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Reside it up like a millionaire within the Cotswolds with a keep at a swanky Lakes By Yoo rental

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If you wish to overdose on envy, take a Friday night drive by the Cotswolds, the place it’s bumper to bumper with Bentley SUVs.

However by the point we attain our vacation spot, The Lakes By Yoo, an 850-acre property in Lechlade, my household feels able to swank with the haves and the have-yachts.

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A safety guard fingers us a map and we rumble alongside gravel roads, previous gleaming Vary Rovers and wood-clad buildings that seem like supersized backyard places of work. 

‘They designed them on Minecraft,’ says our daughter, Saskia, 12, referring to the online game.

Most are privately owned, with interiors by the likes of designer Kelly Hoppen and Kate Moss (sure, the supermodel).

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Board meeting: Catherine Blyth checks into The Lakes By Yoo, an 850-acre estate in Lechlade

Board assembly: Catherine Blyth checks into The Lakes By Yoo, an 850-acre property in Lechlade 

No signal signifies our residence, however a form cleaner exhibits us the best way. Up the steps we lug our luggage, feeling a little bit unwelcome – till we step inside.

Wow! It’s stunning, with an enormous balcony overlooking a lake. ‘Let’s keep for ever,’ says Raffy, ten.

Unlikely, for what this weekend is costing, though a leaflet says it might be ours for £1.5 million (and it comes with entry to the spa, kids’s actions and personal cooks, to not point out terminal standing anxiousness).

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Describing her arrival at the estate, Catherine says they 'rumble along gravel roads, past gleaming Range Rovers and wood-clad buildings that look like supersized garden offices'

Describing her arrival on the property, Catherine says they ‘rumble alongside gravel roads, previous gleaming Vary Rovers and wood-clad buildings that seem like supersized backyard places of work’ 

Saturday begins with brunch at The Lakes Bar & Kitchen – the one place on website that sells meals. 

We tuck into pancakes alongside bankers scowling at smartphones and jolly locals from the crusing membership subsequent door.

Then on to our courtesy bicycles. We whizz across the lakes till we’re directed to The Meadow, the place Saskia and I seize a kayak, the menfolk a canoe, and off we paddle alongside ducklings. Higher but, we are able to peek contained in the hedge-funder palaces on the water’s edge.

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Catherine describes the rental accommodation at the estate as 'beautiful'. Above is one of the home's bedrooms

Catherine describes the rental lodging on the property as ‘stunning’. Above is likely one of the residence’s bedrooms 

Guests can whizz around the lakes on courtesy bicycles, Catherine reveals

Friends can whizz across the lakes on courtesy bicycles, Catherine reveals 

Three-bedroom apartments at The Lakes By Yoo cost from £850 per night

Three-bedroom residences at The Lakes By Yoo value from £850 per night time

The accommodation is self-catering, Catherine reveals, saying: 'The Lakes staff will unpack an Ocado (of course) delivery for you'

The lodging is self-catering, Catherine reveals, saying: ‘The Lakes workers will unpack an Ocado (after all) supply for you’

Again on shore, a girl known as Amber offers an excellent paddleboard lesson, along with her canine using shotgun, whereas additionally telling us all concerning the otters and a farm. 

We discover the farm but it surely’s padlocked, so drop off the youngsters at Actions Tower.

All actions incur a cost, and I imply to flee for a siesta, however the instructors – firemen from Swindon – sweet-talk me on to the zip wire. Hovering behind my kids I uncover I hate heights. 

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Catherine enjoys a 'fab' massage in the estate's spa area, pictured above

Catherine enjoys a ‘fab’ therapeutic massage within the property’s spa space, pictured above 

Above is The Lakes Bar & Kitchen, the only place on site that sells food. 'We tuck into pancakes alongside bankers scowling at smartphones and jolly locals from the sailing club next door,' says Catherine

Above is The Lakes Bar & Kitchen, the one place on website that sells meals. ‘We tuck into pancakes alongside bankers scowling at smartphones and jolly locals from the crusing membership subsequent door,’ says Catherine 

Catherine (not pictured) has a 'superb' paddleboard lesson on site

Catherine (not pictured) has a ‘excellent’ paddleboard lesson on website 

Then comes the treetop stroll, the place I be taught a vital life lesson: by no means stroll on logs, 80ft above floor, in flip-flops. Raffy scampers forward whereas Saskia has a meltdown. 

It takes two firemen to coax us tremblers across the course.

Afterwards, I stagger to the spa for a fab therapeutic massage whereas the remainder of the household head to the pool, daydreaming about life as weekend millionaires.

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We’ve a beautiful time, however an actual millionaire would possibly take problem with some particulars, comparable to dodgy bicycles, malfunctioning room keys and erratic water stress. 

The worst is a farcical Sunday lunch at Lakes Bar & Kitchen, the place we wait an hour amongst famished diners earlier than begging for bread.

However maybe self-catering is the best way to go – as The Lakes workers will unpack an Ocado (after all) supply for you.

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TRAVEL FACTS 

Three-bedroom residences at The Lakes By Yoo value from £850 per night time (thelakesbyyoo.com).

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