11 Best Holiday Cottages with a Hot Tub
28th January 2017
There are lots of great reasons to choose a holiday cottage with a Hot Tub.
- If you're having a lazy day in the cottage - what better way to relax and unwind completely than a good soak in the tub?
- After a busy day walking, cycling or visiting local attractions, it’s the perfect place to sooth your achey legs and recover in time for your next day of activities!
- A hot tub is a fantastic place to socialise with the rest of your group.
- Many cottages have a lovely view you can enjoy from the hot tub - perhaps with a glass of your favourite wine.
- When it gets chilly in the evenings, the hot tub is still hot!
- At night, you can enjoy the dark skies and star-gaze from the comfort of your hot tub.
Deciding you’d like a hot tub in your holiday cottage is the easy part - finding one can be a bit trickier - but we’ve scoured the country and come up with 11 of the very best holiday cottages with hot tubs.
Here they are:
Pembrey near Llanelli, South Wales & Pembrokeshire
This lovely fully-restored Grade II listed cottage just outside Pembrey is a great choice. The hot tub seats five people at once, and offers stunning views across the estuary.
There’s an additional charge for use of the hot tub, and you’ll need to give the owners 2 days notice that you want to use it during your stay, to make sure it’s ready for you when you arrive.
The cottage has lots of character, with a lovely country kitchen with an oak kitchen table. Two of the three bedrooms have exposed beams.
There are lots of footpaths in the surrounding area, as well as the Millennium Cycle Path along the coast, sandy beaches, and even a dry ski slope, so there’s plenty to keep you busy during your stay.
Penllwyn Cottage sleeps up to 8 people.
The Schoolhouse Brewhouse
Bishop's Castle, Shropshire
The Schoolhouse Brewhouse is a ground floor apartment, sleeping 4 people in 2 bedrooms.
The hot tub is next door to the owner’s house - and is set in some lovely gardens which you can admire as you soak in the lovely hot water. The apartment also has shared use of a tennis court.
The living area has a wood-burning stove for cosy evenings in.
This apartment is an excellent base for exploring the area. The historic market town of Bishop’s Castle dates from medieval times, and still has buildings that date from the 16th century. There are lots of interesting independent shops, including craft and antique shops.
A little further afield, the busy towns of Shrewsbury to the north and Ludlow to the south are both well worth exploring. You can also enjoy exploring the countryside around Offa’s Dyke, the Welsh Marches, or visit the Powis Castle, or the Severn Valley Railway.
The Old School
Llanfair Clydogau near Lampeter, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay
The Old School forms part of a beautiful school conversion, that retains many original features, and simply oozes character.
The hillside location of the cottage and the position of the hot tub lets you enjoy excellent views of the surrounding countryside. It even has its own roof, so there’s no reason not to enjoy it, even if it’s raining.
There’s a wonderful decked patio area for dining outside - and once again, the views from this area are spectacular.
Moving inside, the wood floors, exposed beams and lovely arched windows really make this cottage something special, that you’re sure to enjoy.
The cottage has two bedrooms, and can sleep up to six people thanks to the sofa-bed.
Cyclists and walkers will love this area, as there’s lots of beautiful countryside to explore.
The Welsh coast is also within easy driving distance, where you can enjoy lovely sandy beaches and the harbour at Aberaeron.
Middleton-in-Teesdale, Yorkshire Dales - North
Housekeepers, just a mile from Middleton-In-Teesdale is another cottage with lots of character, and a hot tub with amazing views of the landscape.
You’ll probably be making lots of use of the hot tub, because this cottage also has a private tennis court - so you’ll need somewhere to relax and soothe away the aches and pains after your own private Wimbledon final!
The living area is on the first floor which makes the most of the lovely views. There’s also a wood-burning stove to keep you cosy whatever the weather.
Sleeping 4 people in 3 bedrooms, Housekeepers is the perfect base to explore Teesdale - which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - either by bicycle, on foot, or by car.
Why not visit nearby Barnard Castle, with The Bowes Museum or historic Raby Castle, and even the northern Yorkshire Dales?
Whatever you choose to do, a break at Housekeepers is a holiday you’d always remember.
Llandysul, South Wales & Pembrokeshire
There’s something romantic about a barn conversion - and Miller’s Cottage is no exception. Sleeping 4 people in two bedrooms, it’s ideal for a family break. Animal lovers will love it as it’s next to the owner’s donkey sanctuary!
There’s lots to do, even without leaving the cottage - because Miller’s Cottage has access to a shared gym and sauna, table tennis, and a dartboard, as well as the hot tub, with lovely views of the area. You can even arrange horse riding or book an “own a horse” day (at extra cost).
Explore the Pembrokeshire Coast with its lovely beaches, take a trip on the steam railway, visit Cardigan or Carmarthen, or discover an ancient castle.
There’s another cottage next door which can be booked at the same time to accommodate parties as large as 12 people.
Battle near Brecon, South Wales & Pembrokeshire
Another characterful barn conversion vying for the “best views from the hot tub” title is Caecrwn. Situated on a working livestock farm near Brecon, Caecrwn is surrounded by beautiful Welsh countryside.
The superb hot tub is located on the large patio, and has views of the largest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Pen Y Fan.
The cottage has 3 bedrooms and sleeps 6 people. There’s a wood-burner in the beamed sitting room - and kitchen is a great place to eat, as it has superb views through the large patio doors.
With 23 acres of farmland to enjoy - you can go for a walk without ever leaving the farm!
When you decide to explore the area, you’ll find lots to do, from exploring Brecon itself, or nearby Hay-on-Wye with its myriad of secondhand bookshops, to a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway or a visit to historic Tretower Court and Castle.
Or you can just explore the wonderful countryside of the National Park, either on foot or by bike.
Our next holiday cottage with a hot tub is Birkdale Lodge in Lincolnshire. One of a small collection of lodges (all of which offer hot tubs), Birkdale Lodge offers other amenities too:
Guests enjoy complimentary use of the Thorpe Park 9 hole golf course during their stay. Golf lessons are also available, and there’s even a driving range, so keen golfers are well catered for.
If you prefer fishing, there’s a lake within a few minutes walk, and guests can fish for free - there are bream, perch, carp, tench and rudd in the lake - see how many you can catch!
There’s even a cafe, beautician and golf shop on site.
When you’re ready to explore further afield, you’ll find that historic Lincoln with its 11th Century castle and awe-inspiring cathedral (considered one of the finest in Europe), and great range of independent shops is only 6 miles away. Or why not visit the fascinating Museum of Lincolnshire Life?
Alternatively you can enjoy a visit to the nearby 300 acre Whisby Nature Reserve with its visitors centre which will help you learn about the diverse wildlife to be found in the area.
Whatever you choose to do, Birkdale Lodge makes a fine base to do it from - especially when you have that hot tub to come back to and enjoy.
Winterhope Farm Cottage
Winterhope near Lockerbie, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway
If you really want to relax and get away from it all, where better than Winterhope Farm Cottage - a lovely holiday cottage, with a hot tub, in Scotland?
As well as the hot tub, Winterhope Farm Cottage has a very comfortable sitting room with a wood burning stove, and superb views, as well as an excellent open plan kitchen dining area.
There’s a patio with garden furniture, and even a BBQ if you want to eat outside in the summer.
With biomass-powered underfloor heating, the cottage is warm and comfortable throughout the year. It sleeps 6 people in 3 bedrooms, the master bedroom having an en-suite shower.
Dumfries and Galloway is a beautiful part of Scotland, renowned for its wonderful countryside and scenery. You can explore nearby Lockerbie, or Wigtown - Scotland’s official Book Town.
Washford near Watchet, Somerset
Somerset is always a popular choice for a cottage holiday, so we’re pleased to have found this Somerset holiday cottage with a hot tub:
Walnut Cottage is a barn-conversion, one of a collection of holiday cottages set in several acres of beautiful Somerset countryside - with its own private garden area and of course the hot tub which is partially covered for protection from the elements. The owners are members of the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association, so the tub is serviced daily and always maintained to the highest standards.
The cottage sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms which share a stunning wet-room complete with underfloor heating.
There’s lots to enjoy when you explore the local area: The North Somerset Coast Path provides some wonderful walking opportunities. Explore the nearby village of Dunster with its historic castle, or enjoy time on the beach at Minehead. You could even take a trip on the West Somerset steam railway.
Whatever you choose to do on your Somerset cottage holiday, Walnut Cottage is a great base to do it from.
Parrs Meadow Cottage
Pitchford near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Pars Meadow Cottage is one of four barn conversions in rural Pitchford in Shropshire. The cottage has two private gardens - one with a private hot tub.
The cottage sleeps 4 people in two bedrooms, and the interior has bags of character, with exposed beams, and underfloor heating to keep you warm whatever the weather.
You’ll find plenty to do in this part of Shropshire: Ironbridge Gorge with its fascinating museums telling the story of the Industrial Revolution is within driving distance.
The nearby towns of Ludlow and Shrewsbury are both must-see attractions.
There are many footpaths and bridleways to explore, or perhaps you could visit the Elizabethan house Pitchford Hall - which has the world’s oldest tree house.
Barn Owl Cottage
Stamford Bridge near York, Vale of York & Yorkshire Wolds
Our final holiday cottage with a hot tub is Barn Owl Cottage - near the village of Stamford Bridge, and only 10 miles from the wonderful city of York.
One of three lovely barn conversions that form a courtyard within the owners farm, each cottage has its own private hot tub. Barn Owl Cottage sleeps 4 in two bedrooms. Or rent all three cottages together, for a group of up to 12 guests.
Barn Owl Cottage has exposed beams, beautiful wooden floors, and the kitchen boasts granite worktops - it’s a beautifully designed conversion.
There's also a shared pond for a little fishing - or take a trip into Stamford Bridge where you’ll find inns, tea rooms and independent shops.
Slightly further afield, York offers many world class attractions including the Jorvik Viking Centre, York Minster and for train enthusiasts, the wonderful National Railway Museum. Or travel east to the coast, and enjoy the seaside resorts at Scarborough, Filey or Bridlington.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of the best holiday cottages with hot tubs. To find out more, click any of the links above, or use the form below to conduct your own search and create a shortlist of cottages for your next holiday.
The not-so-small print:
This article was first published on 28th January 2017 - and all details of these properties were correct at that time. But as you know, things change - perhaps even whether a particular property still offers a hot tub, so please double-check the availability of a hot tub, and any other aspects that are important to you, with the agents at the time of booking.