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Your secret hideaway in the heart of the Cotswolds

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Imagine waking by the waterside. Watching the wind pulse along the lake casting ripples as you relax, dip your toes into clean, freshwater from your own private pontoon. Find the place you’ve dreamed about a thousand times. A place you can escape to time and time again. Unwind, retreat and recharge from the demands of a digital world, from the 9-5 and all the hours that no longer feel your own. Your home-from-home haven lies just 90 mins from London in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside.

There’s something about the water that always calls us home. As humans we have an instinctive bond with water – for survival, for life and relaxation. And for wellbeing it’s a call we at Watermark can’t ignore. Water has a healing power – it offers us calmness amongst the chaos, eases the mind, comforts us and connects us culturally. And our Cotswold resort is a holiday haven like no other designed for your delight.

Set in the heart of the countryside, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, surrounding 150 natural lakes lies a private gated community – of secret, serene seclusion. An award-winning development of stunning New England Style lakeside houses and luxurious lodges for sale and hire, from 3-6 bedrooms, with hot tubs bubbling on the decking awaiting your arrival. Fresh linen and laundry facilities come as standard in each unique lodge – beautifully furnished to complement their Cotswolds’ surroundings. Wi-Fi, private balconies, moorings and en-suite bathrooms provide everything you need for a leisurely stay.

Whether you’re looking for a weekend escape, short self-catering break or a permanent holiday home, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the amenities at Watermark. Lose yourself in the landscape and take a leisurely lakeside stroll, take up tennis or enjoy a work out in our fully-equipped gyms. Or if the call of the water is just too strong to ignore – take a dip, get in, get wet and choose from a variety of water sports on your doorstep. For the thrill seekers there’s wakeboarding and water-skiing, for those that enjoy a slower pace sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and fishing (Coarse and Fly). And if the open water temperatures are too fresh for your visit, the neighbouring spa offers all the benefits of the water with the added luxury of a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna – letting you relax, refresh and recharge.

If you’re craving fresh air in your lungs why not enjoy a few holes of Golf. Hire a horse or road bike and explore the rich scenery from the saddle or sharpen your skills clay pigeon shooting and enjoy all the countryside has to offer. Not forgetting the Children’s Activity Park and zipwire for those with young adrenalin junkies ready to burn-off their energy in the open air.

From breakfast to lunch and dinner you can dine with delight, and often live music, at the Lakeside Brasserie restaurant. Catering for all appetites and palates from fajitas to wood-fired pizzas, soak up your surroundings and enjoy fine company and cuisine without the stress of entertaining.

Your stay at Watermark is a well-deserved pamper your future self will thank you for. An investment of time that will feed the soul. Picture perfect, your lakeside retreat will leave you longing to return time and again, with memories that will last a lifetime.

The Cotswold Water Park – Everything You Need to Know

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As a whole, the Cotswolds are known for being one of the most stunning rural areas in the UK but we truly believe that if you want to know what picturesque landscapes really look like, you need to experience the Cotswold Water Park for yourself.

A 40 square mile area within the Cotswolds which is located in Cheltenham in the south of England, the Cotswolds Water Park is a collection of 150 lakes, peppered amongst stretches of rural land and home to us, Watermark holiday park.

The Cotswold Water Park is a truly unique destination, a one of a kind place to visit in the UK this article will tell you a little bit more about this simply stunning location.

What is the Cotswold Water Park?

The Water Park in the Cotswolds is made up of rural land and 150 lakes but it isn’t a closed off or privately owned park, it’s an area that people live within, run businesses in and more, so anyone is welcome to visit and explore free of charge.

Alongside the natural wonders found within the Water Park, there’s also a country park and beach which are privately owned entrance charges but they’re well worth a visit if you’re nearby.

One of the main attractions with the Cotswold Water Park is the ability to roam free and explore, making it perfect for all the family, even the dog! The Water Park has plenty of marked footpaths for walkers and cycle paths too, so however you want to find your way around, you’ll have no problem.

Cotswold Water Park Beach

Cotswolds Waterpark’s biggest draw is the beach and once you see it, you won’t be surprised. Located within the Cotswold Country Park, the inland bathing beach is designed for cooling off when the British sun is shining and is manned by lifeguards at peak times.

Ideal for all ages, there’s sand and water to enjoy as you’d expect but there’s also plenty of activities and water sports and, as the beach is within the confines of the country club, you’ll also have plenty of access to delicious food and drink on site.

Accommodation in Cotswold Water Park

No matter what kind of accommodation you’re looking for, there’s plenty to choose from.

If you’re looking for Cotswold Water Park holiday homes, look no further than Watermark. We’re known for being the most luxurious accommodation option within the Water Park, offering short term holiday houses for quick visits or properties to buy if you can’t stand to stay away for too long.

Who Looks After Cotswold Water Park?

The Cotswold Water Park Trust are responsible for maintaining the beauty and safety of the Water Park all year round and we have to say, they do a wonderful job.

From ensuring walkways and footpaths are maintained to keeping the land free from rubbish and blemishes, the Trust work tirelessly to protect locals, visitors and animals alike.

You won’t find an area quite like the Cotswold Water Park anywhere else in the UK and we couldn’t be prouder to be located within this truly unique location. So, if you want to experience the wonder for yourself, book a stay at the Watermark holiday park and venture out into the Water Park to witness the beauty for yourself.

The Ultimate Fishing Holiday in the Cotswolds at Watermark

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Fishing in the Cotswolds is big business. Whether you’re a local with the luxury on your doorstep or a fishing enthusiast willing to travel from afar to enjoy the wonders of Cotswold fishing, there’s plenty of places to fulfil your need to fish this county’s busy waters but none quite as luxurious as Watermark.

A one of a kind holiday park that is home to luxury fishing lodges like no other, we offer you the opportunity to experience the ultimate fishing holiday in the Cotswolds without having to travel further than the backdoor of your lodge, a luxury no other fishing lodges in the UK can provide.

Luxury Lodges with Direct Water Access

One of the things that puts people off fishing is that you have to leave all your luxuries at home and be prepared to ‘rough it’ but when you come for a fishing holiday in the Cotswolds at Watermark, you can have the best of both worlds.

A number of our lodges back directly onto busy fishing lakes but thanks to the exclusivity of our park, you’ll be one of just a handful of fishermen that has access to these waters, giving you the best chance to get a good catch.

Summer Lake, Windrush Lake, Spring Lake and more of our on-site locations have properties available for hire that directly back onto the lakes, meaning you can be surrounded by your home comforts whilst enjoying your favourite hobby.

Unlimited Use of Exclusive Lakes

As we’ve mentioned briefly before, Cotswold fishing is a very popular pastime and this results in local lakes being swarmed with keen fishermen but when you plan a fishing holiday at Watermark, you get to enjoy beautiful Cotswold lakes all to yourself.

Our lakes span hundreds of miles and thanks to the exclusivity of our park, you and your neighbours will be the only fishermen for miles to be testing these waters, giving you plenty of space to practice your line skills and win yourself some impressive catches.

Plenty to Enjoy Aside from Fishing

Although your main focus may be fishing, at Watermark Cotswolds you won’t just have incredible access to great waters but also the option to explore an array of other activities.

It’s our restaurants and plethora of other activities that contribute towards making us the providers of the ultimate luxury carp fishing holidays in the UK. Top quality food, highly acclaimed beverages and an extensive range of things to do including water sports and tennis, there’s so much more that contributes towards making your fishing trip spectacular than just the waters.

Fishing in the Cotswolds will forever be popular, so set yourself apart from the rest of the fishing enthusiasts enjoying our local waters and experience what a luxury fishing holiday feels like.

Book one of the best fishing lodges in the UK by staying at Watermark, the ultimate place to enjoy fishing in the Cotswolds.