A hot tub is one of those simple features that can really elevate a UK break.
Of course, when choosing a property for your getaway, there are lots of other elements you'll consider before the presence of a hot tub: bedroom size and décor; whether there's a garden; how nicely equipped the kitchen is. The thing about hot tubs is, they're totally non-essential. They serve no purpose other than pleasure. This makes them a pure luxury - and luxury is something we're very much for when it comes to UK staycations.
You may not have travelled far to reach your destination, but a relatively close-to-home can still feel special, so long as you choose a cottage or lodge with treat-yourselves features - which brings us back to that hot tub. Relax under summer stars with a bottle of Champagne; beat chilly winter weather in soothing waters.
However you want to relax, we've found the best UK hotels and self-catering properties for romantic hot tub breaks.
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1. Hedgehog Hall, Herefordshire
Hedgehog Hall is a Nordic-style pod that manages to be both rustic and futuristic. The inside space is cleverly designed, but the secluded, tranquil location means it's all about outdoor living here - and that includes a private wood-fired hot tub.
2. The Chilterns View, Oxfordshire
Each of these secluded lodges has everything you need to enjoy the stunning surroundings: a south-facing veranda with hammock and barbecue; and a private hot tub.
3. The Enchanted Faraway Tree, Kent
This unique treehouse has plenty of charm, with eclectic interiors, a bedroom with a domed ceiling for stargazing before you snooze and a fairytale-inspired garden that contains a wood-fired hot tub.
4. Little Bear, Sussex
Set amid a wildflower meadow, Little Bear is ideal for a luxe country escape. The décor is perfectly judged to encourage long, lazy days of blissing out - and there's no WiFi, so no distractions. If you can stir yourselves from this delicious cocoon, the countryside is worth exploring, then you can ease tired muscles in the eco hot tub.
5. The Bermondsey Square Hotel, London
Hot tub breaks in the UK don't have to involve heading to the countryside. Book the Lucy in the Sky loft suite at The Bermondsey Square Hotel and you'll get a private terrace with - you guessed it - hot tub.
6. The Fish Hotel, Worcestershire
This Cotswolds gem has been rightly lauded for its excellent food and laidback atmosphere. Rooms in the main hotel are lovely, but for more privacy - and a private hot tub - book one of the Hilly Huts in the grounds. You can also try something different with one of the Treehouses, which come with two heated baths on their terraces.
7. The Gilpin Hotel, Cumbria
Six bedrooms at The Gilpin come with their own cedarwood hot tubs. There are also five detached Spa Lodges, which not only have hAydrotherapy hot tubs but pretty much the makings of a private spa, with saunas, rainmaker showers and steamrooms.
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8. Braes Lodge, Perthshire
This serene self-catering Scottish lodge is ideal for some just-the-two-of-us time. As well as a hot tub, you'll find light-filled living space with Sonos, a sauna room and a well equipped kitchen. The lodge provides wellies, jackets and picnic hampers if you're venturing out on foot, but you can also hire their classic Morgan 2-seater to enjoy the countryside in high style.
9. Ashmount House, Yorkshire
Surrounded by splendid countryside, Ashmount House is a beautiful base for exploring Bronte Country. Choose one of the Cottage Suites if you want your own private hot tub - The Hideaway is particularly impressive, with its own garden and infra-red sauna, too.
10. Hinterland Cabin, Conwy
Hinterland Cabin is a luxurious property set amid bewitchingly pretty countryside, with views over Snowdonia. Inside, you'll find contemporary comforts such as underfloor heating, Nespresso machine and iPad; outside, you have a private hot tub to take in those views, as well as a sauna.
11. South Lodge, Sussex
South Lodge is a wonderfully indulgent country house hotel, with beautiful décor and grounds, and a blissful spa. Choose one of the two hot tub suites - The Godman or The Farriers - for an extra dose of luxury.
12. Daydreamer, Cornwall
A clifftop cottage with sublime sea views, Daydreamer is the dream escape for any couples who love the coast. Thoughtful touches abound, with underfloor heating, floor-to-ceiling windows, and of course a terrace with hot tub for enjoying the stunning surroundings.
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13. Knoydart Hide, Highlands
Looking for a secluded getaway? Head to the Scottish Highlands - specifically, to romantic Knoydart Hide, a woodland hideaway overlooking Loch Nevis. As well as the outdoor hot tub, there's an infra-red sauna and monsoon shower.
14. The Pump House, Yorkshire
The Pump House is surrounded by rugged moorland that just calls out to be explored. After a long walk, retreat back to this contemporary haven to bliss out with some time in the hot tub.
15. Gold Rush Cabin, Gloucestershire
We love this twist on the traditional country retreat. As the name suggests, Gold Rush Cabin references the American West, with décor that wouldn't be out of place on a (rather luxe) ranch. There's even a 'cowboy shower' on the deck, along with barbecue, hot tub and fire pit.
16. The White Horse, Sussex
You wouldn't expect to find private hot tubs at a country inn - and yet that's exactly what you'll get if you book one of the two Stag rooms at The White Horse. Expect excellent dining based on the field-to-fork principle, as well as a prime location for country walks.
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17. Sopwell House, Hertfordshire
Sopwell House has some lovely rooms in the main hotel, but for extra privacy, book one of the beautifully designed Mews Suites, which are just across the road. Some have private hot tubs, so make sure you ask for one of those.
18. Coes Faen Spa Lodge, Gwynedd
Make sure you book into this delightful hotel's Talgarreg room - that's the one with private Welsh-slate terrace and cedar hot tub. It's a luxurious space, but there's plenty more to enjoy here, from the idyllic grounds to fabulous food in the restaurant.
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