Last updated on August 8, 2022
Our guide to the best Lake District hot tub lodges in 2022.
If you want to take your Lake District trip to the next level, I recommend staying somewhere with a hot tub and preferably a view, so you can soak those tired muscles and relax in style after days exploring the national park. It’s the ultimate added luxury.
There are loads of Lake District hot tub lodges to choose from, so we’ve created a round-up of our favourites. It’s part of a guide I’m creating to the UK’s best hot tub stays (because who would say no to a hot tub?!). You can find everything from shepherd’s huts to huge luxury villas – there are options for every budget and style.
We’ve included Lake District lodges from a variety of different booking sites, including VRBO, Sykes Cottages and Plum Guide.
You might also be interested in our guide to Cornwall hot tub lodges and Devon rentals with hot tubs. Plus our curation of the best Lake District Airbnbs, which also includes a guide to the best areas to stay in the Lake District.
Lodges with Hot Tubs: Lake District Guide
17 Best Lake District Hot Tub Lodges
The Boathouse, Bowness-on-Windmere
On the outskirts of Bowness-on-Windermere, in an area known locally as “Millionaires mile” due to its lavish landscapes and lifestyle, is The Boathouse, a luxury bolthole right on the lake.
The one-bed studio cottage has stunning lake views that can be enjoyed from bed, a private covered outdoor hot tub and kayaks for guests’ use. It’s one of the best cottages with a hot tub in the Lake District. I’d love to include this as a stop on one of these epic UK road trips.
What the guests says: “Absolutely beautiful boathouse in a stunning location. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and the view is not one we got bored of, whatever the weather. The boathouse itself was finished to a high standard with lots of mod cons and an extensive range of equipment for use in the kitchen!
“The use of the kayak was also an added bonus which we did manage to take out on the lake. Loved the hot tub and the fact that it was sheltered was ideal for use whatever the weather.”
Toad Mire, Backbarrow
Toad Mire is one of a collection of luxury cottages in the Lake District National Park, all with handcrafted fittings, wood burning stoves and a private hot tub. There’s a private lake that guests can enjoy, including for fishing.
Haverthwaite Steam Railway is 6 minutes’ drive away, where you can catch the steam train to Lakeside, then onto Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.
It’s perfect if you’re particularly looking for a modern Lake District cabin with hot tub.
Neddy Cut is another one of the cottages, a little cheaper at £158.
What the guests say: “We stayed in “Toad Mire” the view of the lake with the fells in the background is absolutely stunning an ideal setting for our family to come together in these times of restrictions and guidelines, we had everything we needed in five star accommodation.
“Nothing was too much trouble for the owners who are extremely friendly, helpful and approachable. We didn’t want to leave. It looks fabulous on the website but actually being there exceeded our expectations.”
This luxury lakeside manor, Eclair, sleeps up to 12 guests and comes with a long list of amenities, including a hot tub on the deck, a home cinema, 26 acres of gardens, a boathouse and private jetty. No luxury has been spared. And it’s right on Ullswater Lake so the location doesn’t get much better either. It’s one of the most luxury lodges with a hot tubs in the Lake District.
Gatesgarth is an award-winning luxury dream house with the Old Man of Coniston as its backdrop. Surrounded by countryside, the four-bedroom holiday home is architect designed and styled to the highest standards.
It’s been featured in magazines and won the prestigious prize of Best Residential Build at the Northern Design Awards. There’s a private Scandinavian wooden hot tub on the deck.
It’s our favourite Lake District holiday lodge with a hot tub.
What the guests say: “We had a family long weekend at Gatesgarth. The property is truly sensational – the finest we have ever stayed in. We had a cinema night in, a delightful walk to Tarn Hows, a cycle around Coniston Water, numerous dips into the hot tub as well as lots of trips to the pretty Lake District sights locally. We could not recommend this accommodation highly enough.”
Ash Lodge is a romantic spot in a semi-rural location in the hamlet of Pennington. The open-plan bungalow includes a compact kitchen, dining and lounge area, and a double bedroom. There’s a private hot tub with countryside views.
What the guests say: “The most beautiful cabin, with the most incredible news and such a friendly and attentive host.
“We could not of asked for a better place to enjoy our holiday together. A nice special touch with the wine, that was much needed! The lodge was lovely and clean and the hot tub was such a bonus! Once again, thank you for an excellent holiday!
Just a short drive from Ullswater is Carhullan, a traditional white stone house that has lots of original features while also having been updated for comfort. It sleeps up to 10 people and has big communal spaces so is perfect for a group getaway. And there’s a hot tub in the garden.
What the guests say: “We stayed at Carhullan late 2019. Feeling fortunate to find such a gem, we booked again for 2020. Somehow the owners have managed to improve the experience! The cottage and its content ooze quality from the log burners to wine glasses, clearly no expense spared.
“Really surprised to see a new coffee machine, hot tub and TVs. If you’re looking for somewhere to unwind & switch off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, look no further. Carhullan ticks every box, and more.”
Swaledale Luxury Log Cabin
Swaledale Luxury Log Cabin is part of The Lodges at Artlegarth in the picturesque Eden Valley in the Cumbrian Lake District. The cabins are stylishly decorated and have private decking areas with private hot tubs. And there are welcome treats on arrival.
It’s our favourite log cabin with a hot tub in the Lake District.
What the guests say: “Every detail spot on. Beautiful furnishings, cosy environment with quality bedding, comfy beds and fluffy towels. Hot tub was amazing with great views. Home made cake and loaf with eggs and all essentials to get you started. Well equipped kitchen, fab showers and toiletries. Can’t fault in any way. Coming back soon.”
Riverside Cottage, Kendal
This Riverside Cottage is on the Low Jock Scar Country Estate near Kendal in an idyllic position with beautiful bridges, charming gardens and a babbling brook. And there’s an outdoor hot tub where you can enjoy the splendour of the gardens.
What the guests say: “Absolutely awesome property in pretty idylic surroundings. Plenty big enough for 8 people, with all amenities catered for. The property owner/manager was very welcoming & a pleasure to deal with.
“Thoroughly recommend this property for adults & kids alike. Close enough but far enough away from the hustle & bustle of Kendal. Nice walks close by as well. What’s not to like?”
Hazel Cottage, Backbarrow
Hazel Cottage is a charming detached cottage in the village of Backbarrow just one mile from Newby Bridge. The cottage can sleep up to four people and includes an open-plan living-dining-kitchen area with a cosy woodburner. The hot tub is on the patio with lovely views of the surrounding countryside and lake.
What the guests say: “Had a fantastic week at Hazel Cottage. The scenery and views are amazing to wake up to each morning. Would definitely return as the cottage was stunning, well equipped and felt like a home away from home.”
Villa Marina, Barrow-in-Furness
On the shores of Morecambe Bay is Villa Marina, just a short drive away from Barrow-in-Furness. It overlooks the coast and is a good option if you ant to be within 30 minutes of the Lake District National Park while also benefiting from the coastal location and all its beaches.
What the guests say: “Lovely cottage and really spacious for everyone. Fresh clean towels and bedding provided and small toiletries in all the bathrooms. Will definitely be staying again and recommending Sykes cottages also as really helpful staff with any questions that I had asked on their app chat.”
The Oaks is a magnificent detached country house set amongst beautiful woodlands on High Lindeth Fell just a mile from Bowness-on-Windermere. The country house has been refurbished to a very high standard and is set in its own grounds with beautiful southerly and westerly views of the Lakeland fells.
There are two hot tubs on the patio, plus a sauna to top it off.
Shepherd’s View is a modern cottage in the Mirefoot complex where guests have use of the onsite pool, spa and gym. It doesn’t have the character of the original Lake District cottages, but will suit those who want the cosiness of a cottage, but with all modern conveniences.
It just on the outskirts of Kendal and near Windermere. The hot tub is part of the shared spa area.
What Plum Guide says: “This romantic stay has all of the rural vibes and raw materials of a cottage, without any of the discomfort that can come with actually staying in one. Exposed stone walls, natural wood and sheepskin rugs give a raw romance to the decor, while glass walls around the terrace, fully equipped kitchen and cosy living room with giant TV and wood burner mean you’ll never feel anything but snuggly and warm in this two-guest love nest.”
Lodges just outside the Lake District
Around 30 minutes from the Lake District National Park is this unique mirrored micro home, stylishly decorated with high-end touches like Biba toiletries and underfloor heating.
It’s a place to enjoy the outdoor, walking and hiking around the River Esk, then enjoying cosy evenings by the log burner and in the hot tub.
What the guests say: “Wow, just wow. Myself and my partner stayed here for 3 nights and had the most perfect stay, we can not recommend this place enough. The reflection lodge was absolutely stunning and is the best place I’ve ever stayed!
“Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the loveliest staff who made us feel at home right away. The lodge was super clean and even had a bottle of Prosecco waiting for us! The hot tub / log burner all amazing!”
High Rigg Shepherd’s Delight
This delightful shepherd’s hut in the village of Wetheral, 30 minutes from the Lake District National Park, has open country views from a woodland setting. There’s a sheltered hot tub on the deck, so you can enjoy the views while being sheltered from the elements. The hut is surprisingly spacious with a king-size bed, shower room and full kitchen.
The lovely High Rigg Garden Cottage is available on the same site.
Also see our guide to the best shepherd’s huts in Norfolk.
The Chard, Longtown
The Chard has been created with perfect attention to detail to create a romantic and atmospheric retreat in Cumbria, just 30 minutes from the Lake District. It’s especially perfect for couples.
Mood lighting adds to the evening cosiness and there’s a hot tub on the deck where you can enjoy views over the pond.
What the guests say: “The Chard is a beautifully designed, relaxing, practical & comfortable accommodation in a stunning location. The carefully considered lighting in combination with the hot tub welcomes the most amazing romantic getaway and such a different experience to any other. A highlight for us was stargazing in the hot tub with a hot chocolate! Highly recommend you will not be disappointed!”
High View Barn, Sedbergh
This stone detached barn has been renovated to a high standard with its own private leisure facilities, set in two acres of its own grounds on a high hillside above the Lune Valley. Features include a private high-end hot tub, private bowling green, and pool table.
What the guests says: “High View Barn is a fantastic property which we all enjoyed enormously, excellent facilities, very high standard and very well serviced.”
“We were made very welcome on arrival and had a brilliant stay with family and friends. I would highly recommend High View Barn which is also in a beautiful location.”
A few more Lake District lodges with hot tubs
Speight Cottage, Sedbergh – a cute stone-built cottage, a former smithy, set in the grounds of the owner’s farmhouse alongside the River Rawthay.
Shepherd Lodge near Grange-over-Sands – a wooden lodge in the exclusive Pastures Lodge Park near Cartmel.
Wheelhouse Cottage – a charming cottage by the River Ea and Wheelhouse bridge.
Chestnut Cottage – cute cottage on the on the outskirts of Grange-over-Sands.
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