5 of the best UK holiday homes with private outdoor heated pools
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We’re all learning to embrace the great outdoors since lockdown eased, and although we’re allowed to travel, many of us are still worried about being around lots of other people and not being able to keep to social distancing guidelines.
There are many hotels that offer pampering stays, but a holiday home can also be a great option if you want more privacy or if you want to stay a little longer. Although August and September can be quite expensive to book a holiday home, October is generally less busy and cheaper.
We’ve all seen those amazing outdoor hot springs in Iceland where you can take a soak on a dark winter’s day — and where the heated water isn’t provided in short waves courtesy of children you don’t know. There is something about having your own pool, even just for a few days. With this in mind, we have scoured the U.K. to find similar experiences for your next staycation.
1. Overbay — Paignton, Devon
This semi-detached three-bedroom house in the seaside town of Paignton has been renovated throughout and is a strategically smart spot for those seeking to explore the Devonshire coastline.
The outdoor heated swimming pool is a great spot to unwind by day or night. There is also a pool bar for socially distant gatherings. Overbay is set in large gardens with patio areas and furniture where you can sit and relax in the afternoon sun or make use of the sunken barbecue and dine alfresco.
Price: From £668 for a seven-night stay in October. Book at Sykes Holiday Cottages.
Nearest station: Paignton.
Read more: The best coastal staycations in the UK
2. Gleneagles — Sunningdale, Berkshire
Not the Gleneagles of Scottish golf fame, but this is a grand six-bedroom mansion in the Berkshire village of Sunningdale offering plush accommodation and an amazing outdoor heated swimming pool. The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers an incredible landscape to explore within easy reach of the property and also nearby are Box Hill, Thorpe Park and Michelin-starred restaurant, Coworth Park.
The swimming pool is in a large enclosed garden, so you’re able to get some laps in before a wash in the outdoor shower. Alfresco dining options are also available.
Price: From £4,124 for a seven-night stay in October. Book at Sykes Holiday Cottages.
Nearest station: Sunningdale.
3. Little Forelands — Isle of Wight
Outdoor heated pool, grass tennis court and sea views: tick! This five-bedroom family home in Bembridge, on the east coast of the Isle of Wight, also has a large garden with uninterrupted views across the fields. The outdoor swimming pool is both heated and gated, so safe for all the family. There are two outdoor seating areas to enjoy, one with outdoor sofas, and there are loungers around the pool too. A 20-minute walk takes you up to Bembridge village where you will find a butcher, baker and fishmongers.
Price: From £1,534 for a three-night minimum stay for the end of September/beginning of October. Book at Classic Cottages.
How to get there: Ferry travel to the Isle of Wight has never been more convenient and you can choose from a range of fares if you are travelling in a car or by foot on three routes between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier and Lymington and Yarmouth.
Read more: 7 UK hotels with heated outdoor pools
4. Poyntzfield House — Dingwall, Scotland
Just a 30-minute drive from Inverness, you’ll discover this grade A-listed Georgian mansion. With seven bath/shower rooms, the house is ideal for a family staycation and a base to discover Scotland. With an outdoor heated swimming pool and a full-size antique snooker table in the games room, there is plenty of space for relaxation. The pool is 9 metres x 4 metres and heated with a cool retractable roof like a sliding door to turn it into an indoor pool when the Scottish weather takes a turn.
Price: From £3,000 for a seven-night minimum stay in October. Book at LHH Scotland.
Nearest station: Inverness then the regional station of Dingwall.
5. Mynydd Bychan — Gwynedd, Wales
This three-bedroom detached holiday home boasts an impressive outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub with spectacular views across the Dyfi Estuary and Cardigan Bay towards the Pembrokeshire coast. Set high above Aberdyfi with miles of golden sandy beaches, this seaside fishing village is peaceful and you can take a public footpath that winds its way down the hillside into the town too.
Price: From £925 for a seven-night stay. Book at Cottages.com.
Nearest station: Penhelig or Aberdovey.
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise and even better in your own private pool. The U.K. has a lot to offer in the way of rental properties, many with outdoor heated pools. From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, a U.K. staycation with a pool is just the tonic with sandy beaches, rugged landscapes and cosy pubs galore.
Featured photo courtesy of Sykes Holiday Cottages
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