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Lakeside Nature Reserve
For those eager to get close to nature

The Estate

The Lower Mill Estate, located in the Cotswolds, is a true jewel in the patchwork quilt landscape of England. The lakeside nature reserve is comprised of eight lakes, two rivers and miles of walking trails. Formerly the site of a derelict quarry, Lower Mill Estate is now a stunning space that celebrates unspoiled nature, beautiful wildlife and everything the great outdoors has to offer. Its woodlands and hedgerows are home to a diverse range of native wildlife.

Lower Mill Estate is built around a large and diverse nature reserve supporting a range of wonderful habitats and 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. House Martins arrive in April after an incredible journey from Africa and can be seen nesting on the houses. Walk through wildflower meadows in Summer and marvel at the diversity of brightly coloured damselflies and dragonflies around the lakes. Water voles can be seen on the rivers and otters use the lakes and rivers as well as regularly moving through the villages. Beavers can be seen at dusk on Flagham Fen.


Rare and memorable holidays in natural surroundings, in superbly appointed self-catering accommodation, with an exclusive award-winning on-site spa and ample opportunities for outdoor activities in hundreds of acres of unspoiled nature reserve.
No matter what your intent: getaway with the family, solo retreat, or escape with your loved one, we have a wide range of apartments and villas…


Lower Mill’s scenic lakes provide plenty of opportunity for boating and fishing, while cyclists and runners can take advantage of the fresh, clean air in complete safety thanks to a network of private footpaths. Whether by foot, bike or water, adventure awaits in this stunning part of rural England.

The Estate is located a few miles from Cirencester in hundreds of acres of private lakeside nature reserve. In addition to benefitting from stunning views, Lower Mill is also home to a stunning collection of architecturally designed, sustainable and secure vacation homes
Architecture and people live in harmony with Mother Nature. When not exploring the Great British countryside, guests can make use of the on-site spa or enjoy a taste of Cotswolds at its restaurant, Ballihoo


The award-winning family spa located on-site at Lower Mill Estate is the ultimate place to unwind and recharge. With two heated pools, a lily-filtered eco-pool, sauna, steam room and gym equipped with top-of-the-range Technogym equipment, there’s something for everyone. Tranquil treatment rooms scented with essential oils play host to therapies including hot stone massage, facials and pedicures and manicures using natural skincare products from The Natural Spa Factory.

Telephone: 01285 862 640

Nature Reserve

For those eager to get close to nature, you have hundreds of acres of nature reserve to explore with the woodlands and hedgerows acting as home to a diverse range of native wildlife.  Scenic lakes provide plenty of opportunity for boating and fishing, while cyclists and runners can take advantage of the fresh clean air in complete safety thanks to a network of private footpaths.

Check out our Things To Do Leaflet to see the best routes around the Nature Reserve.

The Activity Hub

Enjoying the great outdoors is all part of being at Lower Mill Estate. Whether enjoying the tranquillity of the lakes in a kayak or canoe, gliding effortlessly on a paddle board or cycling the pathways. The Activity Hub (near the water mill) is on site to assist with both equipment hire, instruction and local information. They also carry brochures & information about places to visit in the local area. You can pre-book canoes, bikes etc so that ready-made fun awaits at your holiday home on your arrival. For further information and prices, please give Terry or Jenny a call on 07971 252394 or email and you can keep up to date with their programme on their Facebook page.


Telephone 07971 252 394


The Ballihoo Clubhouse & Restaurant has now swung open its doors ready to feed hungry customers. The restaurant is exclusively for the use of Lower Mill Estate homeowners and holiday makers and offers a comprehensive breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and takeaway menu. Diners can enjoy the finest and freshest local produce in a modern eco-friendly environment that delivers a true taste of the Cotswolds.

The menu is updated daily, so pop down and see what today’s specials are!

Please note that opening times are seasonal, for any queries please visit the Ballihoo website or speak to a member of the Habitat Escapes team.


‘Miss Mouse Builds a House’ was born from a concept our father developed many years ago and was something we wanted to bring to completion in his memory. He wanted to develop a story relevant to Lower Mill Estate encompassing as many species as he could from the Estate whilst making it a fun, learning experience for children. We developed a cast of characters and incorporated them into the Miss Mouse Adventure Trail, launched in 2014, which is designed to help children explore our Nature Reserve, covering hundreds of acres, in its entirety.  In 2015 we proudly completed the Miss Mouse story – Miss Mouse Builds a House – which is available from the Lower Mill General Store. The possibilities and adventures for Miss Mouse are endless and we look forward to keeping you updated on her future developments.


Millstone Park

Millstone Park acts as the central hub to Lower Mill Estate and here you will find an array of activities. Our Ballihoo Restaurant & Clubhouse can be located in Millstone Park along with one of our tennis courts, our MUGA (multi use games area) court, children’s playground and memorial garden. Soft Play is also located here for children up to the ages of 8. If you wish to use the soft play please enquire at Ballihoo.


The general store based at the Ballihoo restaurant provides a one-stop-shop for all food, drink and retail provisions onsite. We will be stocking all of your daily essentials; milk, bread, newspapers, logs etc. as well as a great new range of local artisan products.

Our team at the general store welcomes you. Open every day throughout the school holidays and Friday and weekends outside of holidays. Contact us to pre-order all provisions from daily newspapers and essential hampers so we can have them ready and waiting for your arrival by emailing

TELEPHONE: 01285 840181


Keeping a holiday home spic and span is the last thing you want to be thinking of when enjoying your precious time with the family at Lower Mill Estate. Our friendly, reliable and trustworthy housekeeping team are here to take care of this for you. They offer a wide range of services including one off cleans, regular cleans, spring cleans, laundry, carpet cleaning and window cleaning, all performed to the same high standards you have come to expect at Lower Mill Estate, and at competitive prices. Please call 01285 863286 or email for further information and a free quotation with no obligation.

Telephone 01285 719979