It’s February and we can already hear the strumming of harp strings and the scent of freshly picked roses floating over the reed-beds. If Romance is what you’re looking for today then make sure you spend it in the Broads National Park!
Take some inspiration from the vintage Broads holiday posters and let the moonlit marshes do the talking. Hire a vintage vessel, companies such as Hunters Yard, Oliver’s Sailing Holidays and Eastwood Whelpton would be perfect and take a day time jaunt to Neatishead. Neatishead is home to the Norfolk Mead Hotel where the two of you can indulge in any one of a range of spa packages. Once you’ve been adequately pampered, pick up a luxury picnic hamper for two filled with everything from local cheeses and chutney to crudités and hummus. After a decadent feast on deck, sail your way to Barton Broad to moor up for a night of endless stars, lapping water and the cooing of love birds.
‘If I had a flower for every time I thought of you I could walk in my garden forever’ the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson have never been more apt, so this valentine’s day express yourself with flowers… Walk hand in hand through Raveningham Estate to take in their astounding snowdrop walk. It’s a seasonal ‘must’ and the perfect excuse to spend some quality time in each other’s company. You might be thinking that the perfect gift on such an occasion would be flowers and with local florists such as Stalham’s‘Flower Moments’ and ‘The Enchanted Florist’ at Acle you’re probably right. Although if you really want to impress why not enrol your loved one on a local floristry course at Eastern and Otley College and give them the gift of fabulous flowers all year long?
Lowestoft is the first place in the whole of the UK to see the sun rise so get up early and take your loved-ones breath away with the early morning sun beams. But the romance doesn’t stop there… Nothing feels quite as quintessentially romantic as the sound of thundering hooves upon miles of untouched sand. Thanks to Pakefield Riding School that bucket list ambition can be ticked off with a ride across the beaches of Lowestoft. For a romantic meal and even a room for two, check out the Ivy House Country Hotel. Their onsite eatery ‘The Crooked Barn’ has got something for everyone, from artichoke and wild mushroom pancakes to orange and cinnamon chocolate pots.
If you’re longing to be struck by cupid’s arrow this valentine’s day then make sure you do it in the Broads National Park and that you check the Visit the Broads website for a variety of amazing places to stay, eat and visit.