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The most romantic spots for a Valetine's day out

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The most romantic spots for a Valetine's day out
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Dinefwr Park and Castle, Carmarthenshire

A place of real power and influence for more than 2000 years, Dinefwr Park and Castle is an iconic place in the history of Wales. The park stretches over 480 acres towards the bank of the Tywi, with water meadows and oak woodland home to more than 100 fallow deer and a herd of rare White Park Cattle. Its most romantic moments include the thrilling views from the top of castle where you can see for miles.

Find out more www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr">here

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Stourhead, Wiltshire

Enjoy a day together exploring this fairy-tale estate. Take a romantic stroll along the lake, passing temples, follies and grottos and then finish with the awe-inspiring views from the Temple of Apollo - the place where Mr. Darcy declared his love for Elizabeth in the 2008 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

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Killerton, Devon

Nestled in this tranquil spot amongst the lawns and sweeping parkland are stories from the lives of the Acland family, which have their very own tales of romance.

For 17-year-old Thomas Acland, it was love at first sight when he was introduced to Lydia Hoare in 1804. The teenagers immediately embarked upon an adolescent love affair and, at the age of 21, it was decided that they would be married.

If you fancy making a weekend of it, there are thatched holiday cottages on the estate as well as the Forest Cottage tucked away in the woodland.

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Polesden Lacey, Surrey

This is the spt where King George VI and the late Queen Mother spent part of their honeymoon, amidst the beautiful landscape of the North Downs.

What's more, this spectacular place is still alive with the spirit of its most celebrated owner, Mrs Ronald Greville, whose vivacious sparkle made for a whirlwind of weekend parties and the odd spot of romance too.

The gorgeous rose garden is also a real romantic highlight.

If you want to make a weekend of it, stay in the Garden Cottage, an ivy-clad Victorian detached cottage with a roaring open fire, bang in the middle of the Polesden Lacey estate, right next to the famous rose garden.

You can find out more www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey/">here

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Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire's grandest country house was once home to Phillip, the first Earl of Hardwicke, who played an instrumental part in passing the Marriage Act of 1754 - establishing the legalities of marriages in England and Wales.

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Lyme Park, Cheshire

Lying on the edge of the Peak District is the grand Lyme Park. This was the bakdrop to that famous scene in Pride and Prejudice we all remember where a sopping Colin Firth emerges from the lake.

When it's spring-time the wooded slopes and rolling moorland, grazed by herds of red deer, makes it feel like your miles from anywhere.

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Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire

This spot has been inspiring writers, philosophers and since the eighteenth-century, making it the perfect romantic getaway this Valentines. From spring time walks through follies and temples to sitting by the lake, it's got romance at every turn.

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, North Yorkshire

The breath-taking ruins of this Cistercian abbey, combined with its Water Garden and the atmospheric Serpentine Tunnel, are guaranteed to capture your imagination on Valentine's Day.

If you want to make a weekend of it, you could stay just a mile from the ruins in the converted eighteenth century farm buildings at How Hill. Or for a bit more luxury, stay in the Jacobean mansion, Fountains Hall and enjoy using the summerhouse and walled garden after hours.

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All images ©National Trust: John Hammond, Andrew Butler, Arnhel de Serra, John Miller, Ian Shaw and Chris Lacey