Child friendly cottage, Gloucestershire – Lower Mill Estate, Nr. Cirencester, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
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About Daisy Chain
A stunning lakeside location for your Cotswold family break complete with a Canadian canoe for a real Swallows and Amazons experience
Enjoy a luxurious family self catering holiday at Daisy Chain, set in the beautiful Cotswolds Water Park and countryside. Daisy Chain is a 5 bedroom luxury glass-fronted holiday home overlooking Somerford lagoon - the largest lake on Lower Mill Estate Nature Reserve in the Cotswolds. Sleeping a family of 9 across three floors the contemporary property is completely designed to be baby, toddler and child friendly with oodles of ‘family kit’ thoughtfully provided. Families staying at Daisy Chain also have free access to a luxury spa with three swimming pools; the complex also offers play parks, tennis courts and 550 acres of attractive nature reserve to explore. A Canadian canoe (and of course buoyancy aids) is also at your disposal so you can really get close to the local wildlife if you’re lucky spot a kingfisher or two.
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The Cotswolds Family Holiday Home
The accommodation spans over three floors with the living accommodation on the first floor to make the most of the amazing views over the lake. The open plan lounge, kitchen, dining room provides a wonderful space for relaxed family living during your family break. The lounge has a vaulted ceiling and sliding glazed doors leading to the upper sun deck and a wood burning stove which is the perfect spot for a hot chocolate. The lounge comes fully equipped with a large flat screen Smart TV with iplayer and itv player, free wireless broadband access and a stereo with ipod dock. The dining room is well equipped with an oak table that comfortably seats 10. Daisy Chain boasts two double rooms, a twin bedded room, a bunk bed room and a single room. The house further benefits from two en-suite bathrooms and one family bathroom. There is also a cot and a travel cot if required. The property comes helpfully equipped with all the baby and toddler equipment you might need – stair gates, baby monitor, travel cot, baby bath, changing mat, potty, baby/toddler rucksack carrier, high chairs, and children’s cutlery – always a bonus for reducing the amount of luggage parents need to take on holiday!
Child friendly features
Daisy Chain offers a fantastic variety of safe open spaces for children to walk, play, cycle (bikes can be hired nearby) and observe the varied local wildlife. The estate isn’t open to public traffic so there are limited vehicles passing through, making it a safe and relaxing environment for kids and grown-ups alike. The property also comes with its own Canadian canoe available for your exclusive use to explore the lake and buoyancy aids are thoughtfully provided too. Each stay at Daisy Chain entitles visitors to free access to the complex’s award winning and high quality spa facility which features no less than three swimming pools (heated indoor and outdoor pools plus an eco plunge pool) – perfect entertainment for the children whatever the weather! There are also play areas with climbing frames, swings and trampolines plus table tennis and tennis courts, and there are even resident chickens for little ones to visit. Daisy Chain also comes equipped with a variety of toys to keep children occupied at home including Duplo, a toy garage and vehicles, Happyland toys, a range of books and puzzles, family-friendly DVDs and bath toys. As well as lots of toys and books for little ones there is also some games to keep older guests busy!
And Not Forgetting the Parents
Daisy Chain isn’t just suited for children and has a few parent friendly features too! As noted above, the house has stunning uninterrupted views over a large lake, and its sun deck balcony provides an idyllic location to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset while the children snore away! In addition to swimming pools, the on-site spa facility provides guests with access to a sauna, steam room, a range of treatments (for an additional fee), and a well-equipped gym and library; all guaranteed to help mum and dad unwind during a busy family holiday! For nights when you don’t fancy cooking, the local estate shop stocks a range of homemade frozen ready meals. Daisy Chain comes with free WiFi but pets are not permitted.
What the owners say
“Since having children we have been on a range of self catering holidays in a number of different locations. We often find that before going we have to run around the house packing a lot of 'children kit!' We have tried to equip Daisy Chain with the things you will need to make your holiday that little bit more relaxing. We understand that families lead busy lives so we have installed broadband so that if you do need to do a bit of work while you are on holiday you can. “
Lower Mill Estate
Lower mill estate is a picturesque gated community with a range of luxury self catering holiday homes dotted around the eight lakes and sits in the midst of a nature reserve with acres of woods and meadows to explore. On the estate you have heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, trampolines, playgrounds, and lots of paths suitable for bikes. From Daisy Chain take a 3 minute stroll across to the ArtSpa (the kids might like to scoot there). They will be able to burn off heaps of energy while you relax on a pool side lounger, or share childcare while one of you enjoys the sauna, steam room or maybe a spa treatment. Stop for elevenses at the well-stocked bakery and shop, where you can unwind with a quiet coffee. The estate is gated with 24 hour security. It’s a place where adults can relax, confident that family members are safe and secure. Or alternatively enjoy a leisurely walk to the Baker's Arms - a popular village pub only 20 minutes away on foot, where you can fill your boots with a traditional pub lunch before walking back around one of the lakes.
Lower Mill Estate is situated in the Cotswolds Water Park, 5 miles south of Cirencester and 8 miles north of Swindon. It provides an excellent location for exploring the Cotswolds - the Roman towns of Cirencester and Bath are within easy reach as are many beautiful Cotswold villages.
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