The mercury is rising, the streets are filled with the sound of laughter and glasses clinking: British summertime is finally upon us. Make the most of this glorious weather with a trip to one of these brilliant British boutique hotels. We’ve teamed up with Chic Retreats to bring you five luxury gems with stunning pools beckoning a day spent in the sunshine. Plus, explore our holiday shop for all your staycation packing inspo.
Situated in 50 acres of rolling parkland in the Cotswolds, Cowley Manor’s stunning Italianate façade is certainly impressive but it’s the C-Side Spa that really enchants. Drawing its inspiration from the natural springs and lakes dotted about the surrounding Arcadian landscape, C-Side features two beautiful pools. The 15-metre outdoor pool, surrounded by chic loungers, is the perfect place to take advantage of the sultry summer sun; if the weather turns, head inside to the slate-lined 17-metre indoor pool enclosed in a stylishly contemporary structure of Cotswold stone and floor-to-ceiling glass walls. A range of pampering massages and treatments are on offer if you’re in the mood to indulge yourself, as well as a steam room and sauna. Twice-daily children-only swimming sessions make Cowley Manor ideal for those visiting with little ones.
Just a short distance from the splendid Regency-era streets of Cheltenham, Ellenborough Park is a 15th-century manor house surrounded by a gorgeous country estate. While from the outside Ellenborough Park looks grandly traditional, the Rachel Eaton-designed interiors have a playful contemporary twist, and the hotel has a luxurious state-of-the-art spa that is on hand for all your pampering needs. The outdoor heated swimming pool is a cool spot to relax in after a day spent exploring the estate or at the races. Small but perfectly formed, it is surrounded by comfortable loungers and has wonderful views of the historic manor house.
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Brooks Country House
The rather grand Brooks Country House is a great value boutique hotel nestled in the undulating slopes of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The hotel is a great pick for those who love to explore the Great British Countryside, with easy access to the many hiking trails that snake across the surrounding landscape. Relax afterwards beside the hotel’s heated outdoor pool, situated within a peaceful walled garden. Be sure to enjoy a chilled glass of the hotel’s own wine produced from vineyards on the estate as you soak up the rays.
Take a splash of Jeeves & Wooster and a dash of contemporary chic and you’ve got Chewton Glen, a delightfully charming country getaway tucked away in 130 acres of parkland and gardens on the edge of the New Forest National Park. Lounge beside the heated outdoor pool nestled within a peaceful garden, lush with foliage, or head into the indoor heated pool. Ozone-treated, it is furnished with beautiful colonnades supporting a sky-blue painted ceiling and boasts stunning views out into the park. If that wasn’t enough, the spa has the largest hydroptherapy pool in Europe. After a busy day spent lounging and swimming, enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, The Dining Room before retiring to one of the charming treehouse suites.
A home of decadence and luxury since its construction 350 years ago, Cliveden House is perfect for those who like their country houses with a slice of scandalous history; it was here that John Profumo first caught sight of Christine Keeler skinny dipping in the pool in 1961. Fifty years on, Cliveden is a luxurious boutique hotel with all the elegance and luxury of an aristocratic country retreat, and a touch of rakish charm. The famous swimming pool is still there; housed within a walled garden, it’s a real suntrap and the ideal place to lounge on balmy summer days. If the weather turns, you can enjoy the pleasures of an indoor pool as well as a steam room and sauna.