Arbour Hill is a couple’s retreat with two sweet and romantic self catering holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Dales and it’s always a special occasion….. but on Valentine’s Day there are even more options to do something fun, or have some yummy food, with that special person. Here’s a couple of our favourite ideas, but there are lots more!
Nearby Swinton Park is celebrating the most romantic day of the year with several enticing options; try Valentines Afternoon Tea in the opulent dining room, a Valentines Sharing Menu made with the best estate produce; or Valentines Dinner in the award-winning splendor of Samuel’s restaurant. After those yummy treats, head outside try one of the many activities on offer (falconry? wild swimming?) or take a tour of the deer park.
An every shorter hop from Arbour Hill, try a special Valentines Afternoon Tea at the gorgeous “Garden Rooms” at the famous Tennants Auction House. This is one of our favorite places to pop for lunch, and is only 10 minutes down the road in beautiful Leyburn, the “gateway to the dales”. The delicious menu on Valentines Day, for £19.50, has all the usual treats plus unlimited tea or coffee!
The buzz of the Tennants showroom is always exciting and big money changes hands here. Tennants specializes in art and antiques sales; but the Valentine’s day sale is actually “coins and banknotes”; so maybe your sweetheart will shell out for a romantic sovereign or some maundy money? Whilst you’re there, browse one of the free February exhibitions. If your interest is piqued then maybe head back on 29th Feb for a “behind the scenes” tour, where you can learn some tips of the trade - whether you’re buying or selling! - and see a sale being prepared. I’m fascinated by this so I’ll certainly be there!
Even closer to home, it’s a short (15 minutes) but picturesque walk from Arbour Hill to our glamorous but cosy local village gastropub which has a special four course Valentines set menu, including Champagne sorbet with rose petals! Keep warm in front of the log fire whilst you wait for your table.
Then, when you’re both fully sated, wander back to your cosy Arbour Hill cottage, slump into your relaxing hot tub and do some star gazing together…