" The idea behind Lower Mill Estate is to live surrounded by nature. The nature and wildlife were there first, so we fit the houses around them, not the other way round. Nature comes first, houses second. A truly individual Cotswolds holiday! " - The Observer
Concept and Life at The Lower Mill Estate
The aim is to achieve a perfect balance between nature & the built environment. We think they have got it just about right on this utterly unique 500 acre Nature Reserve.
Lower Mill Estate boasts some of the most varied flora, fauna, and wildlife of anywhere in England – with gloriously untouched wildflower meadows, lakeland, woodland and an abundance of birdlife and animals, including deer, otters, beavers, and badgers. Untouched for years and now sensitively managed by the estate, it offers one of the most unspoilt and abundant areas of wildlife, flora & fauna in the country, with two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
There are seven lakes, three rivers (including the Thames) & hundreds of acres of meadow and woodland, criss-crossed with nature trails. Only one-third of the land will ever be developed, the rest will be left to nature.
It is a truly stunning setting for you to explore by foot, bike, kayak, or paddle board, all of which are available to hire from The Estate (links supplied upon booking). The numerous walking trails are dotted with picnic spots, tranquil streams, and ponds so that you can really make the most of the nature on your doorstep. For those sporting types, the outdoor tennis and MUGA (multi-use games arena) court are available to hire, and the children’s playgrounds will provide hours of fun and laughter - the soft play is also proving a real hit! Or, for true relaxation, our properties come with the option of full rental access to the spa, indoor and 2 outdoor pools, as well as the fully equipped gym. Slots are available to book through The Estate, for which you will receive a direct link a couple of weeks prior to your holiday start date.
Delicious food will never be far away during a stay at Lower Mill Estate. As well the many pubs and restaurants in the surrounding area, the Estate is home to the wonderful Ballihoo Club, which will appeal to all taste buds and dietary requirements with their varied and delicious menu ranging from brunch to wood baked pizzas and fresh salads. Or if you need to stock up on the essentials, the plastic free Ballihoo Market will cater to all your needs.