Mere Hide (sleeps 4+2),17 Howells Mere, a luxury lakeside Bolthole within LME/Lower Mill Estate,550-acre nature reserve set in beautiful Cotswold countryside. The tranquil setting provides a luxurious backdrop for myriad of leisure activities avail, both active n passive. Mere Hide evokes memories of boat houses, dreamy lakeside homes and hides nestled in nature reserves. The luxurious furnishings and modern comforts are complemented by textures of old: stone building, comfortable arm chair, glazed tiles, timber paneling, log fire stove, hunting trophies and vintage blankets. Its decked terraces extending from the living space and two of the bedrooms above, hover tantalizingly over the lake; the shimmering sunset and the mysterious mists announcing dawn. 3rd room has bunk beds suitable for adults. Howells Mere is 3rd phase of Estate and is still under construction further along.
House : Two of the three bedrooms upstairs share a large terrace which overlooks the lake...wake up to the sounds of coots. The main bedroom has king size bed and wardrobe. There is a hairdryer. The second bedroom has a double bed. The third bedroom is fitted with folding bunk beds and if a third bedroom is not required, a wall can unfold to create an open space, perfect for a play/study; also fitted with TV/DVD.
Enjoy the luxurious 400-count Egyptian cotton, beautiful throws/cushions on comfortable latex mattresses.
The family bathroom and WC have generously sized towel radiator, perfect for drying towels after a visit to the Arts Pa.
Estate housekeeping service is also available at a chargeable rate.
Exterior and surroundings: Lower terrace is lakeside, perfect for dining Al fresco. The upper balcony extends over two bedrooms overlooking Howells Mere. Bicycles can be rented locally, delivered with 24hrs notice. There is a children's playground, trampoline, football pitch and lakes for boating and fishing, walks, nature hides, bird watching.
The Residents' Spa, Artspan, is stunning and has an indoor pool open all year and an outdoor pool (heated April to October) (and at Christmas and New Year). There is a gym, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms offering a range of Pevonia Botanica treatments. Pilates instruction is available by prior arrangement.
Surrounded by eight lakes, perfect for fishing enthusiasts (trout, perch, pike, carp).
Other activities: Other activities: Artspan, nature trails, nature hides, tennis courts, playgrounds, trampoline, farm shop, tree house
Further afield: riding stables, Westonbirt Arboretum, Cotswold Wildlife Park, gastro pubs, Cirencester, source of River Thames in Kemble.
Lower Mill Estate is in the Cotswold Water Park (South Cotswolds) , a great base for exploring all the Cotswolds towns (Cirencester, Tetbury).The source of the Thames is 4 miles away (Kemble). The Thames Path has many lovely walks along its 180 mile journey to the sea.
The Cotswolds are steeped in history from the Roman times and there are some beautiful historic houses and estates to explore: Chedworth Roman Villa, Dyrham Park, Sudeley Castle.
There are over 100 lakes in the area, some are kept as nature reserves but many are used for fishing, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing. Golf, bicycle hire and horse-riding are also just a few minutes drive from the house.
Bakers Arms pub is within walking distance and there are a number of other good pubs in the area that are all child-friendly.
For animal lovers - Butts Farm and the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
Pool - no children 8-10am + last hour.
Other Activities: bird watching, walks in nature reserve
Golf: South Cerney golf course.