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Fairhazel Cottage

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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 26 reviews

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

On Britain's first private nature reserve is this cosy retreat. Cross the stone bridge over the Thames, through the double gates and you are in Mill Village on the Lower Mill Estate, a cluster of Cotswold stone cottages.

This safe, gated nature reserve means wildlife on the doorstep. The 500 acre reserve, with seven lakes and three rivers, has become a haven for fish, otters, European beavers and wintering fowl. There is a small shop, an outdoor heated pool (seasonal), tennis court, sauna, trampoline and children's play area, plus the opportunity to fish, cycle or take a walk around the lakes and rivers (including the Thames) on the Estate. A bird and wildlife lover's delight.

A lovely old pub, serving good food with a great atmosphere, a roaring log fire in the winter months and pretty garden for al fresco dining in the summer, is just a 10 minute stroll through the village.

Fairhazel Cottage has two bedrooms and two en suites, a sunny garden (unfenced stream/ pond) and views to Somerford Lagoon- home to many overwintering waterfowl in the colder months. Ground floor is open plan; living area with cream sofas and neutral colours, logburner, selection of DVDs, books and magazines, wooden floors, a toy box, dining table and chairs. There is a well-equipped kitchen area with washer/ dryer, microwave and dishwasher. There is also a cloakroom. Upstairs are two peaceful bedrooms, both with en suites facilities. Outside is a dining table and chairs for four, parasol, BBQ, couple of loungers and a bench.

Easy access to a variety of water sports and fishing opportunities in 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 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Cotswold Country Park- lakeside 3 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
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
Pool Shared outdoor pool (heated)
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (heated), Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Highchair, flexi gate and travel cot available at no extra charge

Flatscreen TVs in the living room, and both bedrooms

DVD player in the living room and twin bedroom

IPod Player

Selection of outdoor toys, magazines, CDs, DVDs and books

Fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave and selection of cookery books

Outdoor dining table and chairs, loungers, parasol, bench and BBQ

Downstairs cloakroom as well as two en suites

Wonderful views across to Somerford Lagoon

Lovely cast iron logburner

Sunny garden with stream and pond (unfenced)- watch the Egret catching his lunch and ducks swimming by

Free WiFi

Further details outdoors

Couple of minutes to the tennis court, heated outdoor swimming pool (Open Easter-October Half Term and festive season), table tennis and sauna

Children's play area, trampoline and football nets

Small shop selling basics as well as newspapers, hot drinks and snacks (seasonal opening hours)

Hire cycles and canoes from the shop

Wonderful walks and cycle paths around the Estate's 450 acre nature reserve, three rivers and seven lakes

The Thames Path- running 140 miles the length of the Thames- passes @ 80 metres away

A 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- four miles to either Oaksey or South Cerney

Easy access to picturesque Cotswolds villages

Designer shopping in Cheltenham Spa, visit Swindon Designer Outlet and Bicester 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)

The 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.

Somerford Keynes

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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Review 1-10 of 26

9 Nov 2014


"Good base for exploring, cosy place to return to."

Fairhazel cottage was welcoming and comfortable for our 2 night break. The cottage, although showing signs of wear (through love and much use, certainly not neglect), was clean and spacious for a very… More

27 Oct 2014



This is a lovely little cottage, perfect for relaxing amongst beautiful scenery. House is made very cosy with the help of the wood burner. Despite the weather, we enjoyed walks round the lake and … More

1 Sep 2014


"Lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

We spent a week at Fairhazel in August and absoloutely loved it.

The cottage was clean, well presented and already equipped with the basics ( tea, coffee, sugar, milk, cleaning supplies, hand soap, loo roll. All little things but it saved having to dash out to the shops straight away. Natalie had also left a bottle of wine and some locally made cakes, which was lovely!

The estate was also great, self contained, picturesque with lots to do (over the bank holiday weekend there were additional activities arranged) along with the pool which was lovely and warm, the tennis court, trampoline, play area for little ones and little shop for convenience.

There is lots of lovely walking routes in the area, a nice pub within walking distance and the county park with lots to do (about 30 mins walk with a 5 year old in tow!)

There is lots more to do and see further afield and Natalie provides a really helpful information pack with everything you would need to know!

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. Hopefully I can welcome you and the family back real soon!

6 May 2014


"Lovely cottage, nice personal touches"

This was our first trip to the Cotswold Water Park and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The cottage was clean, well equipped and catered nicely for families. We would definitely return again, maybe for a l… More

23 Apr 2014


"The perfect base for the perfect holiday!"

We arrived at the house in it's lovely grounds to be welcomed with a bottle of fizz and all the essentials.All communication prior with Natalie had been clear with instructions how to find the pr… More

Thanks Chris for your lovely feedback. Hopefully I can welcome you and the family back soon!!
For readers: the park mentioned in the feedback is the Cotswold Country Park which happens to be located in the Cotswold Water Park. The Water Park describes a large area in the Cotswolds. It is 40 square miles and includes 7 villages, 140 lakes and 7 rivers whereas the Cotswold Country Park is a visitor attraction around one large lake. It can be very confusing as the wording is so very similar but very different in size!!

7 Apr 2014


"Brilliant for relaxing and family break"

We took our 3yr old for a minibreak. He loved the location and the heated outdoor swimming pool in the rain was a highlight. Cottage was lovely and facilities on site were excellent. Would def recomme… More

21 Mar 2014


"Homely cottage in a beautiful park"

We had a wonderful few nights in this pretty cottage. The owner welcome us with a cake and card. The cottage has a well equipped kitchen for those who wish to "self cater" - we preferred to walk to the local pub (take a very good torch!) Shampoo, shower gel, hairdryer all supplied. There is a small shop on the park, swimming pool (in season), tennis court. For children there is a play area and chickens who come and greet you. This cottage will be ideal for families, couples and friends, but not those looking for party nights. There is plenty to see and do in the beautiful surrounding area (need your own transport). There is a station in a village about 5 miles away, which we used to go to Cheltenham races. Look forward to visiting this lovely place again.

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! Hopefully I can welcome you back sometime soon.

5 Nov 2013


"Beautiful cottage in a peaceful setting"

We stayed at Fairhazel cottage in the October half-term. The cottage itself was beautiful with old wooden floorboards in the lounge/dining area and a lovely fresh feel of blues and creams throughout - it had almost a seaside feel about the decor and furnishings. It also had the added advantage of having ensuites for both bedrooms and a downstairs loo.

The outdoor heated swimming pool was an instant hit with our 9 and 13 year old daughters and they spent as long as possible in it every day we were there. A definite bonus if you have both young and teenage children!

The cottage was set in the Lower Mill Estate which had an eclectic mix of traditional type cottages in the lovely local yellow Cotswold stone, then to the other extreme in an area of the estate it had very contemporary glass fronted properties by the lake. Certainly something there for everyones tastes in accommodation!

The only minor drawback we found with the estate itself was that the little shop that sold basic groceries and provided lunches, snacks, coffees etc was only open for about 3/4 days of the week (maybe that was because of the time of year though).

If you're after a holiday that offers quality accommodation, peace and quiet, a very natural setting, cycling on your doorstep and lots of watersports to hand then I would definitely say that this cottage and location delivers on all these fronts.

Thanks very much for taking the time to provide your lovely feedback.
Unfortunately, the owners of the little estate shop can only afford to open at busy times of the year.
I hope to be able to welcome you and the family back soon!

19 Sep 2013


"Beautiful cottage"

What a fantastic week away we had... The cottage was clean and exceptionally well equipt. We were welcomed with a lovely card and cake ,which we all enjoyed.
The location and resort was perfect for families and our two children aged 7 and 12 loved the outdoor heated pool.
Highly recommended.

16 Aug 2013


"Fab cottage in fab location!!"

Fairhazel was a lovely cottage. Travelled with two children aged 8 and 12 and the estate where the cottage was located had lots to entertain them. Cottage was a good size with separate bedroom and bathroom for the children. Bathrooms ensuite for additional privacy which was great. Cottage was easy to find with the instructions and will definitely stay here again! Thanks Natalie!

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! I hope I can welcome you and the family back in the future.

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