Lapwing Lake Lodge

Cotswold Lakes, near Cirencester, Cotswolds
6 Guests
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    Perched on the water’s edge, Lapwing Lake Lodge is a chic New England-style retreat with plenty of room for six plus pooch
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    Downstairs, it’s fully open plan complemented by stunning bi-folding doors that stretch across the back of the house
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    The pretty clapper board-style exterior and fantastic water-front setting make a brilliant first impression
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    Simply sit back to enjoy lakeside life while your own hot tub bubbles invitingly, and watch the world go by
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    Located on Spring Lake, our lake house has prime position in the Cotswold Water Park
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    An ever changing picture of water-skiers, swans and rippling water can be enjoyed from the comfort of the sofa
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    Fire up the bubbles and watch the panoramic view of the sun setting over the lake from your private secure deck
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    Ground floor: Open plan living space with sitting and dining areas seating six
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    The outside space becomes an extension to the house, providing the perfect spot for sizzling steaks on the barbecue
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    Ground floor: U-shaped kitchen with breakfast bar and stools, set slightly apart from the living area
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    Ground floor: Shower room with WC
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    Ground floor: Shower room with WC
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    Upstairs there is a large master bedroom with a full length window overlooking the lake, allowing you the same stunning views
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    First floor: Master bedroom with 5′ king size bed and amazing views over the lake
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    First floor: Double bedroom with 4’6″ bed
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    First floor: Twin bedroom with 2’6″ beds which can convert into a kingsize bed
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    First floor: Family bathroom with a bath and children’s bathing accessories
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    First floor: Family bathroom with a bath and children’s bathing accessories
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    Spring Lake contains its own water ski lake – the perfect location for a family activity holiday
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    Next to the house is a small shingle beach area popular with the little ones for paddling
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    Within 50 metres of the lodge is a large children’s play area
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    From the deck you can feed swans and ducks that are very friendly
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    Cotswold Country Park and Beach, located within the Cotswold Water Park, is home to the largest inland beach ©Kay Ransom
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    Why not watch the waterskiing from the Lakeside Brasserie on Spring Lake, within a minute’s stroll
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    If you like to get out and about on foot or by bike, the Cotswold Water Park ticks all of the boxes!
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    The National Trust’s Snowshill Manor and Garden is packed with extraordinary treasures
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Nothing says holidays like a hot tub. After dinner’s done and the night is but young, fire up the bubbles and watch the panoramic view of the sun setting over the lake from your private secure deck. This is just one of the magical moments you can experience whilst staying at Lapwing Lake Lodge.

Perched on the water’s edge, Lapwing Lake Lodge is a chic New England-style retreat with plenty of room for six plus pooch. The pretty clapper board-style exterior and fantastic water-front setting make a brilliant first impression. The convenience of the location within steps of a family-friendly lakeside bar, brasserie, gym and a great children’s play area come a close second.

Located on Spring Lake, our lake house has prime position in the Cotswold Water Park, one of the best kept secrets of Gloucestershire! One of 150 lakes in an area the size of Jersey, there’s so much to explore and something for everyone. Wildlife, watersports, activities, great eateries, walking, history and culture are just some of the things you will find nearby.

The lake house itself has been stylishly renovated to mirror its setting, offering super views from inside and out. Downstairs, it’s fully open plan complemented by stunning bi-folding doors opening onto your own lake view private deck. Providing the perfect spot for sizzling steaks on the barbecue or simply sitting back to enjoy lakeside life while your own hot tub bubbles invitingly.

Upstairs there is a large master bedroom with a full length window overlooking the lake, allowing you the same stunning views, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. Extra care has been taken for families, and you will find lots of special touches around the house if you are planning on taking the little ones.

The light bright interiors with family-friendly luxuries are added bonuses, whilst the fact that there’s a spa, golf course, water sports centre, bike hire and routes, plus a choice of restaurants and pubs, within a short, scenic walk really sets it apart. Although, for most young families, the fact that the UK’s largest inland beach with a purpose built toddler paddling and playground area is within a 10-15 minute stroll is the icing on the cake.

If you can tear yourselves away, Lapwing Lake Lodge is ideally situated too for exploring the towns and villages of the beautiful Cotswolds region. The well-known quintessential English villages of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Moreton-in-the-Marsh, are all within easy reach and make a great day out.

Cirencester known as ‘The Capital of the Cotswolds’, is 4 miles away, giving easy access to excellent shopping, restaurants, entertainment, ancient buildings and museums. Cheltenham (20 miles), the most complete regency town in England, is famous for its horse-racing festival in March, culminating in the Gold Cup steeplechase. At other times of year, Cheltenham hosts Festivals of Jazz, Classical Music, Science, Literature, Food & Drink.

Highgrove House, one of the homes of Prince Charles, is less than half an hour’s drive as is Westonbirt Arboretum, with its stunning new treetop walkway, the longest in the UK.

Appealing to children in particular, the nearby Cotswold Wildlife Park, the numerous attractions at Bourton-on-the-Water, and Cotswold Farm Park provide plentiful entertainment.

The cities of Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham and Oxford are all under an hour’s drive away.

Located just over an hour from London, it’s the ideal place for families or a group of friends to spend time together at any time of the year. And, for larger groups of up to 30 guests, Lapwing Lake Lodge can be booked with Caterina Lake Lodge, Twitchers Lodge, Shelduck Lodge and Swan Lake Lodge as they are all within 200 yards of each other.

 

Overview

  • 6 Guests
  • Three bedrooms: two doubles, one twin/double
  • One bathroom, one shower room
  • Suitable for children and baby (cot, highchair and stairgate available)
  • Well-behaved dogs on request
  • Private secure deck onto lake with hot tub, table and chairs and barbecue
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Surrounding shared outdoor space and children’s playground
  • Bike hire with child seats/trailers can be pre-booked
  • Spa, gym, golf course, water sports centre, bike hire and routes, plus a choice of restaurants and pubs on site
  • Heavily discounted spa passes
  • Parking for two cars

Features

  • The Lodge is situated on Spring Lake, one of the quieter, private lakes, making it a superb and safe location for family holidays.
  • Spring Lake contains its own water ski lake – the perfect location for a family activity holiday, you can go wet and wild and try your hand at water skiing, wake boarding or ringo riding.
  • A few steps from your door you will find a small brasserie and bar with an outside children’s play area, plus use of a health club and gym.
  • A watersports centre, spa, golf course, plus a further choice of restaurants and pubs are within a short scenic walk.
  • The UK’s largest inland beach with a purpose built toddler paddling and playground area is within a 10-15 minute stroll.
  • A spa, golf course, water sports centre, bike hire and routes, plus a choice of restaurants and pubs, within a short, scenic walk really sets it apart.
  • Short and mid week breaks are available, with a minimum stay of two nights.
  • Mini guests are well looked after with a lovely selection of toys, books and and U rated DVDs, as well as useful baby and toddler gear on request from socket covers and stairgates.
  • Lapwing Lake Lodge can also be booked with Caterina Lake Lodge, Twitchers Lodge, Shelduck Lodge and Swan Lake Lodge for larger groups of up to 30, as they are all within 200 yards of each other.
  • Lapwing Lake Lodge is a mere 15 minute drive from Cirencester, the self proclaimed ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’.
  • Within walking distance to the local village of South Cerney which offers a number of local amenities including a selection of pubs, takeways, village shops, post office and a hairdressers.
  • A relaxing base from which to explore the many attractions of this lovely part of the country and the many surrounding idyllic Cotswold villages and inns, historic buildings, stately homes and gardens.

Property layout

  • Ground floor

    Open plan living space with sitting and dining areas seating six. Bifold doors open out onto a private deck with superb lake views.

    A U-shaped kitchen with breakfast bar and stools is set slightly apart from the living area.

    Shower room with WC

  • First floor

    Master bedroom with 5′ king size bed and a pretty Juliette balcony with amazing views over the lake. There is also room for a cot.

    Double bedroom with 4’6″ bed.

    Twin bedroom with 2’6″ beds which can convert into a kingsize bed.

    Family bathroom with a bath and children’s bathing accessories.

Equipment

  • Electric wall heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer-dryer
  • Flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Private outdoor heated hot tub
  • Outdoor dining furniture and barbecue
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Other parking opposite

 

”İ like a place and host is good and helpful fast Thanks”
Hasib A, Saudi Arabia – September 2017
”We absolutely loved our stay at the lake house! My husband, our small dog and I stayed over a weekend and really enjoyed it. The house itself was beautifully furnished, the bed was super comfortable and the kitchen has everything you needed to make a meal. We made full use of the hot tub and the BBQ on the terrace too, both really easy to set up with no fuss. Our host Charlie met us on arrival to show us around the house which was much appreciated. I can’t recommend the place enough, the only downside was having to leave!”
C Piggott, London – June 2017

 
DAYS IN

For our top 10 reasons why the Cotswold Water Park is a great place for a family holiday, click here.

Along with its lakeside setting one of the house’s greatest assets is the amount that there is to see and do nearby for families and young children.

Within a minute’s stroll is the Lakeside Brassiere which boasts a family friendly sports bar, a relaxed family restaurant with a sun terrace overlooking the lake.

A fully air conditioned gym is located above the brasserie with a range of equipment. Should you be staying for a prolonged period a monthly membership can be purchased, but the gym also offers a highly reasonable single use fee option.

Within 50 metres of the lodge is a large children’s play area with climbing frame, monkey bars and fireman pole.

Lakeside Ski & Wake offer wakeboard and waterski lessons on the lake, plus sessions as well as fun rides for all the family on their ringos and other inflatables. These all prove irresistible to most families in the summer months, not least since thanks to a special skimmer board. From beginners to experts, everyone is welcome.

Next to the house is a small shingle beach area popular with the little ones for paddling. From the deck you can feed swans and ducks that are very friendly, but far enough away to stop little ones from feeling intimidated.

About a 5 minutes’ walk away, there’s a cable ski and a buzzing cafe bar reachable on pushchair friendly flat paths and roads.

Located opposite Spring Lake is the South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre which offers sailing, canoeing, and paddle boarding activities and courses.

Bike hire, angling and even the biggest inland beach in the UK are all within a mile or two.

Located on the other side of the Spine Road, a 10 minute walk from Spring Lake, is Spa 6, one of the premier spas in the Cotswolds, located within the Four Pillars Cotswold Water Park Hotel. Treatments include: Volcanic Hot Stone Back Massage, “Indian Sandalwood” Soothing Scalp Massage and “Exotic Orange Blossom Ritual” Face and Body Treatment. Not forgetting of course, a state-of-the-art gymnasium and hydrotherapy pool.

The house is also within walking distance to the local village of South Cerney which offers a number of local amenities including a selection of pubs, takeaways, village shops, post office and a hairdressers.

FOOD AND DRINK

PUBS SERVING FOOD

The Royal Oak, South Cerney (1 mile, 20 minutes’ walk) is run by Bernd and Bernie since 2011 and has a separate child menu. Bernd was Head Chef for 2 years at The Wheatsheaf in Northleach and previously worked at Bibury Court Hotel and The Glass House, London.

The Wild Duck at Ewen is a gorgeous Cotswold Inn dating back to 1563, uniquely situated in the quiet village of Ewen (4 miles).

Other lovely pubs serving food close by that we also recommend, include:

The Bakers Arms, Somerford Keynes (4 miles).
The Red Lion, Cricklade (4 miles).
The Bell Inn, Sapperton (10 miles).
Tunnel House Inn and Barn, Coates (7.5 miles).
The Thames Head, Cirencester (6.5 miles).
Horse & Groom Inn, Charlton (10.5 miles).
The Potting Shed, Crudwell, Malmesbury (8.5 miles).

RESTAURANTS

Made by Bob (6 miles), is a high quality deli and also a nice restaurant in Cirencester.
Soushi, Cirencester (6 miles) – healthy Japanese food to eat in or take away.
Somewhere Else, Cirencester (6 miles).
The Ancient Raj, High Street, Cricklade (4 miles) – Indian food.
Jicsaw Thai Restaurant, Cricklade (4 miles) – Thai food.
Thai Emerald, Cirencester (6 miles) – Thai food.

TOWNS AND VILLAGES

CIRENCESTER (6 miles), known as ‘The Capital of the Cotswolds’, boasts a rich and well-preserved heritage with a Roman Amphitheatre, Corinium Museum and St. John the Baptist Church. The Brewery Arts Centre offers visitors a unique arts and crafts shopping experience or visit The Bathurst Estate & Cirencester Park, home to Cirencester Polo Club where some of the highest levels of polo can be seen.

BIBURY (10 miles) is a picture perfect Cotswold village, set in a conservation area, nestling on the River Coln and home to Arlington Row, the most photographed and beautiful cottages in the country, now owned by the National Trust, as well as Bibury Trout Farm and the Saxon Church, the Church of St Mary.

TETBURY (13 miles) is one of the most beautiful Cotswold towns with its elegant buildings creating a real sense of timeless beauty – a delight for those who visit this jewel of the Cotswolds. It is a thriving market town built around its outstanding 17th century Market Hall. As well as offering a unique retail experience with many individually owned shops, it is also a major centre for antiques.

MALMESBURY (13 miles), is rightly called the “Queen of Hilltop Towns” being England’s oldest borough with a rich history over 1000 years. Set on a hill, circled by the River Avon, the skyline is dominated by the imposing Norman Abbey. The historical sites of the town, the fine 15th century Market Cross, the Old Courtroom and Almshouses, narrow medieval streets, quaint alleyways and the riverwalk can easily be discovered on foot. Internationally renowned, Abbey House Gardens offer a romantic and unique oasis in the centre of town. Many of the town’s restaurants and shops serve succulent, locally produced produce in atmospheric surroundings. Unusual, independent retail outlets offer plenty of shopping opportunities.

BAMPTON (19 miles) is a pretty village and the setting for the filming of the exterior scenes of Downton Abbey.

BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER (19.5 miles), known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ as the River Windrush runs through the centre, is one of the most popular Cotswold villages. Attractions include a Model Railway, the Model Village, the Dragonfly Maze, Birdland Park & Gardens and the Cotswold Motoring Museum.

BURFORD (20 miles) one of England’s prettiest small medieval towns. The Tolsey Museum is on the High Street.

CHELTENHAM (20.5 miles) is a Regency spa town, with Georgian architecture and an extensive range of shops, theatres, restaurants and visitor attractions, including Cheltenham Racecourse, famous for the Gold Cup horse racing, Parks & Gardens, The Wilson Museum & Art Gallery, Pittville Park Pump Room & Lakes and the Holst Birthplace Museum.

UFFINGTON village (20.5 miles) is in the middle of the Vale of the White Horse. This picturesque village is home to Tom Brown’s School Museum which contains exhibits devoted to the author Thomas Hughes (1822-96). Hughes set the early chapters of his Victorian novel ‘Tom Browns Schooldays’ here. The famous White Horse of Uffington is believed to be Britain’s oldest hillside carving, dated at around 1000 BC. Nearby is the iron Age hill fort, Uffington Castle and a mile west along the Ridgeway is an even older monument, a large Stone Age burial mound wich is known as Wayland’s Smithy.

LOWER SLAUGHTER (21 miles) is a quaint village beside the little Eye stream with several footbridges and a 19th century Corn Mill. The museum in the village owns one of only three unused millstones left in the country.

UPPER SLAUGHTER (22 miles) is half a mile from Lower Slaughter, along the River Eye. Upper Slaughter is different in character and offers picturesque scenes with its Manor, Church and its wonderful cottages.

AVEBURY (21.5 miles). Attractions include Avebury Stone Circle, the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle (National Trust), the Alexander Keiller Museum (National Trust), Avebury Manor and Garden (National Trust) and Windmill Hill (English Heritage).

CASTLE COMBE (24 miles), called ‘The Prettiest Village in England’ and well known for its car racing track, and the quaint National Trust village of Lacock (22 miles) famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, Abbey and Museum and more recently as a TV and film location.

MARLBOROUGH (22.5 miles) market town is well worth a visit and has a wealth of shops and restaurants in its High Street. Do make time to take tea in The Polly Tea Rooms. Market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays. Marlborough was an important staging post on the road from London to Bath and attractions include The Merchant’s House.

STOW-ON-THE-WOLD ancient market town (23 miles) plays host to many festivals, craft fairs and a monthly Farmers’ market. The vast market square is surrounded by an elegant array of Cotswold stone townhouses, antique shops, tearooms, traditional pubs and award-winning restaurants.

GLOUCESTER (24 miles) is an historic waterfront city with a bustling centre boasting an incredible range of shops, markets, restaurants and pubs. Attractions include a magnificent Norman Cathedral (whose cloisters were used as a location in the Harry Potter films), the House of the Tailor of Gloucester, Gloucester Quays, the historic Victorian Gloucester Docks and the Gloucester Waterways Museum.

WITNEY (26.5 miles). Nearby is Cogges Manor Farm museum, a popular filming location and featured as Yew Tree Farm, where Lady Edith’s child was looked after by the Drewes, in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey.

MORETON-IN-MARSH (27.5 miles) offers good shopping, including antiques and the very popular Tuesday market. There are several good eating places.

CHIPPING NORTON (30.5 miles) boasts a popular weekly market, numerous book and antique shops, many cafes, restaurants and pubs serving excellent food and local ales, art galleries, a museum and a thriving theatre. There are many walks and cycle trails from the town centre.

BROADWAY (32 miles) is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’, with attractions including Broadway Tower and Country Park.

CHIPPING CAMPDEN (33 miles) is a quintessential Cotswold town, boasting an elegant terraced high street dating back to the 14th century. Here you can discover old inns, specialist shops, tea rooms and a splendid 17th century market hall.

BATH (35.5 miles) is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city, a World Heritage Site which offers something for everyone. No matter the time of year you visit, you are likely to find events catering for all tastes, from the well-loved Christmas market to music, food and cultural festivals and world-class theatre productions on offer at the Theatre Royal. The streets are lined with every kind of restaurant and a wide range of quality bars and shops. The stunning and well-preserved architecture of the Georgian terraces such as The Royal Crescent are famous. A visit to the celebrated Roman Baths and wonderful Bath Abbey are a must. The American Museum at nearby Claverton Manor makes for an interesting visit, or you could hire a bike or take a gentle boat trip and explore the gorgeous scenery along the Avon and Kennet canal towpath.

WOODSTOCK (37 miles) is a picturesque, historic market town with access to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

OXFORD (38.5 miles), the oldest university city in England and sometimes called ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’, has an abundance of prestigious attractions, including the 38 colleges of the university (half of which date back before 1600), the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Pitt Rivers Museums, and Botanic Gardens. Christ Church Cathedral and College is famed for its connections with ‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Alice’.

BRISTOL (42 miles)is world renowned as a port and has a wide range of museums highlighting the city’s history. Bristol can boast some impressive historical landmarks, too, in the shape Brunel’s awe-inspiring Clifton Suspension Bridge and his beautifully restored steamship, the SS Great Britain in Bristol’s historic Harbourside. Visit Bristol Museum & Art Gallery which features outstanding collections of art and archaeology, geology and natural history the interactive At-Bristol Science Centre. Bristol Zoo Gardens is an adventure into an exciting animal kingdom, all set within 12 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens.

HOUSES & GARDENS

The Bathurst Estate & Cirencester Park (6.5 miles), home to Cirencester Polo Club, where some of the highest levels of polo can be seen.

Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester, attractive Arts and Crafts House (9.5 miles).

Cerney House Gardens, The Garden House, North Cerney (10 miles) is a romantic English garden.

Lydiard House & Park, Lydiard Tregoze (12 miles).

The Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury (13 miles), is a peaceful 5-acre plantsman’s ‘Millennium’ garden adjoining Malmesbury Abbey (open from late March until late October).

Chavenage House (15 miles) is an Elizabethan house containing furniture, pictures and relics of Cromwellian period, amid the tranquil Cotswolds. There are spacious gardens with unspoilt views and tours are conducted by owner or his family. Featured in BBC2’s Curious House Guest and as Candleford Manor in the costume drama Larkrise to Candleford, amongst many others, it is a hidden gem of the Cotswolds.

Buscot Park (National Trust), Faringdon (15 miles) is a late 18th-century house, set in enchanting landscaped grounds.

Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott (15 miles), a Jacobean country house and grounds.

Sezincote House & Garden, near Moreton-in-Marsh (15 miles).

Westonbirt Arboretum (17 miles), managed by the Forestry Commission, is one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world. The 600 acre arboretum is home to 3,000 different species of trees and around 15,000 individual specimens. Westonbirt is known internationally for its spectacular autumn colour display, but offers an unforgettable day out all year round. There are 17 miles of paths throughout the arboretum and dozens of leafy glades with levels of accessibility to suit a range of visitors and you can fire your children’s imaginations with an adventure into the trees along the play trail.

Ashdown House (National Trust), Lambourn, Newbury (19.5 miles).

Avebury Manor and Garden (National Trust), Avebury (22 miles).

Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick (22 miles).

Bowood House & Gardens, near Calne (24 miles).

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village (National Trust), Lacock (26 miles).

Corsham Court and Gardens, Corsham (26 miles).

Batsford Arboretum, Batsford Park, Moreton In Marsh (29 miles).

Bourton House Garden, Bourton-on-the-Hill (29 miles).

Snowshill Manor and Garden (National Trust), Snowshill, near Broadway (29 miles).

Stanway House & Fountain, Cheltenham (30 miles).

Mill Dene Garden, Blockley (30 miles).

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock (38.5 miles) a World Heritage Site often referred to as Britain’s greatest palace, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace has a full and exciting events calendar.

COUNTRY PARKS/NATURE RESERVES

Cotswold Country Park and Beach (3.8 miles) is open Feb-Dec offering: the largest inland beach in the UK, boat hire, water zorbing, bouncy castles, crazy golf, a climbing wall, adventure playgrounds, open water swimming, cafes, wonderful lakeside walks, and many more.

Stanton Country Park, Stanton Fitzwarren (11.5 miles) is a 74-hectare country park and Local Nature Reserve.

Coate Water Country Park, Marlborough Rd, Swindon (15 miles). A large 54 acre reservoir, wildlife reserve with bird hides and has plenty of other activities for the family to enjoy. There is a pitch and putt, splash park, play area, mini golf, miniature railway, cafe and more.

Wychwood Wild Garden is a beautiful woodland and garden, close to the centre of Shipton-under-Wychwood (23 miles).

Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve, Bampton (24 miles).

Broadway Tower Country Park, Broadway (30 miles). This unique Capability Brown Folly Tower is one of Britain’s most recognised icons. Displaying history from William Morris, exhibitions from the Cold War and a viewpoint over a woodland of Red Deer, Broadway Tower is great for looking out upon the rolling hills of the Cotswolds with unrivalled views over a 62 mile radius and as many as 16 counties.

ACTIVITIES

See ‘Days In’ above – Lapwing Lake Lodge is situated on Spring Lake in the Cotswold Water Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Made up of 140 lakes, it offers guests a wide range of activities including boating, water skiing, fishing, cycling, walking, golf and horse riding.

WATERSPORTS

South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre (0.5 miles) offers sailing, canoeing, and paddle boarding activities and courses.

Waterland Outdoor Pursuits (3 miles) are situated in the Cotswold Country Park Lake 32. The activities include standup paddle boarding, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, archery, raft building and more.

BOAT TRIPS AND HIRE

The Trout Inn at Lechlade-On-Thames (11.5 miles) operates weekends and bank holidays (May to Mid September). Small open boats are available for hire by the hour which can carry up to 5 people and are either electric powered or to row. Boats are also offered for full & half days when booked in advance. A range of craft accommodating up to 8 adults are available.

CYCLING

Bike hire with child seats/trailers can be pre-booked for your stay.

GOLF

South Cerney Golf Club (1.7 miles).

CLIMBING/HIGH ROPES

Rising high above the beauty of the Water Park is the thrilling Head4Heights high rope adventure park filled with aerial challenges ideal for a family day out.

Far Peak Climbing, Northleach (14 miles) offers indoor climbing facilities as well as outdoor archery, tree climbing and adventure courses. This beautiful site spans 25 acres and is also connected to some of the Cotswolds finest walking trails.

SWIMMING

Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool, located on the edge of Cirencester Park (5 miles). There is a 28 metre main pool with slide, separate children’s paddling pool, sunbathing patio as well as hot and cold refreshments, picnics welcome. Open May – September.

ACTIVITY CENTRES

Magicland indoor adventure activity centre, Cirencester (5 miles), is great fun for kids and has an indoor play centre with slides, ball pits and climbing areas.

Combat Splat Outdoor Activity Centre (1.8 miles) – paintballing, archery and air rifles.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Butts Farm, South Cerney (5 miles). You can milk a goat, feed the pigs even give lambs and goat kids their bottles. Keep the children entertained in this fun day out on the farm!

Roves Farm, Sevenhampton (14 miles).

Studley Grange Craft Village and Butterfly World, Wroughton, Studley (15 miles).

Farmer Gow’s Activity Farm, Longcot, Faringdon (18.5 miles).

STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway (12.5 miles) is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works, located right next to the Swindon Designer Outlet.

Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford (17 miles). Mingle with Ruby and Ian, the parks famous rhinos, watch the penguin talk and feed, get up close and personal with the giraffes or view the oversized manes of the Asiatic lions.

Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water (20 miles). Birdland’s inhabited by over 500 birds including pelicans, flamingos, penguins, parrots and owls.

The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water (20 miles).

The Dragonfly Maze, Bourton-on-the-Water (20 miles). This hedge maze offers plenty of brainteasers to get those cogs working, in order to seek the hiding place of the Dragonfly.

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection, Bourton-on-the-Water (20 miles). Home to the legendary Brum, the museum offers a tour around vintage car collections, motorcycles, and many other intriguing motoring assortments.

Crocodiles of the World, Brize Norton (22 miles). The UK’s only crocodile zoo. There are over 30 different species of animal including over 60 crocodiles.

Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (24 miles). Owned by one of the faces of BBC’s Countryfile, Adam Henson, the Farm Park brings farming to life introducing youngsters to goats, pigs, sheep and many other breeds of animals. Discover live lambing shows, milking demonstrations and pony rides.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington (26.5 miles): The ‘Friendly Line in the Cotswolds’ offers a scenic 20 mile round trip between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse.

Wychwood Brewery Centre, Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney (26.5 miles) run tours most Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout the year.

Cotswolds Falconry Centre, Batsford (29.5 miles) demonstrate birds in flight in many specialist shows and events. Book a course to experience these magnificent creatures for yourself or explore the Owl woods, where the birds can be seen in their natural habitat.

Combe Mill, Blenheim Palace Sawmill, Combe (34 miles).

WWT Slimbridge (34.5 miles). Winner of Cotswold Large Visitor Attraction of The Year 2014 WWT Slimbridge offer an unforgettable day out for families, birdwatchers and wildlife lovers.

Oxford Bus Museum, Long Hanborough (36.5 miles).

HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS

Wayland’s Smithy (English Heritage), Ashbury (19 miles) is a large Stone Age burial mound. It is immersed in legends that Sr Walter Scott used in his novel ‘Kenilworth’.

The Uffington White Horse, Uffington (21 miles) is a huge chalk horse, 100m from nose to tail, carved into the hillside above Uffington. It is believed to be Britain’s oldest hillside carving and has sparked many legends. It is dated around 1000BC. Nearby is the Celtic earth ramparts of the Iron Age hill fort, Uffington Castle.

Avebury Stone Circle, Avebury (National Trust/English Heritage) (21.5 miles).

Long Barrow Chambered Tomb, West Kennet (23.5 miles).

Silbury Hill Burial Mound (English Heritage), Beckhampton (23.5 miles).

Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Winchcombe (24.5 miles).

Hailes Abbey (English Heritage) near Winchcombe (25 miles).

Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote (English Heritage), Minster Lovell (24.5 miles).

Rollright Stones (English Heritage), near Chipping Norton (31 miles).

EVENTS

JANUARY

Big Batsford Christmas Hunt, Batsford Arboretum (29 miles).
Christmas at Blenheim, Blenheim Palace (38.5 miles).
Marmalade Fair, St John the Baptist Church, Burford (20 miles).
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (35.5 miles).

FEBRUARY

Folk Three, previously known as Cheltenham Folk Festival, Cheltenham (20.5 miles).

MARCH

Daffodil & Early Magnolia Month, Batsford Arboretum, Batsford Park, Moreton In Marsh (29 miles).
Gifford’s Circus, Fennells Farm, Stroud (17.5 miles).
The Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse (20.5 miles).
Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cheltenham Racecourse (20 miles).
Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, Bristol (42 miles).
Lemur Week, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford (20 miles).

APRIL

Bath Comedy Festival, Bath (35.5 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Chastleton House (The National Trust), Chastleton (29 miles).
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Snowshill Manor and Garden (The National Trust), Snowshill, near Broadway (29 miles).
Easter Weekend at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock (38.5 miles).
Eggsciting Easter at Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water (20 miles).
The Great Chicken Challenge, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (24 miles).
The Big Batsford Chicken Hunt, Batsford Arboretum, Batsford Park, Moreton In Marsh (29 miles).
Hop to it, Easter family fun, Bristol Zoo (42 miles).
The Easter Eggspress, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington (26.5 miles).
26-30 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham (25.3 miles).
29-30 Bristol Folk Festival, Bristol (42 miles).

MAY

Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham (20.5 miles).
Tetbury Wacky Races, Tetbury (13 miles).
Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Cheltenham (20.5 miles).
14-27 Chipping Campden Music Festival (33 miles).
11 Stow Horse Fair, Stow on the Wold (23 miles).
20 Burford Levellers Day, Burford (20 miles).
Scruffs Dog Show, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford (17 miles).
Gifford’s Circus, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe (24.5 miles).
19-28 The Bath Festival, Bath (35.5 miles).
20-21 VegFest UK, Bristol (42 miles).
Winchcombe Festival of Music & Arts, Winchcombe (25 miles).
26-31 Bath Fringe Festival, Bath (35.5 miles).
26-28 Lechlade Music Festival, Lechlade-on-Thames (12 miles).
The Great Original Shirt Race, Bampton (19 miles).
Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington (26.5 miles).
Half term activities, Avebury (National Trust) (22 miles) – children’s crafts and activities. 11am – 4pm.
27-29 Blenheim Palace Food Festival, Blenheim Palace (38.5 miles).
Half term activities, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (24 miles).
Cheese Rolling at Coopers Hill, Near Brockworth (20 miles). Competitors hurl themselves down the steep banks of Cooper’s Hill, chasing the giant Cheese!
Morris Dancing, Bampton (19 miles).
29 Tetbury Woolsack Races, Tetbury (13 miles).

JUNE

Half term activities, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (24 miles).
Half term activities, Avebury (National Trust) (22 miles) – children’s crafts and activities. 11am – 4pm.
1-11 Bath Fringe Festival, Bath (35.5 miles).
2 Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games, Chipping Campden (33 miles).
2-4 Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse (21.5 miles).
3-4 Lechlade Collectors Club Rally, Lechlade (12.5 miles).
Broadway Arts Festival, Broadway (30 miles).
Chadlington Beer Festival, Chadlington (30 miles).
World Pooh Championships, Langel Common, Witney (27 miles).
6-11 Cheltenham Science Festival, Cheltenham (20.5 miles).
Gifford’s Circus, Blenheim Palace (38.5 miles).
9-11 Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham (20.5 miles).
Bristol’s Big Green Week, Bristol (42 miles).
23-25 Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Blenheim Palace (38.5 miles).
Nocturne, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock (38.5 miles).
Charlbury Beer Festival, Charlbury (29 miles).

JULY

Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Bristol (42 miles).
1-2 The Cotswold Show & Food Festival, Cirencester Park (6 miles).
5-16 Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham (20.5 miles).
14-16 Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford (8.5 miles).
7-9 Cornbury Music Festival, Great Tew Park, Chipping Norton (33 miles).
Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol (42 miles).
The Marlborough Jazz Festival, Marlborough (22.5 miles).
Battle Proms Picnic Concert, Blenheim Palace (38.5 miles).
Gifford’s Circus, The Fox Inn, Great Barrington (18 miles).
Avebury summer of play, Avebury (National Trust) (22 miles) – children’s crafts, trails, garden games, activities in the Old Farmyard and lots of immersive experiences in the Manor. 10am – 5pm.
27-30 WOMAD, Charlton Park, Malmesbury (11 miles).
Falconry Week, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (24 miles).

AUGUST

Gifford’s Circus, The Fox Inn, Great Barrington (18 miles).
Falconry Week, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (24 miles).
Rhino Month, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford (17 miles).
Avebury summer of play, Avebury (National Trust) (22 miles) – children’s crafts, trails, garden games, activities in the Old Farmyard and lots of immersive experiences in the Manor. 10am – 5pm.
3-6 Wilderness Festival, Charlbury (29 miles).
Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza, South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester (2 miles).
10-13 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol (42 miles).
12-20 Bath Folk Festival, Bath (35.5 miles).
Gifford’s Circus, Minchinhampton Common (15 miles).
Bristol International Kite Festival, Durdham Downs, Stoke Road, Bristol BS9 1FG (42 miles).
Gifford’s Circus, Marlborough Common (22.5 miles).
25-27 The Big Feastival, Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton (24 miles).
Winchcombe Country Show, Winchcombe (25 miles).
Donkey Derby, Bampton (19 miles).

SEPTEMBER

Gifford’s Circus, Marlborough Common (22.5 miles).
Moreton-in-Marsh Show, Moreton-in-Marsh (27.5 miles).
Gifford’s Circus, Stratton Meadows, Cirencester (6.5 miles).
8-17 The Jane Austen Festival, Bath (35.5 miles).
10-11 Northleach Steam & Vintage Show, Northleach (14.5 miles).
14-17 Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, Blenheim Palace (38.5 miles).
Combe Mill in Steam – Country Crafts & Skills at Combe Mill, Blenheim Palace Sawmill, Combe (34 miles). Plus Millie-the-Mill-Cat Trail for children. 10am – 5pm.
Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival, Cheltenham (20.5 miles).
Gifford’s Circus, Fennells Farm, Stroud (17.5 miles).
28-30 Tetbury Music Festival, Tetbury (13 miles).
Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Bath (35.5 miles).
Marlborough Literature Festival, Marlborough (22.5 miles).
Malmesbury Carnival, Malmesbury (13 miles).

OCTOBER

1 Tetbury Music Festival, Tetbury (13 miles).
Marlborough Literature Festival, Marlborough (22.5 miles).
Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Bath (35.5 miles).
6-15 Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham (20.5 miles).
Combe Mill in Steam – Woodcrafts at Combe Mill, Blenheim Palace Sawmill, Combe (34 miles). Plus Millie-the-Mill-Cat Trail for children. 10am – 5pm.
Annual Open Exhibition at RWA, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol (42 miles).
Stow Horse Fair, Stow-on-the-Wold (23 miles).
Halloween ‘Steam and Scream’ Special, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington (26.5 miles).
Christmas Gift and Fashion Fair, Cheltenham Racecourse (21.5 miles).
Great Bath Feast, Bath (29.3 miles).
Marlborough Big & Little Mop Fairs, Marlborough (22.5 miles).
Circus City Festival, Bristol (42 miles). A biennial contemporary circus festival across Bristol.

NOVEMBER

Annual Open Exhibition at RWA, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol (42 miles).
Bath Film Festival, Bath (35.5 miles).
Santa Specials! Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington (26.5 miles). Selected weekend dates.
Bath Rotary Club Fireworks Display, Bath (35.5 miles).
Bath MozartFest, Bath (35.5 miles).
Bristol German Christmas Market, Broadmead, Bristol (42 miles).
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (35.5 miles).
Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market, Gloucester Quays (27 miles).
Living Crafts for Christmas at Blenheim Palace (38.5 miles).
Bath Christmas Market, Bath (35.5 miles).
Cheltenham Christmas Market, The Promenade, Cheltenham (20.5 miles).
Christmas at Blenheim, Blenheim Palace (38.5 miles).
Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt (Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings), Westonbirt Arboretum (17 miles).
A Night of a Thousand Candles, Woodstock (37 miles). Turn on of the town’s Christmas illuminations with music, candles, mulled wine, chestnuts etc.
Cirencester Christmas Market, Cirencester old town centre (6 miles).
Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall, Bristol (42 miles).

DECEMBER

Bath Christmas Market, Bath (35.5 miles).
Christmas at Blenheim, Blenheim Palace (38.5 miles).
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (35.5 miles).
Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt (Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings), Westonbirt Arboretum (17 miles).
Cheltenham Christmas Market, The Promenade, Cheltenham (20.5 miles).
Bristol German Christmas Market, Broadmead, Bristol (42 miles).
Big Batsford Christmas Hunt, Batsford Arboretum (29 miles).
Cirencester Christmas Market, Cirencester old town centre (6 miles).
Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall, Bristol (42 miles).
Winchcombe Christmas Festival, Winchcombe (25 miles).
Oxford Christmas Market, Oxford Castle (38.5 miles).
Christmas Market at Combe Mill, Combe Mill, Blenheim Palace Sawmill, Combe (34 miles). Free admission.
Santa Grotto, Batsford Arboretum (29 miles).
Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall, Bristol (42 miles).
Bath Artisan Christmas Market, Green Park station, Bath (35.5 miles).

 

 

Visitors’ Notes

Things you need to know about Lapwing Lake Lodge if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • Well-behave dogs on request
  • Two private car parking space with other parking opposite
  • There are steps up to the front door
  • The property is based on a lakeside and also has a covered hot tub in the deck, please ensure children are supervised at all times.
  • Heavily discounted spa passes on offer – (please contact the Booking Team for more information)
  • Minimum stay 2 nights, except High seasons which are a minimum 3 nights (Fri-Sun) and 4 nights (Mon-Thurs)

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