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Lakeside Detached Home with Garden onto Lake and Spa - Not looked upon

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Indoor Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Stunning Uninterrupted Views Across the largest lake In 550 Acre Nature Reserve - A Family Haven

Somerford View is a uniquely positioned contemporary lakeside home, on a 550 acre nature reserve, 2hrs from London. 'WOW' factor views, with a garden onto the lake! 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (3 ensuite) and a w.c. off the study. We have designed the interior to match the award winning house using luxury bed linen from the White Company. Rental includes use of the stunning residents spa, with heated indoor and outdoor pool (seasonal), ecopool, treatments, sauna, steam room, and gym. We have two canoes which you're welcome to use, and fishing rights. Close to the house is the children's playground, trampoline, tree house, football pitch, and ping pong room, to list a few! We're a few miles from Cirencester and in the centre of the beautiful Cotswolds. Nearby is an internationally renowned riding school, Cableski/ knee boarding and golf course. With Roman villas, amphitheatre, museums and Cheltenham theatre for the culture buffs. Our housekeeper will pop by in the first 24hrs.


Owner
Serena
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
28 November, 2017

About Serena

We are a London couple with a 10yr old daughter. We work hard during the week and can not wait to get to Lower Mill at the weekends to collapse. Our environment and aesthetics are really important to us, and our home reflects it. We use it as much as we can too, which means it is not rented out all the time, it is well looked after and ready for our guests.

Serena purchased this house in 2011

Why Serena chose Somerford Keynes

A friend very kindly lent us their house on Lower mill as we were exhausted and needed some family time together. Before we arrived we could not understand why anyone would want to live in a 'gated community' in the county. As we drove through the gates we left London life behind and all its stresses, and within 24 hours of swimming, walking, biking, and just sitting by water - we got it! The biggest gift was when our daughter, who was used to London life, rode off on a bike and came back an hour later with some new friends, covered in mud saying 'Mummy this is freedom!' We then knew that somehow we needed to get a place at Lower mill!

What makes this house unique

It was really important that we bought a home close to everything on the estate. We didn't want to get into our car to get anywhere! We have a unique location:

- We have uninterrupted views of the largest lake and nature reserve beyond ie. you do not look onto other homes as in most houses.

- There are only four homes on the same stretch of land as ours that goes directly onto the lake

- We are a couple of minutes walk from the award winning spa, the shop, the tennis courts, playground, trampoline, football pitch and tree house!

- We have a parking space right outside, with the visitors car park very near near by.

Location

Nearest Train
5 Miles
Kemble
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The Cotswold Country Park is a 10 minute bike ride away. It has a man made sandy beach. It has an amazing safe toddlers enclosed play area with lifeguarded water. With boats, BBQ's, water balls available to rent. Head for heights is especially good to test your climbing skills.

Travel:

Having is a car is recommended, however Kemble Station (direct to Paddington 1hr 30) is 15 mins away, also on the Swindon and Cheltenham line.

Distances:

Cirencester (Roman town) is approx 15 mins away, a beautiful market town.

Oxford is about 1.5 hrs away

M4 Junction 15 is 12 miles away

Nearest Pubs: 1 mile and the other is 30 mins walk

Further Details:

On booking I will send you my 'top tips' for a great stay. There is a Waitrose in Cirencester as well as a huge Tesco just before it, though both will deliver. Bath and Oxford with Cotswold Villages such as Bibury and Bourton on the Water and Cricklade are well worth a visit. The infamous Gifford Circus and the Fairford show take place near by, both of which are amazing.

On rainy days having had a swim we go to Swindon cinema and bowling complex or Magicland in Cirencester, or just curl up infront of the fire with a good book! We have a cupboard full of games.

Butts Farm is down the road where you can feed the animals and the Cotswold Wildlife Park is near by. There are bird hides around the lakes at Lowermill where if your lucky you will see an otter or even one of the beavers.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Somerford Keynes in Cotswold District

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • resort
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master ensuite - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Double ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    King ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Study Loo - Toilet
  • All bathrooms are high spec with Mitre power showers
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Double - 1 Double Bed
    Twin - 2 Single Bed
    Master Super King - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    King - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground Floor: Master Bedroom: Super King - ensuite - lake view Double Bedroom: - ensuite - lake view Twin room with TV (bathroom across corridor) Second Floor: Guest Bedroom King -ensuite - lake view through window over sitting room
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Sorry no pets or smoking inside. Estate rules say no hen or stag parties. We include a welcome basket to get you going ( coffee, tea, sugar, washing up liquid, cloth, kitchen roll, bin liner, dishwasher tablet) with loo rolls and liquid soap in each bathroom and bath soap. Please note the maximum amount of people in the house is 8 (including children) Outside: First Floor: Balcony off sitting room with chairs to enjoy the view and a gas BBQ Ground Floor: Large decking. Large L shaped sofa and tables (seasonal). Garden goes down directly from the house to the lake. Two sit on Kayaks and life jackets are available (seasonal) The gated secure estate has tennis courts, trampolines, football pitches, rugby pitch, tree house, chickens, shared heated pools, ping pong, hammocks, shop, and cycles can be hired locally Utility Room: Iron board, iron, vacuum cleaner, mop and bucket Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Rates include one set of Bed linen and towels for 8 people. The house will be set for your arrival, please let us know if you want additional cleaning or changes. Other: Study with over 200 DVD's Library for adults and children. Desk and chair.

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Lakeside Detached Home with Garden onto Lake and Spa - Not looked upon
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
5

Lovely place

  • 5 of 5

We have had a lovely time - Serena has been lovely too, very helpful and everything has been easy. The place is cosy, very comfortable, modern and clean - everything we need is here. Beautiful view and lots to do in the area. Thank you so much.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fabulous holiday in luxurious house.

  • 5 of 5

We found a bright, modern, very clean and very well furnished house with stunning views across a nature reserve lake all situated on a private estate of luxurious and individually designed holiday homes. The estate offers a gorgeous spa with large heated indoor and outdoor pools and an absolutely freezing eco pool which caused many dares and much hilarity amongst our party. The treatments we had in the spa were discreet and very relaxing. We sweated it out in the well equipped gym, also, before falling into the sauna and steam rooms. Being able to kayak from the bottom of the garden in "free" boats was a bonus. Also on site is an all day restaurant offering very child friendly food in comfortable surroundings. I suspect the menu choices will become greater in high season as it could become a bit boring if relying upon it everyday. There are numerous tennis courts and we walked everyday taking in the Thames path which is idyllic.

The information sheet provided by the owners was so helpful and directed us to some excellent pubs for eating. Meanwhile cooking back at the house was easy with a superbly well equipped kitchen, including a dishwasher and a large Waitrose and Tesco about 5 miles away.

This was a fabulous base from which to explore the area and its beautiful villages if you can tear yourself away from all it has to offer on the estate. Children will be most reluctant to go out for the day!!

We would highly recommend a stay at this house and felt very relaxed about letting our teenagers wander off on their own (under 16's do require adult supervision in the pool).

Sitting on the upstairs terrace with a glass of wine, watching the sun go down, the light changing over the water and so many varieties of birds at play was a lovely way to end each day.

Serena was highly attentive and helpful from my first contact with her and very approachable with our silly queries throughout the holiday.

A major thumbs up from all of us.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always lovely to get these reviews, especially when someone takes the time and trouble to help our future guests. It makes all our hard work in trying to make our home as welcoming as possible. (Thank you Angela for highlighting that more glasses would be helpful....duly done)
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5

Amazing escape in a wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

The communication and information received prior to our visit was incredibly helpful and our children throughly enjoyed the forest school that the owner recommended.

The house is beautiful and has some lovely accessories. It has all the modern items you would want in your own home. All the bedrooms were lovely and spacious with plenty of bathrooms for the house.

The information at the house was very useful and the facilities on site were clean and the staff we met were very helpful.

Would definitely return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We love this house!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here three times - we keep coming back as we love the location and the house. The sitting room in particular has unbeatable light and an amazing view over the lake and we love spending time there drinking coffee in the mornings and lounging on the sofas watching movies in the evenings. We also love the Spa the pools and the restaurants - for our family Lower Mill is the perfect combination of social location and quiet space, and if you are not a 'Cottage' person it is also the ideal way to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds. We would highly recommend it - we have never done repeat visits anywhere else!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing family holiday at the cottage. It's was spacious, clean, very well equipped and in idyllic surroundings. With 3 children, ranging from 9-15 , there was something for everyone to do. We rode bikes, went for walks, shopped, drank in lovely country pubs and spent 10 days having a lovely family Christmas. My children are already nagging me to go back again in the summer.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous family escape

  • 5 of 5

This property at Lower Mill Estate is very much a home from home with great attention to detail and luxury finishing touches. The view is amazing and one of the best around. The owner's tips on the area and estate were invaluable. Even in October there was loads to do with kids. We will be back I am sure.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
NOV/DEC
6 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,150
for 7 nights
£1,150
 
 
CHRISTMAS NEW YEAR
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,895
for 7 nights
£1,895
 
 
ESTATE CLOSED
6 Jan 2018 - 3 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
£160
for 7 nights
£160
 
 
FEB
4 Feb 2018 - 8 Feb 2018
5 night minimum stay
£821
for 5 nights
£1,150
 
 
HALF TERM
9 Feb 2018 - 19 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,495
for 7 nights
£1,495
 
 
FEB/MARCH
20 Feb 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,150
for 7 nights
£1,150
 
 
EASTER HOLS
24 Mar 2018 - 16 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,795
for 7 nights
£1,795
 
 
APRIL/MAY
17 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,495
for 7 nights
£1,495
 
 
HALF TERM BANK HOLS
25 May 2018 - 4 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,795
for 7 nights
£1,795
 
 
JUNE
5 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,495
for 7 nights
£1,495
 
 
SUMMER HOLS
30 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,100
for 7 nights
£2,100
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Changeover Day:
Flexible (ish!): Full weeks begin and end on a Friday or Monday. Normally arrival 3pm and departure by 11am.

Cleaning of BBQ charged at £15 if left dirty

Stays that span two price bands will be charged at the average of the two. This is subject to availability

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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