" and "the washing one" – are yours exclusively. So is the sauna and kitchen. Hampers for glampers can also be arranged, boasting the finest Welsh produce.

marthrown of mabie

Mabie Forest, Dumfries

A romantic break awaits you in the heavenly Mabie Forest. Tucked away in ancient woodlands, awash with native Caledonian trees, Marthrown of Mabie offers a selection of unique and unusual styles of accommodation. From Tipi’s to traditional camping and Yurts to a fabulous Celtic Iron Age Roundhouse replica, Marthrown has something to offer all Romeo and Juliet’s (including a wood-fired hot tub).

full circle

Ambleside, Lake District

Spoil that special someone with a trip to the fabulous Full Circle. These yurts are the real deal and come stocked with a wood-burning stove, large supply of candles, tea-lights, and a selection of board games and books, meaning that once you’re in, you’ll never have to leave. If you do decide to venture out, luckily the picture-perfect town of Ambleside is only a ten minute walk away.

spirals of wellbeing

Llandysul, Ceredigion

If you want to show your other half just how you feel this Valentine's, a revitalising massage at the Spirals of Wellbeing should do the trick. If that's not enough, how about embracing your inner-hippy and spending the night in a cool hippy van? This chrome-tastic warrior of the road is stationed beside a lush, verdant meadow. It snugly sleeps two, and comes with everything you could need to live out your very own magical mystery tour.

roulotte retreat

Melrose, The Scottish Borders

Love is in the air at Roulotte Retreat. Nestled by the heather-covered Eildon Hills, Roulotte Retreat offers a special place for lovebirds to restore, recharge and rejuvenate amongst a beautiful lochan that’s bursting with wildlife. If you have a telescope, bring it. At night the jet black Scottish skies reveal a universe of sensational stars. What could be more romantic than spending the night stargazing with the love of your life?

by Andrew Day

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