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our natural Swimming pond


We are proud to have created an exciting new feature here at CHB and it is a truly lovely spot!

What was an old horse pond has been turned into a crystal clear swimming pond. The vibrant ecology of plants and animals condition the water so there is no need for any chemical disinfectants. The water holds a diverse ecosystem teeming with freshwater microorganisms constantly filtering the water.

Swimming in a swimming pond is quite a different experience to a ‘normal’ pool or the sea. As you float among flowering plants of lilies, iris and marsh marigolds you may see newts, frogs, dragonflies (and even a grass snake); but all are completely harmless and they will keep well out of your way!

The temperature in the summer is usually 20-25 Celsius, but it’s amazing how quickly you get used to it and there are warmer spots in the shallows. The water feels like silk against your skin, eyes and hair.

Guests in Dragonfly Cabin have free private access to the jetty and pond, but if Pigsty and Cowshed guests would like to take a dip, or just sit and watch the wildlife, they can book a private session and have the water all to themselves at either 11am-12pm or 3-4pm each day for a £10 fee. We will provide crocs, fluffy robes and pool towels.