Mere Hide: Lower Mill Estate
About the home
Mere Hide was featured in Times on 24thFeb 2010.
Outdoor pool open and heated:14Dec to 5Feb
'We didn't want to leave!' - Sheahans, Wales.
OUTDOOR POOL OPEN AND HEATED 26Mar-31Oct,19Dec-3Jan
Mere Hide (sleeps 6) , 17 Howells Mere, is a luxury lakeside bolthole within Lower Mill Estate, a 450-acre nature reserve set in beautiful Cotswold countryside; at the heart of the Cotswold Water Park. This is one of the few smaller houses on the Estate, perfect for a smaller group.The beautiful and tranquil setting provides a luxurious backdrop for the myriad of leisure activities available, both active and passive, a perfect hideaway from the stresses of life. Enjoy UNLIMITED ACCESS to the pools, gym and treatments(extra) at the £6mil Artspa.
Mere Hide evokes memories of boat houses, dreamy lakeside homes and hides nestled in nature reserves.
The luxurious furnishings and modern comforts are complemented by textures of old: stone building, comfortable arm chair, glazed tiles, timber panelling, log fire stove, hunting trophies and vintage blankets. Its west facing decked terraces extend from the living space and two of the three bedrooms above, they hover tantalisingly over the lake; the shimmering sunset enveloping the view and the mysterious mists announcing dawn .The third room can be transformed into a bedroom for two young guests by unfolding bunkbeds or it can be used as a study or play area.
Central to the estate facilities sits the Artspa, designed to pamper your desires and remove all traces of stress. Swim in one of two heated 20m pools or reinvigorate yourself with a dip in the naturally filtered outdoor eco-pool. Relax in the steam room and sauna and revitalize yourself in the technogym. Luxuriate in the restful treatment rooms and choose from over sixty carefully selected relaxing therapies. (Outdoor pool will be heated from 27March-7Sept and 18Dec-5Jan)
At Mere Hide you are a stone's throw away from the serene unspoilt landscape of the estate, teeming with thriving wildlife; from migrating sand martins to encountering wild orchids, from spotting beavers to discovering owlets. Walk through the woodland and meadows, observe from the carefully located hides and re-engage with a simpler way of life.
www.wildinthecotswolds.co.uk - for local news, arts, food and drink, events and activites.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Gym, Sauna, Log fire, DVD player|
|Pools:||Shared indoor Pool, Shared outdoor pool (heated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Shared tennis court on site, Private fishing lake / river, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
Further details indoors:
The living room extends out onto a terrace which overlooks Howells Mere, perfect for sunsets snuggled in Woodgate sofa (Isle of Bute wool)). The room is graced by comfortable Designers Guild linen armchair, sheepskin cushions, hunting trophies, log fire and warm blankets.
Other facilities: wifi (instant subscription), 28" TV + 19" TV, 3x ipod docks, DVD player and Wii Sports with a selection of films, books and board games (chess, back gammon, happy families, scrabble).
The open plan kitchen also overlooks the lake; it is very well equipped with carefully sourced items: vintage silver cutlery, Davda Brickett plates/bowls, Keith Brymer mugs and Circulon pans, Normann mixing bowl/servers, hand blown glass tumbers and some choice recipe books.
The worktop extends into a cosy dining space for six and perfect breakfast, lunch, tea or a game of scrabble.
Other facilities: freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, hand blender/mixer, muffin/loaf tins.
There are ample coathooks in the hall, cupboard and WC.
Two of the three bedrooms upstairs share a large terrace which overlooks the lake...wake up to the sounds of coots. The main bedroom has kingsize bed and wardrobe. There is a hairdryer. The second bedroom has a double bed. The third bedroom has 3 foot wide bunkbeds, engineered for adults. This room is also fitted with TV/DVD.
Enjoy the luxurious 400-count Egyptian cotton, beautiful throws/cushions on comfortable latex mattresses.
The family bathroom and WC have generously sized towel radiator, perfect for drying towels after a visit to the pools at the Artspa.
Further details outdoors:
The lower terrace is lakeside, perfect for dining al fresco. The upper balcony extends over two bedrooms overlooking Howells Mere. There is a secure bike rack outside that will take 4 bikes (bicycles can be rented locally from April). On the Estate there is a children's playground, trampoline, football pitch and lakes for boating and fishing.
The Residents' Spa, Artspa, is stunning and has an indoor pool open all year and an outdoor heated pool open seasonally (and at Christmas and New Year). There is a gym, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms offering a range of Pevonia Botanica treatments. Pilates instruction is available by prior arrangement.
Surrounded by eight lakes, perfect for fishing enthusiasts (trout, perch, pike, carp). If you need advise on fishing, Steve Rowley, the estate fisheries manager, can be contacted on 07590 282 440. Steve can also offer tuition, please call him to discuss.
Estate housekeeping service is also available at a chargeable rate.
Other facilities: Artspa, nature trails, nature hides, tennis courts, playgrounds, trampoline, farm shop, treehouse
Further afield: riding stables, Westonbirt Arboretum, Cotswold Wildlife Park, gastropubs, Cirencester, source of River Thames in Kemble.
The Estate farmshop is run by McBaile catering. They stock all the basics inc newspapers, sausages, cheese, eggs, wine, bread, washing powder, frozen pre prepared home cooked food, sweets, ice cream etc. You can also order croissants newspapers for collection in the morning for their delicious hot chocolate!
McBailes can also provide private catering and cookery lessons during your stay by separate arrangement.
400-count Egyptian cotton bedlinen and white fluffy towels are provided for 6 people (extra linen is available at extra charge). Cot linen is also available at extra charge. You will need to bring your own swimming pool towels or hire them from the Spa at £1 each. Hairdryer and iron available.
Rental includes all utilities and use of the Spa and all leisure facilities (treatments are extra). Artspa pass to be collected at Artspa reception, credit cards details required, pass must be returned, £25 will be charged if they need to be replaced.
A welcome pack is included (tea, coffee, sugar, tea towels, washing up liquid and washing up sponge, bin liners, dishwasher tablets, toilet rolls and hand soap).
The housekeeping staff will expect to find the house generally as you find it at arrival: with rubbish/food removed, fridge emptied, dishes cleaned and put away. Any extra cleaning costs incurred due to guests' negligence will be charged to guests.
Rubbish disposal - black Boathouse opposite house no.13, Howells Mere.
Artspa - pool is out of bounds for children early morning (first hour of opening) and in the last hour before closing time. Please check at the reception for confirmation.
Mere Hide is a no smoking property.
Sorry we do not accept pets
Sorry we do not accept Hen or Stag parties.
30% deposit required, balance due 6 weeks before arrival.
The Central England / Cotswolds / Gloucestershire region
Lower Mill Estate is in the Cotswold Water Park at the Southern edge of the Cotswolds, easily accessible by road it offers a great base for exploring all the Cotswolds towns as well as Bath, Oxford and Cirencester, all within a 40 mile radius.
The source of the Thames is 4 miles away in Kemble. The Thames Path has many lovely walks along its 180 mile journey to the sea.
The Cotswolds are steeped in history from the Roman times and there are some beautiful historic houses and estates to explore: such as Chedworth Roman Villa, Dyrham Park, Sudeley Castle.
The Cirencester / Lower Mill area
For further information on the Cotswolds Water Park area please visit www.waterpark.org.
There are over 100 lakes in the area, some are kept as nature reserves but many are used for fishing, kayaking, sailing, waterskiing and windsurfing. Golf, bicycle hire and horse-riding are also just a few minutes drive from the house.
The Bakers Arms pub is within walking distance and there are a number of other good pubs in the area that are all child-friendly.
The Bell at Sapperton - www.foodatthebell.co.uk - Reviewed by The Observer in late June 2006 as one of the Best 10 Pubs in the UK for our Garden and Al Fresco Dining in their Mediterranean Courtyard .
Potting Shed Pub in Malmesbury and restaurant at The Rectory in Crudwell are worth a visit.
For retail therapy - Swindon Designer Outlet is 25 mins drive away, off Jn 16 on M4.
If the weather is poor there is a large indoor play centre at Magicland in Cirencester and Swindon has bowling and a multi screen cinema as well as a large shopping centre.
For animal lovers there is Butts Farm and the Cotswold Wildlife Park. The Swan, great pub is 7 mins away.
Crudwell Riding School - The Stables, Rommel Lane , Off Tetbury Lane, Crudwell, Wiltshire, SN16 9HB - 01666 575024.
www.lowermillestate.com (Estate website)
www.foodatthebell.co.uk - lovely pub 20 mins drive away - The Bell at Sapperton - Reviewed by The Observer in late June 2006 as one of the Best 10 Pubs in the UK for our Garden and Al Fresco Dining in their Mediterranean Courtyard - definitely worth a visit.
www.thepottingshedpub.com - outstanding pub, great food, 20 mins drive away
www.therectoryhotel.com - great restaurant
www.waterpark.org (local activity)
www.go-by-cycle.co.uk (local cycle and boat hire, 24 hr notice required for delivery)
www.adventure-zone.co.uk (outdoor activities during holidays: sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, power boating, adventure days. Forest Skill programme, linked wiith Marlborough College Summer School)
www.head4heights.net (aerial adventure centre)
www.wmski.com (wakeboarding and waterskiing with fully qualified British Waterski Federation coaches)
www.theswanatsouthrop.co.uk (good gastropub, only 7 mins away from Cotswold Wildlife Pk)
www.thecompletechef.co.uk/html/bakers_arms.html (local pub)
www.chestertonfarm.co.uk- high quality butchers shop selling quality meats from local producers.
Chesterton Farm, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6JP - 01285 642160
www.thebuttsfarmshop.com (local butchers and farm open to public)
www.troublehouse.co.uk (Tetbury - deli/ bistro/ cookery school_.
www.highgroveshop.com (Retail therapy at HRH's shop)
www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt (National Arbortum in Tetbury)
Dining Room at Whatley Manor (Sunday Jazz lunch, winter ice skating, open-air opera)
Restaurant at Swan Hotel, Bibury (Boxing Day Bibury Duck Race)
How to get there
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Mere Hide is 20 minutes from M4 junction 15, less than 1 1/2 hour drive from Central London. The nearest British Rail station is at Kemble 3 miles away. Kemble is on the main Paddington to Cheltenham Spa route, Paddington - Kemble takes 65min. Local taxis available: Tel -
Activities near Cirencester
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
20 Oct 2012
The owner was incredibly helpful providing lots of useful information before we arrived. The accommodation is in very good condition and we had an excellent stay. There are superb views from the balconies, the house is well equipped and the on site facilities are excellent. The owner also returned our deposit promptly following our stay. In all we would definitely stay again.
06 Aug 2012
This was my second stay at the Lower Mill Estate. The location of Mere Hide is excellent, being fairly close to tennis courts, children's play area, spa & swimming pool as well as the entrance to fantastic walks around the lakes. The house is very well equipped with a tv/dvd player both downstairs and upstairs in the third bedroom, as well as Wii Sports. There are also i-pod docking stations/alarm clocks throughout the house. Free wi-fi can be accessed for 15 mins per day and for longer at a charge which is useful for checking out local sights. I took bikes for my sons to use which was an excellent move. Most of the time they enjoyed the freedom of cycling around the estate, whether going to the nearby children's play area, making a swimming trip, playing tennis or going to the estate shop. The owners were extremely polite and helpful when it came to answering any queries.
31 Oct 2011
As a family with 4 children of all ages we had a fantastic stay at Mere hide on the Lower Mill Estate.We felt 100% safe letting the children play outside and even our 9 year old rode to the shop every morning for supplies.
We stocked up daily on bread, eggs and supplies from the estate shop and had lunch their every day. The staff were so friendly and helpful.
The children loved the tree house on the estate and the beaver lake and the men did a bit of fishing which was great. The Spa was an added bonus, it was magnificent including the gym and treatments we had.
All in all a perfect holiday for all ages in a lovely house and fabulous surroundings. We will certainly be returning.
The Field Family
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|Christmas/ New Year||22 Dec 08||4 Jan 09||£ 1350||£ 225||£ 225||4 Nights|
|4 Feb 09||13 Feb 09||£ 650||£ 122||£ 162||3 Nights|
|Half Term||13 Feb 09||24 Feb 09||£ 900||-||-||3 Nights|
|24 Feb 09||27 Mar 09||£ 650||£ 122||£ 162||3 Nights|
|27 Mar 09||10 Apr 09||£ 850||£ 160||£ 212||3 Nights|
|Easter Week||10 Apr 09||17 Apr 09||£ 1100||-||-||1 Week|
|17 Apr 09||1 May 09||£ 750||£ 141||£ 188||3 Nights|
|May Bank Holiday||1 May 09||6 May 09||£ 950||-||£ 237||3 Nights|
|6 May 09||22 May 09||£ 800||£ 150||£ 200||3 Nights|
|Half Term||22 May 09||1 Jun 09||£ 1000||£ 188||£ 250||3 Nights|
|1 Jun 09||10 Jul 09||£ 900||£ 170||£ 225||3 Nights|
|Summer||10 Jul 09||10 Sep 09||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|21 Sep 09||23 Oct 09||£ 800||£ 150||£ 200||3 Nights|
|Half Term||23 Oct 09||1 Nov 09||£ 1000||-||-||3 Nights|
|5 Nov 09||12 Dec 09||£ 695||£ 131||£ 174||3 Nights|
|12 Dec 09||18 Dec 09||£ 850||£ 160||£ 213||3 Nights|
|Christmas & New Year||18 Dec 09||5 Jan 10||£ 1395||-||-||4 Nights|
|5 Feb 10||12 Feb 10||£ 695||£ 131||£ 174||3 Nights|
|Half Term||12 Feb 10||21 Feb 10||£ 995||£ 187||£ 249||3 Nights|
|21 Feb 10||26 Mar 10||£ 695||£ 131||£ 174||3 Nights|
|26 Mar 10||2 Apr 10||£ 895||£ 168||£ 224||3 Nights|
|Easter Week||2 Apr 10||9 Apr 10||£ 1100||-||-||1 Week|
|9 Apr 10||19 Apr 10||£ 895||£ 168||£ 224||3 Nights|
|19 Apr 10||30 Apr 10||£ 795||-||-||3 Nights|
|May Bank Holiday||30 Apr 10||5 May 10||£ 995||-||£ 249||3 Nights|
|5 May 10||28 May 10||£ 895||£ 168||£ 224||3 Nights|
|Half Term||28 May 10||7 Jun 10||£ 1100||-||-||1 Week|
|7 Jun 10||9 Jul 10||£ 950||-||-||3 Nights|
|Summer||9 Jul 10||6 Sep 10||£ 1250||-||-||1 Week|
|6 Sep 10||1 Oct 10||£ 895||-||-||3 Nights|
|1 Oct 10||22 Oct 10||£ 795||-||-||3 Nights|
|Half Term||22 Oct 10||1 Nov 10||£ 1100||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Nov 10||20 Dec 10||£ 695||£ 131||£ 174||3 Nights|
|Christmas/New Year||20 Dec 10||5 Jan 11||£ 1395||-||-||1 Week|
|5 Jan 11||11 Feb 11||£ 695||-||-||2 Nights|
|Half Term||11 Feb 11||28 Feb 11||£ 995||-||-||3 Nights|
|28 Feb 11||25 Mar 11||£ 695||-||-||2 Nights|
|Easter Hols||25 Mar 11||22 Apr 11||£ 1050||-||-||3 Nights|
|Easter + May Bank||22 Apr 11||3 May 11||£ 1250||-||-||3 Nights|
|3 May 11||27 May 11||£ 795||-||-||3 Nights|
|Half Term||27 May 11||6 Jun 11||£ 1150||-||-||3 Nights|
|6 Jun 11||8 Jul 11||£ 850||-||-||3 Nights|
|Summer Holidays||8 Jul 11||5 Sep 11||£ 1250||-||-||3 Nights|
|5 Sep 11||14 Oct 11||£ 895||-||-||3 Nights|
|Half Term||14 Oct 11||31 Oct 11||£ 1150||-||-||3 Nights|
|31 Oct 11||16 Dec 11||£ 695||-||-||2 Nights|
|School Holidays||16 Dec 11||23 Dec 11||£ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas/ New Year||23 Dec 11||6 Jan 12||£ 1395||-||-||4 Nights|
|6 Jan 12||10 Feb 12||£ 695||-||-||2 Nights|
|Half Term||10 Feb 12||20 Feb 12||£ 995||-||-||2 Nights|
|20 Feb 12||9 Mar 12||£ 695||-||-||2 Nights|
|Cheltenham Festival||9 Mar 12||16 Mar 12||£ 845||-||-||3 Nights|
|16 Mar 12||23 Mar 12||£ 695||-||-||2 Nights|
|Easter Hols||23 Mar 12||6 Apr 12||£ 1050||-||-||2 Nights|
|Easter||6 Apr 12||13 Apr 12||£ 1250||-||-||2 Nights|
|Easter Hols||13 Apr 12||23 Apr 12||£ 1050||-||-||2 Nights|
|23 Apr 12||4 May 12||£ 795||-||-||2 Nights|
|May Bank Hol||4 May 12||11 May 12||£ 1250||-||-||3 Nights|
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|Half Term||1 Jun 12||11 Jun 12||£ 1150||-||-||3 Nights|
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|Half Term||19 Oct 12||29 Oct 12||£ 1150||-||-||2 Nights|
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|5 Nov 12||14 Dec 12||£ 795||-||-||1 Night|
|xmas school holidays||14 Dec 12||21 Dec 12||£ 895||£ 168||£ 224||n/a|
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|Half Term||15 Feb 13||25 Feb 13||£ 995||-||-||3 Nights|
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|Easter||29 Mar 13||5 Apr 13||£ 1295||-||-||4 Nights|
|Easter Holidays||5 Apr 13||22 Apr 13||£ 1050||-||-||3 Nights|
|22 Apr 13||3 May 13||£ 895||-||-||3 Nights|
|May Bank Holiday||3 May 13||10 May 13||£ 1295||-||-||3 Nights|
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|Summer Holidays||5 Jul 13||13 Sep 13||£ 1395||-||-||3 Nights|
|13 Sep 13||18 Oct 13||£ 995||-||-||3 Nights|
|Half Term||18 Oct 13||4 Nov 13||£ 1295||-||-||3 Nights|
|4 Nov 13||20 Dec 13||£ 795||-||-||3 Nights|
|Christmas/ New Year||20 Dec 13||7 Jan 14||£ 1395||-||-||3 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.
Weekday: Mon-Thu Weekend: Fri-Mon. (there may be some flexibility)
RATES: 2-nt midwk (avail only at owner's discretion) 50% of weekly rate
2-nt stay wkend 65%
3-nt w/e or 4 night wkday rate 75%
4 nt wkend rate 85%
Arrival time is after 3.00pm.Departure time is 10.00am on the final day of the holiday.
Price include: Bedlinen, towels, heating, final clean, unlimited access to Artspa (pass will be issued on arrival at Artspa reception, credit card details required as missing spa pass replaceable at £25).
Deposit: 30% required to confirm booking.
Balance: Due 6 weeks prior to arrival, otherwise payment in full required if booking made within 6 weeks.
Cancellation: Should be made in writing, valid from day of receipt of notice.Deposits are not refundable. If cancelled less than 6 weeks before start of holiday then the full cost of the holiday is retained unless the property is re-let at the same price, otherwise any shortfall is due.
Damage Deposit: Refundable £250 security deposit required with final balance payment (usually returned within a week after departure).
_The rental property, including all furniture is to be treated with care and the Tenant is held responsible for the actions of any guests or visitors in the house.
_The no of people using the accommodation is restricted to the number on the booking confirmation. Should the number of guests exceed the number agreed on the booking confirmation, the Owner or Agent may revoke the booking at their own discretion and the booking will be considered cancelled by the Tenant.
_The Owner may refuse to hand over the property if they believe than any member of the party will damage the property. If damage is caused during the holiday, the Owner reserves the right to repossess the property and the holiday will be considered cancelled by the Tenant. Monies will not be refunded unless the Owner's decision is proved to be unreasonable.
_The Owner or Agent is allowed access to the accommodation at any reasonable time during the holiday.
_Please bring your own swimming towels. Alternatively, these can be hired at the ArtSpa at £1 each.
_The housekeeping staff will expect to find the house generally as you find it at arrival: with rubbish/food removed, fridge emptied, dishes cleaned and put away. They will do a general clean and replace bedlinen and towels. Any extra cleaning costs incurred due to guests' negligence will be charged to guests.
_Rubbish disposal - black Boathouse opposite house no.13, Howells Mere.Enquire now
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