Cotswolds Water Park Lakeside Breaks
Mini Break Heaven
Like a lot of people I crave escaping. I usually have at least 1 trip booked if not two for the following months. These trips can be both UK or aboard, long haul or short haul…
Why we go
I first went to the Cotswolds last year when Ottilie was just 3 months old. I have historically always gone away with friends for my birthday. These are usually drunken weekends in the middle of no where, often in old cottages that people are happy to rent out for the purpose of a party.
When I became a Mum I obviously became more responsible (that’s a lie) and decided to stop these drunken weekends (that’s another lie)
I wanted to maintain the escape for my birthday so decided to look into more ‘family friendly’ places. Ottilies Godmother recommended the Cotswolds Water Park as an idea. I had heard of the Cotswolds many times. Usually linked to a perfect and quintessentially english place to visit, but the water park was not something I was aware even existed.
I decided to google it and find out what all the fuss was about. I immediately fell in love with the slightly foreign look to it and the idea that you could live ‘on water’ for a few days without actually being on a boat.
Where we stay
What is the Cotswolds water park?
“With 150 lakes set over 40 square miles, the Cotswold Water Park offers loads of activities for everyone.”
I found a few different websites which rented out various houses on different lakes within the water park (these are listed at the bottom of the page) I eventually decided to book with Lakeside Spa holidays. They have many houses to rent on the Lower Mill estate area of the water park. This particular company stood out as they had not only beautiful lakeside homes on offer but also the option of a Spa just minutes walk from the houses. For a new mum the idea of a massage and a nice pool to relax in was jus what I fancied.
We have now stayed in the same lodge 2 years in a row. This particular lodge is called ‘Finch Lodge‘ For us it is perfect. It sleeps 8 adults and 2 babies in cots.
The lodge has a large open plan downstairs which is great for families and large groups. The Kitchen comes fully kitted with everything you could need. There is also a selection of baby plates and cutlery. This is something which we found very useful this time now the little-uns are weaned and eating.
The living room looks out onto the lake and has a large bit of decking with outdoor furniture. It also has a bbq for the warmer months. Often the ducks will venture up from the lake in search of a toddler to chuck them some bread.
The lodge also comes with highchairs as requested and a stair gate on the lower level stairs. 3 of the bedrooms have en suites with showers and then there is a family bathroom on the second floor which has a bathtub. We found there to be plenty of space and bathrooms both times we have visited with 8 adults and 2 babies/toddlers.
What we do
There is plenty to do on the Lower Mill estate, so much so, that we are yet to visit and venture to any of the other lakes.
On site there is a small playground, about 2 minutes walk from the lodge. It is a well maintained area with swings for young and older, a see-saw and climbing frame with slide.
The playground is opposite the Ballihoo restaurant and farm shop so in the warmer months you can sit outside and have a bite to eat and drink while the children play.
Around 1 minute walk from the lodge there is a Luxury Spa.
This consists of a indoor pool, outdoor pool (open in summer), Eco pool, sauna and steam room. There are also treatment rooms available for a range of massages and beauty therapies. The changing rooms are a tad small for the busier times but the rest is perfect. The pool is lovely and there are sofas and seats to relax on while the little ones swim.
The sauna and steam room are great and nicely positioned on pool side so you can just pop in and out of both and the pool
The ‘Eco Pool’ Is something else all together.
It is accessible from the indoor pool and has a large area of decking. The Eco pool is a glorified pond. It is freezing lake water with lots of plants and the odd fish. For some reason it is also a highlight of mine every time we visit.
We always go into the sauna and get super hot then jump into the eco pool and back into the indoor pool. The feeling you get is both terrifying and amazing. I honestly felt like I had lost use of my legs in the eco pool it was so cold.
Farm shop and Restaurant
The is a small farm shop and restaurant on site. As mentioned earlier in the post it is opposite the park and around 2 minute walk from Finch lodge. We haven’t actually eaten in the restaurant at all – mainly due to always packing far too much food. There is a nice bar inside with a good gin menu and the food when we have popped in always looks delicious.
The farm shop is attached and sells lots of goodies and necessities. Both times we have bought a small pack of washing tablets, milk for the babes and of course some chocolate.
Water park ACCOMMODATION Options
I have only used the company featured so cannot give feedback or reviews on any of the others mentioned below.
Hotels and B&Bs
Best Western Mayfield House Hotel – www.mayfieldhousehotel.co.uk