Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Located in Britain's first private nature reserve, a small part of which has been developed for second homes, is this relaxing retreat. Cross a bridge over the Thames, through the wooden gates and you are in Mill Village on the Lower Mill Estate. The Stables, once home to the farm horses that worked the land, is located in a pretty courtyard accessed via a five bar gate. There are three cosy bedrooms, one with an en suite, a well equipped kitchen/ diner for long chats over a good meal, a light and airy living room with a lovely logburner for chilling out after a long walk, and door to the orchard. Have a leisurely meal or play ball games in the orchard, take a dip in the pool, play a game of tennis, hire a kayak from the shop, or go for a walk in the beautiful countryside surrounding the Estate. The choice is yours!
Two minute walk away is the small estate shop selling fresh bread, delicious Lattes and newspapers (seasonal hours). The Stables is on a 450 acre nature reserve which means wildlife on the doorstep. Seven lakes and three rivers have become a haven for fish, otters, European beavers and wintering fowl. A bird and wildlife lover's delight. A lovely old pub, serving good food with a pretty garden for al fresco dining in the summer and a roaring log fire in the winter months, is just a 10 minute stroll away. Easy access to a variety of water sports and fishing opportunities at 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 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cotswold Country Park- lakeside 3 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, 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, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Travel cot. highchair and stairgate available
Flatscreen TV/DVD player in the living room and TV in second bedroom
Selection of outdoor toys, magazines, DVDs and books
Fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and selection of cookery books
Outdoor dining table and chairs, parasol and BBQ
Shower room with WC/basin and en suite with WC/ basin and bath with shower mixer.
Access to a pretty orchard, play games, watch the rabbits feeding in the morning dew, relax in the sun
Lovely cast iron logburner for romantic evenings in, or after a crisp winter's walk
Pretty courtyard to the front with access via a five bar gate
Typical character features: stable door (as you would expect in the stables!), old wooden internal doors, logburner, wooden floors downstairs and a butler sink in the kitchen but with all the mod cons of a modern home- including WiFi, fully equipped kitchen, flat screen TVs and contemporary furnishings
-One of the single beds is a non-standard length (5ft 6inches/ 1.7m) so suitable for a child or small adult
-The first floor accommodation is built into the eaves so some restricted head height. Limited head height to one side of the king size bed and in the en suite
-The infant Thames runs along two sides of the orchard. Although fenced, would advise youngsters are supervised whilst in the orchard .
|Further details outdoors|
Tennis court, heated outdoor swimming pool (Easter-October Half Term ), table tennis and sauna
Children's play area, trampoline, football and cricket nets
Small shop selling basics, hot drinks, snacks and newspapers ( seasonal opening hours) and hire of bikes and kayaks
Wonderful walks, runs and cycle paths around the Estate's 450 acre private nature reserve, three rivers and seven lakes
The Thames Path is just a two minute walk
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 just four miles away at Oaksey or South Cerney which also has a driving range
Easy access to picturesque Cotswolds villages
Designer shopping in Cheltenham Spa, 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)
Charging: 2 nights 70%, 3 nights 75%, 4 nights 80% of weeks' rental
30% deposit due to secure booking. Full payment due 6 weeks before arrival date.
Changeover day: normally Friday and Monday. Please contact the owner if you wish to arrive on a different date. I maybe able to assist especially out of peak season.
Refundable security deposit of £50 subject to the cottage being left as found.
Payment by cheque (UK only), BACS or Paypal. Payment to be made in GB Pounds
Sorry no stag or hen parties, smoking or pets.
Rental includes heating, linen and towels and a starter pack of tea, coffee, sugar, kitchen and bathroom essentials. Towels for use by the pool are not supplied.
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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28 Dec 2013
"Absolutely brilliant - swimming in a heated pool on boxing day - awesome!"
We had a lovely Christmas away from home for the first time every and it was truly amazing. A lovely welcome bottle of bubbly awaited ! :) We had a walk around the lakes every morning and it was b… More
I am so pleased that you and the family really enjoyed your stay and are thinking of returning. Swimming in the outdoor pool at Christmas is crazy but good fun isn't it!! Come back soon.... Natalie :)
27 Jul 2013
"Tastefully decorated, beautiful garden, excellent location"
We are a couple with three daughters aged 15, 13 and 9. We spent a week at the cottage and it was wonderful. Its a week since we left and we've been missing. Owner, Natalie, left us basic supplies including treats that make a pleasant welcome. All communication with Natalie was very pleasant and she had provided us with all our needs generously. The cottage is located in the heart of the Cotswolds, in an excellent location for those interested in tourist attractions. Also if you interested in staying in the cottage all day not get bored because there is plenty to do within walking distance. The house is warmly decorated. All fully equipped and outside there is a lovely garden. Bedrooms and showers are small but living room and kitchen are spacious and very pleasant. Highly recommended.
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. Much appreciated! If you come back to the UK, hopefully you might consider a return visit!!
4 Jun 2013
"Fantastic cottage in a stunning location"
Myself and 5 friends stayed at the stables for a long weekend. The booking process and info provided from Natalie was effortless and told us everything we needed to know.
The accommodation itself was very well presented and a real home way from home. (The bottle of wine and chocolates awaiting our arrival were also a nice touch!)
The garden was huge and a lovely space to relax in and whilst the upstairs of the cottage wasnt huge it didn't matter to us as we weren't there to sit in our bedrooms. The location was idyllic and within walking distance of lots of lovely lakes and walks.
I would highly recommend the stables and I hope to go again in the future
(Word of warning though although nothing to do with the stables, take all provisions with you, the shop in site is extremely overpriced!!)
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. Come back soon!!
10 Jan 2013
"Our family fell in love with this cottage"
The Stables is cosy, clean comfortable and well furnished. It is well located and close to the shop and swimming pool. The family had a delightful stay here at New Year.… More
Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. I hope to be able to welcome you and the family back sometime soon!
28 Oct 2012
"Cotwolds cottage gem"
Thank you for a wonderful stay in the Cotswolds at the Stables. We really enjoyed our time there and the cottage was perfect for us. We appreciated all the thoughtful household items you provided for us, and it made us feel comfortable and welcome immediately to walk into the kitchen and see your lovely note, cake, tea, coffee, and even fresh milk in the refrigerator! The location is perfect with the orchard behind, the cafe, tennis court, trampoline and outdoor heated swimming pool practically next door. We were amazed to see people brave the chilly temps to go swimming, but the pool temperature was quite warm and my children really enjoyed it, especially with the pool toys in the activity chest.
The Lower Mills Estate is a wonderful place to base a trip to the Cotswolds. We love the surrounding nature and next time will bring wellies so we can venture out more on the footpaths and hopefully see some beavers! My husband brought his bicycle on the train and enjoyed riding through the sleepy villages for a few hours. The convenience of your location is wonderful -- Just 10 minutes taxi from Kemble train station, next to the cafe/shop, 10 minute walk to Baker's arms pub, 5-10 minute walk from renting bicycles, and the County water park. Your range of DVD's and books was nicely spread for different ages.
My children are already asking to return, and hopefully we'll bring my parents and mother-in-law with us. It was a perfect refreshing break in the middle of an intense school term. Thank you again for making the rental process go smoothly and for providing such a charming cottage for families. We will definitely recommend the Stables to our friends -- what a gem!
26 Sep 2012
"Perfect for a long weekend get-away"
Loved our stay at the Lower Mill Estate and the Stables. Perfect for a long weekend get-away from London. Travelled with a 3 month old baby and extended family. Cottage was great, very well maintained and Nathalie had left some useful welcome gifts for us. Though one of the older properties on the Estate it comes with lots of character and easy access to the various facilities. Shop/Canoe rental/Tennis courts + heated outdoor pool are literally a stone's throw away. We were very lucky with the weather in mid September and could enjoy sitting in the courtyard / orchard. Would like to return next year spring / summer, probably not in the winter though.
7 Sep 2012
"Lovely, well equipped, charming cottage in great location"
This cottage is full of character and equipped with everything you need for a great holiday. Access to the Orchard at the back of the cottage is great for the kids giving a safe environment to wear themselves out! Being right next to the shop, cafe, tennis court and swimming pool was also a huge bonus and both the accommodation, on-site facilities and grounds are very well maintained. Many thanks to Natalie for all her help to make our trip enjoyable and as easy as possible when holidaying with 4 children aged 7-10!
7 Oct 2011
"Comfortable house in relaxing area"
Good weather helped our stay as we used the outdoor pool (1st w/e of Oct). The house was very clean with lovely decor and well equipped. It is an ideal family retreat.
15 Aug 2011
"A fabulous find for all the family"
We were made to feel so welcome on arrival ( bottle of wine and chocolate biscuits certainly helped!) The stables is a very well equiped and beautifully decorated holiday accommodation.
Our typical day consisted of:
early morning swim in heated pool,
breakfast overlooking the orchard,tennis,more swimming,
table tennis,a little more swimming,
sunbathing by the pool watching the kids trampolining
supper overlooking the orchard.
10 Aug 2011
"self catering and self entertaining"
Lovely place and a great atmosphere - feels very authentic to The Cotswolds, and at the same time with modern facilities. The owner really takes pride in presenting a clean, stylish and personal welcome, which was much appriciated. Children can play safely in the garden and at the same time meet new friends. House contains everything you need for at cosy family vacation. Heatet pool - fun and play acceptet - Saw the pool cleaner at least once a day.
Came to UK to find "Midsummer" - found it at The Stables.
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