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

Bedrooms 3
Space 760 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 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.

For bookings of a week or more we recommend a maximum of 4 adults

More Details

Gary and Katharine Leftwich
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 April, 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
Floor Area:
  • 760 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • 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 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Awesome, lovely, cozy, well appointed cottage. Located right in rhe hub for activities

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay - lovely cottage, v well appointed, right in the activity hub- cycle hire, heated pool.... and the clubhouse- the ballihoo. My 7 year old made friends most days and cried when we had to leave - says it all really - happy kid/s, happy parents! Would definitely come again and again .... in fact we’d have loved to have stayed longer. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

A great cottage for a lovely, relaxing family stay. The cottage is warm, well equipped and well presented. We had some beautiful walks around the lakes starting from the cottage. The outdoor pool was clean and lovely and warm.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

So coming from the city we wanted to get away for the weekend and be able to relax and chill in a peaceful surrounding; this was perfect. The house was so clean and had everything you needed to be able to be comfortable and cook all your food. It warms up very quickly especially when you put the wood fire on. The sky lights are a lovely feature in the two double bedrooms as the clear sky shown all of the stars which we don't get to see because of living in the city. The tv in the living room had Netflix and YouTube and enough chanels to keep you entertained. The only thing I wish that would have been different was the weather as we went in February the weather was hit and miss so we couldn't really go in the pool or sit in the garden much. But overall really happy with the place, we are already considering coming back this year in the summer again!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £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.