Love is in the air - Valentines Day destinations
PUBLISHED: 00:16 20 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:30 20 February 2013
The National Trust has fallen under a romantic spell this month and here are three <br/>special places to take the person of your dreams for a Valentine's Day to remember...
The beloved home of Sir Winston Churchill, Chartwellbecame the treasured country retreat that allowed him to escape his many political duties in town.
Here he was able to indulge other loves, such as a passion for painting and his affection forhis children and family. 12 February: Valentines Day dinner, 39.95 per person;couples can enjoy a three-course meal in the Mulberry Room accompanied by soft music.Booking essential
Ightham Mote, near Sevenoaks
This medieval moated manor house was built in 1320 andhas doubtless provided the backdrop for many a love sceneover the centuries. This month, enthusiasts of the undisputed queen of romantic literature, Jane Austen, can learn about her strong connections with Kent.12 February: Jane Austen lecture and two-course lunch, 22.50 per person, Booking essential
14 February: Valentines Day dinner, 35 per person; enjoy a three-course meal in inspiring, historic surroundings. Booking essential
White Cliffs of Dover
The dramatic White Cliffs of Dover are one of Britains most iconic landmarks, offering sweethearts a great choice of bracing walks and stunning views out to sea, not to mention plenty of beautiful places to stop and pop the question.12 and 13 February: the Visitor Centre will be full of special treatsto tantalise the tongue and romantic gifts to treat loved ones.
Other Kentish gems
Meanwhile, Kent is also home to some truly lovely gardens,which will be starting to show the beginnings of spring life. Vita Sackville Wests glorious creation, Sissinghurst Castle Garden near Cranbrook, is a charming place to enjoy aValentines Day stroll, while Scotney Castle Garden on the outskirts of nearby Tunbridge Wells offers a dramatic view ontoa ruined medieval castle and moat.
Knole, Vita Sackville-Wests grand childhood home, isalso steeped in romance, with tantalising links to royalty,while the humbler Smallhythe Place is no less deserving of a Valentines Day visit, home as it was to one of Englandsleading Victorian actresses, Ellen Terry. Her vast collection of theatrical costumes and memorabiliais perfect inspiration for couples dreaming of their ownenduring love stories.