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Great British Getaways: 10 amazing UK holiday lets with swimming pools

Tregulland Cottage & Barn 

Tregulland Cottage & Barn

No one knows for sure how foreign trips will play out this summer, but a UK holiday is looking like the safest option, with self-catering breaks back on the cards from April 12.

To feel as decadent as possible, book a property with a swimming pool. With pools closed for months over lockdowns, kids especially will love to get back in the water, and although many UK self-catering houses with pools have been already snapped up by the more organised among us, there are still some incredible choices in the UK with availability for July and/or August.

If you’re not holding out hope for a foreign getaway, getting one of these beauties in the bag will bring you a summer splendid enough to make up for months of lockdown. These pools are heated or indoors in case the great British summer gets capricious.

1. Georgian gem

A sumptuous Bridgerton-worthy honey-stone Georgian mansion, the Manor at Radstock in Somerset was once home to Scott of the Antarctic and his family. Grade II-listed, the interiors have some beautiful stained glass, columns, parquet and original tiled floors. The country-luxe decor features swathes of canopied curtains and pale sofas. Outside, there’s a heated pool, sunshades and hot tub, and the house has a gym. Sleeps 16. £1,250 per night.

Become Lord and Lady of the ManorBecome Lord and Lady of the Manor

Become Lord and Lady of the Manor

2. Kent for couples

The Stables is a barn conversion in the Kent countryside with beamed ceilings and a sundeck, set in 12 acres of its own land, including natural pasture, private woodland with a wildlife pond and an orchard. It only has one bedroom, so suits couples, but there’s also a sofabed, making it is a cost-effective choice for a family of four. Sleeps 2-4; £774/week.

3. Cornish party house

Tregulland Cottage & Barn in Cornwall has a heated, indoor freshwater pool, and is perfect for some serious conviviality (if that’s on the cards by summertime). The Cottage has a 24-seater dining table for magnificent holiday feasts, and a sun room, while all the five bedrooms in the Barn are en-suite. There’s a movie screen in the sitting room, and a map room, ideal for planning your next walk along the Cornish coast. Outside is a huge hot tub and a sleek 1950s Airstream caravan for extra guests. Cottage sleeps 12; Barn sleeps 10; £6,850-13,440 per week.

The stylish Cornish propertyThe stylish Cornish property

The stylish Cornish property

4. Deer on your doorstep

In West Sussex, the Milkhouse is one of only two cottages available at The Artisan Bakehouse, which offers baking and other workshops. The Milkhouse is a beautifully restored, cosy retreat for a couple or young family, with pale decor, exposed beams, a huge fireplace, and a sunny conservatory. There are five acres of garden and woodland, where you can spot butterflies, bats and badgers, as well as fallow deer that graze almost right up to your front door, and a vegetable garden, where you can pick vegetables, herbs or apples in season. You can also collect eggs from the free-range chickens. Sleeps 4; from £525 for 3 nights.

5. Room to breathe

Set in the soft curves of the Sussex countryside, this button-cute, black and white weatherboard house, the Bucks Green Barn is ideal for a couple or small family. There’s a double bed as comfortable as a cloud, and a cot or small bed can be added. As it sits on a large estate, it has the advantage of huge rolling grounds and a flower-surrounded swimming pool. You’re near the village of Bucks Green, and there are lots of walking and cycling routes directly from the house. Sleeps 3; £80/night.

Bucks Green BarnBucks Green Barn

Bucks Green Barn

6. Eco retreat

An eco house in a secluded spot, Pistyll Bach is in west Wales, close to the National Botanic Garden. A characterful place painted in lovely hues: the galleried lounge has a wood burner, and floor-to-ceiling windows, while the dining room leads to a glass-paned garden room. The indoor, heated eco natural swimming pool is filtered organically (by the plants surrounding the pool) rather than by chemicals. Sleeps 8; £2,784/7 nights.

The heated indoor pool at Pistyll BachThe heated indoor pool at Pistyll Bach

The heated indoor pool at Pistyll Bach

7. Escape to the Cairngorms

On a family farm in Scotland, the glass-fronted Steadings at Balbinny have 180-degree soul-feeding views across the river South Esk, the Angus Glens and the Cairngorms. There are three houses here, and they all have huge plate-glass windows, both from the sitting rooms and outdoor heated terraces. More huge windows allow stunning views from the indoor pool. Great for families, as there are also tennis courts, a Jacuzzi and a football pitch. There are footpaths accessible from the grounds, leading past the famous Aberlemno Pictish Stones and along the banks of the Lemno burn. Sleeps 4; £1,600/week

8. Modern monastery

This 15th-century monastery close to Cirencester and Cheltenham is a Cotswolds dreamboat, owned by the same family for three generations. The interiors are fabulously stylish, with brilliant textiles and wallpaper, yet sympathetic to the building’s historic character. The pool here is stone-lined, huge, and state-of-the-art, and there’s an independent spa house, a cinema room and gym. You’ll dine like a monarch in the 22-seater medieval banquet room, while outside are immaculate lawns, a BBQ terrace. a Jacuzzi, a large pond and tennis courts. The woodlands and walled gardens were designed by Gertrude Jekyll. Sleeps 18; £2,500-3,500 per night

9. Devon delight

There are six holiday cottages in the estate at Fingals in Devon, and Barberry Brook, with French windows and high-beamed interior, is the closest to the conservatory-housed pool. There’s a balcony for breakfasts overlooking the garden, with its babbling brook and frolicking otters, a grass tennis court, table tennis table and croquet lawn. There’s also a sauna, piano, and barbecue, and you’re within easy reach of boats and beaches. Sleeps 2; £150-250/night.

10. Go wild in Suffolk

The Grange sits in 5,000 acres of parkland where thousands of trees, and lakes and wetlands have been created across three valleys, known as the Wilderness Reserve. The accommodation is in a beautifully converted, historic Suffolk farmhouse, a countryside escape for families or groups, with seven en-suite bedrooms. There’s an enormous open plan kitchen, terrace, private walled garden, swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, outdoor fire, outdoor dining terrace and playground. Sleeps 14; £1,319/night.

The GrangeThe Grange

The Grange


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