Yorkshire Spa Retreat

Natural Pool



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The Yorkshire Spa Swim Pond is a commercial natural swimming pool project and one of the UK’s first Spa swimming ponds.

Yorkshire Spa Retreat Swimming Pond

Designed especially for 40 spa guests to swim each day, all year round in biologically filtered, chemical-free water, immersed in nature.

Lady swimming in Natural Pool

The pool has a footprint of nearly 400m2 and is the focal point of the spa garden, surrounded by sensory, pollinator-friendly planting wrapping around recreational spaces where guests relax beside the water, immersed in nature watching swallows dip and dragonflies dart across the water.

Overhead photo

Through thoughtful design, mineral filters and the pool’s biological filters are positioned under sun decks to optimise the recreational space and bring people close to the water to relax in between spa treatments.

Relaxing by pool

The pool has a shallow swim zone 13m long x 4.5m wide, surrounded by a generous, curving regeneration zone where deep aquatic plants carry out hydro-botanical filtration. Here water lilies are starting to flower in their first year, oxygenators grow underwater and a fringe of attractive marginal plants grow around the water’s edge.

Biological filtration

Within the first 6 months of completion, the pool has increased biodiversity, attracting amphibians, newts, pond life, and bats - a haven for people and wildlife.

Pond life

The swimming pond offers a unique spa experience for guests-many coming to the spa especially to swim and enjoy the health benefits of wild swimming in the pure, sparkling clear water.


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