If so, visit www.cottagebythelake.co.uk and you could enjoy a weekend, or half-term, a week or two on holiday perhaps, or even Easter, Christmas or New Year in our self-catering two bedroom Cotswolds cottage for four guests, on the beautiful Lower Mill Estate GL7 6FP, not far from Cirencester.
The Lower Mill Estate at Somerford Keynes is within the Cotswolds Water Park and is a 450 acre private nature reserve, also hosting two sites of scientific interest. Lower Mill is one of several villages on the site, each accessible via security gates for homeowners and holiday makers. The main attractions include certain watersports on the several lakes, central outdoor heated swimming pool for use by residents (holiday makers, owners and their guests), outdoor hard court for tennis, children’s football pitch, play area, variety of nature walks and through the various villages between the lakes, all of which are complementary for guests. Additionally, there is also canoe, kayak, paddle board and bike hire, a spa, restaurant and small shop for general supplies. The cottage which has one car parking space (plus visitor parking for an extra car per cottage) serves as a great base from which to visit surrounding local towns and places of interest, many of which are cited and described on the website. The well known towns of the Cotswolds are all in easy reach and also further afield to Bath, Cheltenham, Oxford and even the New Forest to the south.
A friendly estate office (manned 24hrs) maintains high standards and safety for all. We have holiday’d there on more than one occasion and this year purchased a two-bedroom cottage for our own occasional use between short-term holiday rentals, annual occupancy tends to be around 75% and so is quite popular. A housekeeper prepares the cottage for the next guests, Fridays being the usual changeover day. Fresh linen, heating, unlimited broadband/Wi-Fi and electricity are all-in, there are two en-suite bathrooms and a downstairs cloakroom and a TV in each bedroom as well as downstairs, the latter accompanied by a DVD player, CD player/iPod station etc.
An arrival gift of milk and a cake (unless you have an alternative special request!) is included in the usual greeting by the housekeeper who will re-appear on the morning of guests’ departure and also once during a longer stay (of a fortnight perhaps), to replace bed linen and towels etc. A log-burner complements the electric radiators where necessary and allows for cosy nights and days in, during spring and autumn. French doors open onto a small grass garden bordered by two shallow streams in which wildlife occasionally appear, so consideration as to suitability/safety has to be given, when children are still very young. The garden with table and chairs for dining, barbecue and parasol extend the enjoyment of the open-plan ground floor accomodation.
Photos on the website give the general idea and where there have been modifications since change of ownership, pictures will be updated once the weather improves. Prices and availability are published on the website as well as usual T’s and C’s. Thanks for looking and maybe you could be one of our guests one day!