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Local Area

Beautiful countryside, idyllic villages, ample activities

Lower Mill Estate sits at the heart of the Cotswolds – one of England’s most diverse, attractive and appealing areas. It has a rich heritage of country houses, wildlife parks, nature reserves and gardens and it’s dotted with idyllic villages and historic towns such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tetbury and Cirencester. The regency pleasures of Cheltenham and the Georgian glories of Bath are less than twenty miles south-west of the estate.

Take time out from Lower Mill in any of these towns and villages, and you’ll discover a world of fascinating craft and antique shops, exotically-stocked delicatessens, French-style farmers’ markets and stylish small-scale fashion boutiques. You can enjoy Michelin-starred dining, fine food in local gastro-bars, a traditional cream tea, or a quiet fireside pint in a traditional country pub.  If your taste is for something more active, there’s no end of opportunity: water-skiing, paintballing, jet-skiing, sky-diving, hot-air ballooning, cable-skiing, riding, cycling, windsurfing, sailing and golf.

Whatever you choose to do in the way of exploration or activity outside the estate, one thing is sure:  you’re guaranteed a comfortable homecoming to a cosseted, calming world of luxury and relaxation. The perfect way to end a perfect Cotswolds day.


Discover The Cotswolds


In the area around Lower Mill Estate, there are hundreds of local events to enjoy: festivals, markets, exhibitions, performances, country fairs and seasonal celebrations. Experiment with Cajun and Zydeco music at the biggest gathering of its kind in the UK; visit festivals of cricket, jazz, literature, music and science; or watch more eccentric entertainment, such as 6-a-side football – played in the river at Bourton-on-the-Water. And the perfect end to a memorable day? Knowing that the quiet and luxury of the estate awaits.

See www.cotswolds.info for further information on local events.

Food and Drink

Bakers Arms, Somerford Keynes – 1 mile

The Bakers Arms at Somerford Keynes is a traditional 15th century village pub in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park.  Home cooked food is a speciality and there is a substantial menu to choose from. Real ales such as Charles Wells Bombardier are on tap along with a good selection of wines and champagnes to tempt the taste buds.  There is a large garden and a terraced seating area for fine days whilst during the winter the low beamed ceilings and warm open fires should make customers feel welcomed on cold, dark nights.

Somerford Keynes

Tel: 01285 861 298

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Our Top 10 Things to do...


The source of the River Thames

The source is marked by a solitary stone with the inscription:

1857 -1974

Why not take a leisurely walk or bike ride with the family to the source of the river Thames, and stop off for lunch at a traditional English Cotswold pub.

Reference: www.wikipedia.org/wiki

A Day at the Races - Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham, the jewel in Jump racing’s crown, plays host to the best jumping action in the world from 350 spectacular acres in the lee of the beautiful Cotswold hills.

Whether you’re here on a crisp bright October day or a balmy evening in May, you’ll feel that unmistakable Cheltenham magic. The racing, the setting, the tradition and history, the shared sense of enjoyment all combine to give everyone, from those sampling our finest hospitality to the race-goers on the course, an experience they’ll never forget.

Website: www.cheltenham.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1242 513014


Lunch at The Potting Shed


The philosophy of the Potting Shed is to focus on a creative, British seasonal menu accompanied by a selection of quality British ales and an uncompromising and interesting choice of wine, champagne and port.

Our menu changes monthly to reflect the best of seasonal produce, which is locally sourced and where possible, grown in our vegetable patch at the rear of the pub.

Website: www.thepottingshedpub.com
Telephone: +44 (0)1666 577833

Visit Bourton-on-the-Water - The Venice of The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds have always been looked upon as the Heart of England. It is one of the few regions with an architectural style all of its own, with its typical steeply pitched roofs, stone mullions and dormer windows. Built almost exclusively in warm yellow Cotswold stone, this delightful village has a unique appeal to visitors and residents alike.

Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England. Bourton-on-the-Water has more than its share of Cotswold houses and cottages, many of them three hundred years old, some dating back to Elizabethan times four hundred years ago.

Website: www.bourtoninfo.com
Telephone:+44 (0)1451 820211


Cotswold Wildlife Park


Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian manor house and has been open to the public since 1970.

The Park is home to a fascinating and varied collection of mammals, birdsreptiles and invertebrates from all over the world, and aspires to show animals to people – so that they can come to understand and respect all forms of wildlife; to understand what is special about each species, and how the various species have evolved over very long periods of time, adjusting to survive in habitats from many parts of the earth.

Website: www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1993 823006

Cotswold Farm Park

Visitors of all ages to the Cotswold Farm Park will be in for a treat when they find themselves amongst an unrivalled group of British farm rare breeds including sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, horses, poultry and waterfowl.

Other attractions include farm safari rides, an indoor tractor school, a soft play area and adventure playground, a farm nature trail and seasonal demonstrations such as lambing in the spring. Facilities include toilets, a gift shop and a restaurant.

Website: www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1451 850307


Hot Air Balloon Ride


Ballooning in the Cotswolds offers you the opportunity to fulfil ambitions or to share the experience of a lifetime. Drift slowly with the wind over the beauty of the Cotswold Landscape and enjoy the unique combination of exhilaration and serenity that you will discover aboard a hot air balloon flight.

A balloon ride from one of our launch sites at Cirencester, Stroud, Bourton-on-the-Water or Cotswold Water Park near Swindon will be a flight to remember. The experience will be celebrated with a glass of Champagne and Flight Certificate.

Website: www.ballooninginthecotswolds.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1453 753221

Fine Dining

Le Champignon Sauvage,  Cheltenham – 2 Michelin Stars

Situated within the historic spa town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, Le Champignon Sauvage is the perfect place to relax whilst visiting the Cotswolds. David Everitt-Matthias and his wife Helen have been running the restaurant since 1987. In that time they have been quietly amassing a range of accolades including two Michelin stars and four AA Rosettes.

Recognised as one of Britain’s leading craftsmen, David is always in the kitchen and has never missed a service. His food is a cross between the ‘terroir’ and modern French with very original touches. The menu changes seasonally with great care taken to source the finest local ingredients.



Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe – 1 Michelin Star

Gus and Kate run Restaurant 5 North Street with pride. An integral part of Winchcombe’s tight-knit community, they provide memorable dining in an uncluttered 26-cover dining room.

The Restaurant opened early in 2003 and within three weeks had been visited by a Michelin inspector and one of the UK’s best-respected food critics, Matthew Fort, from The Guardian. Both gave him starry ratings and the reputation of Restaurant 5 North Street took off. Today, it remains the acme of excellence.

Gus’s menus provide visitors with a taste of The Cotswolds. Impeccable contacts with local, artisan producers ensure that the best ingredients make their way to his kitchen every single day. And Gus’s ever-changing menus ensure that flavours with finesse make their way to the table.



See our list of recommended places to eat out


Westonbirt National Arboretum


One of the most spectacular tree collections in the world. A place to relax and recharge, a place to learn, and a resource for science.

Website: www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
Telephone: +44 (0)1666 880220

Trout Fishing

Visit a working trout farm –
Bibury Trout Farm is one of Britain’s oldest, and certainly most attractive, trout farms, spread across 15 acres in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Cotswolds, the Coln Valley.  The crystal-clear waters of the Bibury Spring provide the essential pure water required to run the hatchery which spawns up to six million trout ova every year.

Website: www.biburytroutfarm.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1285 740215


Roman Cirencester (Corinium)


Visit the Corinium Museum and step back in time. Learn what the Romans did for us, and how life wouldn’t be the same without them! Take a peek through a Roman town house, and enjoy the sights and smells of our Roman garden. Marvel at the stunning mosaics, and experience what it was like to be a Roman soldier.

The Corinium Museum has one of the finest and most extensive Roman collections in the country. Corinium, Roman Cirencester, was the second largest Roman town outside London and the major Roman administration centre for south-western Britain.

Website: www.cotswold.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1285 655611

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