We’re less than two weeks away from Valentine’s Day, and here in Suffolk there is an abundance of things to do and places to see that suit the loved-up couples who come from far and wide to spend the most romantic period of the year in a memorable location.
If flowers, gifts and cards are set to be included then you might want to show your affections with a less cliché offering, perhaps treat your loved one to one of our Suffolk holiday homes for sale? After all, nothing beats spending quality time with your special someone in a place that is special to you! The best way to do this is, of course, to be in Suffolk, known for its romance and wooing capabilities with destinations that back this up to the fullest. But, before we get to these, let us take a moment to touch on the history of Valentine’s Day and its origins.
The legend goes that St Valentine was a priest from Rome during the third century AD. The Emperor, Claudius II, had invoked a law banning marriages on the basis that married men were bad soldiers. In protest and disagreement with this law, St Valentine sought to arrange secret marriages. However, St Valentine did not keep his escapades as discreet as he may have thought, and was duly caught. Imprisonment ensued and St Valentine was sentenced to death. But, in true romantic style, a love story came from even the most dire situation for the priest, and while in prison he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and sent her a letter declaring his love and bidding his farewell on February 14th, the day of his execution. And so, this is where Valentine’s Day as we know it was born.
Cupid is also a renowned name associated with all things love-related, and therefore is naturally more prevalent around Valentine’s Day. But who is Cupid? It is said that Cupid is the god of attraction, desire, erotic love, and affection. Cupid is also depicted as the son of love goddess Venus and war god Mars. Known to carry a bow and arrow as a means to strike those who have fallen in love, the small winged god is always on hand to let people aware of their own romantic feelings. People meddling in the love life of others are often dubbed as ‘playing Cupid’, which isn’t always a positive connotation for Cupid, but we like to think that those who do mimic the bite-sized god have people’s best interests at heart!
So, now you know about two of the main influencers on the most romantic day of the year, we thought that we would feature four places in Suffolk that will help make for a most amorous day out:
Blickling Hall provides the ideal location for couples with an eye on the cultural element of what Suffolk has on offer. The 17th Century hall has an extraordinary assortment of sculptures, tapestries, and paintings that are a real treat for the eyes. Why not wrap up warm, pack a picnic and meander down into the grounds where you can pick out your own little picturesque spot to enjoy a wonderfully romantic afternoon?
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Nestled right in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, couples can revel in the quaint, calming surroundings that Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden has a wealth of. Certain to while away any of life’s stresses, leaving you to immerse yourselves in each other’s company, nothing else will get in the way of a truly romantic day out. Boasting in excess of three miles of walks, the grounds are filled with all manner of pretty flora and local wildlife. We mustn’t forget to mention that there is a charming bridge that lies across the waterways, making it the ideal spot for a memorable photo of the happy couple.
Let the surroundings do the talking and just enjoy the company as you indulge in a serene stroll at Ranworth Broad. Amble through the reeds and take a look around the thatched visitor centre, or impress your loved one with a spot of wildlife viewing. Wow your significant other with the spectacular views accessible from the top of the church that are sure to impress. After all, panoramic views of the Norfolk Broads are renowned for being utterly magical!
You can find the Arboretum located near Mundford, here in Suffolk. This popular destination for plenty of couples looking to treat their beaus to the spectacular lakes and quintessential walks. Explore the woodland area, a place that many a variety of bird and spring flower call home, and don’t worry, you won’t have to look hard as they’re easy to spot here while you wander around the lake. Stop for a moment and appreciate this moment in time, because things don’t come much more idyllic than being around the pretty lake in a secluded location with the one you love…