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Top 10 most romantic homes for Valentine’s Day

When beauty is all around, how can you fail to feel romantic? From the heady delights of Paris to the herb-scented hillsides of exotic Sardinia, we look for lovey-dovey locations with a licence to thrill. With Valentine’s Day just peeping over the horizon, here are our top ten idyllic hideaways for that loving feeling.

From the heady delights of Paris to the herb-scented hillsides of exotic Sardinia, we look for lovey-dovey locations with a licence to thrill. With Valentine’s Day just peeping over the horizon, here are our top ten idyllic hideaways for that loving feeling.

Perigord passion: Beaumont-du-Perigord, France £2.27m (€3,000,000)

Whisk your loved one away to your own private estate in the beautiful, rolling Dordogne. Beaumont is an English bastide town founded by our own Edward I. It had double fortifications, of which only one gateway survives. This 17th century chateau sits in 450 acres of parkland, woods and farmland, with its own lake, extensive outbuildings and two swimming pools.

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Parisian romance: Rue Saint-Merri, Paris £640,000 (€840,000)

This atmospheric street in the 4th arrondissement is at the very heart of the Marais, the trendiest part of the city. Bursting with art galleries, eateries and fashion houses, it’s the place to see and be seen. This top floor apartment, reached by an elegant stone staircase, has one bedroom and overlooks a sunny courtyard. Perfect for a weekend away with your amour.

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Dordogne desire: St Pierre de Frugie, France £2.6m (€3.45m)

If you want to whisk your partner to a fairytale castle, look no further than the Dordogne. This charming chateau is small but delightfully formed. Parts of it date back to the twelfth century. It luxuriates by 180 acres of its own ground, from terraces to deer park, giving you total seclusion in your own private estate. The village is small, but has a hotel and a bistro. It’s popular with tourists, so you could let out the chateau if you could bear to tear yourself away.

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London leisure: Mary Sophia, St Katharine Docks, London E1W £319,000

How much more romantic can you get than bobbing about on the water? This Dutch barge is moored at St Katharine Docks, a redeveloped area just beyond Tower Bridge. The warehouses have been transformed into smart apartments, with shops and restaurants below. And when you are bored with sitting on deck in the sunshine and watching people stroll by, you can cast off, brave the lock, join the Thames and cruise gently upstream to Windsor, Henley and beyond.

Call Winkworth Shoreditch on 020 7749 7650 or visit

Noble Normandy: Vieux Pont en Auge, Normandy, France £1 (€1.4m)

In this tranquil corner of Calvados where the undulating countryside is dotted with half-timbered buildings, this picturesque manor house sits in 31 acres. It dates from the 17th century and oozes period features. Matching wooden-framed barns are set around a formal courtyard, lined with roses, perfect for sitting out in during the late afternoon. The manor house has six bedrooms and has been used as a B&B until recently.

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Kensington class: Queen’s Gate, London SW7£3.45m

Sometimes the location of a property can win your heart, and sometimes it’s the property itself. With this ground-floor flat, both are irresistible. It is part of one of the grand terraced town houses with porticoes and pretty windows, in a road that houses the Natural History Museum and a cluster of embassies, as well as the Royal Albert Hall. The rear reception room is a natural for parties, with its barrel vaulted ceiling and minstrel’s gallery, which is currently used as a second bedroom. 

Call Winkworth South Kensington on 020 7373 5052 or visit

Swiss frisson: Bursinel, Vaud, Switzerland POA

Swiss chocolates are always a welcome gift on Valentine’s Day. Views of Lake Geneva and the mountains beyond will just add to the romantic frisson. This six-bedroom renovated villa has plenty of space of entertaining, and a boat house and private pier in case you need to get away. There are a dozen Michelin-starred restaurant within a short distance if an evening à deux is called for, while a stroll along the water’s edge will make lovers starry eyed.

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Brighton rocks: Eastern Terrace, Brighton £899,000

If romance can be kindled by fabulous sea views through elegant windows in a gracious wood-panelled drawing room, then this apartment has all the magic you need. In a prime position in the heart of fashionable Kemptown, in a perfect Georgian terrace of sugar-coated townhouses, with nothing between it and the beach, this three-bedroom property is split over two floors with a large private patio to the rear.

Call Winkworth Brighton & Hove office on 01273 772175 or visit

Sardinian sunshine: Donigala, Sardinia £1.2m (€1.6m)

Sardinia’s location means it is bursting with ruins, whether Phoenician or Roman. The climate will be warm for Valentine’s Day and the best wines are a revelation. What better for your romantic getaway? This seven-bedroom farmhouse has an impressive brick-vaulted living room and a shady, leafy courtyard. There are orchards, an olive grove and a vineyard. All you have to do is build your perfect pool.

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Pimlico perfection: Grosvenor Road, London SW1V £675,000

If you need a sweet little pied a terre to entertain your loved one in London, you would hard pushed to do better than this. It’s a beautifully refurbished one-bedroom flat with fabulous ceiling height and period features. It’s close to the River Thames and St George’s Square for a starlit stroll, and within easy walking distance of Pimlico Tube.

Call Winkworth Pimlico on 020 7828 1786 or visit

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