07/11/2013 07:47 GMT | Updated 07/11/2013 07:47 GMT

10 Romantic UK Boltholes

If you're not hotel people, your idea of getting away from it all might be snuggling up in a cosy cottage for two far from the madding crowd. However, it's not easy to find good-value romantic hideaways in the British countryside.

Most self-catering properties are geared up for families and large groups and if there are only two of you, there is usually a premium to pay. But look hard and you can find hidden gems out there - romantic cottages, converted barns, boathouses, medieval castles and stable blocks.

I've selected 10 of the best scattered across the UK coast and countryside. Any of these would work well for a secluded self-catering honeymoon, but they'd be equally suitable for a romantic week away with a new love, or perhaps to celebrate an anniversary. All of these rental properties are in locations that are so lovely you won't even mind if the weather turns sour. Just turn up the heating and get cosy inside.

Jane Anderson is Editor of 101 Honeymoons

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