"From James Bond’s boudoir to a champagne-inspired chamber, romance is well and truly alive at these loved-up hotels."

Hotel du Vin, York

Few cities offer a more romantic setting than York, all historic charm, cobbled streets and quaint old-fashioned shops. So it's a good setting for Hotel du Vin, the wine-inspired boutique hotel chain. If you're up for pushing the boat out, set sail to the Moët Vintage Suite. The open-plan suite's list of attractions mean you may never get to see the historic city outside: an eight-foot super king-size bed, twin free-standing roll-top baths, a walk-in monsoon shower, surround-sound speakers and two large flat-screen televisions. Add room service, and what more could you need? Opt for the 'Suitest Thing' package and you'll enjoy a night in a suite with a bottle of champagne, a bouquet of flowers, dinner for two in the hotel bistro and breakfast in bed the next day, all for £290.

Info: www.hotelduvin.com 
Go by train:York

Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street

Ever dreamt of being whisked away to your very own castle by a knight in shiny shoes, or a damsel in a dress? Of course you have! So head to Chester-le-Street's very own Lumley Castle, where chivalry and luxury are available in equal measure. Built more than 600 years ago, the castle stands proud thanks to namesake Sir Ralph Lumley, who converted his ancestor's manor house into a noble castle.

With 73 rooms to choose from, including the King James Suite (complete with the 20ft-high four-poster Queen Anne bed and a Jacuzzi - admittedly not an original feature) there is a range of options whatever your budget and fancy. Surrounded by the beautiful County Durham countryside, it's an ideal spot to escape the rush of modern life and instead revert to a more peaceful, not to mention opulent, way of life. A romantic break for two at Lumley Castle including one night's B&B, dinner, champagne and chocolates, costs from £199.

Info: www.lumleycastle.com 
Go by train:Chester-le-Street

Aphrodites Boutique Hotel & Spa, Windermere

Fancy staying in 007's bedroom? Or maybe Cleopatra's palatial surrounds? How about Tarzan and Jane's jungle hideout or the Flintstones' cosy cave? All of these places and many more are to be found in the peaceful haven of Windermere in the Lake District. Aphrodites Boutique Hotel has 17 themed rooms, many with hot tubs. Not feeling the themes so far? Why not escape to Robin Hood's den or a chic Parisian suite instead?

Not content with its array of weird and wonderful rooms, Aphrodites also has its own pool and spa, complete with waterfall Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym and spa treatment rooms. There are carefully manicured grounds and nestled away in the garden is the pièce de résistance: Aphrodites' Log Cabin, with its own private hot tub. The goddess of love herself would be proud. Prices start from £90-£190 and include breakfast.

Info: www.aphroditeslodge.co.uk
Go by train:Windermere


Fancy staying at Aphrodites? One lucky winner will enjoy a midweek overnight stay for two, including breakfast. The prize also includes return train travel from your nearest FTPE station to Windermere. To enter and for full terms and conditions, head to tpexpress.co.uk/explorercomp.


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