Wolsey Lodges with Pools

25 June 2019

Having your own swimming pool at home is often way too much hassle.

There's an ideal solution though. Let others do the work. Several Wolsey Lodges have swimming pools: visit in summer and you can take full advantage. Best of all, the Lodge owners are invariably as intensely proud of their pool as they are of their house, garden, and cuisine, and are only too delighted to see guests making use of their facilities.

Old Whyly - East Sussex

The banner photo shows the pool at Old Whyly, a Wolsey Lodge near Glyndebourne in the heart of East Sussex.

With a pool house cloaked in wisteria and sheltering walls trapping the heat of the sun, the pool at Old Whyly matches the elegance of the grounds, which many guests have compared to Sissinghurst. Old Whyly is very much in the forefront of the new wave of B&Bs: ultimately elegant and refined, offering a new level of sophistication and style.

The house itself is redolent with history, with foundations dating back a thousand years, and walls that could tell swashbuckling tales of the Royalist wars of the 16th century. This all adds to the pleasure of Old Whyly's very contemporary comforts.

Shirwell Park - North Devon

Shirwell  Park is a prime candidate. Though they're too modest to mention it on their website they do have a swimming pool, and a pool house, though it's somewhat lost amongst the many other attractions in their grounds. These include a duck flighting lake, walled vegetable and flower gardens, and meadows bright with rhododendron and azalea. There's also a 250-year-old chestnut tree and recently planted cider and perry orchards.

After your swim the property itself is of great interest. It dates back some 900 years to the reign of Henry I. In 1470 it passed by marriage into the hands of Chichester family, who continued in residence until the 1920s. Sir Francis Chichester, the first person to sail single-handed around the world, lived in the house as a child.

The swimming pool offers tranquil pleasures, but for more of a challenge the world-famous surf beaches of Croyde and Saunton Sands are a very short drive to the north. But Shirwell Park is simply a fantastic place to stay, whether you swim or not.

Spindrift Jordans - Buckinghamshire

Spindrift Jordans has a charming kidney-shaped pool, surrounded by flowers, in its own beautiful gardens inspired by Monet's gardens in Givenchy. This lodge is in the heart of the Chilterns, Quaker Country, in the village of Jordans. The Mayflower Barn, said to be made from the timbers of the eponymous ship, is right next to the historic meeting house, built in 1688. Local attractions include Windsor Castle, Hughendon and Clivedon manors and Beaconsfield. Access is easy: it's a short walk to Seer Green and Jordans railway station which reaches London Marlybone station in half an hour, and it's two minutes drive from the M40's junction 2.

Kilmokea - County Wexford, Eire

You can swim year-round in Kilmokea, a luxury manor house in County Wexford, as the swimming pool is indoors as part of a spa. This is in a beautiful stone building set around a sun terrace, and includes the indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, aromatherapy treatments and gym area. An all weather tennis court and croquet lawn completes the extensive facilities that make staying here such a pleasure.

Glebe House - East Devon

The far reaching view over the Coly Valley is just one excellent reason to visit this Georgian property near Colyton in Devon. Another reason to visit Glebe House centres on the leisure facilities, which include an outdoor heated swimming pool and tennis court. The historic fishing - and smuggling - towns of Beer and Branscombe are very close, and it's a short hop to Honiton, with its antiques and markets, or the cathedral city of Exeter. Your hosts here spent their lives on yachts; Chuck as a master mariner, Emma as a professional chef, so guests here are in very capable hands.

Beacon Hall House - Kent

Beacon Hall House has a beautiful heated swimming pool set in its seven acres of grounds, which also include a tennis court, paddocks and woodlands. There's also stabling for those who want to bring their own horse.

This is a great place to dine - your hostess Julie Jex keeps a very good table and offers two- or four-course dinners on request, but the village of Benenden - famous for its girls' school - is just a mile away, with two pubs and countless restaurants further afield.

Burnville House - Devon

Set on the edge of Dartmoor, Burnville House is at the heart of an organic working farm, with B&B rooms and self catering cottages offering a chance to experience rural life in beautiful surroundings. The swimming pool complements a tennis court and a games room, complete with skittles, meaning there's plenty to do between walks on the moor, visiting Tavistock, the Eden Project or the Lost Gardens of Heligan. A dip in the pool will wash your cares away.