We get asked a lot about our hot tubs and how the booking system works. So we thought now was a good time to go into a bit of detail about what you can expect to find onsite, what your accommodation will have access to and when/how you can use them.
At Peake's Retreats we currently have 2 hot tubs onsite. One is a private wood-fired hot tub for Milne's Corner yurt and one is a jacuzzi style hot tub with jets located in the centre of the glamping field which the guests staying in all accommodations have access to.
Now we appreciate that you want to have the hot tubs privately to yourself and don't want to share as you would at a spa. This is why we have operated a booking system right from the very first day we opened in 2018.
Before I go onto explain how the booking system works and how you can actually make a booking it is worth noting that we already have plans in place to add another private hot tub to Beaumont's Hideaway within the next few months, and then keep adding wood-fired hot tubs until each accommodation has it's own, at which point we will no longer have the communal hot tub.
Obviously during the times of Covid sharing has been an issue when it comes to facilities like hot tubs etc and we are fortunate that our booking system was already in place, so nothing changed for us.
To book the main communal you can do this by texting us on 07725403070 with the name of your booking and the accommodation you are staying in FROM the morning of your arrival. We tried to take advance bookings for a while but due to the sheer volume of bookings we decided this system did not work. Which is why you can NOT book your hot tub time before your stay.
Our hot tub opening hours are from 7am-11pm but quiet hours begin at 10pm so we ask that you are mindful of this when in the hot tub (the jets on the hot tub are actually louder than you realise which in turn causes you to talk louder when you are in the hot tub). If the volume coming from the hot tub after 10pm is deemed enough to disrupt other guests or the few neighbours we have then we may ask you to leave the hot tub. This also applies to other areas onsite when it comes to quiet hours.
You can book the hot tub for up to an hour at a time, although it is only recommended that you stay in for 15 minute intervals. You may book as many 1 hour time slots as you would like during your stay as long as they are not consecutive. However if there is nobody booked in after you then you may stay in for longer if you choose to.
This system has been a success for 3 years with very few guests being told that the time slot they want is already booked and those that have found this have easily gone on to book another suitable time slot(s). We have never had a guest that hasn't had a turn in the hot tub, and obviously now that Milne's Corner has it's own hot tub fewer guests use the main one.
Both of our hot tubs are open air, with no cover above them. Although we have gone backwards and forwards as to whether or not to put a cover on them we have ultimately decided that it is nice to be able to look at the stars at night and enjoy the various weather in them.
They can be used in all weather except storms, and actually many people enjoy the experience of sitting in the hot tub in the rain or snow.
So what are the hot tub rules other than the opening and closing hours and quiet times?
- First of all we ask that you shower before entering. the quality of the water is drastically affected when guests son't shower before entering. Not only does a small amount of general dirt enter the hotter (sorry guys you may think you are super clean but we all get dirty throughout the day) but so does sweat, body lotions and soaps, all of which affect the PH balance and general colour of the hot tub water. A PH balance that isn't neutral can result in a foaming hot tub (as can soaps and body lotions) as well as irritated skin. It has also been proven that hot tubs are safe and will neutralise Covid-19 as long as the PH is kept in balance.
- Secondly we ask that you use the steps provided for entering and exiting the hot tubs. We don't want any accidents.
- Children are permitted to use our hot tubs at their parent/guardians discretion, pregnant women are also permitted to use the hot tub at their own discretion, although we advise speaking to your Dr/ midwife first, please be aware that we keep our hot tub set at 38 degrees, and it can be turned up to a maximum of 40 degrees. These temperatures would usually be considered too hot for children. The wood-fired hot tubs do not have a thermostat and the temperature is set by the guest by controlling the fire. Any under 16s using the hot tubs must be supervised by a responsible adult.
- It is very important that NO glass at all is taken into the hot tub areas. We provide plastic cups and 'glasses' so that you may take drinks into the hot tub areas if desired, but please do not take glassware (including bottles) into the area as there is a risk of glass being broken in the hot tub and not noticed, which main lead to serious injuries. It is advised that you do not drink alcohol when in the hot tub as the heat and alcohol together can have a dehydrating affect and make you quite ill. However guests are permitted to drink alcohol in the hot tub at their own risk.
- Smoking is absolutely NOT permitted in any of our hot tubs, in the past we have found ash, cigarette butts and packets of cigarettes in the hot tub, at this point we have to close the hot tub to be cleaned which disrupts not only the people staying at that time but potentially other guests who may be arriving. If we have to close the hot tub for unexpected cleaning a fee of £70 will be incurred.
- We ask that you do not sit or stand on the lid of the hot tub. They are not designed to withstand any weight and can easily become broken, at which point charges would be incurred for the guest, and a replacement lid is around £500.
- We also ask that you do not jump or dive into the hot tub, and this includes children. Not only is their a risk of injury when doing this but you will also cause water to flow out of the hot tub which may put the water level below the recommended level and cause damage to the jets which can get airlocks in them. If you find the hot tub looking particularly low (this can sometimes happen after groups have used it) do let us know so we can top it up immediately.
- Finally please replace the lid after you have used the hot tub. The lids are very light and can easily be replaced by two people. Not only is the lid insulated to keep the hotter warm for your enjoyment, but it also makes it more economical, so it will use less electricity/logs to heat.If you do struggle to replace the lid then please just let us know and we can come and help.
The main hot tub is regularly checked and maintained with chlorine and other chemicals to ensure it is safe and hygienic to use. However the wood-fired hot tubs do not require chemicals due to the very frequent change of water.
Please note that we do have to regularly change the water and clean the main hot tub as well and when we do this it takes roughly 12 hours to reach it's desired temperature (as well as 2 hours to empty and re-fill). We always try and do this when it won't affect guests, but during busy periods where we do not have much time between guests you may find the hot tub out of use for cleaning or a bit on the cold side as it heats back up. Peake's Retreats will NOT offer any compensation for this as it is essential maintenance that needs to be done for your safety and comfort.