House in Lower Mill Estate, Nr. Cirencester, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - Peaceful Private Lakeside Location, With Spectacular Views
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About Patrick A'Hern
We are a busy London family, with two daughters and have been owners at Lower Mill since 2005 and continue to enjoy the wonderful rejuvenating and de-stressing effect it has on the whole family. We use the house regularly ourselves, so it is not rented all the time, and is kept in tip-top condition ready for our guests. When our daughters were younger, Lower Mill provided a freedom far-removed from the restrictions of city life and new friends were (and continue to be) made on every visit. Within no time, mobile phones and computers are replaced with swimming, cycling or just relaxing on, in or next to the lake! Real freedom for all the family, in a safe environment, so difficult to find these days, particularly within a couple of hours of London.
Why Patrick A'Hern chose Somerford Keynes
When buying our house, the position was of crucial importance to us, and we believe we have the best location at Lower Mill bar none. We are on a quiet peninsula, with access restricted only to us and a few neighbouring houses, with a truly ‘wild’ aspect across the largest of all the lakes (an important wildfowl reserve) – you literally aren’t aware of there being any other properties around you when looking out of our first floor panoramic windows, and unlike most properties at Lower Mill, we are not overlooked at all. We also have direct private access to the lake for canoeing or whatever else takes your fancy, and get the sunshine all day in our tranquil and private garden. Absolute heaven!
What makes this House unique
In our view, and that of many of our guests, we are in the best position at Lower Mill. Incredible views and a truly 'natural' feel
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Lovely property, spacious and well laid out. Perfect for lovely family break. Communication fantastic and would highly recommend. We will definitely return.
In a beautiful location with superb views over a lake.
Christmas with our family, comfortably accommodating six adults and a toddler.
Our only constructive feedback would be to comment on the very slow internet coverage and inadequate supply of toilet rolls - less than a roll per bathroom and no extras.
Beautiful lakeside house in the perfect position on the estate.
Excellent communication from the owner.
Excellent, easy to use, facilities on the site.
All in all, our holiday was the perfect, stress busting experience.
Idyllic family break
Needed somewhere special for 6 adults to relax in comfort and this delivered on every level. Can't believe this wonderful spot is so close to home.
A wonderful stay at a truly magnificent home which was enjoyed by the whole family. The setting is breathtakingly beautiful and totally tranquil... It touches the soul. A great retreat with everything you could possibly need. Would thoroughly recommend.
Beautiful modern house in a perfect, private spot
A lovely, modern and well equipped house, right on the lake side. The house is in a fabulous spot, and incredibly private as it is not overlooked at all. Get up early (no choice with kids!) to enjoy the views as the sun comes up and make sure you are around when the birds are gathering as the sun goes down too. Never stayed in a more picturesque/memorable location before in the UK.
The facilities on the Estate are great and the pools are lovely - even the outdoor pool in October was great to use. Loads of other facilities too, but we had a lovely, lazy time instead.
Although inland, the Cotswold Country Park and Beach is a 20 minute walk away and has the largest inland bathing beach in the UK, lifeguarded during week-ends and school holidays from April.
It also includes adventure playgrounds, cafes and wonderful lakeside walks. Activities include peddalos, rowing boat and kayak hire, paddle boarding, raft building, and zorbing.
For the more adventurous, Head 4 Heights offers the chance to climb whilst under expert supervision.
Arrival by road couldn't be simpler. We are about 20 minutes from Junction 15 of the M5 and about 30 minutes from Junction 11a of the M5.
Having a car is certainly recommended, but Kemble Station (1hr 30 mins direct to Paddington) is only about a ten minute drive away, and Swindon Station about 25 minutes away (on the Cheltenham line).
The house is ideally situated for exploring the villages and countryside of the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Cirencester - our beautiful local (Roman) market town - 15 mins drive.
Cheltenham - elegant Regency Spa town - approx 30 mins drive.
There are numerous attractions and places of interest within a short distance including Cotswold Wildlife Park, Sudeley Castle, Corinium Museum (Cirencester) to name only a few.
The estate is secure, secluded and in the middle of a nature reserve, but within easy reach of all the Cotswolds has to offer, including Michelin-starred restaurants, fascinating craft and antique fairs, farmers’ markets, country pubs and tempting delicatessens.
Cirencester is the 'local town' (15 minutes drive) and is a prime example of a traditional Cotswold market town with a lovely variety of shops restaurants and cafes and a weekly market. The town has a vibrant history stretching back to Roman times when it was a thriving centre for the wool trade, and most recently it played an important role in the Arts and Crafts movement.
The town has many lovely independent shops, restaurants and cafes as well as a large Waitrose, Tesco and M & S.