With so much open space to immerse yourself into, Cumbria is without doubt one of the best-known places in England for some quiet, romantic time away to escape from your usual daily life. Of course, you’re not alone in your thinking – so how can you find somewhere extra peaceful that may slip under the radar of other likeminded people and offer that extra layer of relaxation? To help, here are ten romantic getaway ideas which will take you even further from the beaten track than usual…

Augill Castle

Augill Castle near Kirkby Stephen isn’t an attraction – it’s accommodation. Described by its owners as “romantic, quirky and utterly beguiling”, this Victorian getaway is billed as “the ultimate escape”. With large bathrooms and big fluffy towels, beds topped with the highest quality linen, and freshly ground coffee, home-made biscuits and sherry waiting in your room upon arrival, guests have the run of the house or simply shut themselves away in the privacy of their spacious bedroom. This award-winning accommodation, which has also won the praise of The Sunday Times and The Independent, is surrounded by countryside with guests spoiled for choice of romantic walks thanks to nearby nature reserves, cycle trails and moorland walks.

The Lodges at Artlegarth

If a private lodge takes your fancy, The Lodges at Artlegarth offer guests a choice of six exclusive luxury log cabins complete with super-size beds and stunning views of the nearby fells. Situated on a private seven acre site but near enough to the lovely village of Ravenstonedale for a quiet drink, each lodge is designed with comfort in mind and even come with hot tubs with built-in sound systems for your collection of cool jazz. Further peace and quiet can be enjoyed thanks to two nature reserves nearby - Waitby Greenriggs and Smardale Gill – and near the neighbouring town of Appleby, the Rutter Force waterfall awaits those who make the short stroll from the road.

The Black Bull Inn

The Black Bull Inn is a critically acclaimed 17th century coaching inn with rooms, a restaurant and bar. With the design of each guest room inspired by the surrounding landscape, a wide choice of double rooms range from ‘classic’, ‘luxury’ and ‘superior’ finishes. Set in the small book town of Sedbergh, the Howgill Fells provide the stunning backdrop for your stay. Be sure to visit Cautley Spout, one of the highest waterfalls in England, at 650 feet. Plus, take some time out to explore the beautiful Garsdale valley – a stunning sight which runs along the south-eastern edge of the Howgill Fells on the western side of the Pennines.

The Tranquil Otter

Set in a private nature reserve with its very own lake, The Tranquil Otter offers a choice of lodges and wood cabins in a peaceful waterside location to the west of Carlisle. Each lodge has a private deck with its own hot-tub overlooking the lake, giving guests the option of well and truly staying-put for the duration of their stay. With a promise that stag and hen parties aren’t allowed, you can enjoy the extra reassurance that this is a real opportunity to simply relax and unwind. Situated near to the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Bowness on Solway nature reserve offers an extra place of peace and quiet to enjoy with your partner with a clearly marked circular walk that’s just as romantic in the winter as it is in the summer.

Dandelion Cottage

For a romantic city break that’s close enough to enjoy some urban delights but far away enough to soak-up some silence, Dandelion Cottage is a perfect example of a traditional English country cottage, with roses over the door and windows that show-off gorgeous views across the surrounding countryside. The bedroom and en-suite shower room is designed for indulgence, with a wood burner to keep the lounge cosy. Just 20 minutes away from the Lake District National Park in one direction and the city of Carlisle in the other, Dandelion Cottage is the perfect place for your next getaway to reconnect with your partner.

Dickinson Place Holiday Cottages

Situated in the centre of Allonby on the unspoilt Solway Coast, this choice of seven stunning Dickinson Place cottages are set in a converted 17th century barn, tucked away in a secluded courtyard. With original features adding to the charm, this is a perfect place from which to explore the coast, with the beach being just 250 metres from the door. Stretching five miles up to Silloth, Allonby’s shingle and pebbled beach is best enjoyed at low tide when the golden sand is revealed, giving you an opportunity to take a romantic walk further out to enjoy beautiful views of Scotland and across to the Isle of Man. Keep an eye on the tide times and enjoy a sunset stroll for the maximum effect.

The Tree House

Set in the small farming village of Beckermet near the Cumbrian coast, The Tree House isn’t a treehouse in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, a central focal point of the interior of the house is a tree which stretches up through the ground and first floors. How this occurred, according to the owners, remains a mystery… A large romantic master bedroom awaits, complete with its cathedral-style, vaulted ceiling, king-size bed and garden views. Romantic walks nearby include the St Bees Heritage Coast, where towering sandstone cliffs dominate the mile-long beach below which offers unforgettable views across the Irish Sea.

Croft Hill Guest House

With spectacular coastal views, Croft Hill Guest House in Whitehaven is a delightful Georgian-style guest house dating back to 1770. With its walled gardens among many of its original features including open fires, this accommodation blends tradition with luxury and all the modern facilities you’d expect. Set in a quiet secluded location but near enough for exploring the town, the owners of this unlicensed accommodation invite guests to bring their own tipple which can be enjoyed on-site. They even provide guests with their very own fridge so beverages can be chilled to the perfect temperature. Out and about, enjoy the romance of this historic harbour town with a stroll around Whitehaven’s 17th century harbour which harks back to the town’s rich maritime heritage.

Solway Holiday Village - Lodges

Just 100 metres from the sea and set in 130 acres of lush parkland in Silloth-on-Sea, the Solway Holiday Village accommodation ranges from caravan holiday homes to chalets and romantic lodges complete with hot tubs. Overlooking the Solway Firth, the Solway holiday Village is a perfect starting point for a romantic weekend away, from quiet strolls along Hadrian’s Wall to indulging in some city nightlife in Carlisle. Stunning views across the Solway Firth can be enjoyed at all times of day, but we highly recommend a sunset stroll, hand-in-hand. Allonby beach will also tick the ‘perfect evening’ box, with this romantic walk stretching for five miles accompanied by beautiful views out across the Irish Sea.

Heads Nook Hall B&B and Cottage

If you’ve been tempted to pay the lovely village of Brampton a visit thanks to this blog, we recommend taking your partner to Heads Nook Hall for a romantic B&B stay – or why not try the on-site Heads Nook Hall Cottage? The peaceful B&B’s specious guest rooms offer lovely views across the private gardens, each with a double or kingsize bed, and en-suite bathrooms with either a large Victorian bath or shower. Meanwhile, the Holiday Cottage was built in 2008 but designed in sympathy with the 1840's B&B house, and is set in eight acres of grounds. Visitors to Brampton itself are spoiled for choice when it comes to walking routes, with the nearby Talkin Tarn Country Park - boasting a 65 acre lake in 120 acres of woodland and farmland, providing couples with a real hidden gem. Be sure to pack a picnic and a rug!

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