The heated outdoor pool families can hire with amazing views over Dove Stones

A swimming pool overlooking the picturesque Dove Stones can be hired out for private swim sessions.

The heated pool can be booked for family swims, one-to-one swimming lessons and will soon be hosting children’s birthday parties.

Installed in the grounds of Anita and Adam Claxton’s family home, it’s given swim instructor Anita somewhere to offer lessons from and provided a job for her disabled son Adam McQuillan, Adam’s stepson, who helps out.

The pool is hired out for public use and the couple’s other children – Autumn, 10, Ava, eight, Addison, five, and three-year-old Aurora – get to benefit from it too.

The pool is hired out for public use
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The spa pool is eight metres long with infinity swim jets and is heated to between 30 to 35C.

Anita said: “I became a swim instructor after wanting to help my own children develop with their aquatic skills. I had a wonderful opportunity to train and work for a wonderful company for several years, learning most of what I know.

“I will be grateful to them always for helping me so much that I had confidence to establish on my own and hopefully with the view that my son could be employed to help out and feel important.

“Now, instead of travelling to different pools to teach, I can remain home and offer a different kind of swimming teaching.”

Anita and Adam Claxton with Adam, Autum, Ava, Addison and Aurora
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The pool has understandably been massively popular with families wanting to enjoy the outdoors post lockdown.

Anita added: “We opened up to private families and for single swim sessions and they proved very popular, from helping customers who need exercise in warm water, to families who need much-needed quality time post Covid in a safe and secure outdoor setting.

“We also have a swim tether, something that has also proven popular to customers throughout lockdown.”

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Parties will be available once restrictions allow – ranging from £50 for the fish party package, which includes a one-and-a-half hour swim for five children with pool toys and sweet cones, to £90 for the whale party package which also offers use of the jacuzzi jets, pool game, food boxes and a birthday gift.

“We are introducing parties and new things, but as this is our home we are keeping it a small family run business, which can limit availability.” said Anita.

“The stunning backdrop of the very popular Dove Stones makes it very scenic and unique. It’s something very different outdoors.”

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Anita’s son Adam, who turns 18 this Sunday, suffered a brain injury after being knocked down on his way to the shop when he was eight.

He’s featured in the Manchester Evening News before when his mum spoke of his recovery.

Doctors put him in an induced coma after the incident in 2011 and Anita and his family were warned he was likely to be left with severe disabilities, if he survived at all.

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Describing Adam as ‘a miracle’, Anita says he’s rehabilitated over the last 10 years and ‘loves the freedom’ of using the pool independently and helping out there.

There are parking facilities at the site and groups get the use of a shower/changing room. See the Facebook page for more details.

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