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Lake-front Cotswold house in nature reserve with indoor/outdoor pools

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

Overview


Details
Property
house
People
10
Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Somerford Keynes - Hoopoe Cottage

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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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Victoria
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
2 December, 2016
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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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

Lake-front Cotswold house in nature reserve with indoor/outdoor pools
average rating of 4.769231 based on 26 reviews
Hertfordshire UK
5

Fab house in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

4 adults and 4 young children (aged 3-6) shared a fantastic week at Hoopoe at the end of October. The house is brilliantly placed for the Artspa - so, no long walks with young children were required. The kids loved the pool and the trampoline was close by.

The house is large enough for 8 people, and the kitchen / lounge fully stocked with the right equipment to make our stay enjoyable.

Washing machine and Dishwasher makes life so much easier!!!

Tesco will deliver to your door and there are some nice child-friendly restaurants in Cirencester.

Thoroughly recommend a stay at Hoopoe!!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We're so glad you had a good time.
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5

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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4

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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5

Lovely retreat that appeals to all ages

  • 5 of 5

We were two families with teenagers wanting to explore the Cotswolds and this property was an excellent choice for us. Whether you want to read a book on the deck overlooking the lake or enjoy outdoor sports nearby, the property offered all the conveniences for everyone to appreciate. The instructions to access the property were very clear and the information book on site was very detailed to help us understand how everything worked. We arrived fairly late on the first day and had difficulties finding an open grocer nearby, so plan your food purchases ahead of arrival. We enjoyed the large Waitrose roughly 12km from the property to provide ready-made meals in keeping with the no-fuss experience we wanted. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was very well equipped (including a double oven) - we wish we had had more time to fully appreciate what the place had to offer!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we're very pleased you had such a good time! It's always nice to hear when people have enjoyed the house and Lower Mill as well as making the most of the lovely local Cotswold area. Do visit again another time, we'd be happy to welcome you.
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5

Perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a fabulous time- the cottage was perfect for our needs and in a beautiful setting.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fabulous family space

  • 5 of 5

We recently had a lovely relaxing time with family at Hoopoe Cottage. The cottage is beautifully decorated with lots of homely touches and a real attention to detail. The house had everything we needed and we really enjoyed walking around the estate, exploring the nature trail and swimming in the spa pool. Much fun was had by all. Many thanks to Victoria for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a good time at Hoopoe Cottage and did some great exploring of the lovely Estate and local area. Thank you for your nice comments about the house and I hope you will visit us again some time!
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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, Cotswold district

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Christmas and New Year
20 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 5 nights
From
£300
£1,650
 
 
Feb Half Term
10 Feb 2017 - 19 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£585
for 3 nights
From
£195
From
£275
Fri,Sat,Sun
£995
 
 
Easter Holidays - B+
31 Mar 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£645
for 3 nights
From
£215
From
£285
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,100
 
 
Easter Week
14 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,080
for 4 nights
From
£270
From
£370
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,460
 
 
Mid Season - B
21 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£585
for 3 nights
From
£195
From
£275
Fri,Sat,Sun
£995
 
 
May Bank Holiday
28 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£975
for 3 nights
From
£325
£1,100
 
 
B - Mid Season
2 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£585
for 3 nights
From
£195
From
£275
Fri,Sat,Sun
£995
 
 
Summer Half Term
26 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£825
for 3 nights
From
£275
From
£370
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,550
 
 
Mid Season - B
5 Jun 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£585
for 3 nights
From
£195
From
£280
Fri,Sat,Sun
£995
 
 
Early Summer Holidays - B+
7 Jul 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£645
for 3 nights
From
£215
From
£290
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,120
 
 
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/New Year 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
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
Refundable 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.

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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
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:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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