Like many modern holidays and festivals, St. Valentine's Day began as a christian celebration for the saint named Valentinus. Martyrdom stories are also told of St Valentine of Rome - who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. According to legend, during his imprisonment he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story adds that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell. So you can see the modern traditions starting to come through! Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as the Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox Churches.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. Lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "
valentines"). In Europe, St Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver's heart". Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
At Kinross, we think that any day is a good day for romance! And what is more romantic than a picnic in the vines, a great bottle of wine, chocolates and a beautiful cottage room with a super comfy bed?! So check out our special "romance pack" offer for guests who stay on Sat 14 Feb - wine, chocolates and other treats await you - just book in now or you will miss out!