Tim and Tina Cowen, Norfolk
Tim and Tina Cowen and their teenage children live between London and a listed property in north Norfolk. "I had known about swimming ponds for a while, as I used to travel a lot in Austria and Germany," says Tim. "But what really caught our attention was seeing a friend's swimming pond - we went round there one evening and we said that's fantastic. There has also been a bunch of stuff in the papers and magazines over the years, plus I grew up in the Lake District so the idea of swimming in ponds was quite natural."
"From May onwards it's been warm, and even though the weather hasn't been great the fact that it's summer anyway makes it warm enough. And when the sun's out the passive solar heating round the edges does make a difference.
"The water is completely clear and we get a lot of wildlife. It's quite therapeutic tendering the plants. It's definitely a water garden and not a pool. We wanted to integrate the design into the rest of the garden and we had gone very much for a grasses garden. So the pond fits in well in that respect.
"We've had a lot of barbeques here and kids will go in the pond whatever the weather. People who come round love it - it is spectacular isn't it."