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Unlimited access to Artspa (eco, indoor, outdoor pool, gym, treatments), 3 mins' walk away

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Car advised

Mere Hide was featured in Times on 24thFeb 2010.

Outdoor pool open and heated:14Dec to 5Feb

Guest book:

'We didn't want to leave!' - Sheahans, Wales.


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. - for local news, arts, food and drink, events and activites.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Heathrow 100 km, Nearest railway: Kemble 5 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 Sauna, Log fire, DVD player
Pool Shared indoor pool
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 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
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.

Further details

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.

The Central England/Cotswolds 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.


For further information on the Cotswolds Water Park area please visit

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 - - 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. (Estate website) - 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. - outstanding pub, great food, 20 mins drive away - great restaurant (local activity) (local cycle and boat hire, 24 hr notice required for delivery) (outdoor activities during holidays: sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, power boating, adventure days. Forest Skill programme, linked wiith Marlborough College Summer School) (aerial adventure centre) (wakeboarding and waterskiing with fully qualified British Waterski Federation coaches) (good gastropub, only 7 mins away from Cotswold Wildlife Pk) (local pub) high quality butchers shop selling quality meats from local producers.

Chesterton Farm, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6JP - 01285 642160 (local butchers and farm open to public) (Tetbury - deli/ bistro/ cookery school_. (Retail therapy at HRH's shop) (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)

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Review 1-4 of 4

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.

6 Aug 2012


"A most relaxing holiday at a quiet lake side location"

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


"Fantastic for all ages"

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

19 May 2011


"superb luxury rental, very child friendly."

we had a wonderful stay at mere hide. we have stayed on lower mill estate before, and this time we were careful to choose a property with an excellent location. facing west the decked balcony that ove… More

Review 1-4 of 4

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