Hembury Gate Farm

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Hot Tub Info

The Shippon and Stable cottage Hot tubs

The Shippon and Stable hot tubs are dual fuel (wood fired and electric), they have a fibreglass liner, and include water jets, bubbles and underwater illumination. There are 4 buttons on the side of the hot tub, 3 of these buttons are grouped together. These 3 buttons are your controls:

water jets
bubbles
light

Please remember to switch off the jets when you leave the hot tub. The jets can be rotated to control the flow (don't close more than a couple). The fourth button controls the circulation pump and the heater ‐ leave this on. Replace the lid after use ‐ this helps to keep the water clean as well as warm. There is a main power switch near the tub (Stable: by the gate, Shippon: on the central shed post). These hot tubs use an independent electrical earth to ensure your safety. You may find that it is convenient to fold the lid back and leave it on the hot tub during use ‐ rather than lifting it off altogether.

Note that during colder months (e.g. late autumn, winter, early spring) we may switch off the electric heater and rely on the wood burner, which means a fire will be required before each use (as is the case all year for our other hot tubs).

The Hayloft Hot tub

The Hayloft has a traditional Scandinavian style wooden hot tub, and has a wood burner to heat the water. The burner needs to be lit every time you use the tub. We'll help you get up to speed if you are not use to lighting fires.

Stir the water before you get in. We will provide all the firewood you need, at no extra charge. We make sure the wood is dry to help get a clean burn, but there will be some smoke and you may like to keep the patio door shut. The firewood, kindling, newspaper, cardboard and lighters are stored in the out-building opposite the Hayloft cottage front door. We try to keep the supply of wood restocked for you ‐ but if for some reason it's getting a bit low then just let us know ‐ there's plenty more.

Check the water level is above the top hose from the burner before lighting the fire.

When building the fire, or adding wood after it's lit, try to lay the wood in alternate directions to allow plenty of air flow. Make sure the vent in the fire box door is set to allow maximum air flow. You will need to keep the burner stoked until the water temperature is about 36C (there is a thermometer in the water). A few logs at the bottom of the burner will not be sufficient ‐ keep it well stoked. Most people have the water between 38C and 40C. Be careful, it is easy to overshoot and it takes a long time for the water to cool.

It's necessary to stir the water with the paddle from time to time whilst the burner is running, otherwise the hot water collects at the surface.

Typically, you can allow the fire to go out once up to temperature. We don't recommend keeping the fire burning whilst you are in the tub. Sometimes a little soot will be emitted from the chimney, so it's a good idea to keep the lids on until the fire has died down.

The Shepherd's Hut Hot tub

The Shepherd's Hut has a fibreglass lined hot tub, and has a wood burner to heat the water. The burner needs to be lit every time you use the tub. We'll help you get up to speed if you are not use to lighting fires.

Stir the water before you get in. We will provide all the firewood you need, at no extra charge. We make sure the wood is dry to help get a clean burn, but there will be some smoke and you may like to keep the hut door shut. The firewood, kindling, newspaper, cardboard and lighters are stored in the cupboard at the rear of the hut (accessible from outside). We try to keep the supply of wood restocked for you ‐ but if for some reason it's getting a bit low then just let us know ‐ there's plenty more.

Note that we also provide hardwood firewood for Morso BBQ. This is in a black plastic crate, please don't use this in the hot tub burner.

Check the water level is above the top hose from the burner before lighting the fire.

When building the fire, or adding wood after it's lit, try to lay the wood in alternate directions to allow plenty of air flow. Make sure the vent in the fire box door is set to allow maximum air flow. You will need to keep the burner stoked until the water temperature is about 36C (there is a thermometer in the water). A few logs at the bottom of the burner will not be sufficient ‐ keep it well stoked. Most people have the water between 38C and 40C. Be careful, it is easy to overshoot and it takes a long time for the water to cool.

It's necessary to stir the water with the paddle from time to time whilst the burner is running, otherwise the hot water collects at the surface.

Typically, you can allow the fire to go out once up to temperature. We don't recommend keeping the fire burning whilst you are in the tub. Sometimes a little soot will be emitted from the chimney, so it's a good idea to keep the lids on until the fire has died down.

Hot tub safety

Your use of these hot tubs is at your own risk. We do not supervise hot tub use.

We drain, clean, sterilise and refill the hot tubs for every guest (or weekly). Please check that the tub cleanliness is to your satisfaction as soon as possible on your arrival (if there is a problem, let us know immediately and certainly before you enter the water). We chlorinate the water and usually check it every day. There is a floating slow release chlorine dispenser in the water, you can remove this when using the hot tub, but please replace it after use. You must shower and remove cosmetics before you use the hot tub. If it becomes necessary to change the water there will be a £10 refill charge.

There is a chance that some types of jewelery may tarnish when exposed to chlorine.

Our hot tubs are not designed for use by children and we suggest you limit use to those over 18 years old. If you allow children to use the hot tub they must be supervised at all times. Please advise children that hot tubs are intended for relaxation. Do not sit on the side of the hot tub. Do not jump in. Do not put fingers or toes in the jets / nozzles. Do not swallow the water or place you head below the surface.

Help one another when entering and leaving the hot tub to avoid slipping and falling.

If you are pregnant or suffer from any of the following conditions, do not use the hot tub:

Open wound
Skin infection
Heart condition
Respiratory disease
Cancer
Diabetes
Kidney disease
Impaired immune system
Fits or seizures


Other health conditions may also put you at risk. Hot tubs are not swimming pools, different health and safety conditions apply. Do not assume that your use of a swimming pool means you are fit to use a hot tub.

Do not remain in the hot tub for long periods. Official recommendations are for 15 minutes use followed by 5 minutes rest before re-entering.

When drinking alcohol please remember that you may experience additional dehydration.

It is important that you make your own assessment or the risks before using a hot tub. Note that we are not always at home and, in the unlikely event of a medical emergency, you may be on your own.

If you have a dog, please make sure it does not approach the hot tub.

Fairy Lights

The Stable fairy light switch is near the side gate, the Hayloft switch is on the outside wall by the back door, the Shippon barn light switch is on the central post.

The Shepherd's Hut outdoor light switches are on the wooden pillar by the hut door and inside the BBQ hut