Hotel: The Scarlet’s reedbed swimming pool

by Sasha Wilkins on August 12, 2010 · 12 comments


I adore swimming outdoors, in rivers, ponds and the sea given a preference, although the odd Olympic swimming pool will also do nicely. I am also very partial to the idea of a swimming pool that thinks it’s a pond. And that’s another reason why I loved The Scarlet in Cornwall. Their chemical-free outdoor swimming pool is filtered by reeds with a huge granite diving stone.


Perched over Mawgan Porth beach, with the most extraordinary views, I think it is the most exciting pool I have ever seen. And that’s from a girl who never thought she would be swayed from her love of Hampstead Heath Ladies Pond.


As one gingerly walks down the steps, the cold grabs all conscious thoughts, and all you can do is launch yourself forth, holding your breath, striking out for the end, keeping on going until you either warm up, or become numb. Either way it is invigorating.


Although I don’t like the sensation of cold kneecaps, which is quite odd. Then again if one does decide to swim in a pool that is just 19C (66F), I think cold kneecaps come as standard.


It must be said that getting out and swaddling oneself in a thick, warm cotton dressing gown is almost as pleasurable as scything through the water.

My photos of the hotel & a short film of my room are here.

LLG & lil’sis were guests of The Scarlet

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachael August 12, 2010 at 16:55

Wow, this place is amazing…would love to stay there someday!!


Cal August 12, 2010 at 17:48

Oh gorgeous.

I’m also a fan of the Ladies Bathing Pond. You also prompted me to google to see if I could find a photo of the waterfall and pool I used to swim in above the village I lived in on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. I didn’t find any of that but did find this one
at the other end of the same island. Check out the ‘natural’ (well helped by Hong Kong’s engineers) infinity pool. How come I never found that whilst I was living there? (Though I would probably have been too obedient to swim somewhere that says ‘no swimming’)


Andrea August 12, 2010 at 17:53

Wow that looks amazing! That view is absolutely gorgeous!!


haidee August 12, 2010 at 18:20

love the idea of a natural pool. I have that and its cooled the sea accept in england the sea is cold but i still love it. I just saw loads of shooting stars they were amazing :)



miss cavendish August 12, 2010 at 18:24

Lovely. It seems vaguely Arthurian.


Camila August 12, 2010 at 19:03

That looks… slightly creepy. But nice! In a slightly creepy way…


Rose August 13, 2010 at 06:09

isn’t that stunning! and I love that it’s different. Beautiful view. Ah Cornwall- when will I see you again


She Wore It Well Blog August 14, 2010 at 09:28

Stunning indeed LLG. You’re a lucky gal.



sonya August 14, 2010 at 19:54

jaw-on-the-floor gorgeous


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