Romantic winter break

I was reading a historical novel last night in which the hero took the heroine on a romantic boat ride. This made me think of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, when many couples around the world will be celebrating the love they have for each other. Valentine’s Day on 14th February falls of course on a winter’s day in the UK and other countries in the northern hemisphere. A romantic break in winter is a great excuse for cosying up together with one’s sweetheart!

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Romance can be everywhere: a couple takes a well-earned rest after canoeing to Peel Island, Coniston. (Photo by Tony West.)

Valentine’s Day, I think, provides an opportunity for couples to celebrate their love for each other. It need not be extravagant; but it needs to be heartfelt. Large gifts and gigantic cards, expensive outings, meals and drinks, are all very well. But if the giver and the receiver do not have an abiding love and respect for each other, then they are no more than an apology for what is not.

I have no idea why, but I always associate Valentine’s with gorgeous scenery. Perhaps it is because Hubby and I used to go to a little inn in Howgate for a meal at Valentine’s weekend. When we still lived in Howgate, Howgate Inn was set in a pretty dale by a lovely woodland walk, and Howgate itself was very pretty. In fact, we had the most splendid views of open farmland and rolling hills from our back garden. Now, unfortunately, the once tiny hamlet of no more than 200 souls has expanded, and I do not know whether the setting of Howgate Inn remains the same.

However, I have made more than a fair exchange by moving to the scenic environs of the Lake District National Park, where glistening lakes mark the landscape and high fells soar skyward. Living at Blenheim Lodge, with views of Lake Windermere before us, and The Dales Way and Brantfell adjoining our back garden, I can only be grateful that we will be celebrating yet another Valentine’s Day in this beautiful part of the world. If, like me, you like the idea of spending Valentine’s Day or weekend amidst lovely scenery, do come and join us at Blenheim Lodge.

lake windermere view from blenheim lodge, bowness on windermere, lake district

A delightful winter’s day. The blue blue waters of Lake Windermere and its surrounding mountains as seen from most of our bedrooms at Blenheim Lodge. Come and enjoy this view with us!

I think a romantic winter break is always nice for geeing each other up. By mid-February, the excitement of Christmas and New Year would have long passed, and the mundane chores of home and work might even have become a little boring and stressful. Even the schools break up so that both pupils and teachers are able to take a breather.

So, if you are looking for a short romantic break this winter, do consider taking one in the Lakes. Imagine strolling along the promenade at Lake Windermere; boarding the ferries here or elsewhere in the Lakes to better appreciate their nature and beauty; walking pretty woodland paths or imposing fells; visiting interesting historical homes or buildings, attractions and gardens; or perhaps engaging in more robust activities such as zip-lining, sailing, golfing or fishing. Then imagine spending quality time together and relaxing over a nice meal. Now, isn’t that a lovely way to spend time with your loved one?

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Doesn’t this look romantic? Grasmere in the winter, a Lakeland symphony of frost, mist, and water. (Photo by Dave Willis.)

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