Known for its wild landscape full of mountains, lakes and woodland, Yorkshire is a big hit with outdoor enthusiasts; and there are enough castles, stately homes, historic towns and ancient stone villages to keep history buffs happy too. And what better way to end a day of hiking or sightseeing than by soaking in a hot tub on the deck of your atmospheric wooden lodge or log cabin? Read on for advice on where to go to find your own little slice of indulgent outdoorsy living, whether your budget is large or petite.
Why book a luxury lodge with a hot tub in Yorkshire?
If you're looking to combine the high-end amenities of a hotel with the convenience of your own self-catering facilities, then a luxury lodge with a hot tub could be the way to go. Not only will you get a high spec kitchen and a comfortable lounge area, you'll get perks such as daily cleaning, free Wi-Fi and game rooms, as well as the all-important hot tub or jacuzzi to relax in at the end of the day; you might even be treated with a view of the rolling hills or sweeping coastline.
Live it up in a hot tub lodge near York
Surrounded by a circuit of 13th-century walls, crowned by the imposing York Minster, and with a web of winding medieval streets at its core, York is one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in England. And with the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors right on its doorstep it's a fitting place for a luxury hot tub break. After a long day touring the city's numerous museums, ancient Roman sites and excellent cafes and restaurants, you can return to your holiday rental, slip into the tub and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings.
Book a luxury hot tub holiday letting near the coast
Yorkshire isn't all about green hills and forests - there's a stunning coastline here too. You'll find everything from tiny, picturesque villages tucked away in small coves, to wide golden bays backed by chalk cliffs, to boisterous seaside towns offering funfairs and donkey rides. Kids in particular will delight in taking a smugglers tour around Robin Hood's Bay or visiting the Jurassic Coast, where fossil hunting is big news. You'll find plenty of holiday lettings with hot tubs here too, whether in lodges, cabins or cottages - and if you're lucky, you might be able to take a soak with a sea view.
Cheap lodges with hot tubs
Having a hot tub doesn't mean that your holiday letting has to break the bank. You can still get that little extra luxury with a bit of advance planning. Choosing a property without daily servicing and with fewer other amenities can save some pennies, for example, or you could choose a larger property, bring a big group of friends along and split the costs between you.
Head for the hills for a hot tub lodge in the North York Moors
Home to the largest expanse of heather moorland in England, the North York Moors National Park is quintessential walking country, with ancient paths criss-crossing desolate moors, deep green valleys and craggy mountains. It's also dotted with pretty old stone villages and crossed by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, whose heritage steam trains run from the spring to the autumn. There's a good selection of more rustic hot tub holiday homes here, from wooden cabins to barns to simple stone cottages, so you can rejuvenate your aching limbs after a day out on the trails.
Soothe your cares in the Yorkshire Dales
To the west of the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales are equally impressive when it comes to natural beauty. A landscape of dramatic mountains and forests, it's perfect for outdoorsy types with plentiful rock climbing, hiking, caving and mountain biking on offer, as well as the classic Three Peaks challenge. More sedate activities include wandering through picture-perfect villages and visiting ancient castles and stately homes. However you choose to spend your time here you'll find a good selection of good value lodges and cabins, many of which have that all important hot tub; and what could be better than gazing out over the green hills after a busy day out in the fresh air.