By Katie Wilson
There’s nothing more decadent than staying somewhere with a roll top bath – and even better if there is champagne sipping involved.
Not just a stand-out design feature, a luxury bathtub can turn an otherwise ordinary space into something truly special.
Here is our pick of the best places to stay in the UK for a totally indulgent soak.
SQUIRRELS NEST, POWYS, WALES
Copper baths are definitely having a moment, but we doubt you’ll find one better than this.
It’s in Cadwollens Treehouse, one of three luxury glamping properties on a 75-acre farm in the stunning Welsh countryside.
And if the bath wasn’t enough to tempt you, there’s also a hot tub for guests to enjoy on the extended decking area. Perfect for watching the sun go down.
The owners can even arrange luxury hampers if you are staying for a special occasion.
Sleeps 2 adults plus a baby | Prices from £275 a night with a minimum two-night stay
UKIYO SUMMER HOUSE, CORNWALL
If you’re dreaming of the ultimate coastal escape, you can’t get much better than Ukiyo, a summer house in the pretty fishing village of Coverack in Cornwall.
This self-catering retreat takes its name from Japanese culture and translates to ‘the floating world’, a blissful state of detachment from the stresses of everyday life.
As well as this stunning freestanding bath with panoramic sea views, the Scandi-inspired eco-property also has a hot tub and a fire pit. A truly luxurious stay whatever time of year you visit.
Sleeps up to 4 | Prices from £1,450 for a short break
ZETTER TOWNHOUSE, LONDON
If you find bathing indoors boring, why not book a stay in the Rooftop Deluxe Suite at The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell.
Enjoy stunning views of London while taking an al fresco dip in the pink clawfoot bath on the massive terrace.
Rooms also come with pink mood lighting, Bose speakers and honesty trays of food and drink.
Rooms sleep 2 | Prices from £264 a night
PEONY COTTAGE, COTSWOLDS
This idyllic five-star retreat in Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds is definitely pretty – but wait until you see the bathroom.
With two side-by-side slipper baths which face a breathtaking watercolour mural, and space to share a bottle of something in the middle, it’s the perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring.
The only question is, will you ever want to get out?
Sleeps 2 | Prices from £620 for three nights
THE GINGER PIG, HOVE
For a boutique stay only an hour away from London, try this award-winning pub and restaurant with rooms in Hove – and be sure to book a room with a bath.
With freestanding tubs, Cowshed products and double sinks in the luxury rooms, this place knows how to do bathrooms.
The food is pretty delicious too, so at least enjoy a breakfast while you’re there, if not one of their amazing Sunday roasts.
If you book to stay Friday and Saturday, the hotel is currently offering 50% discount off Sunday night.
Rooms sleep 2 | Prices from £100 a night
THE HAND & FLOWERS, MARLOW
Chef Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers is the only pub in the UK with two Michelin stars, but don’t go there just for the food.
There are some stunning rooms you can stay overnight in, most with freestanding baths or hot tubs.
With 15 rooms to choose from, there is something to suit all tastes. But our favourite is the Limousin Room in Flower Cottage.
Not only does it have a circular antique copper bath big enough for two, it’s also got a copper sink. Definitely one to book for a treat.
Rooms sleep 2 | Prices from £325 a night
BAILBROOK HOUSE, BATH
Have one of the best baths of your life in the stunning city of Bath if you book a stay in the Lady Isabella Suite at Bailbrook House.
Eat grapes and sip wine while watching the tilevision TV at the foot of the bath should you want to.
Once you’re done in the tub, get a good night’s sleep in the wooden sleigh bed.
The Grade II listed hotel is also close to Bath city centre if you are there for the weekend.
Rooms sleeps 2 | Prices from £144 a night for a standard room and £405 a night for the Lady Isabella Suite
DUNSTANE HOUSES, EDINBURGH
This boutique hotel in Edinburgh was voted Winner of the Best Boutique Hotel Experience in Scotland 2020 – and with rooms like this it’s easy to see why.
Their most luxurious room is the Dunstane Suite with a copper bath in the bay window, but there are 35 to choose from set across two Victorian townhouses.
If you’re a whisky fan, the hotel bar also has some of the rarest whiskies in Edinburgh.
Rooms sleep 2 | Prices from £138 a night for a cosy room and £427 for the Dunstane Suite
NUMBER 38 CLIFTON, BRISTOL
Enjoy a bath with a view of Bristol’s rooftops in one of our favourite hotels in the city.
All the rooms at Number 38 Clifton are lovely, but book a Suite if you really want a roll top bath. Our favourites are East Loft and University View.
Rooms sleep 2 | Prices from £115 a night for a standard room and £180 a night for a Suite
ARTIST RESIDENCE OXFORDSHIRE
Another copper bathtub to make our list, this one is in the stunning Farmhouse Suite at Artist Residence Oxfordshire.
If you are a roll top bath fan, the Artist Residence hotels are for you – and all are surprisingly affordable.
At the Oxfordshire establishment, all the rooms apart from the Shepherds Huts and the Rabbit Hole come with freestanding baths.
They also have hotels in Brighton, London and Penzance. Fifth hotel Artist Residence Bristol is coming soon.
Rooms sleep 2 but there are also family and dog-friendly options | Prices from £85 a night
FOXHILL MANOR, COTSWOLDS
Two baths are better than one, and they don’t come more luxurious than the Oak Suite at Foxhill Manor.
With window-facing slipper tubs, and space for a champagne bucket in the middle, this is the kind of place you book for your honeymoon if you’re after any inspiration.
We also love the Juniper room at Foxhill, which is slightly more affordable but equally stunning.
Rooms sleep 2 | Prices from £349 a night on the ‘Hot Date’ deal, £539 for the Juniper room and £654 for the Oak Suite