Rebecca Reed of Galbraith said: “We are seeing an increasing number of purchasers looking for a swimming pool either in the grounds or an indoor pool. For families, having a pool is a really enjoyable way to socialize with friends and spend time together as a family. Some properties have a wing or basement area for the swimming pool or a separate pool house with showers or a sauna to really provide that home spa experience.

“Outdoor pools and natural swimming ponds are also increasingly popular as many people are interested in swimming outdoors 365 days a year, no matter how low the temperature drops! It is part of a wider focus on health and wellbeing  which has become increasingly evident over the past two years.”

Galbraith is currently marketing the following properties with a swimming pool :

Screel, Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway, Offers Over £575,000

Screel is a spacious detached house with a standalone pool house with 10-metre heated swimming pool and gym. The property has three bedrooms, three reception rooms and attractive mature gardens of over half an acre. Situated in the village of Rockcliffe, with beautiful sea views over the Solway Coast to Cumbria and within walking distance to the coast. At low tide it is possible to walk from the beach to the bird sanctuary of Rough Island.

Slade House, Arbroath, Angus, Offers Over £640,000

A wonderful country home with beautifully landscaped gardens and outdoor swimming pool, set in a private but accessible location about six miles from Arbroath and 17 miles from Dundee. The property has three reception rooms, five bedrooms (two en suite and with dressing rooms), study, utility room and two further bathrooms. There is a former stable, currently used as a gym and workshop, and a double garage. There is also a substantial two storey converted barn with potential for a variety of other uses.

Orchardknowes, Kippford, Dumfries and Galloway, Offers Over £850,000

Orchardknowes is an impressive stone-built family home, with plenty of space for entertaining, including two reception rooms and six bedrooms. The property has an outdoor swimming pool and almost three acres of formal gardens, tucked away at the end of a lane just outside the coastal village of Kippford. There is also a separate two bedroom gatehouse as well as a garage, former stables and garden stores. Lovely views across the estuary.

Grainfoot, Longniddry, East Lothian, Offers Over £440,000

A detached C-listed Victorian villa in the popular village of Longniddry  in East Lothian, with two reception rooms, and three double bedrooms (one en suite). Generous mature garden grounds to the front, side and rear. There is a 26ft swimming pool in an outbuilding which also has a sauna and gym area, shower and WC. The property is just 5 minutes’ walk from the train station and is ideal for commuters and families alike. Edinburgh is 14 miles and North Berwick is 10 miles.