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Natural Pool Design

Design your idyllic natural swimming pool


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Carlton Natural Pool

Designing Your Perfect Oasis

Ellicar is recognised as award-winning natural pool specialists. As landscape designers, horticulturalists, water specialists, and wildlife and wild swimming enthusiasts, natural pools bring together the best of what we do.

Your idyllic natural swimming pool is brought to life with our innate knowledge of design, build, materials, plants and landscapes, biological water filtration and Biotop’s world-renowned water balancing technology.

Accreditation by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and Horticultural Trade Association (HTA) means your pool will be created by a team recognised for meeting the highest landscape industry standards.



Award-Winning Designers

Founders Will and Sarah Murch have been constructing natural pools, wildlife ponds and gardens for over 20 years. They created their first natural swimming pool in their family gardens – now Ellicar HQ – and under the Ellicar brand, they've been designing and building natural pools for others to enjoy ever since.

Enhance your lifestyle

We've studied how people use water and interact with landscapes for many years. So, we understand how to design and build your natural pool for the way you want to use it.

Encourage bio-diversity and wildlife

Creation of biodiversity and habitat for wildlife, Planting schemes to attract and support wildlife

Blends seemlessly

Our skilled design creates an effortlessly natural-looking pool. Whether a naturalistic retreat at the end of your garden or a contemporary plunge pool by your patio, it will blend into your garden and complement your architecture.

Balanced with everyday practicality

Perhaps your priority is family fun with toddlers or teenagers, swimming lengths, or simply relaxing and watching wildlife while enjoying the occasional dip. Your pool will be as beautiful as you imagine yet practical and easy to look after.

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Design Consultation

We visit your garden to learn more about your ideas and assess the site. You tell us about your pool requirements and wish list, preferred style and finish, and we look at the best location and orientation for your pool to function optimally in your existing garden.

Site visit

Concept Visuals

Now we know your requirements and understand your site conditions, we're ready to design a pool that works with your lifestyle and garden. A concept plan pulls everything together so you can see your ideal pool start to take shape.

Visual Concept Plan

Construction Drawings

A 3D model and full set of technical drawings in AutoCAD specify your pool's filtration equipment, pumps, hydraulics and pipework layout. We detail construction drawings for the pool's chambers, drainage requirements, lining and aggregates.

Technical drawings

Planting Plans

Finally, we produce a set of pool planting plans and detailed pool finish drawings showing in–pool features, decking, paving and cladding options to finish the water's edge.

planting plans for naturalistic planting schemes

Your Project

Discuss Your Ideas

If you'd like to discuss your ideas for a Natural Pool Design Project and find out about the options available to you, please get in touch today to schedule an consultation call with our founder and chief designer, Sarah Murch.

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Other Services

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Pool Construction

We’ve studied how people use water and interact with landscapes for many years. So, we understand how to design and build your natural pool to be perfect for you and your family.

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Garden Design

Whether a family garden, country garden, wild meadowscape or woodland, we overlay our core principles with your vision and apply our landscape expertise to create a sanctuary for you and habitat for wildlife.

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If you have any questions about natural swimming pools, or you would like to discuss a project, please get in touch.

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