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Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 32 reviews

Mesmerising architect designed 5 bedroom luxury villa, with 3 x huge cleverly suspended terraces

House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 11

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Skylark Lodge offers spacious accommodation, arranged over 3 floors, with 3 levels of outside living space. It has 5 bedrooms, 3 of which are set lakeside, with direct access onto the outside private balcony.

AMAZING! - SLEEPS 11 - World Class Onsite £6.5m Spa Complex!

The lounge is located on the upper top floor, providing wonderful elevated views over the lake and access to the enormous terrace area, complete with relaxing seating + a full size table & chairs, ideal for family barbeques !

Size Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach 500 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Kemble 1 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available
Pool Shared indoor pool, Children's pool
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors



Please call 7 x days a week 8.00am - 8.00pm



Skylark Lodge has been furnished to a very high standard.


Set within the prestigious LOWER MILL ESTATE, world renowned private gated community.

Further details outdoors


Please call 7 x days a week 8.00am - 8.00pm


There is a large out door table & chairs for Al Fresco dinning. (Seats 11)

There is also a gas BBQ on the ground floor terrace.

Sun loungers and funky swinging seats are also located on the terrace areas.




Further details




Please call 7 x days a week 8.00am - 8.00pm - Tim Haywood

The Central England/Cotswolds region




Our Lower Mill Estate holiday villas are set within the award winning Lower Mill Estate, within the Cotswolds Water Park area, complete with private world class £6.5m Luxury Spa™ complex, which includes slate lined indoor & outdoor heated pools, an outdoor eco pool, tennis facilities, boating, cycle tracks, a sauna, steam room & much more besides.

A number of our selected Luxury Holiday villas also have their very own private hot tub located on the outside decking area, heated year round to a toasty 40 degrees.

When it's time for unwinding or re-energising, you should visit the stunning, award winning Luxury Pevonia Spa Complex. Alternatively, choose from leisurely walks or gentle bike rides along nature trails & afternoons fishing or lazily boating on the lake. There's so much to discover about the estate's heritage, including the working mill, one of only two such remaining buildings on the River Thames.

There is no better way to explore the unspoilt Cotswolds countryside than by choosing to spend your Cotswolds holiday with us here at Luxury Holidays.

"The idea behind Lower Mill Estate is to live surrounded by nature. The nature and wildlife were there first, so we fit the houses around them, not the other way round. Nature comes first, houses second. A truly individual Costwolds holiday! " ~ The Observer Newspaper

Boasting world class spa facilities, funky cutting edge architecture + design, married with a simply stunning lakeside setting - This really is the Cotswolds at it's most finest !



Please call 7 x days a week 8.00am - 8.00pm on 01285 615 615 - Tim Haywood




- The Lower Mill Estate | Residential Nature Reserve with onsite Luxury Spa - The Cotswolds.


Skylark Lodge is located in the prestigious Lower Mill Estate, residential nature reserve & private gated community within the cotswolds.

Lower Mill is an award winning community of sustainable vacation homes, set in a private 550-acre reserve in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Surrounded by beautiful untouched woodland, our homes are located around 8 lakes on the estate & all are within a few minutes walk from the onsite world class Luxury Spa facility, which is at the centre of the estate.

There are many pretty cotswold villages to explore from the estate including Bibury, Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water & Broadway. In short, you'll find our luxury holiday lodges are the perfect place to relax, unwind and explore the cotswolds.


The Lower Mill Estate is situated 4 miles from Cirencester, the gateway to the cotswolds in Gloucestershire. The regency town of Cheltenham Spa is only 18 miles away, and the beautiful city of Bath just 25 miles away.

Please call 7 x days a week 8.00am - 8.00pm on 01285 615 615 - Tim Haywood


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6 Oct 2014



I had a fantastic time at Skylark lodge with my family. This was a beautiful retreat with a hot tub and Lovely views across the lake.
We also enjoyed the indoor, outdoor pool and spa.
Thankyou to Jamie moon who was very helpful and welcoming.

6 Oct 2014


"Gorgeous Villa with an Amazing View"

We stayed at this gorgeous 5 bed villa on the lake for 4 nights and had a lovely time.

The villa is very clean, furnished to a high standard and well equipped. The estate is secure, clean and easy to navigate. The rental managers are very friendly and happy to help with any questions.

Waking up to a fabulous view of the lake every morning with the swans, ducks and other wildlife floating past was possibly the best part. Or was it the hot tub on the terrace at sunset that was the best part? It's hard to say.

In between waking up on the lake and our sunset hot tubs, we ate lunch at nearby Tetbury, had afternoon tea in nearby Malmesbury and drove slightly further afield to Bourton on the Water and Burford, all four of which are wonderful Cotswold country villages and everything you could hope them to be.

All told, we couldn't be happier. Thank you. We'll see you again soon.

15 Sep 2014


"Average at best, definitely not Luxury"

We rented Skylark Lodge for the whole family for a week at the end of August. The company is marketing this property as 5* luxury with excellent service, yet it fell well short of that. We expected … More

Thank you for taking your time to post a review on your time at Skylark Lodge.

We hereby post the following reply to your review, as unfortunately there are a number of inaccuracies in the review.

We can confirm that a full set of linen, kitchen equipment & bath towels were supplied for the guests holiday at Skylark Lodge. There were also tea towels, oven gloves, washing up liquid & dishwasher tablets were all supplied & located under the kitchen sink cupboard of the lodge.

The Welcome Pack was sent to the guest within 24 hours of their booking, the booking was made on the 22.1.14 at 12:48 & the Welcome Pack sent to the email address supplied on the 22.1.14 at 20.08, less than 8 hours after the booking was made. We also note that the Welcome Pack was sent again 11 days later on the 2.2.15, as the guest requested a further copy be sent to an additional email address, as they were struggling to open the PDF files on their computer, this was indeed sent the next day on the 3.2.15 at 10:48 & our email server confirmed safe delivery & a read receipt of both communications.

The kitchen is indeed fully equipped with cooking utensils, Knives, pots & pans etc & we did not receive any communication from the guests during their stay. We have subsequently examined the chopping board, & it does indeed need replacing, & we can confirm that it has now been replaced & we offer our apologies for any inconvenience caused. We should point out that had the guests bought this to our attention during their stay, then we would of course have promptly replaced the defected item with absolutely no quibble.

We can also confirm that the kettle did have some lime-scale in it, & we've treated it & that has now been replaced as well. Unfortunately, we are in the hard water area, so lime-scale built up does happen from time to time. Once again, had the guests had informed us of the problem, we would have provided them with a replacement kettle.

In terms of the towels supply with the lodge, we supply one full set of towels, that being bath towel & hand towel per guest which again we can confirm were supplied to these guests. The guests booking form indicated that there would be 6 adult guests, so this was the number of towels provided, it transpired that there were in fact 11 adult guests in total, which was clearly higher than the agreed number of guests at the time of booking.

We can also confirm that bath/shower mats are indeed supplied with the property – comprising of a long rubber bath mat for each bath & a smaller square rubber bath mat for reach shower, both being from John Lewis & being of a high quality – both sets of mats have an anti-slip surface & suction pads on the reverse to secure them, they are rolled up & stored to the side of the bath & also to the side of shower cubicle.

We have examined the bathroom for mould & we regret to confirm that we did spot see a small amount of mould in one of the corners of the shower cubicles, we can confirm has now been dealt with & removed.

We do not supply cleaning cloths etc as the cleaning of the property is included in the cost of the holiday, we do not expect our guests to have to clean during their holiday.

We can see that the hammock had indeed broken on the deck & we have now removed this from the property, & we apologised for any inconvenience caused. Once again, had this been bought to our attention during the guests stay, then we would have dealt with it immediately.

The gas BQ has been replaced by a charcoal BBQ, as feedback from our guests suggest they do prefer a charcoal BBQ, rather than a gas unit.

We can confirm that our Guests Relations Manager did visit the guests on arrival at 5:00 pm on Monday afternoon of their arrival & revisited the next day, the Tuesday also, to take a look at the hot tub. The water of the hot tub appeared to have a large amount of foam/froth in it, as if shampoo, or bubble bath had been added & we changed the water & retreated the tub, ready for the remainder of the guests stay.

We did receive a large number of quite random text messages from the guests before & when they arrived at the property for various items, such as directions to the house, difficulty in locating the key safe, confusion of the car parking space, the tea towels, the lime scale in the kettle & a number of other items & we replied promptly & professionally in all instances.

We are genuinely sorry that the guests were less than 100% satisfied with their stay, but we do feel that they have grossly exaggerated the number of relatively small issues that occurred & we would point to the 40 plus excellent reviews of Skylark lodge from our guests.

We would like to assure all future guests that we attach a very high priority to the levels of customer service that we provide & as such, we employ a full time, onsite, guest relations manager, to liaise with our guests & ensure that they get the most from their holiday.

28 Aug 2014


"Superb position on lake, fabulous open plan space, relaxing"

Have just returned from fabulous week at Skylark Lower Mill where 8 adults 2children and a one yr old were there celebrating a 60th and a 1st birthday. Skylark has one of the best positions on lake o… More

30 Apr 2014


"A great venue for a family gathering"

We stayed at Skylark with my family (10 of us in total) for a long weekend break to celebrate my 40th birthday. I chose the venue initially as we had a varied age range from 5 years to 69 and there was something to suit all age groups on the estate. On arrival we were greeted by Jamie, a friendly and helpful house manager. He told us what we needed to know about the house and the estate facilities and was available for any queries during our stay. The house was well suited for our needs, it was clean, tidy and well stocked with crockery, plates etc. There was always plenty of hot water available for 10 people and the house was warm and cosy. The estate was very nice and quiet and the spa and swimming facilities were excellent. The surrounding areas were easily accessible and the chocolate box villages were a joy to visit. Crocodile World was a great afternoon experience for all ages and the cheese shop in Burford was a cheese lovers paradise. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lower Mill Estate whether you are looking for a relaxing retreat or an Cotswold adventure, Lower Mill Estate is a great place to stay.

21 Apr 2014


"Fantastic surroundings!"

The lodge was fantastic and very clean. The view over the lake was great. Staff on site were friendly and helpful. Very relaxing break.

9 Mar 2014


"Amazing lodge in a peaceful & lovely location"

I would recommend this to anyone. We went as a big group of girl friends for the weekend, the lodge slept 11 and we had 10 adult guests but it didn't seem cramped or full at all, even when we all sat down to eat together. It was very clean and we were told it was due to be decorated the day we vacated, even though it didn't look like it needed it. The quality of the items in the lodge were high, it's always better to drink champagne from nice glasses! The only issue was the dishwasher arm had broken, so we were told & shown what to do on our arrival on Friday & the man came to fix it as we vacated on Monday, so they couldn't have done anymore & as we were shown what to do, this was not a problem. The spa was lovely & treatments amazing, very relaxing. The hot tub at our lodge was great to have too. The guest relation manager was very helpful during our stay, and coming back to us very quickly about any queries we had. We had a good curry delivered to the door Friday night, very good value & all items delivered correctly, which is unusual!! And the Bakers Arms on Saturday night was very good food. All in all a fab stay in a fab place. Thanks for having us, we'll be back!

30 Dec 2013


"The perfect Xmas"

Stayed here for Xmas. This place is amazing. If it's a chilled out holiday that you are looking for, then you'll certainly have that here. Excellent place to go for walks then come back to r… More

6 Dec 2013


"Modern luxury in a beautiful ecological environment."

I stayed here as part of a group of colleagues. The location is beautiful, plenty of outdoor activities and wonderful local pubs to enjoy. The lakes themselves are idyllic and even though our trip wa… More

7 Nov 2013


"Cosy, peaceful retreat."

We really enjoyed our stay in the Lower Mill Estate, and despite the occasionally stormy weather we had great time. The spa was a nice place to relax, and we even braved the outdoor pool in November which was still warm enough to swim comfortably. It would've been nice to have more for the children to do in the winter months, maybe a soft play and a clubhouse could be added. But the Skylark lodge we stayed in was perfect for our needs and had everything (except decent phone/wifi signal) we could ask for. Maybe a BT Phone Hub could be added in the house, still pay as you go but it would be useful I think.

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Calendar last updated:25 Nov 2014

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