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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.

T: +44 (0)1285 862640


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.

Why not check out our Things To Do Leaflet and explore the best routes around the Nature Reserve.

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 and information about places to visit in the local area. You can pre-book canoes, bikes and much more so that ready-made fun awaits at your holiday home on your arrival. For further information and prices, please give the Activity Hub team a call or email on:

T: +44 (0)7971 252394



For those days when you want to stay put but take it easy, the Ballihoo Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and a takeaway menu, capitalising on the finest local wholesome produce for a true taste of the Cotswolds. Reserved exclusively for the use of Lower Mill Estate homeowners and holidaymakers, Ballihoo’s atmosphere is relaxed and family-friendly.

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.

T: +44 (0)1285 840181



Inspired by Lower Mill Estate’s founder, Jeremy Paxton, and brought to life in his memory, the Miss Mouse Adventure Trail encourages children to get to know as many species as possible around the estate. We have developed a cast of characters from his imagined children’s book, “Miss Mouse Builds a House” and incorporated them into the quest. Collect a map from the Miss Mouse meeting hut and head out into the wild to find the hidden treasure. Open April to October.

Millstone Park

Set alongside the spa and Ballihoo Restaurant, Millstone Park completes the central hub of the estate. Created with the whole family in mind, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – an action-packed children’s play area, a volleyball court, two tennis courts, a soft play area and a 3G artificial turf multi-use games area (MUGA) that beckons you to call a game of five-a-side football with friends and family. 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.

Ballihoo Market

Adjacent to the Ballihoo Restaurant, the Market stocks all manner of local provisions as well as those basic necessities you just can’t do without. You’ll find logs for the fire and local meats for the BBQ but no single-use plastic here, part of our efforts to make the estate environmentally responsible. If you just fancy an afternoon in the sun with a paper and fresh coffee, you’ll find that here too, although we can’t promise the sun part.


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. For further information and a free quotation with no obligation please contact us on:

T: +44 (0)1285 863286


Soft play

For little adventurers, our nature themed soft play in Millstone Park offers the perfect indoor space for them to play and make new friends. They can crawl, jump and slide through the various obstacles whilst grown ups can take a seat as they supervise their little ones.

Anyone who would like to use the soft play, please head over to the Ballihoo Restaurant and a member of the team will be happy to help book you in.