Reconnect with nature

Winner of ‘Best Sustainable Holiday Resort for Families (UK)’ in the Marie Claire Awards 2022.

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at The Lakes, from the farm animals that have all been rescued to rewilding, where areas of the estate are left to develop naturally. It is important that life at The Lakes embodies our stunning natural surroundings so that we can continue to enjoy its beauty and reconnect with nature.

our vision

Our founder John Hitchcox’s original vision for The Lakes by YOO was a Swallows and Amazons-style natural playground, somewhere safe for children to play, explore and build dens in the woods and we have never deviated from that plan. We maintain the estate in an utterly natural way. We’ve planted around 500,000 trees, chipping any trees that come down to use the bark around the estate. Every September we harvest the green tips on the yew trees beside The Spa and send them off to make life-saving cancer medication. These are just a few of the intiatives that contribute to our sustainable vision.