Ditch the roses and the extravagant dinner (not that we wouldn’t mind those too….), and brave the chill in the air to get outdoors with your partner-in-crime for a slightly old-fashioned, but seriously romantic, Valentine’s date.
Messing about in boats…
From Disney’s Little Mermaid to The Notebook, there is something about a lake, oars and romance! Consider hiring a row boat, taking armfuls of blankets or stuff in your Bundle Bed, and a hamper of goodies.
Admittedly, February does not generally offer up classic boating weather and our London favourites – the Ally Pally Boating Lake (who can resist a swan pedalo?) and GoBoat London (who offer gift cards if you are looking for something a little different) – don’t gear up until March. So we suggest a wander through Little Venice or around your nearest water expanse. The sound of the birds; the lapping water; what more could you want for setting the mood? (Other than Sebastian the Crab serenading you of course...)
Presenting your love with a weekend away at The Lake (pictured above) would also be pretty special!
A clear(ish) night; a hill away from the worst of the light pollution; a bottle of fizz (or hip flask of whiskey to ward off the cold); and this couldn’t be an easier, or more romantic, evening together. Be sure to have lots of blankets and a waterproof groundsheet to lie – or roll out two Bundle Beds and snuggle down under the 15-tog duvets to gaze at the sky together.
Alternatively, book a night away at one of our winter camping recommendations - with brilliant glamping options too - for some fabulous stargazing opportunities and the option to retreat to cover, or a campfire, when you are sufficiently chilled!
Sunset over the sea…
We all know the magic of the sound of the sea. Get yourself some fish and chips; lie a rug out on the cliffs, and watch the sun fall into the waves. Take a look here for some of the best beach sunsets in Britain.
And, don’t forget your own back garden (or living room)...
Hire a bell tent, decorate with fairy lights and bring the wilderness closer to home. Or make like Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in The Holiday and set up a living room campout with romantic lighting, a simple carpet picnic and a comfy place to snuggle!
A (portable) bed made for two!
Did we mention that two Bundle Beds join together to make a comfy, cosy - and portable - double bed?