The Castle at Taunton
Somerset England TA1 1NF
European luxury cars line up in the car park of this Norman fortress, but the energetic staff is far from bowed over by the elite clientele. With two well-reviewed restaurants, the castle regularly accommodates newlyweds and once-in-a-lifetime anniversary dinners. But guests at any romantic benchmark will feel at ease among the hotel's stone battlements, now a bulwark against the stress and strain of everyday 21st-century life. Wisteria creeps into windows at the front of the structure, and some rooms look onto the castle gardens.