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Bespoke travel – 5 privately owned pools in the UK & Ireland with the ‘wow’ factor

15 Jun 2015 by fullscreen

We have chosen our favourite pools in the UK & Ireland, all with the ‘wow’ factor, and each one comes with a beautiful, luxury country house or mansion to rent for exclusive use.  Ideal for that magical summer holiday with family and friends or a birthday party to celebrate a particular milestone.  All this can be organised by LTR, experts in bespoke travel.  Discover our favourites here!

Country Retreat, Ireland - indoor pool

Country Retreat, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Country Retreat, Co. Kildare, Ireland

This indoor heated swimming pool is the height of luxury with a wonderful design and is complete with a ‘swim up bar’.

The house is pretty amazing too!  Set in 550 acres of mature parkland, this palatial property takes its design influence from the original ‘Straffan House’ which is now a hotel at the world famous K Club.  Built in 1832 by Hugh Barton of Barton and Guestier Wines, the original house was based on a magnificent chateau at Louveciennes not far from Versailles.  This splendid contemporary mansion was meticulously constructed in 2005.  The house combines the architecture of a bygone era with all the comforts and convenience of elegant, contemporary living.  Distinctly French in style, it bears all the hallmarks of a magnificent and elegant country retreat.  The house is furnished to an exceptional standard and is home to many original artworks, including works by Sir William Orpen and JB Yeats amongst others.

Wilderness Mansion, Suffolk - outdoor pool

Wilderness Mansion, Suffolk, England

Wilderness Mansion, Suffolk, England

This wonderful, sunken, outdoor heated pool has only recently been completed and is a perfect suntrap during the warm English summer.

Set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside within the ‘Garden of Suffolk’, where better to escape than here?  Shooting, fishing and golf are just three of the activities on offer.  This large Georgian country house is surrounded by over 4,500 acres of its own land with landscaped park, lake and woodland rides.  The long serpentine drive winds through the park and is screened from the house by parkland trees and planting until the view opens up across the lake to the façade of this grand house.

Country House, Sussex - outdoor pool

Country House, Sussex, England

Country House, Sussex, England

This modern, outdoor heated pool has wonderful views over the Sussex countryside and offers tranquillity and calm for those who swim.

This Sussex gem is an immaculate, large country house, hidden away up a private drive and surrounded by an old English forest and 40 acres of parkland.  Beautifully positioned, this home has been built to an incredibly high standard and really does boast amazing facilities with every kind of high-tech device you could want.  Attention to detail is the key, it is extremely comfortable and deeply luxurious.

Manor House, Oxfordshire - outdoor pool

Manor House, Oxfordshire, England

Manor House, Oxfordshire, England

This is a wonderful, outdoor heated swimming pool surrounded by manicured hedges and a beautiful garden.  It is a glorious place to swim and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Very close to Chipping Norton this Grade II listed manor house dates from the 16th century, with a dining room and library panelled in about 1640 and 17th century stables and dovecote.  This is the quintessential English country estate, a very peaceful spot with little traffic providing a particularly private environment.  There are formal gardens, ponds, walled gardens, a small village (owned by the family) and a 2,000 acre estate.

 

Georgian Mansion, Co. Laois - grand indoor pool

Georgian Mansion, Co. Laois, Ireland

Georgian Mansion, Co. Laois, Ireland

The indoor heated swimming pool and spa here offer very grand surroundings for anyone wishing to take a dip and enjoy the intricate detail with which the pool has been restored.

Surrounded by 600 acres of parkland, a large lake and ancient woodland, this is without question the premier private residence in Ireland available as a hotel or for exclusive use.  After 8 years of painstaking restoration, the house re-opened in 2010 to critical acclaim.  Set at the food of the Slieve Bloom mountains, the estate is very much in the centre of Ireland.  The attention to detail and the amount of care that has been lavished on this home is staggering.  Every room has been beautifully restored and filled with lovely artwork, furniture and beautiful craftsmanship.

If you would like to find out more about our bespoke travel experiences and these private homes available to hire for exclusive use, please contact Jonathan on + 44 (0) 1835 824642 or jonathan@ltr.co.uk.

 

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