Romantic holidays in Wales holiday cottages

Romantic holidays in Wales

Hayley 25 October 2019

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

Wales truly is the land of romance! It has its own patron saint of lovers, St Dwynwen, with a whole day dedicated just to him, beautiful vistas, dramatic scenery and an endless amount of wonderfully romantic walks to be had.

Are you seeking out a luxury cottage for two? A romantic glamping holiday? Or perhaps you’re on the hunt for a cosy lodge with a hot tub?

Look no further, as our collection of Romantic cottages in Wales provide the perfect base from which to snuggle up next to the fire after a day exploring the emerald hills.

Romantic retreats

Romantic holidays in Wales are great at any time of the year and for any occasion.

Indulge in a festive Cardiff city break when the streets are lined with twinkling fairy lights and the scent of spiced Welsh cakes can be smelt around every corner, treat your loved one to somewhere extra special and enjoy your honeymoon in a cottage with a hot tub, or why not be spontaneous and embark on a last-minute getaway in beautiful Wales.

See the sights…

Wales is bursting with top romantic getaways and places to visit! Sparkling waterfalls, rolling green hills and dark starry night skies, there are endless choices when seeking somewhere idyllic to enjoy a little well-earned together time.

From historic castles to captivating coastlines, be sure to visit one of these gorgeous spots whilst on your romantic getaway in Wales.

Llanddwyn Island

Dig your toes into the soft sand and discover a fascinating wealth of history at Llanddwyn Island - one of our top romantic places in Wales to visit. If you find yourself on a weekend away in Wales wanting to pop a certain question we can’t think of anywhere more perfect!

This enchanting spot is the final resting place of St Dwynwen, the patron saint of lovers, and is located at the far end of a pretty beach near Newborough Warren. Whether you’re wanting a refreshing walk, a summer’s picnic or a wander through the historic buildings and remains, Llanddwyn Island’s diverse landscape makes for a wonderfully romantic day out.

Castell Coch

This is quite possibly one of the prettiest places in Wales. When the sun sets over Castell Coch’s turrets, with your loved one by your side, you could be easily mistaken for thinking you’re in the setting of a real-life fairy tale.

During your romantic holiday in Wales visit this beautifully gothic building which is the creation of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by unimaginable wealth! This romantic place in Wales was once home to the ‘eccentric genius’ William Burgess, who was given free rein to create a rural retreat to complement Cardiff Castle – he certainly didn’t hold back!

A wander through the halls is sure to impress; dazzling ceilings, lavish furnishings, hand-crafted furniture and detailed architectural drawings are all on display in abundance.

Castles in Wales

Barafundle Bay

Barafudle Bay is another top romantic holiday destination and one of the most beautiful places in Wales. Surrounded by rugged coastline and dunes, and described as being a ‘visual overdose of beauty’, the spectacular stretch of golden sand at Barafundle Bay is one of Pembrokeshire’s best-kept secrets, as well as being one of Wales’ best beaches! It deserves its spot among the most beautiful places in Wales with those stunning views and soft sand. 

This remote, crescent-shaped beach boasts smooth white sand, deep blue waters and a backdrop of pretty pine trees making it the perfect spot for a romantic walk hand-in-hand with your loved one. Cwtch up and watch the sunset across this coastal gem.


For a truly magical day out, a visit to Portmeirion in North Wales is an absolute must - an incredibly pretty place to visit in Wales. With plentiful hints of pastel colours, intricate architecture, minute attention to detail and innate Italian style speckled throughout, this unique village was created by Clough Williams-Ellis with the intention of showing how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it, and what a grand job he did indeed!

This top romantic holiday places to visit is visually appealing, yet it doesn’t lack in substance. As well as being surrounded by beautiful views and vast woodland gardens, Portmeirion is also home to a huddle of historic cottages, a spa, award-winning restaurants and hip bars - ideal for romantic holidays in Wales. Why not hop on a train and transport yourself into this little bubble of bliss?

Llyn Padarn

Sometimes there’s nothing better than seeing the beauty that nature has formed all on its own. You could be forgiven for thinking you are somewhere exotic and much further than Wales upon visiting Llyn Padarn, a magnificent glacially-formed lake nestled in the heart of Snowdonia’s most spectacular rural scenery, during a romantic holiday in Wales.

This is an amazing spot to indulge in some sightseeing, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, a splash in the water with some wild swimming! The turquoise waters set against the shaded Sessile Oak woodlands, Vivian Quarry and the extensive Padarn Country Park provide a striking view which is sure to take your breath away.

Dining out…

Whether you’re seeking out somewhere for a Valentine’s meal, a celebratory dinner with your other half, or simply a spontaneous date night, Wales has some of the best romantic places to eat, dine out and sip some bubbles.

Many of our romantic cottages in Wales are just a short stroll from a charming country pub or a fine eatery, and we’ve picked out a few of our favourites for you to peruse.

Enjoy… Or should we say mwynhau!

Tomatitos Tapas Bar

Undoubtedly the best restaurant in Hay-on-Wye, Tomatitos Tapas Bar prides itself on serving up food made only from the best ingredients, sourced locally from the wonderful profusion of growers and makers on the Welsh Borders, from Artisan bread to the best seasonal vegetables. For an exquisitely elegant date night this is a great choice.

The gorgeous interior consists of a duck-egg blue counter and original wooden beams, providing the perfect surroundings to sit back and enjoy a Spanish wine and a selection of Mediterranean delicacies.

The White Swan Inn

It can be a struggle to find a vegetarian or vegan-friendly place to eat whilst on holiday, so we have done the hard work for you and sought out this little delight.

There isn’t a shortage of vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Wales, but it’s even better when you can frequent somewhere that serves up both veggie delights and those meaty classics! The White Swan Inn, nestling at the foot of the Brecon Beacons and just a stone’s throw from the Monmouth canal, boasts cuisine to suit every palate.

Relax in the beautiful beer garden with welcome shade cast from the beautiful purple wisteria, or sip your wine in the rustic restaurant area before indulging in a spiced dish of Moroccan vegetable stew served with lime and black pepper couscous.

Richard Booth’s Bookshop Café

Without question, this is the cutest little bolthole to snuggle up with a coffee and good company in Wales. Aptly positioned in the crowning glory of the literary world, Hay-on-Wye, you can inhale the scent of revered pages and flick through a gripping novel all while feasting on a sugary sweet treat.

Favourites at this romantic eatery include the likes of buttermilk pancakes, vanilla whipped yoghurt, and maple syrup and bacon, to grapefruit and olive oil pound cake, or traditional strawberries and cream. Spend your romantic getaway in Wales at this delectably quirky stop, not to be missed while browsing through the boutique shops and ancient architecture.


Set in the beautiful Gower countryside, surrounded by grazing sheep, 24 acres of woodland and extensive grounds, this spectacular Grade II listed house meticulously combines luxury and magic. The iconic property is steeped in over 300 years of rich history and offers an unrivalled gin bar and two AA rosette restaurants.

If you’re on the hunt for a seductively romantic venue to wine and dine then Fairyhill is a fantastic choice – choose from one hundred different gins, exclusive wines from around the world, vegetables straight from the garden, seafood fresh from the bays, and Gower Salt Marsh Lamb considered the best in the world; all of this coupled with attentive service, white linen, fine china and crystal glasses, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

The Walnut Tree

It’s easy to fall in love all over again with this elegant Michelin-starred restaurant! Twinkling fairy lights show the way to The Walnut Tree's front door from which upon entering you will be presented with an eclectic mix of food served using excellent ingredients and true craftmanship in cooking.

This is a great choice if you’re looking for a more informal, relaxed setting without skimping on the quality of the food, as it’s situated just 2 miles east of Abergavenny in a serene, countryside setting, perfect during a romantic getaway to Wales. We’re sure the a la carte menu will tempt your taste buds with the likes of partridge and hog pudding, roast woodcock, and loin and haunch of venison on offer.

Retreats near pubs

Explore Wales’ wilder side…

Wales is a wild playground, just waiting to be explored and getting out and about can be the perfect way to get the best romantic holidays!

There are so many things to do in Wales for couples, it can be hard to fit everything in during your romantic break so it’s important to choose wisely. From gothic castles hiding a wealth of history to fairy-tale villages and muddy mountainsides, discover some of the very best things to do in Wales.

Romantic things to do in Mid Wales

Climb Pen y Fan

As the highest peak in both the Brecon Beacons National Park and southern Britain, this is not one for the faint-hearted.

But once you’ve reached the top and you can soak up the views in the company of your loved one, you will truly feel on top of the world.

Hands down one of the best walks in Wales, there are various routes to the top, however you might be pleased to know the best-known one is so gentle that anyone can mooch along it at whichever pace they please.

Go walking...

Ride the Brecon Mountain Railway

Step back in time and enjoy a romantic journey on one of the most popular vintage railway routes in Wales.

This traditional steam train chugs through the beautiful Brecon Beacons scenery from Pant to Pontsticill, alongside the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to the striking peaks right at the top.

On your return to Pant, why not jump off and wander down one of the pretty footpaths and enjoy a spot of al fresco dining among the green wilderness at one of the many picnic sites, with amazing panoramic views over the valley.

Spend an afternoon in Hay-on-Wye

Little in size but enormous in sense of charm and wonder, Hay-on-Wye is one of the prettiest market towns you can set foot in.

Often described as the ‘town of books’, it is a literary haven with an endless amount of enchanting book shops to rifle through as you stroll along the charming cobbled streets.

Ultimately one of the most romantic places to visit in Wales, Hay-on-Wye is bursting with quirky little eateries, fantastic walks such as the recognised Offa’s Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Trail, and picturesque views. It even has its own festival, The Hay Festival, which graces its landscapes once a year and is an unmissable event if you’re in the area – we have a fantastic collection of places to stay for Hay Festival so you have no excuse not to attend!

Explore Hay-on-Wye

Romantic things to do in North Wales

Zip wire through Snowdonia


For a truly hair-raising experience, look no further than Zip World, soaring high above Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda.

Offering the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe, this exhilarating journey transports you through the air at 100mph speeds allowing you to take in the sights of Anglesey and even the Isle of Man on a clear day! And it’s not just experiences above land to be had here; venture beneath the surface and explore the uniquely atmospheric caverns which have been hidden away for almost 200 years!

Scramble, climb and swim through gorges

Go gorge walking in North Wales and discover the wild natural spaces you’d never usually reach.

North Wales Active offer gorge walking expeditions that will see you jumping off rocks and swimming through gorges of Snowdonia and North Wales.

It’s a fantastic day out in Wales for couples looking for a bit of excitement during your romantic holiday to Wales. Treat yourself and your partner to a fantastic trip and collapse at the end of a long day full of adventure into one of our cosy hot tub cottages to completely relax.  

Hop aboard a RibRide


Forget peacefully cruising your way around the Welsh coast, tour the wildlife and castles of Wales with RibRide.

There are so many things to do in Wales for couples, but this has got to be one of the most exciting! You can pick from a few different speedboat options, whether you’d rather bird spot or simply enjoy the thrill of speeding through the waves.  

One option takes you to see the puffins and seals of Puffin Island, another will drive you past the dominating Caernarfon Castle, while ‘Velocity’ is the fastest option offered, promising to go from zero to the ‘speed of scream’.

There are a whole host of fantastic adventure activities throughout Wales for you to try during your romantic getaway. Take a look at our blog below and find more ways to get active while on a romantic holiday to Wales. 

Get active!

Romantic things to do in West Wales

Surf the waves of Pembrokeshire’s beaches

Surf Pembrokeshire

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is known for its wide, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and for the epic water sports you can take part in during your trip.

Turn your romantic holiday in Wales into a fully-fledged adventure by getting out on the water and learning to surf or reigniting an old skill.

Of course, surfing isn’t the only sport you can use to make the most of your time here. Paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing, and jet-skiing are all great fun and perfect alternatives if you’d rather try something different.

Paraglide over Cardigan Bay

An extreme way to see the magnificent Welsh coastline, book a fantastically unique experience – tandem paragliding – and make this a holiday to remember.

By far, one of the most thrilling things to do in Wales for couples, Cardigan Bay is one of the true beauty spots of Wales, drawing holiday makers year-on-year to relax on the beach and walk the scenic coastline – and what better way to take it all in than from the sky?

If you enjoy getting your adrenaline going with exciting experiences, this is the best way to enjoy a romantic holiday in Wales with your partner. Catapult down to earth with all the beauty of Wales laid out below, and ensure you get a video as the ultimate memento of your romantic getaway.


Go stargazing


Stargazing can be enjoyed anywhere in this vast and stunning country.

The unspoiled landscapes in Wales give way to crisp, dark night skies, perfect for sparkling stars to shine brightly!

On a clear night in Wales, you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas, the North Star and even a meteor shower if you’re lucky. The gorgeous galaxies above you can be admired particularly from the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, which was named the country’s first International Dark Sky Reserve in 2012 and we believe is an excellent place for the best romantic holidays.

The Usk Reservoir is one of the best places to enjoy a spot of stargazing in Wales as the surrounding hills and forests restrict light pollution, and create a thoroughly atmospheric location to lay down a blanket and stare up at the night sky with your loved one – don’t forget the flask of tea!

Discover more things to do with a trip to the vibrant market town of Abergavenny, a great base for any romantic holiday to Wales…

Get to know Abergavenny

Snuggle up in style…

From luxury log cabins in Snowdonia perfect for a frosty winter’s holiday and waterside stays providing endless opportunities for adventure, to Brecon Beacons cottages in the heart of the countryside, there really is nothing better than escaping for an unforgettable staycation in Wales with your loved one.

Look through a few of our best romantic holidays, and take some time for ‘just the two of you’ with a cottage holiday in Wales!

The Cottage – Brecon Beacons

The Cottage - Brecon Beacons

Five star and fabulously warm and cosy, step into The Cottage and you’ll feel right at home. This exquisitely decorated, dog friendly cottage welcomes you with delicate shades of lilac and lavender, muted tones and a deepened sense of comfort. The large, luxurious super-king size bed complete with beautiful bedding and comfortable cushions provides the perfect spot for lazy lay-ins and evenings snuggled up in style. Toast your toes by the log-burning stove or whip up an indulgent breakfast with eggs straight from the local farm shop in the well-equipped kitchen.

Well placed for foodies and explorers alike, the towering peaks of the striking Brecon Beacons are within easy reach, or opt for a more relaxed stroll along the canal tow path towards the inviting country pub just down the lane.

The Cottage

Rowan Cottage – Brecon Beacons

Rowan Cottage - Brecon Beacons

Prominently perched in a truly wonderful location on the Llangattock hillside, romance and decadence exudes from this romantic escape! One of the UK’s top romantic cottages, Rowan Cottage is perfect for honeymoons, popping that all-important question or simply rekindling that first date romance. This luxurious love nest offers complete privacy with exceptional views and serene countryside for miles around, without mentioning the fine country pubs speckled throughout the lanes.

Complete with a grand king-size bed, marshmallow duvet and a fantastically modern bathroom, lazing around is totally guilt-free here! This unique cottage boasts a wood burner, a traditional Aga, thick stone walls and exposed oak beams – a truly magical hideaway.

Rowan Cottage

Grosmont Coach House

Grosmont Coach House

Escape to the great outdoors and place yourself among the wonderful Welsh countryside. This adorable stone cottage is superbly positioned for exploring the nearby Brecon Beacons National Park (8 miles) or Wye Valley AONB (15 miles). Blessed with character and charm, and days filled with birdsong and butterflies, you can be assured total tranquillity and a perfectly peaceful stay during your romantic holiday in Wales .

Grosmont Coach House is nestled in the tranquil village of Grosmont, sat on the bend of the River Monnow, and the cottage is cute as a button and cosy as could be inside. Boasting a cosy seating, stylish, bright décor and Grosmont’s own church just 100 metres away, an uninterrupted retreat is waiting in this tranquil rural setting.

Grosmont Coach House

The Hot Tub Hideaway

Hot tub Hideaway

Artisan craftmanship at its finest! Using heart, soul, heaps of imagination, lashings of vintage charm and many man-hours of love and labour, this exquisite pair of shepherd huts have been hand-built and the result is sure to sweep you off your feet! Super snug with every comfort considered, you will find yourself in an ancient hay meadow, deep in the Herefordshire hills overlooking the beautiful Black Hill.

With far reaching views, a wood burning stove, an enormous fire pit perfect for toasting marshmallows and sunset BBQ’s, and the most innovative wood-fired hot tub we’ve ever seen, The Hot Tub Hideaway is a true glamping haven during any season.

The Hot Tub Hideaway

Wood Shack

Wood Shack

We love a stay where it feels totally off the beaten track, yet it’s actually very easy to seek out a charming country pub and a couple of delightful shops – and Wood Shack is just that! Hidden far, far away in a breath-taking wooded valley hides a fantastically magical escape. Looking like it’s stepped right out the pages of a fairy-tale, this original writer’s cabin has been beautifully handcrafted to create a truly unique space from which to soak up the lush woodland surroundings, listen to the stream trickle past you as you laze in the hammock, or set off on an adventure along one of the many trails leading from the shack.

Charm and quirkiness can be found in abundance here, yet you don’t have to forego modern amenities – a hot shower, electricity, a well-equipped kitchen, chimenea and more knitted blankets than you can shake a stick at can also be found.

Cute, cosy and wonderfully romantic… discover the story it has to tell for yourself.

Wood Shack

Bubbles and fizz…

Perhaps you’re looking to celebrate that extra romantic, special occasion? Then why not sweep your loved one off their feet within the landscape of romance! With its wild, rugged landscapes, picturesque coastal villages and spectacular mountains, it’s no wonder why so many choose Wales for their honeymoon destination. Think cosy wood burners, snug blankets, gardens open to the stars above, luxury lodges with hot tubs, romantic glamping experiences, secluded log cabins and peaceful spots to sit back and enjoy a glass of bubbly in style.

Whether you’re wanting a spa holiday or a romantic cottage with a hot tub, you can be sure to find a perfect honeymoon cottage to relax with your newlywed in wonderful Wales.

Starlight Cottage

Starlight Cottage

Perfect for honeymoons or popping the question, Starlight Cottage makes for the ultimate romantic hideaway! Nestled high in the Black Mountains, you really are welcomed with the most soulful of settings. This blissful honeymoon cottage is dedicated to providing the very best in relaxing stays; walk directly onto ancient paths and drover trails, drink in the sublime views, snuggle by the fire or simply sit back, relax and detox in the Scandi-style spa and sauna – a touch of decadence right on your doorstep.

Set amongst quiet, organic farmland, there is a deep sense of tranquillity stemming from its origins many moons ago, with medieval roots and natural springs lending a wonderful sense of mystery and intrigue to this unique setting on The Black Hill.

With your pet pooch welcome too and honeymooners receiving a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival, what more of an excuse could you need to embark on a spontaneous spa holiday in Wales?!

Starlight Cottage



If a romantic cottage with a hot tub is high on the agenda, Millbrook is sure to tempt. A blissful bolthole with a bubbling hot tub in the heart of the hills, it’s superbly located for nipping up a peak or two, or you can just watch from the warm waters if you’d prefer!

This detached cottage hidden high in the lanes just perfect for a honeymoon exudes style from every nook and cranny with pretty pops of colours, bohemian detail and added home comforts. After a day exploring the very best of the Brecon Beacons National Park, you can return home with your partner to soak the night away in the floodlit hot tub on the terrace before cosying up in fluffy towels and robes in front of the wood burner.


Romantic holidays in Wales

There’s always been a magic about Wales; wonderfully wild and perfectly rugged, a place where legend and story thrives, the mysticism of fairies, pixies and other enchanted folk blossoms from every corner, and a place to stay utterly out of the ordinary is easy to find.

Discover this impossibly photogenic region with your loved one by your side and create more of those treasured memories and moments. Our collection of romantic properties across Wales places you right in the heart of the beauty. From crooked fisherman cottages and rustic boltholes to countryside barns and chic apartments, our portfolio is packed with choice for your next romantic getaway to Wales.

Romantic retreats

Like it? Share it...

Read more like this

Remote cottages in Wales that will take you off the beaten track

Miles from anywhere, discover some of our most secluded escapes.

Where to go glamping in the Brecon Beacons

Experience the wild and wonderful side of Wales when you go glamping in the Brecon Beacons.

A complete guide to the Brecon Beacons

Get to know the Brecon Beacons National Park with our complete guide to the area.
The Travel Chapter Limited, trading as holidaycottages.co.uk | The Travel Chapter Limited is registered in England and Wales. | Registered office Travel Chapter House Gammaton Road Bideford EX39 4DF Company No. 02431506 | VAT reg: 143053210