7 Unique Lodges With Hot Tubs For a Cosy Autumn Mini Break

Posted on 18th Aug 2020. In , , ,


When summer bids a final farewell, set your sights on cosy UK weekend breaks. For that, we have the answer: 7 unique lodges with hot tubs where you can snuggle in luxury and slink outside without catching a cold.

All of them are open this autumn or winter and are ready for you to turn up, kick back and make your own. So grab that glass of bubbles and smile, because these are off-season weekends that’ll be hard to forget.

Luxury Lodges With Hot Tubs | No. 1

A Super-Stylish Stay Near One of Britain’s Most Incredible Natural Wonders

Strawberryfield Park, Somerset 

Sleeps 2 – 4 | Dog-friendly

The Location: Once upon a time, Strawberryfield Park was just that: strawberry fields. Somerset is the traditional home of the British Strawberry, you see, and it was in these fields – and on the surrounding slopes of Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge – that strawberries were grown in abundance before being sent to London by train on the enchantingly-named Strawberry Line.

Today, the strawberries from these two Somerset fields have gone but the lushness has not. And tucked into the heart of it, wrapped in 14-acres of Somerset goodness and fringed by an apple orchard, are 23 one-bed and two-bed luxury lodges – all with private hot tubs.

Sitting only 2 miles from the village of Cheddar itself, Strawberryfield Park is perfectly placed for adventure: hike Cheddar Gorge with its towering limestone cliffs rising up over 450ft, plummet the stunning stalactite caverns that sit underneath the Gorge, or indulge in a taste of cave-aged real Somerset cheddar.

For a spot of local Somerset cider, Strawberryfield delivers yet again: there’s a traditional cider barn on-site – although it’s not owned by Strawberryfield Park – where you can rub shoulders with the locals, sup the sparkling produce and gorge on the stone-baked pizzas (which could easily pass for the eighth wonder of the world, given their size).

The Lodges: Sustainably-built, slickly-furnished, the 23 luxury lodges at Strawberryfield Park are a cut above in more ways than one. First off, every lodge has a unique interior design (complete with its own name and story) so it’s different from its neighbour but no less exclusive. The Retreat (a 2-bed lodge) could easily grace the pages of Country Living, whilst Pomegranate (a 1-bed lodge) oozes city sex appeal with its black free-standing bathtub and pillar-box red walls.

Then there’s the size: open-plan contemporary living and dining is the vibe here because space – and light – is in abundance (especially in the 2-bed lodges). The kitchens look like they’ve yet to be touched by human hands, the living and dining areas are loft-style chic and the double-bedrooms are as modern and fresh as any newly-opened hotel.

Added to the show-stopping interiors are the touches that help give Strawberryfield Park its five-stars: original artwork, starlit courtyards, high-end tech (think Apple TVs, Bang & Olufsen audio systems, and NEFF appliances), south-facing wooden decks with sunloungers, rainfall showers and, of course, the hot tubs.

The Extras: Parking for two cars outside each lodge; some of the lodges are dog-friendly; breakfast and welcome hampers available on request.

The Cost: One-bed lodges start at £678 low season rising to £1110 peak season

The Address: Strawberryfield Park, Draycott, Somerset, BS27 3FN

Ad: This inclusion has been kindly sponsored by Strawberryfield Park.

Luxury Lodges With Hot Tubs | No. 2

A Cornish Glass Lodge On a

97-acred Private Estate

The Glass Lodge, Cornwall 

Sleeps 6 | No Pets

The Lodge: A glass goddess, standing with her A-frame good looks overlooking rolling green fields and a deep-set hot tub bubbling away in the corner. Light streams in through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows painting the inside space in sunshine during the day and in stars as night falls.

The beauty outside is matched by the stunning interior: the open-plan living and kitchen space thrums with a soft coastal beat and the natural colour palette is calming and restorative after a day exploring. Fall back onto the corner sofa after a day exploring, gin in hand, and when it’s time for bed, there are 3 gorgeous bedrooms waiting: a gorgeous twin room, a mezzanine bedroom that’s ideal for kids, and the en-suite master bedroom with its super-king size bed.

The Location: Lying between the north and south Cornish coastline, just outside Praze-an-Beeble, Clowance Estate is 97 acres of beautifully-landscaped parkland and woodlands. From here, many of Cornwall’s coastal treasures are just a 20-min drive away. You’ve iconic sandy beaches and intimidate sheltered coves to explore as well as trendy spots like St. Ives and Falmouth to enjoy. And The Eden Project, The Minack Theatre, and Lizard Point are all within striking distance too.

Stay on-site and there are stunning grounds for wandering around, plus an 18th-Century manor house, private golf course, and a four-acre boating lake. There’s also an indoor heated pool, restaurant, gym with spa and sauna as well as outdoor tennis, badminton and basketball courts.

The Extras: Facilities on site include a spa, golf course, sports courts and a heated swimming pool.

The Cost: From £500 for two nights

The Address: Clowance Estate & Country Club, Praze-an-Beeble, Camborne TR14 0PT

Pic Credit: Luxury Lodges

Luxury Lodges With Hot Tubs | No. 3

A Quirky Hobbit-Style Lodge in

the Welsh Countryside

The Burrow, Wales 

Sleeps 2 – 5 | No pets, suitable for children

The Lodge: Carefully cut into the verdant Welsh countryside, The Burrow is one luxury hot tub lodge that lives up to its name. Fortunately, this burrow isn’t short of space; it has plenty of room and fills with light courtesy of the huge glass doors that fold back and invite the tranquil farmland views in.

The living space is milk-white and the dining and kitchen space is an elegant open-plan design that maximises the wonderful panoramic vista – meaning that wherever you sit, you’ve a cinematic view of Mother Nature.

For sleepy heads, the super king-sized bedroom is squirrelled away in a burrow of its own – with a stunning in-room copper bathtub ready to slip into. There’s also a neat 3-person bunk-bed room with a single bed on-top and a double underneath, as well as a good-sized bathroom complete with a walk-in monsoon shower that’ll keep everyone happy.

Although rustic in location, the inside is classy and contemporary – think colourful fixtures and fittings, bright luxurious fabrics, lush botanical touches and elegant natural timbers. But you’ll probably spend more hours in the hot tub outside than you will indoors admiring the cushions.

The Location: The Burrow is set on Dolassey Farm, a working farm run by Tom and Amy and their two children, about half an hour away from Ludlow. You’ll find it down a simple track which leads only to this spot: which is remote and peaceful and wrapped by farmland.

Your nearest neighbours are the owner’s sheep (who sometimes look in your lounge window) the birds in the surrounding trees and the ducks who live on the large pond at the bottom of the garden.

Elan Valley Dark Sky Park is just around the corner and there are plenty of walking trails criss-crossing the countryside on your doorstep. Further afield are the market towns of Knighton and Llandrindod Wells.

The Extras: There’ll be a welcome hamper waiting for you on your arrival, filled with local food and freshly-picked wildflowers.

The Cost: From £135 per night

The Address: The Burrow, Bleddfa, Nr Knighton, LD71PA

Pic Credit: The Burrow

Luxury Lodges With Hot Tubs | No. 4

A Rock ‘n’ Roll Rural Retreat Especially for Adults

Bethnal & Bec, Hertfordshire

Sleeps 2 in each lodge | Dog friendly

The Lodges: Just 25 minutes from London, these two luxury lodges with hots tubs have the swagger of Mick Jagger and the ice-cool good looks of Paul Newman. Making them two of the hippest lodges to retreat to for a weekend that’s not city based.

Both Bethnal & Bec are studio style in layout, with open-plan sleeping, in-room baths, vibrant artwork and colourful characters. Bethnal is the larger of the two lodges boasting a sexy roll-top bath at the end of the bed with views directly out over the Hertfordshire countryside thanks to a pillar-box window.

She also comes with a stunning double walk-in rainforest shower, vinyl record player that you can connect to Bluetooth, Smart TV, mini log burner, and an in-room pantry service stocked with local gins and vodka.

Bec is smaller, but no less drop-dead gorgeous than Bethnal. Like her sibling, she’s got funk and soul seeping from her wooden walls: artistic décor, chic furnishings, a woodburner, drinks cabinet, neat kitchen, and a tub for two. She also boasts a cinema projector screen so you can spend rainy days watching movies in bed.

Outside, both lodges have private patios with bubbling hot tubs, dining tables and firepits.

The Location: Outside the village of Cottered in the quiet Hertfordshire countryside, just a 30-minute drive from Cambridge and 25 minutes to London on a train. Thanks to the rural location, nature is on your doorstep: enjoy romantic walks or bike rides directly from the door. There’s also a plethora of cosy pubs and restaurants if you want to eat out, as well as more things to do and see further afield, including Knebworth House, Hatfield House, and the Imperial War Museum Duxford. 

The Extras: Both lodges come with a well-stocked breakfast hamper, dine-in menu, the option of hiring a private chef or beauty therapist (please check Covid restrictions). Plus, there’s private parking for your car in a covered port.

The Cost: £495 for a weekend

The Address: Bethnal & Bec, Nottinghams, Cottered, Herts, SG9 9PU

Pic Credit: Bethnal & Bec

Luxury Lodges With Hot Tubs | No. 5

A Cosy Wooden Hangout in an Isolated Cove With a Private Beach

The Beach Hut, Devon 

Sleeps 2 | No pets, no children

The Lodge: The Beach Hut is proof that luxury comes in all shapes and sizes. Yes, this lodge may be small – but, by Jove, it is mighty. With its striking Devonshire stone and wood exterior and its immaculate and well-proportioned interior, The Beach Hut is on the right side of cool and unique.

Take a seat in the comfy hanging chairs, open the tall windows and spend hours gazing out to sea. Fancy a brew to warm your cockles? There’s a neat little kitchen with all the pots, pans, crockery and cutlery that you need for a stay as well as a double gas hob and grill, fridge/freezer and sink.

As the sun sinks into the horizon, fire up the hot tub and slink in. You won’t need to move until bedtime. And when it is bedtime, you’ll love the double-bed nestle under the sloping roof in the loft space – simply pull down the ladder and climb up to sleep. You’ll stay warm and cosy under the duvet and wool blanket, plus there’s a small wood burner in the lounge that crackles away for extra heat.

The only thing this luxury hot tub lodge lacks is WIFI and 4G – but with your own private beach outside, who really cares?

The Location: Tucked into the rocks of the South Devon coastline, just off the South West Coast Path and in a cove all of its own, The Beach Hut is so secluded and remote that it’s unlikely you’d just stumble across it accidently. In fact, you’ll need your walking boots to get to this bolt hole – it’s a 15-min walk from Carswell Farm, where you park your car in a designated garage.

But the walk is worth it: when you arrive, the beach and the sea view are yours and yours alone – and apart for migrating birds and passing ships, you probably won’t see another person for your entire stay.

If you fancy wandering further afield, Plymouth lies around 9 miles west, Dartmoor is roughly a 30-minute drive north or the pretty village of Holbeton is close by, with a couple of pubs and a shop.

The Extras: You can order a special ‘Devon Meal Hamper’ ready for your arrival (£45). It includes milk, muesli, bread, butter, marmalade, a simple evening meal for 2 (meat and vegetarian options) and a bottle of wine.

The Cost: 2-night stay from £804

The Address: Carswell Farm, Holbeton, Nr Plymouth PL8 1HH

Pic Credit: Carswell Cottages

Luxury Lodges With Hot Tubs | No. 6

A Scottish Retreat Overlooking

a Loch Waterfall

Waterfall Lodge, Perthshire

Sleeps 6 | No pets

The Location: Head to the Scottish Highlands and when you get to Loch Tay, near Killin in Perthshire, stop. It’s here, right next to the tumbling waters of the waterfall, that you’ll find Waterfall Lodge – one of the luxury lodges of the Loch Tay Highland Lodges’ collection.

The site itself is circled by mountains, lochs, rivers, and is within easy driving distance of Edinburgh, Stirling, and Glasgow – should you crave some city culture. As well as the incredible natural beauty surrounding the lodge, guests can also take advantage of the on-site Italian bistro and bar, watersports, safari tours of Loch Tay by boat and highland safaris out into the dramatic landscape.

Nearby, there’s also the 16th-century Castle Menzies and Dochart Falls, the burial site of the Clan McNab dating back to the 1700s.

The Lodge: Scandinavian in design, showstopping in nature, this is one of the luxury lodges at Loch Tay that’s had a recent makeover. Gone is the tired decor from yesteryear and in its place is a slick new look that’s all about turning heads.

There are two twin bedrooms, one comfy master bedroom with a tidy en suite and a large family bathroom. The stunning lounge and kitchen are one, with a log-burner centrepiece that’s impressive enough to rival the waterfall views outside.

But it is the outside that’s the main attraction: a wrap-around wooden deck is the place to be, snuggled in a blanket or warming in the hot tub, overlooking the waterfall and wondering what you did to get so lucky.

The Extras: As well as a hot tub, this lodge also boasts a sauna!

The Cost: 3 nights over a weekend costs £845

The Address: Loch Tay Highland Lodges, Milton Morenish Estate, Perthshire, FK21 8TY

Pic Credit: Loch Tay Highland Lodges

Luxury Lodges With Hot Tubs | No. 7

A Super-Sweet Micro-Lodges set in

a Pretty Meadow

Mallory Meadows, Leicestershire 

Sleeps 2 – 4 | Dog-Friendly

The Location: Mallory Meadows is a two-and-a-half-acre small-scale luxury lodge park near Leicester – so it makes an ideal base to explore the city as well as enjoy the surrounding countryside. Nature lovers in particular will be hooked by the secluded setting of this lodge park: it’s a short drive from Bradgate Park and Beacon Hill which teems with wildlife.

You’ll find six cedar lodges in total within the peace and quiet of Mallory Meadows, including four studio cabins and two roundhouses, quirky boutique cabins for two people – which also come with their own hot tub.

The Lodge: ‘Micro’ is the operative word here; but that’s what makes these lodges with hot tubs so special. Our favourite lodge is Hedgehog & Badger – a timber-clad, cute-as-a-button option with a fresh, bright, pared-back interior.

Tucked neatly at one end of Hedgehog & Badger, you’ll find the soft double bed with views onto the meadow from the large side window. It’s a cosy nook to snuggle up in on an autumn evening, with reading lights overhead to help tired eyes.

Within touching distance of the bed is the smart kitchenette with its thick wooden work surfaces and small Belfast sink, fridge, electric cooker and oven. There’s also a simple dining table inside and a snug bathroom and shower that’s ideal for a couple.

Step through the double doors onto the patio and you’ll find a sunken hot tub just for the two of you.

The Extras: There are plenty of walking and cycle trails nearby and you can park safely on-site.

The Cost:  Weekend from £359

The Address: Barwell Ln, Kirkby Mallory, Leicester LE9 7QA

Pic Credit: Mallory Meadows

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