Keen gardener and television presenter Alan Titchmarsh
Have fun with it: gardening should never feel like a chore Photo: Z-PR/PA

7:00AM BST 04 Apr 2015

Alan Titchmarsh has admitted to falling for the charms of the garden hot tub, despite their common associations.

The gardener and television presenter acknowledged that their reputation was once firmly ensconced with shows such as The Only Way is Essex.

But he admitted that having recently purchased a house which already had one installed in the garden, he and his wife tried it out “for a giggle” and were immediately sold on the concept.

One in ten homes is now said to feature a hot tub, prompting Titchmarsh to express astonishment at their “meteoric” rise in popularity.


Many homes now feature garden hot tubs (Alamy)

“Gone are the days when they were seen only as a facility for fostering dodgy relationships on The Only Way is Essex, or in the Big Brother House,” he wrote in the Telegraph Gardening supplement.

“I have to confess to being a bit sniffy about them. There they sit, great vats of turquoise water, with fancy jets that squirt hither and yon, waterfalls and coloured lighting, even music blaring from waterproof speakers if that is your predilection.

“And then we bought a house on the Isle of Wight that had one installed in the garden.”

Titchmarsh found he was unable to maintain his disdain as he lowered himself into the warm water and gazed out over the Solent.

“At six-o-clock in the evening we slid beneath the warm and foaming waters, glass in hand, to watch the yachts glide by,” he said.

“Our prejudices, for some strange reason, were simply washed away.”

Some hot tub suppliers have reported a 75 per cent year-on-growth rate as families snap up the latest must-have garden accessory.

Holiday Lettings report that they are one of the most asked-for features in luxury UK holiday homes, with searches for hot tubs in country houses or “swanky flats” rising by 250 per cent in December 2014 compared with a year before.

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