If you are planning your next getaway with your partner, a friend, or a family member, and want to take your dog with you, you have come to the right place.
Lodges that offer hot tubs are becoming more and more popular in the U.K. Whether you want your getaway to be an adventure and use the hot tub to relax after a day of exploring, or whether you want to spend the whole day lounging and taking dips, hot tubs make a great addition to your stay.
I have put together a list of my top five picks for dog friendly lodges with hot tubs in the U.K. With a variety of high-end luxury spots, to more rugged escapes, you are sure to find something to suit you and your dog on this list.
Rascarrel Bay Lodge, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway
With beautiful views over the sea, this would be the perfect place for a romantic getaway with your partner. And your dog is welcome, too!
The site is made up of nine private and detached lodges, each with a luxury king-sized bedroom, balcony and private hot tub. The décor is modern and stylish, with stunning views across the sea.
The area od Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland is full of natural wonders to explore. It offers rugged coastline, sandy beaches, and inland, thick and untouched forest. The Rascarrel Bay Lodge is the perfect place to retreat to after a day of hiking, swimming or pub-hopping.
If sitting in a hot tub with a glass of wine whilst looking over the sea, with your furry friend at your side, sounds like a dream, I would highly recommend this lodge.
The accommodation is five stars and sleeps two people.
Fern Lodge, Perth, Perth and Kinross
This unique property is situated on a working farm. The apartment is on the lower floor of a two-storey building, and outside you will find a private, wood-fired hot tub, which makes the place unique.
The apartment is open plan with a luxurious bedroom, well-equipped kitchen, an en-suite bathroom with a bath, and a wood-burning stove as an added bonus. It is a place to be enjoyed no matter the season, being cosy in the winter and fresh and airy in the summer.
If you visit in the summer months, you can take advantage of the barbecue and large patio area, and have a meal outside whilst admiring the gorgeous views.
The surrounding area of Perth and Kinross in central Scotland has a lot to offer visitors. The forests and lakes are spectacular, so you will be able to have plenty of adventures with your dog. The city of Perth has historical architecture to explore, as well as some lovely local pubs and restaurants.
Fern Lodge is a five-star rated getaway, sleeps two people and is very welcoming to dogs.
Shire Cottage – Avon, Christchurch, New Forest
Situated on the edge of the New Forest, this cottage is the perfect place to retreat to after a day of exploring the beautiful woodlands with your dog.
The cottage has been converted from a coach house and renovated to create a lovely, neutral, open-plan space. There is a well-equipped kitchen if you prefer to cook your own meals during your stay, as well as a modern shower room.
Open the living room doors onto a beautiful private courtyard. There is a private hot tub in the courtyard to enjoy, as well as a barbecue if you visit in the warmer months.
The New Forest National Park is famous for its offerings – forest trails, heathlands, cycling routes and native ponies. It is a popular destination amongst active people and perfect for a trip with your dog. Christchurch is a charming town, and you will also find sandy beaches to visit if you are with a car.
Shire Cottage can sleep two people and welcomes dogs. It is rated four stars.
Aconbury Pods – Woodcock, Hereford, Herefordshire
This dog-friendly destination is the perfect place for a countryside getaway. If you are looking for dog friendly log cabins with hot tubs, these pods might be for you.
The 630 acres of woodland surrounding the pods make it an amazing place to play with your four-legged friend, and then to melt into your own private hot tub with a killer view.
The eco-pods have a unique décor, being a wooden, cosy, tunnel-like structure. If you are looking for glamorous and shiny, this probably isn’t the place for you. But if you are looking for a unique and more rugged adventure, these pods have a lot to offer.
The pod includes a small but well-equipped kitchen, a compacts bathroom and a double bed. The covered porch means you can leave your muddy boots outside after exploring the local woodlands, and kick back and admire the views. There is also a barbecue outside.
Hereford is a historical cathedral city, famous for its cattle. You can enjoy a stroll along the river, enjoy a beer in a local pub, and you will also find lots of local delicacies to take home as gifts for friends and family.
Aconbury Pods sleep two people and are four-star accommodation. Dogs are welcomed for a small fee.
Wren Barn Lakes, Launceston, Cornwall
This beautifully converted barn, located on the Devon-Cornwall border, is the perfect place to stay whilst exploring southern England.
With exposed beams and stone walls, you will feel the history of the building as soon as you enter. It has been well converted to suit modern standards, with an open-plan kitchen and lounge, and dining area. The bedroom has large doors leading onto a shared courtyard (shared with a couple of other barns).
There is also a small private courtyard with a private hot tub. The property also gives fishing access in two nearby, carp-filled lakes.
This area of Cornwall is famous for glorious sandy beaches, as well as the Bodmin moors and Tamar Valley further inland. The river Tamar, which separates Devon and Cornwall, is the perfect place for a stroll and a picnic with your dog.
Lanceston, the nearby local parish, offers friendly local pubs and cafes, as well as some interesting historical architecture.
This four-star property sleeps two people and welcomes dogs for a small fee.
Is it Safe for a Dog to Go in a Hot Tub?
Unfortunately, it is not safe for your dog to join you in a hot tub. They will likely seek it out to cool down, but the heat will surprise them, and they won’t actually enjoy it.
On top of this, the chemicals in hot tubs can be extremely harmful to dogs if ingested and dry out their skin.
Finally, your dog could damage the surface of the hot tub with their claws, which could lead to huge charges to your account if you are staying in a lodge.
How I Protect My Dog from a Hot Tub?
To stop your dog jumping into the hot tub, you can offer a small, fast-track training when you first arrive at the lodge. Punish approaches to the hot tub with a firm ‘no’ and point them in the other direction.
If you have a particularly determined dog, it might be best to keep them away from the hot tub area to avoid them jumping in.
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