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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.

Pinkdaisy4 Thu 02-May-13 14:13:28

Two words.......pool drains!!!!

Wickedgirl Thu 02-May-13 12:31:10

Action girl........if it turns green you just have to "shock" it as long as the Ph levels are normal. Let all the algae drop to the bottom and then "suck" it to waste ( hope that makes sense)

IShallWearMidnight Wed 01-May-13 12:22:54

just looked on google maps, and in the posher bit near where I live, every third house has a swimming pool. In the even posher bit, they have swimming pools and tennis courts. Round our way we only have trampolines wink

actiongirl1978 Wed 01-May-13 12:01:02

Well, we have an outdoor pool and in the five years since we moved in, I have swum approximately 15 times, cost per swim about £200!

However we didn't have a heater, which we do now as we have tenants in there at the moment, and when we move back from abroad, we will use it a lot more as it will be heated and the children will be old enough to use it.

We put a full secure locked hardwood fence around ours and we now pay a man to open and close it, and come every two weeks all summer to keep it clean and the algae at bay (bad experience where it went completely green and we had to drain it a couple of years ago, very hard work!).

So yabu, I can see a lot of good times ahead with our pool now it is heated, though we close it between Oct and May so only use it during the warmer months.

However I can see your point, they are work that you might not want, they cost a lot to maintain, we had to put in a new liner, and the electric bill goes up obv when the filter is on!

aldiwhore Wed 01-May-13 10:58:46

We used our paddling pool for most of the summer last year, even when it rained, so we'd certainly use a heated outdoor pool!

Whether it's U or not I think depends on whether you use it or not.

IF I had one, and it was heated above freezing, I would be in it most days. I can swim happily for hours in the open air. I'd be less inclined to use an indoor pool.

quoteunquote Wed 01-May-13 10:41:16

I hate heated pools, grim.

I love swimming in the sea, rivers , lakes, locks all the year round, I get grumpy, if I don't get in at least once a day,

I only use a wet suit if I'm surfing/water sport in the winter, not for swimming.

it's just what you are use to, I had a childhood in Scotland, Himalayas, any place with mountains (my parents climbed a lot) , I grew up washing and jumping in and out of melt water,

we also lived in the tropics, but I never lost the ability to enjoy cold water, it also to me having lived in both climates, always think of cold water as some how safer, possible as swimming in tropical places there were always a lot of predators and venomous things to deal with,

When I surf here there are no sharks, well none to worry about.

we as humans went through a stage when we lost our hair, this is attributed to us taking to the water, we laid down fat layers instead, we walked upright in the water, cockle picking, shell fish are the easiest most reliable source of protein,

As part of evolution ,we came out of the water, went up the trees, came back down and into the water, lost our hair and learnt to walk up right, we are equipped to deal with cold water, you just have to decide to enjoy it.

once you enjoy it, you need it, very addictive.

I know quite a few people with natural pools, people have the water storage for agriculture anyway, if they are planted correctly, with the right balance of plants they stay crystal clear, and require almost no maintenance.

Jenijena Wed 01-May-13 09:58:26

Live in Cheaper Suburban Village, near Nicer Little Town, and am surprised that when stalking on rightmove looking around how there are always a couple of normal (3 bed semi) houses with the whole tiny garden converted into a pool.

Saves on cutting the grass I guess.

SconeInSixtySeconds Wed 01-May-13 09:40:17

I agree with melika when we were in Australia the unheated pool was only warm enough to swim in for 4 months a year - it would never be warm enough here! I cannot do cold water at all. <shivers>

bran Wed 01-May-13 09:27:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

melika Wed 01-May-13 09:18:26

Yabu. Even in hot countries, they need to be heated.

So let's not do us down yet again.

Salbertina Wed 01-May-13 09:14:47

Pool maintenance is really not that much hassle- have a permanent crawly thing to catch bugs etc, regularly check ph levels, chlorine not much else to do! Think its just because British people don't know about pools in the main, v easy tho once you've got used to it.

woopsidaisy Wed 01-May-13 09:10:36

My in laws have an out door heated pool. They have it lovely and hot when we go to visit and the DCs spend half of every day in it.
FIL is extremely fit, he uses it daily-but doesn't bother with the heating for himself. He breaks the ice off in Winter. shock
The have an out door sauna too, so he does that and then does freezing pool!
My FIL is amazing.

D0GWithAYoni Wed 01-May-13 09:08:58

My parents have a pool but its indoor and it really is such z lot of work effort and money if I inherit it ill turn it into stables grin

lljkk Wed 01-May-13 09:04:08

And how do you keep out nasty poisonous algae? Can't do much open water swimming near here due to those.

lljkk Wed 01-May-13 09:03:24

Do they have to be fenced (like in California)? Seems weird for the British to miss a safety regulation.

I am putting this on my "Reasons to move to California" list.

LondonMan Wed 01-May-13 08:47:56

YANBU. I used to assume that outdoor pools were virtually non-existent in the UK, because, given the climate, they are an insane idea. Then one day I flew out of London City Airport and as the plane banked over north-east London, I saw street after street where nearly every house had a pool. Could not believe it.

Salbertina Wed 01-May-13 08:37:39

We have a (small) outdoor pool.. But don't live in UK grin £4k on maintenance? We don't spend anywhere near that, maybe a few hundred pounds a yr max.

GemmaTeller Wed 01-May-13 08:33:35

Where I live in the UK, on the same road, there's a four bed detached with indoor pool for sale for £360k, another house about six doors added an indoor pool extension last year. Yet another house, on the other side of the field has an outdoor pool.

We're by no means posh or wealthy, I guess its a lifestyle choice but to me its too much faff and maintenance unless you pay someone to maintain it (but then I have a complete aversion to paying anybody for something I can do myself).

PatPig Wed 01-May-13 08:30:38

A sauna/jacuzzi shed seems more practical to me.

pinkr Wed 01-May-13 08:17:14

In Scotland there is a local outdoor salt water pool near my df house...used to love going as a kid!

LadyLech Wed 01-May-13 07:55:36

We have a few friends with swimming pools. They're great and my children like going to pool parties at their various friends houses. Although I never go in any of them, and neither do the adults. However, if the pool is heated it is amazing how lone children can stay in them / how the children want to go on them on even really cold days. When you have children, they do get used.

However, my minuscule house will never be big enough for a pool, so I pay the £40 a year to join the private village pool that is owned by the village next to ours and then spend the rest of the year regretting buying it, as the pool is not heated and we only ever make it once or twice all year! So maybe not worth it...

chrome100 Wed 01-May-13 07:41:43

I had a brief fling with triathlon a few years ago which involved open water swimming. Now I LOVE swimming and go everyday to my local leisure centre but this was a whole other kettle of fish. I spent the entirety of the hours lake swim pretty much hyperventilating from the cold, trying to catch my breath, my feet "burning" from the freezing water. Never Again. Why anyone would want to swim outdoors in this country is beyond me. I gave up after one season as I really thought I would die.

ComposHat Wed 01-May-13 01:15:33

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

I am having a similar problem, all the houses I want to buy have gold plated champagne fountains in the garden.

YellowTulips Wed 01-May-13 01:12:58

Why wouldn't you if you could afford it?

Personally I am loving the pictures of the swimming lakes from TalkinPeace - beautiful!

scurryfunge Wed 01-May-13 00:54:07

If the outdoor pool is heated you can still swim on cooler days. The southeast has better weather, so there is more use. Children don't seem to mind and it's great for a BBQ and party (teen magnet).

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