OUR Fabulous team go in search of the perfect relaxing holiday with their partners and talk spas, trips and accommodation.
Features Director Claie Wilson and writer Emily Cope compare Somerset with North Yorkshire in the ultimate battle of the romantic retreat.
Features Writer Emily Cope and boyfriend Chris fell for the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, Helmsley.
The pad: At this cosy hotel, the heated pool, hot tub and terrace are the perfect spot for a glass of prosecco.
Expect a plush, farmhouse feel to rooms. The chateaubriand for two in the hotel’s Weathervane restaurant will hit the spot, and we also dived into the Arctic roll with figs and green tea sorbet.
Three courses cost £48.
The spa: With super-friendly staff and views across the lush garden, the Verbena Spa really is gorgeous.
As well as a couple’s treatment room, there’s an aromatherapy chamber, salt inhalation sauna and foot spas. We recommend the bespoke My Kinda Skin facial, £85 for an hour.
Explore: The North York Moors – miles of forest, wild horses and trickling streams – are on your doorstep.
Or the beautiful Rievaulx Abbey ruins are a 20-minute drive away, £8.50 entry (English-heritage.org.uk).
In the town, pop into award-winning deli Hunters of Helmsley.
Filled with foodie treats, it serves a killer roast beef sandwich, £3.50 (Huntersofhelmsley.com).
Refuel: Order the Modhuminti lamb aloo at Helmsley Spice – lamb, honey, tomatoes and the chef’s secret mango sauce, £9.95.
At Scotts of Helmsley, the cod and chips, £11.95, are fried in beef dripping and are the tastiest things on the planet.
Book it: B&B starts from £120 per room (Fevershamarmshotel.com).
Features Director Claie Wilson and husband James had a loved-up stay at Strawberryfield Park, Draycott.
The Pad: We had everything we needed for a relaxing getaway in our luxury eco lodge, from the fancy free-standing bath to the Bang & Olufsen TV in the lounge.
But the best bit? The hot tub out back.
We spent the evening spa-ing under the stars – bliss!
The Site: Set within 14 acres of countryside, Strawberryfields Park boasts 12 timber lodges, all complete with a hot tub.
Tranquil doesn’t even come close, especially with the apple orchard and beautiful views of the Mendip Hills.
Explore: A five-minute drive away is cheese-tastic Cheddar. But before you stuff your faces, grab a Cheddar Gorge & Caves ticket, £16.95 (Cheddargorge.co.uk).
Attempt the 274 steps of Jacob’s Ladder, then follow with a tour of Gough’s Cave – home to Britain’s oldest complete skeleton.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, visit the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company.
Watch the cheesemakers at work then sample a shedload for £2 (Cheddaronline.co.uk).
Refuel: A hop, skip and a jump from Strawberryfield is The Cider Barn.
Don’t be fooled by its shabby look – it has an amazing selection of cider (the rhubarb is especially lush), and the ploughman’s lunch, £8.50, is delicious.
Book it: Lodges starts from £105 per night based on a three-night stay (Bluechipholidays.co.uk).
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