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Cotswold Water Park

Sleeps 9
Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
Tennis Court
25-49 Mbps
A stone’s throw from the exclusive spa on the Lower Mill Estate, Songthrush is a peaceful hideaway. With a large open plan living area and five comfortable bedrooms you can spend Summer holidays on the lakes trying various watersports, playing tennis, walking the natural surroundings and enjoying time together at this homely riverside retreat. With access to the spa included you can make use of the on-site facilities, treat yourself to a massage and while away the hours at one of the many swimming pools.
Full Description
Choosing Songthrush for your next Cotswold Water Park getaway will not disappoint. Next door to the spa with the lakes of the Lower Mill Estate on your doorstep, you will leave with fabulous memories of time well spent together.

Set over three floors Songthrush is a well-equipped home from home. The ground floor living area opens on to the terrace allowing you to bring the outdoors in and maximise this space. The cosy sitting area nestles around a wood burning stove and the Smart TV and DVD player provide the evening’s entertainment. Cherish meals together as you all sit at the dining table for a homecooked dinner made in the spacious kitchen. At the end of the day, Songthrush offers the choice of five bedrooms which suit a number of different group combinations whether you are two families sharing, or a group of friends.

With two outdoor areas, you have every opportunity to soak in your surroundings. From the ground floor, sliding doors open to the terrace where there is space to dine and a gas BBQ is provided. On sunny days, fire up the grill and cook up a feast. Upstairs, the balcony is a quiet spot for relaxation shared between bedrooms two and three. There is a table and chairs here where you can read in the afternoons watching the world pass by. With one designated parking space, additional parking can be found in the on-site car parks.

Ground Floor

Open Plan Living/Kitchen/Dining Room:
This spacious open plan living room is the heart of the home. This communal space opens to the terrace with floor to ceiling doors so you can really make the most of this peaceful setting. A woodburner provides warmth on cooler evenings as you chat long into the night, enjoying this time together. The dining table can be set for ten and home-cooked meals are easily prepared in the well-equipped kitchen. You have an oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge freezer available.

The convenient ground floor cloakroom has a WC and sink.

First Floor

Bedroom Two:
There is nothing better than to wake up in a room where you can step right out onto the balcony and watch the ducks waddling by. This bedroom has a double bed, chest of drawers, bedside tables and a built-in wardrobe.

The en-suite is complete with a bath, shower over, WC and sink. Soak amongst the bubbles as you relax at the end of a busy day.

Bedroom Three:
The second double bedroom also has access onto the balcony and is finished in neutral colours for a restful night’s sleep. There are bedside tables and a built-in wardrobe.

Shower Room:
The main shower room has a shower, WC and sink.

Bedroom Four:
With two full size single beds, this room suits children or two adults sharing, There is a built-in wardrobe for storage and two bedside tables with a lamp for anybody who reads at the end of the day.

Bedroom Five:
Providing flexibility when choosing a bedroom each, this single room is ideal for either a child or for accommodating adults wishing to sleep separately.

Second Floor

Bedroom One:
The master bedroom encompasses the second floor and is a well equipped hideaway. From the king-size bed, open the skylight blinds to start your day scattered with sunlight. A slow morning coffee while flicking through a magazine can be enjoyed at the table and if you must get the laptop out for work there is a desk and large monitor. With storage space in the wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables with lamps you have everything you could need.

The large shower is perfect for rinsing off after an exhilarating day on the lakes. There is also a WC and sink.


The terrace is accompanied by a backdrop of waterfowl and the gentle rush of wind through the surrounding trees. A table and chairs seating eight gives you space to dine al fresco and there is a gas BBQ. On the balcony above, accessed from bedrooms two and three, is the perfect spot to start your day with a pastry and a cup of tea.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • Bedroom Two - Double
  • Bedroom Three - Double
  • Bedroom Four - Twin
  • Bedroom Five - Single
  • 3 Bathrooms - 2 x en-suite, 1 x shower room
  • Hairdryer
  • Fire - Logs provided for an initial fire 1 October - 31st March
  • Portable fans
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • 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
  • DVD Player
  • Desk chair
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair


  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden - Terrace open to river, children and pets to be supervised. Enclosed balcony
  • Outdoor dining area - Seats 10
  • BBQ - Gas
  • 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
  • By booking, you agree to adhere to the Lower Mill Estate Code of Conduct which you will find in your guest portal.
  • 2 well-behaved dogs are permitted at the house for an additional fee.
  • 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.
  • 2 spa passes are included, these must be left at the property on your departure or a replacement fee will be charged. Each pass provides access for all guests.
  • There is direct lake access, children and pets must be supervised at all times.


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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.