Potty about Pools

“Open water swimming is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK which is why now is the perfect time to consider buying a house with a swimming pool.”

Says James Wyatt, Partner of Barton Wyatt, the leading prime estate agent in Virginia Water, Surrey.

“It seems to me that ever since David Walliams swam the length of the River Thames people have taken to swimming like ducks to water and it’s become a trendy way to keep fit” James continues. “Testament to our love of swimming here in Surrey, you can’t move at the weekends without bumping into a triathlon – particularly in the summer months!”

Although the name Virginia Water might suggest utopia for the avid swimmer, the man-made lake cannot itself be used for swimming leaving those more at home in the water looking for an alternative. For many this means purchasing a home complete with onsite swimming pool.

According to Barton Wyatt the number of houses coming onto the market in Virginia Water in 2015 with swimming pools has nearly doubled- with currently 1 in 4 homes for sale having either indoor or outdoor pools.

Swimming is unquestionably one of the finest ways to keep fit.  Few, if any other, sports works as many muscle groups at the same time giving swimmers a total body workout every time they get in the pool.  Swimming reduces the risk of illness, it keeps your body trim and is very low impact making it ideal for those of all ages.

James Wyatt, an avid swimmer himself, goes onto say:

“Swimming pools are one of those enigmas when it comes to selling houses.  Buyers know that they can be hard work to look after but the lure of a pool in your back garden is often a clincher. The family turns up to view a property and once the children have seen the pool it’s almost impossible for them not to want it.”

So for those ready to take the plunge, here’s a selection of the finest homes available through Barton Wyatt with swimming pools:

Winbar, South Ascot                                                                                    £2,600,000

Entrance hall, Cloakroom, Dining room, Drawing room, Study, Utility, Conservatory, Five bedrooms (three en-suite) Family bathroom, Garage with separate guest/staff flat with living room/bedroom six and bathroom, Large outdoor area with swimming pool, BBQ, Jacuzzi, Kitchen, Large tiled terraced entertainment area and pool house, Gardens of 0.62 of an acre, Approximately 4,000 sq ft.

Roundbarrow House, Sunningdale                                                           £3,950,000

Seven bedrooms, Five bath/shower rooms, Second floor sitting room, Drawing room, Dining room, Sitting room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Games room, Basement plant room, Large two bay garage with one bedroom staff flat over, Swimming pool beautiful gardens amounting to approximately one acre in all.

The Ridge, Wentworth, Surrey                                                                  £8,750,000

Six bedrooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms, four reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, entertainment room, cinema, staff kitchen/utility room, gymnasium/games room with adjoining shower room, double garage, outdoor swimming pool, gardens of approximately 1.1 acres facing south to the rear. A stunning Georgian style family home beautifully presented with high ceilings and large windows. The property is situated in the very heart of the Wentworth Estate backing onto the Executive Course and set in delightfully secluded gardens of approximately 1.5 acres with an outdoor swimming pool.

Broomfield House, Windlesham                                                               £4,350,000

Five bedrooms (three bedrooms with en-suite facilities, master with en-suite dressing room and bathroom) family bathroom, reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, family room, study, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, two cloakrooms, indoor swimming pool complex, triple garage with one bedroom staff flat above, tennis court, secluded landscaped gardens and grounds of approximately 1.68 acres.

For more details on these lavish homes with swimming pools contact Barton Wyatt on 01344 843 000 www.bartonwyatt.co.uk.