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    Need help with a short break + proposal ideas!

    Hi people,
    Me and my girlfriend need a break big time! Shes really down at the moment and I want to cheer her up! We dont have that much money, perhaps £200 - £400 between us including spending and would like to go somewhere nice and romantic for a long weekend.

    I've saved up some money for a ring so i'm also thinking of popping the question so ideally something that she will remember well! Like a breathtaking view or something, or something you just dont see everyday, something different.

    Your ideas/suggestions would be great.

    Many thanks in advance!

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    WOW!!!!

    It doesn't need to be flashy or anything like that, its the atmosphere and memories that will make it special and memorable :-D

    You old romantic you!

    Let us know how you get on with the proposal :thumbsup:

    How's about a weekend in Blackpool....................a trip to the top of the Tower and propose to her there!;-)

    Admin

    Bring her to the Lake District, go to Lakeside, get on one of the steamer boats and propose to her on Windermere, it's stunning out there at the moment

    Or.......


    ]Try Paris, Venice, Rome or Barcelona

    Lots of deals for short breaks on expedia @ the moment

    Or you might be able to get a last minute break +MAN&x="]here

    Use Quidco with both to get cashback-
    and good luck!! Such a nice thing to do She'll be over the moon!!!

    Send your girlfriend to me for the weekend and I'll cheer her up!:whistling:

    Then you can spend the money on a big football and beer weekend!:thumbsup:

    Then all three of us will be happy!:p

    Original Poster

    quick replys - thanks!!

    I'm liking the idea of the lake district Anybody got any good links of pictures? Hotels/places to stay?

    How much do you think it will cost? Somewhere where its just me with no one else around and just bliss sounds good to me.

    Gavin, i'll pass on your suggestion !

    Original Poster

    That looks nice. Can you see any pics of the interior? I've got to read the site better but whats nearby that would be that "extra special moment"

    Brilliant response so far, thank you very much

    Here's a link to some cottages that you can rent in the Lake District ]click.

    Loads to choose from....just having a quick look it seems to be around £180+for 3 nights.There may be cheaper sites but this is the first I found.

    hehe, why does this all remind me of the peep show episode where mark is planning on proposing to sophie on his sunday times mega deal weekend in the quantox? great episode. ep6 season 3 for anyone who hasnt seen it.

    Original Poster

    I'm loving the idea of this honeymoon suite in Devon.

    How does this sound? A nice meal and drinks, then go somewhere to propose (great view ideally but I want to do a night time proposal so could be limited? I dont know the area. then going back to the hottub in the cottage with pre prepared champagne on ice to celebrate. Presuming she says yes of course!

    woz;1578485

    I'm loving the idea of this honeymoon suite in Devon. How does this … I'm loving the idea of this honeymoon suite in Devon. How does this sound? A nice meal and drinks, then go somewhere to propose (great view ideally but I want to do a night time proposal so could be limited? I dont know the area. then going back to the hottub in the cottage with pre prepared champagne on ice to celebrate. Presuming she says yes of course!



    It sounds spot on Woz!

    Take a candle lit lantern with you in the evening (so much more romantic than a torch!!!)

    I'm sure she will say "yes"!!!

    woz;1578426

    That looks nice. Can you see any pics of the interior? I've got to read … That looks nice. Can you see any pics of the interior? I've got to read the site better but whats nearby that would be that "extra special moment"Brilliant response so far, thank you very much


    ]Here are the interiors - not sure which one the Honeymoon lodge is though. :thinking: We stayed in one of the country cottages (Headland interior) with a hot tub and everything was high quality and very clean. I'm not sure there's anything romantic about the area though. :thinking: Romantic scenery to me would probably = Scotland.

    woz;1578485

    I'm loving the idea of this honeymoon suite in Devon. How does this … I'm loving the idea of this honeymoon suite in Devon. How does this sound? A nice meal and drinks, then go somewhere to propose (great view ideally but I want to do a night time proposal so could be limited? I dont know the area. then going back to the hottub in the cottage with pre prepared champagne on ice to celebrate. Presuming she says yes of course!


    I think you should propose in the hot tub. :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    That worries me now you have said I'm not sure there's anything romantic about the area!

    I guess I need to see it really but Devon is quite far from Leicester!

    I just want it to be perfect obviously!

    A candle lantern sounds great, just need somewhere which will be ideal now.

    I dont mind paying £300 for the room for everything you get, my concern is that it will be difficult to propose somewhere where we will definitely be on our own in a scenic environment

    The park itself is very pretty and I'm sure there are local areas which could be classed as romantic it's just that we were on a family holiday so we didn't visit anywhere like that! :lol:

    I've found] these lodges in Scotland - the park looks lovely, very romantic with lovely scenery and they have a VIP lodge available for a 4 night break on the 25th Feb for £219.

    Original Poster

    Absolutely brilliant! I think you are right about the scenary!

    I'm looking to go in March time, Friday the 21st. Leaving afternoon time. Doesn't seem to be available @ Hoseasons.

    I obviously have to travel there so need to think of travel costs too, drive/fly?

    Ok, so i'm pretty sure that I want the lodge/VIP cottage accomodation in fantasic scenary. Thinking about it, I only really have about £200 for accomodation cause of the travel/catering costs

    Original Poster

    I've just done the dates for 21st March and it is coming up at like £667!!!! Well out of my budget

    That's Easter weekend so you won't get accommodation of that standard for that price. :-( Can't you go at any other time?

    Original Poster

    Oh! She is a primary school teacher and she said she breaks up a week before easter so it must be the weekend before. Does anyone know when the school terms start/end in Leicester?

    Does it have to be the 21st!

    You could rent this cottage for 7 nights from 15th March for £265 ]click in the Lakes.It has an open fire.....very romantic!:)

    Original Poster

    No, it wont be the 21st afterall. I got my dates mixed up. If thats easter weekend then it needs to be the weekend before.

    Friday the 14th would be fine I guess. What would be the best way to get there?

    The scotland VIP is a lot cheaper on the 14th!

    Now i've seen the hot tub idea, I want to have it!

    Original Poster

    Thanks T--J - so Is good Friday the 21st?

    She has two weeks off in easter so we could go the week after easter, say Tuesday (25th) onwards

    Yeah, Good Friday is the 21st. TBH, I don't think you'll get anywhere 'luxury' for your budget during those two weeks. You might find a cosy little cottage with an open fire in the middle of the countryside somewhere but it'll probably involve a lot of searching and luck!

    Could you go next weekend? ]This is available for £259.

    I was at uni in Leicester back in the day and remember that there's nearby houses/castle/parks. Blimey. Leicestershire and Rutland are full of them . You don't want to spend forever in a car do you? A day out at Rockingham (obviously avoid Corby!) , a picnic, nothing flash, a sunny day, a quiet rural pub with the best room booked. Sorted. Well, I'd go for that anyway.

    when i asked my now wife to marry me, i was extremely skint so could only just afford the ring, so couldnt splash out on anything special. what i did was get a load of flowers and write 'will you marry me' in flower petals on the garden and then blindfolded her after a nice meal and lead her out to the garden which was lit up by some garden lights.
    now im not suggesting you be a cheapskate like me, but what i am suggesting is do something she wouldnt expect. so maybe get a cottage in the lakes for a weekend (as you seem to like that idea), but do something out of character. something she wouldnt expect. something, that by just doing it, makes her know you are serious about the proposal. if you do that i can guarantee she will say yes!
    from my experience (very limited i grant you - i married my childhood sweetheart!!!) its not about how much money you spend its about how much effort you make
    best of luck mate.

    I once had to ice "Will you marry me" onto a huge Easter Egg, thegentlelman who I did it for, later came in and the answer to his proposal was "yes"!

    Also, I had to pack an engagement ring under a chocolate in a box (which was apparently her favorite chocolate and she was guaranteed to choose that one) and re-seal the box. She said "yes" too!

    Beautiful beach, beautiful setting. Romantic rockpools with sealife in them. Surf shop.
    brend-hotels.co.uk/The…cfm

    Breathtaking, no more to add. Better out of season as the area is touristy. Visit Tintaagel and King Arthurs Castle. If you're brave enough climb throuh Merlin's Cave (low tide) Sometimes seals appear in the Bay where you can also swim (well you could a few years ago when I was last there.

    camelotcastle.com/?gc…pCQ

    I don't know this hotel but I do know that Bedruthan Steps is one of the most awesome beaches I have ever been to, anywhere in the world. You will need to be fit as reaching the beach is by stone steps cut out of the side of the cliff . You can only get on the beach total at low tides. The perfect place to propose would be up the far end of the beach where part of the original cliff is segregated and the sea has channeled a massive archway. Truly beautiful.

    bedruthan.com/ind…tml

    photo's don't do the beach justice.
    westcountryviews.co.uk/coa…htm

    How about ]this deal?

    Hi-
    just a thought & apologies if it has already been suggested-

    Ryan-air have a good sale on flights at the mo- check out their website. Loads of destinations fairly cheap!

    If you come to sunny Cornwall ( and it is lovely & sunny at present) shout out 'cos I can give you a few suggestions of nice places that sound like what you're after.

    Good luck

    Col.

    Original Poster

    Thank you very much for the responses so far its very kind of you all! Some great ideas.

    I think the idea of a cottage somewhere like the lake district (not that far to travel) with hot tub and a great view will be ideal.

    Just need to make sure on the views now for the "moment"

    Again, thankyou very much for the links you have all posted.

    Original Poster

    Where are the costs for Camelot Castle?

    woz;1579996

    Where are the costs for Camelot Castle?


    ]Here

    Original Poster

    Thanks T--J you really have been a great help.

    I just found these on the site:

    Tariff 2008/2009
    Restaurant from £19.95 per person A la' Carte

    Standard Room without sea view from £39.00 per person per night

    Standard Room with sea view from £49.00 per person per night

    Deluxe Room with sea view from £65.00 per person per night

    Four Poster Room from £85.00 per person per night

    Deluxe Four Poster Room from £105.00 per person per night

    Honeymoon East Tower Room from £200.00 per person per night

    Children under 6 years - 50% Reduction

    Single supplement £10 per person per night

    Not as cheap as I would have liked. Honeymoon suite is £200 per person per night!

    there are some log cabins in the brecon beacons, wales. I picked one up for £50 for a 3 night stay for 2 of us last year. Breathtaking views, quiet and idyllic! You could pop the question with the mountains as the back drop.
    Good luck with it all, how romantic!

    Or....

    You could go somewhere like Prague, which is really beautiful. Go on a boat trip along the river and propose there.
    We went there in October wiith easyjet package deal and it cost us £84 pp for 3 nights, staying in a 3 star hotel. Prague is very cheap for beer at only 50 -60p per pint and eating out is very reasonable too. The riverboat trip cost around about £5 each Ithink and was really lovely.

    Original Poster

    Thats cheap for a stay. How much were flights to prague?
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