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Lakeside Cotswold house with indoor/outdoor pools within stunning nature reserve

People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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Hoopoe Cottage is a delightful lakeside 4 bedroom house in the award-winning Lower Mill Estate . It sleeps 8 adults very comfortably, and two further children or babies can also be accommodated. The large rear deck faces west, perfect for sunset drinks, and the living area and two of the bedrooms have stunning views over Clear Lake. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is a wood-burning stove in the living room fireplace, as well as Freeview TV and DVD player. The house also has complimentary wireless broadband. Bedroom 4 has a TV/DVD player plus play table, toys & books for young visitors. The private country estate has 7 lakes, abundant wildlife, and lovely walks. Access to the stunning Art Spa is included in the price - heated indoor and outdoor pools, eco swimming pond, gym, sauna, steam room. Luxury spa treatments bookable separately. There are also tennis courts, trampolines, a football pitch, children's play areas, a general store and cafe plus a brand new clubhouse and restaurant, Balihoo, for the use of Lower Mill guests only. Canoe, paddle board and bicycle hire available onsite

Lower Mill Estate and local area: We can supply a wealth of ideas about local attractions and activities to make your holiday even more special. There are regular events and festivals at Lower Mill Estate, mainly themed around its wildlife and ecological commitment. There are lake beaches nearby, bicycle hire available, sailing/windsurfing/waterskiing/kayaking lessons, golf, angling and many more active pursuits. For quieter days out, there are stately homes, a safari park, Roman remains, great shopping, and wonderful local pubs and restaurants. When you book your holiday, we will supply as much information as you need to be able to plan your stay.

Summer Holidays: In the school Summer Holidays, our changeover day is Friday for weekly bookings and priority is given to people booking a full week.

More Details

Owner
Victoria
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2017

About Victoria

We are a family of five who live in London but also enjoy weekends and holidays at our house in the Cotwolds. We visit the house regularly and keep it in excellent condition - it is not a soulless holiday rental run by an absent landlord, but a warm and inviting second home which we are pleased to rent out to people looking for a relaxed and fun break from everyday life.

We are aware there have been press reports about phishing scams being used on holiday rental sites - I would urge you to make sure you are completely happy with all contact with any homeowners before you send any money. I am happy for you to call me any time to confirm bookings and make sure you have all the correct details about the house and our payment process. I handle all the bookings myself and answer all questions as promptly as I can. We have been renting the house out since 2008 and have not had any problems in the past.

Victoria purchased this house in 2008

Why Victoria chose Cotswold district

We fell in love with Lower Mill Estate when we first visited it in 2004, although it was a few years before we decided to buy a property there. It is easy to get to from London (just 15 minutes from the M4), and a great, convenient place to meet up with friends and relatives in Birmingham and Bristol, and yet it is a world away from city living. The Cotswold Water Park has been a revelation with so many interesting activities to explore and all the brilliant cycling routes around the hundreds of lakes - Lower Mill is a peaceful oasis in the middle of some of the UK's loveliest countryside. The Cotswolds, with their charm and beauty, are on the doorstep, but there are often times when we are content to stay on our own little patch - we are blessed with great pubs and local markets and if you really need a quick retail fix, then nearby Cirencester has many fantastic independent shops and restaurants, and the Swindon Outlet Centre is only 20 minutes drive away..

What makes this house unique

We love the fact that our children can roam free on bikes and scooters in the Estate - there is minimal traffic and many safe places for children to explore and play. From very early on, our youngest could to go to the shop with his big brother - a privilege he couldn't have at home. There are also many local activities, a lake beach, sailing clubs etc in easy reach. When friends visit, we adore the peace and tranquility, sipping drinks while the sun sets across the lake is an incredible tonic after a busy week, and a walk along the Thames Path to an excellent pub makes a perfect Sunday. We also love the luxury of swimming in the stunning Art Spa pools whenever we wish or being pampered in the Spa. The house is airy and cool in summer, warm and cosy in winter - a perfect, year-round holiday destination.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Somerford Keynes in Somerford Keynes

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • Both the two ensuites and the family bathroom have clean, modern suites with powerful showers and plenty of hot water for all the guests.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , With ensuite shower
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Ensuite shower. Also has room for our full single camp bed.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Bed can be either a single or a full double
  • The Master bedroom and Bedroom 2 each have en suite shower rooms and there is a family bathroom shared by the other rooms as well as a downstairs cloakroom. Bedroom 4 has been adapted as a bedroom / snug for children or teenagers to have space of their own - there is a Freeview television with DVD player, a small playtable with stools, plus toys and books.There is also a booster seat for toddlers, plus a number of other items like temporary stairgates and a change mat, to make travelling with babies and small children easier. The house sleep 8 adults comfortably, and we are happy to accept one or two babies or children as extra guests to make a maximum of 10 occupants. We can supply one travel cot and one fold-out single bed at the property, but you are welcome to bring your own cots or camp beds if you prefer.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This is a great house for two families holidaying together, or an extended family group, and we have many facilities for babies and small children. However, please note that this is a lake-front property and crawling babies and toddlers must be supervised at all times.

Reviews

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Lakeside Cotswold house with indoor/outdoor pools within stunning nature reserve
average rating of 4.8 based on 30 reviews
5

Family fun time while staying in 5***** accomidation

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 9 made up of 6Adults & 3children aged 2yrs 5yrs & 11yrs. The accomidation is 1st class and ideal for a family holiday together with plenty of room and home comforts. There is nothing negative, I can think of saying about the propert, there is everything there you could possibly need. The complex it self is in a beautiful area with lots of activities for everyone to enjoy. The spar/ pools are of an excellent standard, the staff are very friendly and helpful. The complex would benefit from and indoor activity area for rainy days and some better signs. We are all are talking about our next visit and are looking forward to coming back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased you all had a good time at Hoopoe Cottage and enjoyed the house, Lower Mill Estate and local area. Please do visit again soon!
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5

Perfect Cotswolds rental!

  • 5 of 5

We three single ladies wanted to tour the Cotswolds and Hoopoe Cottage fit the bill perfectly. Our three-bedroom house at the Lower Mill resort proved to be an ideal spot for our six-day tour of the neighboring area. The accommodation was clean, spacious, well equipped, and in a lovely position overlooking one of the many lakes. Although we did not take advantage of the many facilities available at Lower Mill Estate, we thoroughly enjoyed our lovely deck, and the visits of a family of very well-behaved ducks. Oxford, Bath and Blenheim Palace were very accessible, and the multitude of charming villages and nearby beauty spots gave us plenty of scope. Families will really benefit from the self-contained nature of the complex, and single adults like us will find it a great jumping-off point.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you all had such a good time staying at Hoopoe Cottage and that you explored all the interesting and beautiful places nearby - it is a lovely part of the world. May I make one tiny correction in case anyone is reading and considering booking in the future - the house has 4 bedrooms rather than 3! Thanks so much for staying with us!
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Lower Mill Estate was in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely setting and a great location, Many thanks.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you all had a good time and enjoyed the house, Estate and lovely local area!
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5

Wonderful location, great size house, lots to do

  • 5 of 5

3 couples one 11 year old, requested an early check-in, sure no problem. On arrival pint of milk in the fridge, the one thing we'd forgotten! Great size house, log burner was so easy to light, even without fire lighters, I would defiantly recommend bringing your own logs as the shop is about 33% more expensive than even Homebase. Plenty to do even in late autumn, biking, walking, swimming, log fire watching. View from lounge and 1st floor is one of the best on the lake, never been woken up by quacking ducks before! Local pub about 20 mins walk away in virtually a straight line, good basic food, couple of Autumn Watch moments, rabbits being chased by Stoats, thankfully not caught. Over all great.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you all had a good time and that you enjoyed the house and everything the Estate and local area has to offer. Do visit again sometime!
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Lovely house in a great location, ideal for a relaxing get away.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this lovely house in September just after the summer holidays. The house is comfortable with a lovely terrace overlooking the lake which is perfect for sunset G&Ts. The kitchen is really well equipped so perfect for cooking meals in. We had our 3 month son with us so a travel cot had been set up in the master bedroom and it was in good condition and very clean.

The indoor and outdoor pool within the estate are lovely and it was really quiet as we were outside of school holidays. We even had the pool to ourselves on one day.

We also tested out the 2 pubs recommended and the food was good in both so worth a visit.

Would definitely recommend this house for a family holiday in the Cotswolds.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice comments - we're so pleased you and your little boy had a good time at Hoopoe Cottage. Do visit again some time!
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Excellent Location!!!

  • 4 of 5

We spent one week at Hoopoe Cottage with a family of 7 and had an amazing time visiting the Cotswolds!

The community of Lower Mills is perfectly located for day trips to so many places such as Stratford upon Avon, Oxford, Bath, Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge etc

The whole community is like a piece of paradise, with the small lakes and the nice houses...the large patio right on the lake is extremely relaxing, you can see the fish in the water and the ducks that sometimes came to visit, looking for treats...

The spa is another great perk especially if you go with kids, we enjoyed the pools and the hammocks in the more private area.

I would definitely recommend this house for a big family or a group of friends!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good time and enjoyed your stay with us!
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Location

Nearest Airport
129 Kilometres
Heathrow
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Kemble
Nearest Motorway
27 Kilometres
M4, Junction 15
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
The Baker's Arms, Somerford Keynes
Car: recommended

Lower Mill Estate is part of the Cotswolds Water Park which has extensive facilities for sailing, fishing, canoeing, water skiing and windsurfing.You can book a taster session, hire equipment or bring your own. The outstanding local countryside is perfect for walking, birdwatching, and picnics - you can be as active or as lazy as you like! The excellent family-friendly pub and restaurant in nearby Somerford Keynes is within walking distance and the ancient and beautiful town of Cirencester, with extensive shopping and dining options as well as Roman remains, is only a few miles away.The rest of the Cotswolds is on the doorstep - stately homes, safari parks, fantastic walking, farm shops, rural pursuits and chocolate-box pretty villages, all within an easy drive. You will be spoilt for choice when planning your holiday, and the abundance of local activities, coupled with the heated pools and cosy fireplace, make Hoopoe Cottage an ideal year-round destination.

Golf: The nearest golf course is at 'Cirencester Golf Club' around 8 miles from Hoopoe Cottage. Visitors are welcome to play and further details can be found at please contact us for more details.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High Season - C
21 Jul 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£900
for 3 nights
From
£300
From
£410
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,620
 
 
Mid Season - B
8 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£585
for 3 nights
From
£195
From
£280
Fri,Sat,Sun
£995
 
 
October Half Term 2017
20 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£840
for 3 nights
From
£280
From
£290
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,250
 
 
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,670
for 7 nights
£1,670
 
 
New Year 2017/18
29 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,670
for 7 nights
£1,670
 
 
Feb Half Term
9 Feb 2018 - 18 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£585
for 3 nights
From
£195
From
£275
Fri,Sat,Sun
£995
 
 
Easter Week
30 Mar 2018 - 5 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,080
for 4 nights
From
£270
From
£410
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,400
 
 
Easter holidays
6 Apr 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£645
for 3 nights
From
£215
From
£285
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,100
 
 
Mid Season B
16 Apr 2018 - 3 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£600
for 3 nights
From
£200
From
£280
Fri,Sat,Sun
£999
 
 
May Bank Holiday
4 May 2018 - 7 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,230
for 3 nights
From
£410
 
 
Mid Season - B
8 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£600
for 3 nights
From
£200
From
£280
Fri,Sat,Sun
£999
 
 
Summer Half Term
25 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£825
for 3 nights
From
£275
From
£410
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,600
 
 
Mid Season - B
4 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£600
for 3 nights
From
£200
From
£280
Fri,Sat,Sun
£999
 
 
Early Summer Holidays
6 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
£660
for 3 nights
From
£220
From
£295
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,200
 
 
High Season - C
20 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£915
for 3 nights
From
£305
From
£415
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,640
 
 
Mid Season - B
3 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£600
for 3 nights
From
£200
From
£280
Fri,Sat,Sun
£995
 
 
October Half Term
19 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£750
for 3 nights
From
£250
From
£295
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,400
 
 
Christmas Week
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,670
for 7 nights
£1,670
 
 
New Year Week
28 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£1,670
for 7 nights
£1,670
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£510
for 3 nights
From
£170
From
£245
Fri,Sat,Sun
£880
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £150

NB: Xmas/New Year weeks are fixed date breaks - for 2015 Xmas runs 22-29 Dec, and New Year is 29/12 - 05/01.

We offer short weekend (3 nights) and midweek (4 nights) breaks most of the year. We also accept last minute 2 night breaks in low season. NB: THE WEEKEND NIGHTLY RATES LISTED ARE FOR A 3-NIGHT BREAK.
*** If you are interested in a Bank Hol weekend, please contact us for specific rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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