Earlier this week, we had a glimpse of what summer promises – sunshine – for an entire day. It may have been shortlived but it was definitely a day that would have been enhanced significantly if only we had a swimming pool in our home.

According to SPATA (the Swimming Pools And Allied Trades Association), there are an estimated 240,000 in-ground and above ground residential pools in the UK, 85 per cent of which are outdoor pools.

Running costs depend, of course, on the size, depth and location of your pool but SPATA calculates that the average daily energy and chemical cost of running an indoor domestic 8m x 4m pool is about £7.50 compared with about £5 per day for an outdoor pool (dependant on the swimming season, the pool air and water temperature, the ambient temperature, the extent of any room glazing and the cost of the heat source).

So, if you fancy taking a dip in your own private pool, here are a few of the properties in our region that not only come up trumps in the style stakes, but also have a swimming pool in which to indulge.

Paradora, Belbroughton Road, Blakedown, near Hagley

You don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy the luxury of a swimming pool in your home, as Paradora demonstrates.

This four-bedroom Spanish-style villa in Blakedown, near Hagley, has a large brick pavior courtyard with parking for a number of vehicles and once inside, the open plan flow of the property ensures relaxed living and a great space for entertaining.

Submitted picture from Jayne Howarth Homes with pools Paradora pool, Belbroughton Road, Blakedown

The formal dining room easily seats eight diners and the large, light sitting room with marble effect tiled floor has two arched sliding doors and a window that overlooks the rear terrace, heated swimming pool and lawn.

Outside has a large entertaining terrace, plus swimming pool that wraps around the rear of the property and lawn and borders.

* Paradora has a guide price of £475,000.

* For more details, call agent Gregson Page on 01905 852007.

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Submitted picture from Jayne Howarth Homes with pools Linthurst exterior

Linthurst Court, Barnt Green

This substantial Victorian property sits in large, manicured grounds and has expansive rural views, but is just a few miles from Birmingham and Solihull and about half a mile from Barnt Green railway station.

As well as eight bedrooms, five of which are en suite, and four reception rooms, this home comes complete with a generously sized (65’3” x 30’9”) indoor swimming pool complex with sauna and hot tub.

Submitted picture from Jayne Howarth Homes with pools Linthurst pool

If the electronically operated security gates that open into a sweeping driveway don’t impress, then the beautifully handcrafted front door that opens into the stunning entrance hallway surely will.

Altogether, the buyer will enjoy 8,664 sq ft of accommodation, plus grounds and gardens, and detached triple garage.

* Linthurst Court has a guide price of £1.725m.

* For more details, call agent Oulsnam on 0121 445 3311.

Submitted picture from Jayne Howarth Homes with pools Beechmont, Jesson Road

Beechmont, Jesson Road, Walsall

Set back from the road behind electronic gates, Beechmont is located in a desirable tree-lined avenue and has been extended to offer about 5,000 sq ft of accommodation, including five bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool complex with sitting room, fully fitted bar and snooker room.

The indoor pool complex has full-height windows that have views of the gardens and there is plenty of space in which to exercise, thanks to the 11m x 5m mosaic tiled swimming pool.

Submitted picture from Jayne Howarth Homes with pools Beechmont, Jesson ROAD

There’s also air conditioning and a sound system, separate fully tiled shower room and pool room which houses boiler, pump and air conditioning and plumbing facilities.

The first floor comprises two bedroom suites and two further bedrooms, plus a final bedroom/dressing room is fully fitted with hanging space, drawer units and shoe storing facilities.

* Beechmont has a guide price of £1.2m.

* For more details, call agent Paul Carr Rural and Exclusive Homes on 0121 308 5511.

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Submitted picture from Jayne Howarth Homes with pools 29 The Crescent exterior

The Firs, The Crescent, Hampton in Arden

Located in one of Hampton in Arden’s most desirable private roads, this Edwardian detached house with five bedrooms and an annexe is both charming and attractive.

The Firs offers plenty of space, with even the reception hall – at 21’9” x 13’ 10” – larger than many people’s lounges.

Submitted picture from Jayne Howarth Homes with pools 29 The Crescent pool

The ground floor has a cloakroom, drawing room, family room, plus formal dining room.

The pool complex has a tongue and groove panelled vaulted ceiling, wide French doors, a heated tiled swimming pool (8m x 4m) with roller cover, a feature circular glass floor cover above an illuminated well, plus boiler, wc, shower, changing room and cellar.

As well as the main house, there is a home office annexe with reception area and office space (13’3” x 11’ 4”) and a deep, double detached garage.

* The Firs has a guide price of £1.35m.

* For more details, call agent Hunters on 01564 770707.

Submitted picture from Jayne Howarth Homes with pools The Manor House, Blackwell Road, Barnt Green

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Manor House, Blackwell Road, Barnt Green

Built in 2004, The Manor House is an impressive seven double bedroom home set over three floors, plus three acres of grounds, which include a wildlife area with two duck ponds and floodlit landscaped gardens.

If you want to replicate the pool party vibe, then you’ll be pleased to know that the outdoor heated kidney-shaped swimming pool also has Bose sound surround. There’s a hot tub, too.

Inside, you’ll find about 6,912 sq ft of space – not including the attic – with three reception rooms, large conservatory, luxury bespoke kitchen and utility room with integrated appliances on the ground floor, which has underfloor heating.

Submitted picture from Jayne Howarth Homes with pools The Manor House, Blackwell Road, Barnt Green - exterior

On the first floor, there are six double bedrooms, all of which have fitted oak wardrobes and en suite facilities – the master bedroom suite includes a dressing room – plus a sitting/hobbies room and purpose-built gymnasium.

The second floor features a further bedroom suite with en suite, sitting room and integrated Bose sound system and vision system.

Outside you’ll also find a three-car garage with electric doors and store cupboard, burglar alarm, external security lighting.

* Manor House has a guide price of £1.75m.

* For more details, call agent Arden of Barnt Green on 0121 447 8300.