Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call VRBO Booking Assistance: 888-829-7076
Book Online or call VRBO Booking Assistance: 888-829-7076

Lovely Cotswolds Holiday Home

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 1,150 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Lower Mill Estate, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Sleeps 6 adults

A lovely Cotswolds traditional home re-imagined with modern amenities. 4 bedrooms including two double rooms with en-suite full baths, 2 bedrooms each with one twin bed and a family bathroom. Downstairs is a fully outfitted kitchen, dining room and lounge as well as a toilet and a utility room with washer/dryer and freezer. Outside deck overlooking a lovely lawn and the Mill Stream (part of the Thames) with outdoor seating for 8. Croquet set and boules set provided for outdoor games on the lawn. Great place for a family or adults, with ArtSpa passes included.

The award-winning on-site spa features Europe's first outdoor eco-pool as well as two 20M heated pools - indoor and outdoor, steam room, sauna, gym, a restful reading lounge and treatment rooms, where you can pamper and indulge yourself to your heart's content.

And in the great outdoors of the estate, you'll be able to ramble or cycle through secret woodlands and meadows which are rich in rare wildlife (including a protected colony of beavers) as well as enjoying more energetic days canoeing, kayaking, sailing or swimming in one of Lower Mill's eight lakes and two rivers. There's a world of adventure waiting to be discovered - a chance to experience a Swallows & Amazons lifestyle in a perfect, safe, secure natural playground for children of all ages.

More Details

Property Manager
Brian and Elisabeth Cross
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 11, 2017

About Brian and Elisabeth Cross

We currently live in the United States, in California, but as one half of us was born in England and spent the first 35 years of life in England, we were endlessly planning trips to England and absolutely love the Cotswolds. It is a bucolic place and we felt so fortunate to have been able to purchase this lovely home on this beautiful estate.

Brian and Elisabeth Cross purchased this house in 2001

Why Brian and Elisabeth Cross chose England

We have traveled all over Europe, but always come back to England. The Cotswolds holds us captive due to the beauty of every season. We love going to the local pubs whether it be to sit by a warm fire in the winter or spend a lovely Sunday having lunch outside in the gardens. We are avid walkers and have literally walked from our house to London along the Thames, staying in Inns along the way. We planned the walk ourselves and managed to walk between 12 -18 miles a day and at the end of each day, we were rewarded with a refreshing pint at some great Inn's. We loved the walk, but were absolutely happy to get back to Dragonfly at the end!

What makes this house unique

Old style thatched cottage with all mod cons.

Amenities

Somerford Keynes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Spa
General:
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • There are 3 full bathrooms in the house. The double bedrooms are both en-suite. There is also a family bathroom for the twin bedrooms. There is also a half bathroom downstairs.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • 2 master bedrooms with Queen size beds, both en-suite. 2 single bedrooms each with a twin bed and sharing a family bath. All bedrooms are upstairs.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The estate offers private in-home dining through McBailes. A private chef will prepare a meal for you. Please ask for details and I will send you a PDF of the services.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

83% Complete
16% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Lovely Cotswolds Holiday Home
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
Newhaven, East Sussex.
5

We had a lovely time, well equipped house with ample room for 3 adults and 2 children.

  • 5 of 5

Dragonfly was a great base for our holiday. The kitchen was well equipped but lacked space for dry food storage - we used the utility room but it was too warm and melted the kids chocolate!! Lower mill estate has a brilliant outdoor pool, plenty warm enough on overcast days. Regretted not taking tennis rackets, bikes or table tennis rackets as it was expensive to hire equipment. Lots of lovely walks nearby and helpful staff on site. The ice cream from Ballihoo restaurant got the thumbs up from the kids and adults! Would happily return again.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
4

good location, well appointed property

  • 4 of 5

Even in the winter there was lots to do, both in the immediate area of the property and surrounds. The facilities on-site were great (pool, spa and gym), plenty of walks, a local pub and church in walking distance (great carol service taken by a funky vicar!). The village management were most efficient and quickly attended to any queries. We enjoyed the log fire and a cygnet floating up and down the stream outside our lounge windows. Everything we needed was provided-we were able to cook a full Christmas lunch.The only irritation was that the water pressure kept dropping, but even on Christmas Day management were available to provide us with a solution to over-ride the system.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

What a fabulous place to stay !!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I came to England to renew our vows in a tiny little church in Wales. We stayed three nights in this wonderful home. If you want a centrally located house that is beautifully built, has 4 bedrooms, and is located in a fabulous vacation resort community, you can't ask for better.

This house is an easy drive from London. It is close to so many historic sites, towns, restaurants, etc. The house has a full kitchen, dining room, living room and laundry. This is truly a home away from home.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Harry, We are so pleased you enjoyed our house so much. We love to have you back any time. Best, Elisabeth and Brian
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Palo Alto, California
5

Classic setting, modern amenities

  • 5 of 5

This is an peaceful, idyllic place for a family or group of friends to use as a "home base" for touring the Cotswolds or just to relax and enjoy the wildlife. It's a semi-detached home in a modern development of buildings built in the traditional style of the Cotswolds, providing a nice balance of classic English beauty with the reliability of good plumbing, electricity, and (of course) Wi-Fi. The kitchen and bathrooms were immaculate, and there was even a small washer/dryer (with excellent instructions!). The property management is extremely responsive and helpful, even late at night. The location couldn't be better: a short bike ride lets you explore the Cotswolds' natural beauty. A few minutes by car brings you to Cirencester, which was the second most important city in Roman Britain, and boasts an impressive historical museum for kids of all ages (or history buffs!). Most of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds are within a half-hour drive, and within a two-hour radius by car are Oxford, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Blenheim Palace, Bath, and the Morgan Car Company, where you can see how they make these classic cars by hand. Our only wish was that we could stay there for longer!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Petaluma, CA
5

I wish I lived here!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful home! It is charming but with all of the modern conveniences. It's in a lovely area of the Cotswolds - near wonderful restaurants and grocery stores and nearby several other charming villages which makes bit the perfect home base while exploring the area. The kitchen has every convenience, and the beds are super comfy. I adored my stay here and can't wait for my next visit - we are definitely booking again soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0
5

Comfortable Classic Charming Cotswolds Home

  • 5 of 5

This was the quintessential place for four of us to experience a home-away from home Cotswolds week. I enjoyed the ‘classically English’ decor, modern appliances and convenient layout. The "village" development location adds to the charm as there's an easy to access trail for a nature walk that loops the area and a convenient on-site grocery store. I highly recommend this property as the perfect base camp for discovering the Cotswolds.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

Map

Nearest Airport
74 Miles
London Heathrow
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Kemble Station, Kemble
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
M4
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Old Boathouse
Car: recommended

The Estate

• 550 acres of private nature reserve, including seven lakes and three rivers

• Traditionally styled Cotswold stone holiday cottages

• Outdoor, heated pool (Open Easter to the end of October and over Christmas and New Year)

• Excellent and varied fishing

• Tennis court

• Children’s play area

• Trampoline

• Table tennis

• Close to Cirencester and convenient for exploring the Cotswolds

• Good transport links (approx 1.5 hours from West London)

• No large single sex parties are permitted on site

• Somerford Lagoon, being an internationally important site for wintering wildfowl, can only be used for non-powered water sports between 1st April and 30th of September. The footpath to the Southern and Eastern edge of Somerford Lagoon is not accessible from the 1st of October to the 31st of March, in order to minimize disturbance to the wintering wildfowl.

Spinney Lake is available for non-powered water sports throughout the year.

Spa

• There are two large, luxury slate-lined, heated swimming pools together with the UK's first Eco-Pool; a freshwater swimming pool purified entirely by water lillies! With a fully equipped gymnasium, a steam room, Scandinavian sauna, library, treatment rooms and a wonderful restful resident's lounge, the luxury health spa facilities will leave you spoilt for choice.

• The beautifully landscaped private gardens provide a peaceful haven to relax, chill out and watch the world go by, complete with sunbathing decks and hammocks! The spa is literally just a few minutes stroll from Mill Village 43.

• As part of your holiday package, you will receive a temporary membership to the spa, so that you can take full advantage of all of the amazing facilities during your break.

Fun for all the Family

• Children of all ages are very welcome and there is plenty to do for the entire family.

Photos

Rates & Availability

Somerford Keynes House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer Holidays
Jul 14 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$375
$1,600
 
 
Autumn
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
$250
$1,050
$3,000
 
 
October Half Term
Oct 20 2017 - Nov 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,200
 
 
Early Winter
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
$250
$1,050
$3,000
 
 
Xmas & New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
5 night minimum stay
$300
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

There is a $300.00 refundable deposit for damages

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Available
Unavailable

You might like these similar properties