Dis­cover par­adise in the Cotswolds

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WITH IN­TE­RI­ORS DE­SIGNED by Kate Moss, Elle Macpher­son, Jade Jag­ger, Kelly Hop­pen, Phillipe Starck and the Yoo Stu­dio the Lakes by yoo are a gor­geous de­sign-led hol­i­day and week­end home des­ti­na­tion within a spa­cious yet truly pri­vate coun­try­side en­vi­ron­ment. The es­tate is lo­cated in the Cotswolds wa­ter park, 30 min­utes from Chel­tenham and only 1.5 hours from Lon­don. They of­fer a full se­cu­rity and concierge ser­vice, events man­age­ment, a be­spoke ac­tiv­i­ties team, ac­cess to a lux­u­ri­ous spa, a kids' club with plenty of out­door and in­door ac­tiv­i­ties, which makes it the per­fect fam­ily break in lux­u­ri­ous sur­round­ings in the Cotswolds. Prop­er­ties are ar­ranged into five cat­e­gories, de­pend­ing on their size, fa­cil­i­ties, fea­tures and fin­ish, be­gin­ning with ‘Spe­cial’ and pro­gress­ing to ‘One of a Kind’ and each prop­erty fea­tures stun­ning lake side or wood­land views.


We would say – noth­ing! Just re­lax and en­joy the beau­ti­ful views and the com­fort of your home. If you pre­fer to be more ac­tive there are lots of op­tions: not only can guests swim in all six lakes on the 850 acres es­tate, they can also book an ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties – from the Lakes by yoo very own zip wire to sail­ing, fish­ing, bik­ing and ca­noe­ing. Ac­tiv­i­ties how­ever don't stop there as golf, polo, horse rid­ing, wake board­ing and rally driv­ing can be ar­ranged close-by.


The life­style at the Lakes is re­laxed and in­vites you to un­wind and spend qual­ity time to­gether with your fam­ily. Think walks in the coun­try­side, healthy food and lazy af­ter­noons on sunny ter­races over­look­ing the lakes. If you pre­fer a bit more ex­cite­ment in the even­ing, the concierge team can ar­range mixol­o­gists or som­me­liers for the night, flow­ers, cakes or plan and or­gan­ise a full event – it’s all up to you. Whilst many guests en­joy the self-cater­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and huge kitchens in the lake houses, pri­vate chefs can also be ar­ranged for din­ner ser­vice.

The chefs rep­re­sent an edit of the finest the Cotswolds has to of­fer and with back­grounds rang­ing from a top­notch bou­tique ho­tel to a multi award-win­ning deli, their cre­ations will de­light ev­ery foodie. For those want­ing to spend a more re­laxed night in, The Lakes by yoo also of­fers a de­li­cious range of COOK meals to choose from. On week­ends and dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days guests can visit the Lakes very own pop-up res­tau­rant, Elsa's! A vin­tage Citroen H-wagon in­spired the al fresco bistro which boasts an out­side seat­ing area shel­tered by a tipi and a great va­ri­ety of food op­tions for lunch or late break­fast. Just grab a cof­fee or or­der a de­li­cious burger – Elsa's can cater to ev­ery taste bud. For those want­ing to en­joy Elsa's cre­ations in the com­fort of their own lake villa (maybe on the ter­race over­look­ing the lake?), all eats are avail­able to take away too.


For those guests truly look­ing to be pam­pered, the Or­chard spa fea­tures a heated swim­ming pool, sauna and an out­door hot tub! Want­ing to stay fit? Per­sonal Train­ing ses­sions as well as fit­ness classes are avail­able in the spa gym. What is even bet­ter: treat­ments can also be ar­ranged at your pri­vate villa so you can en­joy lake views dur­ing your hot stone mas­sage. What more can you ask for? Not only this, in 2017, the Lakes by yoo launched a suite of re­treats, a set of unique re­lax­ation re­treats at the Lakes by yoo. The Be­spoke Well­be­ing Re­treat of­fers groups of four or more to tai­lor-make their own yoga / well­ness re­treat. The Bet­tina’s Kitchen re­treat teaches par­tic­i­pants about plant-based, raw and re­fined sugar free eat­ing. The Wild Floristry re­treat com­bines a unique com­bi­na­tion of mas­ter­ing the art of floristry and yoga ses­sions. All re­treats take ad­van­tage of the beau­ti­ful scenery and na­ture around the Lakes and in­clude out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in their pro­grammes. Stay­ing at The Lakes al­ways feels like a mini hol­i­day and it's hard to be­lieve when you stroll through the vast es­tate that you are ac­tu­ally just an hour and a half drive away from the hus­sle and bus­sle of Lon­don. To find out more please visit the­lakes­

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