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Contemporary lakeside home in private Cotswolds nature reserve, ArtSpa included

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8

The Augusta House is set on a peninsula in a unique development of architecturally stunning homes in diverse designs. The Lower Mill Estate is the UK's first residential nature reserve, located in the heart of the Cotswolds and historic Gloucestershire. With its extensive leisure facilities it is an unparalleled rural retreat. One of a pair, the House lies on the shoreline of Somerford Lagoon, one of the most important lakes for over wintering wildfowl in the southwest. The gated and managed Estate consists of 450 acres of parkland crossed by three rivers (one of them being the Thames) and surrounded by seven lakes. This spacious property has been designed to capture the beautiful views and tranquil waterscapes. It has panoramic double glazed windows on ground and first floors, giving over the extensive decking, across the water to the picturesque Mill Village. There is a wood burning stove in the large open sitting and dining room, and all modern conveniences in the well equipped kitchen.

What our guests say:

'Faultless accommodation and location.' May 2012.

'It was well equipped.' Oct 2010.

'Excellent location very peaceful & clean.' June 2010.

'Very clean and nice and warm even on a wet and windy weekend.' Nov 2009.

'The property was extremely well appointed, superbly equipped and beautifully situated. It was absolutely perfect for our family weekend. Access to a modern spa with a large swimming pool was a real bonus. The local nature walks were also exactly to our liking.' Oct 2009.

'This is a lovely holiday community, which provides a very safe environment for children and excellent leisure facilities.' July 2009.

More Details

Owner
Bryce Somerville
Member since: 1997
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

Amenities

Somerford Keynes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 137 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Spa
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , House Shower Room
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , En Suite
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , En Suite
  • There is also a WC and wash basin on the ground floor
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , En Suite
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom - 1 double , En Suite
  • 2 doubles, 2 twins
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
There are tables, chairs and a barbecue for use on the extensive deck with views over the water to the picturesque Mill Village. There is double glazing and central heating throughout, and a wood burning stove in the open plan sitting and dining room. Initial wood for the burner is included and thereafter it is available locally. The kitchen is large modern well appointed and well-equipped. There are granite work surfaces, and a large range gas hob with electric oven and combination microwave, dishwasher, washer dryer, fridge and freezer. On the first floor there are 1 double and 2 twin bedrooms, one with ensuite bathroom, two with sliding doors onto a sundeck. There is a further house shower room and WC and a children's retreat with sofa, TV and DVD. Upstairs to a double bedroom with ensuite. There is a virtual tour on http://www.english-country-cottages.co.uk property refeernce NX8

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Contemporary lakeside home in private Cotswolds nature reserve, ArtSpa included
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews
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5

Lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of four adults and it was perfect for us. Loved having breakfast looking at the lake and seeing what the ducks were up to. Amazed to see the River Thames just around the corner as a juvenile Thames, with swans and lined with daffodils.

Really lovely spot and good location for sightseeing. The ArtSpa is special too, and we were lucky enough early Friday evening to have it all to ourselves!

Augusta House is warm and comfortable, and has everything you would need, very well equipped in deed. Even as far as a hairdryer in the very top bedroom, not sure if there is one in each, but I had showered and thought after 'ah hairdryer' checked the drawers on the off chance and there it was, without me having to go hunting.

Also the advance information provided by Bryce is excellent, so we knew where we were going, how to gain access and all the instructions needed for working electrical equipment like tv etc. That can be a nightmare without a manual.

Very much hoping to visit again in the near future.

Thank you

Ed, Emily and family.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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5

Second visit, and we will definitely be back again

  • 5 of 5

We visited Augusta House earlier this year early Spring and loved it so much we visited again, this time to experience autumn there. Log fires, long sunny walks, spa, massages, good food, quiet pints in the Bakers Arms - it was perfect! Strongly recommend visiting Augusta House to anyone, feels like a home from home.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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5

Stunning, relaxing, heavenly stay.

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I had the most perfect weekend. The property and area are absolutely stunning. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and definitely want to visit again.

The Bakers Arms is such a great spot, as is Ballihoo on site (we went there three times!) and the Art Spa is so relaxing, especially during adult only (we're a little before a family at the moment but it seemed ideal for kids).

Everything ran exactly as the instructions and guides said they would and the house was very clean and well kept, it has everything you could ever need there.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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5

The Augusta House - perfect for our family break

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Augusta House for New Year and the celebration of a special birthday. The house is very well equipped and comfortable and had everything necessary for our family group of three generations, including a baby. The owner couldn't have been more helpful and even left us a bottle of champagne. The location of the Lower Mill Estate is beautiful and we enjoyed the views from the house over the lake, with the children spotting various birds and swans. We had intended to make use of the various outdoor activities; tennis courts, nature trails and beautiful walks, but the only downside was the unusually wet weather. However, it didn't stop us getting out and about and the younger members of the party spent hours in the heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, enjoyed scooting and cycling and spent quite a bit of time in the two children's playgrounds. We imagined having breakfast on the deck and enjoying BBQs in the summer months. We hardly left the estate during our visit, but we did sample the local pub (within walking distance) on our day of arrival and it was perfect for our needs.

We would definitely recommend The Augusta House for a family holiday with good amenities and value.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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5

Another relaxing weekend in a comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

This was my second visit to Augusta House, this time to celebrate my Mother-in-law's 70th birthday. The house is warm, well equipped and comfortable. We spent a relaxing weekend together, we enjoyed walking around the lake with the dogs, stopping off at a local pub on the way. I thoroughly recommend this property, and hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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4

Spacious and homely.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely, peaceful surroundings. Kitchen facilities very good providing more than enough crockery, kitchen utensils. games rom provided with DVDs which helped. Owner provided lots of information leading up to the visit.i would recommend property to a friend or relative. I would be happy to stay there again if I were to return to that area.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Rates & Availability

Somerford Keynes House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Standard
Mar 3 2017 - Mar 30 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,292
 
 
Mid Season
Mar 31 2017 - May 4 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,604
 
 
Standard
May 5 2017 - May 25 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,292
 
 
Mid Season
May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,604
 
 
Standard
Jun 2 2017 - Jun 29 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,292
 
 
Mid Season
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 13 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,604
 
 
High Season
Jul 14 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,978
 
 
Mid Season
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 14 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,604
 
 
Standard
Sep 15 2017 - Oct 19 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,292
 
 
Mid Season
Oct 20 2017 - Nov 2 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,604
 
 
Low Season
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 14 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,104
 
 
Standard
Dec 15 2017 - Dec 21 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,292
 
 
High Season
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
$1,978
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $312
Pet Fee $0

Special offers: second and subsequent weeks discount 20%; early booking discount 10% for 2017 bookings made before 2016 ends.
Bed linen and towels included, but not pool towels.
One third at the time of booking; the balance not later than 28 days before arrival.
£250 refundable damage deposit required.

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Nearest Train
4 Miles
Kemble
Car: recommended

The Estate brims with wildlife through every season: in spring rare orchids bloom, in the summer the fields are alive with butterflies, in autumn geese stop by on their migration. With two SSSIs it is home to otters, bats and sand martins and rare species such as watervole, purple heron and great crested grebe. The communal facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, tennis court, children's play area and pets corner. There is boating and canoeing, a network of nature trails and bird hides, cycle tracks and bridle ways and the site is close to the numerous water activities of the Cotswold Water Parks: 133 lakes covering 40 square miles.

The pretty village of Somerford Keynes is a 5 minute walk and the village pub is one of many around the area that offers a warm welcome with excellent food and real ales. Five miles from Cirencester, for shopping and sightseeing, the House is a good base for exploring the Cotswolds

Other Activities: Canoeing, jetskiing, birdwatching

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