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Cotswold Water Park

Sleeps 10
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
Tennis Court
200+ Mbps
Perched on the banks of an enchanting lake at the Lower Mill Estate, this ethereal spot is a sanctuary for switching off and connecting to nature. A place for all the family, Firecrest features a magnificent open-plan living space with a roaring wood burner and ambient lighting. Step outside onto the balcony for a breathtaking view of the wetlands that’ll form a cinematic backdrop for your stay. Whether you’re into kayaking, paddleboarding or cycling, this serene spot plays host to year-round activities for kids and adults alike and is well placed for exploring the nearby Cotswold towns of Cirencester, Stroud and Burford.
Full Description
Tranquil views and snug furnishings welcome you to Firecrest, a place that feels very ‘hygge’ (the Danish concept of contentment in cosy surroundings). Whether you take that as your cue to play board games around the fire, enjoy dinner at the banquet-style table or step onto the balcony to soak up the sounds of nature, this spot feeds the soul in every way.

Set over three floors, Firecrest's magnificent open-plan living area is the hub of the home and all centered around its finely crafted woodburner, which has a knack for bringing everyone together in one place. After putting your phone on airplane mode, settle down on one of two comfortable sofas, clink a glass and enjoy nibbles to the ambient sound of the crackling fire. When tummies rumble, prepare dinner in the well-equipped kitchen that overlooks the tennis courts while the kids have fun drawing on the chalkboard. Make sure to place a few bottles in the spacious wine fridge before choosing to dine either inside or al fresco where there’s seating for 10 people. As bellies draw full and eyes tired, slink off for a restorative sleep in one of the four bedrooms located both upstairs, and down on the ground floor, not forgetting to catch a glimpse of the stars from Firecrest's plethora of glass doors and skylights.

Once outside, tune in to the peaceful sounds of the surrounding wetlands composed by the orchestra of unique wildlife that call this freshwater paradise home (think swans, herons and coots!) By morning, watch the sun rise over the lake and commence your day with a dip in the natural outdoor pool, or try a workout at the gym courtesy of the two complementary spa passes that come with your stay at Firecrest. There is also designated parking for one car at Firecrest, and additional parking located at the overflow car park on site.

Ground Floor

Bedroom One:
Featuring a luxurious king-size bed, en-suite and access to a private outside area, bedroom one is a sanctuary to itself. As the sun rises over the lake, open the sliding doors to enjoy the gentle sound of birdsong on waking.

After a day of activities, bedroom one’s en-suite provides a welcome oasis for TLC. It’s complete with a WC, hand basin and shower over the bath.

Bedroom Two:
Bedroom two engenders the same sense of serenity as the lakes outside. With its plump double bed and access onto wooden decking via sliding doors, it makes both waking up and bedding down a relaxing affair.

Bedroom Three:
Whether they’ve been out cycling, swimming, or splashing about, bedroom three is a haven for tired little ones. Equipped with twin beds and a built-in wardrobe, there’s enough room for two kids and their belongings.

Light and airy, the ground floor bathroom is equipped with a shower, wash basin and WC for freshening up after outdoor activities.

First Floor

Open Plan Kitchen/Living/Dining Room:
Firecrest’s light-drenched living area makes togetherness a priority. Gather around the charming wood burner, flick on the TV or pull out a board game to really make the most of this expansive space.

A place for eating, drinking and connecting, Firecrest’s kitchen is equally as communal and fully equipped with an oven, fridge-freezer, and that all-important Nespresso coffee machine.

Wander over to the dining area with nibbles and a drink in hand and take a seat at one of the dining table’s benches, perfectly placed for chatting with loved ones busy in the kitchen or kids hanging out on the sofas.

Firecrest’s first floor cloakroom is equipped with a handy WC and sink.

Utility Room:
The utility room comes complete with a washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing equipment.

Second Floor

Bedroom Four:
Perched above the living space, this mezzanine bedroom features a capacious double bed and two single beds making the options for sleeping endless. The room has a pair of glorious skylights and is lined by an elegant glass balcony that gazes down onto the living space - especially useful for keeping watch over furry friends.


The ground floor terrace features wooden decking, seating for a plethora of guests and a grassy area for kids and pets to play. On warmer days, light the BBQ and serve up a delicious feast whilst gazing across to the nearby lake. With a magical view stretching across the wetlands, the balcony is undoubtedly the highlight of this special spot. Framed by a gleaming glass panel fence, it's ripe for pulling out a rattan chair and unwinding with a glass or two as the sun sinks over the water’s edge.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • Bedroom Two - Double
  • Bedroom Three - Twin
  • Bedroom Four - Double, 2 x singles
  • 2 Bathrooms - Shower room, en-suite bathroom
  • Hairdryer - 4
  • Fire - Logs provided for initial fire (01 October - 31 March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Wine fridge
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso Magimix
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 10
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
  • TV - Smart
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair - 2
  • Stair gates


  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden - Terrace open to lake and balcony
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Charcoal
  • On-site facilities
  • Swimming pool - Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (open February to December)
  • Complimentary on-site spa access *pre-booking required - Outdoor and indoor swimming pool, gym, steam room, sauna, and treatments available (2 passes included)
  • Sauna - Shared
  • Tennis court - Shared
  • Parking - Designated parking for one car and additional overflow parking on site
  • EV Charger - Shared, on-site
On your Doorstep
Lower Mill Estate On-Site Facilities:
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool with changing rooms and sauna – open year round
  • Tennis courts – booking required, equipment hire available
  • Adventure play – use of outdoor play areas, booking required and additional fees apply for use of indoor play area
  • Equipment hire – hire equipment for the day or week for watersports and cycling
  • Fishing – available year round with a valid rod license
  • Yoga – studio classes and private sessions available, booking required, additional fees apply
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Nearby Cirencester (6 miles) is a fantastic shopping destination with a diverse range of independent and boutique shops. There are also a selection of well-known high street brands including Joules and Waterstones. Regular farmers’ markets are held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month and a charter market on Mondays and Fridays. You will find a deli in the Corn Hall Arcade.

If you are looking for designer brands, Swindon McArthurGlen outlet (15 miles) is worth a visit for a bargain.

Eating Out:
  • Ballihoo Club – the restaurant and clubhouse serve locally sourced food and drink for the whole family (booking recommended, on-site)
  • The Old Boat House, South Cerney – picturesque lakeside dining (4 miles)
  • The Red Lion, Cricklade – award-winning restaurant just off the Thames path (8.5 miles)

Cotswold Water Park is a fantastic location for walking. Leisure maps are available both online and from the main visitor centre. A selection of circular walks vary from 2km to 18km and are a great way to see this stunning area and the wildlife that lives here. Visit for more details.

Places to Visit:
  • Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Cirencester – fire a BBQ, relax on the beach, bounce into the inflatable obstacle course or a hire a boat (1 mile)
  • Cirencester – ancient Roman market town regarded as the capital of the Cotswolds (6 miles)
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens – fantastic array of species and walkthroughs so you can see the animals up close (20 miles)

Train – Kemble railway station (3 miles) has a frequent and direct service to London.
Taxis - Hill South Cerney Cabs, First Taxi

There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences.
Points of Note
  • 2 well-behaved dogs are permitted at the cottage for an additional fee.
  • Guests at Firecrest receive 2 passes for complimentary use of the on-site spa. Each pass provides access for all guests.
  • Children and pets must be supervised at all times at the property and throughout the estate due to direct lake access.
  • It is the policy of this property not to take bookings for groups where the majority of guests are under the age of 25, or single-sex group celebrations, including stag/hen parties.
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
  • Unfortunately, properties on the Lower Mill Estate cannot be used for business or corporate purposes.
  • There is a strict 11pm noise curfew.
  • By booking, you agree to adhere to the Lower Mill Estate Code of Conduct which you will find in your guest portal.


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The Lower Mill Estate at Cotswold Water Park is a luxurious setting for friends and families to gather and make the most of this unique location. This is nature’s playground where you can take to the water on a kayak, canoe, paddle board or katakanu, or stay on land either on foot or two wheels. There are fantastic opportunities to view the resident wildlife from birds to beavers, and fishing is available (license required). Tennis courts, an outdoor heated swimming pool and sauna are also available to all guests at the Lower Mill Estate. Visit Cotswold Country Park and Beach for a traditional family day out by the water. Spa access is available with some properties (check individual listings for details) where you can relax at the indoor pool or treat yourself to a luxurious massage (additional fee applies). During your stay, Ballihoo is the perfect choice for a meal without having to leave. There is also a range of fresh groceries and everyday essentials available in the shop.