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Top 5 reasons for romantic getaways in Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of romance. But that's probably because you haven't fully explored the passions of our lush, green county.
True story: everyone who plans romantic getaways in Lincolnshire falls in love with the place. With its rich history, blissful beaches and quiet glades, Lincolnshire is like an endless lovers' lane.
Want to stir your soul and maximise your mon amour? Forget London, Lisbon and Las Vegas. Here are five reasons why romantic getaways in Lincolnshire beat all of the above.
Variety is the spice of life (and love)
Do landscapes make your heart race? You'll feel like you've hit the romantic jackpot in Lincolnshire.
It's not just that the scenery is gorgeous. It's that there's enough variety here to fill 4,000 photo albums.
Love sand and surf? Lincolnshire has more than 50 miles of coastline, stretching from the Humber estuary to North Norfolk. Our coastal roads are peppered with pretty beaches and traditional seaside towns, where you can stop for fish and chips and marvel at the infinite, wave-caressed horizon.
Prefer a touch of greenery? Pull on your hiking boots and go for a couple's constitutional in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Here, you'll find rolling hills, unspoilt forests and plenty of picturesque villages. No wonder it's one of the most popular spots for romantic getaways in Lincolnshire.
And if you like your scenery to tell a story, wait until you see what's next…
It's a land of living history
We'd recommend romantic getaways in Lincolnshire to any loved-up couple. But if you're a couple of loved-up history fans, you're in for an extra-special treat.
See, Lincolnshire boasts some of the best-preserved – and most romantic – historical sites in the country.
You'll find the most famous examples in Lincoln. Our county town is home to one of the UK's oldest castles, one of its largest cathedrals and enough Roman ruins to fill the Colosseum.
There's plenty to see outside of Lincoln's boundaries, too. Explore our 2,687 square miles and you'll discover scores of Bronze Age barrows, mediaeval forts and other ancient delights.
But if you really want to get those butterflies fluttering, you can't beat our stately homes and manor houses. There are stunning examples throughout the county, from Grantham to Gainsborough.
Short on time? Stick Burghley House, Normanby Hall and Harlaxton Manor on your 'must-see' list.
You're never too far from a secret spot
Is there anything more romantic than having a little piece of landscape all to yourself?
Short of a candlelit dinner atop the Eiffel Tower, the answer is 'no'.
The good news is that Lincolnshire is full of these hidden treasures. Like Theddlethorpe Beach, a quilt of golden sand that's forever quiet, even at the height of summer. And Londonthorpe Wood, a popular beauty spot that nonetheless offers quiet escapes among its trees and meadows.
Then there's Swanholme Lakes, a set of tranquil ponds woven with winding paths and blessed with resonant birdsong. It makes the perfect couple's retreat, we think.
Of course, if everyone who planned romantic getaways in Lincolnshire visited these secret spots, they'd hardly be 'secret' anymore. So, the best thing you can do is stick a pin in a map, hop into your car and head out to discover your own. There's plenty to go around.
Lincoln is paved with romance
Paris, step aside. Rome, you've had your day. It's time for another city to take the 'most romantic' mantle – and our money's on Lincoln.
We've already covered the cathedral. And the castle. And the fact that walking its cobbled streets feels like ambling through 2,000 years of living, breathing history.
But even without its historical trappings, Lincoln would still be a date-night paradise.
Sample Steep Hill's colourful shops and you'll begin to see what we mean. Saunter through Hartsholme Country Park and you'll be thoroughly convinced. Watch the sunset over Brayford Waterfront and you'll fall in love all over again.
It's possible to plan romantic getaways in Lincolnshire without visiting our county town. But if you'd like a little urban splendour in your itinerary, consider it a shoo-in.
You'll discover loads of unique date ideas
If your idea of the perfect date is a sophisticated meal and a starlit stroll, our county has got you covered. Lincolnshire has some of the best restaurants and clearest skies in the country's.
But adventurous couples will find plenty more to love – and plenty more to do.
How about a ghost tour? Some would say that romantic getaways in Lincolnshire are incomplete without exploring the spookier corners of the county. The Lincoln Ghost Walk comes highly recommended – and it offers a great excuse to cuddle up in the cold night air.
Fancy getting doe-eyed over some cute animals? Lincolnshire boasts no less than 12 alpaca farms, as well as an enchanting aquarium and one of the UK's best-rated wildlife parks.
Escape rooms? Check. Axe throwing? Check. Cosy pubs, quirky coffee houses and an arcade-themed cocktail bar? Check, check and triple-check.
Honestly, we're just scratching the surface. There's something for everyone here, whether you're into arcades, appletinis or, well, alpacas.
Romantic getaways in Lincolnshire call for romantic accommodation
Planning a couple's holiday is like cooking a complicated meal. If one of the ingredients is wrong, that devilishly difficult dish could end up less cordon bleu and more 'cordon eugh'.
Case in point: accommodation. Many romantic getaways in Lincolnshire have been ruined by sub-standard hotels that offer sub-standard service.
Don't let your amorous adventure turn into a half-baked holiday. Book a spot at Washingborough Hall and we'll make sure your lovers' retreat is as lovely as can be.
You'd think our country house hotel was purpose-built for romantic getaways in Lincolnshire. It wasn't – but it may as well have been.
Take our location. You'll find us down a quiet, tree-lined lane within the pretty village of Washingborough. It feels snug, secluded and special – but we're only a short hop from the historic streets of Lincoln. Perfect.
Then there's our restaurant. Food is the food of love, as they say – and our eatery is famous for its moreish menus and sophisticated ambience. Pop a bottle, pore over our award-winning menus and spend an evening gazing into one another's eyes. Doubly perfect.
And after all that, you can drift off together in a grand four-poster bed and dream of what you'll do tomorrow. It doesn't get much better than that.