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Five Romantic Hideaways for Valentine's Day by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O'Sullivan

 

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re looking for a romantic hideaway, we’ve got just the thing. Or rather Canopy & Stars has. Canopy & Stars is a an offshoot of Alistair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay guides. Run by Alistair’s son Toby, Canopy & Stars specialises in the quirky and romantic: perfect for February 14. Here are five we’re dying to try.

Orchard Cabin, Lombard Farm, Cornwall

Lombard Farm is just outside the village of Mixtow in Cornwall. Orchard Cabin (above) has a few facilities, such as a barbecue and an electric hob, there’s also a fire pit in the garden (and a cold shower for the very brave), but there is everything you need – hot showers, lavatories, microwave, and so on – in a unit 110m away, shared with a yurt and a tepi which are also for rent. Further information, Orchard CabinThe Lodge, Edenhall, Cumbria

The Lodge (above) is set in an isolated clearing on the banks of the Lake District’s River Eamont. This stylish, two-storey cabin has all the home comforts you need for a romantic weekend, including a dishwasher. You can self-cater or order in a selection of hampers and home-cooked meals ready for the oven. Further informationThe Lodge Brockloch Bothy, Brockloch Farm, Dumfries & Galloway

This 'boutique bothy' (above) is located on a family-run farm in the Galloway Hills. There’s no mains power, phone, WiFi or TV, but all the essentials are here: separate shower with loo, cooking facilities, cosy log burner and two large solar panels to power the lighting and charge your mobile phone. Further information, Brockloch Bothy Bird 'n’ Bee Lodge, The Three Towers, Galway

On the edge of a forest, south of Loughrea, The Three Towers offers a number of rooms, cabin and eco lodges, as well as an organic café and wine bar. Bird ‘n’ Bee Lodge (above), built and furnished from recycled materials, is a magical chalet sleeping two and offering all the comforts of home, bar a TV. Further information, Bird 'n' Bee Lodge Mabel, the shepherd's hut, The Old Forge, Dorset

Mabel (above) shares a field in Compton Abbas with Rosie, the gypsy caravan and Sam, the shepherd’s hut. With a veranda fashioned from an upcycled iron bedstead and an interior furnished with vintage bric-a-brac, Mable isn’t smart, but she is very cosy, with lanterns and a wood-burning fire. Breakfast is served in the main house or you can collect a continental breakfast hamper. Further information, Mabel, the shepherd's hut 

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