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Luxury, family-owned contemporary-styled oak barn in Cotswolds lakeland reserve

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,715 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom barn with fantastic living space, sleeps 6+ at Lower Mill Estate

Coot Lodge is a spacious, family-owned contemporary oak-beamed barn on the private Lower Mill Estate nature reserve in the Cotswolds. A stunning property set in a quiet cul-de-sac location and overlooking a small reeded stream, you have miles of scenic walks from the front door and an abundance of local sporting, sightseeing and relaxing activities, including the beautiful Artspa with pools, steam, sauna and a gym.

Coot features a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area. It is furnished and equipped to an extremely high standard throughout. An abundance of warm oak and a gas stove also make it perfect for intimate entertaining. An enclosed deck runs the length of the building for BBQs and outside dining.

It has 3 ground floor bedrooms - sleeping 6 - plus room for a cot. A large mezzanine is used as a family entertainment area with TV, console games and table football. It also has a sofabed which can be used as additional sleeping space.

Coot Lodge: Walk through the front door and you'll find yourself in an bright, warm, oak-beamed barn, approximately 48' x 17'. The open plan space incorporates a well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar across the entire end of the room, with a comfortable living area (seating for 7), and a dining table and chairs looking out over the decked patio which runs the length of the building. Perfect for entertaining, the barn also has a large mezzanine level with wide-screen TV, table football, easy chairs and a sofabed.

The three bedrooms are on the ground floor off to the side of the main room. We have two double bedrooms and a twin. One en-suite bathroom and one shared bathroom complete the premises.

Lower Mill Estate is a 650 acre nature reserve, home to a myriad of wildlife. There is also the Artspa, cafe & shop (described below), playground areas, trampolines, a football area and table-tennis and tennis courts.

A very short walk from your front door is the £6m Artspa, with a heated indoor and outdoor pool, plunge pool (very cold!), sauna and steam room. There is a well-equipped gym, and a tennis court that can be booked by the hour. Your rental includes access for all guests to the Artspa. The Artspa also offers a wide range of spa treatments using 100% natural plant-extract Pevonia products.

There is a small shop and cafe on site which opens in peak hours, offering a good range of grocery provisions, as well as great coffee & tea, patisserie and light lunches. They sell tasty home-made frozen meals and can also provide gourmet dining direct to your front door.

There are numerous lakeside walks you can take without leaving the Estate. For some years now the Estate has supported the re-introduction of beavers into the protection of the nature reserve. There are spots around Flagham Fen where you can hope to catch a glimpse of these shy creatures at dusk or dawn.

More Details

Liz Wren
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

Why Liz Wren chose Cotswold

We had owned another house on Lower Mill for a couple of years - and love visiting. Whenever we arrive, I take a deep breath and feel myself relax!

For two years we walked past Coot Lodge on our way to Songthrush, and always commented on how warm, cosy and welcoming it seemed. We could just catch a brief glimpse of the flickering fire, or the warmth of the oak in the interior.

When we noticed it had been empty for a while we investigated and found out it was for sale. We just knew that Coot was a very special house, and so cutting a long story short, we finally took possesion in March 2012, and set about refreshing it and equipping it to make it feel loved again.

Whenever we stay here, we feel as though we are treating ourselves to a really special taste of luxury.

What makes this barn unique

Coot Lodge is one of very few barn-style houses at Lower Mill. I think it is unique in that all living area is on one floor, with the exception of the mezzanine area which is wonderful as a separate space when there are a few of you staying.

We love the generous use of rustic oak & stone, offset with a clean and contemporary feel to the walls and kitchen fittings. We've furnished the house with comfortable, good quality furniture and fittings that we'd like to live with. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor 5 days ago for a stay in August 2014 NEW

We stayed at Coot Lodge with our young daughter and dogs over the bank holiday weekend and had a great time. The house is equipped with all you could possibly need and is conveniently located right across the road from the spa where the swimming pools are ideal for entertaining kids on rainy days. We found some wonderful dog walks round some of the lakes on the estate, and we enjoyed seeing lots of the local wildlife along the way. It's a beautiful place, and we'd highly recommend it.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes.

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Aug 2014
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Malmesbury Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1715 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Fluffy white towels are included in the rental. However please bring your own swimming towels for use at the Spa.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 (which also has an en-suite bathroom), has room for a cot. Bedrooms 2 & 3 share a bathroom. There is a large mezzanine above the main living area, and this is equipped with a sofa-bed. This is suitable for occasional use, although cannot be described as a bedroom. We use 400 thread Egyptian cotton bed linen throughout the house. House towels are also supplied. Please provide your own towels for swimming at the Artspa.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • arboretum
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The barn is a ground-floor property with the additional benefit of a mezzanine area which is set up as a TV and games area. The living area runs the length of the building, with solid oak flooring, pillars and rafters. Underfloor heating and a real-flame fire warms the space beautifully. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the appliances you could need, and well supplied with cutlery and crockery. Three sets of sliding doors open out onto a full length, enclosed deck, which overlooks a pond and the river at the back of the house. The deck is fully equipped for outdoor dining, and features a gas-fired barbeque. The bedrooms feature top-quality mattresses and 400-thread Egyptian cotton bedlinen. Fluffy white towels are also provided. There is good wardrobe space in all rooms. Dedicated wi-fi internet access The house is available for short and longer lets, and we'd also consider a house swap.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Luxury, family-owned contemporary-styled oak barn in Cotswolds lakeland reserve
average rating of 4.928571 based on 20 reviews
Reading, England

Beautiful house

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic mid-week stay in Coot Lodge. The house itself has a very large living area incl. well equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and nice sitting and dining areas. The upstairs TV and games area meant everybody could spread out and do what they wanted. Property was clean on arrival, we had no maintenance issues, but there were clear instructions on who to contact should there be any. The Lower Mill village/resort is great, with good facilities incl. playgrounds, spa/swimming pool and restaurant. There are a number of pubs and restaurants not too far away too. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Comfortable and spacious accomodation

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Coot Lodge, the space was brilliant for us and location to the Spa and other facilities was excellent. The separate TV area upstairs worked well, and the kitchen space with the island was perfect for morning breakfasts etc. We used the tennis courts, spa, did the 5km run a number of times, hired the kayaks from SouthCerney and the boys enjoyed the Combatsplat afternoon plus the Head4Heights challenge was great (and the dog swimming area is directly opposite so worked well). Thanks Liz!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. It sounds as though you really made the most of the many activities available on and around the Estate. Come back soon for a relaxing holiday!
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A gorgeous lodge

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at coot lodge with our two dogs. There are lots of places to explore both on site and nearby. The lodge was spotless and had everything you could possibly need. The weather was amazing and so we made full use of the gas bbq. The large deck was completely enclosed with a gate to the gardens and lake outside, this made having the dogs there much safer. The onsite restaurant was ok for a quick bite but I wouldn't recommend it for a formal meal. We found the on site shop very expensive so did our main shop elsewhere. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Easter vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Coot Lodge was nothing short of relaxing. We arrived to find easter treats that made us feel even more welcome. The interior of the lodge was warm, inviting and homely. The estate catered for people of all ages. The spa and indoor pool were just a few steps from the front door which was great. Thank you Liz

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you had a great time at Easter in Coot Lodge. It is a destination that has something for everyone, regardless of age or interest. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Liz
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A great family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

My teenage children loved the proximity of the spa, with gym and the various swimming pools. They disappeared off to the gym every morning, leaving the adults to surface at a leisurely pace and join them when we were ready. We entertained guests at Coot Lodge, taking them for nature walks around the estate, and they were able to use the spa with us. We loved the new restaurant, the ‘Ballihoo’ - good food at the right price, and a friendly welcome. The Cotswold Water Park (a few minutes away by car) offers endless amusement for the children, and we were able to plan our visits, so keeping their enthusiasm within our budget! The estate is well managed, well maintained, Coot Lodge is impressive but relaxing, very comfortable and homely, while ‘wowing’ all of our guests. Liz wanted to be sure that everything went smoothly for us, and we really appreciated the level of attention, the right balance. Looking forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your holiday with us. We love the fact that Lower Mill appeals to all ages, even when individual members of the group might define what they want from a 'holiday' quite differently. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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  • 5 of 5

My partner and I stayed here for a few nights and fortunately, were allowed to take our dogs, which was extremely appreciated. The photos do not do the property justice! It is truly stunning and the kitchen is well equipped for anyone wanting to have some nights in. The property is also conveniently located right next to the spa! Liz provided all the relevant information prior to our arrival and we were made to feel very welcome by the area manager (Pete Townsend).

Thank you for a perfect few days away, we look forward to staying again.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Baker's Arms
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
M4 at Swindon
Nearest Restaurant
The Ballihoo Restaurant
Car: recommended

Our nearest town is elegant, Roman Cirencester. A lively, attractive place full of smart shops, cafes & restaurants, a ‘real’ market, and a great arts centre. It has a Waitrose and Tesco – both of whom deliver to the Estate to take the ‘self’ out of catering. There are many beautiful Cotswold villages to explore, each with picturesque local pubs – many of which serve extremely good food.

There are comprehensive water-sports centres nearby, as well as jet skiing, cable skiing, water skiing, paint balling, sky diving, hot air ballooning, riding and golf.

For families, a short walk away is The Cotswolds Country Park & Beach, where you can hire cycles and boats, book sailing lessons, fish, cook a bbq and play on the sandy beach. Visit Butts Farm for baby animals and an award-winning farm shop & butcher; the Cotswold Farm Park, & Cotswold Wildlife Park.

There are also antiques in Tetbury, William Morris’s house at Kelmscott, Westonbirt Arbortorium and the Abbey at Tewkesbury.


Rates & Availability

Malmesbury Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 21 2017 - Apr 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early May Bank Hoilday
Apr 28 2017 - May 1 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
4 night minimum stay
May 2 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer Half Term
May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 2 2017 - Jul 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer Holidays
Jul 14 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Autumn Half Term
Oct 13 2017 - Oct 26 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $319.55
Pet Fee $25.56

Peak time week-long bookings run from Friday to Friday.
Weekend stays are a minimum of 2 nights, a 2 night stay runs from Fri 4pm to Sun 6pm.
Outside peak holiday times we are flexible on number of days and arrival/departure dates, subject to a minimum rate. Automatic quotes don't always allow different arrival/departure days, and sometimes mis-price your stay if it is not a standard booking. Please email an enquiry and we will tailor a quote specifically to your requirements.

A deposit of £250 secures your booking and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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