Swim into the woods, soak under the stars, sip champagne surrounded by bubbles or soothe sore muscles in thermal pools looking out across glorious gardens. Here are some of our favourite outdoor pools to swim in this summer.
Charmingly designed to celebrate the surrounding landscape, The Spa at South Lodge does much to honour the natural world. The pool is very much part of that. There’s an infinity pool and a superb thermal suite, but also a unique wild swimming pool, which is a heated outdoor pond, complete with reeds and moss for a natural vibe and delivers a totally unique experience.
Part of Rudding Park’s unique and magnificent rooftop spa garden, the infinity pool is a decadent experience that sees you lounge in bath temperatures with views of the gardens. The dedicated bar and waiting service means that you can even have a glass (or a bottle) of Champagne brought to you while you swim, making it superbly relaxing and wonderfully indulgent.
There are so many things to love about this luxury hotel and spa, not least the spa garden, which extends from the relaxation room. There you can recline in the heated spa pools, try out the barrel sauna or snooze on the inviting loungers. Sit in the spa pool, sip champagne and watch the world go by.
In the grounds of this magnificent historic property, head beyond the Saxon moat and the mature knot garden, the Drake sundial, which historians suggest may have been donated by Sir Francis Drake. There you will find an outdoor chess, life-sized Jenga or croquet, and one of the most magnificent outdoor pools, surrounded by lush vegetation.
In the grounds of Barnsley House hotel, the contemporary, purpose-built spa is a haven for both holistic therapies and aesthetic treatments. One of its most prized features is a heated outdoor hydrotherapy pool complete with massage jets and beautiful garden views.
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