Lakes life

Your home away from home

The Lakes by YOO began as a vision shared between property developer John Hitchcox and celebrated designer Philippe Starck to create a modern retreat in the Cotswolds.

Since then, their vision has come to life as a sustainable, secluded and secure estate with interior design-led homes that look out onto breathtaking views of the lakes. A place for families, friends or colleagues to get together to experience an exclusive, fulfilling lifestyle and reconnect with the great outdoors.

Whether you’re looking for a waterfront or woodland space for a staycation, the perfect backdrop to bring together your team to connect and recalibrate or a place to call home, we’ve got it covered.


Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at The Lakes, from our mini farm with rescued animals and home to our rare-breed pigs, Frank and Kevin to rewilding where areas of the estate are allowed to flourish naturally without any human intervention.

From daily breakfast hampers with freshly baked sourdough and all the essentials delivered to your door to seasonal feasts at our onsite cafe, Elsa's or celebrate in style by booking a private chef. We have dining options to suit every occasion or staycation.


We have a fantastic line-up of fun-filled activities, from paddle boarding on the lakes to exploring the treetops on the zipwire or high ropes. Dive into our range of indoor and outdoor activities, classes and events, designed for the whole family to enjoy.

Spa & Wellness

The Spa is home to a 17-metre heated pool with views of Marley Lake and plenty of facilities, including a sauna, steam room and gym. Indulge in botanical treatments, take part in exercise classes or book a seasonal overnight wellness retreat.

Guest Services

Make it a memorable stay. Our dedicated Guest Services Team are here to cover all bases, from organising housekeeping, and creating an itinerary of activities to recommending local areas to visit or delicious restaurants to try.

We offer a diverse events programme here at The Lakes by YOO, choose from workshops andteam retreats, to day trips and special celebrations. Our Events Director will work with you to plan the finer detail and bring your vision to life.