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Terete Hot Tubs from Yorkshire has demanded the highest standards when it comes to the quality of their traditional cedar wood, stylish and very popular hot tubs

ll the work Mike Holding put in to make sure his business supplied the highest quality wooden hot tubs was rewarded one day when one of his customers called them the ‘Rolls Royce’ of tubs. “It’s a label from one of our customers we are happy to use,” says Mike, the owner and driving force behind Terete Hot Tubs based in the village of Osmotherley in North Yorkshire.


Terete is a name Mike and his original business partner came up with when they started trading in 2002.

“We liked it. It has a South Pacific ring to it and means round and cylindrical, just like the tubs,” he explains.

free kiln dried heart-wood for maximum strength, quality and effect. We then import the hot tubs to the UK where they are fitted using our ‘state of the art’ jets, bubblers and heating/control systems. It’s a package which offers an all round modern and relaxing experience within the traditional setting of the hot tub.

“The tubs are practically four foot deep which allows for maximum buoyancy for the body. The fitted bench allows for total freedom of movement and the depth of the tubs means you are immersed up to your chin in warm bubbling water.” The tubs are very popular with customers but Mike says that business in general is still tough.

“These tubs are lovely, natural, traditional tubs with the very best that modern hydrotherapy can offer”

“It’s improving and certainly better than a very bad year last year which was the worst since the recession started.”

Terete’s business is based on supplying high quality traditional cedar wood hot tubs in the UK and throughout Europe.

‘The only plastic is in the plumbing’ stresses the company proudly. The tubs are made from the finest Western Red Cedar available handpicked from the lumberyards in Canada.

Mike makes the point about quality: “We make sure we only use straight vertical tight grain, knot-

His business also sells outdoor barrel saunas, plunge pools and spa chemicals but it is the quality of the hot tubs which remains paramount. “We had quality concerns during our early years manufacturing and supplying traditional coopered cedar wood hot tubs. We knew we had a number of very important challenging decisions to overcome concerning the design and quality of wooden tubs.

In unity with our sister company and our manufacturer, we decided that we needed our very own

unique design, build and specification to our exacting standards to secure our future. We completely moved away from industry-standards with its mixture of flat and vertical grain, 1½inch thick staves and the ball and socket joint. We now use 2 1/8 inch staves a ‘world first’ and still leading the way, with a tongue and groove joint and knot free vertical tight grain wood.” The business took the decision to move our manufacturing base to the US, away from the original Canadian supplier who was unable to ‘re-tool’ to make the changes Mike was looking for.

“We can now boast we only supply the finest Western Red Cedar available, hand-picked by our dedicated US manufacturer from the lumberyards in Canada, ensuring that we only use the best Western Red Cedar for our tubs to give a leak-free long-life tub.” He is now clearly very proud of the product the business sells. “These tubs are lovely, natural, traditional tubs with the very best that modern hydrotherapy can offer.” Terete also sells wood fired tubs with a 40 kW external heater. (even more of a nod back to the very first traditional hot tubs) and they’ve taken it a step further by introducing a dual fuel model option, combining the full electric

heated hydrotherapy systems with the 40 kW external heater. “The external heater is more like a traditional stove. It has a regular fire chest with a door, a grate and an ash box and a full height stainless steel chimney. The heater is manufactured of marine aluminum, the external heater is easier to use and more effective than a submersible heater. It gives maximum room for bathing and keeps the tub/barrel clean when you take away the ashes or add some wood while bathing, as all this is done externally. Our external heaters are one of the most effective and efficient heaters in the market place.” Mike is a committed supporter of BISHTA. Terete has been a member for nine years. “We value the organisation a lot. They are very much on the ball and have been very helpful to us answering a whole range of queries we’ve had on everything from product knowledge to training with chemicals. “We’ve also been able to forward to them complaints from unhappy customers who have had problems with other suppliers who have felt they have been let down by poor quality hot tubs and service.” spn


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