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14 dreamy UK holiday cottages with swimming pools

Planning a summer getaway close to home? Treat yourself to a luxe stay in the UK with your very own pool

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Rhys Thomas
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We know what's on your mind: Sunny holidays. When isn't it! UK getaways are a great and overlooked option for these times away from the real world. Airbnbs also offer some of the most immersive, unique, and memorable places to call home during your getawaySo, we’ve put together this list of the best holiday rentals with pools. This is all the holidaying you want, without having to leave the country. 

We’ve rounded up 14 ace holiday rentals in the UK that have their own pools. They’re perfect for channelling that tropical summer vibe, without having to remember where you stashed your passport. Fingers crossed the British weather plays ball.

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The best UK holiday rental homes and Airbnbs with pools

This nineteenth-century Cotswold stone barn is surrounded by peaceful Oxfordshire countryside. You won’t need to venture far to embrace your natural surroundings, in fact, there’s a natural swimming pond just outside the back door – a happy middle ground between your local lido and wild swimming – for cooling down in summer or making use of your wetsuit in the winter. Sleeping six across three grand bedrooms, this is an ideal family or friends getaway. When you're not exploring the countryside and water, you can all be cosy near the big firespace, or lounge on the garden patio.

Picture a grand beamed-exterior home in a leafy part of Kent. This is it and more. On fair-weather days, there are huge gardens, a patio for BBQs, and a sizable pool for splashing around in, plus a pool house with garden games (including pool, actually) in case things turn grey. When you're not galavanting around the opulent accommodation, you can make use of being right next to Kent Downs, which is an Area of Natural Beauty. 

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Here's a UK stay that you will not forget. This is, frankly, Bond-villain levels of luxury. North Rock Beach House is perched on a cliff above Sennen Cove, one of Cornwall’s loveliest beaches. So the views from the pool and loungers are absolutely ridiculous. Cliff-edges and horizon-stretching seascapes. There;s also an outdoor dining space and a conservatory for sunny evenings, or a beautiful stone fireplace and cosy furnishings for the colder nights. It's everything you could ever want. Cornwall isn't half bad to explore either!

This former farmyard barn in rural Gloucestershire, Box Barn sleeps 17 people, making it very comfortable for large-scale escapes. If you don't know 17 people, you can just make use of all that great space anyway. There's a games room, massive cooking range, opulent dining room, and of course outside you’ll find a private heated pool that has a handy retractable roof, so that you can still practise your backstroke in a classic English summer downpour. Maybe especially in the downpour! You might want to explore the Dean Forest, Gloucester Quays, and more while it's sunny. 

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Not only does this rustic Somerset barn have a private hot tub and sauna, but it also features an enormous pool which you'll easily be able to share with a couple of other neighbouring rentals. Located near Glastonbury, you'll have stunning countryside walks at your doorstep, plus three excellent pubs nearby.

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Now, we won’t pretend this place is cheap, but if you’ve got cash to spend and like your holidays to look like they’re straight out of an architecture mag, Linea is the one. Set in a dramatic spot, high above the Atlantic in north Devon, this dreamy rental (which sleeps 10) boasts a super-stylish vibe and the kind of infinity pool people fly to Bali for.

You get bumper views from this cute little cottage on the Welsh-English border. It looks out over miles of verdant countryside – plus the pool just beyond the front door. Heated from June until August, the pool sits in three acres of private garden.

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Don’t trust the Great British Summer to provide suitable rays? We’re not sure we blame you. So for guaranteed fun in the pool, book the Cider Barn. The stunning indoor pool is surrounded by glass, with views out over the Devon countryside. And if the sun does shine, the beaches of Salcombe and Slapton are a quick drive away.

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