Private Hot tubs at Kernock Cottages
If you love hot tubs, you’ve come to the right place. All our holiday cottages have their own hot tub, which sits on a deck and is covered by a gazebo (well, you don’t want to get wet now, do you!). We have installed Shoreline Hydrotherapy hot tubs which are known for their eco-friendly credentials. Not only do they have energy efficient pumps, low energy LED lighting, very high spec insulation (the covers have an R value of >20) and a heat recovery system, but they also give a carbon offset certificate for 20 years with every tub (paid by Shoreline), so you can soak with a clear conscience. They all have an easy-to-use Balboa control system, a 24-hour filtration system, and they also all have a UV system for added protection (which means that in addition to the chemical sanitising, the water also passes through a high intensity UV germicidal light ray which zaps the bugs… kind of an aquatic lightsaber!). UV is also more environmentally-friendly as it requires lower chemical dosing than hot tubs using chemicals alone. The hot tubs also all have ozonator (which generates “energetic oxygen”, another natural purifier, which helps destroy bacteria, viruses, algae and yeasts, and helps reduce the amount of sanitiser required). We use bromine as the sanitiser. It has a number of advantages over chlorine for use in hot tubs, not least of which is that it tends to be less irritant than chlorine. However, please be aware that some skin can be sensitive to both bromine and chlorine. If you are allergic to bromine we would suggest you don’t use the hot tub.
The Hot Tubs
- Tree Barn and Heather Barn each have a Gibraltar, which seats 5-6 and includes two full sculptured loungers. The Gibraltar has 3 fountains, multi-coloured LED mood lighting, and a built-in aromatherapy system (cartridges not provided).
- Owl Barn has a 6-seater Monaco, which includes a full body sculptured lounger, 3 fountains, multi-coloured LED mood lighting, and a built-in aromatherapy system (cartridges not provided).
- The Coach House has a Cannes E hot tub (pictured above), which has 2 reclining seats and a double lounger (seats 4 in total). The Cannes has multi-coloured mood lighting and and a built-in aromatherapy system (cartridges not provided).
Hot Tub Rules (the boring-but-important bit!)
We want you – and the guests after you – to be able to fully enjoy the hot tub. They are a bit like pedigree horses, and do require a bit of gentle handling, otherwise they get upset, which doesn’t make for a great hot tub experience (nobody wants to sit in a milky soup… you want sparkly crystal-clear water!). Please also exercise common sense when there are children around. Children under 14 must be supervised when using the hot tubs. For your enjoyment and safety we would ask you to observe the Hot Tub dos and don’ts, which will keep it safe and working so the water is always sparkling for you. Please:
DO Shower before using the Hot Tub (To remove oils, creams, perfume etc, which cloud the water and clog the filters and motor)
DO Brush any mud/grit from your feet before entering the water
DO NOT take babies or small children in the hot tub. They are not good at regulating their body temperature, and while the hot tub is about the same temperature as their bath, please remember that – unlike their bath – hot tubs do not cool down, so there is a risk of overheating (which in extreme cases can cause death). Hot tubs also contain chemicals which may irritiate their tender skin. Also, nappies and hot tubs are a really bad combination, and small children are not renowned for their bladder control!
DO please use the cover lifter to raise the lid, and please remember to replace the lid after use, pulling the skirt down around the edge. We have cover lifters on every hot tub to make this easier for you. Please lock the cover back in place using the straps so that children can’t accidentally access the tub (even if you don’t have any yourself… they can be inquisitive little so-and-sos!).
DO NOT use the hot tub cover as a baby changing mat, trampoline, climbing frame, or otherwise put people – or dogs – on it (it does happen – more often than you’d expect). The covers are for insulation. They may look solid, but they are filled with polystyrene which is not designed to bear weight, and they deteriorate very quickly if the insulation breaks. They are also expensive, and I’m sure you do not want to have to cough up for a new one!
Do Not use the hot tub in very windy weather – we are on an exposed site, and high winds could rip the covers and lifters from the tub, causing considerable damage. If there is a risk of gales we will strap the covers down with additional protective straps.
DO NOT Use oils, soaps or any detergent in the water. You may use special hot tub aromatherapy beads in the aromatherapy dispensers (the beads are not supplied by us, but do feel free to bring your own), but no liquids or products not intended for hot tubs.
DO NOT Use glassware in the Tub. Quality plastic glasses are supplied for your use in the hot tub. These are NOT disposable, so please don’t throw them away (that gets VERY expensive!)
DO NOT Eat food or Smoke in the Tub
DO NOT Introduce mud, stones, sticks, grass, grit etc into the water
DO NOT Jump into the water or play ball games
DO NOT Sit, stand or lie on the lid of the Hot Tub at any time
DO NOT Press more than one button at once (or it will be cold next time you want to use it). Use only brief pressure on buttons
DO NOT Immerse your head in the tub, especially if you have long hair. There is a risk that the circulation pump could trap hair, holding your head underwater and presenting a drowning risk. In the unlikely event of this happening, please immediately use the circuit breaker to stop power to the unit, which will stop the pump.
and of course … PLEASE DO NOT pee in the water !!
HEALTH WARNINGS FOR ALL HOT TUBS:
Continuously pressing ‘Lights’ may activate ‘Strobe’ setting
Hot Tub water may be set around 40 deg C. It contains powerful chemicals to maintain a hygienic environment, which you may wish to take into account before taking any children in it.
NEVER leave children unattended in the vicinity of the hot tub.
ALWAYS ensure the cover is on and locked when you are not using the hot tub.
DO NOT Use the Hot Tub if you are unwell, suffer from heat allergy, are sensitive to chlorine/bromine, or have open wounds. Hot tub use is not recommended for women during pregnancy.
1. You use the Hot Tub at your own risk.
2. We cannot be held responsible for your safety whilst you are using the Hot Tub.
3. You will be held responsible for any damage (please refer to note above about how expensive the covers are!!!)
4. In the event of high winds or storms being forecast, we reserve the right to strap down the covers to avoid wind damage. This will mean you are unable to use the hot tub until the wind risk has passed.