3 (all year)
Kingfisher Lodge is a waterside property sitting in a private position alongside the stream, with only one other caravan nearby, on the desirable Cotswold Hoburne site in the Cotswold Water Park. Just a five-minute drive or a 20-minute walk from South Cerney where there are three pubs, a small supermarket and some excellent takeaways, the modern caravan sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and is as popular with couples as it is with families. It's spacious and comfortable with everything guests need for a relaxing holiday.
The Cotswolds have been the inspiration for countless paintings, poems and books, and you'll understand why when you see the beauty of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for yourself. The lush rolling countryside is wonderful for walking and cycling, and there are picturesque villages and ancient market squares. Winding waterways and the iconic honey-coloured Cotswold stone combine to create a place so pretty that it looks like something Hollywood dreamed up.
Cirencester is the Cotswold's most significant town and only 15-minutes from Kingfisher Lodge. Despite its distance from the capital, Cirencester has good links to London with a direct train link that makes it a favourite weekend destination for stylish city-folk who have made sure they can enjoy the cosmopolitan delights they crave. Upmarket coffee shops and boutiques sit happily alongside the regular Monday and Friday markets. There are excellent farm shops close by if you miss a market day, as well as a choice of supermarkets. Cirencester has been a centre of commerce for centuries, ever since the Romans made it the second biggest settlement in Roman Britain. This financial success was compounded in the Middle Ages when Cirencester was a Wool Town, and you can see the legacy of this prosperity in the parks and architecture. Cirencester Museum is a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in history.
Local attractions include the Cotswold Country Park and Beach, where there is an enormous inflatable obstacle course and an adventure playground. The Cotswold Water Park has beautiful walks and cycle paths, and more than 150 lakes where visitors can sail, paddleboard, kayak, canoe and spot birds and wildlife. The Cotswold Wildlife Park is always a hit with kids, or spend a relaxing few hours in Bourton-on-the-Water.
It doesn't matter what time of the year you stay at Kingfisher Lodge because it is comfortable and welcoming in every season. The waterside location is so idyllic that you can be happy simply sitting on the deck while the kids play happily nearby. Staying in the park gives you the use of amenities that include an indoor swimming pool, crazy golf, a bar, cafe and brasserie.
Miriam Allen joined Independent Cottages in September 2020
Kingfisher Lodge is a modern static caravan in a peaceful position beside the river. Stylishly decorated throughout, there are steps to the deck and front door but once inside, accommodation is all on one level.
Outside: A wide deck beside the stream with outdoor seating and barbecue provides the perfect place for sunny days. With the right permit, on-site fishing is available. There is lots of parking available free of charge close to Kingfisher Lodge.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, sheets and towels are included. Access to the clubhouse, pools and entertainment has an additional charge. Passes can be bought from the park's management and need to be ordered no less than three days before use. Short breaks (minimum of three nights) are possible all year round, depending on availability. Pets welcome by arrangement. No smoking.
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