I want to book a celebratory break at a British hotel. With a hot tub!
Tuesday 26 November 2013
Q. I'm looking for a nice hotel, up to about £250 per night, for our
anniversary in September 2014, based in the UK. My only request is that it has
either a private hot tub or a Jacuzzi bath. Alison Huffer, via email
A. The trend for hot tubs is growing in the UK – you'll not only find them in spa hotels now, but self-catering properties and even log cabins (0845 130 8223; forestholidays.co.uk) and treehouses (01425 282212; chewtonglen.com/tree- house-suites). Many traditional country house hotels are stepping up their act by upgrading their rooms to include hot tubs. Lower Slaughter Manor, a 17th-century manor in the Cotswolds (01451 820 456; lowerslaughter.co.uk), for example, has a range of Garden Suites with private hot tubs. These are pitched at the luxury end of the market, starting at £650, B&B. In Chipping Campden, the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa (0843 357 5555; bespokehotels.com) has a hot tub suite that starts at £288, B&B.
In the Yorkshire Dales, Yorebridge House (01969 652060; yorebridgehouse.co.uk) sits at the edge of the village of Bainbridge in Wensleydale. Rooms are elegantly done out with details such as Moroccan headboards and oriental lanterns. Six of them also come with private hot tubs and these start at £220, B&B or £310 with dinner.
If total seclusion isn't top of your agenda, Gilpin Hotel in the Lake District (015394 88818; thegilpin.co.uk) opened the Lake House in 2010, a luxurious adjunct of the main hotel, with a spa and six suites. Rates here start at £475 including a five-course dinner, bed and breakfast, and you get access to the heated pool, Japanese hot tub, treatment rooms, sauna and lake.
Finally, for something a little quirkier, Coillabus (07824 567 435; coillabus.com) is a collection of "ecoluxury lodges" on Islay in the Hebrides. They're self-catering, but you'll get stunning views of the Oa peninsula, a sauna and cedar hot tub, plus a log-burning stove and design-classic furnishings. Meals can be delivered in advance or a chef can come and cook for you. Three-night stays cost £900 in September.
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