Kirby House,

Gloucestershire. Sleeps up to 12

Kirby House showcases contemporary architecture at its best and combines it with all the benefits of staying on a gated ‘resort’ with incredible facilities and activities. The stunning scenery and hundreds of acres of natural surroundings brimming with wildlife and beauty adds to the magic. Kirby House sits, it all its glory, in an enviable south facing lakeside position with its own private jetty onto Minety Lake. This is a seriously privileged position on this wonderful estate. Just south of Cirencester, the delights of the stunning Cotswolds are on your doorstop

Architects and interior designers have worked their magic on this wonderful holiday home. The design, the contrasting materials, the flair, the light and the textures are all divine and blend together to create, not just a seriously attractive home, but one that considers social spaces and supreme comfort. Part timber clad, part honey coloured Cotswold stone clad and with huge windows and doors, Kirby House offers light and airy accommodation for up to 11 guests though there is also a sofa bed in the snug which could sleep a further 2 guests.

The living spaces are open plan in design. To one side, sumptuous sofas and chairs are arranged around the central log burning stove and the wall mounted television. A Sonos sound system is provided so that you can listen to your favourite tunes. Massive sliding doors open to the decked terrace and garden, all becoming one dreamy space. To the other side, a sublime, contemporary kitchen offers every appliance and utensil you could ever wish for. In trendy anthracite grey and dazzling white, it contrasts beautifully with the exposed stone wall sections and the gorgeous wooden floor that runs throughout. This well-equipped beautiful kitchen is a chef’s dream. Guests can perch on the trendy stools at the central island, keeping the chef company while they prepare a feast. The fashionable 12-seater dining table and chairs have pride of place to enjoy the fabulous views. The ground floor is also home to a shower room, utility room and a television room with a pull out double sofabed in case you have extra guests. Outside you can enjoy your very own piece of paradise with the lake just ahead of you, a fabulous deck with deluxe lounge furniture and alfresco dining using the top-notch gas barbecue. It is certainly easy to relax in this peaceful, beautiful spot.

Upstairs on the first and second floors you will find five beautifully finished, spacious bedrooms. You will find them accessorized with shades of ochre, teal, grey and blue, all stunning. On the first floor there are three kings and a children’s bunk room. The south facing lakeside king bedroom has access to the waterside balcony and a glorious, pristine ensuite bathroom with a bath and a shower over it. The second king offers a kingsize bed, a balcony with views across to Minety Lake and an ensuite shower room. The third king bedroom boasts zip and link beds which are usually set up as singles but can be put together as a kingsize bed. It also enjoys a balcony with views across the shimmering lake. The bunk bed in the bunk room has a double bed on the bottom and a single on top. Ideally this would be used by two or three children though it could also be used by two adults and one child. In addition, there is a gorgeous family shower room to share.

The sensational master bedroom suite is located on the second floor where the views are even better! Guests will love this peaceful, dreamy retreat where they can relax and enjoy the stunning panorama over the lake as well as the striking ensuite bathroom with its double walk-in shower.

This luxury gated estate boasts hundreds of acres of lush green countryside including nine beautiful lakes, two rivers, stunning picnic spots and miles of lakeside and river trails. Guests can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding and fishing on the lakes. The award-winning spa offers fantastic luxury treatments, a steam room, sauna and three gorgeous swimming pools, one of which is a bracing eco-pool naturally filtered by water lilies. There are also tennis courts, an outstanding children’s playground, a library, a ‘restful reading’ lounge, miles of biking and hiking trails and a very well equipped Technogym. Yoga is on the menu, as well as lakeside exercise classes. During school holiday times, children can attend children’s clubs to enjoy activities, competitions, creative fun and to meet new friends.

Kirby House enjoys a very special lakeside location within a gated resort in the heart of the Cotswolds. Just south of Cirencester, guests enjoy many entertainment options within the development as well as being located on the doorstep of fabulous Cotswolds attractions. The Cotswolds boasts idyllic villages, historic towns, a rich heritage of country houses, stunning gardens, wildlife parks, arboretums and enchanting nature reserves. Popular visits are to Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tetbury, Cirencester, Malmesbury and Lacock as well as the regency pleasures of Cheltenham and the Georgian glories of Bath which are less than twenty miles away.

Bourton-on-the-Water, like most of the Cotswolds, lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is the Venice of the Cotswolds with beautiful bridges crossing the River Windrush. Gorgeous cosy cafes line the pretty streets together with houses made with enchanting honey coloured Cotswold stone.

Stow-on-the-Wold is a delightful market town, the highest of the Cotswold towns exposed on the 800 feet high Stow Hill at the crossroads with the Roman Fosse Way. The town boasts a fascinating history. At the height of the Cotswold wool industry, it held annual fairs where as many as 20000 sheep were sold at one time. The Market Square is very attractive with its ancient cross, town stocks and an elegant array of Cotswold town houses and shops. You will find many fine antique shops, art galleries, gift and craft shops.

Tetbury is another historic wool town. It is an architectural gem with many of the wool merchant’s houses remaining the same as they were in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Parish Church of St Mary’s has one of the tallest and most elegant spires in the UK. Tetbury is popular for its independent shops including antique shops, vintage and interior shops, exclusive boutiques and the Highgrove shop. Tetbury holds many regular events including the May Day Wacky Races, the Spring Bank Holiday Woolsack Races when contestants carry 65lb woolsacks up and down the 1 in 4 hill, the August Summer Show, the September Food and Drink Festival, the October Tetbury Music Festival and the Christmas Lights Switch-on.

Close by, visitors can enjoy the stunning botanical experience of the National Arboretum at Westonbirt, the glorious Elizabethan Chavenage House used for many famous films and TV series, the beautiful Arts and Crafts Manor at Rodmarton, the 13th century Lacock Abbey and HRH Prince of Wales’ stunning garden at Highgrove. Local equestrian events such as the Badminton Horse Trials, Gatcombe Festival of British Eventing and Beaufort Polo are all popular.

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