About the home
On Britain's first private nature reserve is this cosy retreat. Cross the stone bridge over the Thames, through the double gates and you are in Mill Village on the Lower Mill Estate, a cluster of Cotswold stone cottages.
This safe, gated nature reserve means wildlife on the doorstep – the lakes have become a haven for fish, otters, European beavers and wintering fowl. And, in amongst the woodlands, meadows, bridle tracks and lakes is a small shop selling basic supplies, an outdoor heated pool, tennis court, sauna and children's play area, plus the opportunity to fish, cycle or take a walk around the seven lakes and three rivers (including the Thames) on the Estate. A bird and wildlife lover's delight.
A lovely old pub, serving good food with a great atmosphere, a roaring log fire in the winter months and pretty garden for al fresco dining in the summer, is just a 10 minute stroll from the cottage.
Fairhazel Cottage has two bedrooms and two en suites, a sunny garden (unfenced stream) and views to Somerford Lagoon- home to many overwintering waterfowl in the colder months. Downstairs is a living area with squishy cream sofas and neutral colours, logburner, selection of DVDs, books, magazines and CDs, wooden flooring with rugs, a toy box, an attractive pine dining table and contemporary dining chairs, a well-equipped little kitchen and cloakroom. Upstairs are two peaceful bedrooms, both with en suites, one with a double bed and one with two singles (which can be made into a superking on request).
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Cotswold Country Park- lakeside, 3km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (heated)|
|General:||Central heating, CD player, Pool / Snooker table, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 en suites|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Private garden, BBQ, Shared tennis court on site, Private fishing lake / river, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
Further details indoors:
Highchair and travel cot available
Single beds can be made up into a super king on request
Flatscreen TVs in the living room, and both bedrooms
DVD player in the living room and twin bedroom
Selection of outdoor toys, magazines, CDs, DVDs and books
Fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave and selection of cookery books
Outdoor dining table and chairs, loungers, parasol, bench and BBQ
Downstairs cloakroom as well as two en suites
Wonderful views across to Somerford Lagoon
Lovely cast iron logburner
Sunny garden with two streams (unfenced)- watch the Egret catching his lunch and ducks swimming by
Further details outdoors:
Couple of minutes to the tennis court, heated outdoor swimming pool (Open Easter-October Half Term and festive season), table tennis and sauna
Children's play area, trampoline and football nets
Small shop selling basics as well as newspapers, hot drinks and snacks (seasonal)
Hire cycles and canoes from the shop
Wonderful walks and cycle paths around the Estate's 450 acre nature reserve, three rivers and seven lakes
The Thames Path running 140 miles the length of the Thames is only 80 metres away
A ten minute stroll to The Bakers Arms, local 16th century pub selling good food, child friendly, with log fire and sunny garden
Other great pubs and restaurants nearby
Access within minutes to all the wonderful leisure facilities of the Cotswold Water Park- waterskiing, wakeboarding, fishing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, aerial adventure, beautiful walks and cycle routes including the Thames and Severn canal path
Nearest golf course- four miles to either Oaksey or South Cerney
Easy access to picturesque Cotswolds villages
Designer shopping in Cheltenham Spa, visit Swindon Designer Outlet for bargains and Cotswold towns for antique shopping
Visit Painswick Gardens, Westonbirt Arboreteum and stately homes such as Sudeley Castle and Blenheim Palace.
Airshow events at Kemble (June/Sept) and Fairford (July) and horse trials at Badminton and Gatcombe (both March).
Polo at Cirencester Park (May-Sept) and horse racing at Cheltenham (Gold Cup-March)
To make a booking a 30% deposit is required, or full payment if you are booking six weeks or less before commencement of your stay.
A refundable security deposit of £50 is required when the full payment is due. The security deposit is paid back in full within one week of the end of your holiday subject to the cottage being left in a clean and reasonable state.
Sorry this is a no smoking cottage. Regrettably no pets allowed.
The Central England / Cotswolds / Gloucestershire region
What better place for a relaxing break than a cottage in the Cotswolds? Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Cotswolds is one of the top five places travellers from overseas visit in the UK.
Explore the quintessentially English honey-coloured villages that punctuate the Cotswolds landscape - Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, to name but a few. Explore their pretty streets, brimming with delightful shops selling antiques, gifts and other quality goods, along with fine dining restaurants, traditional pubs and olde-worlde tea shops. There are some splendid towns and cities too such as Oxford, Bath and Cheltenham.
Must-see places include Westonbirt Arboreteum, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Hidcote Manor and Gardens, Berkeley Castle and Malmesbury Abbey. Family-friendly options include Cotswold Farm Park, the 'Home of Rare Breed Conservation' and Cotswold Country Park, home to the UK's biggest inland beach, with water sports, fishing, toddlers' paddling and play area, adventure centre and lakeside walks and cycle paths.
Walk the Thames Path, enjoy a day at Cheltenham Races, watch a game of polo or perhaps a day of pampering at the thermal Roman baths in the city of Bath.
Or if leisure activites are your choice the Cotswold Water Park with over 140 lakes offers plenty of land and water based sporting activities from waterskiing and wakeboarding to angling and hiking or cycling around the lakes, rivers (including the Thames), Thames and Severn canal and three nature reserves.
The Cotswolds offers something for everyone from plentiful leisure activities to beautiful countryside, picturesque villages to good family entertainment, great food to watersports at the Costwold Water Park.
The Cirencester / Somerford Keynes area
The exclusive Lower Mill Estate is located on The Cotswolds Water Park , 6 kms/ 4 miles from the historic town of Cirencester. The Water Park covers 40 sq miles with 140 lakes and offers a wide range of activities and facilities ranging from waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing, kayaking and fishing to relaxing in some of the beautiful country pubs and restaurants. There are many cycle trails and beautiful walks including the Thames Path and the Thames and Severn canal. Also in the Water Park is the largest inland beach, paintballing, nature events and an aerial adventure centre. There is plenty to do for children and adults alike.
The Lower Mill Estate takes its name from the historic water mill found at the entrance, one of only two still working on the river Thames, which flows through the Estate.
How to get there
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Easy access from M4 and M5 Motorways. 20 minutes from Cheltenham or Swindon.
Fly to Bristol, Birmingham or Heathrow Airports - Cottage is within a hour and a half from all of these airports.
Cheap flights available from Easyjet.co.uk to Birmingham and Bristol airports. Fly into London Heathrow with British Airways and other main carriers.
Local buses run regularly between the airports and Swindon and Cheltenham.
There are always local taxis available. Call 07977 994285 for airport pick up and/or drop off.
Train station 5 minutes away at Kemble. Direct line to London Paddington Station.
Activities near Cirencester
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
11 Apr 2013
From the very first interaction with the owner you get the feeling that, here is someone who wants you to be welcomed and have a good time. We booked at very short notice and felt like treasured... more
04 Apr 2013
We stayed at Fairhazel Cottage in March 2013 with a small group of friends, we were welcomed with a lovely bottle of wine and card from the owner - and the cottage facilities and furnishings were pristine.
The weather for March was horrendous - with snow and rain every day, however the lovely log fire, local pubs really made up for it. I would definitely recommed this cottage for all those who would like to get away from the hussle and bussle of city life.
Thank you for such a wonderful stay.
06 Jan 2013
I booked this cottage last minute as I decided to go away with my partner for New Year. I actually couldn't believe my luck. I was a tiny bit worried that I would be stuck with something that would be typical of something you normally get when you do something on a whim but I couldn't have been more happier with my stay. The cotswolds is an area that I love anyway but this cottage gives you the perfect base to visit some of the wonderful attractions the area has to offer. (I just wish I had a bit longer) The cottage was beautiful. Clean, quiet and with some lovely touches that the owner had furnished for us. I was also delighted at how thoughtful the owner had been. She had provided maps of areas to go walking, and had explained everything that we needed to make our stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. This is a perfect place to go if you don't know the Cotswolds very well as she has taken the time to give you everything you need.
I cannot recommend this place enough. If you want a beautiful place to go to in the Cotswolds then you have found it.
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback. I hope I can welcome you back to Fairhazel Cottage sometime soon!
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Early Summer||3 May 13||24 May 13||£ 560||-||-||3 Nights|
|Half Term||24 May 13||31 May 13||£ 625||-||-||3 Nights|
|Summer||31 May 13||28 Jun 13||£ 595||-||-||3 Nights|
|High Summer||28 Jun 13||24 Jul 13||£ 625||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer Holidays||24 Jul 13||30 Aug 13||£ 699||-||-||1 Week|
|Late Summer||30 Aug 13||27 Sep 13||£ 580||-||-||3 Nights|
|Indian Summer||27 Sep 13||25 Oct 13||£ 510||-||-||2 Nights|
|Half Term||25 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn||1 Nov 13||20 Dec 13||£ 445||-||-||2 Nights|
|Festive Holidays||20 Dec 13||3 Jan 14||£ 725||-||-||1 Week|
|Winter||3 Jan 14||14 Feb 14||£ 435||-||-||2 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
30% deposit due to secure booking. Full payment due six weeks before arrival.<BR><BR>Changeover days: normally Friday, Sunday or Monday. Please contact the owner if you wish to arrive on a different date. I maybe able to assist.<BR><BR>Charging: 2 nights 70%, 3 nights 75%, 4 nights 80% of weeks' rental<BR><BR>Refundable security deposit of £50 subject to the cottage being left as found.<BR><BR>Payment by cheque (UK only), BACS or Paypal (3% charge). Payment to be made in GB Pounds<BR><BR>Sorry no stag or hen parties<BR><BR>Rental includes heating, linen and towels and a starter pack of tea, coffee, sugar, kitchen basics and toiletries.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR> <BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>Enquire now
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