Last updated: May 26, 2012 12:10 am

Hot property: Natural pools

The best homes from around the world with their own natural lochs, ponds and rock pools for swimming
Ridge Road Farm, Clarens, Eastern Free State, South Africa

Ridge Road Farm, Clarens, Eastern Free State, South Africa, R4.5m (£342,050)

Where About 10km from Clarens, 339km north-west of Durban, and 300km from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

What A five-bedroom, three-bathroom house designed in a French provincial style in 2005. Set above a private gorge, the exterior of the house is constructed from local natural stone. The plot is 28 hectares and is populated by local indigenous game such as buck, otter and wildebeest.

Why Next to the house, a natural rock pool of roughly 4m x 4m x 5m has been made into a horizon pool. The water is filtered from a borehole on the property, with sandstone rock forming the underlying shape of the pool.

Who Fine & Country South Africa, www.fineandcountry.co.za, tel: +27 (0)58 256 1734

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Blervie House Estate, Moray, Scotland

Blervie House Estate, Moray, Scotland, £2.5m

Where About 22 miles from Inverness Airport, 78 miles from Aberdeen and three miles from Forres (for shops, railway station and hotels).

What A 16-bedroom Edwardian house set on 190 acres. There is an integral housekeeper’s wing, with three additional bedrooms. Outbuildings include stables, kennels and garages.

Why A path off the entrance drive leads to Cock’s loch, a two-and-a-half acre natural pool. There is a pontoon and a small boat on the loch, used as a picnic spot. The owners also release ducks on to the loch every year.

Who Strutt & Parker, www.struttandparker.com, tel: +44 (0)131 226 2500

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Fustic House, St Lucy, Barbados

Fustic House, St Lucy, Barbados, $15.75m

Where On the west coast of Barbados, 38km from Grantley Adams International Airport and 4km from Speightstown.

What A 10-acre plantation estate dating from 1740. There are four separate wings with seven en-suite bedrooms and seven reception rooms.

Why The property was restored in the 1970s by then owner Oliver Messel, a stage and film designer. The natural swimming pool is carved out of coral stone. At night, external lighting illuminates the area for swimming.

Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com, tel: +44 (0)20 7629 8171

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Hisa Zenia, Slap ob Idrijci, Slovenia

Hisa Zenia, Slap ob Idrijci, Slovenia, €850,000

Where About 90km from the capital Ljubljana, where there is an international airport. The town of Tolmin is 12-minutes’ drive away.

What A restored house set in a private country estate of six hectares with countryside views. The main house has seven bedrooms and first-floor terraces.

Why A path leads from the house to a natural swimming pool that has been fitted with underwater lights for night-time swimming. The Soca river, for white-water rafting and kayaking, is just six minutes away, and the Idrijca river, with the best fly fishing in the area, is also close by.

Who Savills, www.savills.com/international, tel: +44 (0)20 7016 3740

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Quarry Lake, 28 Baylis Lane, Bedford, New York

Quarry Lake, 28 Baylis Lane, Bedford, New York, $4.495m

Where In Bedford, Westchester County, about 48 miles north of New York City. Newark, JFK and LaGuardia international airports are about an hour’s drive away.

What A five-bedroom house remodelled in 2007. Set in 18 acres of a gated estate, there are groomed trails, an ice-skating pond, a waterfall and a large herb garden.

Why The price has been reduced by $500,000, and owners can swim in a nearby spring-fed rock quarry pool.

Who Houlihan Lawrence, www.houlihanlawrence.com, tel: +1 914 234 9099

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