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53 Bittern Lodge, Howells Mere, Lower Mill Estate

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 13 reviews

Open plan living /dining with far reaching uninterrupted views

House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 11

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

No hen or stag weekends discreet gatherings only

Call us 7 days a week 9.00am to 10.00pm or book safely on our website

53 Bittern House is a 3 storey /5 bedroom/3 bathroom lakeside south facing house with a double aspect decking on the open plan living ( front and back), sleeps up to 8 +2 on a sofa bed in a 5th bedroom/ cinema room/snug and 1 child on the Z bed or cot. Sited on a beautiful freshwater Lake on a Luxury 2nd home Development Lower mill Estate in 450 acres of nature heaven offering a free spa access of a renowned Spa with its heated indoor and outdoor pools ( outdoor pool shut in low season) gym, sauna, steam room and range of bookable treatments.

Pub within 10 minutes walk and on site shop/cafe (open weekends and peak season only).

Contemporary architectural icon that offers self-catering of the highest order and combines the tranquillity of the beautiful Cotswold countryside, with the very best of contemporary design whilst offering full width, 3 storeys height floor to ceiling panoramic glazing with stunning, uninterrupted lake views.

The property is located within minutes' drive of many traditional Cotswolds villages with a good range of shops and other facilities.

This homely but luxury Lakeside award wining house is a paragon of sophistication – its luscious furnishings

crisp, clean white lines and understated interiors are stylish and soothing in equal measures.

With chic interiors of soft colours and natural materials, Britten Lodge is perfect for family holidays and relaxing rural retreats.

Lay out

Enter this magnificent detached 3-storey / 5 bedrooms / 3 bathroom detached lakeside house with all day sunshine (weather permitting), sleeps up to 8 adults plus 2 on a sofa bed in the bedroom/cinema room and 1 child on the Z-bed or a cot.

A medley of boutique-style décor and home creature comforts awaits you.

A lot of love has been woven into the fabric of this chic Cotswolds retreat with every detail considered to make it a memorable break.

Ground floor

Corridor, oak floor throughout.

Family Bathroom

Large Shower

Sink and WC.

Tiled throughout.

Cupboard with washing machine and dryer.

Bedroom 1

Twin (2 zip up single beds with the option to make up as a double bed)

Green, earthy tones, window (front of the house).

Large bedroom cupboard with drawers (note no wardrobe space), bookcase with a bedside lamp and ceiling dimmer down lighters.

White wooden blinds.

Carpeted throughout.

Jack and Jill bathroom serving bedroom 1 and bedroom 2

Villeroy and boch toilet, sink and bath

with a hansgrohe chrome shower head.


Dimmer down lighters, tiled floor throughout.

Bedroom 2

Twin (2 zip up single beds with the option to make up as a double bed)

Bright with pillows and throws add a colourful flourish to this room with reds, baby blues, pinks and whites.

Direct access to the rear decking (overhanging a river and overlooking a lake) through floor to ceiling glass patio doors with outdoor furniture invites sun worshipping (a cosy sitting area with a sofa, 2No armchairs and coffee table)

Fitted wardrobe.

Carpeted thought out.

White Wooden blinds.

Bed lights.

Dimmer down lighters.

Space for cot or z bed.


Bedroom 3

King- size bed

Classy greys and reds add a touch of class to this bright and airy room.

Direct access to a decking (overhanging a river and overlooking a lake) through floor to ceiling glass patio doors with outdoor furniture invites sun worshipping

(a cosy sitting area with a sofa, armchair and coffee table)

Fitted wardrobe.

Carpeted thought out.

White Wooden blinds.

Bed lights.

Dimmer down lighters.


Space for cot or z bed

1st Floor

Carpeted stairs to the 1st Floor

Snug/TV room/ 5th bedroom with a double sofa bed (Please note this is a small room with no storage/wardrobe space and nearest wc on the ground or 2nd floor)

Large plasma TV (freeview), Video with extensive selection of children's videos.

Open plan living/dining/kitchen

Oak floor throughout

An informal but “dramatic” open-plan combination of kitchen, dining zone and living room takes up much of the space on this home's 1st floor.

The living room interior's clean lines, designer furnishings and neutral tones blend seamlessly with the outside, brought together through the property's double storey vaulted ceiling and full-length glass patio doors, so it's flooded with natural light.

There is also an open fire, ideal for cosily sitting (2 designer 3/4 seater sofas) around in the winter months, it's a room that's hard to drag yourself away from.

High spec 32 inch LCD TV, space for 10 round the dining table with far reaching, uninterrupted lake views enough to make you forget what's on your plate.

Iconic “hanging book shelves” floating almost unaided.

In summer enjoy the 1st floor double aspect decking (one to the front and the other to the back of the house) and watch the sun rise and set. Recline on the 2 oak deck chairs and take in the sun's ray on the decking facing the lake or enjoy alfresco dining on the decking adjoining the kitchen.

The gleaming white kitchen is fully equipped with high spec chrome appliances.

Neff induction electric hob, double oven, microwave, full size fridge and half size freezer.

Kitchen island/breakfast bar with 4 stools perfect for a quick breakfast before you rush out to explore the local area!

There's an alfresco deck too as the full height glass doors open up onto a large balcony with a table and 8 chairs.

Every last details has been considered to create this perfect place for gastronomic indulgence in truly magnificent surroundings.

This spacious dining and living area makes entertaining easy and family time a pleasure.

2nd Floor

Galleried mezzanine or floating passageways looking down on the living area with magnificent lake views which you can enjoy from a comfort of a large “Love chair” or indulge in a game of table football, reached by a carpeted staircase, leads through an oak door to a master en suite bedroom.

Bedroom 4

This fresh and airy loft bedroom features a luxurious open plan master bedroom suite with a large walk-in Hansgrohe shower, his and hers sink with a mirrored splashback and a seperate wc.

The impressively vaulted master suite has a double bed and a dresser and all the essential creature comforts.

Tastefully dressed in dusty pinks it offers perfect spot to break out for some blissful "me time" away from the hub of the house.


Carpeted throughout.

White Wooden blinds.

Bed lights.

Dimmer down lighters.

Space for cot.

Carpeted thought out.

Size Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach man made beach 1 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bristol 50 km, Nearest railway: Kemble or Swindon 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, DVD player
Pool Shared indoor pool
General Central heating, TV, Video player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline
Access Secure parking

The Central England/Cotswolds region

Online magazine has compiled a list of the top ten 'paradise' locations around the world that seem to have remained untouched by civilisation. The Cotswolds is 2nd Place!

The region is famous for its ancient mellow 'honey' coloured limestone villages that blend perfectly into the countryside and its bustling market towns. Many have scarcely altered since they grew up on the prosperity of the medieval wool trade in the 15th and 16th centuries and subsequently forgotten about for more then 300 years. This sequence of events now makes the Cotswolds region one of the most treasured, toured and vacationed in England and the UK for nowhere else will you see such timeless uniqueness and heart warming preservation on such a scale.

Many traditional villages within 15 minutes reach, offering tradition combined with chic

Ideal for antique hunters :visit the charming villages of Bourton on the Water (the Venice of the Cotswolds), Burford, Stow on the Wold, Moreton in Marsh and Chipping Camden (plus many others), the larger spa towns of Bath (a World Heritage Site) and Cheltenham (famed for it's beautiful Regency architecture) or Oxford (the city of dreaming spires) and Stratford-upon-Avon is just over 1 hour away.

For those looking for a bargain, Bicester Village offers most sought-after brands at prices reduced by up to 60%


We are within a short walk to Somerford Keynes, a local village with a Quality Pub and a number of other small villages are within 5 minutes drive, offering local amenities like: Post office, Grocery shop and more Pubs.

The estate is located within the Cotswold Waterpark which provides numerous opportunities to explore either on foot, by bike or watercraft, seasonal cable skiing is also on offer as are sailing, canoeing and windsurfing tuition/hire.

The are several golf courses locally.

An artificial beach on one of the lakes within the Keynes Country Park will keep the children entertained as will the local Butts Farm whilst Magicland in Cirencester is available for very young children if the weather is poor.

Horse riding and bycicle hire is also available locally.

Regular polo matches are played in & around Cirencester.

Cirencester is the nearest town and is only 10 minutes drive, where you will find large Tesco, Waitrose, M&S and a good variety of shops/boutiques, pubs and restaurants.

The town of Cirencester (formerly named Corinium was the second largest town in Britain during Roman times) is home to the Corinium Museum, the Cirencester Abbey (the longest known Saxon church in England) and host to regular market days.

Other popular Cotswold towns are within a 40 mile radius (Tewkesbury, Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Swindon, Bath, Oxford and Stratford upon Avon)

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Review 1-10 of 13

20 Mar 2014


"Fantastic location with extremly high standard of accomodation"

The location is outstanding on a lake. Views beautiful. Kids enjoyed canoeing, swimming and play areas while we enjoyed great coffee at the cafe. House very contemporary with well laid out kitchen, bathroom and and lounge/dining area. Would defiantly go back to this place again

1 Jan 2014


"An excellant property , very well provided with all one could want, and of a high standard"

4 mature couples rented for the xmas period, and found the property to be comfortable, and very well equiped, quiet yet with all one could wish for . We all had a great time, and i would imagine in the summer it is really lovely.

11 Dec 2013


"Fabulous house in a fabulous location, perfect for a big family get together."

A beautiful house which was perfect for all the family. Plenty of space to escape from one another and great for being able to put the kids to bed and to be able to shut the noise away. Very comfy bed… More

11 Dec 2013


"Amazing house, beautiful scenery, relaxing holiday"

This is my first trip advisor review so you will have to excuse me if I am doing this wrong but we were so blown away by the beauty and quality of our stay that we felt we should share our find so oth… More

3 Dec 2013


"Excellent, top quality accommodation of the highest standard in a very peaceful setting."

My friends and I stayed at this property the weekend of November 29th 2013. There were 9 of us and the propery was very spacious for us all with plenty of bedrooms, seating areas and everything we needed for an enjoyable weekend.

The house was spotlessly clean and equipped as you would your own home.

To top it all the Spa situated on Lower Mill Estate is excellent and very accommodating.

All in all a great weekend was had by all and looking forward to our return trip.

27 Nov 2013


"excellent accommodation, beautiful surroundings, 5 star!"

I would definitely recommend Bittern lodge the house and facilities are fantastic. There was everything you need for a luxury weekend everything provided in the house was of a high standard the kitchen appliances, the TV, the beautiful furnishings, open fire. They have finished the house to a very high standard. We didn't realise just how much is provided in the house from an ipod doc, DVD's, tea, coffee, hairdryers, towels. We went with friends but after staying here would love to come back with the children as it is so convenient. The spa was a short walking distance from the house and the facilities were very good welcoming single adults and families. The settings of the house are very beautiful and serene and all in all we found it to be an extremely relaxing weekend and everybody was sad to leave. We will definitely be returning here and hope you enjoy as much as we did!

7 Oct 2013



An immaculate house set up perfectly for a large group with three bedrooms downstairs sharing two large bathrooms and one on the top floor with en-suite. The house has a huge kitchen/dining/living area with a cinema room also. The bedrooms had comfy beds, crisp white linen and lovely decoration. The kitchen was large, well equipped and spotlessly clean.
The estate itself is peaceful and friendly - a perfect place for getting away from it all.
The organisation of the booking and picking up the key was fantastic and the owner even dropped by to make sure we were happy and offer a few tips for local dining and walks.
Would definitely stay again - a really fantastic weekend away and great value for money.

6 Aug 2013


"Beautiful setting, family friendly would go back"

We travelled as 4 couples with 3 small children for a long weekend and the house was great. Very clean & spacious and had plenty of kitchen equipment so we ate in for each meal. We felt it was good va… More

11 Jun 2013


"Excellent value for money!"

Myself and 8 friends have just returned from a 4 day 3 night stay at this property.
From the beginning of the booking process I found Kasha to be extremely helpful, and the booking process was quick and easy. Don't be put off by the Code of Conduct from the property as these are clearly put in place to keep things in order as this is mainly a family orientated estate.

Once arriving at the property we used the supplied directions which took us straight to the door, then John arrived to greet us and check us in – very easygoing and trusting. The house is immaculate exactly as sown in the pictures if not better. Very spacious and slept 9 of us perfectly.

We decided to cook 2 of the 3 nights we stayed using the local Tesco's for supplies. It was great with the full fitted and supplied kitchen with all equipment you could possibly need.

When staying at the property you also get to use the amazing Art Spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna and steam room. You are welcome to use these facilities everyday of your stay free of charge.

We were lucky enough not to have to check out until the evening as there were no new guest arriving in the house, however even if you have to check out at 10am they welcome you in the spa until it closes – excellent touch.

The only things we would suggest for the future are; maybe supplying a BBQ for the downstairs decking, this would be a great touch. Supplying Fans; because the property is all glass it can get a little hot at times especially in the top bedroom, supplying fans would keep people inside after 10pm during the hot weather. An information book; similar to the info provided by email but in hard copy with a brief overview of the area, things to do, taxi contact numbers, local takeaway numbers, local food delivery, directions to Tesco's etc.

Al in all we were all very happy with our break in this house we all had a great time and were left in the house completely hassle free. We look forward to returning next year.

Kasha and John, thanks again.

All the best, Ed

13 May 2013


"Amazing Cotswolds Break"

Superb property finished to an exceptionally high standard. Excellent facilities, beautiful decks at front and back to enjoy a drink in th sun. Fantastic views. Great on site facilities for those with or without kids alike. Close to Cirencester Market town if you want to escape or the nearby Cotswold Country Park. An absolute gem of a property and location. Would revisit!

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Calendar last updated:25 Nov 2014

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