New exciting restaurant: Tierra and Mar


Tierra and Mar

Our neighbours are really excited about this new addition to the Cirencester dining scene! Offering gourmet tapas and more this new restaurant is run by an energetic young couple called Brett and Sylvia. They use local high quality suppliers and their  Michelin star restaurant experience shows in the food and the service.Closed Monday and Tuesday Tel   01285 642777 www.tierraandmar.co.uk 

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

High Season Dates 2018

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

Easter Monday (Monday 2nd April) 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
Thursday 29th March –  Sunday 28th October

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20th December – 5th January 2019

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