The Turret

Cotswold Lakes, near Cirencester, Cotswolds
6 Guests
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    The Turret has a pretty clapper board-style exterior and fantastic setting
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    Secure wraparound deck with views over gardens and lakes with table, chairs and gas barbecue
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    Ground floor: Living area with three sets of double doors onto the wraparound deck
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    Ground floor: Spacious octagonal sitting/dining room with three sets of double doors
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    Ground floor: Living area with three sets of double doors onto the wraparound deck
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    Ground floor: Well stocked kitchen adjoining the living area
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    The Turret, sleeping six, is a chic New England-style three storey retreat
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    First floor: Triple aspect master bedroom with en suite shower room.
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    First floor: Triple aspect master bedroom with 42″ flat screen TV
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    First floor: Triple aspect master bedroom with 5′ king size bed and with views over the lakes
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    First floor: En suite shower room to master bedroom
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    First floor: Family bathroom with a bath and overhead shower
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    Second floor: Double bedroom with 5′ king size bed
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    Second floor: Double bedroom with 5′ king size bed
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    Second floor: Bunk bedroom, ideal for children
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    The Turret is a chic New England-style three storey retreat between Isis & Windrush Lake
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    Situated on Isis Lake, The Turret has prime position in the Cotswold Water Park
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    Set within the gated community in landscaped surroundings
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    Free facilities in the development include three tennis courts (this one is floodlit)
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    Indoor games room with pool table, table football and video games
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    Free facilities include a children’s adventure playground
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    Free facilities include a children’s adventure playground
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    The range of free facilities available on the Isis & Windrush development include an indoor table tennis room
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    Lakeside Ski & Wake offer wakeboard and waterski lessons on the lake
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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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    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 Turret, sleeping six, is a chic New England-style three storey retreat set within the gated community of the Isis and Windrush lakes in landscaped surroundings overlooking three natural lakes. The pretty clapper board-style exterior and fantastic setting make a brilliant first impression and the wraparound decking with plenty of space for sitting out and enjoying the views over gardens and lakes come a close second.

Situated on Isis Lake, The Turret 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. There is a range of free facilities and activities available on the Isis & Windrush development making it ideal for families with children of all ages. Three all weather tennis courts (one floodlit), a children’s adventure playground, football goals, croquet, table tennis, boule and an indoor games room with pool table, table football and video games offer something for everyone at any time of the year.

A short walk takes you to the Four Pillars Hotel and Boathouse Restaurant and a little further you will find the pretty village of South Cerney with a shop and good pubs and restaurants.

Furnished to a high standard The Turret offers a spacious open plan octagonal living/dining room with three sets of double doors leading out to the wraparound deck with outdoor furniture and gas barbecue and views over the areas of green and the lake beyond. On the first floor is a large, triple aspect master bedroom with views over the lakes and a luxury en suite shower room. The family bathroom is also on this floor. On the second floor there are two further bedrooms which again enjoy stunning views – one is a comfortable double whilst the other is arranged with bunk beds, making this holiday cottage ideal for up to four adults and two children.

If you can tear yourselves away, The Turret 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, The Turret is the ideal place for families or a group of friends to spend time together at any time of the year.

 

Overview

  • 6 Guests – Maximum 4 adults and 2 children
  • Three bedrooms: Two doubles and one bunk bedroom
  • One bathroom, one en suite shower room
  • Suitable for children and baby (cot, highchair and stairgate available)
  • Well-behaved dogs welcome on request
  • Private security controlled gated development
  • Secure wraparound deck with views over gardens and lakes with table, chairs and gas 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, cycling and walking trails, plus a choice of restaurants and pubs on site
  • Heavily discounted spa passes
  • Parking for three cars

Features

  • The Turret is situated between Isis and Windrush Lake, one of the quieter, private lakes, making it a superb and safe location for family holidays.
  • Secure wraparound decking area furnished with outdoor furniture and gas barbecue, overlooking the lakes and quiet areas of green.
  • An idyllic setting for local water sports including canoeing, water skiing and sailing, as well as on site fishing in the well stocked lakes.
  • Enjoy the wonderful nature reserves with their cycling & walking trails – bike hire is available.
  • A water sports centre, spa, golf course, plus a choice of restaurants and pubs are within a short scenic walk.
  • Premier Spa 6 is within walking distance – one of the premier spas in the Cotswolds, located within the Four Pillars Cotswold Water Park Hotel.
  • The UK’s largest inland beach with a purpose built toddler paddling and playground area is within a 10-15 minute stroll.
  • Short and mid week breaks are available, with a minimum stay of two nights.
  • 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

    Spacious octagonal sitting/dining room with three sets of double doors leading out to the wraparound deck.

    Well stocked kitchen adjoining the living area.

  • First floor

    Triple aspect master bedroom with 5′ king size bed and a luxury en suite shower room. There is also room for up to 2 cots.

    Family bathroom with a bath and overhead shower.

  • Second floor

    Double bedroom with 5′ king size bed.

    Bunk bedroom ideal for children.

Equipment

  • Electric wall heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • 42″ Flat screen TV and DVD player in the sitting area
  • 42″ Flat screen TV in the master bedroom
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Outdoor dining furniture and barbecue
  • Parking for 3 cars

 

”We spent a fabulous week here. Our 3 year old granddaughter called the house her castle holiday home and the bunk bed was her tree top bed. The location is amazing. We went to the Cotswold Wildlife park and Bourton on the Water several times to visit Birdland and the model village as well as the shops. But the house itself is in a super gated lakeside community. We used the small beach just 100 yards from the house. It was plenty big enough for her to play in the sand and the water. As it was so close we took a rug and a cup of coffee out and sat watching her. There is a bench there as well. The playground is great for big and little kids. Husband and son in law bought a cheap rod from the local tackle shop and enjoyed hours fishing from the bridge nearby and a couple of other fishing points around the lake. And we walked round the lakes which was lovely in the sunshine. We also walked round to the Brasserie and had a really super meal sitting outside watching water sports. We used the local co-op in South Cerney and Tesco Extra in Cricklade. Plenty of equipment in the kitchen and the house generally. We all had a fabulous time and hope to be able to come again. Thanks to Lin and Charles and to Kevin who met us when we arrived and who checked on us in the week. Great service with a smile.”
Karen M, Hockley – August 2017
”As we were arriving before the specified time, the cleaner was able to get the accommodation ready for our arrival. We had a few issues which were sorted extremely quickly after a phone call. Everything was clean with lots of utensils in the kitchen.
Husband loved to pop out fishing for an hour in the morning or after dinner. Grounds were all well kept, clean and tidy. We hired a wheelchair for my 93 year old mother and on returning from a walk, after the grass had been cut, one of the gardeners came and cleaned the grass from the wheels. Much appreciated. Plenty of beautiful places to visit and good food served in nearby pub restaurants. Nice relaxing week.”
Angela R, Barnsley – July 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.

With over 140 different lakes, ancient woodland, open countryside and also where the infant Thames starts its path, the Cotswold lakes are attracting more visitors and holiday-makers every year.

FISHING
The area is rich with fishing options throughout, from river fishing in the Thames, coarse fishing, specimen carp lake fishing to fly fishing for trout there is something for everyone from the novice to expert. The many different fisheries offer day tickets and club membership facilities. The Tackle Den fishing specialists will help ensure you have all the right equipment and bait to enjoy your day.

FOUR PILLARS HOTEL
Within a few minutes’ walk 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.

PROVISIONS
‘Tesco Extra’ is a short drive away for all provisions.
The lodge is within a short drive of 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.

INFORMATION
Gateway Visitor Centre & tourist information centre.

WALKING/CYCLING
Cycle Paths and Walks – The National Cycle Path. Bicycles are welcome at all of the locations and provide a great way of traveling around the area – Cycle hire is available.

ON THE WATER
Boat trips, Canoeing & Kayaking, Ringo rides, Sailing, Windsurfing, Wakeboarding & Waterskiing, Lake swimming & the largest UK inland beach at Somerford Keynes Country Park

ON LAND
Fishing – excellent fishing on many local lakes, rod licence required
Birdwatching- Many wildlife trails exist with excellent bird watching facilities and nature reserves
Horse riding
Several good Golf courses nearby
Paintballing – Aerial Adventure available locally.

FOOD AND DRINK

As well as the many good restaurants and brasseries on site, we recommend the following:

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 – Caterina 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 to name a few.

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 The Turret if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • Well-behaved dogs welcome on request
  • The property is based on a lakeside, 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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