Elemental Sculpture Park (Somerford Keynes)

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The Elemental Sculpture Park in Somerford Keynes is only 5 minutes’ drive or 25 minutes’ walk from Nightingale House and is well worth a visit! It opened in 2015 and has well over 100 exhibits, tastefully displayed in extensive grounds. Enjoy and hour or two meandering … Continue reading

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.

 

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.

 

Watching the Beavers

Beaver Lodge Lower Mill EstateI’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

Watching the Wildlife from Nightingale House

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

Easy Walks from Nightingale House

One of the things we love about the location of Nightingale House is that within a couple of minutes of closing the front door you’re walking beside a lake on a country path. And there are at least three possible routes to choose from. You might like to try any (or all…) of the three walks below (plus see map of the estate in our blue information folder): Continue reading