Family breaks in the Cotswolds

Lower Mill Estate is the perfect base for a family holiday in the Cotswolds. Our luxury family cottages are equipped for kids of all ages, packed with family-friendly features, including games, playrooms and highchairs to hire for the little ones.

Whether you’re a young family with babies or toddlers to entertain or a large extended family with three generations to cater for, Lower Mill Estate offers family-friendly holiday cottages for groups of all sizes. If you’re planning an extra-large gathering, our team can help find multiple properties to accommodate you and your group.

There’s huge amounts of fun to be had on our family breaks in the Cotswolds for kids and adults alike. The surrounding Cotswolds AONB is packed with charming villages to explore, countryside walks and family-friendly attractions, while Lower Mill Estate itself offers a plethora of activities and facilities. Here are just some of the fantastic family features found on-site:

• Heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools with unlimited access to on-site spa with eco pool
• Access to our full range of on-site activities
• Fantastic playgrounds and indoor soft play – communal games room coming soon
On-site restaurant Ballihoo, where you can book private dining or grab a bite to eat at the Pizza Shack
Seasonal events throughout the year including Easter egg hunts and Christmas activities

Family activities at Lower Mill Estate

Lower Mill Estate is packed with things to do, including fun water sports such as paddleboarding and canoeing, along with a network of fun cycling trails and nature walks to explore. The trails criss-cross the sprawling nature reserve and on your adventures, you’ll also find Millstone Park with its trampoline and outdoor swimming pool, as well as a host of treasures on the Miss Mouse Trail. Guests can also enjoy several fun session-led activities throughout the year.


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Summer dates added!

Family Nature Walk

A great opportunity for families or adults keen to learn more about wildlife on the Estate with our Ecologist, James.

Miss Mouse Trail

CURRENTLY CLOSED - The Miss Mouse Trail is a family-friendly treasure trail around Lower Mill Estate’s hundreds of acres of nature reserve.

Nature Reserve

For those eager to get closer to nature, you have hundreds of acres to explore with the woodlands and hedgerows acting as home to a diverse range of native wildlife. Over 25 species of waterbirds can be seen on the lakes over Winter. Spring brings a huge range of breeding birds including Nightingale, Cuckoo and Cetti’s Warbler.

Family dining at Lower Mill Estate

Our on-site restaurant, Ballihoo, is the perfect spot for you and your family to eat out! Lower Mill Estate is extremely dog-friendly and Ballihoo is no exception – not only is it a dog-friendly restaurant, but it also offers a special menu for dogs.


If you’d rather stay in your holiday home, guests can also save on the hassle of cooking and washing up with our private dining option – your stylish solution for special occasions and family-style dining!

Family days out in the Cotswolds


What to do in the Cotswolds with young kids

Tue 06 June, 2023

With its rolling hills, picturesque villages, and plenty of activities for all ages, the Cotswolds is the perfect place to visit if you're planning a family-friendly holiday. If you’re coming to stay with us on a Cotswolds holiday, here are some things to do that will keep your little ones busy.

A guide to the Cotswold Water Park and Lakes

Tue 11 July, 2023

Lower Mill Estate sits within 550 acres of the Cotswold Water Park, a unique ecosystem made up of verdant countryside, picturesque villages, nature reserves, woodlands, water meadows, lagoons, lakes and even a beach.

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