The Lower Mill Estate Spa was expanded during 2017 and 2018: it now has a large new, fully equipped gym as well as the two heated pools (one indoor and one outdoor) and an eco pool. The changing rooms and reception area have been greatly enlarged and refurbished.
- Mon – Thurs: 8am – 4.45pm (Adults only 8am to 10am)
- Fri: 8am – 7.45pm (Adults only 8am to 10am & 7pm to 7.45pm)
- Sat: 8am – 5.45pm (Adults only 8am to 10am)
- Sun: 10am –7.45pm (Adults only 7pm to 7.45pm)
- Mon,Tues,Thurs,Fri: 8am – 7.45pm (Adults only 8am to 10am & 7pm to 7.45pm)
- Weds: 8am – 5.45pm (Adults only 8am to 10am)
- Sat: 8am – 5.45pm (Adults only 8am to 10am)
- Sun: 10am –7.45pm (Adults only 7pm to 7.45pm)
High Season Dates 2019
Spring Half Term: Friday 15thFebruary – Sunday 24thFebruary
Easter: Friday 5thApril – Monday 22ndApril
Summer Half Term: Friday 24thMay – Sunday 2ndJune
Summer Holidays: Saturday 20thJuly – Sunday 1stSeptember
Autumn Half Term: Friday 18thOctober – Sunday 27thOctober
Christmas Holidays: Friday 20thDecember – Sunday 5thJanuary
Christmas and New Year Opening Times
Christmas Eve – Tuesday 24thDecember: 8am – 5pm
Christmas Day – Wednesday 25thDecember: CLOSED
Boxing Day – Thursday 26thDecember: 10am – 4pm (10am – 11am Adults only)
New Year’s Eve – Tuesday 31stDecember: 8am – 5pm
New Year’s Day – Wednesday 1stJanuary 2020: 10am – 4pm(10am – 11am Adults only)
Outdoor Pool Opening Dates
The outdoor heated pool is open:
- at weekends from 15thFebruary to 5thApril
- every day from 5thApril until 27thOctober
- at weekends 27thOctober to 20thDecember
- every day during Christmas Holidays except Christmas Day
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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
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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.
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…
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
A gentle country walk through farmland and beside the infant River Thames
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.
A Luxury Holiday Rental Property with More…
Canoeing and Cycling
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.
Watching the Wildlife
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.
Luxury Touches for a Luxury Holiday
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….
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.
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
A circular walk from Nightingale House beside lakes and along the Thames Path
Time : Allow two to two and a quarter hours Continue reading