Spa Improvements 2017

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Improvements are currently being made at Lower Mill Estate Spa. The changing rooms and reception are being enlarged.

Please Note: Building Work is going on at the Spa until Easter 2017.The gym and indoor pool are open as usual during the works. There are temporary changing rooms but no showers. Temporary toilets are located outside (through the gate beside the outdoor pool). Spa Treatments are temporarily located at 106 Howells Mere.

High Season Dates 2017

High Season Dates at Lower Mill Estate 2017

Spring Half Term – Saturday 11th February – Sunday 19th February

Easter Friday – Saturday 1st April – Sunday 23rd April

Summer Half Term – Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June

Summer Holidays – Saturday 22nd July – Sunday 3rd September

Autumn Half Term – Sunday 29th October – Sunday 5th November

Christmas Holidays – Saturday 17th December – Saturday 6th January

Easter Opening Times

Friday 14th April (Good Friday) – 10am-6pm

Monday 17th April (Easter Monday) – 10am-6pm

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve) – 8.00am -5.00pm

Monday 25th December – (Christmas Day) – CLOSED

Tuesday 26th December – (Boxing Day) – 10am – 4pm

Sunday 31st December – (New Year’s Eve) – 8am – 5pm

Monday 1st January 2018 – (New Year’s Day) – 10-4pm

Outdoor Pool Opening Dates
Saturday 1st April – 1st November 2017

Saturday 17th December – January 6th 2018

Cycle Ride to Cricklade

Old Railway TrackThis 7 mile level cycle ride from Lower Mill Estate to Cricklade is almost all on cycle paths and includes a long shady stretch along an old Railway Track.

Turn right onto the Spine Road at the end of Mill Lane. After 4 miles take a right turn Heron Sculptureonto the Old Railway track. Look out for a 6ft black and white ‘Heron’ sculpture which marks the start of the cycle path. Keep on this track all the way (3 miles) to Cricklade Leisure Centre and then it’s just a short distance to the town centre.(There is a map showing the route in the Information Folder at Nightingale House.)

 

The Thames Path passes through Cricklade – a 9th century Saxon town. It boasts aRed Lion at Cricklade number of historic buildings including the Red Lion Inn which dates from the 1600s and has its own acclaimed microbrewery. Sample three different home brews (a third of a pint each) as you enjoy a snack or a meal.

 

Upper and Lower Slaughter

The Old Mill on the River Eye at Lower Slaughter

If you fancy combining a leisurely walk with a visit to a couple of stunning Cotswold villages, take a drive to Lower and Upper Slaughter (just over 20 miles from Lower Mill Estate). Park in Lower Slaughter and stroll along the River Eye past picturesque cottages on your way to the Old Mill with its quirky craft and tea shop. From the Old Mill

Upper Slaughter Ford

Upper Slaughter Ford

follow the footpath beside the river and across a meadow to Upper Slaughter  (just a mile away) and explore a second charming village.

The Lords of the Manor at Upper Slaughter

The Lords of the Manor

Maybe stop for lunch at The Lords of the Manor Hotel in the beautiful gabled Manor House with its spectacular views down to the river before retracing your steps back to Lower Slaughter.

For a longer walk, follow footpaths from Lower Slaughter to the celebrated Bourton-on-the-Water which is couple of miles further on. For more details see ‘Cotswold River Walks’ by Colin Handy (Walk 11 page 34) on the bookcase in the second bedroom.

New Lower Mill Estate Restaurant: ‘Ballihoo’

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Ballihoo Restaurant

Lower Mill Estate’s new restaurant ‘Ballihoo’ opened on site in July 2015! It is open every day in peak season and at weekends at other times.

The restaurant is open all day and serves breakfasts, snacks, lunches and evening meals or you can pop in for coffees or drinks at any time. We found the service very friendly and helpful and enjoyed all the dishes we sampled. Prices are a little higher than the ‘Baker’s Arms’ in the village but it’s much more convenient. Situated next to the Spa, ‘Ballihoo’ restaurant is light and airy with a cosy fireside area as well as formal dining tables and some outdoor seating.

They also do take-away meals (mainly gourmet burgers and pizzas).

Telephone: 01285 840181

Lower Mill Estate Rentals aren’t all the same!

Lower Mill Estate Rentals aren’t all the same…

Lower Mill Estate is set in a beautiful 550 acre nature reserve with a spa, surrounded by lakes and rich in wildlife, but of course not all Lower Mill Estate Rentals have these uninterrupted lake views…

Nightingale House with views over Swillbrook Lake

What is special about Nightingale House?

Our main reason for choosing a house on Nightingale Walk was for the panoramic views over Swillbrook Lake: sitting on our balcony overlooking the lake we see herons, coots, egrets, swans and much more but there are no other houses in sight. Our Lower Mill Estate house is detached and in a quiet enclave of the estate and spending time there always feels like a relaxing retreat.

A little bit of luxury… and every convenience

There are luxury fittings and architect designed furnishings throughout the house, a feature wood burning stove and ‘state of the art’ entertainment systems. Nightingale House is our own home so we always leave it as we would like to find it, with spare logs for the fire and equipped with lots of little extras. We find it frustrating if we go away somewhere ourselves and the kitchen cupboards are bare and you end up buying umpteen different herbs, spices, sauces etc just to cook a few meals… So we’ve made sure there is a good supply of all of these items at Nightingale House plus tea, coffee, tins, rice, cereals etc . There are several options for a first meal to save guests the trouble of having to shop the minute they arrive. We leave a welcome bottle of champagne in the fridge and there’s even some scotch and brandy if you fancy a digestif.

You will certainly find cheaper properties at Lower Mill Estate, but if it’s a relaxing luxury rental / luxury spa break that you’re after, we are sure you won’t be disappointed.

Take a look at the comments below from previous guests….

A spectacular getaway in a beautifully appointed modern home with lakeside views that immediately inspire relaxation. Luxury fittings with all the technological mod-cons imaginable make it the perfect getaway. Robert from Ascot August 2014

Our winter stay was very cosy, with ever-changing views of the water, sky, sunrises and bird-life. Ian from New Zealand January 2014

Right on the edge of the water, overlooking incredible wildlife, this lovely home is so ideally situated. Nick from London, May 2013

‘The house is stunning in a lovely location with beautiful unspoilt views over the lake.’ The Malcolm family from Edinburgh, April 2011

A truly beautiful house set in idyllic surroundings Nichola from Burry Port, March 2011

Sunshine in November! The huge windows maximised every little bit of sunshine so that it felt summery even though there was ice on the lakes. Rosemary from Norfolk, November 2010

A wonderful place to stay for ornithologists, nature lovers and photographers. Margaret from Hertfordshire, August 2010

Walk from Nightingale House to the ‘Wild Duck Inn*’ at Ewen

 A gentle country walk through farmland and beside the infant River Thames

Walk from Nightingale House on Lower Mill Estate to the Wild Duck Inn at Ewen

Distance: 2.5 miles each way

Time: Allow 1.5 hours each way plus time for refreshments at the Wild Duck Inn

Restrictions: None except for keeping to the Thames Path when it goes through private land.

Directions: (numbers refer to map above)

Turn right out of Nightingale House (1) and walk back through the estate to the entrance in Mill Lane. Turn left onto Mill Lane. (The infant Thames is on your left.) At the end of Mill Lane (2), cross the Spine Road (main road) with care. Turn left along the footpath/ cycle path. Take the first turn on the right signposted ‘Somerford Keynes’ and very soon turn left into Neigh Bridge Park.

Follow the path to your right through the park with the Thames to your right and a lake to your left. At the end of Neigh Bridge Park turn right (3) to cross the little bridge over the river, then turn left and follow the path. (The river is now on your left.) Continue on the path beside the river, passing Kemble Mill and Old Mill Farm to your left. When you reach Upper Mill Farm – just after an old wind pump (tall metal structure with water tank on top) to your right– there is a small bridge to your left with a signpost pointing to Ewen: 1 mile (4). Cross the river here and continue along the Thames Path to Ewen. The river is now on your right.

When you reach the road on the edge of Ewen (5), turn right and when you meet a T junction (6) turn right again. Where the road dips after about 300metres you will find the ‘Wild Duck Inn’ (7) on your right.

*The Wild Duck www.thewildduckinn.co.uk Drakes Island, Ewen, Cirencester GL7 6BY Tel. (0)1285 770310 is a beautiful, cosy inn dating from the 16th century with oak beams and a log fire.  It serves very good food and is popular with locals and tourists alike. Evening meal prices at the Wild Duck can be quite high but lunchtime snacks are better value as portions are copious. We shared a sausage and caramelised onion ciabatta (excellent!) last time we walked to the pub for lunch and it was plenty for two.

 

Bourton House and Gardens

 

Bourton House and Gardens

Less than an hour from Lower Mill, at Bourton-on-the-Hill, this 3.5 acre, exquisite garden is a must for topiary lovers.  The attention to detail is stunning – round every corner is something beautiful, something creative, but most importantly, something maintained to the highest standard.  This is a garden where caring for what has been created is as important as the creative process itself.

Glorious herbaceous borders, stuffed with colourful plants, containers overflowing with clever plant combinations, all combine to delight those whose first love may not be topiary.  The small greenhouses are full of container displays and the kitchen garden (parterres, of course) have interesting produce.  The garden is set in beautiful countryside, with views and woodland walks as a bonus.  A guide is issued to help visitors enjoy the trees.

Bourton House garden is described by its owners as having plenty to delight visitors well into Autumn, when other gardens may be losing their vibrancy.  This is certainly fair comment, and September/October are excellent months to visit.  The dedication of Bourton’s three (yes, just three) gardeners, serves to prolong flowering to its absolute maximum – but the enduring memory is of topiary and more topiary, looking as if clipped only moments ago.

Bourton House GardensBourton House GardensGarden Path

 

Visitor Information

2014 Season (subsequent years, please check via internet or telephone)

April to end October: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (excluding Easter) 10am to 5pm. Admission £6 (under 16’s free).

Teas

Tea room and Gift Shop in the Tithe Barn open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from end May to early September.  All cakes are made at Bourton House by Susan and Christine.  Cream teas are available for groups if booked in advance.

Disabled Access

Bourton House Garden has limited disabled access (60-70%).? Disabled lavatory available.

No dogs or picnics!

Public Transport

Bourton House Garden can be reached by public transport on the Johnsons Coaches routes 21 and 22 (no bus on Sunday).  Timetables can be found on www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk.  Bourton House Garden is 2 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh.

Bourton House Garden
Bourton on the Hill
Gloucestershire
GL56 9AE

Tel: 01386 700754

Email: [email protected]

Garden and lawns

 

New at our Luxury Holiday Rental on Lower Mill Estate

A Luxury Holiday Rental Property with More…

Canoeing and Cycling

Sunset over Somerford Lagoon  at Lower Mill EstateAs well as our two bicycles (with helmets, padlocks, pump etc) rental guests at Nightingale House (Cotswold Spa Breaks) can use our Pelican ‘Dare Devil’ canoe on Somerford Lagoon during the summer months. (1st April to 31st October) Life vests and a storage box are also provided. The canoe is conveniently located in the open air boat store beside Somerford Lagoon on Lower Mill Estate.

Wildlife

Views from Cotswold Spa Breaks RentalThe wildlife seems to love Lower Mill Estate even more than we do! This summer a family of swans with six cygnets has made their home right beside Nightingale House. During your luxury holiday in the Cotswolds look out for all sorts of wildfowl as well as deer along the path in front of the house and beavers on Flagham Fenn just a few minutes’ walk away.

Watching the Wildlife

Spotting scope and binoculars provided at your Lower Mill Estaate RentalFor rental guests who like to watch the wildlife from the comfort of Nightingale House there is a spotting scope in the lounge and for those who prefer to explore Lower Mill Estate’s 450 acres, binoculars are provided.

Luxury Touches for a Luxury Holiday

Free logs for your log fire at Cotswlod Spa BreaksAt Nightingale House we provide plenty of extra culinary and entertainment touches. Rental guests will find a well-stocked larder, Champagne and Cognac or Armagnac, toiletries in the bathrooms, an up-to-date selection of DVDs (some in 3D), maps, guide books, walk and nature books, novels, a ‘wi’ station and much more….

Lower Mill Estate General Store

The Lower Mill Estate shop and café is open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in June and September and every day in the school holidays. It’s far more than a general store: you can order newspapers and fresh pastries, browse their range of homemade meals and small gifts and enjoy snacks and drinks inside or out on the terrace.