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Lower Mill Estate

Child friendly self catering, Gloucestershire


Holiday summary

Sleeps 6 – 12
Bedrooms 3 – 4
Maximum group size 12
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Short breaks
Pet friendly
Mobility friendly

About Lower Mill Estate

Luxury lakeside spa holidays in the Cotswolds: Lower Mill is a wonderful place to both relax and get active on your family holiday.  Set within hundreds of acres of private nature reserve with 8 lakes, 2 rivers, miles of walking trails, woodland and meadows, it’s perfect for walking, cycling and water-based adventures. The residents-only spa is both a tranquil haven and a great place to burn off some energy with 2 heated pools, a gym as well as treatments.

There’s a wide range of luxurious, spacious and well-equipped accommodation to suit everyone’s needs, and lots of activities and family-friendly facilities to keep everyone entertained. Explore the beautiful countryside both on and off the estate, and you’ll be well catered for with an on-site restaurant, shop and private dining options.

The Properties

From woodland cottages to contemporary glass-fronted villas, all of the properties provide unique and welcoming bases for your holiday. There is such a variety in accommodation there will be something to suit your needs whether that’s a cottage with log-burner and enclosed gardens for the dog, a sunny apartment with spectacular views, or a huge villa with private pool and hot tub.

Apartments sleep from 4-6 and have wonderful private outdoor decks, balconies or roof terraces.

Cottages sleep 6-7 guests in Mill Village , a small area of properties built in Cotswold style complete with village green. Log fires and private outdoor space make these great for family stays.

Villas range in size from 2-6 bedrooms and are contemporary, light filled spaces with large windows, balconies, terraces and/or gardens.


The spa has a heated outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, gym, sauna, library, treatment rooms and a relaxing lounge area. The additional eco-pool, filtered by water lilies, is a must for those wanting a wilder and more bracing swim.

At the Millstone Park area of the site you’ll find the restaurant, tennis courts, multi-use games area and children’s playground. Private and family yoga sessions are bookable, and fishing is available all year round at Mill Lake. Around the estate you’ll find plenty of picnic areas, a treehouse, a bird hide and a pond that’s perfect for dipping.

The Activity Hub provides bike, canoe, kayak and paddle board hire, instruction and local information for those that want to get out and about. Pre-book your equipment and it’ll be ready and waiting in your property when you arrive so the adventures can begin straight away. Try your hand at raft building, or crack codes to the clues on one on the many trails that reveal secret destinations.

Off-site there’s the whole of the Cotswolds to explore; keep things low-key with a relaxing pub lunch and a mooch around the pretty villages or plan in some more energetic adventures. Head 4 Heights gives the over 5’s the chance to play Tarzan or Jane, and  4 Lakes is an outdoor adventure paradise for families, offering water-skiing and wakeboarding coaching.

For those that love nature and the outdoors Cotswold Farm Park has an unrivalled group of British farm rare breeds, safari rides, tractor school, soft play area and adventure playground. Or relax at Westonbirt, where you’ll find one of the most spectacular tree collections in the world

Find out more about the history of this part of England with a trip to the Corinium Museum in Cirencester  where you can take a peek through a Roman town house, and enjoy the sights and smells of the Roman garden.

Kids & Parents

All ages are warmly welcomed at Lower Mill, with travel cots and highchairs available in all properties, food to suit all tastes and appetites in the restaurant, and kids bikes and other outdoor equipment available to hire from the Activity Hub.

The Miss Mouse Adventure Trail is a great way to get the kids to explore the nature reserve - and their imaginations! - and older children will love the wild evening walks around the reserve, followed by toasting marshmallows over a campfire. Wellies, binoculars and waterproofs will help you make the most of the stunning surroundings, and are a must for some of the outdoor activities.

Five of the properties are particularly toddler friendly with additional items to keep your littles ones happy without compromising on luxury and sophistication for the parents. These properties come with a selection of books, toys, children’s crockery, baby bath, and travel stair gates, DVDs and fire guards (where applicable).

Food & Drink

The kitchens in all properties are well-equipped for self-catering and the general store stocks daily essentials; milk, bread, newspapers, logs etc. as well as a range of local artisan products.

The Ballihoo Clubhouse & Restaurant provides an extensive breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and takeaway menu. Slightly further afield (1 mile away!) is The Bakers Arms at Somerford Keynes  - a traditional 15th century village pub in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park.

Private dining can also be arranged to suit your needs, from a local cook/chef who can help a few times during your holiday to a one-off special meal cooked by a professional chef.

A real gem that’s great for family fun and relaxation, with the added bonus of some of life’s little luxuries.

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NOTE: Two night minimum stay No Fireworks or Lanterns No single sex booking from groups larger than 6 No external amplified music Restricted internal amplified noise after 11pm

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NOTE: Two night minimum stay No Fireworks or Lanterns No single sex booking from groups larger than 6 No external amplified music Restricted internal amplified noise after 11pm


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