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Contemporary, family owned home in Cotswolds nature reserve.

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


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5 bedroom house ideal for family get-togethers

Songthrush is a spacious, family-owned contemporary home on the private Lower Mill Estate nature reserve in the Cotswolds Water Park. A fabulous 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.

Families are particularly welcome, with plenty of activities for all ages. Children are well catered for with games & books, well behaved dogs are welcome.

The Estate is a 650 acre nature reserve, home to a myriad of wildlife. There is a fabulous (inclusive) Art Spa with indoor/outdoor pools, gym and treatment rooms, as well as playground areas, trampolines, a football area and table-tennis and tennis courts. A small shop and café is 150m walk

Lower Mill Estate comprises exclusive, private villages committed to ecological best practice, with wonderful facilities, a luxury family spa plus over 550 acres of pure Cotswold countryside to explore.

On site you will find 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Liz Wren
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 NEW

Rented for a week over Easter, house was superb to get all the family together. The welcome pack was great and the location perfect as my husband had a car driving experience booked at Castle comb nearby. Kids loved zorbing and slack lining at near by water park, while older members of the party enjoyed quiet walks and looking out for wild life. Everyone loved the out door pool and those that tried spa came back suitably relaxed.

Posted on Trip Advisor May 2014 (This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.)
Apr 2014
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based on 36 traveler reviews

Contemporary, family owned home in Cotswolds nature reserve.
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 37 reviews

An excellent place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This was an excellent place for 4 couples from across the country to meet for their annual reunion. Everybody was delighted with the space, facilities and equipment both inside and out and with the standard of cleanliness. The attention to detail with the adequate provision of things like washing up liquid/tablets, toilet rolls, condiments, etc for the 3 days was much appreciated.

The location is ideal with the proximity of the pool and spa complex, the variety of local country walks and the accessibility of a nearby country pub.

Correspondence with Liz, the owner, was always dealt with quickly and efficiently.

We would highly recommend it to others - both groups like ours (outside school holidays) and also for family groups all year round.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you had a great stay at Songthrush. The little things can make a big difference when we go away somewhere, and so we try to ensure that these are taken care of, leaving our guests to enjoy themselves. There's so much to do in the local area - we're delighted that you had the chance to explore.
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SONGTHRUSH strongly recommended.

  • 4 of 5

Very well equipped property, excellent cooking facilities, clean and in good working order. Good position, spacious and comfortable. Party of 9, Granny, Two families, 3 teenagers& 8yr old boy. TV, Wi-Fi, and board games provided. Very happy week, swimming, tennis, kayaking, shooting, walking & golf!! Excellent meal at the Baker's Arms. Wonderful visits to Roman Museum Cirencester, Tetbury, & Westonburt Arbouretum. A great way to celebrate a Birthday!! Much enjoyed by everyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Amazing house & place

  • 5 of 5

The house is brilliant and just right for 9 people (3 generations) so ideal for all ages young and old. The space works really well and we made plenty of use of the BBQ. Location wise its ideal as just opposite the swimming which was great for kids. We use Balihoo Restaturant on a number of occasions too, which was really nice and the Lower Mill Estate was just beautiful, we did the Miss Mouse Nature Trial which was great fun, although took us much longer than is was supposed too. Overall I would recommend to anyone (and have) We hope to come back next year with friends. Thank you so much Liz for your great communication.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Lovely, well equipped property in great location

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. Songthrush is a lovely house - light, spacious and clean. The surroundings are beautiful and even though there is a little bit of building work on the estate, there was no noise or inconvenience. Kids loved the open spaces and the spa, shop and brasserie made it easy not to have to leave the site. Liz was very helpful sorting out our stay and making sure we were happy.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Lovely property

  • 5 of 5

Second visit, would certainly recommend. Cannot fault this property.

Liz the owner is very helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased to have you back, and glad you enjoyed your stay.
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What a wonderful place for a weekend break!

  • 5 of 5

A group of us ladies decided to have a break from husbands and kids and came to stay at Songthrush for the weekend - from start to finish it was wonderful. The owner was always prompt to reply to any queries we had prior to our stay and very helpful in offering advice on where to go for supper and during the day.

The accommodation itself was perfect - clean, modern, a great open kitchen, dining and lounge area for us to congregate in as well as lovely bedrooms and bathrooms/ ensuites for us to use.

The spa is right across from the accommodation so not to far to go and spa facilities are available to those staying at the house - which of course we made the most of.

I would highly recommend this property to anyone and we will definitely be back to stay - we may need to make it an annual thing!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Owner's Response: So pleased that you all had a good time at Songthrush. We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Bakers Arms
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
M4 at Swindon
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
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 House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Autumn Half Term
Oct 14 2016 - Oct 27 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 28 2016 - Dec 21 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Feb 6 2017 - Feb 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring Half Term
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 16 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Feb 17 2017 - Mar 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter Holidays
Mar 31 2017 - Apr 20 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Apr 21 2017 - Apr 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early May Bank Holiday
Apr 28 2017 - May 1 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
4 night minimum stay
May 2 2017 - May 25 2017
3 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
3 night minimum stay
Summer Holidays
Jul 14 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $31
Refundable damage deposit $306

Arrival time: 4pm onwards
Departure time: 10am

Monday and Friday are change-over days for arrivals and departures, other weekdays may be able to be accommodated dependent on bookings/demand. Weekend breaks are 3 nights. SORRY WE DO NOT OFFER 2 NIGHT STAYS AT WEEKENDS.

Bank Holiday weekends will be extended to cover the additional day, at special rates. Please enquire by email.

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Malmesbury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 190 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , wet room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • Fluffy white towels are included in the rental. However please bring your own swimming towels for use at the Spa.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , En suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , En suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
  • The double bedrooms are all capable of adding a cot. The master bedroom is a huge room with en-suite, on the 2nd floor of the house, and is particularly suitable for use as a family room. Blow-up beds for children and cots can be supplied, please ask when booking.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • arboretum
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The house is a firm favorite with families & friends alike. Open plan living spaces make the property a very sociable option. The design mixes the warmth of wood floors with the clean-cut simple style of contemporary furnishings. Families are particularly welcomed; there are plenty of activities for all ages. Children are well catered for with toys, games & books, well behaved dogs are welcome. Ground floor comprises a hallway with cloakroom (WC/basin), opening into a spacious living, dining and kitchen area. Furnished with two sofas, easy chairs, flat screen TV, Free view and DVD recorder. Internet access is available via Cotswolds Wireless, a local (subscription) service. Floor to ceiling windows bring the outdoors in, and you step out onto wooden decking, leading to a (unfenced) stream. The perfect place to sit out and eat breakfast in the sun. 5 bedrooms are on 1st & 2nd floor. There are two en-suites and one family bathroom. Egyptian cotton bedlinen & towels included.

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