From a design haven in Bruton to a plush five-star suite, Vishaka Robinson tracks down the best romantic escapes within hitting distance of Bath

1. For: Ramblers

STAY: A glamorous little pub with just eight rooms, The Beckford Arms hits all the right notes. It’s hear-a-penny-drop-peaceful thanks to its location on the edge of the Fonthill Estate (which covers a vast 9,000 acres). The food is divine and supremely easy-going; think suckling pig spit–roasting on the bar’s open fire, game pies with homemade pastry, and spicy Bloody Marys laden with horseradish grown in the garden. Rooms are sunny and stylish, decked with Siberian goose down duvets, vintage Welsh blankets and seagrass floors (number seven comes with a huge roll top bath). The Beckford Arms have also created their own beauty brand, Bramley: a handmade range of bath and body products inspired by the English countryside. So you’ll find stacks to try in your bathroom. Don’t leave without a soak with their signature bath salts, a relaxing hit of lavender flowers, spearmint and geranium. They’re for sale downstairs if you get hooked. There’s no spa, but the in-house masseur, Anouchka is on-hand for Theravada Thai massages and one-to-one yoga lessons.

EXPLORE: This is brilliant walking and cycling country and the hotel is happy to prep you with guided hikes and even lend you a pair of bikes. Further afield Pythouse Kitchen Garden is a dreamy Victorian kitchen garden turned café that’s a great lunch spot. Larmer Tree Gardens – an extraordinary Victorian garden – is a 20 minute drive away as is Stourhead, a world-famous 18th-century landscape garden and Palladian mansion. History buffs will love Old Wardour Castle, 10 minutes away – the lakeside castle dates back to the 14th century and has a reputation for its romantic views.

BOOK: Double rooms including breakfast start at £95


2. For: Design Mavens

STAY: The one-room B&B offshoot of interiors emporium Caro in Bruton is just as stylish as you’d imagine. Set over the top floor of a converted barn (which once stabled horses), behind the store it feels blissfully secluded, with its own private entrance. A little Roberts radio sits beside the bed and there’s a stack of style mags to leaf through: this is a place to come to wind-down the old fashioned way, not watch TV.
Everything is understated but luxurious. A vast Loaf bed awaits, tucked up with crisp White Company linens; black and white shots of Bruton from Cereal adorn walls; Aesop toiletries sit in the artfully designed wet room. The whole effect will have you wanting to redecorate the moment you get home. For breakfast, stroll a few doors down the high street for crispy Sandridge Farm bacon sandwiches or fruit-topped bircher muesli inside At The Chapel, a stunning chapel turned bakery and restaurant.
EXPLORE: Spend the rest of your day sauntering around Bruton (the FMLY store is a must for those with kids), climb up Alfred’s Tower and take the afternoon to explore nearby Hauser & Wirth art gallery. You might catch The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind, an extraordinary exhibit about our relationship with nature that runs until Monday 7 May. If the weather is fine, Oudolf Field behind the gallery is a treat: a 1.5 acre expanse of twisting paths that lead you through wild, flower-filled meadows to a huge shell-like monolith which was formerly a Serpentine Gallery summer pavilion.
BOOK IT: Double room £130 a night with breakfast included from At The Chapel.

3. For: high rollers

STAY: Set in a handsome Palladian mansion and entered via a mile-long avenue of beech and lime trees, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa earns every one of its five stars. With a Michelin-starred restaurant, equestrian centre, cookery school, ESPA spa and 500 acres of parkland, there’s a whole weekend of diversions. Despite its impressive list of facilities the hotel still feels intimate with just 42 rooms. Of course, every single one is something special with chinoiserie silk curtains, flat–screen TVs and Anne Semonin beauty products in the bathrooms as standard. If you’re celebrating something special, request the Juliet Suite which has sublime views over the lavender garden and a four–poster so enormous a stool is required to help you navigate your way to the top at bedtime.
EXPLORE: This is one hotel you won’t get cabin fever in. Yes, you have Castle Combe (a faultlessly pretty Cotswold village) a few miles away and Lacock Abbey is just a 20 minute drive. But why set foot beyond the gates? The front desk can rustle hot air ballon rides, clay pigeon shooting and classes in everything from chocolate-making to Michelin-style cookery. And if all that simply sounds too much like hard work, don your robe and slipper and lose yourself in the 5000-square-foot spa, which has nine treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools as well as regular yoga and pilates classes.
BOOK IT: Double rooms start at £378 a night with breakfast. A Valentine’s package including dinner in Restaurant Hywel Jones, a full English breakfast, Champagne on arrival and use of the spa costs £560 per room per night, based on two people sharing. Available from Sunday 11 February – Thursday 15 February, subject to availability.