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  • Writer's pictureNicola McCabe

How to make your hot tub more private

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

Ideas to give you more bathing privacy

When you step into your hot tub at the end of a hectic day, the last thing you want to be worrying about is privacy. Lots of our customers ask us where is the best place to locate their new tub. But some also ask if they should put up screens as protection from the weather and nosy neighbours. From the manufacturing quality point of view, Cotswold Eco Tubs are made to the highest possible specifications. They're built to last, so you don't need to worry on that aspect. But personally, if you want to enjoy your tub all year round then you will need some protection from the elements. And if being overlooked by neighbours or passers-by is a concern, then we have a few ideas on how to make your bathing experience less of a worry.

Private oasis

A hot tub can be located on decking, a patio, or at ground level. Our Burford Deluxe tub at Hot Tubs HQ is at ground level, but it's conveniently positioned next to 'Timmy's Bar' (for obvious reasons), and close to the wooded side of our property. The trees provide natural protection from the wind and rain, and they also keep the tub's occupants slightly shaded from the scorching summer sun. On the other side we have a separate patio area with fence panels, so they help from a privacy aspect. Although to be honest, we live in a fairly rural areas, and we just wave if anyone drives past!

A few of our customer have gone all out when it comes to creating their own private hot tub oasis, and who can blame them. Privacy makes your bathing experience feel more protected, cosy, and relaxing. Depending on where you install your hot tub, a corner wall or hedge can provide plenty of privacy, and act as a weather screen.

Just a few ideas from our happy hot tub owners

From screens to pergolas

If you are looking to create your privacy on a budget, making a DIY fence from old pallets can be very effective, and it can be festooned with plant pots to make it a pretty, 'living' wall. Or If you have a bigger budget, then pergolas are a popular year-round, more solid solution.

And there are so many roofing options, from tiles to bamboo. Or seeing as we live in France, why not cover it with vines, or that French favourite, wisteria?


Even beach mats

If you build a wooden frame next to your hot tub, then I found another clever DIY outdoor privacy idea. Get extra shade and privacy using your average, run-of-the-mill beach mats! Just tie them up or take them indoors when you're not using them. Not as pretty as the wisteria idea, but very practical.

Seriously though, once you start searching, there are some great ideas online. And I got a bit carried away by my research this time, saving lots of different 'hot tub enclosure' website links.


Remote-controlled covers

I found some great ideas from a couple of French companies too. I like the colour and simplicity of the granite-coloured stone wall by Ô Garden Design. But the aluminium, adjustable pergola from NAO is pretty cool as well. The overhead slats can be adjusted using a remote control. So depending on the light, heat or bad weather, you can tilt or close them however and whenever you want.

Wonderful views

I hope this has given you a few ideas for additional privacy and protection from the elements. At the end of the day you have to think about when you are more likely to use your tub, and who will use it the most. If you are one of our happy hot tub business owners then that might only be used for a few months of the year. Also if, like Praana Wellness retreat, the view from your eco tub is across meadows and vineyards, do you really want anything getting in the way?

Come and see us

We are always happy to offer help and advice on choosing a tub, keeping it clean, how and where to set it up, etc. So give us a call, drop us an email, or come and see us in person if you've got any questions. We'll be at the Christmas Fair in Lessac 16500, on 14th November from 10am, where we'll be showcasing the Burford Deluxe eco tub. There will be artisan stalls selling lots of beautiful, handmade items to complete your Christmas shopping. It sounds like it could be a very festive day out. Alternatively, if you are not too far from Hot Tubs HQ near Limoges, then send us an email and we can arrange a private demo of our home tub for you. Viewings are by appointment only. So please make sure you email us to arrange a date, because we would hate for you to have a wasted journey. We simply can't wait to tell you all about hot tub heaven!

Contact Nicola or Tim at Hot Tubs In France. Call direct on 0749 19 46 84 or email

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