Warmer summers mean that English cottages with outdoor swimming pools are more covetable than ever. They’re also a great way to keep family members of all ages entertained if a summer staycation is top of your list. Premier Cottages – a collection of small businesses passionate about providing a great holiday experience – has a luxury collection of more than 350 properties with outdoor pools. The Resident picks out eight of the best…
1 Trelowarren, Cornwall
The historic five-star Trelowarren estate features 19 luxurious, eco-friendly cottages set within 100 acres of woodland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded by olive trees, its walled garden boasts a large heated (to 27ºC) ozone pool. The property has extensive onsite facilities including a walled garden spa, New Yard Restaurant, yoga classes, tennis courts, gym and wood-fired pizza shop. It’s also only 10 minutes from 14 different beaches, an hour’s drive to the Eden Project and is near to a number of food and drink specialists including the Chocolate Factory and Real Cornish Wines. A seven-night stay for six in Trelowarren’s Fogou this summer starts from £1,995.
premiercottages.co.uk; 01326 221 224
2 Hop Pickers Rural Retreats, Worcestershire
Hop Pickers Barn, Cabin and Hideaway are three picturesque dog-friendly retreats in a peaceful location close to the river Teme near the Malvern Hills. The heated outdoor swimming pool (operational mid-May to early September) is shared between all three properties and kept at a very pleasant 27ºC with sun loungers and chairs. The Cabin and Hideaway also have their own private hot tubs. Other onsite facilities in the spacious grounds include a woodland walk with wildlife hide, tennis court and a characterful games room. Close to the properties are several National Trust and Heritage sites as well as the famous Morgan Motor Car factory in Malvern. There are pubs within walking distance as well as a choice of excellent restaurants nearby. A week’s summer stay in Hop Pickers Barn starts from £799 (sleeps five), a break in the Cabin from £895 (sleeps four) and in the Hideaway from £825 (sleeps two).
premiercottages.co.uk; 01886 833 668
3 Treworgey Cottages, Cornwall
Treworgey Cottages is a cluster of 15 five-star 18th century properties with country interiors, private gardens and spectacular views. Activities include swimming in the outdoor pool, tennis and horse riding, as well as a kids’ clubs. The heated outdoor pool, a sheltered sun trap, sits in a spectacular setting with views down the valley towards the Looe River. There are comfortable sun loungers and, for young children, a paddling pool beside the main pool. There’s also an honesty-box fridge and freezer where guests can help themselves to drinks and delicious local ice-cream. A seven-night summer stay for four in Treworgey Cottage’s Elm starts from £975.
treworgeycottages.com; 01503 262 730
4 Flear House, Devon
Flear House is a beautifully appointed Georgian Manor House set in over half an acre of private gardens. The house is accessed through a pillared entrance directly into the dining hall bedecked with a crystal chandelier and large inglenook fireplace. The fully equipped family kitchen leads outside to the secure courtyard with sun terraces and a private outdoor swimming pool. Guests can also use the indoor heated swimming pool and spa complex a few yards away as well leisure facilities including a giant indoor play barn, an outdoor playground, tennis court, pitch and putt, BBQ, picnic terrace and pony paddock. A seven-night summer stay for 10 guests starts from £2,619.
premiercottages.co.uk; 01548 521 227
5 Higher Wiscombe, Devon
In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, dog-friendly Higher Wiscombe features three cottages that sit in 52 acres of rolling countryside. From Whitsun to the end of September, guests can enjoy use of the outdoor heated swimming pool with slide, offering beautiful views over the valley. The cottages are just four miles from beaches at Beer, Sidmouth and Branscombe. The South West Coast Path and Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site are also nearby for summer strolls. A seven-night stay in Flint Barn for six costs from £800. The Thatched Barn, which also sleeps six, starts from £1,200 for a week. Alternatively, get a group of friends or extended family together for a week’s break in The Winery, which sleeps 20 in 10 en suite bedrooms for £3,995.
premiercottages.co.uk; 07772 630 104
6 Neuadd Farm Cottages, Ceredigion, Wales
Neuadd Farm Cottages nestle in flower filled gardens and grounds with a fantastic outdoor heated swimming pool (open mid-May to September). Enjoy relaxed afternoons by the pool with a glass of wine and evening barbeques with spectacular views of the lake in the valley. Originally farm buildings, the mellow stone walls are now festooned in clematis, wisteria, honeysuckle and roses, forming a peaceful garden courtyard. For children a Wendy house and adventure play area awaits as do donkeys and pygmy goats. For a week’s stay this summer, prices range from £588 for a two person cottage and from £1525 for cottage for eight.
premiercottages.co.uk; 01545 560 324
7 Streele Farm, East Sussex
Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the East Sussex Countryside, Compass Cottages’ Streele Farm is made up of two beautifully appointed thatched cottages, Streele Barn and Dairy. The estate features a large heated outdoor pool plus loungers, a pool house, picnic facilities and private woods. Also, on site are a tennis court, fishing lake, horse riding, a trampoline and games room. The spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and a number of National Trust properties are a short drive away. A week’s summer stay in Streele Barn starts from £1,950, or £1,500 in Streele Dairy (also sleeps six).
premiercottages.co.uk; 01892 854 030
8 Long Chimney Cottages, Devon
Just two miles from a UNESCO world Heritage Coastline, Long Chimney Cottages comprises three flint barn and stable conversions in Devon’s magnificent countryside. The cottages offer a large shared Mediterranean style heated swimming pool with sun loungers, as well as sauna, games room and gym. Each cottage has its own private south-facing garden with patio, sun loungers and a barbecue. Close by are Beer, Sidmouth and Lyme Regis where there are beaches, restaurants and stunning walks. A seven-night summer stay in Long Chimney’s Well Cottage for four starts from £750 and in Stable Cottage for six from £1,150.
premiercottages.co.uk; 01297 680 636