Sarah Murch

Enjoy crystal clear, chemical-free water and a lower cost than other natural pools.

Swimming ponds are concrete-free. They’re constructed by excavating and profiling earth-shaped walls to form a swim zone surrounded by regeneration zones where beautiful aquatic water plants help balance the water.

The pool is lined using either a 1.00mm EPDM or 1.2mm TPO flexible liner and they have the same biological filtration system as a natural swimming pool so you can enjoy swimming in crystal clear, chemical-free water. 

With plenty of space for swimming, they're a naturalistic retreat for wildlife lovers and anyone wanting to wild swim in their own garden. 

With less construction involved, swimming ponds are also a lower-cost natural pool option.

Crystal-clear, chemical-free water, always 

Beautiful water plants sit in the swimming pond, naturally purifying and filtering the water, keeping it hygienically clean. Our swimming ponds are also fitted with world-renowned Biotop water balancing technology to keep the water crystal clear.


What are the benefits of a swimming pond?

Naturalistic outline makes it ideal for country gardens. 

The swimming zone and regeneration areas are separated by low submerged walls leaving you plenty of space to enjoy clear, hygienic, living water without the need for chemicals.

The water appears effortlessly natural by a carefully planned hydraulic system hard at work below the surface circulating the water through biological and mineral filters, ensuring it’s hygienic and fit for swimming all year round.

The result is a balanced pool, with water that feels like a mountain lake close to its source: soft, sparkling and with an energy that’s both rejuvenating and relaxing. And just like your garden, natural pools change with the seasons, giving you a still, reflective surface in winter which is where they get their name, sky mirrors.

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Long swimming season thanks to natural thermal gain, with temperatures reaching 26C in summer.

Magnet for wildlife using regeneration zones with native aquatics and marginal flowering plants.

Beautiful all year and changes with the seasons like a garden.

Can seamlessly blend with your garden.

Lower construction costs and smaller ecological footprint than other pools.

Minimal maintenance with a professional service in winter. 

Low running costs.

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How much does a swimming pond cost?

Costs are approximate and exclude VAT. Final costs are subject to design, finish, ground conditions, access and location. Costs do not include decking and paving around the pool.

100m2 earth excavation - £80,000
200m2 earth excavation - £140,000
300m2 earth excavation - £190,000
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What maintenance is involved with a swimming pond?

Customer maintenance

Only low-level maintenance is needed during the swimming season. The pool swim zone floor should be vacuumed once a month and the skimmer needs checking and emptying daily – it takes just a couple of minutes. In autumn, leaves need removing using a net.

Professional servicing

Cost: around £800 per pool service plus travel

Each winter our pool maintenance team services your natural pool, cuts back the water plants, cleans and vacuums the pool and services the pumps and filters. We test and analyse your pool's water to ensure it's balanced.

Once every 4-5 years your pool requires a full service. The regeneration areas are thoroughly cleaned, ensuring your pool remains in good health with crystal-clear water.

During the swimming season we offer a consultation visit to assess pool plant growth and establishment.


In-pool Features

From experience, we appreciate how the smaller details can have a big impact on making the most of your pool. Boulders, jetties, stepping stones, play beaches and more add to your experience in the water.

With carefully considered pool hydraulics, you can enjoy a still, reflective pool for peace and tranquillity. We can create mesmerising ripples spreading across the water's surface or make it livelier with water bubbling up through boulders, or splashing into the pool via a millstone or rill. 

Optimising natural thermal gain means you can use your pool for more months of the year, and with lighting, you can enjoy it after dark.

A natural pool offers much more than swimming. Whether you’re looking for family fun, alfresco dining, quiet contemplation or a place to reconnect with nature, a hidden getaway in a hammock or a sundeck with loungers – our expertise doesn’t stop at the water’s edge.

Our pool design and landscaping teams incorporate sun decks, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living spaces and saunas, all surrounded by beautiful planting, integrating your natural pool into your garden.

Your pool will become the focus of family life and a retreat….just as ours has.

Stepping stones
Play beaches
Water ril

Aquatic and Ecological Planting

Water plants are key to hydro-botanical (chemical-free) filtration. Our understanding of the different aquatic species, their function and where and how they grow best in your pool means your pool will thrive. Read More...

And by adopting a naturalistic planting style in and around the water’s edge, your pool will be a magnet for wildlife and blend seamlessly into your garden.

Encourage wildlife
Natural water filtration
Soften pool edge
Water Lillies

Biological Filtration

Biological water filtration is at the core of our natural pools, so you can swim in sparkling clear, chemical-free water all year round. Water is hygienically filtered and purified naturally by water plants and a special Biotop filtration system. Swimming in your natural pool is like wild swimming in your garden. You’ll enjoy proven health benefits in a pool that’s good for the environment. Read More...

We trained with world leaders and natural pool pioneers, Austria-based Biotop, and have extensive experience in biological water filtration. Biotop has over 30 years' experience of living water filtration, and its approach is cutting-edge and research-led. Its multi-patented water balancing equipment is designed and constructed specially for natural pools and is the best on the market. So, you can be sure your water is free from chemicals, hygienic, low maintenance and crystal clear all year round.

Sparkling clear water
Chemical free and hygienic
Environment and health benefits
Low maintenance
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You're welcome to visit our natural swimming pool at Ellicar Gardens to see our work up close. You can explore our gardens too, and discuss your project and ideas with us.

Please get in touch with us to arrange a private visit.

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