Somerset - the most romantic place to be!
Whatever the time of year, Somerset is the perfect spot for a romantic break.
The county boasts hundreds of four-poster beds, starry skies and is home to the lovestruck, fictional character Lorna Doone, while also providing the inspiration for the romantic poet Coleridge.
The novel 'Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor' was penned by English author Richard Doddridge Blackmore. It was first published in 1869 and was made into a BBC television series in the 1970s and then turned into a further one off drama by the BBC in 2001, starring Amelia Warner as Lorna and Richard Coyle as John Ridd.
Lorna is the archetypal romantic heroine who was shot on her wedding day by a spurned admirer.
If you read the book before you come and stay, it's possible to visit many of the places featured in the novel and to retrace Lorna's fictional footsteps.
But the romance doesn't end there, this part of the world is where the Romantic Movement poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived in the late 1700s and wrote his finest works including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Frost at Midnight, The Nightingale and Cristabel.
He was inspired by the scenery in the area and you can still visit his cottage in Nether Stowey, which has been preserved by the National Trust. There is also a statue commemorating the Ancient Mariner in the harbour town of Watchet.
The film 'Pandaemonium' (2001), which was about the relationship between fellow romantic poet William Wordsworth, who lived briefly in the area too, and Coleridge was partly filmed on Exmoor.
To add to all this, rich, romantic heritage, Somerset's National Park, Exmoor, is one of the few places in the country where you can really see the stars, as there is very little light pollution on the moor.
Then there's the breath-taking scenery that has inspired many a proposal! The wild moorland and the deep, river-made, wooded valleys, dotted with pretty thatched cottages, and acres bluebells in the woods in spring.
It also has a stunning coastline with great cliffs, the highest in England, and beaches and bays reaching out to the Bristol Channel.
After a day of exploring Somerset, you can cuddle up here in front of our log burning stove in our bar, sleep in a four-poster bed and dine by candlelight while planning your next day's activities.
Perhaps you'll take a walk hand-in-hand on a sandy beach or step back in time with a trip on a steam train? It's up to you...
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