England | Top Five Hotels With Outdoor Pools
As warm weather continues to shine on the UK, here are Mango’s top locations for the best places to dive in this summer.
Set in the heart of the New Forest national park, Burley Manor – a grown-ups only restaurant and rooms – is only an hour and a half from London. Perfect for day trips to the countryside or overnight stays, the blue skies, verdant green forests and fabulous wild ponies conjure a sense of calm, relaxed wellbeing for guests.
Enjoy boutique rooms, where old meets bold with antique furniture and original dark wood, offset with eccentric artwork and bright fabrics. A Mediterranean lifestyle runs through the hotel, from the restaurant – which sits at the heart of Burley Manor with the very best seasonal produce from both the New Forest and across the British Isles – to the Temple spa treatments on offer.
Now open due to the beautiful May weather, guests can take the experience outside and enjoy the outdoor swimming pool – set in the midst of the gardens and surrounded by an original stone wall. It’s a little piece of the Med in the heart of the New Forest. Open until September.
Set on the banks of the River Thames, moments from Windsor, The Runnymede-on-Thames makes the most of an unrivaled riverside setting, with opened-out spaces and views, fresh contemporary interiors and an award-winning spa.
When visiting during the summer months, don’t miss the opportunity to take a dip in the spectacular outdoor swimming pool. Reserved exclusively for hotel residents and outdoor pool members, guests can relax on the French Riviera style luxury sun loungers, allowing a true indulgence in the British countryside.
Situated in the centre of the Cotswold village of Barnsley, this is a country hotel like no other. Set in exquisite landscaped gardens designed by Rosemary Verey that are worth a day out in their own right, Barnsley House is reminiscent of a stunning stately home with grounds to match. Every room within Barnsley House is uniquely designed and furnished to perfection, from luxurious two-storey suites to a private garden retreat with an open fire – the hotel has intertwined the traditional country charm of the house itself with modern creature comforts.
Guests can take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool or relax in the ground-floor spa lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows boasting gorgeous views of the gardens and surrounding countryside. When it comes to dinner, choose between The Potager restaurant or The Village Pub. The Potager is light and airy and serves fresh, local produce and vegetables picked from the hotel’s very own kitchen garden (where possible). The Village Pub provides a relaxed alternative, serving delicious food, great ales, open fires and comfy seating.
In the heart of Cuckfield, West Sussex, Ockendon Manor Hotel & Spa enjoys beautiful views out over the South Downs and its eight acres of grounds – all within an hour of central London.
Acting as a wonderful contrast to the Elizabethan manor house hotel and the original 19th century walled fruit garden in which it sits, Ockenden Manor’s contemporary spa has a fabulous indoor-outdoor pool – with swim through to the heated outdoor pool – for lazy afternoons spent basking in the sun and soaking up the vibrant greens of the surrounding countryside. A real haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Ockenden Manor has established itself as one of the finest destination spas in the South East since opening in 2012.
All water for the swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, indoor spa bath and rain shower come from the hotel’s own underground spring. This paired with the neutral interiors, floor to ceiling windows and local spa brand Elemental Herbology showcase Ockenden Manor’s pride in its quintessentially British setting.
Just minutes from waves breaking on Climping Beach, Bailiffscourt is set in 30 acres of private parkland – a medieval-style house, series of thatched cottages, 13th century chapel, rose-clas courtyard and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.
Whilst the grounds and nearby pebbled beach make for the perfect playground for the kids, parents can have some down time in the stunning spa built in the style of traditional Sussex barn. Swim under the dramatic exposed timber frame in the indoor swimming pool, or head outside for the heated infinity pool – surrounded by perfectly placed sun loungers and a bubbly hot tub.