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Our Favourite Holiday Retreats with Al Fresco Bathtubs

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Published 20/07/2022 Our Favourite Holiday Retreats with Al Fresco Bathtubs


"Splish, splash, I was taking a bath..." in the Great Outdoors!
 

Let's be clear: when we say "al fresco bathtubs", we aren't referring to wood-fired hot tubs. We don't even mean luxury hot tubs with ambient lighting, mood music, and massage jets, lovely as they may be.

We're simply talking about good old-fashioned freestanding bathtubs, gleaming taps and all, peacefully secluded in the magical Great Outdoors.

We aren't saying that traditional indoor baths and showers don't have their place, of course. But what could possibly be more indulgent than running a warm bath, filling it with sumptuous clouds of scented bubbles, then relaxing to a sensuous, ever-changing backdrop of nature?
 
Just add a glass of wine and a good book, and you're in actual holiday heaven... where the lines between indoor and outdoor living become deliciously blurred. Surrounded by lush, rolling green views and an uplifting chorus of birdsong, your cares will float away as if by actual magic.

(Plus, let's face it, when you're recounting tales of your break later on, taking a stargazing bath outdoors has serious potential to make your friends and family green with envy!)

All of this is why we're confident that this incredible selection of retreats - all of which feature dreamy outdoor bathtubs - will w(h)et the appetite of even the most stubborn shower-lover.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Nest | Powys, Wales

A Little Bit of Rough

A Little Bit of Rough

Luxury, eco-friendly camping experience set in 20 acres of private woodland in a secret location in Rutland. Whether it's the gorgeous luxury canvas lodges or the stunning woodland location that attract you to A Little Bit of Rough, you can certainly look forward to a holiday like no other.  Based in a secret location in Rutland's rolling countryside, A Little Bit of…

The Orchard Retreat

The Orchard Retreat

Experience a refreshingly rural Devon hideaway that's uncommonly good for mind, body and soul. The Orchard Retreat is the secret that Vogue didn't really want to tell you about! Featured in the prestigious magazine's ‘Best Destinations for Families', the eco-friendly, family-run and award-winning glamping site is rich in country luxury and blissful relaxation, offering plenty of on-site…

Novanta

Novanta

It's probably easier to think of your stay at Novanta as a relaxed gathering amongst friends, rather than a traditional Tuscan holiday - yet even this description doesn't go quite far enough!  Waiting for you at Novanta is an experience of Tuscan village life as it's so peacefully lived every day by the locals, immersed in nature and nestled high in the Casentino Hills. Think outstanding…

DDG Retreat

DDG Retreat

The ultimate in unique Andalusian luxury; a peacefully private glamping haven featuring the world's most opulent tents. Featured in The Times as one of the UK and Europe's top 20 glamping retreats, and more recently described by The Telegraph as Europe's 'best retreat', DDG Retreat invites you to take everything you know about glamping holidays...and apply a seriously luxurious upgrade.…

Clowance Treehouse

Clowance Treehouse

A sumptuous treehouse retreat with outstanding green views, set within an historic Cornish country estate. Lavish and luxurious, you'll find the two-bedroom Clowance Treehouse privately situated on a 97-acre country estate in Camborne, Cornwall. Home to an aristocratic Cornish family for five centuries, the Clowance Estate boasts an imposing manor house, immaculate landscaped grounds and…

Somerset Roundhouses

Somerset Roundhouses

Adults-only roundhouse glamping on a lush organic farm, for unrivalled luxury amongst nature. Imagine an idyllic glamping spot in the midst of nature, and you'll naturally picture The Yurt Retreat.   Adults-only and perfectly peaceful, you'll find the Yurt Retreat on an organic farm, situated on the border that crosses Somerset, Devon and Dorset. There is so much to see and do right on the…

Wolf Wood Treehouses

Wolf Wood Treehouses

Come and live the high life, in a luxury hand-built treehouse, beautifully nestled amongst soothing Devon woodland. Friendly, family-run, sustainable and scenic, there's a great deal to love about Wolf Wood, a glorious 13-acre stretch of deciduous woodland secluded amongst Devon's rolling countryside. Owners Sam and Rachel care deeply about their local environment, and it shows. Teeming…

Qii House

Qii House

A bold and quirky architectural gem, superbly nestled within the lush rainforest ferns of Australia's Great Otway National Park. Lorne, the largest resort town along Australia's famed Great Ocean Road, is a very special part of the world. Home to lush rainforests and sparkling waterfalls that lead down to paradise-style sandy beaches, it's a location that's often described as…

Cerchio Del Desiderio

Cerchio Del Desiderio

Italy's very first geodomes, luxuriously positioned amongst the olive trees and rolling green hills of Abruzzo. Cerchio Del Desiderio (that's ‘Circle of Desire' in English) is a sumptuous glamping retreat that's home to Italy's first geodomes. You're sure to agree that a more beautiful home is hard to imagine, too. Spectacularly located amongst 10 acres of instantly relaxing rural land in the…

Albion Nights

Albion Nights

Escape with your loved one to a hand-crafted, off-grid retreat with a sumptuous outdoor bath, peacefully secluded in a Norfolk wildflower meadow. Crafted with generous helpings of care and creativity, a stay at Albion Nights promises to banish the lingering stress of everyday life. The hand-built retreat was cleverly created from reclaimed and recycled materials wherever possible, and you'll…

The Treehouses at Lanrick

The Treehouses at Lanrick

Five sumptuous, eco-friendly tree-treats with idyllic riverside views, magically nestled on the borders of the Trossachs National Park. You'll find The Treehouses at Lanrick in a fairytale setting; amongst private woodland on the banks of the shimmering River Teith, with the Trossachs National Park a mere five-minute drive away. Designer-owners Simon and Louisa felt so passionate about sharing…

The Silo

The Silo

A quirky and unique retreat, complete with deck swings, an al fresco bathtub, and a hammock positioned over a shimmering pond in rural Missouri.Nestled amongst five private Missouri acres, The Silo is a two-storey, five-guest retreat that's quite unlike any other.With its double decking that overlooks a vast pond, you can sit outside and admire those soothing views... whether you're indulging in…

Arcadia Glamping

Arcadia Glamping

Two sumptuous, sustainably crafted cabins, packed with romantic luxuries and nestled amongst magical woodland near Loch Lomond. ‘Arcadia' is a word that describes a perfect image of life in the countryside... a pure and calm oasis in the desert of stressed, chaotic everyday life. That's exactly what will greet you as you arrive, loved one in tow, at the 21-acre woodland-and-pasture site that's…

Trelan Farm Wonder Wagon

Trelan Farm Wonder Wagon

A creatively upcycled boutique retreat with a scenery-showcasing outdoor bath, surrounded by idyllic North Wales countryside that's perfect for bracing walks. Trelan Farm is a working beef and sheep farm nestled at the foothills of Moel Famau, part of a designated North Wales Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that's popular with keen walkers and hikers. It's amongst the farm's 150 scenic acres…

Pheasant's Roost

Pheasant's Roost

Experience a romantic tree-treat with huge windows and an outdoor bathtub, deliciously secluded on the edge of the scenic Lincolnshire Wolds.Rich in rural romance, a stay at Pheasant's Roost is a sumptuous retreat for a couple looking to re-connect with nature - and each-other.Beautifully positioned amongst rhododendron woodlands in the village of Woodhall Spa, on the scenic edge of the…

Beneath the Branches

Beneath the Branches

A lovingly handcrafted dog-friendly treehouse-for-two, bespoke-designed around a whispering tree canopy in a private and peaceful West Sussex farm meadow. Exquisitely nestled in its own private meadow on Furzefield Farm, and surrounded by joyous birdsong, a stay Beneath the Branches will make you feel blissfully at one with nature. The treehouse has been beautifully handcrafted around the…

Bancran School

Bancran School

Unique Tiny House, loft and pod retreats with hot tubs and a communal bbq area, set on a friendly family-run site in the Sperrin Mountains, perfectly positioned for exploring the very best of Northern Ireland. Beautifully located along a tranquil road in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains, a stay at Bancran School sets the many delights of Northern Ireland right at your feet. Not only is Derry a…

The Nest

The Nest

A sumptuous, secluded retreat with a green roof, a wildflower garden, and double al fresco bathtubs, completely surrounded by idyllic views on a working family farm in Powys. Blissfully tucked away amongst 300 picture-perfect acres of working Powys farmland, you'll feel like the only people in the world as you arrive at The Nest. The ideal setting for a dreamlike escape into the arms of nature,…

Owl Box

Owl Box

A sumptuous, adults-only treehouse with an al fresco bath tub and use of a rowing boat from your own private mooring platform, all secluded around a shimmering lake on the edge of a historic Lincolnshire village.   Well known for its beauty and heritage, the characterful Lincolnshire village of Woodhall Spa is an ideal setting to spirit your loved one away for a romantic break. It's…

Burrenmore Nest

Burrenmore Nest

Gleaming glass-fronted treetop lodges with al fresco whirlpool baths, sumptuously nestled amongst scenic forestland on Ireland's sweeping north coast. Part of the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Burrenmore Nest sits within 82 heavenly hectares of a forest estate that's mere moments from Benone Strand. Fans of Game of Thrones will recognise this pristine seven-mile stretch of sandy…

Nymetwood Treehouses

Nymetwood Treehouses

Sumptuous Scandi-inspired hideaways with al fresco copper bathtubs, secluded amongst acres of Devon woodland, meadow, and apple orchard, with idyllic views over Dartmoor. It's hard to imagine a more magical place to escape into nature than Nymetwood Treehouses. Set amongst 20 blissful, wildlife-steeped acres of Devon meadow and woodland, with babbling streams, lush meadows, and whispering apple…

Ty'r Derw Treehouse

Ty'r Derw Treehouse

A treetop sanctuary, complete with an al fresco copper bath and an indulgent hot tub, blissfully secluded deep in the Cambrian mountains, close to the Ceredigion coast. No matter how hard you tried, you simply couldn't conjure up a more magical position for Ty'r Derw Treehouse (or "the house of the oak" in English). Nestled deep in the heart of the awe-inspiring Cambrian mountains, the idyllic…

 Back Track Bothies

Back Track Bothies

A trio of bespoke-designed, lovingly hand-crafted eco-retreats with a wood-fired Swedish bath for stargazing, nestled in the wild and scenic heart of the historic west Highlands. The creation of Back Track Bothies, beautifully situated in the quaint, rural hamlet of Glenfinnan, was very much a local community effort. Each eco-friendly bothy was built from Douglas fir, by a craftsman whose studio…

Tiny House Ballater

Tiny House Ballater

A small, perfectly-formed retreat with big mountain views - and a wood-fired outdoor bathtub to enjoy them from! - gloriously positioned in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Filled with lovingly hand-crafted elements, Tiny House is superbly positioned in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, so you can savour Scottish nature at its finest. Bespoke-crafted from sustainable and…

Dol Swynol Glamping

Dol Swynol Glamping

Detox from digital life in a bespoke, lovingly hand-built cabin with a dreamy outdoor bath, set within an enchanting Welsh meadow close to Aberystwyth. Meaning "charming meadow" in English, Dôl Swynol couldn't be more aptly named. Beautifully positioned in its own orchard, full of wildflowers, the hand-built cabin resides in the corner of a large, tranquil meadow with a shimmering stream…

Rustic Hollow

Rustic Hollow

A stylish cabin with an enormous picture window and an al fresco copper bathtub, perfectly positioned amongst nature on the sweeping North East coast of Scotland. Beautifully located just outside the quaint Aberdeenshire harbour town of Macduff, Rustic Hollow is surrounded by Scottish nature at its most beautiful. Fans of romantic getaways themselves, friendly owners Holly and Stuart had a dream…

West Cawthorne

West Cawthorne

Lovingly hand-built cabins and a historic barn filled with luxury, all beautifully nestled on a lush, wildlife-steeped hilltop on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Boasting incredible, far-reaching views across the Vale of Pickering, West Cawthorne is perfectly located on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Positioned on a lush hilltop and teeming with diverse wildlife,…

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