A Perfect Pool House Design for an English Summer

Stephanie Dunning Pool House

Stephanie Dunning Perfectly Designed Pool House

Let’s face it. Not many of us have pools, let alone a pool house. English Summers are not conducive to spending hard earned cash on a swimming pool that can only be used for a handful of days a year. But if I did have a pool (you know when my lottery numbers finally come up, like) it would be a pool like this. Big enough to do laps in or course. No point in having a pool without a reason to use it for actual exercise. With a perfect pool house just like this one designed by Stephanie Dunning.

Stephanie Dunning Perfectly Designed Pool House

The log burner is from Dinghams.

And it is pretty much near perfect.

Inside, there are squishy sofas either side of a wood burner – for those not so perfect days. Imagine putting your feet up here after a splash, surrounded by natural light with stunning views of the surrounding garden and landscape beyond. In fact, this pool house isn’t just a place to dry off after a dip in the water; inside it’s also outfitted with a cooking and dining area for whole days of Summer lounging.

Stephanie Dunning Perfectly Designed Pool House

The kitchen units are painted in Lamp Room Grey from Farrow & Ball and were hand-built by The English Joinery Company.

Stephanie Dunning Perfectly Designed Pool House

A pair of lamps were sourced from Graham & Green and sit atop a console table from Scumble Goosie.

Stephanie Dunning Perfectly Designed Pool House

Bespoke horizontal wood planking lends a cabin feel to the comfortable seating area which opens on to wood decking. The bespoke sofas were created by SDID and covered in an Ian Mankin stripe. Cushions are by Inky Velvet.  

Stephanie Dunning Perfectly Designed Pool House

The oak frame building is surrounded by hornbeam hedging and there is a perfect spot for al fresco dining. The wicker outdoor furniture is by OKA. The glass panel doors are painted in Pidgeon by Farrow & Ball. And the hand-crafted planters are filled with box balls and lavender.

Stephanie Dunning Pool House

Hand crafted by The English Joinery Company and simply, comfortably styled in a muted palette, Stephanie’s client wanted an ideal summer space for a growing family, where sport and leisure take everyone out of the main house. And I think that’s exactly what they got.

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10 Comments

  1. Reply

    Fresh Design Blog

    May 16, 2017

    Oh wow, that looks superb and very nicely designed. I wouldn’t want to go out all summer!

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      deardesigner

      May 16, 2017

      I wouldn’t get much work done either Rachel. x

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    Kimberly ~ Swoon Worthy

    May 16, 2017

    Oh wow, that’s absolutely beautiful! Shame the English weather isn’t all that conducive to outdoor pools but my goodness, it would definitely be the dream! Love this… xx

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      deardesigner

      May 16, 2017

      I do fear you might use the log burner more often than the pool lol. x

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    Maxine Brady

    May 16, 2017

    Where do I sign up? My utter dream to have a pool and a perfect pool house to match, I love the timber facade of the building and the log burner for when it’s cold.

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      deardesigner

      May 16, 2017

      Maybe we could pool (pardon the pun) our savings and get one together haha. x

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    May 15, 2017

    Oh my word. Can you imagine having that beautiful outdoor space to use every day??! Love it!!

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 15, 2017

      You’d never need to go on holiday that’s for sure x

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    Kate

    May 15, 2017

    Oh to have a pool and a pool house! Wouldn’t that be the dream? This one is lovely, can totally see you at home here x

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      May 15, 2017

      I really will have to win the lottery first haha x

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