Relaxing in your own outdoor pool has to be the ultimate way to chill out on a hot day, but installing one from scratch might not be feasible.
So, if you’re a water baby, why not consider a home with a swimming pool already in situ?
Whether you’re on the hunt for a contemporary apartment, a country house or a holiday home on the continent, there are plenty of options to suit all tastes and budgets — just take your pick from this selection on sale now.
1. The Brentford Project, Brentford, Middlesex, from £425,000
Perched at the meeting point of the River Thames and River Brent, Ballymore’s scheme is revitalising Brentford town centre and will deliver 876 new homes alongside shops, offices, cultural and leisure spaces.
Residents of the west London sitet are given automatic membership to The Wick at St Lawrence Gardens, a private members’ club with a co-working space, gym and a beautiful open air pool.
The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in the latest phase — called The Whele — are directly on the waterfront. Find out more from The Brentford Project.
2. Normanton-on-Trent, Newark, Nottinghamshire, £850,000
This detached house is in the catchment of an outstanding secondary school and about 10 miles from the market town of Newark.
It sits in a plot of over half an acre and includes six bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room, a living room, study and sun room with a bar.
The enclosed garden comes complete with a heated pool and a pool house — so you’ll have no excuse not to carry on swimming once the weather turns colder. Get the lowdown from William H Brown.
3. Ringwauld, Deal, Kent, £965,000
Located between the Kent towns of Deal and Dover, Green Haven is a good-sized detached house that adjoins open farmland and looks out over the English Channel.
A kitchen/breakfast room, lounge, dining room, conservatory and two bedrooms — one with an ensuite — are on the ground floor, with the master bedroom suite and fourth bedroom/playroom on the first floor.
Outside, a raised terrace leads down to a sheltered pool with a paved surround — the perfect spot for an apres-swim cocktail. From Bright & Bright.
4. Bergerac, Dordogne, France, €1.166m (£975,633)
Exposed stone walls and timber beams abound in this atmospheric chateau, which was built as a fortified Benedictine priory and dates back to the 11th century.
The main part consists of six double bedrooms, five bathrooms, four reception rooms, two kitchens, an office and a laundry room and there is also an attached three-bedroom apartment.
Everything is immaculate but you probably won’t want to spend much time inside when you could be cooling down in the beautiful outdoor pool. For sale through Christie’s International Real Estate.
5. Skye Green, Feering, Essex, £1.1m
At more than 2,000 square feet, The Old Cottage is somewhat bigger than your average listed cottage as it’s been substantially extended since it was built in the 1600s — fortunately without compromising its character.
There are four reception rooms, five bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with a wealth of period details such as exposed timbers, open fireplaces and lattice windows.
The house is encircled by formal gardens where you’ll find a south-facing dining terrace and a heated swimming pool, enclosed by hedged borders. Contact Carter Jonas.
6. Cornwood, Ivybridge, Devon, £1.9m
Once a rectory in a village on the edge of Dartmoor, Glebe House was built in the late 1680s and owned by the church until being sold for the first time in 1913.
The new owners commissioned celebrated gardener Gertrude Jekyll to redesign the grounds, focussing on the borders.
Fast forward a century and the seven bedroom house has been completely restored while the six acres of gardens have matured wonderfully.
They contain two detached cottages — run as successful holiday lets — a greenhouse, vegetable garden, barn with workshop and an inviting pool. Get more info from Strutt & Parker.
7. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, £1.9m
A real crowd pleaser, this handsome Victorian house is in walking distance of the town’s station and has seven reception rooms and seven bedrooms.
The second floor can be configured to incorporate a self-contained flat, providing independence for a teenager or au pair.
There is a changing room next to the outdoor heated swimming pool so hopefully you won’t have to worry about wet footprints on the floors. Available through Wiglesworth.
8. Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal, €6.5m (£5.435m)
Panoramic sea views, a children’s pool and a swimming pool surrounded by a well-manicured landscaped garden with a waterfall flowing into a koi carp aquarium and rockery are among the many charms of this luxury cliff-top villa.
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The property is being sold fully-furnished and is ready to move into immediately.
Arranged over three floors, it has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and copious amounts of indoor and outdoor entertaining space. Through Ideal Homes Portugal.