Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, surrounded by 110 acres of woodland, four sparkling lakes and the chocolate-box market town of Fairford, Cotswolds Waters is a sustainably-minded new-build residential development, home to a collection of bespoke private homes and lakeside apartments.
Helmed by John Hitchcox, the founder of YOO Studio and the Cotswolds’ much-loved residential community, The Lakes by YOO, Cotswolds Waters will embody a unique approach to sustainable living just 90 minutes from London and offer lucrative investment opportunities for those in search of a part-time residence in the Cotswolds.
A deep respect for the surrounding natural environment is at the heart of Cotswolds Waters, and what will unite homeowners is a love for the outdoors and the wildlife residing within it.
The area is awarded SSSI accreditation, making it an area of Special Scientific Interest, with each lake home to a unique marine ecosystem. As such, only low-impact activities such as swimming, sailing or paddle-boarding are permitted on the lakes, and the properties have been built with sustainable building practices at the forefront, such as solar orientation and the use of local materials.
Spring 2024 will see Cotswolds Waters unveil the first chapter of the development with the launch of 63 spacious lakeside apartments. Available as fully-furnished part-time holiday lets, the two and three-bedroom apartments offer an attractive investment opportunity to those searching for a dwelling in the heart of the countryside but who are not yet ready to give up their abode in the city.
Overseen by leading contemporary design studio Hawkes Architecture, each apartment has been brought to life in a way that respects its natural surroundings and is deeply rooted in its location. Energy efficiency is key, whilst local materials such as Cotswolds stone bring a sense of place.
Inside, Pineapple Interiors has created a chic countryside retreat with a spacious open-plan kitchen and living quarters, beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms, and an additional utility room conveniently located at the entrance for paddleboards, wetsuits and muddy boats.
Homeowners will be immersed in lakeside living with floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the space with natural light. Ground-floor apartments will offer wrap-around terraces offering direct access to the lake, whilst second and third-floor apartments are complete with spacious balconies affording panoramic views over the glistening lakes and rolling countryside beyond.
For those searching for a larger property, Cotswolds Waters has 77 spacious plots for bespoke private homes, each with direct lake access.
Homeowners will purchase the plot and then work with the build team and interior designers to select and personalise their home, allowing them to bring their creative vision to life and benefit financially from a plot-only 5% stamp duty fee.
Each home will have four to six bedrooms and reflect YOO Studio’s signature contemporary style. Some will have three floors with a spacious roof terrace and sky garden, whilst others will have four floors with an extra top-floor entertaining space. Homeowners wanting more space have the opportunity to purchase multiple plots.
Security and privacy are of utmost importance, and homeowners will have access to a full-time concierge and security team. On their doorstep, homeowners will find a host of walking routes and nature trails, including a direct 20-minute one into the market town of Fairford, much-loved for its independent stores, pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Cotswolds Waters homeowners will also have the opportunity to join an exclusive membership programme, which affords them access to all of the amenities at The Lakes by YOO, just a few minutes away.
This includes The Lakes Spa & Wellness Centre, home to an indoor swimming pool, cryotherapy chamber, sauna, steam room, yoga and fitness studio and several treatment rooms offering treatments from world-class wellness brands such as COSMOSS, Dr Barbara Sturm, Wildsmith Skin and MOSS of the Isles.
Meanwhile, The Lakes Bar & Kitchen offers laidback all-day dining with lakeside views and live music sets, whilst the Kids Club, tennis courts and Activities Tower, complete with high ropes and zipline, keep those of all ages entertained.
Show apartments and homes are now available to view at Cotswolds Waters. Prices are available upon request.