18 of England’s best hotels with fabulous outdoor pools

18 of England’s best hotels with fabulous outdoor pools

best hotels with outdoor pools england 2021

best hotels with outdoor pools england 2021

When mild, warm and sunny weather hits England, you know you need to make the most of every sunny moment. Beaches always make for a fabulously British day, but when you want a sparkling pool, spotless bathroom (no lines) and a place to have a cup of tea, a glass of wine or lunch (without the paraphernalia of a picnic), the pools at hotel are the creme de la creme of summer off days.

So whether it’s a unique, stealthy rooftop pool, a beautiful natural lake atop a cliff, a few civilized lengths on a country estate, or a dip in familiar locales, here’s our pick of the best hotels with pools in England, from Cornwall to Cotswolds and Hampshire to Hertfordshire.

The best hotels with outdoor pools

Cliveden, Berkshire

It’s not very often that a swimming pool can be partially blamed for bringing down the government. This pool can. In 1963, on a hot summer day, 19-year-old model Christine Keeler took off her clothes and went for a swim. John Profumo (the then Secretary of State for War) spied on her naked body and so began his subsequent affair – resulting in his resignation and further political turmoil. Today, the listed pool is just as refreshing as the indoor pool.

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£ 500

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Cliveden House, Berkshire

Cliveden House, Berkshire

Rudds Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Talk about a special place. The outdoor pool at this charming 11-bedroom b&b is situated on a cliff above Lulworth Cove and therefore benefits from expansive blue views. Nearby, you can stroll along the Jurassic Coast to admire the Durdle Door (only 20 minutes walk), get ready for an adrenaline-fueled rollercoaster afternoon, or look for fossils by the water’s edge. But for a relaxed day, it’s best to just play by the pool.

Double rooms from £185 (ruddslulworth.co.uk)

Chewton Glen, Hampshire

Framed by trimmed hedges, lush trees and lavender-filled urns, Chewton Glen’s patio pool has an exclusive, relaxed feel. The greenery seems adequate given the New Forest location and provides natural shade when it gets hot, but there are plenty of umbrellas in case you need them too. The hotel’s spa has a 17-meter indoor pool overlooking the garden for days when the weather just doesn’t help.

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£ 395

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Chewton Glen, Hamsphire

Chewton Glen, Hamsphire

St Enodoc Hotel, Cornwall

Originally built in 1924 as a private home, the St Enodoc was transformed in 1999 into one of Cornwall’s first chic seaside boutique hotels. It’s a modern coastal retreat awash in light, offering a fresh, contemporary style with an emphasis on brightly colored furniture and fabrics. With its elevated position, St Enodoc offers stunning views over the Camel estuary, and the hotel is designed to make the most of its stunning surroundings, with large terrace areas leading onto manicured lawns with ample seating. Here you will find an outdoor swimming pool.

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£ 170

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The Scarlet, Cornwall

This cliff-top freshwater pool is naturally filtered by reeds and offers great views along the Cornish coast and out to sea. Surrounded by granite rocks and reeds, it looks more like a wild swimming spot than a shiny hotel pool. The wood-burning hot tubs further along the cliff are just the ticket for warming up after a cool dip.

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Double rooms from £240 (scarlethotel.co.uk).

Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall

Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall

Polurrian on the Lizard

At the southernmost point of the UK mainland, this luxury coastal hotel is situated atop the cliffs of the Lizard Peninsula, above a private beach. The hotel is a setting for family adventures, designed to make the most of the great outdoors. A large terrace exits the Vista lounge, surrounded by beautiful cliff-top gardens with a children’s play area, home to snakes and stairs and hopscotch, outdoor pool and tennis court.

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£ 119

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Burgh Island Hotel

The beach that connects Burgh Island to the mainland is just below the hotel, but not only does it disappear twice a day, making the island only accessible by sea tractor, the water can also be quite cold without a wetsuit. Noticeably warmer and much more secluded is the truly spectacular Mermaid’s Pool. This natural pool of sea water was protected during the Second World War by a floodgate and is surrounded by rocks. The view is magnificent simply to observe from a lounge chair on the back lawn of the hotel; but swimming in it really feels very magical. A wooden podium in the middle, accessed somewhat inelegantly by pulling on a rope provides an excellent tanning opportunity.

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£ 295

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Burgh Island

Burgh Island

Maison Talbooth, Essex

This laid-back country hotel in Dedham Vale offers great food, excellent service and beautiful surroundings on your doorstep. The pool earns extra points for its adjacent pool house which is equipped with a fireplace that burns all day. You can book the entire place on an exclusive use basis and it is increasingly popular for weekend house parties.

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£ 270

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Ellenborough Park, Gloucestershire

The gilded stone Cotswolds buildings that border the 15-meter pool create a chic country setting. The pool is warm year round (heated to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in all seasons), but summer is the time when it’s at its peak – when you can relax on the stone-paved terrace and nibble on truffles and Parmesan fries after your swim. diving.

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£ 225

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Outdoor pool at Ellenborough Park - Ellenborough Park

Outdoor pool at Ellenborough Park – Ellenborough Park

Thurlestone Hotel, Devon

The Thurlestone’s heated outdoor pool, surrounded by lush gardens, also includes an adjacent children’s area. There’s plenty of room to splash around, and the dolphins and fish painted on the pool floor fit into the family atmosphere.

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Double rooms from £170 (thurlestone.co.uk)

The Nare Hotel, Cornwall

The bayside outdoor pool is heated to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, generally open from May to October. From the water, guests can see the hotel’s gardens to the beach and sea. Purple and pink hydrangeas bring a nice splash of color to the eye. Afterwards, don’t miss a session in the adjacent hot tub overlooking the ocean.

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Double rooms from £299 (narehotel.co.uk)

The Nare, Cornwall

The Nare, Cornwall

Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex

This hotel’s ivy-covered, beamed pool is part of the more contemporary spa building and has outdoor access. Many celebrate special occasions in Ockenden, with pampering packages, fine dining and peaceful countryside views, all adding to the sense of indulgence. In terms of rooms, choose between traditional rooms in the historic mansion or modern spa suites above the pool.

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£ 209

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Hambleton Hall, Rutland

This is a magnificent example of a luxurious and well-run country house hotel. The house exudes a sense of controlled and carefully orchestrated well-being, without ever feeling contrived or overly theatrical. Its good looks are combined with the surrounding gardens and the beautiful view of Rutland Water from the lovely flower-filled terrace and parterre. The outdoor pool is a highlight.

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Hambleton Hall Hotel, Rutland

Hambleton Hall Hotel, Rutland

The Woods, Hertfordshire

Measuring 22 meters in length, The Grove’s outdoor pool favors proper swimming rather than the languid dip of the feet. It lies in the property’s walled garden, along with a volleyball court, tennis courts and a croquet lawn. All the sporting activities make it particularly family friendly, plus popsicles and soft drinks sold at the gazebo, and a makeshift ‘beach’ in the summer.

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£ 445

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Calcot Manor, Cotswolds

With a wall of lush greenery to one side, Calcot Manor’s outdoor pool is a lovely spot for a dip in the summer months. It’s usually open from May to September, which is the best time to visit anyway, when the 220 acres of surrounding meadows and gardens are in full bloom.

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£ 239

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Calcot Manor Spa, Cotswolds

Calcot Manor Spa, Cotswolds

Park House Hotel & Spa, West Sussex

Ioné O’Brien and her husband Michael opened their country house over sixty years ago. Since then, a stampede of distinguished guests, from June Whitfield to Princess Diana, and the flashy polo ensemble have paraded through its elegant Edwardian salons. It is now under the command of his grandson Seamus, who has added the odd contemporary flourish, but his 1940s style and grace remain ingrained throughout. The Park House’s modern PH² O spa has heated indoor and outdoor pools, ideal for relaxing in summer.

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£ 178

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New Park Manor, New Forest

This family-friendly hole in the New Forest may be small in size, but it’s big on facilities. Contemporary details blend seamlessly with 17th-century features such as fireplaces, stained glass windows, a coat of arms and doors patterned with acorns and oak leaves. In addition to an outdoor pool, the spa includes hydrotherapy pools, thermal rooms, foot spa, ‘experience’ shower and outdoor hot tub, plus relaxation areas.

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£ 119

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New Mansion in the Park

New Mansion in the Park

Woolley Grange, Wiltshire

This 17th century house with extensive gardens is a favorite with families visiting Bath and the Wiltshire countryside. Inside, its two lounges are inviting, allowing parents to accompany the game with a drink by the fireplace. Outside, the gardens are home to a static tractor, a pig, chickens, a scarecrow, a giant tree swing and a fairy garden. A modern and attractive Elemis spa overlooks the hotel’s walled vegetable garden, and the outdoor pool is heated.

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£ 119

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Woolley Grange

Woolley Grange

Contributions by Tracey Davies, Martin Dunford and Debbie Ward

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