‘Love is in the Solent air!’
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 visitors step onto a Wightlink ferry, the feeling of escapism kicks in as they 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.
With the Isle of Wight from just 22 minutes away with Wightlink, couples can get away from it all without travelling too far. A car ferry crossing with Wightlink from Lymington to Yarmouth costs £57.75 this Valentine’s weekend and for those on foot, Wightlink’s tickets start at £17.60 per person*.
Here are some of Wightlink’s top suggestions for a romantic escape on the Isle of Wight:
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. Price start from £95.00 per guest. Find out more at: www.robertthompson.co.uk/valentines.
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. This offer is just £200 per couple and guests can call 01983 612711 to book. Find out more at: https://www.seaviewhotel.co.uk/offers.aspx.
An escape for history and literature fans
For those couples who are fans of literature and in particular John Keats, the 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. Prices start from £130 for two nights. Find out more at: https://www.keatscottage.co.uk/rooms.
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 visitors can use Wightlink’s 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.
There are plenty of other activities to choose from on the Isle of Wight for romantic weekend, including visits to historic landmarks such as Osborne House. More information and booking details can be found here.