Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
Romance doesn’t have to cost the earth, here’s a few ideas that won’t break the bank! All can be achieved for under £10 per person.
Photo by Linda Wright
Spring is in the air, so take a riverside walk along the Wye, and as there is still a chill in the air head to a welcoming pub with a roaring fire. Take the hand ferry at Symonds Yat and take a seat for lunch in the The Saracens Head.
Near May Hill is local brewer, Hillside, why not pop in to its shop and add a couple of amorous ales or sexy ciders to a Valentine’s picnic, then take a stroll to the top and together watch the sun go down from the highest point in the county.
Budding Patrick and Demis can get creative with clay at Eastnor Pottery and recreate their own Ghost moment. Enjoy a glass of Champagne, get steamy with ceramics and spin out a masterpiece to take home.
If music is the food of love, then drama and comedy are nourishment for the romantic soul. Book a show at Monmouth’s Savoy Theatre and be a culture vulture this Valentine’s.
Wild at Heart
The snog-friendly Speech House Hotel urges its Valentine’s guests to go wild outdoors and explore hidden glades in the Forest. Then return for a sensuous hot chocolate before a romantic meal in the ancient Verderers Court.
Star Crossed Lovers
Just like the magical aphrodisiac of Puzzlewood made the Huntsman fall in love with Snow White, couples can dare to explore this ancient, enchanting maze of twisting paths that make the mildest couples go mad with desire.
Be a Valentine’s Lord or Lady for a day when you explore one of our many historic castles. Check out Chepstow Castle with one true love then picnic on the banks of the Wye with coated strawberries.
Wine lovers should wander through Parva Vineyard’s 4,500 vines, which grow on a south-facing Welsh hillside overlooking the beautiful River Wye. Following a self-guided tour taste some sweet or fruity wines, spicy Welsh mead, homemade cider from this award-winning producer.
Tapas for Two
There’s nothing more romantic than sharing traditional Spanish fare with a glass of Cava. So toast your love at Ritmo Tapas Bar Restaurant where couples can also indulge in tropical cocktails, authentic paella and grilled fish.
Visit our historic towns and villages and spoil each other with unique gifts or stock up on local produce. There are butchers and bakers, vintage dress makers, traditional sweet shops and craft stalls. Stop for a coffee and a bite to eat in one of many delicatessens that serve mouth-watering home-made meals.