Make your Valentines Bread Extra Special

Impress your other half! Find out how to make your valentines self-catering stay extra special this February.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and you might be planning a romantic break with your loved one to mark the occasion.

According to Google, searches have increased 84 percent in the past week alone for 'valentine's breaks' and 2.5K searches for 'romantic breaks UK' in January.

But how can you make your stay just that extra special?

Harry Roberts, UK Travel Expert and Managing Director of My Favourite Cottages shares some key things to look for when booking your stay.

Features + Requirements

When booking your stay, it’s important to look at the amenities available at the property.

According to a previous study, the most desirable holiday homes have hot tubs, a pool, a private fishing lake or a sea view.

Other features that could make your stay more romantic are a log-burner fire, a private terrace or a king-sized bed.

It’s not just amenities you might want to check out either, as requirements such as being dog-friendly, unusual, or having last-minute availability or self-catering options, is also top of the list for many travellers.

This information is generally available on all booking platforms, where you can filter properties to meet exact specifications to find a property perfectly tailored to you.

Private Dining

If you'd prefer to stay in during your stay and make the most of the accommodation, you can take the heat off you or your partner by booking a private dining experience.

Ask your host if they have any contact details of private chefs in the area who can come and cook for you. 

You can request a chef and plan your menu in advance to create a romantic experience filled with top-class food - that doesn’t involve getting hot and sweaty in the kitchen or washing up afterwards!

Things to do in the area

Unless you’re planning to stay within your accommodation, check what there is to do in the local area.

Google is your best friend here. However, your host will likely be just as resourceful. Check out your hosts' website for inspiration on things to do in the local area, or get in touch with them and ask for advice before your stay. They likely have a good knowledge of an array of activities that might suit you, as well as relationships or affiliations with local business owners or attractions they could utilise to get you booked in.

And don't forget to book activities in advance. Valentine's weekend can be a busy time for businesses in tourist hotspots, so booking ahead will ensure you and your other half aren't disappointed by the lack of availability. 


With the cost of living at an all-time high, going away might seem like an expensive luxury right now – but it doesn't have to be.

If you're flexible about where you want to go, you can shop around for Valentine's Day deals and packages in various locations.

See if there are properties available a bit further out from towns and cities, as these are often more expensive due to their location.

Plus, see what tailored packages are available to you. If a host is willing to throw in a bottle of champagne on arrival, meal vouchers or any little extras, you can be sure you’re getting more than your money’s worth.

Still looking for the perfect location? Here are some holiday cottages available to book now…

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