Dorset is a county that oozes romance, natural beauty, and breath-taking views. Sunsets on the beach, sunrises in the cobbled streets and lazy days spent amongst the charm of Dorset's towns and stunning countryside are all part and parcel of a romantic break in Dorset. In time for Valentine's Day, we have compiled our favourite romantic getaways and places in Dorset to gaze into each other's eyes and to fall in love all over again in this wonderful county.
Built in 1594 by Sir Walter Raleigh, Sherborne Castle is a vast property with history and tradition radiating from its walls. It is also set in stunning country grounds, backing onto a large lake, creating fantastic views and the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together as a couple. The inside of Sherborne Castle incorporates decorative styles from over 400 years of English history and visitors can experience the rich interiors and splendid collection of art, books, china, and furniture. Outside, the setting provides a tranquil and peaceful setting with magnificent trees, sweeping lawns, and the finest landscapes.
Sculptures By The Lake - Pallington Lakes, Dorchester
This hidden gem is in a secluded location, protected from the busy outside world by narrow lanes and access gates. For safety reasons children under 14 are not allowed, making it a quiet location where you'll be offered peace and tranquillity. As a couple, spend as long as it takes to explore the small lakes, along an easy to follow path and take in the varying artwork pieces that can be found around every corner. Wildlife is also an important part of the lakes, with geese, ducks, and fish found there. Visit Sculptures By The Lake for a peaceful Valentine's Day in Dorset.
Lower Gardens – Bournemouth
If you're in the town of Bournemouth this Valentine's Day, take a break from shopping, step away from the romantic restaurants and spend some time getting lost in the beauty of the Lower Gardens instead. Based right in the heart of the beautiful town, the Lower Gardens are an escape into peaceful tranquillity away from the busy area surrounding it. Floral displays, trees, open areas of grassland, running streams and waterfalls, and a hot air balloon await in the gardens for a romantic day spent with your loved one. It is here that couples can sit down, stop and simply let the world go by.
West Bay Beach
Romantic getaways to West Bay are perfect as often it is the simple pleasures in life that can be the most romantic. Firstly the beach stretches for miles, secondly, the backdrop of dominant rock faces and rolling hills is always a breath-taking view, and thirdly the village of West Bay is charming and friendly. Have a paddle in the gentle, shallow waters, enjoy an ice cream at the top of one of the stunning cliffs or visit the local pubs for a quaint meal by an open fire. Sometimes spending time on a beach, enjoying each other's company and taking in the never-ending landscape can be the most romantic activity for couples.
If visiting Dorset for one of these activities or for anything else this Valentine's Day, then consider some of our romantic accommodation in the county. Explore romantic hotels, B&Bs, holiday parks or perhaps a cosy cottage for two in Dorset.