Considering A Hot Tub For Your Holiday Let
Cornwall is a popular holiday destination and is it any wonder with our beautiful landscapes, sandy beaches and tropical sights!
Remaining in the UK is now being favoured for family holidays and we don’t blame them.
A Cornish cottage with a sea view sounds just as dreamy as heading to Spain, right?
Not only is the location a holidaymaker’s priority, they also see Cornwall as a place to unwind and a spot to escape the hustle and bustle of perhaps a high paced city lifestyle.
There is nothing more perfect than unwinding in a cosy Cornish holiday home, exploring the coastal paths and breathing in that fresh air to clear the mind.
But is a hot tub important for this dreamy staycation? For many people this adds a touch of luxury, a spa-like experience and the perfect chance to unwind with loved ones. Of course, it is not essential but it’s a pretty nice addition to your holiday!
If you are thinking of investing in a hot tub, it is a superb extra but be aware that there are many factors to consider before purchasing. In this article we learn more about what is expected from a holiday home, some of the factors to consider and an insight into hot tub providers.
What could be expected in your holiday home?
A great location is key, especially in Cornwall. If your holiday home if situated beside the sea, this is great news but it is all about making it a special place to escape to. Other desirable extras include WiFi, BBQ facilities, a log burner and of course a hot tub.
A hot tub adds to the romance of the holiday, not only is it great for families but also it adds that touch of magic to a romantic getaway.
Couples will be interested in holiday homes with a hot tub available, especially in a relaxed setting such as a garden or if you are lucky, a sea view.
Benefits of a hot tub
We all have busy lives and a hot tub can be the perfect place to release any strain and tension. You may have read a previous post on the health benefits of regularly using a hot tub, where we discussed the many ways soaking in a hot tub can affect you physically as well as mentally. People understand the benefits of a hot tub and that’s why it is such a desirable feature in holiday homes.
Let’s take a look at some of them…
A space to relax
Firstly, it is a great stress buster. The heat of a hot tub works by healing our body, such as soothing our muscles and releasing stiff joints. Your body will soon go into spa mode, with the power of heat completely relaxing your body.
Perfect for those guests with an active lifestyle, eager to find a location to totally relax with family and friends.
A space to build relationships
A hot tub in a holiday home is a great chance to get social with loved ones. Whether it’s a dip after dinner with the family or a romantic space to unwind, while enjoying a drink. A hot tub is a great way to create better relationships, it is a chance to chat, reminisce and most importantly relax.
A space of luxury
One thing your guest is after is a touch of luxury and with a hot tub in a perfect setting gives you just that. Your guests wants something different to their usual relaxing evening at home, and if they want a chilled night in while away this can be the one thing which makes it unique.
A space you wish to return to
A hot tub creates special memories and ones they will want to relive - so expect your guest back again soon. Set within a beautiful setting such as Cornwall, with all the facilities you need and the luxury addition of a hot tub - how can they refuse coming back?
A space that makes your holiday home stand out from the rest
Let’s face it - Cornwall is a popular holiday destination and that means there is quite a lot of competition.
But what makes you stand out from the crowd?
This is down to what your holiday home provides, the location, facilities, the personal touch and its unique character. All of these factors come into play but one thing you could need is that desirable hot tub…
What is your target audience? If you have many families staying in your holiday home, a hot tub may be a good addition but it could be more fitting for couples. If you have a cosy space, enough for two, a hot tub adds to this snug getaway perfect for a couple to enjoy.
You may have noticed that many websites displaying the latest holiday lets allow you to filter options such as a hot tub. It is clear this is a desirable addition, with many people making this a necessity on their search for their next holiday.
Should you increase your costs?
You may be wondering if you should be introducing an extra charge as a result of providing a hot tub. A hot tub, of course will make your property more appealing; therefore raising your rates could be an option to consider.
What to be aware of when buying a hot tub for your holiday home
There can be a number of problems that can arise when having a hot tub in your holiday let. Let’s take a look at some of the difficulties you could be faced with…
You will need to efficiently manage the changeover days. This includes cleaning the property, organising personal touches for your guests and cleaning the hot tub efficiently. Whether you do it yourself or hire a cleaner, this can be a time consuming job. The hot tub needs to be drained, cleaned and refilled after each stay. Ensure you have enough time to manage your property between changeovers if you are considering buying a hot tub.
Problems with guests
With a hot tub, there could be a chance that problems could arise while your guests are using it. Will you be able to communicate and deal with the problems quickly and efficiently? These are a few things to consider if you want your guests to leave happy and wish to return in the future.
Your hot tub needs to be serviced on a regular basis, contact your supplier and discuss their servicing options. Building a good relationship with a supplier is important to ensure that the service is maintained and they are there if you need them.
It could be useful to purchase a cover lifter for your hot tub. This makes it easier for you and your guests to access it. If you have a hot tub in your holiday home, it will be used on a regular basis, therefore this is a great addition to protect your tub from damage and make it last longer.
Contact your holiday home insurance provider to make sure your hot tub will cover your guests using it. Also consider the replacement of expensive equipment and have these insured within your policy.
Also make sure you comply with any other conditions set out by your insurance provider. If you have any queries, get in contact with them.
Is your property large enough to provide a hot tub?
A flat ground is important to ensure it can support the weight of a hot tub, alongside an electrical supply. If you are unsure whether your space is large enough, your hot tub supplier will survey the area before getting things started.
Health and safety
A hot tub may be a great addition to your holiday home however there are a number of health and safety factors to consider.
Firstly, a risk assessment must be carried out. Your hot tub supplier may be able to do this for you but as the owner, you are responsible for this. There must also be control measures put in place while also having your hot tub reviewed regularly. Risk assessments look at microbiological concerns while also considering the safety concerns of slippage, electrical and thermal risks.
Supplying a clean hot tub for your guests is essential as infectious agents could lead to illnesses. Contamination is controlled by the owner ensuring the hot tub is thoroughly cleaned and maintained after every use. It is your responsibility to ensure you have met all of the health and safety regulations and conducted the appropriate risk assessments.
Training and understanding the risks of owning a hot tub is important. Many suppliers will offer training and advice, so make sure you take it. This is a great thing as the more knowledge you have about your hot tub, the more effective you will be at managing any problems along the way.
To manage your hot tub efficiently, keep a log book where all actions and servicing is written down. This will be useful to look back on and ensuring the quality and safety of your hot tub.
If you are unsure, please contact your hot tub supplier for more information.
The importance of communication with guests
Your guests won’t have to worry about the hot tub like you do but communication is still very important. Ensure that your guests have a phone number they can call if they have any problems. It is your responsibility to ensure any problems concerning the hot tub is managed quickly and properly.
Meanwhile, your guests must be fully aware of the health and safety regulations that go alongside using the hot tub. Whether you discuss this when welcoming your guests or leave a booklet informing them of the regulations - this is up to you to manage.
Talk to a professional before purchasing
Discussing your preferences, understanding your commitments and ensuring you are buying a high quality hot tub is important.
The relationship with your supplier should be a great one, as they will provide you with on-going support. Look for a professional manufacturer and supplier, with a reliable service you can trust.
There are many hot tubs to choose from, available in a variety of sizes and features.
Understand all of the services your supplier provides, many hot tub suppliers offer a service and repair option.
For example, Cornish Hot Tubs offer trained service engineers to carry out service and repairs for their clients. Common parts of hot tubs are always carried in stock, so they can carry out the job quickly and efficiently.
Many suppliers will deliver and install the hot tubs for you, while ensuring that the site is suitable. They will have specialist equipment to make sure the hot tub is installed professionally.
There can be a number of options available such as annual servicing, maintenance, water changes, warranty work, training and changing of filters. Talk to your supplier for what they can offer you.
A hot tub is clearly a fantastic addition to your holiday home but this comes with a number of responsibilities. You have to take into consideration health and safety measures, costs, and maintenance whilst keeping a good relationship with your guests and hot tub provider. One thing is for sure, a hot tub will make your property appealing, creating a relaxing spot to escape to.
This post is in collaboration with Cornish Hot Tubs, check out their range of hot tubs and learn more about what they provide.
Please note that this post is an insight into a number of options to consider when owning a hot tub and highlights only the key points. If you would like to learn more, talk to a professional hot tub supplier.