A picturesque town and village both situated in the Cotswolds have been named as two of the most romantic destinations in the UK.

Bourton-on-the-Water was placed sixth on the list, whilst Stow-on-the-Wold also featured high up the list ranked in 20th place.

A study of the most idyllic locations saw Cumbrian beauty spot The Lake District take the number one slot in the run up to Valentine’s Day.

Simon Ewins, managing director for Premier Inn UK, which commissioned the research said: “In the lead up to Valentine’s Day it’s great to celebrate what we have on our doorstep.

“The UK clearly has lots of romantic destinations for days out or weekends away to escape the busy everyday and enjoy quality time away.

“Whether you opt for a city skyline or secluded green space, there are plenty of idyllic spots to enjoy.

“It’s important not only on Valentine’s Day but throughout the year to experience new destinations with a partner and enjoy what the UK really has to offer.”

Research into 2,000 Brits also found half the nation believes UK romantic spots are underrated compared to those abroad.