Love is a battlefield
Feb 3 2011 Posted by Lewis Shields
'Heartache to heartache we stand…'
Pitchup.com believes, 'promises and demands' a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day. Book a wonderful alternative weekend break at one of Pitchup.com's top five romantic sites close to a battlefield, and fight away those lovers' tiffs before returning to rural romance. Castles, knights and shepherdesses all included…
1. Vintage venturing in Whitby
The beautifully decorated vintage caravans at La Rosa are guaranteed to bring romance back this Valentine's Day as the campsite is constructed with love and care from recycled, reclaimed and found objects.
The twenty-acre site is specifically designed to be low impact and environmentally aware – think candles and fairy lights. With plump eiderdowns to snuggle under, no nasty nylon sleeping bags are to be found in this fantasy land full of nostalgia, romance and all things kitsch, camp and bohemian.
Venture into the coastal town of Whitby for the day and visit the imposing Abbey, the site of Viking raids, a target for German battle cruisers during the First World War and the inspiration for perhaps the most famous gothic novel of all time, Bram Stoker's Dracula.
After dwelling in past events, linger over modern-day moments and enjoy tea at the fabulous La Rosa Hotel on the cliff-top over looking the harbour.
Prices start from £28 per person per night.
2. Wind-swept beach walks in Poole
Wander arm in arm along the beautiful Dorset Jurassic Coast, visit the lovely market town of Wareham and cosy up together under the thatched roof of the nearby Bakers Arms. The gorgeous, peaceful site of Pear Tree Holiday Park, just outside Poole, offers fantastic secluded pitches for a romantic weekend.
Enjoy exploring the area's rich history and getting out and about in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Puritan-inclined Poole had fascinating ties to the English Civil War and led to the town declaring for Parliament. The Parliamentary garrison from Poole laid siege to and captured the nearby Royalist stronghold at Corfe Castle – ensnare your other half with a short break away to Pear Tree and make your own history…
Pitches from £17.00 a night.
3. Only for adults
The award-winning Old Oaks Touring Park, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Somerset countryside, is the perfect location for couples to enjoy quality time together this Valentine's Day.
The charming camping cabins are ideal for couples looking to escape from the busy hustle and bustle of everyday life. Watch the sun rise in the morning, and gaze at the stars late at night from the comfort of your cabin’s king-sized bed. Even carry breakfast in bed to your loved one – there's little reason to leave!
But if you do venture out, the site becomes the perfect base for exploring the delights of Glastonbury and the West Country - steeped in history and English Heritage. Visit the stunning Chalice Well Gardens, where legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea hid the chalice of the Holy Grail, as well as numerous country pubs and restaurants on your doorstep.
Romantic spirits will want to keep an eye out for the Duke of Monmouth's ghost. The handsome rebel army leader challenged the royal army in this area in 1685, and after being captured and executed in London, village girls claimed to witness the ghost of the horseman at the site of the battleground for many years after…
To get in on the action, prices start at £32 per cabin per night.
4. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Set on a farm in the tiny village of Bodiam, The Original Hut Company's unique accommodation is based on the idea of old shepherds' huts. The huts offer a beautiful and sustainable boutique camping experience without relinquishing style and comfort.
Pastoral romantics will be transported to a bygone age of outdoor living. Waking in the morning you’ll glimpse the beautiful Bodiam Castle through the trees - moat, turrets, battlements and all. With steam trains from the Kent and East Sussex railway chugging in behind and the River Rother meandering quietly through the bottom of the site, the location could not be more idyllic.
Surprise your shepherdess by arranging a hamper of fine local produce for your arrival, and settle by the warmth of your own fire pit for a truly idealistic romantic night under the stars.
The huts are priced from £75 per night.
5. Wild roses and amorous knights
Wild Rose Park offers a unique opportunity to camp in style on the beautiful banks of the River Eden.
Ideal for a February break, heated wigwams enjoy secluded peace and tranquillity in the park throughout the year, and are designed for the rural environment using the sustainable resource of home-grown timber in their construction.
Escape from reality to fantasy and play at being knights and princesses for the day, as nearby stand the ruins of 12th-century Pendragon Castle. Legend claims the castle was built by Uther Pendragon, mythical father of King Arthur, who tried to divert the River Eden from its course in order to build a moat around his castle’'s perimeter.
Returning to reality, and the comforts of you wigwam's private veranda, indulge in the luxury of long evenings and little to do. Hand-holding around the fire, under crisp starry skies, let the return of rural romance take hold…
Prices from £20 per wigwam per night.
Notes to editors
View over 1,000 sites within 15 miles of a battlefield at http://www.pitchup.com/campsites/-/battlefields/.
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