Introducing the Yellowstone Cottages Collection at Cotswold Water Park Retreats

Affordable Luxury in the Heart of the Cotswolds

Welcome to the Yellowstone Collection, an exclusive group of lodges at Cotswold Water Park Retreats. Reflecting a passion for both the captivating Yellowstone series and the charm of horse racing, these lodges offer a unique blend of inspiration and comfort. Built from the iconic honey-coloured stone synonymous with the Cotswolds, these homes provide an inviting and warm aesthetic. Although they are designed to be affordable, each lodge exudes quality and thoughtful design, making them perfect for both short breaks and extended stays.

Discover the Lodges: Cheltenham Cottage, Ascot Cottage, York Cottage, and Aintree Cottage

The Yellowstone Collection currently features four stunning lodges: Cheltenham Cottage, Ascot Cottage, York Cottage, and Aintree Cottage. Each lodge is named to reflect the owner’s love for horse racing, adding a unique and personal touch to the collection.

Cheltenham Cottage is a single-story lodge with both bedrooms on the ground floor, making it ideal for those seeking easy accessibility. This layout ensures convenience without sacrificing the lodge’s cozy charm.

The remaining lodges, Ascot Cottage, York Cottage, and Aintree Cottage, are all two-story homes. Each features one bedroom on the ground floor, providing accessibility options for all guests. These thoughtfully designed lodges cater to various needs while maintaining a high standard of comfort and style.

Perfect for All Occasions: Business and Leisure

The Yellowstone Collection is versatile, catering to a wide range of guests. These lodges are an excellent choice for professionals working away from home, offering a comfortable and convenient base. With fully serviced amenities, guests can enjoy a home-away-from-home experience, complete with all the essentials for a productive stay.

Small families will also find these lodges appealing for short breaks or holidays. The Cotswold Water Park offers a plethora of activities, from water sports to nature trails, making it an ideal destination for family fun. Cirencester, with its rich history and vibrant market town charm, is just a short drive away, providing additional attractions and dining options.

For those seeking a more active getaway, the Yellowstone Collection is perfect for groups planning a golfing or fishing weekend. The Cotswolds boast numerous golf courses and fishing spots, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable stay.

Quality and Comfort in Every Detail

Although the Yellowstone Collection lodges are budget-friendly, no detail has been overlooked in their design and construction. Each lodge is a testament to quality craftsmanship, featuring modern amenities and stylish interiors. From the spacious living areas to the well-appointed kitchens and cozy bedrooms, every element has been carefully selected to ensure guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Explore the Beauty of the Cotswolds

Staying at the Yellowstone Collection means guests are perfectly positioned to explore the natural beauty and attractions of the Cotswolds. The Cotswold Water Park, with its numerous lakes and outdoor activities, is right on the doorstep. Cirencester, known as the capital of the Cotswolds, offers historical sites, boutique shopping, and a variety of dining experiences.

Book Your Stay at the Yellowstone Collection Today

Whether you’re a professional needing a convenient base, a family looking for a memorable holiday, or a group of friends planning an active weekend, the Yellowstone Collection at Cotswold Water Park Retreats has something for everyone. Book your stay today and experience the perfect blend of affordability, quality, and charm in the heart of the Cotswolds.

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Your Visit


Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village

One of Bourton-on-the-Water’s most beloved attractions is the Model Village, a one-ninth scale replica of the village itself. This enchanting miniature village, built from local Cotswold stone, offers a unique and detailed perspective of Bourton-on-the-Water as it appeared in the 1930s. Opened in 1937, the Model Village includes tiny versions of the iconic low stone bridges, the River Windrush, and even the village’s buildings and gardens. Visitors can stroll through this meticulously crafted attraction and marvel at the precision and care taken to recreate every detail. The Model Village provides an opportunity to see the charming architecture and layout of Bourton-on-the-Water in a new and engaging way, making it a must-visit for all ages.
Towns and Villages

Enchanting Burford: The Gateway to the Cotswolds

Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, Burford stands as a timeless testament to England’s medieval grandeur, offering visitors a captivating journey through history, culture, and natural beauty. Known as the “Gateway to the Cotswolds,” this beautiful town is an essential destination for anyone exploring the region. With its well-preserved architecture, Burford provides a window into the past, inviting guests from near and far to wander its picturesque streets and discover the stories etched into its stones. As you enter Burford via its famous High Street, you’re greeted by a gentle slope lined with ancient buildings, each telling its own tale. The street, a blend of honey-colored stone cottages, grand houses, and inviting boutiques, leads down to the medieval bridge that crosses the River Windrush, offering amazing views that encapsulate the town’s natural charm. A highlight of any visit to Burford is the magnificent Church of St. John the Baptist. Dating back to the 15th century, this architectural marvel boasts a rich history, exquisite carvings, and stained glass windows that illuminate its interiors with stories of faith and community. The churchyard, with its sprawling grounds and ancient tombs, provides a peaceful retreat and a chance to reflect on the centuries of life that have unfolded within its walls. No trip to Burford would be complete without exploring its wealth of shops and eateries. The town is a haven for antiques enthusiasts, offering an array of shops where treasures from the past await discovery. For food lovers, Burford presents a delightful selection of traditional pubs, cosy cafes, and gourmet restaurants, each serving up culinary delights that showcase the best of local produce and traditional English fare. Beyond the charms of the town centre, Burford serves as a gateway to the wider Cotswolds, inviting adventurers to explore the rolling hills, lush woodlands, and quaint villages, such as Bibury, that define this area of outstanding natural beauty. Whether it’s hiking, cycling, or a leisurely drive through the countryside, Burford offers the perfect starting point for a journey into the heart of rural England. Burford does get busy during the tourist season and sometimes parking can be a challenge but persevere! Get there early and enjoy it – the town is just stunning. In conclusion, Burford is not just a destination; it’s an experience. Its rich history, stunning architecture, and breathtaking landscapes make it a must-visit for anyone seeking the essence of the Cotswolds. From leisurely strolls along its historic streets to immersive explorations of the surrounding countryside, Burford promises an unforgettable escape into the beauty and heritage of England.  

South Cerney Outdoor

For guests seeking adventure on the water, South Cerney Outdoor offers an exhilarating range of activities in the heart of Cotswold Water Park. From kayaking and SUP to sailing and more, this centre provides an ideal setting for both novices and seasoned enthusiasts to dive into water sports. With a focus on safety and fun, every visitor is set to have a memorable experience on the lake, under the guidance of expert instructors. For more information, visit their website at South Cerney Outdoor. You can either launch your own craft (need to book and pay) or hire directly from the centre. You will also find the Sky Line Aerial Adventure at this location as well – climb to the top and get a fantastic view over Little Horseshoe Lake which is just across a narrow lane. They also do great coffee and cake at their coffee shop at the Lodge and a small cafe serves great street food to either eat in or take away. Great day out.
Towns and Villages

Exploring Minchinhampton Common: A Jewel in the Heart of the Cotswolds

We find ourselves over at Minchinhampton Common quite regularly on a Sunday after visiting the Ragged Cot at Minchinhampton for a Sunday lunch. Dropping into the Jolly Nice farm shop on the way back is also a compulsory activity, particularly for the olive oil, cracklebean eggs and biscotti. Minchinhampton Common, nestled in the stunning Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, is a vast, open landscape that epitomizes the serene and unspoiled charm of the English countryside. This ancient common land, managed by the National Trust, spreads across 600 acres of rolling hills, lush grasslands, and rugged terrain, offering panoramic views that captivate the heart and soothe the soul. The common is a tapestry of rich biodiversity, home to rare plants and wildlife, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and conservationists alike. It’s crisscrossed by a network of footpaths and bridleways, inviting visitors to explore its expansive beauty on foot, horseback, or bike. The area is dotted with ancient monuments and Neolithic burial mounds, silently narrating tales of its millennia-old history and the lives of those who roamed these lands long before us. Golfers, too, are drawn to the common, where one of England’s oldest golf clubs offers a unique playing experience amidst this breathtaking natural setting. The golf course, harmoniously integrated into the landscape, provides an additional layer of human interaction with the land, blending sport with the tranquil beauty of the Cotswolds. Minchinhampton Common is not just a place of natural beauty and recreational opportunity; it is a living example of the balance between conservation and traditional land use. It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving natural landscapes, not just for their ecological value but also for their historical significance and their role in community life. Visiting Minchinhampton Common offers a momentary retreat into nature’s embrace, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. It’s a place where the past and present merge, offering a peaceful sanctuary and a reminder of the enduring beauty of the English countryside. Stroud probably isn’t the most attractive town in the Cotswold but there are some incredible views of the town from the common as you drive through. We can also recommend the Bear Pub but great food!
Towns and Villages

Castle Combe: The Quintessential Jewel of the Cotswolds

Castle Combe, nestled in the Wiltshire countryside within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, epitomizes the quintessential English village. With its charming stone cottages, ancient bridges crossing the tranquil Bybrook River, and streets lined with lush flora, it’s often hailed as one of the prettiest villages in England. The village’s history dates back to the Roman era, but it flourished in the medieval period due to the wool industry, evidence of which is still seen in the wealth of the historic buildings and the beautifully preserved Market Cross. Castle Combe’s timeless beauty has made it a favorite filming location, adding a touch of cinematic magic to its already picturesque setting. Despite its small size, the village offers visitors a delightful glimpse into England’s rich past, combined with the tranquil beauty of the surrounding Cotswolds landscape Welcome to Castle Combe, often described as the prettiest village in England. This beautiful village, nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, is like stepping into a fairy tale. With its idyllic stone cottages, ancient bridges, and babbling brook, Castle Combe captures the essence of rural English charm and transports visitors to a world seemingly untouched by time. As you meander through the village streets, you’ll quickly understand why Castle Combe has been a favoured location for film and television productions, its picturesque setting providing the perfect backdrop for stories of romance and intrigue. The village’s historical beauty is preserved in its architecture, from the 14th-century Market Cross, where traders once gathered, to the medieval St. Andrew’s Church, which holds a wealth of history within its walls. One of the village’s most photographed views is the iconic bridge overlooking the Bybrook River, a serene spot that encapsulates the peaceful beauty of the Cotswolds. Just a short walk from the village centre, this location offers a moment of tranquility and a reminder of the simpler pleasures of life. Castle Combe’s racing circuit adds a touch of excitement to the tranquil landscape, attracting motorsport enthusiasts from around the world. Here, the thrill of the race contrasts with the timeless calm of the village, offering something for everyone. No visit to Castle Combe would be complete without exploring the local crafts and culinary delights. The village is home to charming tea rooms and pubs, where you can savour traditional English fare in a cosy setting. For those looking to take a piece of Castle Combe home, local shops offer a range of handmade goods that reflect the skill and creativity of the region. In the surroundings of Castle Combe, nature trails and walking paths invite you to explore the lush countryside of the Cotswolds. Whether you’re strolling through ancient woodlands or admiring panoramic views from atop the hills, the natural beauty of the area is a constant companion. Castle Combe has been used for TV and films and is probably most famous for War Horse by Stephen Spielberg and you’ll notice the absence of TV aerials on the roofs of the houses in the village. We can recommend the Castle Inn which serves great food and there is a nice little walk around the Manor House and back onto the bridge if you want to walk off your lunch! Castle Combe is more than just a destination; it’s an experience. A visit here offers a pause from the hustle and bustle of modern life and a chance to indulge in the beauty of the English countryside. Immerse yourself in the history, charm, and natural splendour of Castle Combe and let it capture your heart, as it has for so many before.  

Cotswold Country Park and Beach

Opening on the 23rd March in time for Easter (tickets available online now) the country park and beach offers more than just beach activities. Check their website for events, opening times and booking. Parking is generally quite tight so please make sure that you book your car and guests in on line in advance of travelling to the park. It is about 5 minutes in the car from our properties on Waters Edge, Summer lake and Little Horseshoe. Cotswold Country Park and Beach itself is celebrated for offering the largest inland beach in the UK, alongside a multitude of activities such as open water swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, and the AquaVenture water park, the largest inflatable waterpark in the area. The park comprises two lakes that were formed around forty years ago through gravel extraction, and these lakes have since become a hub for a variety of water-based and family-friendly activities​ The AquaVenture water park has been there for a few years now and is hugely popular – again book your tickets in advance!!  

Discover Bikes

Discover Bikes – Cycle hire Whether you’re heading to the Cotswold’s on holiday and want to explore the area by bike, are heading off somewhere for a big adventure and don’t have the kit, or simply want to try something different – they’ve got the hire fleet to match your needs. Based here in the heart of the Cotswold Water Parks, their fleet of hire bikes and hire packages are exactly what you’ve been looking for – and they don’t just supply bikes, if you’ve got a big event planned you can hire race wheels and bike boxes from us. Or for something very different – why not grab a SUP board and head off and get wet somewhere!!  

Lake 32 Outdoor Centre

Practice your survival skills in the Cotswolds with a bushcraft course or fancy open water swimming whilst you are visiting us? Head on down to Lake 32 next to the Cotswold Country Park and Beach for some great adventures! You can take lessons in all the sports they offer or use your own equipment on the lake. Lake 32 operate the sports of Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Archery, Raft building, Problem solving, Bush Craft & Survival Skills and Low Ropes. Waterland operate a very successful Triathlon Group and you can swim in the lake before 10am seven days a week. So much to do at Lake 32 pop along and enjoy the great outdoors! They often have events planned so always worth checking out their website for details. PS You can walk around the whole of the lake (or run!) – grab your wristband from the cafe before you head out  
Coffee Shops

Carle’s Coffee Shop

Carle’s coffee shop is on the corner of the Spine Road and Cerney Wick Lane and often frequented by us as we zip between lakes. I can highly recommend the flat white and the flapjacks although you’ll find much more there to try including a quiet corner where you can enjoy a cake or sandwich. Carle also provides bike hire and is the centre of some serious riding that goes on around the area. You’ll also find them up by the Relish cafe where they hire bikes. Carle will deliver the bikes to the door at a reasonable price – if you want to find out more then please speak to us

Giffords Circus

Who doesn’t like the circus! Cotswold Water Park Retreats are pleased to say that for the second year our staff outing will be to Giffords Circus whilst it is visiting Cirencester. We had such a great time in 2022 and 2023 and can’t wait for them to come back to Cirencester in 24. The ’24 season has started at their home at Fennels Farm in Stroud before moving on with their tour of The Cotswolds. Check out their website for details “Our costumes are handmade, our animals are trained by us, our sets are painted in the barns on our farm. We burn the midnight oil to conjure new visions for the show. It’s all we do. Circus is our job, our life, our love.” Nell Gifford Giffords Circus is a magical village green circus that tours England from the first days of spring to the first glimpse of winter. It’s our hymn to homemade fun, excess and benign disruption. We want our show to move something in you, and to take just a little while to recover from. We want it, wish it and mean it with all of our hearts, because it is everything we believe about life and art and love. Because as Nell would say “Art is Love”. Giffords Circus is what we would all like to find if we were driving along a road, a glimpse of the tent with the words ‘Giffords Circus’ shining from the top, appearing mysteriously where it wasn’t the day before and might not be tomorrow. It is the intrigue that we would stop for and it is what we would make a pilgrimage for. It is how we travel back to our childhood and how we move forwards surrounded by music, loved ones and laughter. We wear our best clothes, and wellies and run away to the circus.  

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