It’s hard not to fall in love with the Cotswolds. With its honey-coloured houses, higgledy-piggledy villages and peaceful countryside, this area is one of the most beautiful Britain has to offer with so much to see and do. And the hotel is also located in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park, with 140 lakes offering a variety of water sports including: canoeing, kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding, water-skiing, windsurfing, fishing, boating and inland beach.
But where to start? A little insider knowledge helps so we’ve pulled together our top tips lists for both the Cotswolds and the Cotswold Water Park.
Browse our lists below and enjoy.
Read our top 10 things to do in the Cotswolds
This delightful market town is perhaps one of the best known Cotswold destinations. Take a stroll round the fine array of Cotswold stone buildings or browse the antique shops, art galleries and craft shops. Visit the Stow-on-the-Wold website for more information.
Situated just a few miles from Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water is sometimes described as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds. Enjoy a picnic by the River, sit outside one of the many pubs and cafes or just marvel at the beautiful, old shops and houses, which are made of local Cotswold stone. Visit the Bourton-on-the-Water website for more information.
Situated on the River Coln, about a half an hour drive from the Cotswold Water Park, Bibury is not to be missed. Once described by William Morris as ‘The most beautiful village in the Cotswolds’, the village is home to Arlington Row, a group of world-famous ancient cottages, dating back to the 16th Century. Visit the Bibury website for more information.
Visiting Burford, a small town located under an hours drive from the Cotswold Water Park, is like stepping back in time. This beautiful town, situated on the River Windrush was once a wealthy wool town. Now it is a popular hot-spot for visitors who come to admire its ancient shops, houses, restaurants and pubs. Visit the Burford website for more information.
The nearby market town of Cirencester is steeped in Roman History. The second largest town in Britain during Roman times, Cirencester is now a busy town and central point for many local villages. More like a Cathedral than a church, St. John Baptist Church, which is located in the town square, is one of the largest in England and is definitely worth a visit. Visit the Cirencester website for more information.
England’s Regency Spa Town, Cheltenham is only a short drive from the hotel. Enjoy some of the wonderful parks and gardens, indulge in some shopping or enjoy the thrill of racing at the racecourse. Cheltenham Racecourse is known across the world as the home of National Hunt Racing, The highlight of the racing calendar is the National Hunt Festival in March which features the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup. For guests wishing to book accommodation for the Cheltenham Festival call the hotel on 01285 864000. Visit the Cheltenham website for more information.
Nearby Gloucester is well worth a visit, with its Norman Cathedral and restored docks. Once you have explored the town, enjoy a boat ride from Gloucester Docks and admire the Victorian warehouses, which have starred in many period films. Visit the Gloucester website for more information.
Great Western Designer Outlet Village
Located in Swindon, under an hours drive from the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, this well-known designer outlet shopping centre is a must for any shopaholic. Visit the Great Western Designer Outlet Village website.
Cirencester Park Polo Club
Cirencester Park Polo Club is set amid 3000 acres of park and woodland on one of England’s most beautiful estates in the heart of the Cotswolds. Gates open at 12:30pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays and visitors are always welcome. Visit the Cirencester Park Polo Club for more information.
An essential part of any visit to the Cotswolds, a traditional cream tea is an experience not to be missed. There are an abundance of little Cotswold Villages nearby, at which you can stop to enjoy a cream tea and watch the world pass by. Visit the Cotswold Tea Shops website for more information.
Read our top things to do in the Cotswold Water Park
Set amongst a vast expanse of lakes, rivers, woodland and open countryside, the Cotswold Water Park offers a tremendous range of varied and exhilarating leisure activities. Whether you like adrenalin-fuelled water sports or something a little more gentle, you are sure to find it here.
There are more than 140 lakes at the Cotswold Water Park, giving you the chance to partake in just about any water sport you can imagine, including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding, water-skiing and windsurfing. Fishing and boating can also be enjoyed on the many surrounding lakes.
If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the Cotswold Water Park will not disappoint. You can enjoy long leisurely walks, hiking, horse riding, cycling, golf, guided walks, or even a visit to a local farm or nature reserve. Whether you are on business or holiday, you are sure to find plenty to do at the Cotswold Water Park.
Cotswold Country Park and Beach
This country park offers activities to suit everyone including playing or relaxing on the beach, boat hire, bicycle hire, barbecues, nature reserves, bird watching, high ropes adventure and a water sports activity centre. Visit Site
From introductory courses for beginners to seasoned pro’s WMski Wakeboarding and water-skiing facilities are second to none and conveniently located just next door to use is extremely easy to get to by foot. Visit Site
Head 4 Heights
An exhilarating and unique combination of both high and low ropes activities designed for both team and interpersonal development. Exclusive 10% discount for all Four Pillars guests – call for details. Visit Site
Waterland Outdoor Pursuits
Waterland believe training using the outdoors provides a real environment in which decisions taken have an immediate effect on the activity. This is why the outdoors, used carefully, is useful for both Business Development and Personal Development Training. Visit Site
Rein & Shine
Rein & Shine riding school is open 7 days per week for all ages and abilities. Children’s and adults will have a wonderful time riding our horses and ponies at our brand new facility just 15 minutes away. Refreshments are available and our viewing deck offers lovely views. Call us now on 01666 860068 to make a booking. Visit Site
Lakeside Ski & Wake
Fun for all the family, water sports suitable for novices and the experienced. Lakeside Ski and wake offers fun inflatable rides, water skiing, wake boarding and beginners courses. Only two minutes from the hotel, all equipment is included, just bring swim wear & towels. Visit Site
Situated a short distance from the Hotel – offers cycling equipment for all ages – child seats, child trailers, child tag-along cycles. Cycle Hire charges are hourly, daily or weekly & a delivery/collection service can be provided with prior booking. (Conditions apply)Corporate groups can also be catered for by appointment. Fun, whatever the weather. Visit site
Experience the wide variety of wildlife that the Cotswold Water Park has to offer, free of charge, at one of the many Nature Reserves. You can enjoy wildlife spotting and bird watching or just take a wander around the beautiful reserves, which provide a protective haven for wildlife.
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