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A charming cottage on the Lower Mill private nature reserve in The Cotswolds

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage in glorious countryside next to The Thames

Originally home to the horses that farmed the land, The Stables is now part of an exclusive development on the Lower Mill Estate, a stunning 450 acre private nature reserve.

Within metres of The Stables is access to the heated outdoor pool, fishing, beautiful walks (including Thames Path) cycle paths, tennis, sauna, shop, kayak and bike hire. The lovely old village pub is a ten minute stroll.

The Lower Mill Estate is located in the Cotswold Water Park. With over 140 lakes, there are plenty of activities to try such as fishing, sailing, waterskiing, kayaking and wakeboarding as well as fantastic cycling and lovely walks along the Thames Path and Thames & Severn canal.

A perfect base for exploring picturesque Cotswold villages and visiting historical towns such as Cirencester, Cheltenham, Bath and Oxford.

The Stables is a contemporary, stylish three bedroom retreat.

Downstairs there is a living room with logburner, flatscreen TV/DVD player, comfy seating for six, floor to ceiling window to the front and a stable door opening onto the orchard at the rear. There is a selection of DVDs as well and books. Across the hall is a kitchen/ diner with Shaker style cream units, butler sink, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, freezer, microwave and toaster. There is a dining table and chairs for six.

Upstairs are three cosy bedrooms. There is a double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a kingsize bedroom with TV and DVD player and a twin bedroom (one of the single beds is 1.7cm/5ft 7inches in length). There is also a shower room with WC and basin. The rooms have been built into the eaves so there is restricted head height in some parts which adds to the charm of this conversion. There are Velux windows in the two double bedrooms so you can look at the stars as you lay in bed.

To the front is a pretty courtyard with a bench to take in the morning sun. At the rear in the orchard is a dining table and chairs for six, sun loungers, parasol and a BBQ. There are five different type of fruit trees and the Thames runs alongside (fenced). The orchard is particularly pretty in Spring when the trees are in blossom.

More Details

Gary and Katharine Leftwich
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
2 January, 2018

About Gary and Katharine Leftwich

We grew up not far from where the cottage is located and spent much of our childhoods on the many water parks in the area. We currently live 45 minutes away and visit the cottage for our own when we can

Gary and Katharine Leftwich purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Gary and Katharine Leftwich chose Somerford Keynes

We were delighted to acquire this cottage in 2016 from the previous owner who we have known for many years. As previous guests of the cottage we are know the the delights of the estate and local area

What makes this cottage unique

Tucked away in a quiet courtyard with a fantastic orchard to the rear which borders the Thames. With a beautiful pool, restaurant and tennis court within close proximity, this cottage is perfectly placed on the Lower Mill Estate


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Somerford Keynes in Somerford Keynes

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Holiday renters are asked to abide by the site's code of conduct. This is to protect the wildlife and the tranquilitity of the site
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , One of the beds is reduced length - 5` 7" or 1.7m
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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A charming cottage on the Lower Mill private nature reserve in The Cotswolds
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews
Altrincham, Cheshire

Fabulous place to stay

  • 5 of 5

I had the privilege of an extended stay at The Stables. This cottage is perfect, its well equipped, well looked after and in a lovely position on the estate. I loved the Bose speaker which can be moved to all rooms, the log burner in the lounge was perfect and was only needed for to create a cosy atmosphere as the cottage is well heated. I would highly recommend this property and the welcome Chocolate cake was a bonus .`````

  • Review Submitted: 23-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage is a beautiful estate, set in an orchard garden. Fantastic outdoor pool.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend and made the most of all the facilities. From tennis, to playgrounds to the out door pool.

The house was very well kitted out, including games and dvds for the kids.

It was a very hot weekend and it was hot at night. Some fans would make a great addition to the rooms.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay in fantastic family friendly community

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in Lower Mill for a weekend. The cottage was perfect for us (two couples with a young child each) with space for us all. The kids especially loved running around the orchard and exploring Lower Mill on hired bicycles. A great find!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cosy cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a weekend in mid-May. The cottage is lovely and big enough for six adults, with nicely decorated rooms, linens and towels. The well stocked kitchen allowed us to cook a few meals, which we shared around the kitchen table.

Location is perfect, situated on the lovely gated Lower Mill estate which means you have the countryside right on your doorstep. Walks around the lakes to swimming in the heated outdoor pool, you couldn't ask for a more relaxing getaway.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cotswold cottage for a great family stay - a home from home.

  • 4 of 5

Great cottage with lots of space outside for the kids to run around. Much better than being in a hotel as you feel like it's a home from home.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location. Cosy cottage with abundance of activities. Suitable for all ages.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very light and clean with a cosy feel. The photos on the website don't do it justice. We had everything we needed and more for the weekend that we stayed here. The flowers were a nice touch, and we LOVED the heated outdoor swimming pool and sauna, absolute bliss! Cycle hire was easy and right next to the cottage, and we spent a whole day riding around the old railway tracks and country lanes to the quaint villages nearby. There are plenty of running and walking tracks within and outside of the estate which were very pleasant. Overall, a wonderful cottage in an area with so much to do for everyone, from nature to sport enthusiasts, and from toddlers to pensioners. Despite the wealth of activities available nearby, the estate and surroundings are very peaceful, perfect for a break from the norm.

It would have been helpful to have had the opportunity to order a Welcome Pack or the like, as we would have liked the local produce to be more readily available upon arrival.

The booking process was a breeze, Gary has been really helpful and provided lots of additional information, and we would certainly recommend it.

Thank you for having us!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
6 Jan 2018 - 4 Feb 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
23 Mar 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
May half terrm
25 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer Holidays
7 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Oct Break
19 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £85

As the property is on a nature reserve guests are asked to comply with a code of conduct

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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