Take your place lakeside at The Lakes by Yoo. Designed by Jade Jagger, Claydon Lodge hugs Warren Cross, one of six clearwater lakes at this Cotswold eco-site, with a deck that defies you not to dangle a line from it and hook your supper.
Entertainment and relaxation are the name of the game here and a tranquil colour palette of neutrals and brown accented with funky turquoise helps this along nicely. Slide open the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, pile more logs on the burner and scrunch your toes. Pour a Nespresso and let the light and the air reinvigorate your soul.
Just around the corner is the meadow, complete with tennis courts and trampoline, while the clubhouse comes with spa, heated pool and mystic-fingered therapists ready to inject new life into city-beat bodies. At night, you’ll sleep deeply cosseted in premium cotton to the gentle noises of the night over the lake.
Beyond the 650 acres of gorgeously sculpted woodland and water lies the enticing prospect of the English Cotswolds. It’s a world of honeyed villages, weeping willows trailing into gentle brooks, and thatched medieval villages. But the Lakes by Yoo might just be so lovely that you never leave the site.
Just around the corner from Claydon Lodge is the meadow, with its trampolines and tennis courts. Add in a zip wire, climbing wall, children’s pool and tepees – plus the kids’ club, the School of Rock and the School of Wild – and that’s the youngsters catered for.
The grown-up toys come in the shape of the Orchard Spa, with its 17-metre heated pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Revive and rejuvenate under the magic touch of our therapists, then hit the clubroom for pool and a long, cool drink. Wander the arboretum with its orchard and mature trees.
Fish the lakes for trout and tench and smoke your catch at the Saturday Hook and Cook Barbecue. Watch for wildlife such as otters and deer on the lakeshore. End the day on the south-facing deck with a steak-and-salad barbie to the accompaniment of the setting sun and the call of the wild birds across the reed beds.
Signature designer Jade Jagger has filled Claydon Lodge with light, playful pieces amid a tranquil colour palette. Neutrals and browns come accented with turquoise in a scheme that feels comfortable and approachable. Settle back on super-deep sofas, burn some logs, pour a Nespresso and feel both wholesome and at home.
Life here is an inside-out experience. With the floor-to-ceiling glass doors slid aside, the flow from the living area to the deck is irresistible, providing a seamless connection with nature. The clear lake air and the sound of the wild birds are a spiritual call across the serene surface of the lakewater.
Fire up the terrace barbie and smoke the tench or trout you caught from the deck. Inside, there are bells and whistles that add icing to an already lovely cake. Pour a coffee, set up a Bluray blockbuster, stick some sounds on your Sonos music system, and beam up some broadband.
At Claydon Lodge, you switch from a human doing to a human being. In England’s answer to The Hamptons, designed by the glitterati at Yoo Studio, you’ll discover what it means to simply ‘be’ in a rural setting that draws from the very finest of both the natural and man-made worlds.
Ever wanted your own butler? Yes, that’s possible here. We’ll even stock up on essentials and little luxuries for you, meet your food delivery service and stock your kitchen high with the freshest and finest. With the glass doors parted and your culinary aromas hanging in the fresh lake air, your cooking will get new zest and zip.
If you’d like to take a back seat while we turn up the gas, you can be catered for by some of the Cotswolds’ finest chefs. We’ve a range of dining options for every occasion: from simply leaving you a lasagne in the fridge, to compiling a luxury breakfast hamper, to the finest authentic Japanese or traditional English.
Al-fresco dining options abound: from tench and perch caught and barbied on your own deck, to fish smoked at the Saturday Hook and Cook, to Elsa’s, which marries the essence of a French bistro with the ambience of the English countryside. Try the cassoulet or beefburger in brioche and discover why it’s toujours dimanche at Elsa’s.
If you’re eating out, we highly recommend The Swan at Southrop. Maybe tackle the steamed Fowey mussels or the Laverstock Park Farm buffalo mozzarella. If it’s a red-letter day, head for Upper Slaughter, where the Lords of the Manor’s tasting menu glitters brightly with a Michelin star.
A comfortable, luxurious experience is assured at Claydon Lodge, with three bathrooms and three bedrooms. With window views from each one out across the expanse of lakewater, reed beds and woodland, it’s also a supremely serene one. Slide back the curtains each morning and just stare. Breakfast can wait.
The master suite comes with kingsize bed in earthy brown and perky turquoise. Burrow down between premium-cotton sheets and the soft luxurious duvet. In the morning, the freestanding bath awaits for a long and languorous soak.
Bedroom two is a kingsize with a similar level of luxury, while bedroom three is a twin and home to many a furtive torchlit midnight feast.
At night, the only sounds to disturb your deepest dreams will be the breeze sifting through the reed beds, the snuffling of a badger or the plaintive call of the tufted ducks that glide serenely over the lakewaters.
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