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It doesn’t hit you how much you need a break until you actually go away, does it?

After what has been a physically and emotionally draining period of juggling work with homeschool for 5 long months, a weekend away at the De Vere Cotswold Hotel* for some much-needed R and R was just what this mama needed!

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It provided an opportunity for the whole family to collectively exhale and reconnect in a new, tranquil surrounding, and I for one, feel like a brand new human being for it!

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The De Vere Cotswolds Water Park Hotel is more a modern complex than a traditional hotel and it curves itself around a picturesque lake at its core, one of 152 lakes in fact spread across the Cotswolds Water Park.

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We enjoyed several strolls around the lake which boasts adjacent streams and ponds the children threw pebbles and pooh sticks into!

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This was just a stone’s throw away (literally) from our vast apartment in the furthest wing of the complex, The Watersmeet which boasted two ample sized bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a compact kitchen, sprawling lounge and outside area to sunbathe in, if we fancied it.

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The entire complex is one happy-making sunlight magnet and as it’s secluded in countryside (despite being just a short drive from the nearby pastel coloured villages closeby) the only sound you’ll hear are the tweets of the birds.


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I’d like make it clear that every care was taken to reassure us that health and safety measures were in place in light of the current crisis, with hand sanitisation units on every corner as well clear sign posting to remind guests to comply with social distancing.

Gift bags with disposable masks, hand gel and handy socks could also be found in all of the rooms and apartments (I didn’t pack enough socks for the kids so those came in handy).

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Importantly, our apartment was deep cleaned before arrival and our room keys were placed in sanitised envelopes for our safety.

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Even the teddies kindly left on the children’s beds were encased in clean and transparent plastic bags.

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The hotel also operated on a cashless system and staff wore masks so we always felt safe and protected.

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Equally, when I visited the hotel spa (Spa 6) on the Sunday, masseur Melissa wore PPE and took my temperature before the treatment took place.

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A gentle aromatherapy massage with mandarin and lavender essential oils, I fell asleep at one point (which is always a sign of a good massage) and Melissa made me feel both welcome and safe at all times.

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The Spa Manager, Louise was also generous with her time, taking us on a tour of the hotel on arrival, ensuring we felt comfortable and content, even arranging chocolate treats for the boys when she noticed they were hungry. It’s this attention to detail and thoughtfulness which trul;y makes hotels like The De Vere Cotswolds Water Park stand apart from its competitors.

Another highlight was being able to swim again. We lapped up (get it) every minute of the hour we had in the hotel’s luxe hydro pool on site and again felt safe due to the extra measures taken with those using the facilities.

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For safety purposes, only a few people were allowed to use the pool at a time and for 1 hour sessions only, to ensure regular cleans. We actually spent most of our session alone in the pool, distancing when another family joined us towards the end.

Alexander had forgotten how to swim to start with bless him but after a short while, he was soon racing his brother and front-crawling with ease. I liked that the entire pool was shallow so I didn’t have to worry about the boys either.

The sauna and steam room were understandably closed during this time but the Experience Shower and Cold Water Bucket Shower were available for those brave enough to sample them (not me!). I did lounge on the underwater recliners for a breather from all the laps I clocked up though and it’s well worth booking a swimming session if you visit.

When it came to the food at the hotel, it was excellent across the board, as were all the extras such as Continental Breakfast left in paper bags outside of our apartment (you could order a hot bap option if you wished too), as well as items stocked in our apartment’s fridge with over 10 bottles of still and sparkling water, orange juice and milk (as well as non dairy options) and a wide range of snacks such as fruit, crisps, biscuits and muffins. This generosity makes a huge difference to families there as children are constantly hungry and not needing to source food and drink meant less stress for us!

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As well as enjoying the open countryside nearby, within the complex, the kids squeeled with excitment when they saw the Games Room with its retro arcade games and fusball and table tennis tables.

I personally loved the Hotel sweet shop which offered a huge variety of local delicies and treats from chocolate banana pieces I couldn’t get enough of to Cornish ice cream and artisan crisps. I ate in peace whilst they played. Good times!

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We also dined al fresco at The Old Boathouse restaurant on site which overlooks the lake. The Bar and Restaurant offers a considered seasonal menu incorporating fusion dishes with much-loved classics. Tthe Jalepeno poppers with lime and corianger mayo with their creamy come spicy hit and the tempura prawns were top-notch as was the fillet steak.

The portion sizes were perfect for a hungry family who’d played all day, and the waitress had thoughtfully marked up the children’s menus highlighting available choices in light of their allergies which saved both time and stress.

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Oliver said it was the tastiest chicken he’d eaten! The cheesecake sure went down well too! Yum!

A wonderful meal, hotel, surroundings and company. What more could an exhausted mum ask for?!

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We spent the entire weekend laughing until we cried (you can watch my Insta videos for all the madness) feeling more carefree and happy than we have in a long time.

Thank you De Vere Cotswolds Water Park for your hospitality and care.

Now, excitingly dear reader, you can win a stay with your family here. Find out all the details on how to enter below! Good luck!

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*This was a press trip but as always, my words are honest and my own.

Competition T&Cs

De Vere prize: An overnight stay in a family room at De Vere Cotswold Water park with breakfast included

De Vere competition terms and conditions:

The prize is available for up to a family of four, maximum of two adults and two children only, in a family room only. Prize winner must be aged 18 and over. Only one winner will be drawn. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable, non-exchangeable and there are no cash alternatives. Prize may be changed without prior notice. Prize to be redeemed and booked by 31/12/2021 and is subject to availability. Reservation must be booked in advance by contacting the PR team at Travel expenses are not included. Any extras not mentioned in the prize, including food and drinks, will be charged. Prize to be claimed at De Vere Cotswold Water Park only.

If the winner does not respond within 7 days of the notification email being sent, a new winner will be selected.

Ends 1st October 2020.

UK only.

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207 Responses

  1. Rachel McMillan

    I have recently lost my Dad and it has been a very sad time for my husband and our daughters I what was already a very tough year. It would be good to have some quality time together.

  2. Cathryn Crawshaw

    Would love to spend some quality time with my family, get rid of some of the 2020 stress

  3. Lynne OConnor

    This would be the perfect place to destress after a very difficult year

  4. leah

    We spent our honeymoon in the cotswolds and it is always our favourite place to go back to. We not had break for four years, so it would be well received 🙂 at the current time

  5. Lydia Houghton

    I work in a primary school so things are a little stressful and scary right now, but I’m happy to be playing my part. I’d love some rest and relaxation!

  6. Davina M

    I’d love to spend some quality time with my family without all the housework!

  7. Brenda Bradley

    Its the second time Ive been separated from my granddaughters as they are in lockdown in Birmingham, when all this is over I would love to go on holiday with them and their parents of course xxx

  8. Charlotte Hoskins

    I’d love a break away with hubby and our two daughters and wouldn’t it be lovely to see a different four walls for a change!

  9. Clare Davies

    I have just finished my 3 year uni course to become a nurse in these trying times (2 years before at college too!) and there has been no celebration, no graduation, no holiday we planned as a family to celebrate! me and my lovely partner have been together for 20 years in March so where planning a celebration getaway including a wedding – just us 3 – myself, partner and our gorgeous son! but corona has seen off these plans! haha
    So a lovely staycation like this would be fab! plus ive never been to the Cotswold and would love a reason to go and explore it all with my fav people! x

  10. Zoe

    I’d love to win this as one of the first places I stayed with my husband and we will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary next month!

  11. Jenny Jones

    I would love to take my 2 boys away for a special family treat and spend some lovely time together, being back at work and school is so stressful so would love to take this opportunity to relax and unwind together

  12. Lorraine

    This looks like a wonderful place to spend some family time doing something different other than staying at home and the food looks divine!

  13. Carolynn Woodland

    After spending so much rime being isolated and locked down, this would be such an amzing treat and would benefit us mentally and physically.

  14. Josephine Pett

    We visited the cotswolds 20 years ago. Ever since I’ve wanted to go back and explore further and take our granddaughter and daughter who are living with us temporarily.

  15. C J H

    Great prize to win. I would gift it to my brother and his family so they could get away 🙂 🍀

  16. Karen R

    Like everyone else, we’ve found this year to be so stressful and relentless. This break looks like the perfect getaway to recharge our (completely dead) batteries xx

  17. Angela Paull

    It looks like the perfect relaxed giveaway. With both our planned holidays cancelled this year, it feels like we all need a change of scene

  18. Carol Cliffe

    I’d love to win and take my family here, as we’ve had no work or income since March and really need cheering up. We could do with somewhere for the kids to let off steam too!! This looks absolutely perfect!

  19. Jess Howliston

    I would love to win so I could take my husband and our two children here for a much needed break. As a family we have always been about making memories over having things and this place looks perfect for making lots of precious family memories full of laughter, fun and some relaxation! Thanks for the chance to win xx

  20. Gemma Holland

    It sounds amazing. I’m a nurse, so this year has been super busy. I would love to take my sons on a well deserved break. It looks like you all had a lovely time

  21. Sam Parkes

    I think like everyone else after covid and not having a holiday this year a break away would be lovely

  22. Lyn west

    Love the Cotswolds. Always a nice, chilled easy escape from London. So much to see & do

    • Sharron Page

      My husband had his 50th birthday just as the lockdown commenced so everything I had planned got cancelled. So it would be lovely to win this and cheer him up

  23. Anthea Holloway

    I would love to win so that I could take my family to such a lovely place with so many amenities and things to do. It looks wonderful.

  24. Jennifer Rhymer

    We never had a holiday this year and as a busy mum, I so badly need a break. This looks amazing for some relaxation x

  25. Stephanie

    Would love to win and go on my first family holiday since lock down would be life changing

  26. Debbie Davies

    I just love going away in the UK and i have spotted this stunning hotel before and its on my list of places that i need to stay at! xx

  27. Kyra Cooper

    🌟 This sounds like the perfect family break 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 Just what we need after the past 12 months 💕 Thanks for the great giveaway 🌟


    We have stayed at other De Vere Hotels they have always been very comfortable and friendly and it will be a perfect place to stay when we go to visit my sister in law and their family as they live close by ( stroud)

  29. Crystal Ferriman

    This looks amazing and less than an hours drive from home. The perfect destressor x

  30. Jenny Sue

    A break away from the covid madness for both us who have been and still are working throughout would be perfect

  31. Susan Hoggett

    we could really do with a nice break to unwind and de-stress this looks perfect


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