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Contemporary, family owned home in Cotswolds nature reserve.



Updated: 22-Nov-2016
5 bedroom house ideal for family get-togethers

Songthrush is a spacious, family-owned contemporary home on the private Lower Mill Estate nature reserve in the Cotswolds Water Park. A fabulous property set in a quiet cul-de-sac location and overlooking a small reeded stream, you have miles of scenic walks from the front door and an abundance of local sporting, sightseeing and relaxing activities.

Families are particularly welcome, with plenty of activities for all ages. Children are well catered for with games & books, well behaved dogs are welcome.

The Estate is a 650 acre nature reserve, home to a myriad of wildlife. There is a fabulous (inclusive) Art Spa with indoor/outdoor pools, gym and treatment rooms, as well as playground areas, trampolines, a football area and table-tennis and tennis courts. A small shop and café is 150m walk

Lower Mill Estate comprises exclusive, private villages committed to ecological best practice, with wonderful facilities, a luxury family spa plus over 550 acres of pure Cotswold countryside to explore.

On site you will find the £6m Artspa, with a heated indoor and outdoor pool, plunge pool (very cold!), sauna and steam room. There is a well-equipped gym, and a tennis court that can be booked by the hour. Your rental includes access for all guests to the Artspa. The Artspa also offers a wide range of spa treatments using 100% natural plant-extract Pevonia products.

There is a small shop and cafe on site which opens in peak hours, offering a good range of grocery provisions, as well as great coffee & tea, patisserie and light lunches. They sell tasty home-made frozen meals and can also provide gourmet dining direct to your front door.

There are numerous lakeside walks you can take without leaving the Estate. For some years now the Estate has supported the re-introduction of beavers into the protection of the nature reserve. There are spots around Flagham Fen where you can hope to catch a glimpse of these shy creatures at dusk or dawn.

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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Guestbook comments from the owner

5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 NEW

Rented for a week over Easter, house was superb to get all the family together. The welcome pack was great and the location perfect as my husband had a car driving experience booked at Castle comb nearby. Kids loved zorbing and slack lining at near by water park, while older members of the party enjoyed quiet walks and looking out for wild life. Everyone loved the out door pool and those that tried spa came back suitably relaxed.

Posted on Trip Advisor May 2014 (This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.)
Apr 2014
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37 Reviews

based on 37 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely home, and a great spa on site!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of friends who met up at Songthrush for a few days away together. It was a lovely setting in which to catch up - we particularly enjoyed the open plan space downstairs with the wood burner. The house is in a lovely setting, with a spa facility on site and it was great to discover the outside pool was heated even in October!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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An excellent place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This was an excellent place for 4 couples from across the country to meet for their annual reunion. Everybody was delighted with the space, facilities and equipment both inside and out and with the standard of cleanliness. The attention to detail with the adequate provision of things like washing up liquid/tablets, toilet rolls, condiments, etc for the 3 days was much appreciated.

The location is ideal with the proximity of the pool and spa complex, the variety of local country walks and the accessibility of a nearby country pub.

Correspondence with Liz, the owner, was always dealt with quickly and efficiently.

We would highly recommend it to others - both groups like ours (outside school holidays) and also for family groups all year round.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you had a great stay at Songthrush. The little things can make a big difference when we go away somewhere, and so we try to ensure that these are taken care of, leaving our guests to enjoy themselves. There's so much to do in the local area - we're delighted that you had the chance to explore.
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SONGTHRUSH strongly recommended.

  • 4 of 5

Very well equipped property, excellent cooking facilities, clean and in good working order. Good position, spacious and comfortable. Party of 9, Granny, Two families, 3 teenagers& 8yr old boy. TV, Wi-Fi, and board games provided. Very happy week, swimming, tennis, kayaking, shooting, walking & golf!! Excellent meal at the Baker's Arms. Wonderful visits to Roman Museum Cirencester, Tetbury, & Westonburt Arbouretum. A great way to celebrate a Birthday!! Much enjoyed by everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing house & place

  • 5 of 5

The house is brilliant and just right for 9 people (3 generations) so ideal for all ages young and old. The space works really well and we made plenty of use of the BBQ. Location wise its ideal as just opposite the swimming which was great for kids. We use Balihoo Restaturant on a number of occasions too, which was really nice and the Lower Mill Estate was just beautiful, we did the Miss Mouse Nature Trial which was great fun, although took us much longer than is was supposed too. Overall I would recommend to anyone (and have) We hope to come back next year with friends. Thank you so much Liz for your great communication.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely, well equipped property in great location

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. Songthrush is a lovely house - light, spacious and clean. The surroundings are beautiful and even though there is a little bit of building work on the estate, there was no noise or inconvenience. Kids loved the open spaces and the spa, shop and brasserie made it easy not to have to leave the site. Liz was very helpful sorting out our stay and making sure we were happy.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely property

  • 5 of 5

Second visit, would certainly recommend. Cannot fault this property.

Liz the owner is very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased to have you back, and glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : The Bakers Arms at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Kemble at 3 Miles Nearest Motorway : M4 at Swindon at 12 Miles Nearest Beach : at 1 Miles Car: recommended

Our nearest town is elegant, Roman Cirencester. A lively, attractive place full of smart shops, cafes & restaurants, a ‘real’ market, and a great arts centre. It has a Waitrose and Tesco – both of whom deliver to the Estate to take the ‘self’ out of catering. There are many beautiful Cotswold villages to explore, each with picturesque local pubs – many of which serve extremely good food.

There are comprehensive water-sports centres nearby, as well as jet skiing, cable skiing, water skiing, paint balling, sky diving, hot air ballooning, riding and golf.

For families, a short walk away is The Cotswolds Country Park & Beach, where you can hire cycles and boats, book sailing lessons, fish, cook a bbq and play on the sandy beach. Visit Butts Farm for baby animals and an award-winning farm shop & butcher; the Cotswold Farm Park, & Cotswold Wildlife Park.

There are also antiques in Tetbury, William Morris’s house at Kelmscott, Westonbirt Arbortorium and the Abbey at Tewkesbury.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Oct 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Winter
6 Feb 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring Half Term
10 Feb 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Spring
17 Feb 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter Holidays
31 Mar 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early May Bank Holiday
28 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
2 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Half Term
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
2 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Holidays
14 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Pet Fee £25

Arrival time: 4pm onwards
Departure time: 10am

Monday and Friday are change-over days for arrivals and departures, other weekdays may be able to be accommodated dependent on bookings/demand. Weekend breaks are 3 nights. SORRY WE DO NOT OFFER 2 NIGHT STAYS AT WEEKENDS.

Bank Holiday weekends will be extended to cover the additional day, at special rates. Please enquire by email.

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Updated: 22-Nov-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities


  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural


  • arboretum
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • fitness centre
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 190 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, wet room
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • Fluffy white towels are included in the rental. However please bring your own swimming towels for use at the Spa.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, En suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, En suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
  • The double bedrooms are all capable of adding a cot. The master bedroom is a huge room with en-suite, on the 2nd floor of the house, and is particularly suitable for use as a family room. Blow-up beds for children and cots can be supplied, please ask when booking.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Decking
  • 12 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • The house is a firm favorite with families & friends alike. Open plan living spaces make the property a very sociable option. The design mixes the warmth of wood floors with the clean-cut simple style of contemporary furnishings. Families are particularly welcomed; there are plenty of activities for all ages. Children are well catered for with toys, games & books, well behaved dogs are welcome. Ground floor comprises a hallway with cloakroom (WC/basin), opening into a spacious living, dining and kitchen area. Furnished with two sofas, easy chairs, flat screen TV, Free view and DVD recorder. Internet access is available via Cotswolds Wireless, a local (subscription) service. Floor to ceiling windows bring the outdoors in, and you step out onto wooden decking, leading to a (unfenced) stream. The perfect place to sit out and eat breakfast in the sun. 5 bedrooms are on 1st & 2nd floor. There are two en-suites and one family bathroom. Egyptian cotton bedlinen & towels included.

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