Cotswolds, United Kingdom

The Great Escape at Lakes by Yoo

Low season per night from$2,225High season per night from$3,114


A shore thing


Bowmoor beauty



And breathe… It’s time to recharge at the Great Escape, one of the flawlessly designed abodes at The Lakes by Yoo (we're talking Bulthaup kitchen, Gaggenau appliances, B&B Italia furniture and Tom Dixon lighting). The calm waters, rolling meadows and rich woodlands (not to mention your own hot tub and nearby spa) of this countryside retreat induce away-from-everything day dreams – but there’s plenty to keep you busy here, should you want it to. Paddle board, canoe or kayak in the lakes, fish for trout, pike, perch and bream, or observe your young ones launching themselves (or yourself, if you’re so inclined) into the abyss on a zipwire. In summer, the terrace makes the perfect sundowner spot; in winter, cosy up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate by the log fire. Note There's a minimum stay of seven nights. For weekend bookings there's a minimum stay of two nights.

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First Glance

  • Light-filled six bedroom house on the cusp of Bowmoor lake in the Cotswolds.
  • Outdoor deck with dining area, shore-side seating and a retractable roof.
  • Beautiful open kitchen and dining area, with a sociable island counter. There’s the option to hire a private chef, who’ll marry your tastes to the seasonal produce of local suppliers to create a tailored menu for your stay. You can also have hampers filled with freshly baked bread and the butcher’s prime cuts delivered to your door.
  • Living area with oversized cobalt blue sofa, board games and fireplace.
  • Access to the Orchard Spa and its 17-metre heated pool, sauna and steam room. There’s a fully equipped gym too, with cardio machines, free weights, yoga mats and a kinesis wall.
  • Children over seven are welcome.
  • Separate lake-facing home office with desk and reading chair.
  • The Great Escape is exactly that: a family friendly escape away from uptempo urban affairs, which is why stag and hen parties are off the cards here.

Villa highlights

  • South-facing 180-degree unspoilt views
  • Luxury seven-person hot tub
  • Private dock and direct lake access plus kayaks, paddle boards and a motorised sailing boat

Sleeping arrangements

  • Six bedrooms sleeping up to 12 – one with a super king-size four-poster bed, three with king-size beds, and two double rooms that can be arranged with twin beds.
  • The master bedroom has a drinks fridge, walk-in wardrobe, sunken bath and rainfall shower.
  • Bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake.

Key kit

  • Private dock with sailing boat, kayak, canoe and two paddle boards
  • Free WiFi
  • Sonos in-ceiling music system
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • 75-inch TV, surround sound system and playstation
  • Outdoor dining terrace with barbecue
  • Fully equipped Bulthaup kitchen with Gaggenau appliances
  • Nespresso machine and pods
  • Access to the Orchard Spa and gym (subject to a one off induction charge)
  • Kids club available during the school holidays (around £35 per day)


  • Direct private access to the lake, which is great for wild swimming.
  • The outdoor terrace has an oversized dining table and seating area, with uninterrupted vistas of your idyllic surroundings.
  • Shaded outdoor dining area with a gas barbecue.
  • Outdoor private parking.


  • The Great Escape is part of the Lakes, a secluded group of lodgings in the Cotswolds.
  • The house looks out to the picturesque Lake Bowmoor, and has direct private access to its crystal clear waters.
  • Bristol, Birmingham and London Heathrow airports are all a 90-minute drive from the Lakes.
  • Swindon and Charlbury train stations are both a 30-minute drive from the house.
  • There’s private parking for three or more cars at the entrance to the house.

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