Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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 500 acre reserve, with seven lakes and three rivers, has become a haven for fish, otters, European beavers and wintering fowl. There is a small shop, an outdoor heated pool, tennis court, sauna, trampoline and children's play area, plus the opportunity to fish, cycle or take a walk around the lakes and 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 through the village.
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 open plan living area with cream sofas and neutral colours, logburner, selection of DVDs, books and magazines, wooden floors, a toy box, dining table and chairs. There is a well-equipped kitchen area with washer/ dryer, microwave and dishwasher. There is also a cloakroom. Upstairs are two peaceful bedrooms, both with en suites facilities.
Easy access to a variety of water sports and fishing opportunities in the Cotswold Water Park. Ideally placed for touring the Cotswolds and the many picturesque towns and villages such as Bibury, Cirencester and Stow-on-the-Wold.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cotswold Country Park- lakeside 3 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol 70 km, Nearest railway: Kemble 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, 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 seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Highchair, flexi gate and travel cot available at no extra charge
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 opening hours)
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 and Bicester 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)
The Central England/Cotswolds 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 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.
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7 Apr 2014
"Brilliant for relaxing and family break"
We took our 3yr old for a minibreak. He loved the location and the heated outdoor swimming pool in the rain was a highlight. Cottage was lovely and facilities on site were excellent. Would def recomme… More
21 Mar 2014
"Homely cottage in a beautiful park"
We had a wonderful few nights in this pretty cottage. The owner welcome us with a cake and card. The cottage has a well equipped kitchen for those who wish to "self cater" - we preferred to walk to the local pub (take a very good torch!) Shampoo, shower gel, hairdryer all supplied. There is a small shop on the park, swimming pool (in season), tennis court. For children there is a play area and chickens who come and greet you. This cottage will be ideal for families, couples and friends, but not those looking for party nights. There is plenty to see and do in the beautiful surrounding area (need your own transport). There is a station in a village about 5 miles away, which we used to go to Cheltenham races. Look forward to visiting this lovely place again.
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! Hopefully I can welcome you back sometime soon.
5 Nov 2013
"Beautiful cottage in a peaceful setting"
We stayed at Fairhazel cottage in the October half-term. The cottage itself was beautiful with old wooden floorboards in the lounge/dining area and a lovely fresh feel of blues and creams throughout - it had almost a seaside feel about the decor and furnishings. It also had the added advantage of having ensuites for both bedrooms and a downstairs loo.
The outdoor heated swimming pool was an instant hit with our 9 and 13 year old daughters and they spent as long as possible in it every day we were there. A definite bonus if you have both young and teenage children!
The cottage was set in the Lower Mill Estate which had an eclectic mix of traditional type cottages in the lovely local yellow Cotswold stone, then to the other extreme in an area of the estate it had very contemporary glass fronted properties by the lake. Certainly something there for everyones tastes in accommodation!
The only minor drawback we found with the estate itself was that the little shop that sold basic groceries and provided lunches, snacks, coffees etc was only open for about 3/4 days of the week (maybe that was because of the time of year though).
If you're after a holiday that offers quality accommodation, peace and quiet, a very natural setting, cycling on your doorstep and lots of watersports to hand then I would definitely say that this cottage and location delivers on all these fronts.
Thanks very much for taking the time to provide your lovely feedback.
Unfortunately, the owners of the little estate shop can only afford to open at busy times of the year.
I hope to be able to welcome you and the family back soon!
19 Sep 2013
What a fantastic week away we had... The cottage was clean and exceptionally well equipt. We were welcomed with a lovely card and cake ,which we all enjoyed.
The location and resort was perfect for families and our two children aged 7 and 12 loved the outdoor heated pool.
16 Aug 2013
"Fab cottage in fab location!!"
Fairhazel was a lovely cottage. Travelled with two children aged 8 and 12 and the estate where the cottage was located had lots to entertain them. Cottage was a good size with separate bedroom and bathroom for the children. Bathrooms ensuite for additional privacy which was great. Cottage was easy to find with the instructions and will definitely stay here again! Thanks Natalie!
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! I hope I can welcome you and the family back in the future.
3 Jul 2013
"Lovely Cottage, great stay"
We recently stayed at Fairhazel Cottage and had a wonderful relaxing time. We found the cottage just as described, with lovely welcome gifts waiting for us. The cottage is nicely decorated, clean and well presented with lots of extra touches which are not normally found in holiday rentals. It is obvious that Natalie, the owner has put a lot of thought into her preparations for visitors. The little garden is very sheltered and a lovely space to sit. It is a great location with many things to do in the area. Would love to visit again.
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. I hope to be able to welcome you back soon!
After recently receiving a really odd negative review, it is great to know that Fairhazel still is a lovely place to stay.
27 May 2013
"Misleading review led to disappointment, early departure and financial loss"
The condition of the cottage was not as described. It was generally unclean and well worn. In particular the washing machine contained mould which caused an unacceptable odour that permeated the clot… More
The cottage receives lovely feedback and is rated highly on cleanliness so I was surprised to receive a review that suggested otherwise. The review posted just before this one was from the couple who stayed two days later and specifically mentions that the cottage was clean- along with the reviews from other guest who have stayed.
I am sorry these guests found access difficult. Access to the cottage is via a path from the parking area which is about 100 feet away. There is a photo on the website that shows the path in front of the cottage. I am always happy to answer any questions that will help decide if the cottage is right for you- just let me know how I can help.
There is internet connection at the cottage however the service provider is currently working on improving the signal. They have indicated this will be fixed in the next couple of weeks.
The bedroom size does reflect the fact that Fairhazel is a cottage. Details of the furniture in each room is posted on the website.
20 May 2013
"Relaxing break, great for toddlers"
Stayed for two nights at Fairhazel Cottage, party comprising myself (very pregnant), husband and 3 year old daughter. Just what we needed - fantastic facilities and child friendly (but peaceful at the same time!). Communication for booking easy, clean comfortable and great cottage with some extra touches such as the choccies on arrival and use of outdoor games for kids and DVD's for grown ups. Heated outdoor pool fab. Would highly recommend.
Thanks Gemma for your feedback. Hope to welcome you back when baby no. 2 has arrived! Natalie
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 guest… More
4 Apr 2013
"Relaxing, cosy cottage"
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.
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