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Stunning Lakeside Family Home with Free On-site Spa

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Indoor Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

5 bed glass fronted holiday home ideal for families and friends: 8 adults; 2 young children (max age 10) & babies

Goose Nest House is a luxury lakeside holiday home equipped to five star standard. With vaulted-ceilings and wall to wall glass windows opening onto a glass-fronted balcony overlooking the lake towards a site of special scientific interest. Situated in the award-winning Lower Mill Estate, guests have free, unlimited access to the newly built £6 million spa with its slate-lined indoor and outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym; all just three minutes' walk from your doorstep. All guests of Goose Nest house have fishing rights on the lakes and can sail. The 450 acre private nature reserve has bird hides dotted around so you might spot the otters and beavers, wildfowl and deer that thrive on the Estate. The Estate also has a small shop, children's playground, trampoline and petting area. Based in the Cotswold Water Park with cycling, fishing, sailing, cable-skiing and lakeside walks. The house is a perfect base to explore the Cotswolds villages and historic towns.

Please note our house sleeps a maximum of 8 adults and two children up to age ten in low shorty bunks. We provide two cots in addition for babies.

More Details

Paul or Madeleine Shearer
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2018

About Paul or Madeleine Shearer

We have a young family and enjoy time away with them and sharing holidays with friends in a relaxed, but comfortable location. Comfy beds are essential in our holiday needs! Goose Nest is the only holiday home we own, and we strive to ensure that all guests have a relaxed and stress-free time at our house.

Paul or Madeleine Shearer purchased this house in 2008

Why Paul or Madeleine Shearer chose Somerford Keynes

We rented a house in Lower Mill Estate ourselves and fell in love with the place - walks around the lakes, children out playing and cycling and, of course, the superb spa treatments! It seemed like the ideal place to relax and unwind and yet only 90 minutes drive from London.

What makes this house unique

We have equipped the house to be a home from home both in terms of the kitchen and comfort. Nobody likes having to do washing up on holiday, so we have twice the number of cutlery and crockery so one set can be in the dishwasher as you move onto the next meal!

Travelling with children can turn into a logistical challenge, so we have baby and toddler carriers, pushchair, cots, high chairs, bottle warmers, sterilizer and plenty of children's toys, books, DVDs and games so we can literally pack some clothes and go! We hope that guests feel they can do the same.

Guestbook comments from the owner

And just to say we had a really lovely time at the house - both the house and setting are beautiful and hopefully we'll be returning soon!
May 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Somerford Keynes in Somerford Keynes

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Changeover day usually Monday or Friday. Please note child's bunk bed is for children up to age 10 maximum
  • Guests must agree Lower Mill Estate Code of Conduct set out in rental agreement attached.
  • Single sex groups need approval from Lower Mill Estate
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1: Shower with WC. En-suite to bedroom 1: Bath/shower over and WC. En-suite to bedroom 2: Shower and WC.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , ensuite shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , lake facing
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , ensuite bathroom; lake facing
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Child Bed , Child bunk bed NOT suitable for adults
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 bedrooms - 8 adults, 2 children) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1 and 2 with king bed and en-suite. Bedrooms 3 and 4 with twin beds Bedroom 5 with child's bunkbed (5ft). All adult beds are solid maple wood with luxury mattresses, duvets, Egyptian cotton linen.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Set over 3 floors, the house has reverse living with the open-plan living area on the first floor which maximises the views over the lake. The second master bedroom occupies the whole of the second floor with its own en-suite bathroom. Please note this is a strictly no smoking property including the balcony. Sorry but no stag or hen parties accepted. Outside: Glass-fronted balcony with outdoor tables and chairs. The downstairs sundeck provides sun loungers and a gas-fired BBQ. The Lower Mill Estate is a tranquil, nature reserve with second homes. Utility Room: Washing machine and dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: White fluffy towels, Egyptian cotton linen included. Post-departure cleaning. Additional cleaning available if required (extra). Other: Equipped for families: Two travel cots, two high chairs provided free of charge. Steriliser, bottle warmer, children's cutlery and plates. Toddler and baby carriers. Children's toy box. Board games, jigsaws, children's books.


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Stunning Lakeside Family Home with Free On-site Spa
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Wonderful location, perfect house

  • 5 of 5

Amazing 4 nights break over new year at Goosenest. 6 adults, 4 children and a baby and everyone loved it.

The kitchen has every gadget and utensil you could possibly need which was a god send when cooking a roast for 11 on New Year’s Day!

Comfortable bedrooms, plenty of space for chilling out and views from the lounge window to die for.

On site facitlities were excellent. We even swam in the outdoor heated pool!

Would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for a lovely family break and will almost certainly be back.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Natalie. We are so pleased you had a great time at New Year at our house. We try hard to make sure Goose Nest House is a luxury home away from home as we appreciate that when you go away you want to relax and enjoy time with friends and family and not be hunting for the garlic crusher!!
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Family get together in a lovely well furnished property

  • 5 of 5

Excellent facilities and location ensured we had a lovely time such a tranquil setting one can't help but unwind.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful family holiday at Goose Nest House

  • 5 of 5

It was wonderful staying at Goose Nest House with the stunning view over the lake. The kitchen, dining and sitting room area was great and a wonderful space for all the family. The glass doors leading to the balcony gave us a great view of the lake and we could watch a family of swans with 6 cygnets, ducks, terns diving and lots more. We thought the bedrooms and bathroom on the ground floor were a little small but it didn't really bother us much as we only used them for cleaning and sleeping and when we were in the house we took advantage of the beautiful big space I have just described.

The Lower Mill Estate was also great and we found the little shop useful. We used the spa and swam in the eco pool and the 2 heated pools, and used the steam room and sauna; it was very good. The family made full use of the tennis courts and we did several of the walks around the lakes. We also hired Kayaks and all 8 of us used them over the 24 hours we had them. We were so busy on the estate that we hardly ventured out.

The house and the estate had a lovely quiet calm feeling and it was just such a lovely place to holiday. There were lots of lovely families about.

The description of the estate and house were accurate and useful. The owners were excellent to deal with and I would recommend this property and the estate to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. We are pleased that you had a lovey holiday. Best wishes Madeleine and Paul
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Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

Booked this house for a week's holiday for our family - 6 adults and three children under the age of 6, and it was perfect. The view from the lounge took our breath away and we never tired of sitting looking out of that beautiful view, watching the wildlife. Very quiet location and we all enjoyed the pools [indoor and outdoor heated], riding our bikes and using all the other facilities on offer. The house is very well equipped, especially for children, with high chairs, travel cots, bed guards and lots of toys. The kitchen is also very well equipped and we had a really fab week.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect holiday house!

  • 5 of 5

Goosenest is an absolutely fantastic holiday house, ideal for family groups with children. The house is really well equipped and has everything you would expect and much more, especially welcome were the toys and range of games. We had a wonderful time, using the on site spa and pool, exploring the local area, and just relaxing in the lounge enjoying the amazing sunrises across the lake each morning. This was our 2nd visit to The Lower Mill estate and it remains a really peaceful setting, but with enough to keep kids occupied with bike hire, swimming, tennis and play grounds. There is a restaurant/bar on site which is a little pricey, but decent food, and a friendly village pub an easy 15 minute walk away.

The owners were really helpful in the booking process and answered any questions we had. The house was immaculately clean, well maintained and modern. All in all a superb place for a family break!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. The sunrise over the lake is a very special sight at any time of year but the spring colours of the reflecting light is one of my favourite times of year. Madeleine and Paul
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Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

What a great house. Plenty of cutlery,China etc and kitchen equipment was outstanding. Great views and very warm. Delightful bedrooms with comfortable beds. Could not have wanted anything better

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We onow that when people come away for a break they want to feel relaxed and refreshed so it's important to us that it is a home from home. We try hard to ensure that is what you get when you stay at Goose Nest House. Thank you again Madeleine and Paul
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Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Further Details:

Nearest pub 15 minutes' walk away. Supermarkets in Cirencester, ten minute's drive. Lower Mill Estate shop (limited opening hours) sells newspapers, freshly-baked croissants, local farm produce and essential items.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May Half Term
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer Holidays
29 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Holiday
21 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nightly Rate
28 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Holiday
2 Sep 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Half Term
19 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
28 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Changeover Monday or Friday. Please contact us BEFORE inputting payment details if looking for other dates

Sorry, due to restrictions by Lower Mill Estate we are not able to accept bookings from stag or hen parties or large single sex 'party` groups
Child's bedroom only suitable up to age 10 in low, shorty bunks
Guests must agree to Lower Mill Estate Code of Conduct to ensure all visitors to Lower Mill have a lovely, relaxing holiday

Rates are subject to change. Please check actual price with us before confirming. £250 deposit and full payment two months before start of rental with £250 damage deposit. Pay direct through cheque or bank transfer or through paypal. Renters will be liable for any additional charges (international transfer charges) on top of advertised rate

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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