Myself, my Husband and our 10 month old Daughter stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment for 3 nights last month. We were attending a wedding nearby and this hotel was recommended by the bride & groom.
To summarise the positives and negatives as briefly as I can, as my reviews to tend to go on a bit..!
+ The views! Massive plus point. We had 2 balconies and loved being able to sit and have dinner overlooking the lake...my Daughter loved watching the swans too.
+ The room(s). Our apartment was a good size, it was a bonus that both bedrooms had an ensuite and the kitchen/living area really was huge! Everywhere was really clean and in good condition.
- The surrounding area. Although there are lots of paths nearby and a beautiful lake to walk around, there wasn't really anywhere suitable to take the pushchair without having to get in the car first. Even then we parked at a couple of the car parks around the other nearby lakes and we couldn't get very far without going on the road. I asked at reception where I could go with the pushchair from the hotel and I was advised, by someone who clearly has never pushed one, that it's possible to easily circumnavigate lake 6, which the hotel is on. Just incase you were thinking of doing it, it's not for the fainthearted...you will need to carry it through gates and along some of the paths!
- Lack of aircon. It was 30C every day and night in our rooms and whilst we did have a tower fan in each room it wasn't sufficient. I was surprised that a newish hotel doesn't have aircon!
- Our neighbours. Ok there's probably not a massive amount that can be done about this, but allocating a group of young girls a room directly below a couple with a baby is not ideal. I didn't appreciate the constant cigarette smoke blowing up from the balcony and my baby didn't appreciate being woken in the night!
- General look & feel of the hotel. It feels like a conference centre...which it is, I know, there's just nothing homely about it, it's all very clinical.
- The Old Boathouse pub. It's really nothing to write home about...the menu is limited and the food unimpressive, especially for the price. (The cafe a little further along at the information centre is a much better option)
We didn't use the spa facilities so can't comment on those.
All in all it was a good option for us as we prefer self-catering, though if we were in the area again I'd look at booking one of the lodges on a nearby lake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This contemporary 4 star hotel is superbly located in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park, only three miles from Cirencester and six miles from Swindon. The hotel offers guests a wealth of amenities and outdoor activities.This exclusive resort enjoys an unsurpassed setting of lakes, rivers, wetlands and grassland. Stunning views, open spaces and a wealth of leisure and active pursuits make this the perfect place for a visit or for a break all year round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cotswold Water Park 4 Pillars Hotel
- De Vere Cotswold Water Park Cotswolds/South Cerney