With its staggering clifftop panoramas, miles of golden sandy beaches, historic towns and quaint, pretty villages, Dorset can be relied upon for its romantic settings. Luxurious and intimate, Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Restaurant offers the ideal Valentines weekend escape. Fortunately, for those looking for places to propose, as an area of outstanding natural beauty, Dorset has plenty of options to make sure that your special moment is truly unforgettable.
The Cobb at Lyme Regis
Featured in the novels of Jane Austen and John Fowles, Lyme Regis’s spectacular Cobb has long provided literary inspiration and it’s also a very romantic spot.A sweeping stone wall that forms part of the pretty harbour in Lyme Regis and it dates back as far as the 14th century. Take a stroll at sunset and allow the Cobb’s rich history to play a part in your own romance.
One of Dorset’s most stunning beaches and a beautiful place to propose, Studland Bay has miles of golden sands and views of famous local landmarks such as Old Harry’s Rocks. During the warmer months, it’s popular with swimmers and water sports enthusiasts but its four mile length means it’s easy to find a quiet spot for just the two of you. For added privacy, amble along one of the designated trails that meander through the dunes to the wild flower covered woodlands and present plenty of opportunity for wildlife spotting.
The Gardens at Summer Lodge
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel Restaurant and Spa takes just as good care of its exterior as it does its luxuriously furnished interior. The hotels gardens are lovingly tended to on a daily basis and offer the perfect place for rest and relaxation with your loved one. Admire the elegant water feature, inspect the well looked after kitchen garden and enjoy a picnic on the wide green lawns. Take a moment to ask that special question in one of the many secluded spots.
St Catherine’s Chapel
A building that almost resembles a fairytale brought to life, there are few more idyllic or unusual places to propose than St Catherine’s Chapel. Positioned close to Chesil beach, this 14th century hilltop chapel was built by the Abbotsbury Abbey monks and was intended to serve as a retreat and pilgrimage site. Fittingly, the chapel itself is known for its ‘wishing holes,’ which were used by local women who wished to pray to find a husband.
The highest point on the South coast, with views that sweep from Portland Bill to Dartmouth, Golden Cap is one of Dorset’s most spectacular locations. The Cap is formed out of ancient rock from both the Jurassic and Cretaceous ages and sits at 627 ft above sea level. The climb to the top passes through a lovely assortment of plants and wildlife, as you brush past blackberry bushes and under oak trees accompanied by the peaceful sound of birdsong. Once you reach the top, catch your breath and admire the view before popping the question in a location that neither of you will ever forget.
From 1st-28th February, take advantage of the Valentine’s Hideaway offer at both Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Restaurant. This romantic break includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s beautiful suites and a seven course tasting menu dinner.