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

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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 or 9 adults very comfortably in four bedrooms, and a further baby or toddler can also be accommodated in a cot. The large rear deck faces south 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, a further heated outdoor swimming pool, children's play areas, a general store and cafe plus a clubhouse and restaurant, Balihoo, for the use of Lower Mill guests only. Canoe, paddle board and bicycle hire is 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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Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

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 Somerford Keynes

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.


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

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • As this is a lake front property, young children and crawling babies must be supervised at all times.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 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
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
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
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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Lakeside Cotswold house with indoor/outdoor pools within stunning nature reserve
average rating of 4.787879 based on 33 reviews

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: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 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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Lovely property

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is well equipped and in an excellent location on the estate. The estate has great facilities suitable for friends and family groups.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location & property for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

A high end property with everything provided. The views from the decking are especially beautiful. Mill End Eastate is perfect for relaxation, from the pools, spa options, lake canoeing, walking & cycling. It was very peaceful & well maintained.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to hear you all had a good time at Hoopoe Cottage and enjoyed the house and everything on offer at the Estate.
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perfect place to completely relax

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful, the location was amazing and the only noise you can hear is the ducks. Perfect to relax with friends or family.

The local pub The Bakers Arms had great food and atmosphere and only a 20 minutes walk.

Victoria answered any questions we had really quickly.

Would definitely recommend this property

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you all had a good and relaxing time! Hope to see you again sometime.
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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: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 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: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 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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Nearest Airport
129 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
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. Please contact us for more details.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £150

NB: Xmas/New Year weeks are fixed date breaks - for 2018 Xmas runs 21-28 Dec, and New Year is 28 Dec - 4 Jan 2019.

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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.