Christmas and New Year at the Lakes by YOO
The secluded, family-friendly estate provides the perfect luxurious backdrop for a Christmas or New Year break, which is close enough to home, but far enough away to make families feel like they have taken a trip to winter wonderland.
The expanse of lakes, meadows and woodlands retains a wilderness feel, whilst offering a range of activities for residents and visitors to enjoy, from zip-wiring and sailing to beekeeping and basketball.
Throughout the Christmas period, The Lakes will be running a special festive programme, with a range of activities including wreath making, Christmas tree decorating and an evening of Carol singing with a live band at Lynwood’s at the Lakes, The Lakes’ on-site restaurant. Adults can also enjoy an evening of Christmas cocktails with a specialist mixologist.
The Lakes was created by global place-maker John Hitchcox, who co-founded YOO with Philippe Starck. The estate spans six crystal clear lakes and is set in 850-acres of conservation parkland and woodland. On it are 130 homes, some of which are available to rent, with interior designs by people including Kate Moss, Elle McPherson, Jade Jagger and Kelly Hoppen. Services include housekeeping and maintenance, 24-hour security, guest services, use of the Orchard Spa, and a fully managed lettings service.
The Lakes is only a 90-minute trip from London, making it a quick hop for families seeking a luxury, fun-filled Christmas or New Year escape that feels a million miles from home.
There are plenty of properties to choose from at The Lakes for a perfect winter break.
Enjoy a cosy Christmas by the fire at the Longdoles Lakehouse
This four-bedroom comfy and contemporary property sleeps up to 10, perfect for inviting the whole family for a Christmas break. You can get into the festive spirit during your time in this beautiful location whilst soaking up views over Longdoles Lake. Open your presents sitting around the log burning stove while a Sonos Audio System throughout the property and smart TV’s provide the perfect Christmas-themed entertainment for the family.
A Christmas morning lakeside walk from Pool Lodge
Pool Lodge is the perfect escape for a Christmas break spent embracing the outdoors. With its prime position on Bowmoor Lake, it’s the perfect spot for a lakeside walk on Christmas morning. The property can sleep up to 8 adults and 6 children, with open-plan living and dining and large glass doors showcasing panoramic views of the lake, a master en-suite, and six built-in bunk beds for the little ones to enjoy during the festive period. You can walk out of Pool Lodge on to the wrap-around deck to enjoy the hot tub, then cosy up by the fire pit. Rustic and modern, a wood burner stove is the centrepiece of the living space.
Fun-filled family Christmas at Clearwater House
Clearwater House is wonderful place to escape with the family and is close to amenities. Clearwater House is a five-bedroom, three-bathroom, two storey property with a spectacular roof terrace and panoramic views. A fun-filled entertaining house, Clearwater offers a large games room, juke box and table football. The kitchen overlooks the large dining area, great for entertaining the whole family this Christmas.
Spend New Year’s Eve in a heated rooftop pool at The Pool House
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Pool House. A five-bedroom, five-bathroom property set on Bowmoor Lake, the Pool House features a heated rooftop pool, the first rental of its kind in the UK, and sleeps up to 14. With signature open plan living, The Pool House offers privacy and entertainment, with French doors opening on to a south facing garden, with a terrace and picnic area. Host the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration enjoying the privacy of the property by its outdoor fire pit with sumptuous seating and cosy throws to keep you warm.
New Year’s Eve around the fire with family at White Willow Lodge
White Willow Lodge is a three storey, five-bedroom house, sleeping 10 adults or 12 with children, plus the added bonus of being a pet-friendly property. Located on Huntsmans Lake, the Lodge is spacious and luxurious, overlooking not one but two lakes, offering breathtaking views as the perfect backdrop for a New Year’s Eve spent with family. Wake up from the top floor bedroom with far reaching, panoramic views and wood-burning stove, plus a charming snug living area that is pet friendly too.
Holiday rentals range from £12,000 to £40,000 per week at The Lakes by YOO, with a range of accommodation options available. More information: https://thelakesbyyoo.com/book-your-stay/.