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Luxury Lakeside House with Skydeck. On-site Spa with Swimming Pool

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Indoor Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House at Lower Mill Estate, Somerford Keynes, Nr. Cirencester, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire - With Skydeck, On Nature Reserve, On-site Spa With Heated Outdoor And Indoor Swimming Pools

Celandine is a stunning 4 bedroom detached contemporary lakeside holiday home, situated on Howells Mere on the award winning Lower Mill Estate private nature reserve. The accommodation is arranged over 3 floors, the main living area being on the upper floor with large outside decking area and views over the lake. Both master bedrooms have balconies overlooking with lake. A spiral staircase leads from the upper balcony to the 'skydeck'; a spectacular roof top terrace which offers complete privacy and views over the surrounding area. Guests have free access to the Artspa with its slate-lined indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, steam room and gym. Adjacent to the spa is Ballihoo restaurant which is exclusively for the use of guests at Lower Mill Estate and offers a breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and takeaway menu. The 450 acre private country estate comprises 7 lakes, abundant wildlife and lovely walks. There is a small shop selling local produce, children's playground, mini astro-turf football pitch and tennis courts. There is also a nature trail for youngsters around the estate. Golf, fishing, sailing, canoeing and waterskiing is available nearby. The house is a perfect base to explore the Cotswolds villages and historic towns.

We accept week breaks, weekend breaks and short breaks.

Sorry No Hen or Stag weekends and No Dogs.

To preserve the tranquility on the estate Lower Mill Estate has a Code of Conduct that all guests must sign prior to their stay. Please contact me if you wish tho see this.


The prices generated and quoted from the Owners Direct Website should be roughly correct for 3 night weekend, 4 night midweek or 7 night weekly breaks. Because of the sites technical limitations, prices for other durations/periods are often not accurate. The price quoted on the Owners Direct site includes the new Owners Direct service fee which is around 7% of the rental price.

The system does throw up some strange anomalies so I urge potential guests to please check best price with us before before pressing the 'proceed to book' button...


More Details

Sarah Cowley
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Sarah Cowley

Hi! I'm Sarah. I bought Celandine with my husband six years ago and have had many fun holidays here. Our son is now 8 years old and we’re looking forward to exploring some of the more adventurous water sport activities in the area as he grows up.

Sarah Cowley purchased this house in 2011

Why Sarah Cowley chose Somerford Keynes

We have an eight year old son, and living close to London we wanted somewhere that we could escape to for weekends and holidays within a two hour drive. My husband works in London and Kemble station is a very easy commute from Paddington. The Cotswolds has so many interesting places to explore, and when looking for possible houses we stumbled across Lower Mill, we felt this would be the perfect place for our son as he grows up. He already loves the pool and we are looking forward to being able to take him sailing and canoeing in the years to come. It's a great area for cycling - there are many cycle paths in the area, but children seem equally happy simply pedalling or scooting around the estate.

What makes this house unique

Our house is one of the few properties on the development with a skydeck - a completely enclosed 360 degree rooftop terrace. It's lovely being able to relax in the sun at any time of day in complete privacy. The log-burning stove in the main living area gives the home has a cosy feel in Winter. We also have a separate snug room, so there's always space to escape to for a quiet read. The Spa is a wonderful place to relax all year round, and has great treatments on offer. We find it is a perfect central point for friend and family gatherings as it is close to the motorway networks of the M4 and M5 giving easy access from both the north and south of the country. Guests have enjoyed the many local gourmet pubs, the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park and exploring the beautiful Cotswold villages. Legoland is within striking distance. The local town of Cirencester is lovely and has many cafes and independent shops.

Guestbook comments from the owner

- We had the most wonderful week - rain or shine, we enjoyed every moment. House wonderful, all creature comforts and fresh and stylish.(April 2012)

- Thanks very much for sharing your spectacular home with us. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and felt very relaxed in this beautiful setting. (May 2012)

- A wonderful relaxing break. Beautiful house and lovely part of the country. Decking areas and barbie great! (May 2012)

- What a gorgeous home! Lovely indoor and outdoor space with a great kitchen - fab for dinner parties! The Artspa was excellent and we barely left the complex all weekend - what a treat. We hope to come back again soon.(Aug 2012)

- Easily the most well-equipped house we have ever rented - which was slightly annoying as I bought half my kitchen with me! Three generations locked together in appalling weather and yet the time passed by in a flash! Thank you so much. (Dec 2012)
Nov 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Somerford Keynes in Cotswold District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Main bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    groundfoor wc - Toilet , wc in utility store room on ground floor
    ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite shower room with wc.
    ensuite 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite shower room with wc.
  • En-suite shower room to Bedroom 1 - power shower, wc, basin, heated towel rail. En-suite shower room to Bedroom 2 - power shower, wc, basin, heated towel rail. Bathroom with bath with shower attachment, wc, basin, heated towel rail. Ground floor wc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Bunk room. with 2 x 3ft wide beds.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Twin room with 3ft wide single beds.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King Size (5ft) bed. With ensuite shower and wc. Lake view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , King size (5ft) bed with ensuite shower and wc. Lake view
  • Description of sleeping capacity: sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) with space for travel cots Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. King size (5ft) bed with en-suite shower room, balcony and lake view. Bedroom 2. King size(5ft) bed with en-suite shower room, balcony and lake view. Bedroom 3. Twin beds (3ft). Bedroom 4. Bunk beds (3ft). Space for travel cots.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: This is a great house for families or an extended family group with plenty of facilities for children. The decking areas of the property are completely enclosed and there is no direct access to the water from the balcony. Lower Mill Estate is a nature reserve and family environment with a mix of owners and their families as well as a number of rental properties. There are a few ‘rules’ to ensure that the estate is a safe, secure and peaceful environment. Please ask if you wish to see these in advance of booking. This is a strictly no smoking property. Sorry no pets. No stag or hen parties. The property is on Howells Mere which is one of the newer developments on Lower Mill Estate, there are therefore a few building works nearby. This does not detract from the enjoyment of this beautiful nature reserve, but we feel guests should be aware. Outside: The skydeck on the top floor of the property offers complete privacy and gives 360 degree views of the surrounding lakes and countryside. It is furnished with an outdoor sofa and table, and recliners. The glass fronted decking area outside the main living area has a table, chairs and BBQ. There is also a large area of decking on the ground floor, with small table and chairs where children may play. There are 450 acres to explore within the Lower Mill nature reserve, and the Cotswold Water park offers numerous walking and cycle trails and many waterbased activities. Utility Room: Iron, ironing board, vacuum cleaner, travel cot, high chair, stairgate, baby carrier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are included in the rental price. Rentals of more than one week have the option to book a linen change and a weekly clean for an additional charge. Please bring your own towels for the swimming pool, or you can hire for a small charge. Other: Ground floor 'snug' room with sofa, TV and DVD, which opens out onto a large decking area - perfect for children to have their own 'retreat'. Study room with desk and free wifi. Travel cot, high chair,


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average rating of 4.8 based on 6 reviews

Very beautiful location & property

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. Great property for all ages. Owner very easy to communicate with. Look forward to a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fab Holiday Home

  • 5 of 5

We booked Celandine for four nights to celebrate my daughter's birthday and end of GCSEs - as we took a few of her friends with us I really appreciated having so many floors to spread over, and took over the ground floor as "my space"!

We've been to Lower Mill before, but first time to this house and it was a lovely experience, views from every window, very well equipped, loads of wildlife and a reasonable walk to the Spa and pool. The girls were all completely wowed by the house and complex, so much so they refused to go anywhere else during the week, and the only time I went off complex was to get supplies.

Communication with Sarah was great, and the rental was a reasonable price compared with the Estate lettings agency - we will definitely be back at some point next year.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning Property!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Celandine with family members who reside abroad, and there were 8 of us in total. Boolking and dealing with the owner, Sarah, was very easy by email and she supplied us with all the information we needed (and more besides) about the house, estate and surrounding area.

Following Sarah's instructions the house was easy to find and it offered a real 'Wow!' moment when we walked in, it's much bigger than the pictures suggest and all the decor, furniture and fittings were fresh and modern. The large decks off every floor and the sky terrace were lovely and we cursed the awful weather for not letting us make more use of them.

We did have one tiny issue in that the microwave hadn't been cleaned prior to our arrival, but I called the agent Sarah had given me details of beforehand and he arranged for it to be cleaned the next day. Otherwise the house was spotless.

There was masses of room for the 8 of us and all the beds were comfortable with plenty of pillows and good quality bedding. The kitchen was well equipped and we cooked lots of full dinners for 8 without any problem. The central heating in the house worked very well and we were never cold or without hot water, despite the cold and generally awful weather we had for the week. Despite major flood alerts across the UK and almost constant heavy rain, there was never any issue on the estate and all the local roads we used got worse than 'large puddles'. We enjoyed using the log burner on a couple of nights but if I'm honest this was for effect rather than it being cold in the slightest.

The wifi was reliable and fast, which kept the kids happy on their new Xmas tablets and the Sky TV worked too.

The ArtSpa on the site is really lovely and the opening hours were very generous and the main pools are both heated to 30 degrees - it's lovely in the evening in the outside one with the lights on. Both pools are a constant 1.2m deep so very safe and child friendly. We never found it crowded. The sauna and steam room (which are poolside) are very good, but we didn't go in for any treatments. There's a child's play area and trampoline next to the Spa too.

The house bikes came in useful for quick dashes across the estate, the shop has limited stock and is very pricey though, so we only used it in an emergency.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the quality and space in celandine really came into its own with the poor weather - we were all quite happy to be inside such a lovely property :)

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: December 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Celantine, Lower Mill Estate


  • 5 of 5

Perfect for our three-generation family get-together. The property had everything we wanted ..... and more. The layout was ideal and all fixtures and fittings were of a high standard. A special mention and many thanks to the owners for catering for everbody.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely holiday

  • 5 of 5

7 of us stayed at Celadine for a week. From age 4 to 74 and we all loved it. The children enjoyed feeding the swans and ducks from the balconies looking over the lake. The grown ups loved chilling out on the spacious roof terrace watching the stars on a night.

The house was spotless, modern and very peaceful and quiet.

We all loved the spa swimming pools, indoor, outdoor and a couple of strokes in the cold Eco pool! It was all very clean and new looking.

I would thoroughly recommend this holiday for anyone looking for an active family holiday or a relaxing spa holiday, it suits all.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Special interest holidays:

Spa break - Health and well being just minutes from you door at the award winning Artspa on the estate. With Eco pool filtered by water-lilies, two 20m heated swimming pools, steam room, sauna, restful reading room and Technogym equipped gymnasium. In peaceful treatment rooms you can sample over 60 gentle therapies, designed to relax and rejuvenate mind and body, using natural botanical ingredients.

Ballihoo restaurant located adjacent to the Artspa is exclusively for the use of guests of Lower Mill Estate and offers a comprehensive breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and takeaway menu. Here diners can enjoy the finest and freshest local produce in a modern eco-friendly environment that delivers a true taste of the Cotswolds.


Despite being land-locked, Celandine is very close (2 minutes drive / 5 minute cycle) to Britain's largest inland lake-swimming beach at the nearby Cotswold Country Park. In the summer months the beach is manned by lifeguards, and there are also cafes, beach toy hire and play areas.


The house is near both the M4 and M5 (just 11 miles from Junc. 15 of the M4). The nearest rail station is at Kemble, 3 miles away, and from here there are frequent services to Swindon, Gloucester and Cheltenham as well as a direct, frequent service to London, Paddington. A car is strongly recommended, but not essential as you can take a taxi to the estate from Kemble station. Nearest airport is Bristol (38 miles), and the house is a 2 hr drive from London (94 miles) and 1 hr from Birmingham.


The Roman town of Cirencester is just five miles away, and many popular Cotswold towns and attractions including Burford, Bourton-on-the-water, Bibury, Tetbury, Stow-on-the Wold are within a 30 mile radius. The Georgian town of Cheltenham is just 24 miles away, and a little further afield Bath - 34 miles, Oxford - 41miles, Windsor and Legoland - 70 miles and London just 1hr and 20 mins by rail from Kemble station.

Further Details:

There is a Waitrose and Tesco just 10 minutes drive away in Cirencester. There are many local pubs serving excellent food, and pride themselves on their ethical and local sourcing. There are also several fine-dining restaurants nearby. Perfect location for visiting the various festivals in Bath and Oxford and Cheltenham, including the annual National Hunt festival in March and the Cheltenham literary festival.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% deposit taken at time of booking, with full payment due 6 weeks before commencement of rental. Booking form to be completed at time of booking.
A £200 damage deposit is required. This is to be paid two weeks before your stay and directly to me before the key-code can be released.
Payment by bank transfer of cheque. I can also do Paypal but there is generally an additional charge for this.

Changeover Day:
Usually a Friday for weekly rentals, and Monday or Friday for short breaks. We can often accommodate other days, so please do contact us if you would like to check specific dates.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
Short breaks are charged differently, so please contact owner for those prices. As a guide weekend 3 night short breaks (Fri-Mon) and mid-week 4 night short breaks (Mon-Fri) are generally around 75% of the weekly price, but this can vary depending on the season and bank holidays.

The prices generated and quoted from the Owners Direct Website should be roughly correct for 3 night weekend, 4 night midweek or 7 night weekly breaks. Because of the sites technical limitations prices for other durations may not be accurate. The automated price quoted on the Owners Direct site includes the new Owners Direct service fee which is around 7% of the rental price, so please do contact us to check accurate price.
The system does throw up some strange anomalies so I urge potential guests to please check best price with us before before pressing the 'proceed to book' button...

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.