Nestled in a serene corner of Howells Mere where greenery and hidden pathways converge, ‘Juniper House’ is a contemporary holiday home with a Cotswold stone façade. Its position on the lake exudes a sense of seclusion that sets it apart from its neighbours, while blending both comfort and elegance.
The thoughtful layout assures a comfortable stay for up to six guests – perfect for two couples and two children or could also accommodate two couples and two friends.
And yes, while ‘Juniper House’ sits on Howells Mere 13, we’d like to point out that 13 was traditionally considered a lucky number in France and used for good luck on postcodes and charms.
Learn more about this fortunate escape in the ‘Accommodation’ section below.
Step into a warm entry adorned with natural-coloured carpets, guiding you through the tastefully decorated ground floor where coastal themed and other interesting artworks grace the walls throughout. Leave your boots at the door and exhale, your Lower Mill holiday begins right here.
Immediately to your left discover the convenience of a family bathroom, with shower-over-bath and a bright, invigorating ambiance.
To the right, the twin bedroom exudes a minimalist charm, with a chest of drawers to stow your clothes away.
At the end of the hall, the king bedroom boasts a wall-mounted TV, built-in-robes, an en-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower, and plenty of cabinet space to unpack your toiletries. From the bedroom there is a glass sliding door out onto an over-water deck at the back of the property.
On this floor you will find a final bedroom with a double bed that is also complete with built-in robes, a wall-mounted TV and en-suite shower room. This room also opens out onto the deck, shared by the adjacent bedroom and features a hot tub ready for a warm lakeside soak at the end of an adventurous day on the estate.
As the property is set back a little further than its neighbours, this deck with hot tub offers the feeling of a slightly more secluded position.
The natural carpet flows up the stairs to the first floor, where tasteful artworks and a holiday vibe continues.
Solid timber floors meet you on this level where you will find the convenience of a utility room with both a washing machine and dryer, as well as a separate WC.
The living room welcomes you with an impressive double height vaulted ceiling with full height glazed windows and doors leading to another deck with mesmerizing lake views.
Relax into the blue velvet ‘Snug’ sofas and toast yourself beside the wood burner that sits centre-stage for the colder months, while the wall-mounted air conditioner keeps you cool in the summer. Sink your toes into the plush rug and kick back to watch Sky or Netflix on the large screen TV. The living area is decorated with life-like plants, bringing the greenery in from outside and giving ‘Juniper House’ the feeling of a well-cared for and lived in home-away-from-home.
Sliding glass doors open onto the southwest facing deck with a corner wicker lounge and parasol positioned for you to maximise the view. Picture yourself unwinding with a morning coffee, enjoying the vibrant sunsets over Howells Mere, or stargazing under clear night skies – creating fortunate moments of serenity with loved ones in your lakeside retreat.
Another highlight of the deck is the complimentary electric BBQ, encouraging al fresco cooking, while just inside, a large solid wood dining table for ten guests make this first floor an entertainer’s delight.
The tasteful and well-stocked kitchen boasts white and grey tones and is adorned with culinary themed artwork and more plants. From the NEFF 5 burner gas cooktop to the integrated fridge freezer, Smeg kettle, 6-slice toaster, integrated dishwasher, oven and more, it’s a foodie’s haven matched with spectacular views.
Continuing up to the mezzanine level, you will discover a spacious retreat overlooking the living area and capturing the full height glass below and out over Howells Mere. The apex of the roof features glass panels that stream in natural light, or sooth you with the patter of rain.
This mezzanine space is yet to reach its full potential with ideas for a games room in the future. However presently offers a sofa and wall-mounted air conditioner to ensure an ideal climate, whether you’re unwinding with a book, or finding a relaxed space for the kids to hangout.
Embrace the luck of ‘Juniper House’ at Howells Mere 13 – with a name that symbolizes life and growth itself, you will surely be inspired by this lakeside haven where cherished holiday memories are created.
Property is self-catered. The house is fully equipped with cutlery and crockery.
As we take pride in prepping the hot tub for each guest stay the water may not be up to temperature by the time you arrive on site, but rest assured, that the water will be blissfully warm and enjoyable for your second night with us.
Spa use included but subject to availability (contact Spa directly for opening times). Pool towels can be rented from the Spa, please contact the Spa directly to arrange this. (01285 862640)
On-site restaurant and small market shop with seasonal opening hours. Availability can book up in peak weeks so contact Ballihoo prior to arrival to not miss out. (01285 840181)
Bike and watercraft hire are available at the Activity Hub as well as lessons. Please follow the link for more information: https://lowermillestate.com/activities/
Please be aware that the vegetation surrounding the property is subject to change according to the time of year. This may mean that the views represented in the photos above may vary depending on the season in which you stay with us.
Normal check-in is from 4 pm. Out of peak season, early check-in of 2 pm may be available (at an additional fee). Please contact our office team to enquire.
Check out during off-peak dates is by 10 am on the day of departure. During peak dates (school holidays) check out is at 9 am.
£500 refundable damage deposit is due the week before your arrival. You will be contacted regarding this.
Travel cot and highchair are available for £10, subject to availability. Please advise at the time of booking. Guests to provide their own linen and mattress for the travel cot.
There is an 11 pm noise curfew on the estate.
There are 3 electric vehicle charging points on the estate that operate on a first come first use basis.
All our properties are non-smoking.
Somerford Lagoon Lake is closed from October – March due to nesting birds. The nearest canoe launch point is located near Mill Village as marked on the Estate Map.
The Somerford Nines (Clearwater 1-9). The private outdoor pool closes after the October half term and does not re-open until Easter.
The Miss Mouse Trail, run by the activity hub closes for the winter months. This is from 1st November to the Easter holidays.
This property is Pet Friendly
One designated parking space across from the property – please use the overflow car park for additional cars or one of the visitor spaces near the property.
There is no direct lake access from this property.
If you are looking to book multiple properties with us we have some lovely properties that are close to Juniper House:
Barn Owl - Situated just a couple of doors along from Juniper House. | Sleeps up to 8
Lake Lodge - Situated next door but one from Juniper House | Sleeps up to 8
Suncatcher - Situated just along on Howells Mere from Juniper House. | Sleeps up to 9
Please contact a member of our team if you have any questions on booking multiple properties.
The following information will help you to locate Juniper House upon your arrival at Lower Mill Estate.
Your property Juniper House is located in Howell's Mere.
Howell's Mere 13
Finding your Property
From the Main Entrance where the security hut is positioned, drive through the gate and bear left, drive through the car park ahead, and exit right when you get to a four-way crossroads for Clearwater and Howells Mere properties.
Continue forward over the bridge taking the immediate right towards Howells Mere and Clearwater properties. Continue along this road and you will get to a point where the road splits off either left or right. Bear left and continue along the road passing the Spa and Tennis courts on your right and houses on your left. At the end of this road, you will see a bridge in front of you. Cross over this bridge into Howell's Mere and take the immediate left turning. Drive along here and just before the road bares round to the right, your parking spot is located on the left hand side, labelled HM13.
To assist you during darker evenings, you would be advised to bring a torch with you as there is no street lighting permitted on the Estate other than low-level lighting.