There are plenty of romantic adventures to be had this autumn: from rural hotel breaks, waterfall walks and cocktails with a view, to cruising through the skies of the Scottish Highlands
A romantic stay at a manor house
Nestled in the rolling Cotswold Hills, Dumbleton Hall Hotel is an idyllic 19th century manor house, complete with 19 acres of private gardens, enchanting woodland and its own lake. Explore the hills, nearby castles, museums, captivating Forest of Dean and quietly bustling historic Regency town of Cheltenham. Or simply wander Dumbleton’s grounds and breathe in the blissful peace. As the autumn morning mist clears, enjoy breakfast as you take in the views over the Vale of Evesham during your one-night stay. Boundless members can save on a one-night stay at Dumbleton.
Bubbles with a view
Bubbles and Berries is the cocktail theme this autumn at the sky-high Cloud 23 bar in Manchester. Enjoy a taste experience that includes options like afternoon tea, a five-course cocktail menu, or Bubbles and Berries Aperitivo. Perhaps you could start your day with brunch and shopping in the city, before dressing up in your finest to sip these autumn-inspired cocktails from the highest point in Manchester. The views from Cloud 23, discovered on floor 23 of the Hilton Manchester, are wide-spanning, both of the city and the countryside that surrounds it, including the Peaks, Pennines and Cheshire plains.
Waterfalls in the mystical Brecon Beacons
Ystradfellte is a small village in the Fforest Fawr area of the Brecon Beacons National Park, famous for its hills, waterfalls and caves. The lush green wooded valleys are picturesque and a contrast to the mountainous north. Pack your wet weather gear, a flask of hot chocolate and a map of the route that takes in four beautiful waterfalls. Expect it to take nearly two hours, then afterwards have a meal at the nearby Red Lion Inn, The Old White Horse Inn, or the Pen y Cae Inn, which has its own micro zoo with meerkats, wallabies and pygmy goats among other animals.
Sing it from the treetops
Take in the many shades of the changing trees this autumn – by swinging from them. Go Ape have 29 sites offering treetop experiences set within majestic forests throughout the UK. Adventurous couples can fly through the sky on zip wires and take on the tarzan swings, rope ladders, crossings and obstacles together. Dipping into low season makes it quieter, giving an element of treetop seclusion, ideal for lovebirds. Save on ticket prices for Go Ape if you’re a Boundless member.
A windswept day on the coast
Feel the wind in your hair and breathe in the fresh air of the Atlantic Ocean at Lantic Bay in Cornwall. This hidden bay is sheltered in a cove along the south-east coast of Cornwall and can only be reached on foot. Wrap up warm, take a picnic blanket and a scrumptious feast and take in the turquoise ocean and white sandy beach. Go for a dip if you’re feeling hardy, and when you need warming up, there are circular walks that include coast, cliff, beach and woodland. If you find you would like to stay a while, there are cosy cottages for two nearby, allowing for further exploring of this wild and romantic Cornish haven.
Decadent afternoon tea on an art deco yacht
During a day out shopping on London’s famous streets, take a break and experience the city in plush comfort with a romantic and unique dining experience onboard a restored 1920s steam yacht. Moored by Victoria Embankment in central London, take in The Yacht’s art deco cocktail lounge and deck bar, as well as its views of the Thames and surrounding iconic landmarks. You’ll have the choice of a selection of sponge cakes, finger sandwiches and ganache tortes, served with a bottomless pot of quality tea. Boundless members can get a discount on The Yacht experience.
Get a bird's eye view of the Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands can be a wild wonderland in autumn; think exploring all day, then warm fires in the evening, wrapped in blankets and sipping the local tipple. Why not try exploring the west coast of Scotland from the air? Loch Lomond SeaPlanes fly you and your partner at a height of between 500 and 5,000 feet over Rothesay on the isle of Bute and takes in breathtaking views of Arran and The Mull of Kintyre. Enjoy a glass of champagne on the pontoon when you land, before dining at Cameron House, located on top of the Highland Boundary fault that runs through Scotland.