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With the government's four-step roadmap giving us new hope that we could be free to do (and travel) as we please by the end of June, it’s time to start considering your summer holiday.
While most of us will likely flock to the nearest beach at the first hint of heat, if you’re not too keen on rubbing shoulders with others just yet, why not consider renting an abode with a private pool instead?
You’ll need to be quick, however, as up to 90% of UK summer holiday options have “sold out”, the Telegraph reports. This figure comes from self-catering property agency, Unique Homestays, who said 92% of its dates have been booked for summer.
Hope is not lost - there are still some glorious options available. Following on from last summer, 2021 will be all about exploring the best of our backyard. With this in mind, we detail our pick of the best cottages with pools below.
Pentre Court in Abergavenny, Wales
Set in a pretty Grade II-listed Georgian-style home, Pentre Court sleeps 16, meaning there’s plenty of space for a group (or extended family) getaway. There’s five acres of grounds to explore too, including a large outdoor swimming pool.
Price: £3,507 for 7 nights | Book here
The Cottage at The Rectory Hotel in the Cotswolds, England
Ideal for a pre-summer getaway once self-catering accommodation opens up, The Rectory Hotel will be renting out its luxury three bedroom cottage. From mid-April to mid-May, guests will have exclusive use of the hotel’s pool and the hotel’s famous Negroni’s and Last Word cocktails will be in the fridge on arrival.
Price: £600 per night | Book here
Parkland Hall in Lincolnshire, England
With British summers bringing a heatwave one minute and jumper weather the next, sometimes the safe bet is to opt for an indoor pool. Luckily Parkland Hall, a Georgian-listed manor dating back to 1816, offers just that.
Price: £2,569 for 7 nights | Book here
Hewlett Mills in Castle Cary, England
To get use of the pool exclusively for yourself, you’ll need to book out the five-bedroom Hewlett Mills house completely. This shouldn’t be a problem, however, as one you’ve experienced the old-meets-new you splendour, you won’t want to leave.
Price: on request | Book here
The Old Dairy in the Cotswolds, England
In the village of Bloxham, surrounded by a lush private garden, The Old Dairy is a luxe five-bedroom abode. The outdoor heated pool is available from May through to September and the rooms are large - one with its own in-room roll top tub.
Price: £520 per night | Book here
Vicarage House in Norfolk, England
Behind its Georgian brick facade, this pretty Norfolk home boasts an impressive nine bedrooms - sleeping up to 15 guests. Set on six acres of gardens, the pool is available from the end of April through October and a hot tub hire can be arranged too.
Price: £800 per night | Book here
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