10 Holiday Cottages with Private Indoor Swimming Pools
23rd January 2017
A swimming pool adds a huge amount to a self catering holiday: It's a never-ending source of fun for the whole family - it's great exercise, and it's the best way to get the kids off their phones and electronic devices for a while!
Finding a holiday cottage with a swimming pool isn't too hard - many have excellent shared or outdoor facilities - but if you're looking for one with a private indoor pool, well that's a bit trickier.
But never fear, we've scoured the country for self-catering properties with private indoor pools, hand-picked the very best of them - the ones we fancy staying in ourselves - and here they are:
Buxton, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales
Set in more than an acre of grounds on the outskirts of Buxton in Derbyshire, Aeolus boasts a great range of facilities including the swimming pool, a gym, tennis court, sauna and even a play area for the kids (if you can get them out of the pool).
The private indoor heated pool is superb, and there's even a projector in the pool room so you can swim and watch films at the same time!
Aeolus has an attractive orangery which leads out onto a large patio area overlooking the beautiful gardens.
The superb kitchen has a breakfast bar, and its own dining area - but there's a separate dining room too, so that everyone can eat together.
With a beautifully furnished living room, and a smaller snug complete with wood-burning stove, there are plenty of places to relax together.
Aeolus sleeps 12, in 6 lovely bedrooms, one of which even has a large spa-bath en-suite!
Buxton and the Peak District are a great place for a break, with amazing attractions including Pooles Cavern, Chatsworth, The Heights of Abraham Cable Cars, or Gullivers Kingdom for the youngsters, and lots of interesting towns and villages such as Youlgreave and Bakewell nearby.
The Trainer's House
Malton, North York Moors
This lovely cottage has a superb heated swimming pool in a pool house adjacent to the cottage, complete with changing room, shower and WC. It's a wonderful facility, and sure to be popular with the kids!
The large living room has a wood-burning stove for cosy evenings in, and French doors open out onto the garden.
There's even a library area with a sofa-bed, so there's plenty of space to spread out and relax.
There are 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and the cottage sleeps 14 in total.
As the cottage is next to the owners' stables, there's the added entertainment of watching the thoroughbreds being exercised and groomed.
Two well-behaved dogs are welcome.
The Malton area is a wonderful part of the country for a holiday. Nearby, there is not one but two National Parks: The North York Moors National Park to the North, and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park to the West.
Just 16 miles South of Malton, you'll find the city of York, with its rich Viking and Roman history, majestic Minster, and such varied attractions as the National Railway Museum and Jorvik Viking Centre. Enjoy a stroll along the city walls or explore the famous cobbled Shambles.
Llangadfan, Mid Wales and Cardigan Bay
This cottage boasts one of the most beautiful private indoor swimming pools you'll ever see - in a superb pool-room with a lantern roof which lets daylight flood in.
But swimming isn't the only activity Ty Newydd has to offer, as there's also a games room offering table tennis, pool and table-top football, and a large outdoor hot-tub. Children will love the field behind the house with plenty of space for football or rounders.
There's a large patio - perfect for al-fresco dining, or just relaxing in the sunshine. And if the evening turns chilly you can simply retreat to the luxurious living room, and relax in front of the wood-burning stove.
The area around Llangadfan village offers plenty of activities - including cycling and walking from the cottage, horse riding in Dyfnant Forest, or perhaps a visit to scenic Lake Vyrnwy.
Sleeping 15 in 6 bedrooms, with 5 bathrooms, this luxurious cottage is ideal for a large party to enjoy a relaxing holiday together.
Vowchurch near Peterchurch, Herefordshire
If your party is even larger, then The Croft can sleep up to 24, in 11 bedrooms, 7 of which are en-suite, and has a large dining room that will seat all 24 of you at once!
Once again, this property has a private indoor heated swimming pool - which will provide endless entertainment for the more energetic members of your group, just across the courtyard from the house. You'll also be able to enjoy the sauna, and the games room, equipped with a high quality pool table.
The Croft has several sitting rooms, and one of them has a wood-burning stove for cosy evenings by the fire.
From September-April, the Aga will be in use, so the kitchen will always be cosy and welcoming, even in the chillier months.
There's lots to enjoy in this part of Herefordshire. including trips to the book town of Hay on Wye to the West, and the county town of Hereford to the East, where you can visit the wonderful cathedral.
Neatly Abbey near Southampton, Hampshire
Another stunning holiday cottage with a private indoor swimming pool, you'll find Abbots Wood about 4 miles SouthEast of Southampton, not far from Hamble-le-Rice.
The star attraction is of course the gorgeous heated swimming pool, in its own pool room, which even has a stunning mezzanine area overlooking the pool - with a bar at one end, it's perfect for relaxing after a swim while keeping an eye on the kids.
This superb self catering property sleeps 12, in 5 bedrooms. The 4 upstairs bedroom each have their own balcony overlooking the lake, while the kitchen and sitting rooms downstairs have French doors opening onto the patio.
Set in a gated development, with three acres of grounds, Abbots Wood is the perfect property for an unforgettable family holiday.
Nearby Southampton has a rich maritime history, and today is a wonderful city to visit, with its Maritime Museum, city walls, Tudor House Museum, and more. Winchester with its famous cathedral is also well worth a visit, or stay closer to the cottage and take a relaxing walk in the 200 acre Royal Victoria Country Park.
St Asaph, North Wales & Snowdonia
If you'd like your private indoor swimming pool to be accompanied by all the luxury of a country house, then Richmond Hall in Denbighshire might just fit the bill:
The pool is 12m by 5m, and there is also a Jacuzzi, Gym and Sauna to complete the experience.
But that's not the end of the sporting facilities at Richmond Hall, as there's also a snooker room with a full-sized snooker table, and an outdoor tennis court and outdoor table-tennis. There's even a bar area in the snooker room.
There will never be a dull moment, from the instant you drive through the electronic gates, and up the sweeping drive through the immaculate gardens to the impressive entrance. If you need time to unwind, you can simply spend time relaxing in front of one of the property's 11 televisions (2 basic Sky, 9 Freeview).
You'll certainly enjoy spending time with your friends and family in the immaculate and tastefully furnished drawing room, dining room (seating 18) or the kitchen with its traditional AGA range cooker.
The hall sleeps 19 in 8 bedrooms and has 9 bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms have lovely balconies with superb views, and the master bedroom has an outstanding bathroom, with rainfall shower and separate dressing room.
St Asaph is a mere 5 minute walk, and offers a range of shops, restaurants and pubs to explore. There are lots of great attractions in the area, including Rhuddlan Castle, and Denbigh Castle, and the popular seaside resorts of Prestatyn and Rhyl.
Rosehill near Market Drayton, Shropshire
This superb Shropshire holiday cottage (actually a semi-detached manor house) with its own private indoor heated swimming pool offers everything a large group of up to 20 friends and family members could wish for in a holiday home.
Not only does it have a private 16 foot swimming pool, but at the press of a button it becomes an "endless pool" that allows you to swim against the current and get as much exercise as you want. Kids will love it!
If you like your water-based leisure time a little more relaxing, then there's a superb outdoor hot tub where you can soak up the sunshine.
There are two sitting rooms to choose from - and both have wood-burning stoves, so you're spoilt for choice. There's also a pool table, and a large dining area where everyone can eat together - the perfect ingredients for a great family holiday.
With so many people to cater for, you'll be glad that Rosehill Manor has a full commercial catering kitchen - perfect if you have an experienced (or aspiring) chef in your party.
Outside, there's a BBQ, garden furniture, trampoline, children's play area, and even a Wendy House.
Shropshire offers many attractions including the National Trust's Attingham Park, Wroxeter Roman City, and a choice of beautiful Abbeys and Priories. The historic city of Shrewsbury and the adrenalin pumping Alton Towers aren't far away, so there'll be something to suit everyone.
Oughtershaw, near Buckden, Yorkshire Dales
If you're looking for a grand venue for your holiday, then Oughtershaw Hall might fit the bill:
Sleeping 16 in 8 beautiful bedrooms, and situated among peaceful woodlands in the heart of Yorkshire Dales National Park, Oughtershaw Hall is more country estate than holiday cottage!
A historic country house that dates from the 1850s, you'll be discovering new details of the hall, like the beautiful carved woodwork, throughout your visit.
Of course, Oughtershaw Hall has its own private, heated indoor swimming pool located in a beautiful pool-room with exposed beams, and highlighted by underwater lighting. A magical place for a midnight dip, it will also be the source of endless fun for the kids throughout your holiday.
But swimming in your private pool isn't the only activity Oughtershaw has to offer - there's a games room in the basement that the kids and the young-at-heart will love, and for the grown-ups, an 8-seat sauna makes a great place to relax in peace.
Talking of relaxing, whether it's the huge L-shaped kitchen at the heart of Oughtershaw Hall, or one of the four seating areas (perhaps the one with the wood-burning stove?), you'll never be short of places to gather for a chat, or just relax and unwind together.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park offers some of the UK's best scenery, and some of its best walking opportunities too - on the nearby Pennine Way, and many others. Other outdoor pursuits like horse-riding, birdwatching and climbing are also well catered for.
Nearby Hawes is well worth visiting - as is its Wensleydale Creamery where Wensleydale cheese is still made by hand.
Almondbury, near Holmfirth, Yorkshire Dales
Staying with Yorkshire, but moving further south, we've discovered another lovely holiday cottage, more modern in style, but still with that all-important private indoor swimming pool: In this case the heated pool has its own seating area, which is great place to relax after a swim, or just keep an eye on the kids.
Sleeping 10 guests in 5 bedrooms, and offering luxury accommodation, this Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage is proving very popular, so you'll need to book quickly while there are still some weeks available.
The clean, contemporary furnishings make Clouds Hill a very stylish and sophisticated base for your holiday - it certainly has the wow-factor that your whole party will appreciate.
The cottage also has floor-to-ceiling glass windows making the most of beautiful garden views, and a balcony and beautiful terrace area which will encourage everyone outdoors to enjoy the sunshine.
Ideally situated, the village of Almondbury is a great base for exploring both the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District - so you'll never lack for places to visit or things to do during your stay.
Keil View House
Ardour near Fort William, Isle of Skye and the Western Isles
Our final holiday cottage with a private indoor swimming pool is in the Highlands of Scotland - the perfect "get away from it all" destination.
The pool is lovely, and sure to be a big hit with the whole family. After your swim, you can even relax in the sauna. There is also a games room offering pool and a football table.
The cottage sleeps 10 in 4 bedrooms, all with en-suites and has a large sitting room that will easily accommodate different groups socialising within your party.
The cottage has a woodland garden, with outdoor furniture and a BBQ. You can even fish for trout on two nearby Lochans in the season.
Kiel View House is a great base for exploring this part of the scenic West coast of Scotland, whether you want to take a trip into nearby Fort William, explore the coastline, or take a ferry across to the lovely Isle of Mull.
Ben Nevis - Britain's highest mountain - is nearby if you're feeling energetic, and there are skiing and mountain biking opportunities in the Fort William area.
We hope you've enjoyed this collection of self catering properties and holiday cottages with private indoor swimming pools.
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The not-so-small print:
All details of properties shown were correct when this article was published on 23rd January 2017. Unfortunately things change - even things like whether a swimming pool is private or shared, so if any particular feature of a property is important to you, please double-check it with the agents at the time of booking.