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.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Flamingos at Slimbridge Wetland Centre under an hour from Nightingale HouseHaving purchased our tickets we emerged from the Visitor Centre beside a lake. At first we weren’t that impressed. There were plenty of ducks, swans and coots and at the far end we could see – and hear – the children’s play area. However, we soon discovered that this was just for starters. There was much more beyond.. Continue reading

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

Discounts for February and March 2016

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Cotswold Spa Breaks  is offering a special discount of 10% for any bookings to stay in Nightingale House during the months of February and March 2016 (excluding Easter Week)

This is in addition to the usual discount for anyone booking 7 days or more.

Just send your enquiry via the ‘Contact’ page giving details of your party and when you would like to stay.

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