If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for her or him, we can offer various hotel packages to ensure a romantic weekend to remember.

The origins of Valentine’s Day are not clear but many sources cite that it stems from the story of St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred on or around February 14 in 270 CE. How he became the patron saint of lovers also remains a mystery. One theory is that the church used the day of martyrdom to Christianise the old Roman Lupercalia, a festival commemorated annually on February 15 that involved putting girls’ names in a box and letting the boys draw them out. The couples would then be paired off until the following year.

Pope Gelasius I changed this ancient celebration as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day. In England, it was not until the 18th century when it became an occasion that we are now all familiar with – giving greeting cards, flowers and confectionery to partners or admirers. Of course, today there are many other ways to show feelings of love, such as a romantic dinner or an overnight stay at a beautiful country house hotel. If you are looking for Valentine’s Day gift ideas, then Hand Picked Hotels are offering various packages to spoil that someone special. 

Nestled in the Hampshire countryside, Audleys Wood Hotel has an overnight package on offer. You will receive Champagne, a three course dinner, breakfast in bed and that all important late checkout.

Our elegant Paladian style country house hotel Buxted Park in East Sussex is another perfect place for a Valentine’s Day break. Priced from £159 per person you can enjoy a four course romantic dinner and a glass of Prosecco with chocolate dipped fruit in your room on arrival and overnight accommodation and traditional breakfast.

If you are looking for a spa getaway to celebrate your Valentine’s Day, but in a more central location then New Hall just outside of Birmingham is offering a Valentine's Romantic Getaway. A fine example of late medieval architecture, it is majestic as it is magical and the ideal setting to spoil your loved one.

All our hotels offer Valentine's treats from overnight stays to afternoon teas and romantic dinners. View all here.