THE most romantic day of the year is upon us, and if you want to spoil your loved one or simply spend quality time together, some of the best places to do so are right on our doorstep. Sophie Dawson recommends ten lovely hotspots.

1 Walworth Castle, Darlington

A hidden gem, Walworth nestles in 18 acres of woodland and spacious lawns. This Valentine’s Day, they are offering to treat you and your special someone to a beautiful dinner for two, an overnight stay and breakfast the next morning. They’ll even go the extra mile for romance, sprinkling rose petals on the bed and providing chocolate covered strawberries. If one night isn’t enough, upgrades are available to stay for two, with a free bottle of champagne thrown in. Packages start from £169 per couple. For more details call Walworth Castle on 01325-485470, or visit

2 Ramside Hall & Hotel, Durham

Known for its luxurious golf club and high-end spa facilities, Ramside is offering spa packages throughout February and March. You’ll be welcomed with a smoothie on arrival, before being given use of the spa facilities from 9am-5pm. The package also includes an exclusive one-hour slot in the light relax room and a private balcony infinity pool, two- course lunch at their fusion restaurant, and complimentary use of fluffy slippers and robes. Guests are also given free gifts to take home. Monday-Thursday package, £150 per couple; Friday-Sunday, £170. Upgrades are available. Call Ramside Hall on 0191-375-3088, or visit

3 Roseberry Topping

If spa days and fancy dinners aren’t your thing, take advantage of the beautiful scenery the North-East has to offer with a walk to Roseberry Topping. The walk up to the top of this iconic hill may be challenging, but the wildlife and nature on the way up and the 360-degree view at the top make it well worth the effort. Make the most of the great outdoors and spend quality time with your loved one taking in the breathtaking views of North Yorkshire, then warm up with a drink and meal in one of the cosy village pubs. For more information visit

4 Pride and Prejudice at Newcastle Theatre Royal

One of the most memorable and romantic novels in history, Jane Austen’s classic creation has now been adapted into a stage show at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal. Running from February 14-18, the highly praised production, starring Matthew Kelly as Mr Bennet, is the perfect place to take your partner this Valentine’s Day. Make a night of it by enjoying the cocktail bars and restaurants Grey Street has to offer around the theatre. Ticket prices start from £14.50, and are available online at or by calling the box office on: 08448-112121.

5 Crook Hall & Gardens, Durham

A short walk from Durham’s busy city centre, Crook Hall provides a breath of fresh air with it’s idyllic gardens and buildings. This Valentine’s Day, they are offering an afternoon tea package with a selection of dainty sandwiches and tasty home-made treats, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine. Enjoy the spectacular views and each other’s company with beautiful food and a wander round their themed gardens. Offer available February 12 and 14, £22 per person. For more information visit or to book direct call 0191-384 8028.

6 Valentines Restaurant, Barnard Castle

The clue is in the name... Valentines Restaurant could be the perfect place to spend an evening with your love. Famous for their tasty home-made food and selection of fine wines, Valentines is the place for fine dining in Barnard Castle. On February 14, the restaurant is offering a three-course set menu for £21.95 per person. Booking is advised. Visit or call 01833-637146.

7 Romantic Valentine's Disco Night at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield

For dinner with a twist, Hardwick Hall is putting on a night of drinks and dancing for couples. The hotel is set in acres of luxurious gardens, providing the perfect romantic setting to spend an evening with your partner. Their Valentines night includes a two-course meal and disco starting at 6:30pm on Friday, February 10. Tickets are £13.95. Visit, call 01740-620253, or email

8 Rockliffe Hall, Darlington

Tucked away on the outskirts of Darlington, Rockliffe Hall is credited as one of the most luxurious hotels and spas in the North-East. With its five star accommodation and beautiful restaurants, this is the ideal place if you are looking to spoil your Valentine. The package they are offering this Valentine’s Day doesn’t come cheap at £300 for an overnight stay, but you’ll be treated to half a bottle of champagne on arrival, a three-course meal in The Brasserie and full use of the spa and wellness facilities, topped off by a full English breakfast in The Orangery. Visit, call 01325-729999, or email

9 Beamish Hall Hotel, Stanley

Steeped in tradition, Beamish Hall is famed for its stunning exteriors and gardens. With the much-loved Beamish Museum right next door, the hotel is popular amongst those looking for a romantic getaway with history. This Valentine’s Day, Beamish Hall is treating guests to a beautiful gourmet package, with a five-course meal and free glass of bucks fizz for £60 per couple. Call 01207-288750, or visit

10 Riverview B&B, Richmond

If you’re looking to extend your Valentine’s treat and get away for a few days, look no further than the Riverview B&B in Richmond. Beautifully quaint, this small guesthouse is just a stone's-throw from the best sights around Richmond, and you can even see the Castle from your bedroom window. Rooms are on offer at the moment at £50 per night, but be quick - this stunning little B&B won’t stay available for long. Visit, or contact owners Jill & Stuart Taylor on 01748-824474.