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7 unforgettable ways to propose in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 08:50 18 February 2017

Arlington Row © Nella, Shutterstock

Arlington Row © Nella, Shutterstock

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We pick seven special and unique ways to pop the question in one of the most romantic and beautiful places in England… The Cotswolds.

People propose via text message, at weddings, at sports events, in exotic locations to name a few. But here’s why we think you should be heading to the Cotswolds for an engagement…

 

1. During a stroll through Westonbirt Arboretum

Grab your walking boots, a tasty picnic and pack a camera if you’re preparing to pop the question at Westonbirt’s tree-lined grounds. Home to 15,000 trees, across the year you’ll find the arboretum is awash with burnt oranges, profound coppers and luscious greens – creating one of the most romantic scenes in the Cotswolds.

 

2. Along the Cotswold Way

 

Immerse yourself in the nature of the Cotswolds with a gentle stroll along the Cotswold Way. During the summer the trees are in full leaf, the sun is shining, and countless butterflies cast their grace over the countryside. In the winter, crisp weather gives way to rosy cheeks and snow dusted landscapes. Come rain or shine, your loved one is bound to give a resounding yes to a proposal along the Cotswold Way.

 

3. In a hot air balloon above the Cotswolds

 

Not only does a romantic hot air balloon ride across the Cotswolds provide a once in a lifetime experience, but it is the perfect opportunity to pop the question. The views across the Cotswold countryside are spectacular, but if you can’t quite pluck up the courage to ask, a post-flight glass of champagne and a picnic in a secluded beauty spot can provide the ideal moment to ask the big question.

 

4. Amongst the snowdrops in Painswick Rococo Garden

 

The Rococo gardens are famous within the Cotswolds for the abundance of snowdrops that bloom there at the beginning of each year. Late January and February is a wonderful time to take your soon-to-be-fiancé for an enchanting walk through the secluded gardens and woods, before finding the perfect opportunity to get down on one knee amongst these beautiful flowers.

 

5. On a rowing boat in Pittville Park

 

When the weather is warm, the birds are singing and the sun is shining, there is nothing more romantic than a rowing boat for two on the lake in Pittville Park, Cheltenham. Pack yourself a picnic and a bottle of champers for the extra wow factor and your loved one will find it impossible to say no.

 

6. Amongst the lavender in Snowshill

 

For a proposal fit for a story book, Snowshill is arguably one of the prettiest places in the Cotswolds - but what makes it truly special are the rows upon rows of glorious lavender that grow there. It truly is picture-perfect and it is hard to find anywhere quite like it.

 

7. During a berry picking excursion

 

Strawberries are one of the best known aphrodisiacs in the world, making an outing to pick-your-own strawberries at Primrose Vale Farm, during the height of the summer, a potential front-runner in the proposal stakes. Bring a picnic blanket and a bottle of fizz to enjoy whilst you eat freshly picked strawberries and celebrate your new engagement.

 

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