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Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Cumbria and beyond this Valentine’s Day

January 18, 2024 by

Netherby Hall

How are you spending Valentine’s Day this year?

How about a romantic break at Netherby Hall? Set in 36-acres of private gardens and grounds, our luxury self-catering apartments and cottages are ideal for spending some quiet time together.

Our special Valentine’s offer includes a bottle of Prosecco, luxury bath oil, chocolate covered strawberries, and a single red rose. You will also find fresh flowers in your apartment or cottage and a box of handmade local chocolates waiting for you on arrival. Valentine’s guests also benefit from a late 11am check out on your day of departure. 

Offer available between Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 18, 2024. Book your stay direct at or call 01228 792732.

If you’d like to venture further afield during your stay at Netherby Hall, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s our guide to the top 10 romantic things to do during your Valentine’s break at Netherby Hall

  1. Escape to the Lake District

Waterfall in the Lake District

Head south from Netherby Hall into the Lake District to soak up spectacular scenery. Take an Ullswater ‘Steamer’ from Pooley Bridge across Ullswater to the magnificent Aira Force, a 65ft waterfall which is often at its most dramatic in winter. Follow the fell walk to Gowbarrow for panoramic views of the lake.

  1. Test your mettle on a adrenaline-fuelled adventure

Step out of your comfort zone by tackling cliff faces, rope bridges and sky ladders on the Via Ferrata Xtreme at Honsiter Slate Mine near Keswick. This working mine in the heart of the Lake District also offers other adventure options.

  1. Treat yourself to a relaxing spa day

Treat yourself to a spa day

Looking for some relaxing time together? Rickerby Retreat near Carlisle offers ESPA spa treatments which include complimentary use of its gorgeous pool. Treat yourself to Prosecco Afternoon Tea on the rooftop terrace overlooking Rickerby Park. Rickerby Retreat is a 15 minute drive from Netherby Hall

  1. Enjoy Michelin-starred dining

Enjoy Michelin-starred dining

Pentonbridge Inn offers informal, relaxed Michelin-starred dining, just a couple of minutes drive from Netherby Hall – with free transport for guests. Head chef Chris Archer’s eight-course seasonally-inspired set tasting menu includes ingredients sourced from Netherby Hall’s own Walled Garden. Book your table here

  1. Go stargazing

o stargazing

Nearby Northumberland is home to an International Dark Skies Park where on a clear night you can see literally thousands of stars with the naked eye. Or just hold hands and look up from the grounds of Netherby Hall. Cawfields is a designated Dark Skies Discovery Site, 30 mins drive from Netherby Hall.

  1. Classical music at Netherby Hall 

Classical music at Netherby Hall

Enjoy a classical concert at Netherby Hall in the grand setting of the Grade II* listed mansion’s Oak Hall. Pianist Clare Hammond takes to the stage on February 16 as part of the venue’s series of classical music concerts. Book your place here.

  1. Experience the romance of Gretna Green

Experience the romance of Gretna Green

Visit the original home of romance, The Famous Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna Green which has been hosting weddings for more than 260 years. Tour the visitor experience, do some shopping – or even tie the knot! Gretna Green is a 10 minute drive from Netherby Hall

  1. Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers

Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers at Hadrian's Wall

Just a short drive from Netherby Hall, Hadrian’s Wall is a must-visit wild and rugged landscape, steeped in history. Follow the Hadrian’s Wall Path which offers spectacular views of the World Heritage Site and visit the museums and relics along the way.

  1. A Day at the Races

A Day at Carlisle Races

Have a flutter at Carlisle Racecourse and take in the views across the city from its Swifts Restaurant or even from your own private box. Carlisle Racecourse’s Winter Warmer series of race meetings take place on February 5, February 19 and March 7.

  1. Explore the Coast

Rockcliffe in Dumfries & Galloway is a pretty seaside village framed by miles of rugged coastline, overlooking a sandy beach. Perfect for a bracing walk followed by a visit to the local tea shop. Rockcliffe is one of many beaches to explore on the Solway Firth, which also stretches along the Cumbrian coast.

Book your Valentine’s stay at Netherby Hall today at or call 01228 792732.

Valentine’s offer only available to direct bookings and from February 10 to 18, 2024. 

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