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79% of people like to celebrate Valentine's Day with more than a card

79% of people like to celebrate Valentine's Day with more than a card

Romance is alive and kicking according to users of the Owners Direct website, many of whom have admitted to getting engaged whilst on holiday.

Research by the UK holiday rentals website in the run-up to Valentine’s Day has found that many people have been proposed to in the most romantic locations including Paris, Prague, Italy, The Maldives and even on the edge of the Grand Canyon – any old restaurant in your home town just won’t do!

As well as the traditional romantic cities of the world, some like to pick more unusual locations to propose including on the ski slopes or at a place significant to them.

“I proposed to my beautiful wife from Colorado at the top of the William Wallace monument in Sterling, Scotland whilst on a trip home to the UK to meet my family. We married two years later in a beautiful villa near Lucca, Italy in the Tuscan hillsides,” admitted one holidaymaker.

“Many moons ago I got engaged on the ski slopes in La Plagne,” said another respondent, “we’ve been happily married ever since but I have never been skiing since!”

Another said: “He proposed outside a beautiful châteaux near Beaune in France with a beautiful ring in his pocket.”

One holidaymaker witnessed a pretty hair-raising proposal taking place in the United States.

“We saw a guy go down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend on the edge of the Grand Canyon. We thought it was very romantic, but a bit scary at the same time!”

In the research, 79% of couples also said they like to celebrate Valentine’s Day in some way with 62% saying they will mark it with more than just a card. 55% said it spoils the special feeling if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th.

So for those hoping to make a decent proposal this Valentine’s Day, Owners Direct has some last minute escape ideas that are just perfect for romance:

House boat on the Canal in Amsterdam

This charming house boat on the 17th Century Prinsengracht will certainly create the right atmosphere for a Valentine’s Day proposal. It’s quiet and peaceful with plenty of luxurious touches but within 10 minutes’ walk of buzzing Amsterdam city centre. Currently showing availability for February 14th weekend 2013.

[Medieval apartment in central Dubrovnik, Croatia

Situated in the Old Town in the heart of Dubrovnik, this renovated medieval apartment is very romantic and full of character and at just £75 per night, it’s perfect if you’d rather save your money for the ring.

[Love Nest in Brighton|]

If you’re looking for romance with bells on, this Love Nest apartment in central Brighton has it all - it’s close to the centre of town, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle to be able to sleep. The Love Nest’s bedroom is a real ‘guilty pleasure – think oriental opium den and sumptuous boudoir rolled into one. It’s decorated in deep colours, sexy wallpaper and designer furniture, lots of colourful cushions and a super bespoke king sized bed with a mirrored ceiling.

[Corfu Villa – named as the sexiest villa in Europe|]

With a floating bed, incredible swimming pool, jacuzzi and magnificent sea views, this Corfu villa could be described as one of the most romantic places on earth. It’s so beautifully designed, you may not want to leave the villa at all!

[Bell tents and a camper van in Rural Italy|]

For lovers of the great outdoors, these bell tents, camper van and farmhouse accommodation close to the mountains and sea in Pescara, rural Italy are ideal. The countryside is breath-taking and bound to unleash the romantic in you. If you’re not rugged enough to camp, the farmhouse accommodation is comfortable and cosy for colder February nights.

For more romantic break ideas from Owners Direct, check out their holiday inspiration pages


Notes to Editors:

Polls carried out on Twitter (4,279 followers) and Facebook (15,230 likes)

Owners Direct specialises in advertising privately owned holiday accommodation direct from the owner. We have advertised holiday properties since 1997 and on our web site you will find over 50,000 villas, apartments, chalets, farmhouses and cottages. From Fincas in Spain to traditional Riads in Morocco and beach villas in Koh Samui, Owners Direct offer all types of holiday accommodation in a diverse selection countries throughout the world.

In August 2007 Owners Direct became part of HomeAway Inc. which owns some of the largest rentals websites in the US and Europe. We continue to operate as a separate brand from our offices in London.

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