Hotel allows guests to sail along River Thames in a hot tub

HotTug has a wood-burning stove to keep the water a balmy 38C

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A hotel in Surrey is offering guests the chance to enjoy relaxing in a steamy hot tub while sailing down the River Thames.

the runneymede-on-thames is the only UK hotel which allows you to cruise down the Thames in the quirky little vessel.

Wood-fired hot tub HotTug is the brain child of Dutch designer Frank De Bruijn. It uses a specially developed wood-burning stove to keep the water a balmy 38C, and a silent electric engine to send a group of soakers merrily downstream.

De Bruijn says he has a soft spot for places where the natural and cultivated go hand in hand.

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"The feel of the outdoors is very important to me. Now the HotTug is expanding my work horizon to the water as well," adds De Bruijn.

De Bruijn, says: "It's much more than a boat, it's a vessel with different options. When the tug is filled, there is only a narrow rim between you and the water, making you feel at one with your surroundings."

He gained experience of wood stoves while living and working on his own barge helped him to develop a wood-burning underwater stove.

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