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To wonder why on earth people in the UK have outdoor swimming pools?

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KenAdams Tue 30-Apr-13 20:22:00

We're looking at houses at the moment and are coming across some that have outdoor pools. Why?! In the UK you'd hardly ever get to use them! And it's usually houses that could have had the money better spent in other ways.

FayeKorgasm Tue 30-Apr-13 22:08:51

The previous owners of our house filled the one in in the garden. I'm glad, it saved us a job.

An outdoor pool is madness in the UK.

VonHerrBurton Tue 30-Apr-13 22:18:25

A friend of ds's has one in his garden. Its big, has a springboard and a little slide and when I say the boys play in it for hours - I mean HOURS, from 10am til teatime with a 30 second break for a sandwich at lunchtime!

I have loads of happy memories of when they were all much younger and us mums would sit around in the garden eating cake. Now theyre all 10/11 we're not really needed but I do miss it!

I am thrilled they have the opportunity to spend any half decent days there, the parents are uber laid back and happy to have a few dc around. So in answer to your question, I guess in my experience yabu, but I totally get that in a high % of cases they must be a total waste of space!

quoteunquote Tue 30-Apr-13 22:18:47

I love swimming outside, do so most day all year round, mostly in the sea, river, but I do use several outdoor pools, some belonging to friends and a community one,

the only two are heated, both on ground heat exchange, so very cheap to run.

probably the only thing that would make me move from this house would be to move somewhere I could put in one of these, I really want one

VonHerrBurton Tue 30-Apr-13 22:21:43

quoteubquote - that is gorgeous!

TiggyD Tue 30-Apr-13 22:22:42

The outdoor pool of my smaller yacht is heated, but I use the indoor pool and let the staff use the outside one. Too much noise from the helipad.

valiumredhead Tue 30-Apr-13 22:23:13

If it was heated I would swim every day in the UK, it would have to be arctic to stop me.

usualsuspect Tue 30-Apr-13 22:23:25

I hate it when all the houses you want to buy have swimming pools.

plim Tue 30-Apr-13 22:27:56

We rented a house with an outdoor heated pool and used it less than a dozen times in a year. It's so expensive to run - like 4k a year just to heat it then there's the cleaning, the chemicals etc etc. I thought we would use it loads but it was more trouble than it's worth.

Wickedgirl Tue 30-Apr-13 22:29:36

We have an outdoor pool and every summer our garden is full of children wanting to swim in it. Pool parties are great fun and although we do close it down for winter, it is lovely to swim for as long as we like in the nice weather. In summer, we all spend the whole day in the garden and pool.

I know several people with pools too......they are quite popular in my area

valiumredhead Tue 30-Apr-13 22:29:59

Such a drag isn't it usual? <sigh>

Bowlersarm Tue 30-Apr-13 22:32:55

We have a fair amount of friends with pools. A few years ago we must have had several consecutive hot summers because I remember we and our DS's spent many a happy weekend with various friends in their various pools. Last few summers the weather has been bad so it's a bit difficult to envisage.

Beehatch Tue 30-Apr-13 22:34:42

Whenever we fly in to Gatwick or Heathrow I'm always flabbergasted at the number of outdoor swimming pools you can spot littering the home counties. Yet I know precisely zero people with one - clearly don't mix in the right circles!

KenAdams Tue 30-Apr-13 22:41:18

unchartered that's just it, our budget isn't big AT ALL! I understand if you had a house worth millions and had everything else, but these aren't the most expensive houses in the world by a long shot!

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 22:45:47

The idea of swimming in lakes makes me feel a bit wibbly. Aren't you frightened of slithery eels and creepy unknowns. I just know that the arm of a corpse would grab a hold of me.

I like the idea of Lidos though, they have a kind of 1930s glamour (in my mind).

OhThePlacesYoullGo Tue 30-Apr-13 22:46:16

DP's parents have an amazing indoor swimming pool. It's huge, so you can swim proper laps and one wall is glass and opens to the gardens. Think an outdoor pool would hardly ever be in use, so massive waste of space and money.

KenAdams Tue 30-Apr-13 22:50:54

quote I think I'd be worried about creepy things, but its very pretty!

An indoor pool I could do not that we can afford a house that has one but I wouldn't want to be in a heated outdoor pool in most of the weather we have because they really aren't that warm.

whois Tue 30-Apr-13 23:18:11

My old gym had an outdoor pool. Was magical swimming in it in the dark with the steam rising up. A little earie too.

If I had wads of cash is have one of those ones who've are firmly inside, but where one whole wall is glass that folds back so kinda outside in summer. Much more practical. And if have a swing fitted that you could swing on and launch off into the pool. And a slide.

whois Tue 30-Apr-13 23:29:01

quoteunquote noooo I've been terribly put off those natural pools. Stayed in a boutique hotel in morocco once which boasted a natural chemical free pool - both me and my friend came out in a terrible rash and it stripped the colour out of her dyed hair!

Talkinpeace Tue 30-Apr-13 23:42:56

the best bit of my gym is the frosty mornings when the sun is shining and the steam on the pool only moves as you swim!

'chemical free' pools are only good if you know the owner and know how well its cleaned between swimmers ....
NOT ideal in a hotel!

sweetestcup Tue 30-Apr-13 23:49:52

Im taking a really wild guess here ken but I would think you dont live in Scotland? grin I do and as much as I love outdoor swimming pools (we hire a cottage in France with one every year) I dont fancy being hospitalised with hypothermia, as much as I would adore an outdoor pool!

Callofthefishwife Tue 30-Apr-13 23:50:48

I would love one but its just a fantasy for us as we will never afford a home with one. I admit the reality of running and maintaining a pool must be pretty grim.

That said I think its for people in denial that they live in the UK. I am also baffled at the recent craze in recent years for people to furnish their gardens with suites like this

Dont get me wrong. I love them. Think they look great and if I lived some where hot and sunny I would be the first person wanting something like this - but this is the UK. How do these things look after a typical wet summer on the patio or decking??? Do you need to keep rushing out to bring the cushions in every time it rains??? Do you leave the cushions off when not in use - so it looks nothing like the picture but hollow empty furniture???? I just dont get it - the idea and image in theory is lovely but are we being sold a lifestyle that really is not fit for the typical wet UK summer???

Still18atheart Tue 30-Apr-13 23:53:03

YABU because about 1 - 5 days a year it's really sunny and the temperature goes above -3

Still18atheart Tue 30-Apr-13 23:56:03


Cherriesarelovely Wed 01-May-13 00:00:33

I REALLY want to know more about the "swimming lake"!

Talkinpeace Wed 01-May-13 00:05:47

its similar to the basingstoke one

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