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This gallery contains 9 photos.
Improvements were made at Lower Mill Estate Spa in 2017. The changing rooms and reception area have been greatly enlarged.
There are plans too for an enlarged gym. In the meantime there is a temporary gym on the spa site.
High Season Dates at Lower Mill Estate 2018
Spring Half Term – Friday 9th February – Sunday 18th February
Easter Holidays – Thursday 29th March – Sunday 15th April
Summer Half Term – Friday 25th May – Sunday 3rd June
Summer Holidays – Saturday 20th July – Sunday 2nd September
Autumn Half Term – Friday 19th October – Sunday 28th October
Christmas Holidays – Thursday 20th December – Saturday 5th January
Spa Easter Opening Times
Good Friday (Friday 30th March) 8am – 6pm
Spa Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019 Opening Times
Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) – 8.00am -5.00pm
Tuesday 25th December – (Christmas Day) – CLOSED
Wednesday 26th December – (Boxing Day) – 10am – 4pm
Monday 31st December – (New Year’s Eve) – 8am – 5pm
Tuesday 1st January 2018 – (New Year’s Day) – 10-4pm
Outdoor Pool Opening Dates
1st April – 30th October
20th December – 5th January 2019
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Turn right onto the Spine Road at the end of Mill Lane. After 4 miles take a right turn onto 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 a 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.
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
follow the footpath beside the river and across a meadow to Upper Slaughter (just a mile away) and explore a second charming village.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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
As 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.
The 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.
For 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.
At 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….
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.
I’m quite embarrassed to admit how long it’s taken us to get round to this, but last night at about 9.15pm we finally braved the muddy path beside Flagham Fen and walked the few minutes round to the hide, hoping for a spot of beaver-watching. No-one else was around, the hide deserted. We sat and waited. Continue reading
Sipping a cup of tea the other day looking out over Swillbrook Lake I spotted a stoat on the path opposite. I looked again and there were two of them, then suddenly a whole family of stoats appeared, the little ones running and jumping and chasing each other. Minutes passed. It was mesmerising. Continue reading