A fashionista’s road trip: On location in the Cotswolds with the YOU team

It goes without saying there is a plethora of work that goes on in preparation of our main fashion stories, firstly we need to decide up the trend we wish to portray and pair it with the ideal location, find a photographer to capture it all, cast the perfect model to encompass the look, hair stylist, makeup artist, props and logistics. In short it’s no small feat to bring it all together!
As YOU’s Bookings Editor I am always on the scout for the best locations, which has enabled me to be lucky enough to travel all over the world hunting for the perfect landscapes, traditional villages, beaches or even the weird and wonderful, like hot air balloons in Moroccan deserts, there really is never a boring day. And just sometimes these fantastic locations are a little closer to home and we relish the opportunity to share these with our readers. So when our fashion team begun plotting our 80’s inspired extravaganza seen in this weeks magazine (and online here), we were looking for stylised LA opulence and came across the fantastic find that is the Barnhouse at Lakes by Yoo in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. With a high fashion pedigree, its interiors were designed by none other than Kate Moss, you don’t get more stylish than that!

Nestled within the rich natural beauty for which the area is known, Lakes by Yoo offers a modern and exciting approach to holiday rentals a world away from anything we have seen before, offering the most incredible homes away from home within their sprawling estate. The effortless style and understated privacy make it an obvious choice for celebrities (on the DL Kevin Spacey made it his UK base whilst shooting here earlier in the year and would be seen regularly exploring the extensive grounds on foot). Just one of their premium rental options (look out for the Poolhouse brand new this summer! We are already eyeing it greedily for next year’s summer antics here at YOU HQ), the Barnhouse offers 5 double bedroom and your own private pool for the ultimate lounging. Equipped with a full kitchen you can either cater yourself or the ever accommodating team at Lakes by Yoo can organise a rather special private chef for you, should you be looking to be extra spoilt!

So after finding the perfect location, our next step was planning how to get the team, clothes (4 suitcases), props and equipment from our London office to our new grand if disappointingly temporary home. A destination like this needs a certain amount of understated style and a task like this needs a rather large boot space! To our rescue came the new DS 4’s, which were perfectly suited for our hectic escape from the city and the long winding gravel paths of the estate. Not only did the cars easily accommodate our excessive amounts of luggage, the sleek design looked perfectly in place in the grand settings of the Barnhouse. No one needed to know that we were working and not in our natural excessively luxurious habitat. And as everyone know any road trip is only ever as good as its soundtrack and in order to get us in the right creative space we belted out 80’s classics the whole way to the DS 4’s premium Denon sound system, the teams rendition of The Human League classic ‘don’t you want me baby’ it is safe to say left a lot to be desired.
Credit: The Barnhouse at The Lakes by Yoo, an 850 acre Luxury estate that offers stylish homes for sale and rent in the Cotswolds. Prices for the Barnhouse (5 bedrooms) start from £3000 (2 night minimum stay). www.thelakesbyyoo.com
DS 4, price from £22,635 OTR and DS 4 CROSSBACK, price from £23,355 OTR. For more information visit DS Urban Store at Westfield London or the DS website www.dsautomobiles.co.uk/home

Lucy Coghlan