A touch of Romance needed in these times of Gloom

The Windmill of the Sun, Portugal, is a whitewashed windmill in the Algarve that boasts bare-stone walls, bamboo ceilings and Moroccan rugs and an open fireplace that's ideal for sitting in front of à deux, sipping the local vinho verde. If you can be bothered to get out of bed, the beach is a short drive away.


Further west in the heart of romance country is Renato's Tower, Italy. Set in the private hamlet of Borgo di Biagio, on the border of Umbria and Tuscany, this 1,000-year-old tower hides a secret behind its battlements: a roof-top spa tub offering 360-degree views of the hills and 100% privacy – enough said!

When you get bored of staring into each other's eyes, there's also a heated pool shared with Borgo's four other rental properties – kinky! CVTravel.

And for the stylish lover, it has to be Le Pigeonnier, France.

It's hard to think of a better place to be cooped up together than this 17th-century pigeon loft in the heart of rural southwest France. The traditional stone tower has three floors connected by ladder-like stairs. A handmade oak bed and roll-top bath add opulence, and the book-lined sitting room has beamed ceilings, LasBourdolles.

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