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De Vere Cotswold Water Park

Looking for a lakeside getaway in the heart of the Cotswolds?
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The Cotswolds are famous for their typically English landscape of lovely green rolling hills, stone walls, woodland and charming little towns and villages. Many of the buildings are made from sandy yellow Cotswold Stone, making the whole area highly attractive.

It’s no wonder the area attracts around 38 million visitors each year. The De Vere Cotswold Water Park is a contemporary resort hotel set by a lake in a nature reserve which has stunning views over water and is a haven for many a moorhen and swan.

It boasts 328 bedrooms with a wide choice of accommodation, some rooms with balconies, some with terraces. You can choose from standard doubles or deluxe doubles, all with water views. Two of the four suites have wonderfully sybaritic bathrooms; two have impressive balconies. In addition, there’s a range of self-catering apartments (Sainsbury’s down the road offers deliveries).

There are two restaurants, an outdoor summer coffee bar, a spa, and a host of walking trails to enjoy as well as nearby water sports.

Set among a vast expanse of lakes, rivers, woodland, and open countryside, the Cotswold Water Park offers an extensive range of varied leisure activities. Whether you like adrenalin-fuelled water sports or something a little gentler, you are sure to find it here.

With over 100 lakes at the Water Park, you can enjoy everything from canoeing, kayaking and sailing, to wakeboarding, water-skiing, and windsurfing. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, take a leisurely walk or hike, go horseback riding or cycling, or even sign up for a guided tour.

Discover the Nature Reserves of Cotswold Water Park
Observe the variety of wildlife that the Cotswold Water Park has to offer at one of its many nature reserves. Go wildlife spotting and bird watching or just take a wander around the beautiful reserves, which provide a protective haven for the animals that call the park home.

First Impressions
On arrival what you see are attractive sleek and modern buildings with timber cladding and Cotswold stone. What makes these buildings so appealing are the balconies and decking which overlook the lake. You can just imagine yourself sitting of a morning with a hot cup of coffee or of an evening with your choice of tipple.

The reception is also sleek and welcoming which opens up into a bar area which then leads into the Brasserie restaurant. This is also where guests enjoy breakfast. This area also houses the spa and many private rooms for conferences and weddings.

Take a short walk to the Old Boathouse restaurant and the Muddy Duck coffee bar. As you can see, plenty of options for dining and coffee.

The staff are welcoming, efficient and friendly and will go out of their way to make you feel at home.

Food and Drink
There are several options on site:

The Old Boathouse
Relaxed dining by the lake

At The Old Boathouse Restaurant & Bar, you can enjoy picturesque dining and drinking with views of the Water Park from our lakeside tables and outside decking.

Menus make the most of seasonal ingredients, showcasing a mix of classic British dishes, sharing platters and lighter meals. Over at the bar, there is a range of wines, beers and spirits on offer as well as a selection of classic cocktails, Prosecco and Champagne.

Family Sunday lunches are served every Sunday at The Old Boathouse, with delicious roasts starting from £17. Sunday lunches will be served between 12noon and 4.30pm and we recommend booking.

The Brasserie
Contemporary dining with lake views

The contemporary interior of the Brasserie sits beautifully alongside the wonderful views of the lake and serves an imaginative, family-friendly menu, seven days a week. Dinner commences at 5pm and the last sitting is 9pm.

Breakfast includes cooked and continental options. Sittings are available in the Brasserie at 6:30am (weekdays only), 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am and 10:30am and should be booked in advance.

Afternoon tea is also available, served with a glass of bubbly if you so desire, alongside a scrumptious selection of freshly-prepared finger sandwiches, cakes and scones.

The Lounge
Lakeside dinner and drinks

Warm natural interiors and a spectacular lakeside deck make the Lounge & Bar just the place to meet and relax.

Choose from a selection of craft beers, wines and spirits, or order something tasty to eat from our new all-day menu – to be enjoyed in the Lounge, by the lake or in the comfort of your room or apartment.

If attending an event at Cotswold Water Park, consider stopping by for dinner and drinks.

The Spa
Lying within the peaceful setting of De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Spa 6 is a destination in its own right. With a fully equipped gym, a swimming pool, sauna, spa facilities and a range of beauty treatments and spa experiences.

Spa6 is open to hotel guests and non-residents alike, and is the perfect place to be whether you want to get fit or simply relax.

Please note that the spa pool will only be open to residents who book a spa treatment.

The Gym
With a wide range of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment, the gym is designed to help you achieve your lifestyle and fitness goals.

The Wellbeing at Heart measures are in place and pre-booked appointments for Spa 6 and the gym can be made online.

What’s available at the gym
Technogym™ equipment
* Weight training area
* On-site fitness personal trainers
* Full health consultation services
* Fitness programs tailored to you

Access for guests with disabilities?

Family and Pet Friendly
Yes. The two-bedroom apartments are ideal for small families, several have interconnecting bedrooms. Children’s beds can be set up in the larger rooms at £10 per night. Dogs are welcome in 35 of the bedrooms with a flat £30 which covers the stay, whether one night or several days, and includes bed and bowl.

What guests say…
Wonderful family staycation. Upgraded from a double room to a family 1 bed apartment with lake views, very reasonable. Apartment was ideal for travel with a toddler, safe to play and designed to a high standard. We had a lake view with balcony calm and quiet. Staff were so helpful. Breakfast was top notch. We had drinks in bar too. All so clean and top spec. On site we did many walks locally around the lakes, met swans and enjoyed nature. We had day trips in car and great location as a base. Highly recommended

This is a truly amazing place. The rooms are lovely, clean and immaculate. The staff are friendly and professional, nothing is too much trouble. Especially the reception staff. We used the Spa. It’s absolutely beautiful. The location surrounding the lake is beautiful too. There was a wedding while we were there, and the room looked truly dreamlike.

De Vere Cotswold Water Park
Lake 6, South Cerney GL7 5FP
01285 864000

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