A unique holiday home owned, operated & managed by us Terry & Lyn we will welcome you into our home for your special stay on the Lower Mill Estate where you will have a fun time, to relax & unwind in this amazing place. Contemporary lake side detached house built 2007 set within The Lower Mill Estate, England's first residential nature reserve, on the shores of Somerford Lagoon a part of The Cotswolds Water Park only 2 hours drive from London. A unique architecturally designed upside down house that Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms, 3 of which are located on the ground floor together with 2 en-suite & 1 Family Bathroom. Two bedrooms have stunning lake views, sunrise is amazing. The accommodation in the 4th bedroom has smaller beds & may not suite large adults. Upstairs features an open plan kitchen, dining, lounge area with amazing uninterrupted views over Somerford Lagoon from the double height glazed feature wall opening onto full width balcony with glazed balustrade. The views from this house are truly amazing, from your seat you can see Kingfisher, Bittern, Grebe, Oyster Catcher, stoat & many land birds. If you want to relax you have access to the Art Spa where you can swim, gym & have beauty treatments which will need to be booked & paid for.
House in Somerford Keynes, Nr. Cirencester, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - The Views From This House Are Truly Amazing, From Your Seat You Can See Kingfisher, Bittern, Grebe
- Calendar last updated:
- 12 Dec 2018
About Terry Joy
We are a designer couple we have created the interior of our house to reflect this & now want to offer it for other families to enjoy. We have occupied our house since Feb 2007, having purchased in 2004 it took nearly 3 years to build. We enjoy British wild life which was the main driver in purchasing on the Lower Mill Estate. We have enjoyed many years here with our children & grand children.
Terry Joy purchased this House in 2004
Why Terry Joy chose Somerford Keynes
We brought the house without knowing anything about the area, once here we found the Cotswolds to be a wonderful place & The Lower Mill Estate to be a very relaxing location where you can walk, kayak, mountain bike or just sit & watch.
What makes this House unique
Our house occupies a unique location at Lower Mill being located within 4m of the lake shore & adjacent a small stream. We have uninterrupted views across Somerford Lagoon a nationally recognised area for over wintering wild foul. The house has amazing views from the lounge & bedrooms having full height glazing to the lake shore.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Lovely house and brilliant holiday
As per another review, the photos really don't do this holiday home justice, its lovely and bright and spacious. A superb location with wonderful views, the best we’ve seen at the water park. Also being tucked away the parking was flanked by 2 visitor spaces making parking a doddle rather than the hunt for a free spaces.
We all loved using the kayak's kindly provided by the owners and kids loved seeing herons and rabbits in the garden.
Will hopefully be staying again soon.
Great Accomodation, location and amenities
My Wife and I and our 3 children (15,12 & 10 years old) had a great stay at this property. We have stayed in other properties on the estate and this was the best. It was very well presented, spotless/clean throughout, comfortable, with amazing views over the lake and close to the Restuarant, spa, tennis courts and football pitches. Terry was quick to answer any questions in the pre-booking stage and greeted us on arrival. We stayed for 1 week and it was perfect to explore the wider area. Definitely recommend this property 5 Stars
Hi Matt thanks for this review.
Great communication from the start, with good info. Brilliant holiday home, we were 2 families with young kids, and found that was plenty of room.
Very clean, great location, and the use of the 2 canoes was an added bonus.
Thanks Paul great to have you & your family stay in our house.
Terry & Lyn
A great property and estate - the perfect stay!
I booked this property for a weekend reunion with some university friends. We only catch up once or twice a year and being in our 40s, mostly with kids, needed some R&R and some chilled girls time! The Cotswolds location was also great, being fairly centrally located for everyone. The property itself was warm, clean, nicely furnished and well-equipped. It's only a few minutes walk to the spa (much quieter in the evening), on-site restaurant and shop. There are lots of great walks and cycle trails, tennis courts and you can kayak straight from the back garden. We also tried our hand at stand up paddle boarding which was great fun! All in all a lovely place to spend some time. Some of our group are planning to return with families in tow! One final note - the photos don't do the property justice!
We all had a lovely week in the house, thank you.
It was wonderfully spacious and very well fitted out and we had everything we needed. The view was beautiful and you have a lovely location on the lake (possibly one of the best on the whole site). Thank you as well for the opportunity to use the Kayaks. The lake was very calm for most of the week and so peaceful to drift on.
The children had a lovely time and it was so good to have such a spacious lounge area where we could all be together.
8 adults - Long weekend break
The property is in a nice location with lovely views across the lake.
However, we were very disappointed with the 4th bedroom which is very small, the beds are 2 Z type folding beds which are narrow and low to the ground and not suitable for adults plus there is no wardrobe and no bedside table. The 3rd bedroom has cabin style twin beds which do not have sprung mattresses and not really ideal for adults and again no wardrobe. The property is only suitable for 4 adults and 4 children.
All bedrooms have very thin white blinds so those rooms facing east are very bright as soon as the sun rises. the lounge windows have no blinds or curtains.
Lower Mill Estate is rather over developed and properties are very close together and parking is difficult as there is only one parking space and the overflow parking is limited.
The leisure facilities are excellent, we particularly enjoyed the outdoor pool.
We are sorry for your negative comments and confirm that your requested 37% refund is inappropriate as below,criticisms bing more due to style & preference not inadequacy. We also confirm that the damage not reported caused to the shower & hob have been rectified without your loss of damage deposit.
1) 4th Bedroom 2.19M X 3.05M about the average for a 4th bedroom.
It is true the beds fold, this gives more flexibility for our guests varied requirements as a cot is often needed here, they are not "Z" beds they have wooden slatted bases & memory foam mattress.
As stated in our description they may not be suitable for large adults.
The room is equipped with wall hanging space, metal shelved cabinet & small leather bedside table.
2) 3rd Bedroom the beds are full size single beds with 6 large storage drawers for clothing not " cabin beds ".
The mattress's are of the foam type again not unusual in most Uk homes. The room is further equipped with wall hanging space, metal shelved cabinet & further chest.
3) The property can accommodate many groups needs from family to a group of 8 adults in 4 bedrooms.
4) Bedroom Blinds - yes the house faces East where you can experience some amazing sunrises across the lake, we have provided light defusing blinds for those who prefer the bedroom windows to be obscured.
Lounge - as mentioned in the description our house is an upside down design with the lounge, dining, kitchen space on the 1st floor affording unique views across one for the largest lakes on the water park with the huge amounts of glass, see photos on our web page we wonder why blinds are needed.
5) Lower Mill Estate over developed - Our property is fully detached sitting on a medium sized plot we are between 2 & 3m from our left hand neighbour & separated from our right hand neighbour by a stream the gap being in the order of 12m. Privacy, if needed , is created by landscaping & an agreement to not enter onto the garden areas of other properties each rental group has to agree to the code of conduct. The total area of the LME is approx 550 acres with the 250 houses built in one small corner. It is true that each property has been allocated with one designated parking space, our property is very fortunate with parking as our space is flanked by 2 visitors spaces & the overflow carpark is only 2 mins walk.
Approx car travel from London 2 hours 120 miles. Nearest mainline station is Swindon.
Directions from M4 take exit 15 onto A419 towards Swindon.
Continue on A419 in direction of Cirencester.
We are located in the Cotswolds Water Park with easy car access to beautiful villages nearest main town is Cirencester & only 35 mins to Cheltenham or 1 hour to Bath.
Lower Mill Estate a unique residential development set within a 450 acre nature reserve, where you can walk, run, relax & canoe ( April to Oct), 2 kayak's included.
The views from this house are truly amazing, from your seat you can see Kingfisher, Bittern, Grebe, Oyster Catcher,
stoat & many land birds.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: Deposit required within 12 hours of quote being sent. Deposit is 20% of total cost with balance required within 28 days of visit. If booking under 28 days then full balance is required. Refundable damage deposit of £250 is required with balance or full payment. Please note minimum 3 night stay. Changeover Day: The change over day is Friday arrival time 3pm with departure at 10am. Note minimum 3 nights stay. Notes on prices: Please note the minimum stay is 3 nights at 75% of the weekly price.