10 Romantic Locations to Propose in the South West
04 Nov 2015
The thrill of a proposal can be unforgettable, what with all that romance, excitement and exhilaration. Ensure it’s a moment to remember in one of these locations
1. Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
A panorama of vivid autumn colours, this internationally-recognised site is a getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s a divine place to treat a loved one to a picnic before asking them to take your hand in marriage. It’s home to 15,000 trees, so a proposal will be privately sheltered by golden leaves. Try visiting at Christmas to catch the illuminated trail for an enchanting romantic walk.
2. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
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Each year more than 150 hot air balloons float into the Bristol skies, launching from the rather grand Ashton Court Estate. Why not plan a balloon ride to pop the question? Fairground rides, ice cream vans, food stalls, acoustic music areas and air displays all feature during the fiesta, as do night glows and firework displays. Ideal if your other half loves excitement and you want to create a day to remember.
3. The Chocolate Boutique Hotel, Bournemouth
If the bride or groom-to-be has a sweet tooth, look no further than The UK’s only chocolate-themed hotel for an indulgent and luxurious proposal. Chocoholics will melt when they arrive at this chocolate themed hotel in Bournemouth’s Soho Quarter. Make truffles, paint a portrait using Belgian chocolate, match wine to assorted chocolates, then unwind in a – you guessed it – chocolate-themed room.
4. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
In Europe’s largest garden restoration, a world of romance awaits. Once a real life secret garden, it was lost for decades to bramble and ivy after the outbreak of WW1 and was rediscovered 25 years ago. Its mystery makes it a marvellous place to pop the question – from the unique Heligan sculptures, sub-tropical journeys, bamboo tunnels and majestic ferns, to its resident wildlife.
5. The Palladian Bridge, Bath, Somerset
Peaceful lakes, sweeping vistas and a charming 18th-century bridge lie within the beautifully landscaped Prior Park. Take a leisurely walk along the bridge, which was built in 1755 and is the last three of its kind built in England, and choose an opportune moment for the proposal.
6. Thermae Bath Spa, Bath, Somerset
Chill out together and go for all out pampering in an open-air rooftop pool…The Thermae Bath Spa is Britain’s original natural thermal spa. Here, bathe in natural hot mineral-rich waters during a twilight session at sunset while enjoying the views from the roof-top pool. Follow a proposal with a light meal in the spa’s restaurant.
7. Stonehenge, Wiltshire
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A prehistoric international landmark, the ancient circle of Stonehenge is one of the wonders in the world. Visit during New Year’s Eve for a tremendous welcome to the next year together. Perfect for a couple of history buffs. Book tickets in advance via the English Heritage site.
8. St Michael's Mount, Cornwall
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Legends, myths and cobbles combine at this magical location. Couples can wander across the granite causeway where a mythical giant is said to have once roamed, or catch a boat to explore the historic island and a medieval castle. Salty air, spectacular views and plenty of fresh food make for an unforgettable environment.
9. Agatha Christie’s Greenway, Devon
Crime novelist Agatha Christie is said to have described Greenway, which was her holiday home, as ‘the loveliest place in the world,’and we can’t say we’d disagree. It’s a delight to discover the walled garden, boathouse, vinery and historic interiors. Literary fans will be in their element, as the author set three of her novels here, relaxed with friends and played croquet within the grounds. Follow the romantic woodland that leads down the hillside towards to the shimmering Dart estuary for a stolen moment together.
10. The Jurassic Coast, Dorset
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Covering 95 miles of coastline, the Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site showcasing 185 million years of Earth's history. It’s a geological gem in fact, where fossils have given clues about the age of the dinosaurs, but is also an ideal area for a special romantic break.
Head up the Sea Life Tower at Weymouth for 360º views of Weymouth bay, wander out on a treasure trail in Dorset, enjoy a boat trip, or take a picnic to the site of the Durdle Door. The photogenic limestone arch lies off the Jurassic Coast national park and coastal path in Dorset, just waiting to be snapped by budding photographers and enjoyed by couples. Your fiancée will love it.