- Sleeps: 16
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 5
- Minimum stay: 3 nights
Perfectly positioned in-between bustling Oxford and the scenic Cotswolds, you’ll discover The Island Oxfordshire at the heart of a water-skiing lake at Hardwick Parks, a popular holiday and watersports venue.
Just hop on board the motorboat provided (your nominated captain must be over 25) and take the two-minute journey across to the island – a glorious way to mark the beginning of a holiday!
When you arrive, you and your group will have access to the entire lower floor (the first is occupied by the site ‘caretakers’) and the surrounding grounds…
…on which you’ll find an array of delights that include an Arctic spa hot tub, a barbecue and pizza oven, a table tennis table, a kids’ play area, and the fabulous ‘Wonky’ Bar!
Accommodating up to 16 guests, this is an ideal setting for a fun and relaxed break with much-loved friends and family, without anyone having to miss out. Not only are well-behaved pets welcome, but you’ll also have two adjoining, self-contained retreats with rooms to suit every type of group set-up.
Choose from four cosy double or twin rooms, and a wondrous ‘dorm’-style room for big and little kids alike. Featuring four single beds with two small doubles above, your scene is set for an epic giggly sleepover!
Once you’ve bagged your favourite room, simply grab a bottle of wine from the bar and hang out all together in the large, laid-back dining space, or in front of the welcoming open fire. Indulge your competitive spirits at the pool table or Xbox wall, or sit back and watch the water-skiers whizzing past on the lake… your choice!Keep reading
At a glance
- A private island retreat, set in the middle of a water-skiing lake at a holiday and watersports park in between Oxford and the Cotswolds.
- Sleeping up to 16 guests, your group will have full access to the lower floor and the surrounding grounds. Well-behaved pets are permitted.
- Choose from 4 double or twin bedrooms, and an epic ‘dorm’-style room primed for giggly sleepovers, with 4 single beds and 2 small doubles above.
- Relax inside, with the Xbox wall and pool table for company, or outside in the Arctic spa hot tub.
- You’ll also find a barbecue and pizza oven, a children’s play area, and a table tennis table outside – in other words, you’ll never be bored!
- The Cotswolds are just 10 miles from the island, and Oxford 11, so exploring the local area will be easy. You could also arrange water-skiing lessons from the park directly, or hire the salon at the neighbouring Waterside Therapy Rooms.
- Family Friendly
- Hot Tubs
- Large Groups
Private island retreat with two self-contained, adjoining properties and full access to lower floor/grounds. 4 double or twin bedrooms, dorm-style room with 4 single beds and 2 small doubles above. Large dining space, furnished hangout spaces, bar Xbox wall, open fire. Outside: Arctic spa hot tub, barbecue area, children’s area, pizza oven, table tennis table, outdoor bar. Use of motorboat. Free parking close by.
Water-skiing, swimming, watersports, fishing, beauty treatments, shops, restaurants, cafés, picnic spots, wildlife-watching, stargazing
Since you’re in an area with no light pollution, you can also expect to catch sight of the most awe-inspiring sunsets, not to mention a blanket of softly-twinkling stars. And if you can get up early enough, greeting the sunrise with a freshly-brewed coffee is sure to be a memorable holiday highlight.
What to do with the rest of the day? If you’ve been feeling inspired, you can arrange water-skiing lessons with the park, or fish directly from the island. If you’re in the mood for a little extra indulgence, you could even treat yourselves to exclusive use of the salon at the neighbouring Waterside Therapy Rooms.
There’s plenty of scope to explore further afield, too. The dreaming spires of Oxford are a mere 11 miles away, and the Cotswolds 10 miles… just choose your favourite direction, and you’re away.
However you choose to spend your time at this unique retreat, we’re willing to bet a highlight will include coming together in the ‘Wonky’ Bar as evening descends, toasting your amazingly good holiday fortune by another blazing sunset!
Things to note
Check in between 4-6pm, check out by 10am. Guests driving the boat must be over 25, provide full details for insurance purposes, and watch a short safety video before accessing the island. Please note that the owners do not own the lake, so you will have access to the crossing-route and 20ft around the edges only. The island’s ‘caretakers’ live on the first floor and are available to answer any questions if needed.