When it comes to the Garden of England, one can only imagine the romantic destinations on offer here. Valentine’s day is around the corner and if you’re looking to take your loved one somewhere extra special yet a little out of the ordinary, then we strongly recommend Kent.
Just a mere 40 miles south-east of London you’ll find ancient castles, beautiful gardens and quaint little villages. All picturesque, all authentic.
Why not spend the evening stargazing after a romantic meal at an intimate eatery? Or maybe, day time dates are your thing. If so, we’ll introduce you to some of the most magical gardens in the county.
Here are the most romantic Valentine’s day activities to do in Kent.
We’ve mentioned this destination before, and it’s a very popular place, but its unique beauty is unrivalled.
If you’re looking for solitude, then this is where you’ll find it. It’s the perfect setting for a Valentine’s day picnic. You’re even able to see France on a clear day. Think stunning views, lush green grass, big blue sea and fresh air.
It’s accessible by car, boat or train – depending upon how much time you have.
It truly is ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ as many refer to it. Besides its romantic allure, it is one of the best days out in Kent. It is located on 500 acres of majestic parkland and formal gardens so it’s great for a day time visit.
Here you and your special someone can go for a long walk through the Culpeper Gardens, the Wood Garden, and the Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden. Or, you can enjoy a leisurely punt on the moat under clear blue skies.
Follow that with an exceptional meal at the Castle View Restaurant as the early evening wains. They’ve even got a Valentine’s menu available.
Like something out of a fairy-tale, Scotney Castle offers an eloquent country house, a stunning country garden, and a 14th-century moated castle.
Another great option for a day date is this dream-like destination.
It is located on 770 acres of woodland, perfect for long walks and picnicking. to explore, complete with picnic area.
You can even plant an orchard together, or enjoy homemade cakes, scones and biscuits at their tearoom.
If you want to feel like the only two people on planet earth, then Scotney is the ideal Valentine’s retreat.
What could possibly be more romantic than watching the sunset together on Valentine’s day? The best place to do this is in the hip town of Margate on Kent’s coast to witness the skies that inspired one of the world’s greatest artists.
Other than its glorious sunsets, on view from the Sands Hotel, Margate also has great shops, bars and, of course, his art at the Turner Contemporary.
Along with its affordable paddle steamboat excursions, epic seawater baths and the first sea bathing hospital in the world, it is also a spectacle of architectural splendour with its age-old Georgian and Victorian buildings. That is why we recommend visiting here for the weekend.
If you’re old-school and are simply looking for a grand dinner at a romantic restaurant, then The Poet at Matfield is where you should go.
Set in an idyllic location, it’s pub-style, but a little fancier. The Poet offers a broad selection of craft gins, handpicked wines and unique cocktails.
They too have put together a menu of delectable wonder for Valentine’s day this year. Their Chef patron Petrus has created a delicious 6-course tasting menu, which will be exclusively available on the day.
Now, if you’re an animal-loving couple, then Groombridge Place will be nothing short of a treat.
Spend the day at a traditional moated manor house with sculpted formal gardens and 200 acres of parkland near Turnbridge Wells.
It is home to a bird of prey centre and an enchanted forest which has swings and a treetop walk. It is also known for its abundance of deer and other wildlife. Finding a romantic nook to picnic on this charming English estate won’t be too difficult.
Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, so why not take the Friday off and enjoy a long weekend away in this beautiful region?
If you decide to do so, then we recommend staying in a serviced apartment.
A serviced apartment is like staying in your very own flat except with access to all of the amenities that come with a hotel or B&B. At KH Homes, all of our apartments are fully furnished and properly equipped for self-catering and a relaxed rhythm of life.
If you’re looking for lavish yet affordable accommodation, then one of these 3 apartments are for you: