Barefoot In The Park

Go barefoot if you dare with your Valentine in the South Downs National Park.

The UK’s newest National Park offers some wonderfully romantic walks and makes the perfect backdrop for a memorable Valentine’s retreat.

There’s no better place to warm the toes after a day walking, than by the huge log fire at the Mr & Mrs Smith-listed Royal Oak in the secluded and peaceful village of East Lavant. With recently refurbished rooms, and outstanding Modern British cuisine, it’s Valentine heaven.  Prices start at £140 per room per night including breakfast.  See http://www.royaloakeastlavant.co.uk or call 01243 527434.

In the heart of the new National Park – and recently good enough as a loved-up bolthole for actor Joseph Fiennes and his girlfriend – the 17th century flint cottage, Rubens Barn is surrounded by open countryside and walking trails.  A three-night Valentine’s stay at the contemporary cottage costs £295 including a sumptuous daily breakfast platter.  For more information: http://www.rubensbarn.co.uk or call: 01243 818 187.

And for a foot massage and more, the Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa located in Midhurst, the charming gateway town to the South Downs, is offering a special two-night Valentines walking and spa break.  The hotel has teamed up with local walking experts b-footloose (www.b-footloose.co.uk) and developed a half day walk, ideal for the romantically inclined.  Prices start from £250 per room per night, including full use of the Aquila Spa, a half day walking itinerary, dinner, bed and breakfast. www.hshotels.co.uk or call: 01730 816911.

For further information on the area visit www.visitchichester.org