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  • Writer's pictureNicola McCabe

J'adore ! Why holiday home owners love their hot tubs

Updated: Sep 26, 2022

Whether you stay in your holiday home or second home in France for a couple of weeks or for a few months, with your own private onsite spa there is even more reason to be lol there. While you are unpacking your suitcases the tub can be refilled with the hosepipe in less than an hour. Then all you need to do is fire up the wood-burner, sort out your hot tub cocktails and snacks and slip into your swimwear. Et viola! - your luxury bathing experience is ready and waiting.

Softly soak away stress and strain

From the moment you arrive to the minute you dip your toes into the warm soothing ripples of your wood-fired tub can take less than 3 hours once you get into your routine. And I know for a fact that for a lot of our holiday home owners it's the first thing on their To Do list when they arrive. (Tim has even been asked to fire up the boilers for some of our local holiday home owners so they can get in it ASAP!)

I will go on record right now to say that after a long journey - on planes, trains and automobiles - there is nothing to beat it; as soon as you sit back you can feel the stress and strains of traveling sliding gently away. After a couple of hours stretching out in a wonderful warm tub your aches and pains will have have diminished too, leaving you feeling blissfully relaxed and in a happy holiday mood.

"Dear Hot Tubs In France, I am 3 days into a charity cycle ride from Newcastle to London - final push today with 90 miles to go. I need a dip in our hot tub more than ever to help with the aching muscles !! You were fantastic and you went above and beyond our expectations in terms of customer service, in very trying circumstances and have been delightful to deal with. To find such a premium product available for delivery across France - with a delivery and set up service - made all the difference and we did not hesitate to order. The tub is a premium product, looks great and is easy to use. The whole family love it and it has added an extra dimension to our stay, using it as both a hot tub and when the heat wave arrived, as a cold tub for a refreshing dip. I would also say that the Burford Deluxe water jets are well worth the additional cost and offer more muscle stimulation for a more soothing dip - so recommend that you add these to your stock! Andrew Malley, French holiday home owner from Southport - Sept 2022

Low maintenance and worry-free

From the beginning to the end of your fantastic French holiday your eco-friendly hot tub should be completely stress-free. There's no need to worry about the soaring costs of electricity or whether your hot tub will encounter any electrical faults after being left exposed to the elements all year round. It's one of the many reasons why Cotswold Eco Tubs are the UK's best-selling wood-burning hot tubs - they are so easy to use. All you need is a supply of dry logs, a level surface to locate it on and a standard 13 amp plug for the LED lights and air jet massage.

Nothing needs to be left switched on while you are away either - just flick the switch when you arrive. Alternatively, if you want to be completely 'off-grid', even using electricity is optional.

Buying a tub for your holiday home

We know that buying a new hot tub is a big decision and commitment which is why we make it as easy as possible. We generally have a few tubs in stock too, so if you contact us early enough it can be ordered, delivered and installed in time for you to use on your next holiday. All you need to think about is where it's going to go, creating the base and having an extension lead and hosepipe. Tim can offer you his expert help and advice on creating the base because the better the base the longer your tub will last. And if you know Tim then you know he loves a challenge!

Finally, when we install your new tub we will also make sure you know everything there is to know about looking after your tub - even how to light a fire, if you're not familiar with wood-burning stoves!

And just to prove how low maintenance these tubs really are, I've compiled simple checklists for your holiday departure and arrival. Ultimately, with a little TLC you can leave your Cotswold Eco Tub for several weeks or months, and it will still look as good as new. But why would you ever want to leave it that long?

Before you leave

  • Give your hot tub a good clean - wash it out thoroughly and allow time for it to air or dry wipe the inside.

  • Clean the insulated cover and let that air too, so that when you place it back on top it's all dry.

  • Leave the drainage tap open in case of frost.

  • Remember to unplug from the electric and cover the plug to stop it getting wet - we always put ours under the tub, out of harm's way.

  • Empty and clean out your wood burner.

  • Brush or wipe the wood exterior. Because the exterior wood is treated with oil (guaranteed for 7 years) it means you can leave it outside all year round.

  • Put all your accessories away safe and clean for when you return. If you've got the Supreme Steps then you'll already know how useful the storage space is in these for keeping everything nearby.

When you arrive

  • Give the tub a quick clean.

  • Close the tap, pop in the hose pipe and fill it up. Depending on the water pressure in your area this might take between 40 to 60 minutes. Don't forget about it though, because if water continually flows over the side it could seep into the motor and stop it working. So set an alarm on your phone!

  • When it's full of water (about 4 inches from the top) you can light the fire.

  • Just remember, it will take a little longer to heat up the first time because the water will be stone cold. Heat up time will also depend on the outside temperature.

  • While you're waiting for it to heat up - unpack, stock the fridge, get the drinks, nibbles and music ready.

  • Put the hot tub plug in the socket (optional!) and away you go.

Caring for your tub during your holiday

In the short time that it takes to fall in love with your hot tub you will want to treat it well and take good care of it. My advice is to keep a clean cloth handy to wipe the fiberglass interior if you see any sun-cream build up around the liner. Make sure to fish out any little bits of leaves or bugs as this will help maximise your water.

Our new Hydro tubs, with optional filtration system, are a great choice for long stay holiday home owners because the filter helps keep the water cleaner and last longer - another bonus during the recent hose-pipe bans too.

Prestige Property Show

If you want to know more about buying a property in France, visa requirements for longer stays or even moving to France permanently then why not pop along to the Prestige French Property & Lifestyle Show? It's on at the Village Hotel in Portsmouth for a full weekend from Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th October. Hot Tubs In France will be there to answer all your questions, along with Guy and Lauren from Cotswold Eco Tubs. For more details and to get your free tickets just click on the image below.

Contact Us

If you've got any questions about caring for your hot tub, how to order, what's included in the price, etc then give us a call or send an email. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote and to find out how you can improve your holiday home or boost your gite rental income with one of our luxury Cotswold Eco Tub.

My hot tub is calling but before I go just a reminder that all new subscribers to our mailing list receive a money-off voucher worth 78,00€ which is valid for 3 months. So if your dream is to own one of our eco-friendly, wood-burning hot tubs, just sign up. You'll get lots of interesting news, info and updates straight to your Inbox and a lovely discount when you place your new hot tub order. Make your dreams a reality and you'll soon be Happy Hot Tubbing!

To contact Hot Tubs In France, call direct on 07 49 19 46 84.


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