The gated pool complex started as a scratching-head exercise as to where it should be located, since we had a whole field to choose from! The priorities were privacy and aspect (sun and shade) alongside considerations of topography and proximity to trees and the main buildings, so once we pegged out an area work began in earnest in late 2011.

Setting out the new pool excavation 2011
Setting out the new pool excavation 2011

A substantial area was excavated and remodelled to accommodate the 12m x 6m concrete pool and the large 'plage' surround, plus of course the abri which would house a summer kitchen and relaxation facilities.

Whilst contractors were used for the major works, all the pool equipment, abri furnishing, fencing and paving / decking were within our own purview so hard work and books / forums were de-rigour. We also needed to house the pool filter, pump and associated equipment, all of which was new to us, so steep was the learning curve!

With our first guests due in June 2013 there was a lot to do, so although the pool paving and drainage took another few seasons to complete, followed by wooden decking under the abri, works were thankfully completed in time to offer a great environment in which to escape and relax.

Over the years we have improved and added facilities to enhance this experience, with continuous improvement being the moto to ensure guests continue to thoroughly enjoy the facilities.

Recent additions have included a pool heater (2018 - for low season use) and an automated pool cover (2022) to better regulate water temperature and make life easy. A pool robot and large filtration system (which runs 24/7) does the heavy lifting regarding water quality and our aim is to always keep the poolside equipment maintained and up to date. Guest feedback is paramount but we aim to please, as our testimonials tend to confirm...